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  • Paul McCartney – “New” (prod. by Mark Ronson)
  • Paul McCartney has an album coming out called New in October – his first album…

    Read more articles like “Paul McCartney – “New” (prod. by Mark Ronson)” on PMA – Pretty Much Amazing.

  • Cate Le Bon and Perfume Genius – “I Think I Knew”
  • Chances are you may not have heard the Welsh songwriter Cate Le Bon’s voice before…

    Read more articles like “Cate Le Bon and Perfume Genius – “I Think I Knew”” on PMA – Pretty Much Amazing.

  • Danny Brown – “ODB”
  • Brown’s OLD album will feature A$AP Rocky, Purity Ring, Charli XCX, Freddie Gibbs, Schoolboy Q, Rustie, A-Trak.

    Read more articles like “Danny Brown – “ODB”” on PMA – Pretty Much Amazing.

  • Misty Conditions "Drizzle (Baconhead Remix)"
    3:13, via XLR8R MP3s
  • Ben Hudson and Paul Howyer, the two UK-based producers who make up Baconhead, have just unleashed a thick remix for a cut from fellow British outfit Misty Conditions‘ forthcoming LP for Planet Mu. “Drizzle (Baconhead Remix)” sees the remixers packing up the original tune’s array of hypnotic synths and rhythms in favor of its own hazy dancefloor ambience. Thanks to hard-hitting drumwork and alluring FX, Baconhead’s production unfolds patiently, eventually revealing a healthy dose of low frequencies. Misty Conditions is currently putting the final touches on its debut release, D’Zzzz, which will feature “Drizzle” when it drops on October 8. Before then, the record’s artwork and tracklist can be found after the jump.

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  • Jamie Isaac "I Will Be Cold Soon (Hackman Remix)"
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  • Jamie Isaac "I Will Be Cold Soon (Hackman Remix)"
    3:13, via XLR8R MP3s
  • With his remix of Jamie Isaac‘s (pictured above) “I Will Be Cold Soon,” UK production whiz Hackman has now delivered three seperate remixes via our Downloads page in just the past four months (the other two can be found here and here, for those that missed them).

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  • Deft "Rising Sun"
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  • After unveiling the video for “Faded,” a track from Deft‘s forthcoming Voight Kampff EP, the Croydon-based producer has given us another cut from his forthcoming record. “Rising Sun” feels like an appropriate title for the single, with its loping 120 bpm groove and cascading pieces of clattering percussion.

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  • Toboggan "Baby Don’t Cry"
    3:13, via XLR8R MP3s
  • Toboggan "Baby Don’t Cry"
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  • Montreal producer and previous Ryan Hemsworth collaborator Toboggan tends to work with the type of nocturnal, woozy sounds which recall the glory days of trip-hop. On “Baby Don’t Cry,” a track from his recently released Obscura EP for Infinite Machine, Toboggan marries jazzy, shuffled snare hits with swaths of white noise and a bluesy vocal sample that wouldn’t sound out of place coming from the corners of a Portishead record.

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  • Watch the Southbank Centre’s celebration of MLK’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech, featuring The Last Poets and more
  • Inspirational speech lives on. Yesterday, London’s South Bank Centre hosted a day of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech. Described as an “open-air collision of words, music and film celebrating one of […]
  • Hear the Mark Ronson-produced title track from Paul McCartney’s New album
  • New single from a new album entitled… New. Sir Paul McCartney has a new album incoming, which has now been confirmed for released October 15 through Concord Music Group. This latest solo album from the ex-Beatle will be titled New. […]
  • Gold Panda celebrates local area life with new video for single ‘Community’
  • Cruise the London sights you won’t find in any tourist guides. The latest single from Gold Panda‘s Half of Where You Live album, released earlier this summer, has just been given an official video. ‘Community’ sees the Peckham producer, now […]
  • Paul Woolford unveils new Special Request remixes for Ghostpoet and Friend Within
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  • Paul Woolford unveils new Special Request remixes for Ghostpoet and Friend Within
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  • With his debut Special Request album now lined up for October on Houndstooth, Paul Woolford unveils two new top notch reworks to keep things ticking over nicely.
  • Digital Farm Animals – Adore You
  • Good morning. Get ready to feast your ears. Get ready for my a song I really like. That is understatement of the year, but I feel okay about it. Lately I’ve been rocking out to Digital Farm Animals’ Adore You. It has all the good things. solidly steeped in 80s revival. The instrumentation rings beautifully of Prince. […]
  • 95 Royale – Smiling Back At Me (Radio Edit)
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  • stream: Inga Copeland – "Fit"
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    Earlier this month, Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland, together known as Hype Williams, announced that they were no longer affiliated. Fortunately that hasn’t stopped them from continuing to making music. Blunt recently dropped a free album he recorded in a Moscow hotel room, and now Copeland returns with haunting new track entitledFit.” Give it a listen below.

  • video: Shigeto – "Detroit Part 1"
  • Michigan-based electronic musician Zach Saginaw, aka Shigeto, has unveiled the video for “Detroit Part 1,” taken from his recently released third LP, No Better Time Than Now. Made by director and actor Rafe Scobey-Thal of the The Mandus Films collective, this short film shows us Shigeto himself getting shot and more. Watch below.

  • stream: Keep Shelly in Athens – "Flyway"
  • Grecian electronic duo Keep Shelly in Athens are releasing their debut album ‘At Home’ on September 17 via Cascine. We’ve already heard several tracks from the record— Madmen Love, Recollection and Oostende— and now they’ve let another dreamy album cut go, Flyway.” Give it a listen below.

  • stream : Moonface – "Everyone Is Noah, Everyone Is The Ark"
  • Singer/songwriter Spencer Krug aka Moonface will release a new album “Julia With Blue Jeans On” out October 29 at Jagjaguwar and unveiled today the first cut. “Everyone Is Noah, Everyone Is The Ark” shows the absolute talent of pianist, streaming below.

  • video : Work Drugs – "Modern Living"
  • Philadelphia pop-dance band Work Drugs continue their amazing-singles wave by sharing today a nautic sports 80’s video for their super-summerish new song “Modern Living”, available below. The single should be available for purchase sometime today. 

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  • stream : Cumstain vs. Pookie And The Poodlez cassette
  • Both Oakland-based, both amazing pop-punk bands Cumstain and Pookie And The Poodlez are releasing today a new split cassette at Burger Records. Below you can stream both Cumstain’s “Princess Bitch” and Pookie’s “Go Around”. They also announced a joined tour next month.

    If you missed it, watch Poookie videos for “Tay Tay” and “Pookie Smooches”.  

  • stream : Denitia And Sene – "Feel Better"
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    Downtempo lovers, Brooklyn electronic-r&b duo Denitia And Sene are still producing on studio and unveiled a new result. After recent beautiful and heartbreaking “It’s Your Fault”, today here’s a new non-album song “Feel Better”, streaming below.

  • stream : Gap Dream – "Shine Your Love"
  • Cleveland bedroom-pop project Gap Dream have a new album coming up at Burger Records and shared today a new single. Ater both amazing “Chill Spot” and “Fantastic Sam”, album-titled song “Shine Your Love” it’s another terrific track. This song will also be out as a seven-inch b/w “Light On A G String” out September 17 at Fat Possum Records.

  • stream : Tim Hecker – "Virginal II"
  • Vancouver electronic producer Tim Hecker announced earlier this summer that a new album – Virgins – was coming out on October 14 at Kranky and today he shared the first cut, the monumental “Virginal II”, streaming below. Hecker also announced that he will reissue his 2004’s effort “Mirages” to be printed on vinyl for the first time.

