Tuesday, September 30, 2014



Fresh off its premiere on The Magician’s Magic Tape mix series, Belgian duo Arches has released their new single “Want You” for FREE download!

Following the single “There’s A Place” and their recent remix for Kiesza’s “Giant In My Heart”, the boys wanted to give back to their fans a club tool inspired by their first set of shows across Europe. The Magician debuted “Want You” in his latest Magic Tape and again on his guest mix for BBC Radio 1 this past weekend.

It’s bass-laden piano driven melodies provide the perfect bed for the plaintive vocal. The breakdown brings a truly epic moment, bringing together darker synths and bass notes before the percussion welcomes back the compulsive groove.


Arches on




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Unherd Radio Show No. 27 29/09/14

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1st Hour


Kutiman – No One in This World (Unreleased)

Melanie de Biasio – I Feel You (Eels Remix) (Free DL)

Olli Ahvenlahti – Aura (Mr. Bongo)

Compilation of the Week: Brazilian Boogie Sounds 1978-1982

Painel de Controle – Relax (Favorite)

Kenny Clarke Francy Boland Big Band – Un Graso de Areia (MPS)

Mr. Scruff – Catch Sound feat. Denis Jones (Ninja Tune)

Dos Palos – I’ve Been Around (Nu Northern Soul)

Band X – Home (BBE)

The Blues Project – Flute Thing (Verve Forecast)

Asker Storband – Sweet Illusions of Song (ASLP)

Sesong – Love Untold (Wah Wah 45s)

Collocutor – Agama (On The Corner)

2nd Hour


Compilation of the Week: Brazilian Boogie Sounds 1978-1982

Famks – Labirinto (Favorite)

Heaven & Earth – I Really Love You (WMOT Records)

Highlife – Let The Sun Shine In (Highlife)

Hackney Colliery Band – Superhero Disco (The Reflex Revision) (Wah Wah 45s)

Claude – Claudius (Musique Large)

Masters At Work – I Can’t Get No Sleep feat. India (Choice Hip Hop Mix) (AM:PM)

Sango – Amor Rocinha (Soulection)

Murder He Wrote – Late Night Untitled feat. Lily Gray (Kasenote)

Martin Iveson – Cobra (An Afefe Iku Offering) (Arc)

John Gibbs & The Unlimited Sound Steel Orchestra – J’Ouvert (Lord Echo Re-edit) (EM Records)

Headtop – Madshit (White)

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[Mixtape] Tropicool – Indian Solstice


Slowly transition into fall with me as the days become shorter and bodies become warmer. Ride down the coastline with chills down your spine as the tasty licks, insatiable riffs, and melodic choruses course through your veins. Always enjoy in good company and welcome what lies ahead with open arms.

Respect the Indian Solstice, its older and wiser than we are!

Tracklisting coming soon via ‘tropicool’ FB page…








10/2 @Vessel (San Francisco) w/ Mighty Mouse & Carousel

10/4,5,&6th @TBD fest (Sacramento)

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Later... with Jools Holland: Jamie T, Ali Campbell, Gorgon City, MNEK, Damien Rice and Future Islands - liveblog

[GDD™ Premiere] Shae B – “Stripped Down Pt. 3″

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Shae B had a tear of a summer dancin’ her way across pool parties from Hollywood to Palm Springs. Known for her fanciful beats and brilliant aura behind the decks, it’s a pleasure to premiere her latest mixtape “Stripped Down Pt. 3.” It features underground sounds and the tunes she loves to get down to packaged up nicely in a 50 minute mixtape that’s sure to funk your week up. It’s toe tappin’ and head bobbin’ at it’s finest with tunes by GDD™ Favorites The Bixel Boys, Doorly, Motez, and more in this lovely ray of sunshine of a mixtape. So go ahead and get down with your bad self and don’t forget to cop that free download, oh, and tell someone you love them today!

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Watch Pharrell Williams’ sweet new anime video for ‘It Girl’

He's known for videos that focus on women, but for the soul track "It Girl", Pharrell Williams has gone in a completely different stylistic direction: animation.

The girly, beach-themed video is done in a Japanese anime style, and features 16-bit animation. An animated Williams also drifts in and out of video game-style scenes.

And of course, there is the hat.

The video premiered on The Today Show this morning, and it was directed by Mr. Fantasista Utamaro. Check it out:

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Kindness - World Restart feat. Kelela & Ade



Pre-order 'Otherness'


Written by Adam Bainbridge, Kelela Mizanekristos
Published by The Funk Stops Here / Cherry Coffee Music/Sony/ATV
Lead vocals: Ade Omotayo, Kelela Mizanekristos
Backing vocals: Adam Bainbridge, Rebecca Freckleton, Valentina Pappalardo
Drum programming, keys: Adam Bainbridge
Drums: Kenneith 'Bam' Alexander
Percussion: Pauli 'The PSM' Stanley-Mackenzie, Adam Bainbridge
Sax: Finn Peters
Bass: Blue May

All vocals & instruments recorded at XXVII, London except drums, recorded Ontario, CA
Produced by Adam Bainbridge
Mixed by Blue May at XXVII, London
Mastered by Howie Weinberg at Howie Weinberg Mastering
Assistant mastering by Gentry Studer at Howie Weinberg Mastering

℗ & © Female Energy Records 2014.

Kleerup feat Susanne Sundfør Let Me In: video premiere

Award-winning producer Andreas Kleerup is back with a new mini album watch the video of his Swedish disco stomp Let Me In and tell us your thoughts

Swedish music does of course have a vast and diverse heritage, but theres no escaping the outlandish Abba references in Kleerups new single Let Me In. The disco-inspired track features Susanne Sundfør (her of M83, Bjork and Röyksopp collaborations) and is the latest from the multi-award-winning producers forthcoming mini-album As If We Never Won, out on 13 October.

The name may be familiar already best known for his track Heartbeat with Roybn Andreas Kleerup is considered musical royalty in his native land, having worked and remixed for the likes of Lykke Li, Neneh Cherry, Lady Gaga and Jenny Lewis. As part of the launch for his follow-up to 2012s Aniara, hes unveiled a new video premiered below. Alongside that funk bass and triumphant synth stabs, the footage of the producer in the studio and around London almost feels like a Rocky training montage set to the soaring, serpentine vocal acrobatics of Sundfør: Her intonation of being in touch with and having ownership of a very strong and present spirit is represented in every tone, word and undercurrent she unleashes through her singing, says Kleerup.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

[Download] Felix Jaehn ft. Chris Meid – One Last Time Remix


The ever-growing popularity of Tropical House doesn’t end when the leaves start falling and snow joins the party. Far from it. The sultry vibes of clean marimba and steel drums will keep Summer alive forever. Felix Jaehn knows this all too well. His latest collaboration with London-based singer Chris Meid is exactly what we need as the sun sets and the breeze starts blowing.

Felix Jaehn’s remix of Jaymes Young’s song “One Last Time” begins with a sensual beat behind gorgeous bellowing vocals before segwaying into an upbeat Tropical House masterpiece. Meid’s soothing vocals, accompanied by light marimba tones, will transport you straight to the beach with towel and beer in hand. Jaehn’s laid-back rework gives the acoustic original an island flavor, creating a unique sound guaranteed to lift your spirits and sway your body to the beat.

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Sting, Jay-Z, Beyoncé and No Doubt shared a stage and other live music tidbits from the weekend

Hopefully you spent this weekend out enjoying the last of the nice weather. Here's what was happening in live music while you were off doing that.

Sting, No Doubt, Beyoncé and Jay-Z all played something called the Global Citizen Festival

Had any of you heard about this thing called the Global Citizen Festival? Neither had we, until right now. Apparently it's a global anti-poverty fundraiser that took place in New York on Saturday night a featured some pretty powerhouse duets.

