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Download: Mijo "Valet Parking"

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Label: Sanfuentes

Hailing from Mexico City, prolific producer Alec Sander (who has in the past operated under the names La Royale, Yesco, and Moon Runner) will deliver the next record for Sanfuentes—the eponymous label of LA-based Cómeme affiliate Vicente Sanfuentes—under his Mijo alias. Due out on December 8, Mijo's Economic EP is said to embody the Mexican club music ethos of "less is more," offering four tracks of stripped-back techno with "no gimmicks, no flash." A fine example of such is EP cut "Valet Parking," which sees Mijo crafting an efficient but energetic production that laces its lively drum-machine stomp with playful bits of upfront synth tones and, of course, plenty of percussive odds and ends. Ahead of its release next month, Mijo's forthcoming Economic EP can be previewed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 6.9 (26 votes)

Download: Machines in Heaven "Hindu Milk (Debukas Remix)"

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Earlier this month, Glasgow trio Machines in Heaven dropped the Hindu Milk EP (artwork above), a five-track effort which explored a number of (mostly instrumental) electronic and pop hybrids. To coincide with the release, Machines in Heaven has tapped fellow Glaswegian talent Debukas to remix the EP's title track, the results of which are featured here. A wistful, M83-esque affair, Debukas reshapes "Hindu Milk" into a more club-appropriate outing, placing a thick bassline beneath the array of warm chords and sprightly melodic content which Debukas repurposes from Machines in Heaven's original track. Debukas' rework can be grabbed below, while a full stream of Machines in Heaven's Hindu Milk EP can be found after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 6.9 (15 votes)

Download: Lowcommittee "1943"

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Label: Vlek

The addition of Brice Dreessen (a.k.a. Lowcommittee) to Belguim's Vlek label seems fated to be a good fit. A hometown producer who has made a name for himself across two intriguing cassette releases for his own Varech label, the Belgian talent is set join the adventurous label's fold next month with Race at Neon Club. Appearing early on in the record is "1943," which serves as Race at Neon Club's rhythmic-based outing, placing a collection of thumping kicks and toms beneath expansive sheets of ever-evolving synth tones. Lowcommittee's "1943" exploration is set to be joined by seven similarly hand-crafted productions when Vlek issues Race at Neon Club in vinyl and digital form on December 1. 

Average: 7.4 (24 votes)

Download: Villain "Vantage (Subterranean Dub)"

Label: Futra

Earlier this month, LA producer Villain became the latest producer to step up on local label Futra, delivering his Vantage EP via the label. Across its four tracks, the record sees Villain lacing heavy-handed rhythmic structures with dense sonic atmospheres, such as on the record's closing cut, a "Subterranean Dub" version of the EP's title track. Stretched across six minutes, the dub strips back the original effort's drum pattern, focusing on an industrial half-time step which cuts through a wide-spread array of moody chords and swelling pads. Out now, the rest of Villain's recent Vantage EP can be previewed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 6.3 (23 votes)

Download: S-Ampel "Playing Games"

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A bonus cut to S-Ampel's forthcoming The Escapist EP for UK label Decay, "Playing Games" is an acutely focused dancefloor cut. An efficient tool of sorts, the track leads with sharp four-on-the-floor rhythms and undulating sub-bass, on top of which the Birmingham producer lays down dubbed chords, wordless vocal murmurs, and light touches of percussion and FX. Before S-Ampel's deep-rooted The Escapist EP lands next week (November 24, to be exact), the upcoming three-track record can be previewed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.3 (25 votes)

Download: Louville "Dawn ‘46"

Label: Bad Taste

The Sheffield-based Bad Taste imprint is in the midst of celebrating its fifth year as a label, and to mark the occasion have released a name-your-price compilation featuring tunes from Walter Ego, Timbah, Tony Quattro, and this clattering electronic affair from Louville. Spanning almost six minutes, "Dawn ‘46" melds somber chords with a smattering of textured percussion layers, most of which fill the production's background with various shakes and clatters while a loose, thumb piano-like melody takes the lead. The second of two fifth anniversary compilations, the Bad Taste outpost's new collection can be grabbed here

Average: 7.8 (26 votes)

Download: Taskforce "CDJ2000"

A frequent producer of beats for adventurous rapper Le1f, Taskforce will issue his official debut next week via the Silverback label. Entitled Return Notice, the 21-year-old beatmaker's upcoming effort is said to be inspired by "nervous breakdowns, feedback migraines, crippling anxiety, gasoline rainbows and... 'the taste of the whip.'" Though not set to appear on Return Notice, bonus cut "CDJ2000" gives us a better sense of the Chicago-born artist's creative aims, as it unrolls an ever-evolving set of heavy-handed rhythms that chug beneath some menacingly sparse synth work. Set to include remixes from Renaissance Man and Nguzunguzu, Taskforce's upcoming Return Notice EP can be previewed after the jump before it officially arrives on November 24.  Read more » 

Average: 7.5 (38 votes)


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