  • Wildlife – ON THE HEART (w/ “Bad Dream”)
    3:13, via The Burning Ear
  • TBE faves Wildlife released a sophomore album a few months back and it got lost in the shuffle. Don’t suffer from my mistakes! Get on these jams ASAP. These guys somehow craft the best straight up indie rock n roll songs and never get enough love! “Bad Dream” is a great start. The whole album is a better finish.

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  • [MP3] Gemini Club – “Sparklers” (2013 version)
    3:13, via The Burning Ear
  • [MP3] Gemini Club – “Sparklers” (2013 version)
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  • I love Gemini Club. I love sparklers. I also love “Sparklers”. But really I love dance songs that shred. “Sparklers” was on their 2012 album Here We Sit but has been re-mixed and remastered for 2013 and frankly sounds like 2014.

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  • Years and Years – “Traps”
    3:13, via The Burning Ear
  • Years & Years’ previous single “I Wish I Knew” was hands down one of the best songs of 2012 so it is going to not be easy to top that in my ears. “Traps” disappointed at first but with repeated listened I see that they are just doing something different here. These guys do not fear the tender side. But it eventually breaks and the beat comes in. Then I feel it.… continue reading

  • [VIDEO] Music Video Roundup – 8.28.13
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  • [VIDEO] Music Video Roundup – 8.28.13
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  • [VIDEO] Music Video Roundup – 8.28.13
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  • [VIDEO] Music Video Roundup – 8.28.13
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  • [VIDEO] Music Video Roundup – 8.28.13
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  • A new one from music video masters Haim plus new discoveries like Hanni El Khatib (how did I miss this guy!?). I’m so stoked Foxes is finally picking up steam with the people! And Haim is gonna deliver one of the year’s best albums. Women be straight killing it these days!

     

    HAIM – “The Wire”

    Oliver – “Night Is On My Mind”

    Foxes – “Youth”

    Hanni El Khatib – “Pay No Mind”

    Nick Waterhouse – “Some Place”

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  • Johnny Stimson – “Daddy’s Money” (Fare Soldi remix)
    3:13, via The Burning Ear
  • Fare Soldi do it again. That bass. Mmmm….… continue reading

  • EGO – A Trip With EGO Mixtape [Premiere]
    3:13, via Salacious Sound
  •   If you have 30 minutes to spare and are currently high, I can guarantee that you’ll like the latest video mixtape from Aussie visual artist and DJ, Ego. Hell, […]
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  • Bonnie Mckee – American Girl (Oliver Remix)
    3:13, via Salacious Sound
  •   As Abraham Lincoln once said (probably), ‘funk is the way’. This new, or ‘nu’ if you’re hip, wave of disco and funk is absolutely lovely, and one of, if […]
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    2. Tuesday Top Ten #51: tracks by Oliver that will get you grooving
    3. Oliver – Mechanical EP
  • BANKS – Warm Water (Figgy Remix)
    3:13, via Salacious Sound
  • One of my favourite songs for 2013 has arguably been improved by New York Producer Figgy. From the original to the rework Figgy has sped things up and given the […]
    Related posts:
    1. Banks – Warm Water (Snakehips Remix)
    2. BANKS – Warm Water (Prod. By TEED)
    3. Drake – Doing it Wrong (Figgy Remix)
  • Flight To Forever
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  • Following the excellent four-track self titled EP from Asher Levitis and Linn Carin Dirdal aka Saa, London label Left Blank looks set to continue it’s fine form with the ‘Flight To Forever’ EP by One Circle on September 9th. After going
  • Smoke And Dust
    3:13, via ReqEffect
  • Fresh from making some experimental electronic music as Wraetlic on the Convex Industries label run by Jon Convex, Glasgow producer and Soma veteran Alex Menzies is set to debut his better known Alex Smoke moniker at R&S Records with the
  • The Trap Dojo #52
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  • The Trap Dojo #52
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  • The Trap Dojo #52
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  • The Trap Dojo #52
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  • The Trap Dojo #52
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  • The Trap Dojo #52
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  • The Trap Dojo #52
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  • The Trap Dojo #52
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  • The Trap Dojo #52
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  • The Trap Dojo #52
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  • The Trap Dojo #52
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  • The Trap Dojo #52
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  • The Trap Dojo #52
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  • The Trap Dojo #52
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  • The Trap Dojo #52
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  • The Trap Dojo #52
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  • [Video] River Tiber – The City
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  • Toronto typically isn’t recognized as something of an independent music hotbed , but in the last year or so, we’ve been pretty sonically pleased by … Continue reading »
  • Lolo || Year Round Summer Of Love
  • Party Supplies || Going Back To New York
  • Released: August 2013
  • Roosevelt || Elliot
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  • Around The World in 80 Raves: Hidden Agenda, Dublin
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  • Around The World in 80 Raves: Hidden Agenda, Dublin
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  • Around The World in 80 Raves: Hidden Agenda, Dublin
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  • Around The World in 80 Raves: Hidden Agenda, Dublin
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  • Around The World in 80 Raves: Hidden Agenda, Dublin
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  • Around The World in 80 Raves takes you into the basements, warehouses, and back rooms where the magic happens—from Caracas to Calgary and back. Photos courtesy of Hidden Agenda.

    NAME: Hidden Agenda
    CITY: Dublin, Ireland
    RESIDENTS: Niall Darcy, Colin Devine
    RECENT HEADLINERS: LoveBirds, Krystal Klear, Kidnap Kid, Bondax, Jamie XX, Todd Terje
    VIBE: Modern art sweat lodge
    VENUE: The Button Factory
    COST: Ticket prices vary
    WHEN IT HAPPENS: Every Saturday
     

    WHAT'S THE DEAL THO:
    Each Saturday for the past two years, the Hidden Agenda boys have transformed every corner of Dublin's The Button Factory with art installations and their own DIY lighting. Despite their initial low budget, promoters Niall and Cowie really worked it out. Desperate for light boxes to illuminate the stage, they fashioned makeshift ones out of plywood and shower curtains—these fixtures have now become a staple of the club.

    ONE UNFORGETTABE MOMENT:
    "We brought Nicolas Jaar over for his debut show in Dublin—he's one of our favorite artists. One of our team got a little too excited and got himself in to a horrible K-hole just after Jaar finished. Whenever he finds himself in a similar situation, it's now known as getting 'Nicolas Jaared.'" [ed's note: they have ketamine in Ireland?]

    Hidden Agenda isn't just a party: they've also got a frequently updated blog, a series of mixtapes available online, a newly curated art show from Slipdraft and Block T., and they're even outsourcing parties (like the one on a boat at Garden Festival in Croatia. No big deal.) As you can see, each week is a new opportunity to get wild and sweaty with Dublin’s finest and maybe even get buck on some buckfast (that crazy sweet bum wine Irish folks drink) while you're at it. 

    Keep up with Hidden Agenda on Facebook and Twitter.

    Lina likes hot sauce and Drake. – @linalovesit

  • Nightmares On Wax Comes Full Circle
    3:13, via THUMP RSS Feed
  • Nightmares on Wax was popping, locking, and striking his smoothest b-boy stance before most of you THUMP readers were even an idea in your mamas' heads. And while the majority of his contemporaries from that early period of hip-hop-centric experimentation haven't exactly aged well, Nightmares (né George Evelyn) has managed to stay on top.

    The British DJ and producer has worn a lot of hats since his 1991 debut album on Warp Records, A Word of Science: The First and Final Chapter, when all the hip-hop kids across the pond first got into rave music. With an approach that is more intuitive than strategic, Nightmares on Wax has always been able to duck flash-in-the-pan musical trends by keeping this blend of rave psychedelia and hip-hop swagger at the core of his productions. He does so yet again on his latest LP, Feelin' Good, out September 17 on Warp.

