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Atila - Body

Atila is a dark electronic project hailing from Porto Portugal. Body is Atila’s latest full-length release, following on the heels of a series of roman numeral-titled EPs leading up to V their previous work. The product of Miguel Béco – known also for his black metal work under the name Örök – Atila fits somewhere comfortably between genres, incorporating elements of black metal ambience, dark techno, industrial and filmic soundscape into a sonic netherworld that, while not entirely singular,...
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Nachzeit - Sagor I Natten

Sagor I Natten is a short but sweet burst of old school black metal from Henrik Sunding of Östersund, Sweden. Clocking in at just 17-minutes, Sagor I Natten will appeal to fans of seminal Norwegian bands like Burzum, or the hypnotic buzz of Australia’s Striborg. Sunding is the loner metal man behind the ambient synth sounds of Lustre. Nachtzeit is very distinct from Lustre, though, focusing on the classic, relatively unadorned black metal sound. Sagor I Natten features your typical agonize...
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Glass Animals - ZABA/ Pools EP

The re-making of the older EP "Black Mambo"; with KWES remixes, Glass Animals brings you "ZABA(Pools EP)". The project is influenced by the South London bass scene and gives heed to a plait of artists like the electronic: Golden Antlers; and the soulful: James Blake x Anthony and the Johnsons. Glass Animals blends modal samples that are cultural -instrumentally, with a faddy nonchalant nature that is completely taking. ZABA follows excursions in world music, based on a childhood s...
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Saint Pepsi - Fiona Coyne

I think I found the jam for the summer of 2014! Sunshining guitar samples with horns, mixed inbetween pop beats and beastly basslines, covered with glitz and sparkles, all underneath love calls, Saint Pepsi settles in this pop genre like home. The 7inch single, "Fiona Coyne" is a love song written for a Degrassi TV crush, and the 21 year old songwriter, Ryan DeRobertis uses music as the impetus for romance. On side B you have "Fall Harder". Keeping with the theme of summer romance, DeRo...
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Nils Frahm - Says

Track off of the new Nils Frahm live album Spaces on Erased Tapes. Sounds a lot like a performance I heard him do at Mutek Montreal 2013 in the symphony hall. Beautiful!
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The Sea and Cake - The Sea and Cake (Thrill Jockey) & Toro Y Moi (Carpark) Collective Concerts Presents... The Phoenix Music Venue Toronto ON October 27th, 2013

*The Sea and Cake:* Star-struck, I was; seeing The Sea and Cake in the flesh for the first time. Being a fan for years, I was trying to control my enthusiasm as I sauntered in during "The Weekend" off their 2008 release, "Car Alarm". The set was a collection of tunes that I hadn't heard of before and it was getting to me that I would let a new release by them fall by the wayside, until this event. The minute they finished, I had to buy their new LP "Runner" (2012). It is so fantastic and i...
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Cate Le Bon - Mug Museum

"The weather licked your face dry" Cate Le Bon, can we be friends? It is almost like I am listening to some of my favourite musicians all at once... You have the instrumental sounds of Lou Reed or Mac Demarco: the nostalgic trebly guitars, the thumpy bass, the cute organ sounds, the sharp drums keeping tight time. It's almost that I am hearing inspiration from Lætitia Sadier (Stereolab), Sharon Van Etten, and Victoria Legrand – without the reverb-effect (Beach House) in your vocal deliv...
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Jungle - The Heat EP

London based Jungle awakens your inner rhythms with this collection of relentless beats, hooky melodies and soundscapes, they had me within the first 5 seconds of play time. Already, they have become BBC darlings. Jungle has won the hearts of many critics with their debut EP "The Heat" put out by B3SCI Records. A short track-listing, will leave you begging for more. I have no doubt that you will be hearing these songs fill the airwaves of many radio and lifestyle playlists. Inspired by a ...
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Saâda Bonaire - Saâda Bonaire

Wow, it's not too often I hear a new band that really knocks me on my ass. This band is very much a contemporary sounding group, with massively retro 80s sounds – killer slap bass; vintage synth sounds – brass, bells; disaffected, robotic sounding German-accented female vocals; damsel-in-distress shrieks and gasps; funky guitar lines dripping with chorus; vintage drum machines – this album has it all. Killer songs, killer production. What more could you ask for from a new band? Oh yeah, how a...
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Chris Watson - In St Cuthbert's Time - The Sounds of Lindisfarne and the Gospels

Chris Watson, known for his work with Cabaret Voltaire and The Hafler Trio, has also had a very successful career as a field recording artist. With _The Sounds of Lindisfarne and the Gospels_ Watson created a sound installation that attempted to recall the sound of the remote UK island of Lindisfarne – situated on the northwest coast of England, almost up towards Scotland, and also known as "Holy Island" – as it would have sounded around the time of the writing of the Lindisfarne Gospels. ...
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Boogat - Romados

This new Boogat track plays to the heartstrings of those familiar with Montreal's Romados Portugese bakery. Another classic Boogat and Poirier collaboration, another classic tribute from these guys to Canada's finest city.
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Kajsa - Try Try Again (House Mix)

More classic old school house flavour from the Kill Yourself Dancing collection coming out on Still Records. Great piano parts and drum programming. Not so sure about that wobbly string patch, but hey it's maximum _vintage_ material we're talking about here.
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Modern Mechanical Music - Pleasure Dome (House Mix)

Awesome flavour in this serously "old school" house track from the collection _The (Lost) Story of AKA Dance Music: Chicago 1987-88_.
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Tezeo - Violet

"Epic" electronic pop. Not so sure about this, but I do like the pan flute type sound which may the Andean folk influence the band speaks about.
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Shigeto - Ringleader

Detroit's Shigeto has a new album titled No Better Time Than Now out on Ghostly International. It's been seeing a lot of spins in my iTunes lately. Ringleader is a track off the album. He's set to tour North America soon with other Ghostly artists....
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Etienne de Crécy - We, Computers

No-holds-barred French electronic mayhem from Étienne de Crécy. Remix it: http://play.beatport.com/contests/etienne-de-crecy-we-computers/
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Math and Physics Club - Long Drag

Twee, you used to be so innocent, so cute, the kind of music that, to misuse Rick James, you _could_ take home to mother. Now you're all grown up, and taking long drags of god knows what. Where did we go wrong? In all seriousness, Math and Physics Club are a twee band that _have_ grown up, to some extent. I first became a fan some eight years ago; their sound isn't so radically different but the b-side of their Matinee Records _Long Drag_ 7-inch does feature mandolins and perhaps som...
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Van Dyke Parks

Where do we begin? Maybe you could talk about how you got started in music? I think, like anyone who has musical parents, I’ve received some musical genes. My father was a clarinetist; he had a dance band which supported his schooling...He went to medical school and became a doctor... He came from a very musical family; the Parks’ were from Pennsylvania, centered in a place called Lechburg, Pennsylvania at the heart of a ten square mile area seated to them by William Pitt the Elder in a...