Kid Cudi got really angry while opening for Outkast in Atlanta

Cudi had an hour long set opening for the Atlanta legends, but opted to cut it in half, jump right to his best known song, 2010's "Pursuit of Happiness," curse at the audience and walk off.

Charli XCX debuted six new songs at a show in Orlando

Charli XCX recently had the release date for her upcoming album, Sucker, pushed back to December, but that didn't stop her from bringing out some new material at a show in Orlando on Friday night. She busted out six tracks from the album — "Sucker," "Famous," "Caught In The Middle," "I Need Your Love," "Money," and "Gold Coins"— and thankfully someone was forward-thinking enough to record two of them.

Here's Alan "Neon Indian" Palomo giving a TED Talk about the myth of the auteur

Because everyone loves a good TED Talk.


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Here's what you missed at Friday’s Chromeo show

We went to see Chromeo at Toronto's Kool Haus on Friday night. Here's what you missed.

1. The old-meets-new sounds of Wave Racer

Aussie opening act Wave Racer does a great job of combining retro influences and modern sounds. On one hand, his music is full of warm, analog-sounding synths. On the other, it also has the syncopated, jacking rhythms of trap. It’s a lot of fun.

2. Chromeo’s hard start

There was no opening banter. Dave 1 and P-Thugg took the stage to their traditional "Chro-ME-oh-WHOAH-oh" intro, and immediately started playing. They had barreled through four more songs before bothering to introduce themselves. Thankfully everyone seemed to know who they were.

3. An instant dance party

We mentioned it the last time we saw Chromeo, but there really is no warming up with Chromeo fans. They go from standing around chatting with one another to hands-over-their-heads crazed, sweaty gyrating in about 90 seconds. It’s really remarkable to watch.

4. Some debate over what to call Toronto

When Dave 1 greeted the fans, he initially yelled out, “What’s up T-Dot?” before stopping himself and asking, “Or is it The Six now? Can I still say T-Dot?” Audience members then began shouting out their preferred nickname. It was hard to figure out what the consensus was.

5. So many guitar solos

There are very few synth-driven acts that still manage to shoehorn in a guitar solo. Chromeo is the exception. It felt like Dave 1 managed to get a few hot licks out in every other song. What’s really amazing is that, in those moments, you realize that this guy is a better guitar player than the lead guitarists of 90 per cent of traditional rock bands.

6. Chromeo having their Kool Haus moment

Playing the Kool Haus is a big deal for Toronto bands. When a local band plays the Kool Haus, it’s proof to your hometown fans that their faith in you wasn’t misplaced, and that your doubters can suck an egg. Chromeo are from Montreal, but in their early days, they played Queen West hipster haunts like the now-defunct Social enough that they were sort of honorary locals. Dave 1 said with a certain amount of wonder and joy in his voice that Kool Haus was the biggest venue they’d ever headlined in the city, and their legions of local fans all seemed stoked to share the moment with him. It's too bad that not too many more acts will have that same opportunity.


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The Playlist: new bands Jake Bullit, We Are Shining, Stay Bless, Fable, King Capisce

French house throwbacks, a brooding dark Lorde, slender symphonic pop (with pencil tache) and a prog-jazz post-rock five piece

Jake Bullit sounds like a blokey indie minstrel from the Midlands (its actually a hallucinatory alter-ego in sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf), but in fact Jake Bullit are a four-piece in their 20s, and theyre from Birmingham: brothers (and DJ/producers theyve remixed MSTRKRFT and Sébastien Tellier) Jacob and Oscar Brady, plus their cousin Christie on guitar and best friend from school, Tom, on synths. Theyre more Jacques Lu Cont than Jake Bugg: a French house throwback. Their debut single, Pain Killer, has that compressed sound that was a hallmark of the genre, designed as it was to be heard on the radio. Remember groups such as Cassius and Superfunk, who emerged in the late-90s in the wake of Daft Punk? They could be one of those. Pain Killer, released next Monday by Lucky Number (Friends, Sleigh Bells, Gotye, Darwin Deez), is not about love-as-drug, as per the standard pop trope, but love for drugs. JB songs are often like that: about the grimier side of life, notwithstanding the disco-ball shimmer. Other names checked in early reviews include Chromeo (for the buoyant basslines), Hot Chip (for the playfulness) and Blur circa Girls & Boys (for the askance worldview). Aaah, freak out!

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Simple Minds - Honest Town: video premiere

Glasgow group are back with some sinister electronics from their new album Big Music. Let us know what you think of their new track

Simple Minds: Maybe we shouldnt have cashed in

Simple Minds release their first album in five years in November - its their 16th to date, meaning that theyve now amassed the same amount of full length records as AC/DC. Thats probably where the comparisons end, however, as the taster track Honest Town suggests Big Music will be full of sinister electronics and very little by way of school boy shorts and rollicking riffs. People think its all anthems and big gestures, and Id love to redress that side of it, Charlie Burchill told the Guardian of Simple Minds comeback in 2012. Theres a lot of serious, dark music.

Made with a wide selection of collaborators including co-writer Iain Cook (of fellow Glaswegians Chvrches) and producers Steve Osborne, Andy Wright and Steve Hillage - who worked on 1981s Sons And Fascination / Sister Feelings Call their new album follows 2005s Black & White 050505 and 2009s Graffiti Soul, not to mention the X5 boxed set and subsequent 5X5 Live album and tour.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

SBTRKT review revelling in mystery

The star remixer blends post-dubstep, house and techno in a flashily complex presentation

There are essentially two ways to do electronic music in concert either as a DJ set typically bolstered by retina-scorching visuals, or as a complex and involved live performance. Appropriate to his meditative and technical mix of post-dubstep, house and techno, SBTRKT goes firmly for the latter. As strobe lights silhouette Aaron Jerome plus a drummer and a multi-instrumentalist on a blackened stage, they appear as if trapped in a forest of machinery, switching at pace between mysterious-looking devices connected by an undergrowth of cabling. Which would all be challenging enough, one imagines, did Jerome not have to wear a Native American-style tribal mask a costume contrivance which, for all its advantages of anonymity and vague mystique, must surely be a right pain when youre trying to find the correct knob on your modular synth in the dark.

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Alt-J review whats all the fussinesss about?

Alexandra Palace, London

Call this critic churlish, but the appeal of AltJs overcomplicated music and uptight posturing eludes her

It is very hard to disagree with 10,000 people. Specifically, the 10,000 people filling Alexandra Palace, many of whom may already have bought tickets for Alt-Js next London date: 24 January 2015 at the O2 Arena (capacity: 20,000). They dont look like the sorts of people you dont normally mind aggressively dissenting with rainforest loggers, say. They shuffle around enthusiastically to a brief hour of Alt-Js mid-paced folktronica, clapping along crisply to Breezeblocks, Alt-Js breakout single from their first album. It seems churlish to harsh their mellow.

Were not even at an infamous gig, like those earlier this week by Lauryn Hill, where the artist gravely disappoints on multiple counts. Arrayed in a row, with touring bassist Cameron Knight replacing lost founder member Gwil Sainsbury, Alt-J deliver songs from their two records. Keyboard player Gus Unger-Hamilton and singing guitarist Joe Newman are perfectly affable in between tracks, grateful to be hosting their biggest gig ever. The word performing would be stretching matters here: theres a light show; someone throws a T-shirt into the crowd; at they end, they make their little triangle symbol with their fingers.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

SBTRKT: Wonder Where We Land review dizzying electronic soundscapes

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Second time around, London producer SBTRKTs dizzying electronic soundscapes are fleshed out by all sorts of voices: returnees Sampha and Jessie Ware, plus Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend (on the terrific retro funk of New Dorp. New York), Chairlifts Caroline Polachek (on the jazzy, post-dubstep Look Away) and newcomer Raury (on the excellent Higher). But such is SBTRKTs authorship that these diverse tracks all come with his imprimatur, and a unifying sense of unease. Its not quite a masterpiece the dancefloor gets too short shrift but it ably brings some fiercely non-linear soul music to deserved mainstream attention.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

New band of the week: AxxoN N (No 24)

Samples and sounds are painstakingly assembled by this London producer, who finds a space between Aphex Twin and David Lynch

Hometown: London.