    The ten-track record finds Nightmares on Wax revisiting past sounds in an effort to come full circle. Acid house, which Evelyn and other DJs have been dropping at his Wax Da Jam residency at Las Dalias on Ibiza, has also found its way back into his sound. Which is awesome, because we love acccciiiidddd.

    I rang up Evelyn to talk about working with Berlin jazzanova composer Sebastien Studnitzky, how his recording process has changed over the years, and the absurdity of EDM branding.

    THUMP: How was it recording with a composer and string section on Feelin' Good? Was this a first for you as far as recording live strings?
    Nightmares on Wax: In 1999 we recorded a 52-piece orchestra for the track “Les Nuits” (Carboot Soul) at Angels Studios in London. That experience alone convinced me that that was what I wanted to do. This time around, Wolfgang Haffner suggested I work with the composer Sebastien Studnitzky, who is super-connected with Berlin players. The tracks were more or less written—Sebastien just came over and added a bit of his magic as far as the orchestration and structure were concerned. We arranged the studio session, and it was amazing to have the players come in and record. Berlin is really hot for players at the moment.

    What's it like being in a room with a composer and players given your club background?
    These players are so good that all they have to do is sit down and play the notes. They don't even need to hear the song. The only thing that Sebastien and I fine-tuned was how they were going to sit back into the groove, really.

    Has your approach to recording changed much over the years?
    More than anything I feel like I've gone full circle. As you progress, you start acquiring more knowledge and trying new methods. You get new bits of gear and try to get the fattest sounds. Although my knowledge is much greater, I don't write in a massively different way from when I first started.

    What is the most important thing you've learned?
    I think simplicity. It's the key to everything. It doesn't matter how many tricks you learn, or how many skills you get, it all boils down to simplicity. And that can be in the writing, the production, or the mixing phases. Those are all the different art forms. I've always been interested in getting my hands dirty on all of those levels, but I've really simplified my approach to writing and recording.

    Feelin' Good has a bit of an acid house vibe. You were in Ibiza in those heady days, and certainly saw the development of the Balearic Beat. So, when you mention coming full circle, does that imply something of a return to that aesthetic?
    If you go back to some of those tracks from '88 and '89, the ones that are the strongest are the ones that still stand up now. Any really good song stands the test of time. To me, house music is sounding fun again. I'm not talking about EDM and all of that nonsense, I'm talking about house music. The groove is back, and it sounds like fun. That's house music to me. It might be a little bit twisted, but the beats are fat. It sounds solid, you know what I mean? It's not stuff that isn't designed to be danced to.

    I'm hearing some stuff that people are calling minimal and it just sounds lazy. It doesn't do anything for me. I'm more into the stuff that has a tribal element, where the bass is kick-ass and it sounds like fun—like it's something you want to get down to.

    So, you think that element has been lost over the years in dance music?
    Yes, and this is how house music was when I was growing up and it was evolving. We didn't even call it house music anyway, it was just called dance music. The first house records I was hearing were back in 1984. We were digging and playing these tunes alongside our funk tracks. Then we began dropping our own tracks in 1988, and people started calling it acid and such. These house tracks are now being called techno, but we never called them that. Now that I'm hearing it back in the clubs again, I'm thinking, “This is the shit we started with.” It's not the euro-trash, cheesy vocal house music that is being sold all over America.

    Absolutely. You brought up EDM, which really is a branding effort here in America. Do you have any other thoughts on that industry, for lack of a better term?
    It's another vehicle, isn't it? It's like, “Alright, this vehicle is running out of juice, where is the next vehicle? Ah, that one! Well, that's what we need to do. But, we need to rename it. Let's abbreviate it. Right, we'll call it 'EDM'.”

    Some people love it and are into it, and I don't want to diss them. But, if you want to zombify a nation, that's what you do. It's simple: you abbreviate it, lock it into people's heads, and let them think that it's something new when it's not. Then all the corporations jump on top of it, capitalize it, and then suck it dry until there's nothing left and the next vehicle comes along.

    Right, the music industry parasite at play, for better or worse.
    That's what happens. It happened to glam rock. Obviously, when individuals have been into that stuff for over 25 years, it upsets people, especially those guys who were the foundation of it all. Look at all of the Chicago DJs, and the original New York house DJs—none of these guys are even in the picture now. But, what can you do about it? To me, it's not about fighting it, it's about staying true to what you do. I've always believed that whenever there's a load of shit going down there's always an amazing underground.

    I want to circle back to the Chicago house DJs for a moment, because I really think those guys illustrate a vital point about the state of dance music. I recently saw Frankie Knuckles, one of the original Chicago house DJs, at a Boiler Room set. He blew the roof off the house. My jaw was on the floor, and I'm standing there thinking, “Do these people even know how good this is right now?” It was sublime.
    I actually did a Defected party with Frankie Knuckles and Osunlade recently on the rooftop of the Tower in Ibiza. David Guetta was playing next door and, obviously, it was totally packed. There is a difference between those clubbers and the clubbers that were at our party. The great thing about our party was that everywhere you looked people were smiling, dancing, and happy. It was just perfect. It didn't matter whether people were on drugs or not, and there was no VIP. The music was fantastic all night, and I'm not saying that because I played there. I've got the same respect that you have for Frankie Knuckles. This is the foundation I'm talking about. We can't even put this in comparison for people because of the rebranding effort currently going on in electronic music.

    I could imagine how that could be frustrating. On the other hand, it's also humorous.
    The hilarious thing about all of this is that it takes me back to 1993 when all of this euro-trash was coming out of Holland and Germany. This is when they were trying to make pop music out of house music. Technotronic or 2 Unlimited, all those pop records from the early '90s. This is exactly what they're doing now, but they're doing it on a mass scale because it's America, and anything that is big in America sends ripples out across the world. It's nothing new, but now we have the internet and corporations behind it, which means there is money injected into it like never before.

    For the people experiencing it now it's unbelievable because they've never experienced it. I'm pretty sure 90% of these DJs cannot believe what's going on. But, respect to them because they're on the ride—they've caught the bus. There is no way that David Guetta or Tiësto could have predicted what happened to them. From their point of view, it's incredible. But, I'm talking about music at the end of the day. And as far as the music is concerned, there is a definitive gap between what forces are trying to portray as being house music and what actually is house music.

    With that in mind, I was really struck by the new album's vitality. Lately, electronic music can often sound procedural—a way of adopting a production fashion instead of making it feel alive. 
    When I talk about coming full circle, this is what I mean. I'm keeping the basic elements of how I make music, but finding the marriage of what it is that I think I've been trying to say my whole career. And this is a 50/50 marriage of analogue and digital that evolved and manifested in the making of this album. Even when DJing I play with drummers and use vocalists. I'm jamming on the spot. This record is not only a soundscape and representation of feeling good (hence the album title), it's a way of allowing people to connect with the last time they felt good. The moment you think of that, you feel good again. I try to prick that bubble a bit and express it sonically.

    Which is what you offer on “Now is the Time,” a track with a Jamaican vocal line with someone singing “rocksteady” on top of some acid house-type instrumentation.
    It was funny because when I started that tune, in my head I was like, “This is kind of like a slowed-down, house-garage track.” And then when I brought the percussionist Shovell in to do the vocals on the track, he said, “Yeah, but I hear a carnival, man, and I hear the roots in it.” And I thought, Oh, yeah, you're right. It's quite a reggae bassline, isn't it?” But, that wasn't what I was hearing originally.

