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YardFlex reports that Macka Diamond has written Jamaica’s first dancehall novel. Bun Him! is based on a song of the same name by Diamond and fellow DJ, Black-er The tome is written in dancehall vernacular, with settings and topics familiar to the hardcore ragga fanbase.

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Tortoise Branches Into Bumps

Tortoise is a fairly recognizable name on the Midwestern indie circuit, and the band’s propensity to experiment with everything from electronics to jazz has marked them as a post-rock miracle. The Chicago-based quintet has been making noise for nearly two decades, producing some of Thrill Jockey’s most esteemed releases, not to mention a series of subsequent side-projects (The Sea and Cake, Brokeback).

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  • 05/16/2007

Daily Download: Cadence Weapon “Sharks”

One of the rare few to master elements of both production and MCing at an early age, 21-year-old Rollie Pemberton (a.k.a. Cadence Weapon) has already dabbled in remixes for Lady Sovereign and the late Disco D, as well as made a solid long-player, Breaking Kayfabe. “Sharks” is the kind of playful hip-hop that will make the kids stash their milk money away to save up for the album.

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  • 05/16/2007

Battles Announces More Tour Dates

Everyone’s favorite math-rock troop is putting its money where its mouth is. Following the band’s highly acclaimed Warp debut, Mirrored, Battles continues its travels across the US (and weirdly, paying special attention to Florida).

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  • 05/15/2007

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  • 05/15/2007

Weekly Chart: Justice

Justice needs no introduction at this point. Known for crunchy distortion, giant light-up crosses at live performances, and remixes of everyone from Soulwax to Franz Ferdinand, Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay remain the undisputed leaders of the new wave of French dance music. Here, they take five to share what’s in their record bags as they travel around the world spreading the new gospel of dance.


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  • 05/15/2007

XLR8R TV Episode 8: Digitalism

Digitalism played one of the bangin'-est sets in recent memory at San Francisco's Mezzanine in April. Lucky for you, we filmed it. Jens Moelle and Isi Tuefekci, two young Turks (one of them quite literally) from Hamburg, have been thumping eardrums with knob-twiddling remixes over the past year and are evolving into a dancefloor-friendly indie-rock force to be reckoned with. We caught up with them as they prepared for non-stop touring for the release of their debut album, Idealism.

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  • 05/15/2007

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