The lineup: Edwin Fry (music, production).

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Pulsion by Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra

Release Date (CD/Digital): 08/26/2014

Vinyl Release Date: 09/16/2014

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Bandcamp: bit.ly/1ph0X3o

Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra’s (ALVO) new album Pulsion delves deeper into spiritual jazz, library and film music. The result is a heavier, more progressive and darker sound albeit with their signature funk and groove remaining intact as the foundation.

“On this fourth album, we tried a new approach by including various inspirations such as library music, spiritual and electric jazz funk, abstract hip-hop, with a touch of european groove and contemporary music. Always willing to create new and original rhythmic forms, we hope that it will satisfy you!! - Masta Conga”

The concerts you need to see this week (Sept. 26 to Oct. 2)

So we've reached the end of another week, which means it's time for another round of national concert listings. This week, we're particularly jealous of folks in Halifax, because Hopscotch Halifax looks like it's going to be awesome, and Vancouver, who get to go see Kaytranada.


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Why Aphex Twin's Syro is the one album you should hear this week video

After a 13-year hiatus dotted with releases under other names, electronic music producer Richard D James is back as Aphex Twin. Watch lead rock and pop critic Alexis Petridis recommend James' newest release, Syro, replete with the innovative, warped and challenging take on 'intelligent dance music' that fans have come to expect from Aphex Twin Continue reading...

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[STREAM] All We Are – “I Wear You”

It’s exactly the sultry psychedelic boogie that’s been missing from your life. As All We Are preps for their debut album to hit stores early in November, the Liverpol trio shares a single from the record that can be downloaded by pre-ordering their Freshmen LP on iTunes. It brings an air of cool from first strum that inhabits your inner rhythm until you’re one with the dance floor and ready to get lost. Enjoy!

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Readers recommend: songs about reversing results

Cardigans to Kevin Ayers, RR regular Abahachi finds his direction and puts songs from last weeks topic in order

Imagine (suggested Friedrich Nietzsche) that a demon suddenly said to you: You will have to live your life, exactly the same, again and again. Would you gnash your teeth and curse him? Or have you ever experienced a tremendous moment that would make it all worthwhile, even to live through again the point when you realised quite how crashingly disappointing The Second Coming was, so that you would praise him as a god?

Judging by this weeks suggestions, the majority of musicians fall into the first category: most songs about reversing are suffused with regret and the wish to return to the past in order to change it. The Cardigans want to erase and rewind, Toni Braxton wants someone to unbreak her heart, Richard Butler wants to undo everything, from every bed he made to every step hes ever taken, and Frightened Rabbit are walking backwards, not for Christmas but because theres nowhere else to go but back to her, again. Of course its all an impossible fantasy, and the singer knows it; we realise the mistake we made only when its too late to take it back or throw the gears into reverse.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

From Beyoncé to Iron Maiden: the awesomest of onstage lasers and pyro

Look, like you, we all want to pretend that we’re sophisticated and that we only care about musicianship and aren’t at all interested in pagentry and showmanship. We certainly would never cop to being impressed by something as crass as laser or fire or explosions, but let’s be honest, we’re among friends here. All of those things are pretty cool, right?

Below, a list of the awesomest of onstage lasers and pyro.


OK, he’s swinging around a piece of equipment that’s shooting out sparks. That is amazing.

Mötley Crue

There are a lot of things one can dislike about Mötley Crue. You can find them sexist, or silly, or be annoyed by the members’ love of doing reality television. There are two things you cannot deny about them, though: 1. “Kickstart My Heart” is the best cardio workout song ever; 2. they know what they’re doing when it comes to onstage pyrotechnics.

Disco Biscuits

Disco Biscuits are part EDM, part jam rock band. They’re basically what would happen if Tiesto and Phish had a baby. They call themselves “trance fusion.” Either you’re really, really into this, or really, really not, which is a thing that one can actually say about jam bands as a whole. That said, if you don’t like their laser show, you’re probably lying.

Beyoncé and Jay Z

We were near the front for the On the Run Toronto tour stop, and the towers of flame that shot up from Beyoncé made us feel like we were in a blast furnace. This clip isn’t the highest quality, but it shows Bey-Z’s dedication to fire. There is fire shooting out in the cheap seats. They are nothing if not thorough.


A Deadmau5 concert kind of resembles what people in the 1970s through 2014 would look like, with dozens and dozens of lasers pointing and windmilling everywhere. That, or that old Frankie Goes to Hollywood video on steroids.

Iron Maiden

If you’ve never seen Iron Maiden live, you’re living an incomplete life. Let’s start off with that. They are one of the best live bands working today. They are a must-see band. Those of you who have seen them live know that every show has two major highlights: when everyone sings along with “Fear of the Dark,” and the other is when a giant animatronic Eddie pops up and does something awesome. In this particular instance, he has a flame shoot out of his brain. Look, if you wanted subtlety, you shouldn’t have come to a Maiden show.

Scissor Sisters

We did not realize that the Scissor Sisters have this many lasers in their live show. We knew that once upon a time there was some occasional nudity, but we didn’t realize that had been replaced with dozens of lasers being reflected around the stage at different angles and shimmering walls of light. This is fantastic.

Jane’s Addiction

We spent like two hours trying to make a joke about how either Nothing’s Shocking except for these lasers, or about Jane’s Addiction getting caught stealing these lasers, but we couldn’t make it work, so we decided to just let the lasers speak for themselves.


Kiss have been lighting things on fire onstage since before most of us were born. They have it down to a science by now.


It is super easy to make fun of Nickelback for their profound lack of subtlety in everything they do, but the upside of that tendency towards bombast is that they do not mess around when it comes to pyro. They end their set by spending about two minutes just blowing things up.


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

[PLAYLIST] Cassian For Boomrat – Chillers, Bangers, And A Few In-Between-Ers

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Cassian has all the bases covered in the latest exclusive playlist to drop on the Boomrat platform where he divulges his diverse taste in the music scene. It might come as no surprise that it’s jam packed with a bunch of Auzzie’s, but if any group of people were to be experts on the art of kickin back and going the distance, it’s the dawgs from down under. With tunes from Jessie Ware, RUFUS, Touch Sensitive, and the Bag Raiders, this ain’t one to sleep on!

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Musician rebels embrace darknet to explore uncensored internet frontiers

Artists who tire of the commercialised web are thriving in a space free from legislation, surveillance and monopolisation

You could view the internet a little like the Earths surface. The bits of the web everyone knows about and uses are the land masses, but surrounding them are the vast expanses of ocean that represent the much publicised deep web the uncharted depths that are the areas not indexed by standard commercial search engines, because theyre meaningless to the average internet user. However, within this abyss of uncharted waters, there is a place that undertakes groundbreaking technological advancements just to keep itself both separate and efficient. This relatively small area has been labelled the darknet, and it can only be browsed using services like Tor (The Onion Router) or Freenet, which are based on multilayered concepts of anonymity designed to make both the visitors and the web pages (styled as .onion) incredibly difficult to trace.