    So, we kind of glued the piece together once we got the lyrics right. It's all about getting ready for this feeling, because it's all about you. We've got this salsa feel, this reggae feel, and it's really carnivalesque. It's another organically positive expression, and not a preconceived idea.

    One of the great things about your music is that you fuse a lot of styles of music but it's never cluttered. Space is always essential, as it is on the track “Tapestry.” In the final analysis, is this space important in what you do?
    I think space is the most valuable thing you can have in any record. Can you craft that space? It's the same as writing a lyric. In the first two lines can you craft enough space with just the right amount of words? What you're painting is so visual and to the point. The art of songwriting is space, it's not all the other things that we think it is. We need to create enough space to get the message across, and it's not the easiest part of writing a song. But, I think that comes with time.

    It's interesting that you picked up on “Tapestry,” because it's another imprint of the vibe of my Wax Da Jam night. The track started out when I was looping stuff while DJing. I had this disco loop which I took out to DJ with me, and then I mixed something else into it, and that gave me another idea. So, I went back to the studio and it became one of these tracks that I pictured myself DJing. It contains the influences of Wax Da Jam's tribal sort of vibe, but it's also funky and groovy. It keeps the positive vibe going while giving you these little breathers where it builds something and collapses several times.

    It seems like your songs come from a sort of inexplicable place.
    For me, the songs that are easy are the best. And the reason that they're the best is that they're complimentary to themselves as far as sonics, structure, and space. But, I don't think these songs come from a space of logic; I think they come from a space of feeling. And feeling more than ever is vitally important to me in my life.

  • MIXED BY Plastic Plates
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  • With his cache of cocaine party tunes, it's easy to see why Plastic Plates debuted on Kitsuné, the fabulous Parisian music and fashion label that boasts members like Hot Chip, Digitalism, and, more recently, ghettotech god DJ Assault. The Aussie-born Angeleno's mix of glistening nu-disco and electro tracks from folks like Cajmere, Alex Metric and Disclosure would be a fitting soundtrack for railing lines off a Swedish fashion blogger's Chanel compact, but don't shrug it off as shallow runway music. These are the kinds of slickly-produced gems with which to languish the remaining days of summer. Catch Plastic Plates in NYC tomorrow, August 29, alongside fellow Kitsuné mainstays Classixx and Digitalism, at the Kitsuné Club Night party at Brooklyn's Ouput club.
     
    Tracklist:
     
    Jonas Rathsman – Yes I Am
    Cajmere – You're The One (Pleasurekraft Remix)
    Decibels – Regulator Moderator (Mighty Mouse Remix) 
    Plastic Plates – Come On Strong 
    Curses  – So Good 
    Alex Metric & Jacques Lu Cont feat. Malin – Safe With You (Odysseus Remix) 
    Disclosure – F for You (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Remix)
    Tourist ft Sneaky Sound System – Together 
    Black Rose ft. Luisa Gerstein – Sky 
    Tensnake ft. Fiora – See Right Through 
  • Donna Summer – "Love Is In Control (Finger on the Trigger)" (Chromeo & Oliver Remix)
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  • Well this is just an absolutely fantastic way to end this hump day. It feels like forever and a day since we’ve heard from Dave 1 and P-Thugg, better known as the Canadian electronic funk duo Chromeo. And this week they’ve made a foursome (and showed us that they’ve still got good…
  • Big K.R.I.T. – "Just Last Week" Feat. Future
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  • In mid January, Mississippi flag-bearer Big K.R.I.T. released King Remembered in Time, his first release since dropping his Def Jam debut, Live from the Underground, to lukewarm reception. The mixtape featured many stellar cuts, one of which was a snippet for “Just Last Week” featuring current hookmaster Future. Today, we have been blessed…
  • Skream – "Rollercoaster" Feat. Sam Frank
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  • Skream, the infamous dubstep OG turned disco-house prodigy, is back at it again, bringing listeners another infectious production with “Rollercoaster”. With assistance from chart-climbing UK vocalist Sam Frank, Skream continues on the path to four-on-the-floor utopia with his house-led crusade. Turning in low-end bass for glittering house sensibility, listeners have…
  • EARMILK X Electric Zoo – Writer’s Picks
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  • To conclude our Earmilk x Electric Zoo series, we bring you our picks of 2013’s must-see acts. With some tough decision making, we’ve narrowed it down to our top 5 per day. We know you’re as excited as we are for the fifth annual installment of the famous Randall’s Island…
  • Kissy Sell Out – "Who Walks Alone" [Official Video]
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • Influential UK house and speed garage DJ Kissy Sell Out is sounding fresher than ever. “Who Walks Alone” is the first song off of his forthcoming EP San City High set for release on October 14th, and what better way to pair the announcement than with a stellar video. Be on the lookout for multiple cameos…
  • Earmilk Presents: Thomas Jack [Exclusive]
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  • Earmilk Presents: Thomas Jack [Exclusive]
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  • Are you looking for a little more adventure in your life? What if I told you wouldn’t have to buy a plane ticket, pack a single bag, or worry about ever getting homesick. Sound good? Well, let me show you the way.  First, go ahead and find a serene spot, grab whatever…
  • BANKS – "Waiting Game" [Video]
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • Self-taught pianist and singer, BANKS, is definitely an artist that you should be keeping your eye on in the next few months. Scheduled to embark on a North American-wide tour with The Weeknd on September 6, it’s no secret that this talented, LA-based songstress who’s sultry voice and candid lyricism are quickly…
  • Major Lazer – "Bubble Butt" (Dada Life Remix)
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • What more can be said about the rampantly ridiculous Swedish duo kown as Dada Life, other than their shit is bananas. From everyday champagne showers to random album release stunts (remember that girl who snagged a first listen by dressing up like a banana and running around New York?), their…
  • Danny Brown – "ODB" [Video]
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • So it appears that good things really do come in twos. Coming only a few days after he announced that OLD, the follow up to his critically acclaimed album XXX, will be released on September 30th, Danny Brown dropped the brand new video for the next track from OLD, called “ODB”. These past few months…
  • Noah’s Heark – "Blue Breathes"
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • Noah’s Heark is like a Lali Puna that’s comfortable with silence.  Coming off the Little Tree EP from Mooshy Moo, “Blue Breathes” is remarkable.  The concept of dimension, the crisp production, but most of all, it’s the transformation from beginning to end that is so stunning. Opening with a clean marimba…
  • Big Dope P – "So High" [Exclusive Download]
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • Big Dope P is a funky “big beat” slinging producer and DJ from Paris, France. His style is so undeniably distinguishable from other producers in his league because of the huge percussive sounds and orchestral samples commonly used in his tracks. “So High”, off of his forthcoming Diggity Two EP…
  • Armada Contest Wrap-Up
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  • Armada Contest Wrap-Up
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  • As our Armada Records remix competition comes to a close, it’s time to look over some of the entries, feature the winners, and wrap up the contest as a whole. This contest was massive, with kudos coming from Christian Burns and Paul Van Dyk themselves about the quantity and quality of submissions. Overall we had…
  • Clubfeet – "Cape Town" (Blue Version Remix)
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • Vancouver based producer, Blue Version, has single handedly taken on the remix duties of the 5-piece outfit Clubfeet; turning their disco tinged single “Cape Town” into a subtle piece of audio joy. Infusing his signature melodious and experimental sounds, coupled with low-slung vocals, Blue creates an atmospheric feeling with an…
  • Alluxe – "Rytmus" [Premiere]
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  • Alluxe – "Rytmus" [Premiere]
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  • When your everyday CV work reads like a who’s who in the music industry, you know you must be doing something right. Well, that’s just a day in the life for international sound designer, music technologist, and composer, Laura Escudé aka Alluxe, whose background includes work alongside some of music’s biggest…
  • Disclosure – "Second Chance" (Bird Peterson Remix)
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • A favorite artist of the recent year, Disclosure has had its share of remixes and bootlegs but nothing quite like this. The remix produced by Bird Peterson brings a brand new style that he labels as “Hogwarts Hogwash.” Elements of acid house, dubstep, chopped and screwed are just a few…
  • James Bay – "Move Together" [Video Premiere]
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  • James Bay – "Move Together" [Video Premiere]
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  • UK bred singer-songwriter James Bay has released the latest visual from his acoustic EP, The Dark of the Morning. Bay, who is known for his raw delivery, uncovers the struggles of maintaining a relationship with the person he loves in a gripping live performance of his hit, “Move Together.” Bay pleads, “Home…
  • Dpat – "Bloom"
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  • Dpat – "Bloom"
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  • Familiar with the soft manipulation on voice that Atu puts on his songs than producer Dpat should be a new favorite. He has a more calm and blissful style, but nothing short from diverse and colorful. Many bubbles and backround synths add to his collage of sounds. A sense of minimalism…

