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Video: The Teenagers “Homecoming”

While Merok Records may have steam rolling off of Crystal Castles and Klaxons releases, the label’s new bread and butter is The Teenagers. The UK-based trio makes Sonic Youthian indie-pop that could make even the most cynical “new rave hater” give their criticisms a second thought. As hilarious as it is catchy, “Homecoming” is a pseudo-duet that speaks volumes for a new generation of post-everything youngsters.

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  • 05/09/2007

UNKLE Releases New Album

London-based Fabric resident and electronic music titan James Lavelle (a.k.a. UNKLE) is unleashing War Stories–the first UNKLE release on Lavelle’s very own Surrender All imprint. While it’s not exactly clear why the album won’t be released on the more established Mo’ Wax, or how these labels are distinctively different, his third full-length should definitely be a project of vast significance.

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  • 05/09/2007

Homecoming

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  • 05/09/2007

Yo Majesty Announces Tour

Call the music of Tampa, Florida’s Yo Majesty what you will–club, rave rap, whatever–but be advised no genre restrictions will tame these three rambunctious women. Fresh from South by Southwest destruction and West Coast mayhem with The Gossip, the three ladies of Yo Majesty have become the toast of the town in just about any urban setting.

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  • 05/09/2007

Pon Di Wire: A Weekly Reggae Roundup

Reggae singer Nanko, known for the hit “Lucky You” (Downsound), has reportedly gone AWOL, and his label is claiming breech of contract. According to the label's press release, Nanko was signed to Downsound Records with production and management contracts since December 2005, with the label spending a significant sum of money for his recordings, videos, personal expenses, and promotion.

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Daily Download: Strategy "Can't Roll Back"

Paul Dickow (a.k.a. Strategy) has been making post-ambient tracks for nearly a decade, though none have been quite as realized as those found on his latest album, Future Rock. The perfect mesh of dub, ambient, and synth-pop, Strategy's compositions are as weird and spacey as they are totally accessible. "Can't Roll Back" is the percussive equivalent of any great jazz-drummer scarfing some peyote with Battles on Magic Mountain.

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  • 05/09/2007

Bubble Metropolis Podcast Mix # 1

Monty Luke (a.k.a. ML Tronik) is a longtime San Francisco DJ and promoter. Moreover, he’s responsible for lacing dance fanatics with all of the latest crucial techno cuts in his “Bubble Metropolis” column, which appears in each issue of XLR8R.

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  • 05/08/2007

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