The darknet has been around since the 70s, but the rise and fall of the Silk Road darknet marketplace empire (now Silk Road 2.0) in 2013, and the advent of cryptocurrencies, notably Bitcoin, saw it truly break into the mainstream press. Ever since it has enjoyed sporadic news mentions, usually relating to drug and gun markets, political activism, child pornography, fraud, fetishism, murder, terrorism and Tesco clubcard vouchers. To many, unsurprisingly, the darknet is an incomprehensible sin city.

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Unherd Radio Show No. 26 22/09/14

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1st Hour


Z The People – Where’s the Music Coming From? (Bandcamp)

Dr. L – Strange Days (Comet)

Zac Love – Lend Me An Ear (Cold Busted)

Vanilla – Real Thing (Bandcamp)

Kratos Himself – Bloom (Jus’ Like Music)

Hackney Colliery Band – Dead Dialogue (Triangulator Remix) (Wah Wah 45s)

Belabouche – Kuti (Unreleased)

Yosi Horikawa – Beer (Fulgeance Disco Aishiteru Reprise) (First Word)

The Expansions – Aubergine’s Escape (The Expansions)

Voyage – One Step Higher (Sirocco)

The Seshun – Unravel (Tru Thoughts)

Skalpel – Siesta (Skalpel)

Label of the Week – On The Corner

Collocutor – Agama (Al Dobson Jr Remix) (On The Corner)

2nd Hour


The Gene Dudley Group – No Trouble on the Mountain feat. Anne Frankenstein (Wah Wah 45s)

Craig Peyton Group – Snow (BBE)

The Janet Lawson Quintet – So High (BBE)

Olli Ahvenlahti – Grandma’s Rocking Chair (Mr. Bongo)

Claude – Big Bap (Musique Large)

Label of the Week – On The Corner

Fiium Shaarrk – Bogan Sunrise (On The Corner)

Lapalux – Movement (Parts I, II & III) (Ninja Tune)

Daedelus – The Belonging (Ninja Tune)

Samba Toure – Be Ki Don (Schneider TM Cockpit Dub) (Glitter Beat)

The Big Chill Allstars – Save My Smile feat. Lea Lea (Unreleased)

LV & Joshua Idehen – Imminent (Paper Tiger Remix) (Unreleased)

Spiritual South – Gonna Getcha (Basic Fingers)

KenLou – What A Sensation (MAW Records)

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The Vinyl Files: new albums from Tricky, Lights and more

Thanks to the digital age we live in, this vinyl revival we're currently experiencing has led to some very creative album releases. The ability to 3D print a record, the option to choose any colour or design of the vinyl itself, to die-cut the album cover into fantastic designs or even add holograms.

These days, there really are no limits on how an artist can deliver their recordings. Let's take a look at some creative packages, unique offers and bundles you probably don't want to miss this month, in the gallery above.

Music fans and collectors of vinyl records, this one's for you. 


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Monday, September 22, 2014

Transit by Skalpel

When SKALPEL was releasing their debut album on Ninja Tune in 2004, Poland was just accessing the European Union and NME described the music duo as an exotic oddity from a faraway land. After 10 years and with 2 nu-jazz classic albums under their belt („Skalpel“ and „Konfusion“) that put Poland on the electronic genre map. SKALPEL, well respected and recognized is back with a new release in yet again an important moment in history when the Polish Prime Minister becomes the new European Council President . 

Five new albums to try this week: Aphex Twin, alt-J and more

Stream all of the new releases from Perfume Genius, Leonard Cohen and others, and let us know what youll be listening to this week

Why you should listen: Aphex Twin is back. After about 13 years. And no one really has a handle on batshit electronic music quite like he does, as Syro proves track after track.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

GDD™ Presents: The Future FM’s Weekend Boogie ft. Watermat

We’ve made it through another week, and to celebrate, we have an exclusive “Weekend Boogie” mix from France’s Watermat for you all to enjoy. Started by TheFuture.fm, a platform for streaming artist-curated DJ mixes and live sets across all genres, the Weekend Boogie is a weekly mix series that features some of dance music’s finest, and here are with a house music-filled offering that’ll help you vibe away your worries about the ebb and flow of the week.

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Aphex Twin: His music is a perfect mix of mystery and adrenaline

Richard Jamess alter ego is back with his first album in 13 years. We asked Björk, Ian Rankin and some of his other famous fans to explain the enduring appeal

Horny and smug, said Richard James when asked by Rolling Stone how he felt about Syro, his first new Aphex Twin album in 13 years. He laughed as he said it but if anyone is entitled to feel a little bit pleased with themselves, its him. After so long away, Aphex still has an allure like no other. At 43, he remains a reluctant figurehead who has nevertheless preserved his mystique in an era of limitless data by doing precisely nothing; letting the digital realm embellish what he once called the lush disinformation about him: those 90s Aphex myths perpetuated, often by James himself, before the internet took hold and the tales could be instantly verified. Did he really drive a tank, live in a bank vault and make music in his sleep?

The truth hardly matters when the myth is so engaging. A techno Time Lord who regenerates with each new release always the same, always different it helps that his music is impervious to fashion. Straddling everything from Stockhausen to Pain Jerk, disco to jungle, Aphex fills in the gaps between genres and constructs entirely new ones. Hence the hoo-ha surrounding Syro. For the devoted, this is a rare chance to devour an hour of box-fresh blockbuster braindance that might somehow bring them closer to their master. Everyone else should sit back and enjoy the frenzy.

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Quiz: which pop stars have had an Aphex Twin makeover?

Aphex Twin could teach most musicians a thing or two about creating a striking publicity image. So can you tell which artists below have undergone a freaky Aphex-style transformation?

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Concerts you need to see this week (Sept. 19-25)

Pop Montreal is taking place, well, in Montreal, Manifesto is in Toronto and New Forms is going on in Vancouver. And you thought festival season was done.


New Forms 14: music samplers and top picks for the Vancouver festival


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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Why Acid Thunder is the one album you should hear this week - video

Alexis Petridis recommends Acid Thunder, a collection of house classics compiled by club aficionado Terry Farley, the co-founder of the late 80s London zine Boy's Own and the dance label Junior Boy's Own. Ranging from some of the genre's most seminal works to its more avant-garde corners, the expertly curated 5 CD compilation unearths the sound that defined the vintage era of house Continue reading...

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News update

Want to feel powerful? Science says turn up the bass

Ever used music to get you pumped up for a big workout, a big game or even a big night on the town?

There's nothing like the boost that music can give, but according to new research, that feeling of power that it delivers isn't a product of your imagination — and the songs that are most effective are the ones with big bass.

Dennis Hsu of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and his colleagues had noticed that, when they watched major sporting events, the athletes were often wearing headphones while entering the stadium or in the locker room, using it to mentally prepare for the big competition.

So Hsu and his team began looking at whether music can genuinely transform the psychological state of the listener, and specifically, if it can give them a feeling of power.

To start, the researchers pre-tested 31 songs from hip-hop to reggae, gauging how powerful people felt after listening to 30-second clips. From that test, they determined the most powerful songs (among them Queen's "We Will Rock You" and 2 Unlimited's "Get Ready for This") and the least powerful (Fatboy Slim's "Because We Can" and Baha Men's "Who Let the Dogs Out").

The researchers then conducted a series of experiments looking at how various songs affected people's sense of power, and three behavioral consequences of that sense: their tendency to see the big picture (thought abstraction), their sense of control over social events (perceived control) and the desire to move first in competitive interactions.

Published in Social Psychology and Personality Science , what the researchers found was fascinating: that high-power music not only evoked an unconscious sense of power, but that it affected all three consequences of power as well.

They also did a range of experiments to try and figure out which components of the music got people really pumped up, and it had nothing to do with the lyrics. Rather, it was the bass.