The Daily Playlist for August 28, 2013

  • New Album: Glasser – Interiors
  • Los Angeles weird pop songstress, Glasser has announced her sophomore album, Interiors. The twelve-song collection…

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  • Drake and Jay-Z appear on JT’s 20/20 Experience Part 2
  • Jay-Z and Drake are set to make an appearance on Justin Timberlake’s new album, The…

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  • Icona Pop x Zebra Katz – “My Party”
  • In a world where “I Love It” is probably playing at every party an average…

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  • Angel Haze – “Echelon”
  • Listen to “Echelon,” a complete jam and the first single from Angel Haze’s long-awaited debut…

    Read more articles like “Angel Haze – “Echelon”” on PMA – Pretty Much Amazing.

  • Video: BANKS – “Waiting Game”
  • Dark and eerie visuals accompany BANKS’ very excellent “Waiting Game.” The song is off the…

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  • Willis Earl Beal & Cat Power – “Coming Through”
  • Retro-focused songsmith Willis Earl Beal has a new album called Nobody knows. out September 10th.…

    Read more articles like “Willis Earl Beal & Cat Power – “Coming Through”” on PMA – Pretty Much Amazing.

  • Moonface – “Everyone is Noah, Everyone is the Ark”
  • Last time we heard from Spencer Krug’s Moonface project, he was playing with the Finnish…

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  • Eminem – “Berzerk”
  • Eminem’s new LP is old-school by nature – MMLP2 will be the long-awaited sequel to 2000′s Marshall…

    Read more articles like “Eminem – “Berzerk”” on PMA – Pretty Much Amazing.

  • Video: The National – “Graceless”
  • The National have been proving in their music videos for Trouble Will Find Me that they’re…

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  • Review: King Krule – 6 Feet Beneath The Moon
  • On the basis of this record, there is a new colossal talent in town.

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  • Toboggan "Baby Don’t Cry"
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  • Montreal producer and previous Ryan Hemsworth collaborator Toboggan tends to work with the type of nocturnal, woozy sounds which recall the glory days of trip-hop. On “Baby Don’t Cry,” a track from his recently released Obscura EP for Infinite Machine, Toboggan marries jazzy, shuffled snare hits with swaths of white noise and a bluesy vocal sample that wouldn’t sound out of place coming from the corners of a Portishead record.

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  • Konrad Wehrmeister "Schniek"
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  • Munich/Berlin-based techno producer Konrad Wehrmeister has contributed a track to Polyrhythmic Series #2, a compilation from the relatively new SVS label. (We got a sneak peek of the first installment of the series back in June.) “Schniek” is a minimal slice of dub-techno, with a steady motorik pulse underpinning the track’s dense polyrhythms and icy ambience. Over the course of its 10-minute runtime, Wehrmeister’s production builds from the eerie abstraction of its opening moments to something more closely resembling a conventional club tune, combining the best of both worlds. The rest of the Polyrhythmic Series #2 arrives on September 6 on both digital and limited vinyl formats, but can be previewed before then, after the jump.

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  • Gravious "Rolling Thunder (Octo Octa Remix)"
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  • Glasgow producer Gravious is the latest artist to be tapped by Los Angeles’ ever-growing Halocyan imprint, with his four-track Rolling Thunder EP slated to drop on October 1. Before that record drops, though, we’re treated to a remix of the effort’s title track by 100% Silk affiliate Octo Octa, who reshapes the original tune’s growling low end and frantic melodies into a more breezy affair with swaths of new-age synthwork and a house-friendly bounce. Gravious’ original version of “Rolling Thunder” and the rest of the man’s forthcoming EP can be previewed using the player included after the jump. (via Thump)

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  • MikIX The Cat "Footwork"
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  • After a slew of singles over the past five years, Parisian DJ/producer MikIX The Cat has just issued his debut full-length, the Shamanism LP, via his own ADD Cat label. Featured here, album track “Footwork” is a seven-minute, bass-heavy techno workout which features a driving, lightly syncopated beat, moody organ lines, and some relentless claps.

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  • Terrence Parker
  • Terrence Parker
  • Detroit holds a mythical status in the annals of electronic music, but even now, more than 25 years after the advent of house and techno, not all of the Motor City’s key players get their proper due. Terrence Parker is one such artist; the man has been active in the DJ circuit since the mid ’80s and was one of the city’s early proponents of house music, yet he rarely gets widespread recognition. At the same time, those who know Terrence Parker generally love Terrence Parker. Even with his extensive discography of both remixes and original productions, it’s still Parker’s work behind the decks that usually garners the most attention, as he’s developed a unique style that combines elements of hip-hop cutting and scratching with house, disco, and other dancefloor-friendly sounds. (He’s also known for his use of a telephone in lieu of headphones, which is why he’s often referred to as “The Telephone Man.”) Simply put, Parker puts on a clinic whenever he’s performing, and his predilection for uplifting tunes only makes him that much more enjoyable to watch. Last month, he issued a new record, “Finally (Baby Be Mine),” via Carl Craig’s Planet E label, so we seized the opportunity and asked Parker to put his famous DJ skills to use for the XLR8R podcast series.

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  • Grime veteran Riko Dan finally drops debut mixtape ‘Rise of the Farda’
  • The London city warlord returns. Keeping grime’s tradition of just dropping mixtapes with little to no fanfare or promotion, today sees the stealth release of Riko Dan‘s long-awaited mixtape debut Rise of the Farda. The 13-track mixtape sees Riko in […]
  • Download Pursuit Grooves’ remix of Fantasia ‘Without Me’ featuring Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliot
  • One of the most underrated producers around takes Fantasia’s recent single low down. Vanese Smith, the producer known as Pursuit Grooves and a favourite here at FACT, is giving away her Low Down remix of Fantasia’s ‘Without Me’ which features […]
  • Watch a Warp curated playlist of Boards of Canada fan-made videos
  • Visualise the classics. Warp Records have put together a YouTube playlist of their favourite fan-made videos of past Boards of Canada releases, tying into the recently announced back catalogue represses of classic BoC releases. The playlist so far includes 11 […]
  • Stream ‘Tonight Tonight’, a sparkling new collaboration by Damu and Thefft
  • UK producers Damu and Thefft have been collaborating on-off for a while now – Thefft’s Distronet EP was the second release on Damu’s Fulcrum label – and now the pair are self-releasing a joint two-track single. Damu’s recent releases have been closer […]
  • Oh No returns to Now Again for latest volume in the Vs modern library series
  • Oh No returns to Now Again for latest volume in the Vs modern library series
  • West coast producer pillages Now Again archive for another headnod compilation. Oh No, last seen on Fatima’s latest single for Eglo Records, spent the last four years digging through the ever expanding archives of Egon‘s Now Again records and the […]
  • Stream Golden Pudel residents Helena Hauff and F#X’s debut EP as Black Sites, Prototype, in full
  • Golden Pudel resident Helena Hauff has been making all the right moves this year, with releases on Blackest Ever Black, Werk Discs and now PAN. Don’t let anybody tell you it’s not deserved, either: Hauff’s an ace DJ, and it’s […]
  • Phuturelabs – Session Eleven – August 2013
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  • Phuturelabs – Session Eleven – August 2013
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  • The long overdue Session Eleven comes out all guns blazin’ with cuts from Paul Woolford, Hot Since 82, Move D, Trevino and more ensuring full satisfaction is guaranteed.
  • Abjo:
    Soulection: Abjo’s Remix Of Q-Tip’s "Believe"

