March 2011

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Posted in: New Music

Stuck on Repeat – Volume 1 This is a new feature we are introducing which will simply collate together a load of tracks over an un-specified amount of time that we consider essential listening. As always with these type of things there maybe certain tracks you've already heard, tracks we've missed or accidentally overlooked, so please feel free to hit up the comments with anything you think is indispensable. In no particular order.... DJ T Sense Feat. James Teej (Get Physical) Bobmo Hard Bells (BNR) Housemeister - Music is Awesome Boys Noize Remix (BNR) Joy Orbison GR Etiquette Joy Orbison GR Etiquette ... Read more / Preview track
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Burial – Street Halo EP (Hyperdub) Burial is back with his first solo material in 4 years dropping the 3 track 'Street Halo EP' on Kode 9's Hyperdub, sparking rumours that a 3rd LP is in the making. Both tracks are beautifully foreboding ethereal pieces of electronica built around dark and brooding bass and drums with shafts of light piercing through as distant voices echo, reverberate and crackle to life. Burial once again demonstrates why he has had such a profound effect on the development of electronic music and confirms his position as one of the most innovative and talented producers of the last 5 and a bit ... Read more / Preview track
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The Black Ghosts – Water Will Find a Way It has been a while since we last heard from The Black Ghosts, but they are back with a new single 'Water Will Find a Way' taken from the new album 'When Animals Stare', due for release May/June this year on Southern Fried Records. For those of you who dont know The Black Ghosts they first sprung upon us just as everyone was going a bit Electro/Fidget crazy, unleashing a number of electro-indie winners such as Any Way you Choose To, Repetition Kills You, and I Want Nothing. Despite the relative success of their first album they somewhat faded into the night, suggesting that The Black Ghosts ... Read more / Preview track
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Electronic Artist of the Week #7 – Kommune 1 Kommune 1 is a 23 year old UK producer who like many has been inspired by the Underground Bass scene that has emerged from under Dubstep's all conquering wing. As you would expect he lists Burial as a key influence but to stop there would be an injustice to this emerging artist. Kommune 1 also has a deep love and knowledge of Dance music's roots siting the likes of Frankie Knuckles, 808 State, Jamie Principle, Kraftwerk, Derrick May and Afrika Bambaataa as inspirations to his music, giving Kommune 1's early work a hybrid feel of old Skool House and Underground Bass. Although not as polished ... Read more / Preview track
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Essential Mix Classic – Justice (2007) Justice are back (Official) and therefore it couldnt be a more appropriate time for another Essential Mix Classic. This is Justice from June 2007, when Ed Banger ruled the air waves and everyone wanted to make un-hinged distorted electronic guitar based music. Those heady times seem a little distant these days, what with all the main protagonists either fading away, changing styles or simply not releasing anything. But lets not dwell on that 2007 was a good year, SMD gave us 'Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release', Digitalism - Idealism, Daft Punk the Alive Pyramid Tour and Justice the Cross, oh ... Read more / Preview track
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Burial & Four Tet & Thom Yorke – Ego/Mirror Burial, Four Tet and Thom Yorke have collaborated on the limited EP Ego / Mirror. This release has been limited to 300 copies, and judging by my furiously fruitless clicking is already all over eBay. The EP was first aired on Rinse FM last night and you can now hear each track in its entirety via the Rinse FM Youtube radio rips below. For me Ego stands out with its strong melodic hook breaking through the heavily atmospheric and distorted crackles and beats. This is a fantastic meeting of 3 modern musical innovators and a release worth bidding on, should it come to it. Related ... Read more / Preview track
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Justice – Civilization – Adidas Is All In (Advert) Justice return April 4th 2011 with the single 'Civilisation', with the album to follow later in 2011. The new single has also been chosen as the musical backdrop for the new global Adidas advertising campaign. The video is directed by long term Justice collaborator Romain Gavras, who chose Justice to soundtrack the campaign. I think you'll agree that both the video and soundtrack superbly compliment each other, and even if your're more Nike than Adidas the new Justice track hints at a potentially special second album........lets hope they can deliver much like their robotic peers did a ... Read more / Preview track
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Kingdom – XLR8R Mixtape Kingdom one of the Night Slugs bass crew has crafted another flawless mixtape for the month of March. Following up his recent mix for us, he can now be heard in the mix for XLR8R, and its a throughly enjoyable piece of work from the rapidly rising US based artist. As you would expect its an entertaining and twisting mix of bass, house, eratic drum patterns, with a little characteristic flava sprinkled throughout. This mix is also crammed full of exclusive tracks and edits, making it an essential download for anyone who likes a well crafted and buzzing mixtape. Thanks to XLR8R for hooking ... Read more / Preview track