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  • Cleaners From Venus: "It's Been So Long" MP3

    Taken from the next Cleaners from Venus box set due from Captured Tracks on May 14, "It's Been So Long" is one of a number of previously unreleased songs from the mind of Martin Newell. It's clear why this 1982 recording is getting an airing now, as well as why it might have been left in the vault-- lyrically, there's not much more to it than a repetition of the titular sentiment, wishing his "darling" could stop by ...

    08.03.2013

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    08.03.2013

  • Thee Oh Sees: "Toe Cutter - Thumb Buster" MP3

    Over his decade-plus tenutre fronting San Francisco's Thee Oh Sees, John Dwyer has proven himself equally fond of lysergic, childlike melody and skull-splitting, motorik-metered noise. He just rarely indulges them at the same time, often using each new Thee Oh Sees album to mark a sudden, reactionary change in course. However, the upcoming Floating Coffin proves to be a natural extension of last year's Putrifiers II ...

    06.03.2013

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    06.03.2013

  • Colleen Green: "Heavy Shit" MP3

    It's fitting that the opening seconds of Collen Green's "Heavy Shit" sound like an 8-bit video game version of "Rock'n'Roll High School." Following last year's (awesomely titled) cassette release Milo Goes To Compton, Green's forthcoming LP Sock It To Me (out March 19 on Hardly Art) plays out like a compilation of Ramones songs as re-imagined by a stoner cartoon character with a sunny voice, a deadpan sen...

    04.03.2013

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    04.03.2013

  • Emma Louise: "Freedom" MP3

    Australia's Emma Louise has been making the rounds in her native country since age 15, but she's since broke through and launched herself onto the tour circuit abroad (this year includes South by Southwest and a spot at L.A.'s Hotel Cafe). After 2011's "Jungle" and an EP of brittle folk-pop singles, Full Hearts and Empty Rooms, new single "Freedom" comes off a great deal more free-form than those previous works. E...

    28.02.2013

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    28.02.2013

  • Pleasure Leftists: "Elephant Men" MP3

    Cleveland post-punk quartet Pleasure Leftists borrow more than a few gloomy moves from late 1970s Britain, but they've got the finesse to stake their own ground. Fronted by the grayly expressive Haley Morris, a powerful singer who claims equal influence from Factory Records and 1950s French balladeer Édith Piaf, the band breathes speed and energy into a formula that could otherwise be written off as mere po...

    26.02.2013

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    26.02.2013

  • Pony Time: "Geordie" MP3

    On their new EP Go Find Your Own (out now via Per Se), Seattle duo Pony Time thrive when they're discharging blasts of tightly controlled snarls. The churning, infectious thrum of "Geordie" finds singer/guitarist Luke Beetham and drummer Stacy Peck invoking the single-minded, light-speed pop of the Undertones and Buzzcocks, as Beetham's vocals slice through his guitar work while Peck's tumbling drum parts makes her s...

    26.02.2013

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    26.02.2013

  • Russ Liquid: "New Beginnings" MP3

    After extensive international touring as part of a jazz quintet, Oakland-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Russ Liquid discovered electronic music and signed to 1320. His saxophone-inflected template will probably sound familiar to fans of label mates Big Gigantic. "New Beginnings" is the subtle first single off his new album, Foreign Frequency (out March 5); Liquid's signature trumpet blasts right before the ...

    22.02.2013

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    22.02.2013

  • Gucci Mane: "Bob Marley" MP3

    While most of Gucci Mane's Trap God 2 is furnished with beats from the usual suspects-- Zaytoven, Lex Luger, Mike Will Made It-- its biggest musical departure appears early on the mixtape. Produced by Da Honorable C.N.O.T.E., "Bob Marley" finds its menace not in twisted funhouse synths but slow-moving guitars and orchestral flourishes. Its neck-snap thump sits smack in the middle of Gucci's wheelhouse, and the track'...

    22.02.2013

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    22.02.2013

  • Young L: "Atari" MP3

    Young L, the undersung jack-of-all-trades of California rap's Web 2.0 era who cut his teeth in Lil B's the Pack, has always drawn inspiration from video games. He samples controller sounds; he gives songs titles like "Super Nintendo" and "Arcade Pussy". It's doubly surprising, then, that a song called "Atari"-- his first single from his upcoming debut studio album-- is a sharp turn away from the teenage-boy gamer gee...

    21.02.2013

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    21.02.2013

  • Lone: "AM Portal" MP3

    UK rave revivalist Matt Cutler, aka Lone, is known to be generous when it comes to new tracks-- just a few months ago, at the tail end of 2012, he shared "Ghost Channel", a track that was recorded almost exactly a year previous. Today, he's dropped another free cut, "AM Portal", that seems to be totally new. The glistening twinkle of synth pads that serve as the track's foundation are reminiscent of the closer to las...