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  • Bringing us back down memory lane to ’08, and Q-Tip’s The Renaissance album. Abjo has definitely mastered the art …
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  • stream: The Naked And Famous – "A Stillness"
  • New Zeland five-piece band, The Naked and Famous are releasing their sophomore album ‘In Rolling Waves‘ on September 16th via Fiction Records. They’ve already shared the first single, Hearts Like Ours; and now a new track, titled “A Stillness” has surfaced. Check it out below.

  • mp3: Alligator Indian – "PUF//FIN"
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    Asheville, North Carolina avant-garde pop duo Alligator Indian will be releasing a new EP, More Songs About Animals and TV, on September 17 via Bleeding Gold Records. We’ve already heard Corpsing and now the duo have shared “PUF//FIN,” which you can stream (or download) below.

  • stream: Kyson – "How Long"
  • Berlin-via-Australia electronic musician Jian Kellett-Liew, bka Kyson, has shared another track from his forthcoming debut LP, The Water’s Way, which is due for release on September 24th via LA-based label Friends of Friends. Check out “How Long” below.

  • video: Banks – "Waiting Game"
  • Los Angeles native singer-songwriter Banks has unveiled the video for her SOHN-produced track, “Waiting Game,” taken from her forthcoming EP, London, out soon on Harvest Records / Good Years Recordings. The stunning clip was directed by Francesco Corrizini. Watch below.

  • video: The National – "Graceless"
  • The National have unveiled the video for “Graceless”, taken from their recent Trouble Will Find Me album. “[Filming the video] involved a great deal of binge drinking beer,” Berninger told Rolling Stone. “We shot it at my mom and dad’s house in Cincinnati and kind of destroyed the place and ourselves along the way.” Watch it below.

  • album stream: Holograms – ‘Forever’
  • On September 3, Captured Tracks will release ‘Forever’, the highly anticipated, sophomore album from Swedish post-punk quartet Holograms. You can now stream the whole thing below via Soundcloud a week before the album’s release. (via)

  • video : Pookie And The Poodlez – "Pookie Smooches"
  • Pookie And The Poodlez unveiled a new video for “Pookie Smooches” taken from latest debut album “The Last Thing I Did As A Teenager” out at Burger Records. Like the previous debut video “Tay Tay”, this was also directed by Dan Shaw in a comic video with the lead-member playing on a headless guitar with a blonde wig accompained by the other human dog-faces band mates. Watch it below.

  • Story of the Running Wolf – “Stratospheric” + Capital Cities remix
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  • Story of the Running Wolf – “Stratospheric” + Capital Cities remix
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  • Story of the Running Wolf – “Stratospheric” + Capital Cities remix
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  • Where does one even start with L.A.’s Story Of The Running Wolf? Their sweeping throwback 80s single “Stratospheric”? Or the insane Labyrinth-esque video that goes with it? Or just dive into their epic remixes like the “Safe and Sound” one below? I honestly can’t tell you. But whichever adventure you choose, hold on tight.

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  • Foals – “Bad Habit” (Alex Metric remix)
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  • Foals last effort left me wanting more. Alex Metric delivers it here. Boom.… continue reading

  • Holy Ghost! – “Okay”
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  • Holy Ghost are my favorite. That 2011 debut album of theirs is one of the best ever. New album Dynamics is out in time for my Sept 15th birthday and fingers crossed I wont have to return it. So far “Okay” sounds OK… Its no “Hold On” or “Wait and See”…… continue reading

  • The Kite String Tangle – Commotion (Mike Mago Remix)
    3:13, via Salacious Sound
  •   If you’re in the mood for something light n’ funky tonight, we’ve got you covered with Mike Mago‘s deep house spin on The Kite String Tangle‘s Commotion.      Mike Mago […]
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  • The Dark Details
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  • Last years acclaimed eight track ‘Luxury Problems’ album by Manchester producer Andy Stott on Modern Love was described in terms such as ‘an evocative and immersive soundtrack for a sustained look within’ and ‘a sound as lush as it is
  • [Remix] Radical Something – Spraypaint (Viceroy Remix)
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  • Talk about a summer jam. We already knew what to expect from Radical Something, but sprinkle a little bit of Viceroy on top, and you … Continue reading »
  • [MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2013 Round #4)
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  • [MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2013 Round #4)
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  • indie-dojo-music-ninjaMost of us tend to put a lot of shit on our plate. Overfeeding ourselves … Continue reading »
  • Roosevelt || Elliot
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  • Alt-J || Breezeblocks (Nightkraft Remix)
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  • Phoenix || Trying To Be Cool (Grum Remix)
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  • Sango Is The New Prince of Alt-R&B
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  • Sango Is The New Prince of Alt-R&B
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  • Sango Is The New Prince of Alt-R&B
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  • "There's two motives to remixing," explains Sango. "You're remixing to pay homage or you're doing it to gain attention." And as an artist who gained a name for himself by releasing an album's worth of Weeknd remixes, he seems to be coming from both directions.

    His More Balloons collection of remixes may have been a clever attention-grab for his new R&B album, North, but referencing the sounds that shaped him is at the root of his practice. Whether that be sampling the music of his youth, repurposing more recent influences, or re-envisioning entire genres through a new lens, his output has been a direct conversation with different eras, styles, and artists. He's produced EPs that placed his stamp on Latin music, introduced trap to baile funk, and made beat tapes based on aural memories of his childhood. Even North is a back-and-forth with the vocalists featured on it.

    As the 21-year-old producer developed a sound for himself, he did so with the flat, forested backdrop of Western Michigan outside his window. "They don't force you to change here, which is good, but it's also pretty dry and doesn't offer much." The Ghostly camp was nearby in Anne Arbor, Toronto is a short drive away, and Detroit looms over all. But none of these can claim influence to Sango's output.

    It was the Internet and his family ties that made Sango the producer he's become. He lived in Seattle until he was ten, so West Coast rap has always appealed to him. And his parents spent time in the South and listened to a lot of East Coast rap, which was how he was exposed to music from those regions. His grandfather also played in an Afro Cubano band, Sango tells me. "He was the only African American in the band. He passed the taste for Latin music down to the family." More contemporary inspirations range from Toro y Moi to Buraka Som Sistema and on to UK garage.

    Despite this wide path, he's managed to circle around to a sound akin to many of his contemporaries in nearby Canada like Ryan Hemsworth, Kaytranada, and CFCF, who all combine R&B with sleek, forward-thinking electronic sounds. Another Canuck with similar tastes is Zodiac, an artist from the cornfields of Central Ontario who claims to have essentially conceptualized the Weeknd's dark R&B sound (without seeing a cent for it). His first solo EP dropped on the like-minded label Vase, which is based in Montreal.