"We chose to manipulate bass levels in music because existing literature suggests that bass sound and voice are associated with dominance," said Hsu in a release, pointing out that bass sounds (think Darth Vader) are often used to exhibit dominance and confidence.

In the bass experiments, the researchers asked participants to listen to new instrumental pieces with varying bass levels, then asked questions and got them to do word completion tasks. After listening to the bassier music, they reported more feelings of power, and conjured more power-related words.

Now Hsu and his colleagues plan to study other ways music can induce power, and possibly lead to better performance in everything from job interviews to negotiations.

"Although significantly more research needs to be done before we can truly begin to understand music's effects on our psychological experiences, I believe our findings provide initial evidence for the potential strategic use of music, especially in situations where people need to feel empowered," Hsu says.

"People might want to explore whether pumping up their favourite tunes can quickly ease them into an empowered mental state before going into a first date, an important client meeting or a job interview." 

Want to read the full text of the study? Find it here.

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Aphex Twin: Syro review a tour through brain-bending avenues


The last time Aphex Twin released an album, 2001s double LP Drukqs, the musical world was a very different place. Grime was still just something that gathered underneath your fridge, Apple was yet to release the iPod and several of the current dance scenes up and coming producers were happy modelling that years fashion craze: nappies. If 13 years is a long time in pop, then its aeons when your forte is cutting-edge electronic music. Or at least it would be if your music didnt already exist in a world so unique its practically imitation-proof.

As might be expected from an album that was announced via a fluorescent green blimp flying over Elephant and Castle, Syro is a strange album. It doesnt do what some fans will have been hoping, in that it does not completely reshape the sonic landscape in the way Richard D James repeatedly did through the 90s. Neither does it announce a radical divergence in style from the records he has been putting out on Rephlex over the last 13 years under his AFX and Tuss monikers (the idea that this is a comeback after a lengthy hiatus is only really true on a technicality). And yet by sounding simply like a series of Aphex Twin tracks, Syro is still utterly engrossing and remains, somewhat unbelievably, on a completely different planet to almost anything else thats been released over the last decade and a half.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Scottish independence: where musicians from Bowie to Björk stand

The politicians have delivered their speeches, outspoken advocates have pushed for their sides, the media has weighed in on every aspect of the story — but on Thursday, whether or not Scotland becomes an independent country comes down to voters.

But that hasn't stopped high-profile musicians from weighing in on the fiery debate. So when it comes to Scottish independence, who stands where?

On the yes side are Scottish post-rockers Mogwai, who have filled their Twitter feed with "Yes" messages, as well as Franz Ferdinand, Amy Macdonald, Frightened Rabbit and others who performed at last weekend's pro-independence event, A Night for Scotland.

"It feels incredible to be standing here on the edge if this stage tonight on the edge of history," Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos reportedly told the crowd. "I'm not the kind of guy that's used to making any sort of speech. I'm a man of few words, tonight I'm a man of one word and that word is 'Yes.'"

Also on the "Yes" side is Icelandic singer Björk, who rejigged the lyrics to her song "Declare Independence" and posted them on her Facebook page, as well as veteran Scottish musicians including singer Annie Lennox and the Proclaimers. English political rocker Billy Bragg has been writing entire editorials on the subject.

But if they had their way, musicians wouldn't all be saying yes. Some of the biggest names in the biz are encouraging Scots to vote no, among them Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Sting, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cliff Richard, Bryan Ferry and David Gilmour, all of whom signed an open letter as part of the no side's Let's Stay Together campaign.

David Bowie also squeaked his message into this year's Brit Awards, via Kate Moss:

The referendum on Scottish independence is being held Thursday. For more coverage, visit CBC News.

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[FREE DOWNLOAD] Panic Bomber – “I Only Have Eyes For You”

A tune that’s instantly stuck in your head upon first breakdown, “I Only Have Eyes For You” tows a heavy chugging techno beat coupled with a soulful barbershop breakdown courtesy of The Flamingo’s smash single by the same name. It’s a paradoxical tune from Panic Bomber that is sure to grab the attention of any dance floor, free download to compliment.

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[STREAM] Soul Clap feat. Robert Owens – “Misty”

The Soul Clap duo have been up to no good lately – in the best way possible. With the release of this highly anticipated original, a track you might recognize from their recent sets, the two have weaponized the DJ community with an instant classic. Featuring vocals from Robert Owens, of Fingers Inc. fame, the tune carries a bass driven melody to accompany the soulful Owens harmony. Get ready for some feels, this track is for real.

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The 101 strangest records on Spotify: Peter Michael Hamel - Colours of Time / Bardo

Spawning from the 70s Krautrock scene, this visionary composer with an obsession with Indian classical and all things avant-garde penned a skull-bursting symphony of serene synth minimalism

A master of the relationship between vowels and chakras - something our old friend Kay Gardner knew all about - in 1978 Munich-born Hamel looked at the world of avant-garde, jazz and pop music and deduced a trend toward a more soul-oriented, introverted musical language. Now, whether thats right or not is, as so many other things, open to as many interpretations as you care to indulge in, but whats certain is while keyboard player/synthesist Hamel may have once been lumped in with a lot of other New Age composers, he has always been able to transcend genre and create music with real depth and purpose.

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Carter Tutti Void review a lesson in the primal power of noise

Oslo, London

At the trios sold-out improvisational show, each track is like its own mini DJ set

An almighty industrial thump chomps through air thick with sweat. The sound of robotic foxes rutting at night with an oscillating wobble board. Cars skid, horns scratch and guitars squawk along to heavy thuds. Low groans fills what little space is left. This is not, it must be said, music for those feeling fragile of mind. Rather, Carter Tutti Voids improvisational show is a lesson in the primal power of noise. Its a Tuesday night in east London, but it could just as easily be 11am at Berghain nightclub in Berlin.

Tonight is the second of two sold-out nights following the trios debut at the Roundhouse in 2011, which was turned into a live album on Mute Records called Transverse. Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti of Throbbing Gristle have long been innovators of face-blowtorching beats, but for CTV they team up with Nik Void from the avant-garde techno group Factory Floor, who carefully brushes her treated guitar with a violin bow as Carter prods a panoply of effects pedals and old drum machines and Fanni Tutti grinds a steel slider-topped finger along her MIDI guitars fretboard with the air of a secretary squinting at a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

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The playlist: electronic Arca, Extreme Precautions, Jack U and more

Featuring Kanye Wests and FKA twigs producer, ominous industrial noise and Skrillex and Diplos disappointingly derivative collaboration

Collaborations in stadium dance dont get much bigger: Skrillex, the punk doyen of angular neon noise, and Diplo, the hipster in love with Jamaica, now conjoined as Jack U. This could potentially be amazing imagine Diplos slobbering syncopation tricked out by Skrillexs deranged sound design but instead its outright derivative. Hudson Mohawke and Lunice, AKA TNGHT, must be laughing at the gall their track Higher Ground is ripped off wholesale, from the high-pitched vocal to the juke-paced snare, the half-speed drop to HudMos dog-growl FX. Mimicking a two-year-old track isnt a strong look for a couple of producers feted for their zeitgeist chiselling. Kiesza, meanwhile, makes a good stab at a diva top line, but inevitably her breakdown isnt there to serve the track, but just create a bland alternative. Of course, Diplo has never made smooth grooves, and all the better for it, but everything from his mixes of favela rap and bassline house to his Major Lazer and M.I.A. production nevertheless had a through line to them. This, on the other hand, is prefab panels of voguish production, with laziness masquerading as puppyish energy.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014



The LA jack of all trades Whiiite revamped Moguai’s original ACIIID into his newly established Future1Hundred treatment, a forward thinking fusion of trap, hip-hop and house. This one takes you into the opening scene of Blade as if you we’re actually there for the party (and not to be massacred). He’s given this one out for FREE to his fans, so grab it below and get the aciiid flowin…


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[STREAM] Bixel Boys “End Of Summer” Playlist For Boomrat


It might be the end of Summer but things are just starting to heat up. Literally, and metaphorically, as the Bixel Boys share their best tunes to beat this sweltering heat wave. It features some of the sexiest sultriest cuts around – from RnB to Hip-Hop to Future Bass to that signature Bixel Bounce. Curated for the fine folks at Boomrat – this ain’t one to sleep on!