    18.02.2013

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    18.02.2013

  • Miguel Baptista Benedict: "Phemy" MP3

    Brainfeeder signee Miguel Baptista Benedict's "Phemy" is a creeping minor-key instrumental that, initially, could very well put you in a "Twilight Zone" mood. When Bendict starts in with some loose piano loops, though, a sense of calm overtakes the creep, even though there’s no notable key changes. The instrumental takes on a comforting shape until the very end, when a beat skeleton echoes and paranoia returns...

    13.02.2013

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    13.02.2013

  • DJ Rashad: "Can't Hold Me Back" MP3

    Footwork vet DJ Rashad has been a fairly prominent figure in terms of advancing the genre's hard-hitting sound, from 2010's gorgeously heady Planet Mu single "Itz Not Rite" to his contributions to last year's excellent Shangaan Shake collection. On March 19, Hyperdub releases a new EP from Rashad, Rollin', and word is that the release finds him pushing the limits of the genre further than ever. Non-EP track "Can't Ho...

    13.02.2013

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    13.02.2013

  • Leech: "Tusks" MP3

    Los Angelels denizen Brian Foote is involved in so many musical endeavors it's hard to keep track of them all. There's his membership in the long-running ensembles Nudge and Fontanelle; his running of labels Audraglint, Peak Oil, and Ecstasy; and his day job at the veteran imprint Kranky. But one pursuit is solely his: the electronic, beat-oriented solo project he calls Leech. It's a name he's used for eight years fo...

    05.02.2013

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    05.02.2013

  • Octover: "Satisfy" MP3

    Singapore-based artist Octover's "Satisfy" goes right to the point. The song's suggestive lyrics and carnal beat create a potent come-on where singer Vanessa Fernandez wonders whether her lover can satisfy her. Produced by Jason Tan, "Satisfy" sounds both vintage and contemporary, aligning well with the soulful electro-pop and experimental r&b that has gained traction during the past c...

    29.01.2013

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    29.01.2013

  • Mister Lies: "Lupine" MP3

    In the past year, Chicago-based college student Nick Zanca, aka Mister Lies, has released the Hidden Neighbors EP and a series of tracks that were rife with dark, haunting sounds best fit for the first hours of the morning after a long night out. Although much of his past work sounded pleasantly familiar, "Lupine", a cut from his debut full-length Mowgli, is more sophisticated and cohesive than much of his previou...

    28.01.2013

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    28.01.2013

  • Wildcat! Wildcat!: "Please and Thank You" MP3

    Photo by Taylor Woods Don't let the exceedingly goofy name fool you: Los Angeles trio Wildcat! Wildcat! are more about restraint than anything else. Their new song, "Please and Thank You", is something of an exercise in building a song that centers around a main theme without becoming stale or repetitive, shifting between slo-mo loneliness, MGMT-esque spacey psych pop, and ethereal vocal pitter-patter with ease. The ...

    24.01.2013

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    24.01.2013

  • Eagulls: "Moulting" MP3

    For a glimpse of the personality driving Eagulls, an angsty melodic punk group from Leeds, check out how they rung in 2013-- with a handwritten note decrying British show promoters, the music industry, "all beach bands sucking each others' dicks and rubbing the press' clits," artists who dress as "Mickey Mouse Disney characters," and more. (For good measure, they added, "David Bowie is a star!") With that in mind-- ...

    09.01.2013

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    09.01.2013

  • Blanche Blanche Blanche: "Scam" MP3

    The Brattleboro, Vt., duo of Sarah Smith and Zach Phillips released several alien-sounding pop records as Blanche Blanche Blanche last year, of them the great and bizarre Wink With Both Eyes via Night People. Now they've got a new 7" single, "Scam" b/w "Press Dumps" (video here), out via Berlin's Adagio 830. The A-side treads further into the esoteric reaches of their surreal language, recorded to four-track...

    07.01.2013

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    07.01.2013

  • Phaseone: "It's Not Forever" MP3

    Phaseone has always been ahead of the game when it comes to wiz-kid sample curation. His 2009 mix White Collar Crime buffed the sheen on the best that Burial, Animal Collective, Rich Boy, and others had to offer, while his full-length from that year, Thanks but No Thanks,  showed what the St. Louis native could do with original material. Now, he's back and kicking 2013 off with the bubbling sampledelia that he mad...

    07.01.2013

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    07.01.2013

  • Vessel: "Raven Banner" MP3

    In September, Bristol producer Sebastian Gainsborough released his debut album, Order of Noise, as Vessel. The collection of "non-dance dance music" sutured disparate sounds-- a radiator fizzing, clanging of distant bells, lethargic beats-- into a semblance of sound befitting other Tri Angle affiliates such as Holy Other and oOoOO. An outtake from Order of Noise, "Raven Banner" shudders with similar machinations but ...

    02.01.2013

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    02.01.2013

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