    Canadian producer and Weeknd collaborator Zodiac. Photo by Kavin Wong.

    Of course artists working in this field aren't limited to Canada, and a similar approach is taken by producers from the around the world. There's the UK's Lapalux and Holy Other, as well as France's Stwo.

    A lot of these producers have been lumped into the alt-R&B category since they came up through the internet and appealed to different audiences from traditional R&B fans. Singers like The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, and Miguel also get tied to the hashtag.

    Although Sango sees it all as simply R&B, he takes no issues with the name and isn't offended if someone associates him with it: "R&B has always been alternative since Missy and Aaliyah, but now it's becoming darker and grungier with people talking about drugs. But I think it'll go through phases like R&B generally. I'm feeling it, but I'm not down with the dark stuff. I miss the stuff about relationships and how good they can be."

    He does identify as something of an underground producer, however. "I'd love to break into the pop world," he says. "But I'd want it to sound like our music. Pop music is really just what is popular. But it's hard to get into that world without being told what to sound like. "

    R&B and underground dance music have overlapped since Giovanni Moroder's prime. Whether it be 70s disco or 80s diva house, talented singers have been gracing big four-to-the-floor rhythms and analog synths since their early days of popularity. Juke and Jersey club remixes of R&B tunes have been a staple of the genres for a while now as well, since at least the early aughts, and still today. The only juke track to ever see a major label release was a Gant Man remix of Beyonce's "Check On It." Burial's 2007 single "Archangel" relied on a sample from Ray J's "One Wish."

    By 2010, a strain of R&B-oriented "bass music" became prevalent. James Blake's "CMYK" sampled Kelis' "Caught Out There" and Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody." There were remixes of Ciara's "Deuces" by the likes of Nguzunguzu, Jacques Greene, and Dubbel Dutch that became staples at hipster hangouts, and Brenmar was busy remixing Cassie's "Me & You," as well as Groove Theory and Rihanna.

    This group of R&B-worshipping underground dance music producers soon took the obvious next step and began working directly with vocalists. Rather than remixing R&B jams for dance floors within their particular scenes and subgenres, many of them set to writing songs that might sound more at home on daytime radio than at a warehouse rave. This year Shlohmo got up with Jeremih and How To Dress Well, Kingdom put Kelela on, and Katy B reached out to Greene.
    Fade To Mind singer and Kingdom collaborator Kelela.

    This is where Sango's North comes into play. The beats are less experimental—there's only a couple instrumentals—and vocal manipulation is at a minimum. But that was the point. "I wanted it to be more traditional. With a song that has vocals, I want to make sure that those vocals are heard. I want to be the producer and kind of fall back. But make up for my creativeness in different areas, like by adding a second part to a song where I chop it up. But the singer or rapper deserves the spotlight."

    Producing for vocalists is nothing new to him. He was roped into production at 12 years old by his brother and his friends who were rappers and needed help with production. After that, his closest collaborator was the rapper Waldo. "I started with that mentality of working with artists," he says.

    When Waldo was kicked out of high school and moved to New Mexico, Sango's direction dovetailed towards the instrumental side of things: "At that point I was like, 'I've got to do this on my own now.' That's when I decided I needed to come out with a beat tape. I was put on to FlyLo and these guys. Unfinished was my first one. I was also thinking about how these techno artists do that. They get paid and sell their albums without any vocals. So I wanted to do that." And his first few solo releases were just that: beat tapes. They sounded like instrumentals meant for vocalists. But a listener could definitely hear a foreshadowing of the current Sango. There were tracks that looked abroad to Africa and Brazil, an increasingly prominent use of bass and electronic aesthetics, and a writerly development.

    But it wasn't until his first official EP, Trust Me, that he really came into his own. Although his samples still drew heavily from his forebears, his sound painted a vision of the future and found a place in today's world. He began zeroing in on a mood and atmosphere, while paying attention to songwriting concepts, sound quality, and the use of unique instrumentation. He cites being signed to the label Soulection as the spark for his progress. It was the motivation of being surrounded by like-minded artists, the direct input of label head Joe Kay (who still helps executive produce all his releases), and the introduction to a new world of artists that ignited the fire.

    "Before then I was like hiding under a rock. I was always listening to more traditional stuff. I was listening to what was on the radio. Soulection really helped me tie down my style and make sure it was heard as conceptual rather than just beats."

    North may have been a singular achievement for him, since it was his first full-length release of all original material. But you can expect more experimentation and dialogue with different worlds in the future: "With a remix, it's not really your song to begin with, but you want to try and make it your own. Do I want to keep the same style using the stems, or do I want to treat it like a sample and make my own thing? When you're working with an artist and your own beats though, it's much more organic."

    To put it in simpler terms, he says, "Remixing is much harder."

    Mike Steyels developed a new organ that translates music into oxygen. – @iswayski

  • Download: Joel Compass – "Astronaut (Henry Krinkle Remix)"
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  • Joel Compass has already been called “a black Brit Jeff Buckley” by some, and “another miserable indie R&B practioner” by others, so we’d like to toss in our own two cents: the kid croons like Craig David, but with a softer touch. I mean, seriously, you could take a nap on those lips. The 20-year-old D'Angelo-in-the-making is the latest son of the Black Butter Records family—that young indie label that's been killing it recently with drum and bass quartet Rudimental and soulful pop princess Jessie Ware at the top of their roster. Check out our premiere of “Astronaut,” as remixed by South Floridian Henry Krinkle, a trans-Atlantic collaboration that knocks the original into slow grind club music territory. And keep your eye on this kid. He’s going places.

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  • Imprints brings you weekly profiles of the most exciting independent record labels the world over, written by movers and shakers from within their own electronic music communities.

    Name: Donky Pitch
    Vibe: Fringe-y dance music with swag. Weird tempos. Fancy footwork.
    Founded: 2009
    Location: Brighton, UK
    Claim to fame: Name one other thing that comes from Brighton.
    Upcoming releases: Tokyo Hands's EP, out September 16, The Range's album, out October 14, and a Ghost Mutt EP.
    By the numbers: The label has released 10 EPs and 1 label compilation.
    Artists-to-watch: The Range, 813, Keyboard Kid

    What's the deal:
    The Donky Pitch story makes starting a record label sound totally easy and natural, like the most logical thing you could do (we can tell you from experience, it typically is not). David Grinnell and Pete Taylor always dug weird, genreless future beats, but sleepy Brighton couldn't accomodate, so they started their own party series to make the sounds of their URL dreams a reality. Within six months they had hosted artists like Blue Daisy, Tokimonsta, and Rekordah, figureheads of Donky Pitch's post-Flying Lotus experimental hip-hop sound. The party became a radio show that turned into a record label with artists as far flung as Rhode Island, Berlin, North Carolina and London.

    Although for the most part they still fly under the radar, expect Donky Pitch to start making big moves as we round out this year. Rhode Island-based producer The Range will release his first album Nonfiction on October 14—his last EP Seneca was blessed with remixes from Obey City, Howse, and Supreme Cuts. Lil B collaborator, North Carolina resident Tokyo Hands also has a record on the way, and the unreleased cuts have already been circulating among the scene's tastemaking DJs.

    Donky Pitch founders Pete Taylor (left) and David Grinnell (right). Photo by Felix Speller.

    THUMP: Explain the name.
    Pete Taylor: Dave already had the name and an early version of the logo when I first met up with him to talk about throwing some parties. It was silly enough to get people's attention and I liked the image of the donky straight away, it's great to have an image that is immediately recognizable.