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[Giveaway] TBDfestival (Sacramento)


We’ve teamed up with TBD festival to giveaway (2) VIP tickets to their awesome independent festival taking place in Sacramento during October 3rd, 4th, & 5th.

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The playlist: new bands the Code, Mélat, Arkon Fly, ETML, Harriet Brown

Mixtapes redefining R&B, old-school soul, a crunch of funky-bass-bounce from the UK, and a funkadelic feast from a man in hock to Prince up to his ruched elbows

FKA twigs has been complaining about being narrowcast as a purveyor of alt R&B, unhappy especially about the R&B bit, suspecting that it is a way of diminishing her achievements and boxing her in. Twigs is fiercely on-point when she notes that this segregation is racial, agreed the Faders Aimee Cliff. But R&B hasnt been black either in terms of the artists making it or its signifiers (grit, gospel fervour, soaring intensity) for decades. Since the 90s, it has been synonymous with futuristic production and vocals that are remarkable for their dispassion: almost the opposite of its original design. The point is, you wouldnt know whether todays R&B acts were black or white, but the appellation works for a broad range of darkly atmospheric electronic music bearing cool vocals, male or female. Take the Code, a production duo who it could be said are operating in terms of sleek surfaces and crepuscular sorrow in the realm of R&B, without wishing to constrain them in any way. Although rumour has it theyre British, which would make them the most successful homegrown exponents yet of the post-Weeknd/Drake school of bleakly emotional, broken-hearted modern blues. Their mixtape, 1/11, features Kaleem Taylor, KasFlow and G-Eazy, and is a consistent, crisply executed, lovely thing that further redefines R&B in terms of mood and sonic techniques.

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Unherd Radio Show No. 25 15/09/14

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1st Hour


Angelique Kidjo – Summertime (Wrasse)

Alison Crockett – Like Rain (Wah Wah 45s)

Kratos Himself – Razor Leaves (Jus Like Music)

Lea Lea – Come To Me (Wah Wah 45s)

Bolts – Surge (Unreleased)

The Elder Statesman – Montreux Sunrise (Tee Cadarci’s Ipanema Sunrise Remix) (Bstrd Jazz)

Shawn Phillips – All Our Love (A&M)

IAMNOBODI – When You Know It (Soulection)

Hackney Colliery Band – Dead Dialogue (Paper Tiger Remix) (Wah Wah 45s)

Paper Tiger – Drift (Murder He Wrote Remix) (Wah Wah 45s)

Swindle – Summer Fruits (Brownswood / Deep Medi)

Seelenluft – Manila (Klein)

Quantic – You Will Return feat. Alice Russell (Titeknots Remix) (Tru Thoughts)

Mr. Scruff – Feel Free (Mr. Scruff 12” Tweak) (Ninja Tune)

2nd Hour


The Dells – Walk On by (Argo Cadet)

Vanilla – Yesterday (Bandcamp)

Vanilla – Sweet Talk (Bandcamp)

10A – The One (Soulection)

Sango – Maluco (Soulection)

The Expansions – Mess Up Your Mind (The Expansions)

Eberhard Schoener – Gam-Bang (Harvest)

Leland Aleem Fakir – Momma’s Hoopty (Soulection)

Penthouse Penthouse – Let Me See That (Free DL)

Sleepin Giant – Six feat. Romaine Smith (Typesun Remix) (Original Cultures)

Nina Simone – Seeline Woman (MAW Remix) (Verve)

Too Many Zooz – Mouse Trap (TMZZ)

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Hudson Mohawke producing Antony Hegartys NSA inspired new album

Electronic artist says he is collaborating with Antony and the Johnsons for a politically charged follow up to 2010s Swanlights

Hudson Mohawke says he is producing Antony Hegartys new album. The Scottish electronic artist is helming the boards for an LP inspired by last years NSA spying revelations.

The album Im producing for [Antony] is really cool as fuck, Mohawke told NME. Its really political, very angry, taking on the NSA.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Wah Wah Radio Show, September 2014 – the best soul, funk and electronica

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We may have won an award but it hasn’t changed us. Well, we changed the intro! However, we’re back with the usual high quality music we hope you’ve come to expect as well as a version of the Thong Song.

A largely mellow selection this month and with plenty of Wah Wah news to accompany it. Lets go!


Debilorithmicos – La Nuit (Molts)

Jordan Rakei – Street Light feat. Gwen Bunn (Soul Has No Tempo)

Georgia Anne Muldrow – These Worlds (Bandcamp)

Sleepin Giant – Six feat. Romaine Smith (Typesun Remix) (Original Cultures)

Swindle – Summer Fruits (Brownswood / Deep Medi)

Too Many Zooz – Turtledactyl (Bandcamp)

Hackney Colliery Band – Superhero Disco (The Reflex Revision) (Wah Wah 45s)

The Expansions – Aubergine’s Escape (Expansions Music)

Sara Mitra – Baltimore Oriole (Impossible Ark Free DL)

Zigsbig – Part 1 (Keep Up!)

Bolts – Surge (Unreleased)

The Elder Statesman – Montreux Sunrise (Tee Cardaci’s Ipanema Sunrise Mix) (Bstrd Jazz)

Angelique Kidjo – Summertime (Wrasse Records)

Quiroga – La Caccia (Really Swing)

Penthouse Penthouse – Let Me See That (Free DL)


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[GDD™ PREMIERE] Francesco Yates – “Call” (Ferdinand Weber Remix)

Ferdinand Weber has established quite the name for himself in the SoundCloud realm with his silky smooth remixes that glisten in the internet soundscape. Atlantic records and their signee Francesco Yates have summoned the budding talent from Berlin to tackle the new tune from Yates – who saw some studio time with Pharrell earlier this summer. It’s feel good vibes all around as a kick drum backbone accentuates the syncopated synths and a classy hi-hat drives the beat home. Slated for a 9/29 release – we’re happy to bring you the exclusive first listen!

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[DOWNLOAD] Durante – Slow Burn ft. Chuck Ellis


The young homie, Durante , has released his incredible piano-laden smash, “Slow Burn,” today on free-release imprint Nest , blowing us away with his soulful groove and spot-on vocals from Chuck Ellis. The new tune is something straight off of UK radio, finding that perfect balance between popular accessibility and driving dancefloor vibes. Download it for free below. √+

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Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj shared the stage in Paris and other live music tidbits from the weekend

How was your weekend? Ours was great, thanks for asking. While you were off doing whatever it is you do on your down time, there was a fair bit of live music news breaking on the internet. Get caught up.

Lorde's Kanye West and Bon Iver covers was let out on the internet

So the most important part of doing a good cover song is making it sound like your own thing without making it sound like you're mocking the original song. By that metric, Lorde has been hitting it out of the park over the course of her most recent tour, including covers of both Kanye West's "Flashing Lights" and Bon Iver's "Heavenly Father" in her set. Pitchfork dug up video from a Philadelphia show earlier in the month over the weekend. Check that out below.

