As a resident DJ at L.A.'s infamous Low End Theory, The Gaslamp Killer has built a reputation for rocking dancefloors with his bass-heavy selections and testing people's patience with his proclivity for jumping on the mic. Love him or hate him, he'll soon be dropping his debut EP My Troubled Mind on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label. "Anything Worse" is the first offering, a surprisingly restrained number that combines midtempo breaks with some ominous synths and glitchy skronk. My Troubled Mind will be released on August 4. Photo by Theo Jemison.
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From the fourth installment of Great Stuff's Munich Disco Tech EP series, "Violin Land (Car Mix)" is a large slice of whimsically minimal techno from Italian duo Dariush & DJDa. The song follows an entrancingly narrow path into blissful oblivion, but not without breaking away from its hypnotic beat for the occasional violin and percussion solo. The whole EP, comprised entirely of songs produced by duos, is available now for preview on the Great Stuff website.
"Ghosts" is the latest single from U.K. quartet Bastila, and it finds the boys digging into the psychedelic sounds of Madchester. Richard Norris explored some similarly trippy territory on his Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve collaboration with Erol Alkan, so it's not surprising to find him here (utilizing his new The Time and Space Machine moniker), extending the track into something resembling a long-lost Happy Mondays jam.
Like a hyperactive four-year-old who's gotten ahold of his parents' Eurodance record collection, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs turn Crystal Fighters' blog-friendly dance-rock into a hi-speed trek through years of Nintendo and cheesy power-synths.
Indie-rockers WHY? have remixed Serengeti & Polyphonic's leftfield original into a more lush, swinging number. With a more ample beat, grooving bassline and dreamy acoustic elements, a new sort of hip-hop sound emerges, and it is sweet.
NYC electro-disco duo Holy Ghost! has just gotten the remix treatment from Parisian electro-house phenom DJ Mehdi, who seriously houses up the original's nu-disco sound with more throbbing bass, heavier kicks, and some lovely synth samplings. Perfect for a night out on the town, this one.
Originally intended as the flip-side to Ikonika's Hyperdub debut, Please, this is one hell of a wonky dubstep tune. Bloopy synth arpeggiations, double-time rhythmic structure, and a distanced mix make for a perfect dubstep track; bizarre structural similarities to Glassjaw's "Siberian Kiss" also add to the intrigue. Although well-known to her fans, "Phonelines VIP" has never before been available for purchase; instead, Ikonika has decided to offer up the track for free download exclusively through XLR8R.
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