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Pon Di Wire: Buju Banton, Heartbeat Records, Mr. Easy


Chuck Fenda


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Kompakt Drops Eighth Total Compilation

Kompakt’s Total series has become an annual day of reckoning for the techno masses. Now in its eighth edition, Michael Mayer’s celebrated compilation always includes an all-star cast of dance mathematicians. Featuring two discs of minimal tracks from Superpitcher, Gui Boratto, The Rice Twins, and a heap of others, Total 8 is one of the most melodic and peak-time friendly collections from the label yet.

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  • 07/25/2007

Lee "Scratch" Perry and Friends Play the Bay

Roots icon, musical innovator, and lover of multicolored hair Lee “Scratch” Perry heads to the West Coast for an eagerly anticipated live performance next week. Born Rainford Hugh Perry, the dub pioneer’s career covers the better part of 50 years and includes collaborations with artists like Bob Marley, Adrian Sherwood, and Mad Professor, as well as his own massive discography.

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  • 07/25/2007

Daily Download: Future Rapper "Future Past Perfect"

Unusual Animals is Asthmatic Kitty's new imprint for conceptual, electronic projects, and on the forthcoming Land of a Thousand Rappers: Vol 1, The Fall of the Pillers, Asthmatic Kitty employee Michahel Kaufman (a.k.a. Future Rapper) collaborates with the likes of The Holy Fool, the Queen of Soft, and Papa Alabaster for an avant hip-hop album that emulates the label's musical values.

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  • 07/25/2007

Cosmic Times: Villalobos, Cosmo Vitelli, Kompakt

As Australia’s pop forces make their way to the forefront of the once French-dominated electro-house scene, the power has made a continental shift. Modular Records, home to Cut Copy and Van She, has already worked hard to solidify its position. Now, newcomers like Cutters Records (Cut Copy’s imprint), Midnight Juggernauts, and Miami Horror have joined in the struggle.

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  • 07/24/2007

Aesop Rock Tours with Black Moth Super Rainbow, Cage

Definitive Jux’s prolific superhero Aesop Rock is poised for a massive, two-month North American tour with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz. Cage, Blockhead, Black Moth Super Rainbow, and The Octopus Project will also also be present for some dates.

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  • 07/24/2007

Bubble Metropolis Podcast Mix

For the latest installment of Monty “ML Tronik” Luke’s “Bubble Metropolis” podcast series, XLR8R’s resident techno columnist has compiled the hits that have no trouble getting the kids on their feet. Taken directly from his magazine column, with a few exclusive bonus cuts thrown in, this mix is what future crate-digging is made of. Our man incorporates tracks from Stephen Bodzin, Carl Craig, DJ Bone, and others, revealing the key to one very late night.

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  • 07/24/2007

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