People started a petition to release Grimes's Boiler Room set

Last year, synth-pop artist and national treasure Grimes played a DJ set as part of Richie Hawtin's Boiler Room music series. She was accused of trolling the event by showing up, plugging in her iPod and playing songs by Taylor Swift, Vengaboys and Mariah Carey. It's one of the few Boiler Room sets that hasn't been released yet, and now there's a Change.org petition to let it out of the vault. The petition calls the set "Probably the best set ever played in the history of Boiler Room but they can't get past their own pretentiousness to see that." You can sign it here.

Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj played the 'Flawless' remix live in Par is

We were concerned that the gravitational pull of their collective flawlessness might cause a rip in the space-time continuum, but apparently everything was fine. The event was being filmed for an HBO special that will air on Sept. 20. Sadly, all the full-length YouTube videos of the event have been taken down, but here's a quick Instagram clip to give you a taste.

The James Street Super Crawl was a wild success

For those of you who weren’t able to make it to the festival that is cementing Hamilton’s place as a Canadian capital of arts and culture, here are a few videos that should convince you to make the trip in 2015.

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Five albums to try this week: Allah-Las, My Brightest Diamond and more

From Cannibal Corpses death metal to Jason Morans jazz piano, here are five new albums to consider this week

Why you should listen: This second offering from the LA trio serves up bombastic, disco-laden pop in abundant quantities.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Tricky: Adrian Thaws review back to his quietly menacing best

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You never know what to expect from Tricky, whose oeuvre ranges from ghastly (Angels With Dirty Faces) to groundbreaking (Maxinquaye) by way of several so-so affairs. Pleasingly, his 11th album, on which hes assisted by some impressive guests (Tirzah, Francesca Belmonte, Mykki Blanco), finds the rapper at his most quietly menacing. In fact, at times Trickys barely there at all, content to orchestrate Adrian Thaws stark beats, the best of which recall his mid-90s peak. The hip-house-based Nicotine Love is especially fine, but even the slighter tracks attest to Trickys rebirth.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

[Download] Nelly Furtado x Timbaland – Promiscuous (Dr. Fresch Remix)

Dr. Fresch - Promiscuous

Dr. Fresch is back with a club ready rework of Nelly Furtado and Timbaland’s classic “Promiscuous”. Dr. Fresch’s injects his unique blend of deep, trap, and bass into this remix to bring the pop hit into the context of contemporary future music:

“It’s been way too long since I heard ‘Promiscuous’ played out in the club – I had to give the track a facelift so I could start dropping it in my sets and bring the heat back. The project clicked for me instantly, because of how the vocals lent themselves to be remixed from both a deep approach and a future approach as well. I’m excited to hear this one played out!” – Dr. Fresch

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The Tokyo Jazz Notes Dozen #50 - September 2014

The Tokyo Jazz Notes Dozen hits its half century this month, and this will be the last of the monthly dozens uploaded from Japan, as I'll be moving on to pastures new. This month we have new Japanese music from Soil & "Pimp" Sessions, Primitive Art Orchestra, Wai Wai Steel Band, n'sawa sarape, Jazz Collective and Hiromi, as well as other contemporary sounds from around the globe including Cookin' On 3 Burners and Jaga jazzist, both of home delivered some fine performances at this year's Tokyo Jazz Festival. See you next month. Enjoy!

Love Immediately - Soil & "Pimp" Sessions (from Brothers & Sisters on Victor Entertainment 2014)

Ojo Abameta - The Shaolin Afronaughts (from Follow The Path on Freestyle Records 2014)

Tokyo Saucer - Cookin' On 3 Burners (from Soul Messin' on Freestyle Records 2010)

Caravan - Wai Wai Steel Band (from Family compiled by Playwright on Playwright 2014)

A Place In My Heart (feat. Ryat) - Taylor McFerrin (from Early Riser on Brainfeeder 2014)

Collage - Jazz Collective (from Collage on Jazz Collective/Octave 2014)

Snow Child - Opus 5 (from Progression on Criss Cross Jazz 2014)

Next Morning - n'sawa saraca (from Forest Dance on Karasound Label 2014)

Victory Joy Dance - Gideon van Gelder (from Lighthouse on P-Vine 2014)

Shrine - Primitive Art Orchestra (from Helix on Playwright 2014)

Alive - Hiromi The Trio Project (from Alive on Telarc 2014)

Oslo Skyline - Jaga Jazzist (from Live With Britten Sinfonia on Ninja Tune 2013)

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Terry Farleys favourite tracks

The UK acid house legend, whose Acid Thunder box set is out now, empties the contents of his psychic record bag

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PC Music: clubland's cute new direction

PC Music and SOPHIE are peddling a new kind of club music whose collision of early-2000s pop-cheese, J-pop and happy hardcore is polarising the dance world. But is it more than a bit of fun?

In the grumpy, po-faced echo chamber of online dance music forums, one label has become the divisive talking point of 2014. AG Cooks PC Music takes its cues from the Japanese concept of kawaii (cuteness) with a musical pallette encompassing the huge synth blasts favoured by Eurodance chart-botherers such as Cascada, grimes sub-bass, and happy hardcores high-pitched vocal range, matched with promo pics that make its artists look like X Factor contestants from 2054. Their artist names are things like Hannah Diamonds, Princess Bambi and the Lipgloss Twins; their aesthetic, somewhere between an edition of Just 17 and a shopping centre in Shibuya.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014



To get you ready for their headline show tomorrow night 9/12 in Los Angeles @ Exchange, we caught up with the LA-based duo Oliver, who’s techno driven yet disco spirited sound has catapulted them to wide spread support and made them a household name along the festival circuit.

GDD: Your Light Years Away EP just dropped this week on Fool’s Gold. Both ‘Light Years Away’ and ‘Fast Forward’ boast massive techno driven bass lines that reconcile with disco and funk chords and vocals throughout. What was the inspiration behind the 2 tracks?

OLIVER: If I remember correctly, Vaughn had the idea for the main bassline in Light Years Away and we just started building the track around that. We wrote the section that ended up becoming the bridge on piano and the lyric/melody with our friend Ryland. A lot of the time we aren’t really sure what parts are going to end up in the finished song so we like to try a bunch of ideas and see what sticks.

For Fast Forward, we had that little vocal part from some other song that ended up not going anywhere. We always liked the idea and actually tried to use it a couple times but it never went anywhere. This is a great example of having a vocal idea or song title and letting that dictate the direction of the track. We actually used the iPad a bunch on this song. And the final bassline that you hear was like one of 10 that we ended up settling on minutes before having to hand the song in.

GDD: Your production has evolved over the past few years, as you guys have played bigger shows and festivals? Has that had any effect on the productions?How would you describe what makes it an “Oliver” track?

OLIVER: We try our best to play out tracks that will translate well to crowds while at the same time be something we can stand behind. I think that has become something that is a motivator in the studio, to make songs that can translate in a live setting but not sound like everybody else. I think these two tracks are prime examples of us just having come off the road and wanting to have something original to play.

GDD: You’ve become really close with Destructo and the HARD family, both in the studio and on stage… how did that all come to be?

OLIVER: We work with a company called Pulse who manages us and Gary is a close friend of the Pulse team. That’s how we all met and started to collaborate on music in the studio.

GDD: This Friday you guys play Exchange in downtown Los Angeles. What’s your favorite thing about performing in LA and are you excited for such a big headline show?

OLIVER: Yeah! It’s gonna be a fun one. Definitely feels good having all our friends and team there who have been so supportive since day one. We are really excited to have some new material out and also working on a lot more of it. Hopefully we will be able to test out some demos on the night.

GDD: It BONES birthday party on Friday… what’s the worst/most embarrassing birthday memory you guys (each) have?

