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Podcast 236: Champion

While pundits may say that UK funky is "over," clearly they haven't been listening to artists like Champion (a.k.a. Reiss Hanson). Read more » 

Download: Drop/Dead "Basic State"

Here's a fresh slice of brooding, dubstep-ian soundscapes from London's Drop/Dead. Slightly reminiscent of the thunder and rainfall on Burial's new Kindred EP, "Basic State" employs a steadily knocking beat, a nearly inaudible synth melody, and a dark-as-night bassline to drive its slow groove home. It reminds us how nice it is every time we hear something new from the tunesmith, so if you're in the market for more of Drop/Dead's handiwork, look no further than the solid mix he dropped for Vienna's Danceteria, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.3 (87 votes)
 
 

Review: Ital Hive Mind

Label: Planet Mu

The music of Daniel Martin-McCormick practically begs to be conceptualized, contextualized, and intellectualized. Under the banners of Black Eyes, Sex Worker, and Mi Ami, he's bolstered his visceral noise, punk, and electronic output by exploring ideas of subverting social norms—touching on gender issues, politics, identity, and more. It's certainly not meant to be a distraction, as the music is often more than capable of standing on its own, but, sometimes, the message can overshadow the songs that carry it. And even though Martin-McCormick has all sorts of ulterior motives and mangled ciphers woven throughout his debut full-length as Ital, Hive Mind is first and foremost about sticky house grooves and atmospheric sprawl, of which there are plenty. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 02/28/2012

Red Bull Music Academy Releases 'Various Assets' Compilation

Over the past month, we've brought you three different tracks that were put together at last year's installment of Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid. Those cuts were part of a double-disc compilation that RBMA has finally released online. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 02/28/2012

Download: Mason "Superimposer (Zombie Disco Squad Remix)"

London duo Zombie Disco Squad has been delivering party-ready house jams for several years now, releasing original productions on labels like Made to Play and mixing an XLR8R podcast several years back. Now, the team has remixed "Superimposer," a bubbling track by Amsterdam's Mason. The remix is a warm, crisp slice of funky house, a tune that's perfect for an early-morning haze. It's out now as part of the Superimposer EP (artwork above) on Animal Language, which also includes remixes from Harvard Bass, Arveene & MiSK, and Polymath. 

Average: 7 (49 votes)
 
 

DJ Harvey Drops Rare Mix for RA.300

The legendary Harvey William Bassett (a.k.a. DJ Harvey) has mixed the milestone 300th podcast for Resident Advisor. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 02/27/2012

Download: Ambassadeurs "Duke Red"

First Listen

Just last week, Brighton up-and-comer Ambassadeurs shared a video for his tune "M.O.P.E." Now, he's passed along a new track, "Duke Red," which is said to serve as the first taste of the producer's as-yet-untitled forthcoming debut album. As on "M.O.P.E.," Ambassadeurs manages to combine a number of genres here, as traces of West Coast beat music, UK bass, and the now-ubiquitous touch of modern R&B are all present. It's the kind of tune a beatmaker can appreciate, one that moves in measured steps and is held together by its solid drum work and an impressively precise aesthetic.  

Average: 8.3 (130 votes)
 
 

MikeQ Delivers Latest FACT Mix

Today, we're pleasantly surprised to find a brand-new mix has surfaced from vogue house/ballroom posterchild MikeQ, which he delivered to FACT. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 02/27/2012

Download: Suspect "Inurface (Stereogamous Remix)"

First Listen
Label: Thug

Late last year, Suspect teamed up with Creepy Autograph (an alias of the prolific Jimmy Edgar) for a split EP (artwork above) on the freshly minted Thug imprint. The release came stacked with an original track from each producer along with remixes of each other's tunes, which unfortunately left no space for Australian duo Stereogamous' sleek rework of "Inurface." On its remix, the pair from Down Under manages to take Suspect's cut into even deeper territory, dropping the original song's robot vocals and injecting a healthy amount of undulating low-end into the affair, ultimately yielding a cut as primed for the dancefloor as either of its counterparts. 

Average: 7.8 (51 votes)
 
 

2562 Announces Forthcoming 'Air Jordan' EP

File this one under Titles We Can't Believe We Haven't Seen Yet. Dutch dub-techno producer 2562's next record is called Air Jordan. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 02/27/2012

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