    David Grinnell: I was throwing names around with my mate Oly, who designed the original logo, and my girlfriend at the time (shouts out to Lucy—she's helped out with a ton of stuff over the years). Oly sent over the donky image, which had smaller ears in the beginning, so Lucy suggested making him more goofy to fit with the music I was promoting. The word "donkey" just looks crappy when it's written so we dropped the e. I wanted a two-word name so we added Pitch because it sounded nice. I wish it was a more exciting story. [ed's note: it remains to be seen whether the name is related to "putting a donk on it."]

    What’s the scene like in Brighton? 
    Pete: It's a bit disappointing still to be honest. Most nights are either typical cheese or cheese presented ironically in some kind of attempt to be cool. There are a few parties that sit outside of electronic music that interest me, but most electronic music club nights here are all house music or lowest common denominator dance stuff. Not many people take risks with their line-ups still sadly, which is understandable when you know how tough it is to make a success out of promoting here.

    Dave: Our friends at Be Nothing do some really cool shows. It's mostly gigs but cool shows nonetheless—leftfield music of all genres, some bands, some electronic music. We hooked up with them for our Lapalux and Ryan Hemsworth parties. Outside of that, Pete's right, there's a lot of house nights, which slowly but surely replaced the run of the mill dubstep parties of '09-10. Manni Dee, Alphabets Heaven and a few other guys started up a night a while back, I was really pleased that someone else in town was doing something else I was really into. Hopefully they'll keep at it because at the moment if I go to a club it's more likely to be in Bristol or London.

    What’s your favorite label that isn’t your own: 
    Pete: I would have to say for consistency, not having an easily definable sound and for breaking more interesting acts and genres than most I can think of, Planet Mu. I have pretty broad tastes in electronic music and Mu caters for almost all of them. Every release deserves at least a listen and a majority make their way into my collection permanently. To be a label that releases music from acts as varied as newcomers John Wizards to people like Remarc, Ital Tek, Terror Danjah, Kuedo, Traxman and too many others to mention here, deserves total respect. And to maintain their relevance throughout such a long time in operation is a real inspiration and influence.

    Dave: Tough question. I think I'd have to go back to deFocus that stopped pressing in 2002, putting out oddball electronica from producers like Lackluster, CiM or Tim Koch. A friend of mine put me onto them and I immediately bought up a bunch of 12"s that I'd missed, and then the excitement of seeing that logo up on the shelves in the record shop was something else. Knowing it could be the most special bit of electronic music I'd ever heard. I've got doubles of some of those records and I still go back to them ten years on. I barely used the web back then so when the records stopped appearing on the shelves, that was it, a mysterious exit. It wasn't until I clocked onto Discogs a few years later that I realized they'd stopped for sure.

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  • Music connoisseurs are constantly on the search for something new. Something that’s silky and buttery. Something that will hit your ear and make you say, “whoa”. What we have for you today are the slow jams of Houston-based producer Dpat. Enlisted under the Los Angeles record label Soulection, you can already understand…
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  • The Swedish electro pop duo behind the insanely catchy tune “I Love It” recently revealed the tracklist to their highly anticipated album This Is… Icona Pop, to be released September 24. Along with the double platinum hit “I Love It,” the album will consist of new and old material like latest…
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  • In a world where the strange and experimental run San Francisco and LA’s “pseudo-underground-and-not-really-above-ground-yet-still-relatively-unknown” music scene, there isn’t really a proper way to classify many of the productions being released each day. When you think of experimental Brainfeeder-style music, what comes to mind? Complex time signatures, unconventional sounds, an average of…
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  • Being a blog like Earmilk, it’s wonderful to see the music that just falls into our laps that we might otherwise never have heard of. Artists who might see success in one part of the world and despite the cosmopolitan nature of the internet music blogosphere, somehow haven’t caught on…
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  • The amount of talent coming out of Chicago lately, is mind boggling. Everyday, a score of new Windy City emcees or producers debut music. While majority of the music might leave something to be desired, there’s always a diamond in the rough. One shining example of this is Dally Auston, the…
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  • After releasing his first original “Ghetto”, Wilks is back with yet another banger. This time he injects a gritty baseline and female lead vocals to create the perfect combination of sounds for a late night dance sesh. “Shadows Light” is a tour through LA’s back alleys and midnight madness, inspired by the transformation of downtown’s day…
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  • Competing with the numerous remixes of UK duo Bondax’s “Giving it All”, Hot Chip’s very own Joe Goddard steps into the fray. On his latest effort Goddard unleashes his musical magic and, unlike the original’s slower pace, revamps the vocals with a thicker and more rhythmic beat that makes you want to stand up and shake your…
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  • Musically trained in guitar and the drums, the young LA native Modus has been steadily crafting a name for himself, building an impressive resume that includes performances at the coveted Exchange LA, Avalon, and most recently a set at Splash House in Palm Springs.  While he’s built his reputation as an…
  • Maor Levi – "Beautiful Disaster" (feat. Daphne)
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  • Israel’s Maor Levi has been delivering a huge range of different sounds through his singles and remixes this summer. From tracks like “Holding On” that fall under the laid back, deeper sounds of Anjunabeats to the lightly dubbed progressive club fare like his collaboration with Pierce Fulton on “Wanna Be,”…
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  • NYC based artist and producer, Figgy, has endowed the summer of 2013 with a series of polished and brisk-sounding rework releases, providing our ears with sonic relief and relaxation from the heat. Showcasing a penchant and a talent for creating summer-worthy reworks, Figgy has given us his own refreshing and…
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  • Drake is undeniably on fire right now. Track after track, feature after feature, the Canadian emcee is concocting some of the hottest flows in the game. Yet amidst all the commotion surrounding Graham’s third studio album Nothing Was The Same, out September 24, we tend to lose sight of what got him here….
  • Reese – "Reese Mane La Flare" [Video Premiere]
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  • Atlanta crew Two-9 has been on the up recently, with relatively new releases from component members FatKidsBrotha, Reese, and Curtis Williams that perfectly exemplify the group’s particular brand of low-key, front-yard trap music. In his video for the single “Reese Mane La Flare,” off his DSNRTRAPN mixtape, Reese backs up…
  • SION – "Make You Do"
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  • The young UK talent SION calls his music a mix between NastyFunk and Sleezy Deep and while we don’t know quite what that means, we can confidently say Sion Elliot has an aptitude for that groove-ridden deep house vibe. Back in May we premiered 20-year-old producer’s thumping number “I Can’t Stop,”…
  • Illangelo – "Crash Landing" [Video]
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  • With so many cliché music videos these days, it’s nice to see something a bit different and genuinely interesting from producer Illangelo. Famed for being The Weeknd’s producer, the Toronto-bred artist breaks off on his own and into the unknown with a project inspired by John Milton’s Paradise Lost. The three-pronged affair, named History…
  • Ciara – "Body Party" (TastyTreat Club Remix)
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  • Today’s release off Teenage Riot Records is a yummy snack from TastyTreat. The Californian producers have offered their take on Ciara’s “Body Party” record, and they didn’t miss. The track has been taken to a grooving up-tempo Jersey Club flip that still holds true to the spirit of this popular…
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  • Julian Malone seemed to blend in perfectly with the other left-field hip-hop artists signed to L.A. label Stones Throw, following in the footsteps of eclectic minds like DOOM and Madlib. When news came a few months ago that he was parting was with the label, we were sad to hear…
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  • Shady’s back, tell a friend.  It’s been 2 years since we’ve heard any new material from the iconic Detroit MC.  But Sunday night during the MTV VMA’s, Eminem threw fans across the world into a frenzy when he unveiled a commercial that previewed his new single and announced a new…

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