OLIVER: Oh man, I’m pretty sure every birthday of mine ends in embarrassment. I’m pretty sure we’ve all had those birthdays where people wont stop buying you shots. I mean, it would be rude not to take them right? Haha

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[DOWNLOAD] Indiana – Heart On Fire (SNBRN Remix)


Our good bud, SNBRN , has been on a remix tear as of late, putting his sun-drenched steez on everything from Mark Morrison to 50 Cent to Ace of Base, and today he caps off his string of summertime tunes with a beautiful remix for Indiana’s “Heart On Fire.” He incorporates a lovely chord progression matched with dance-y, shuffling hi hats for a remix that feels equally accessible and (poolside) dancefloor ready.

Listen below and download here. √+

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OK Go accuses Apple of ripping off their video

Apple may be known for its unique-looking ads and billboards, but Chicago indie band OK Go says the computer giant plagiarized their video for "The Writing's on the Wall" at this week's big product announcement.

Anyone who watched the announcement in person or online saw the promo video, which features a camera moving through a large warehouse-type space, and lettering showing up on the walls, furniture and other various objects.

OK Go says the Apple video looks suspiciously similar to their video for "The Writing's on the Wall." The band's manager, Andy Gershon, told Bloomberg Businessweek that the group had met with Apple in April to pitch the concept video.

Apple reportedly said no thanks, then hired the production team behind the video for "The Writing's on the Wall" to create their promo.

"The videos speak for themselves, and you can draw your own conclusions," said Gershon, who admitted that legal action was unlikely to succeed. "You could imagine circumstances where there’s a legal claim here, although I think it’s unlikely to succeed.

"That said, from a PR perspective, I’d say it wasn’t a smart move by Apple."

So is the video a ripoff? You be the judge:

by Jennifer Van Evra via Electronic RSS

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

[FREE DOWNLOAD] Bag Raiders – “Nairobi” (Drop Out Orchestra Barely Legal Remix)


The Bag Raiders have been on a hot one lately with their latest EP “Nairobi / Savannah” on Modular People receiving major critical acclaim from artists and bloggers alike. After offering up the stems for Nairobi via their SoundCloud, the Drop Out Orchestra have turned it into a fiesta via waveform. With flaring trumpets battling guitar riffs front and center they twist the chugging tune into a late night bonfire with your closest comrades. Offered up as a free download and supported by the Bag Raiders themselves, it’s safe to say this one’s going in the bag.

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Daniel Lanois combines flesh and machine on 'Opera'

Daniel Lanois has a new record scheduled for release on Oct. 28, called Flesh and Machine. The first song that he's made available, "Opera," is the sound of propulsive electronics meeting human generated, organic sounds. It's head-trippy, advanced and extremely danceable.

Have a look and listen as he performs "Opera":

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Unherd Radio Show No. 24 08/09/14

Listen again here!

1st Hour


IGBO – Entrance Theme (Free DL)

Paper Tiger – Gundam Bling (Sam Redmore Remix) (Wah Wah 45s)

Dorian Concept – Ann River, Mn (Ninja Tune)

Madlib – Cue 6 (Stones Throw)

Paul White – Where You Gonna Go? (One Handed)

Mammal Hands – Inuit Party (Gondwana)

Hareton Salvanini – KM110 (Mr Bongo)

Suzy Codogan – Do It Baby (Clocktower)

Onyljoe – Hold Me (Version) (Unit 137)

Sara Mitra – In The Pines (Impossible Ark)

Carole Bennett – He’s Coming Home (Popcorn)

The Revels – Church Key feat. Barbara Adkins (Impact)

The Furys – Dolow (Cedar)

Big Maybelle – I’ve Got a Feeling (Outta Sight)

Debilorithmicos – La Nuit (Molts)

Homeboy Sandman – Stroll (Stones Throw)

Hidden Orchestra – Dust (Tru Thoughts)

2nd Hour


Nuyorikan Soul – I Am The Black Gold of the Sun (4-Hero Remix) (Talkin’ Loud)

Bonobo – Terrapin (Paul SG Remix) (Tru Thoughts)

Adam F – Circles (F-James / Positiva)

WrongTom Meets Deemas J – Jump + Move + Rock (Wickaman Remix) (Tru Thoughts)

Esnard Boisdur Vs Frankie Francis & Simbad – Soufwans (3am Mix) (Soundway)

Afro National – Tollon Tollon (Makossa)

Fela Kuti – Shuffering & Shmiling (Kalakuta)

Beck – Tropicalia (Bong Load)

The Bees – A Minha Menina (Wall of Sound)

Clarice Labbe – No Other Love But You (JMT)

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Electronic music artists who don't look like they're playing video games

Electronic music has a bit of a performance issue. While there are a ton of electronic artists who bring stunning AV displays and energy — or both — to their live shows, the two default stage positions still seem to be "hunched over a laptop" or "standing behind the decks waving your arms like you're trying to signal a plane."

Here are a few of the electronic artists who we think have done a great job of stepping up their stage game.

A Tribe Called Red

In addition to watching the three members of Tribe pal around and love the heck out of life, they always bring out at least one hoop dancer. If you’ve never seen someone perform traditional First Nations dance to moombahton beat, you’re missing out.


You can go here to see all the reasons why A-Trak is so much fun to see in person, but whether he’s giving you the ridiculous, over-the-top stage show that is Duck Sauce or just cutting and scratching like a fiend, he’s always worth watching.

(Duck Sauce - Live @ Coachella 2014 Weekend 1 (720p) from ryyckxxa on Vimeo)

Steve Aoki

OK, we know electronic music purists are going to be massively annoyed at the Neon Punk’s presence on this list. We realize that he may occasionally just be playing a Winamp file — that’s almost certainly the case when he’s off doing things like white-water rafting across the crowd — but this guy is exciting. The gimmicks work. The Aoki Cake Throw is basically the Lambeau Leap of EDM. He interacts. He’s having fun. If that fun doesn’t rub off on you a little bit, you may be dead.

Rich Aucoin

Rich Aucoin is a wild party. Screw standing around behind a laptop; he’ll often just press play so he can run around with a mic, get the whole crowd running under one of those grade-school parachute things and shoot confetti cannons.

(RICH AUCOIN (Live at Steam Whistle) from Southern Souls on Vimeo)

Daft Punk

Robot heads, elaborate sets, dancers: these guys are basically a challenge to the electronic community to do better.

Dan Deacon

Few artists tend to let the crowd get as up close and personal as Deacon does. You can find dozens of videos on the internet where the audience is pretty much on top of him. We also enjoy that, rather than the usual sterile laptop-and-MIDI controller set-up, he has what looks like the sale bin of an electronics surplus store spread out in front of him.

Glitch Mob

If there’s one thing we like about Glitch Mob — other than the sheer joy they bring to playing — it’s their willingness to try different things. A guerilla show in the streets of San Francisco? Why not. Aerial silk performers at the side of the stage? Sure. Keep mixing it up, you guys.


Just one woman stuck behind a pile of electronics? Why not bring in a dance team? That will liven things up. (Also, it helps if you exude charm and charisma out of your pores.)


A Justice show is the only time you can wear sunglasses either indoors or at night time and not look like a giant tool. The lights from the stage are so bright that, without them, you’ll suffer temporary blindness for 10 minutes. It’s genius.


We recently watched Lunice spend amost of a set dancing in front of his rig. He often seems to be having as much fun as, if not more fun than, most of the crowd.

(LFTF Presents: LUNICE // SXSW 2012 from LFTF on Vimeo)


Way back in the 1990s, when people carried pagers and dinosaurs roamed the Earth, Underworld were basically the forefathers of charismatic electronic music performers. They’re an electronic music act with a frontman that would make most modern rock acts jealous of Karl Hynde. They were also the only non-guitar-based act on our list of the loudest bands ever.


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