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The picturesque and often sleepy city of Santa Barbara has recently produced some prominent acts in the likes of Seven Lions and Traveler. Shying away from the typical 4×4 house pattern, they’ve carved out their own unique styles of electronica. Justin Kleiner, another rising producer from Santa Barbara, has just released his Along The Way EP, and the ambient package is an impressive mixture of dramatic soundscapes and thematic drums that were prevalent in early M83 or Sigur Ros tracks. Kleiner has also drawn up a fine collection of artwork that’s tied in with the release that can be found on his site called Auxin. Grab the entire EP for free download below.

30s

Black Butter Records continues to shine as one of the most diverse record labels in electronic music.  Their latest release by new London outfit 30s, entitled “Stockholm Syndrome”, is a further testament to the label’s diverse (and growing) reputation.  ”Stockholm Syndrome” is filled with highly addictive feels anchored by the dreamy, seductive sounds of vocalist ZOEE.  Aside from the fact that she hails from London, I can’t say that I know much about ZOEE.  But…I’m pretty sure that I love her.

“Stockholm Syndrome” is out NOW via Black Butter Records.

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Marking the start of an exciting new collaborative project, Wolf + Lamb proudly shared the debut release of The Waves & Us earlier this weekend. Formed out of a creative meeting of minds between Maayan Nidam, Markus Nikolaus and Louis McGuire, theirs is a sound that strengthens the storied approach of a live band with the experimental thrust of analogue electronics. Pop and rock fundamentals lend an earthly hook to the tracks, but these are anything but straight-forward songs. Continue Reading

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In today’s frenetic war zone of DJs and producers and ghost-producers and managers and publicists and every other person clinging on to the EDM machine, it’s pretty damn difficult to get noticed. For Astronomar, his brash and aggressive club music demands the respect it deserves. Back in a big, bad way is his 4 track Mutant Club EP, which dropped today on the Main Course imprint. Aside from releasing tracks on esteemed outfits like BNR & OWSLA, he’s been running the Main Course label with good pals Neoteric and Bot, who is featured on ‘Drama’ (my favorite from the package). Devoid of cheese, you’ll find drums thicker than redwoods and sound designs more manic than mental wards. And for the next month, all tracks are available for free download, so get to clicking.

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Last month we featured Pat Lok’s new single “Move Slow”, a song that takes seductive sleaze to a whole new level.  ”Move Slow” is classy, trashy, unique and fun.  This time around, Dutch producer GANZ darkens things up on his remix, turning “Move Slow” into a chilling, sexy anthem.

The “Move Slow” remix EP featuring Ganz, SirOJ, WMNSTUDIES, & Jeffrey Jerusalem is out April 4th on BMKLTSCH RCRDS.

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The rising Los Angeles-based duo, Casino Gold, has released the excellent remix pack for their feel-good house anthem, “All I Need,” via Perfect Driver Music. Kicking off the package, our own Troy Kurtz gives us a striking deep house floor filler led by a huge, driving bassline paired with percussive/vocal accents. Ruff Hauser follows suit with a stand-out bass-heavy remix that incorporates an unexpected half-time breakdown, while Evil Twin offers up a piano-laden house groover. The Perfect Driver label head, Matthew Anthony, then closes out the pack in proper form with a more experimental interpretation that features unique synth work over  up-tempo tribal rhythms. With these brilliant renditions, Casino Gold successfully revitalizes “All I Need,” just in time for Miami. Purchase the remix pack on Beatport.

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The trumpet player sits cross-legged front and center with a lone spotlight to illuminate his cause as the drummer keeps the beat patiently in the background. The room is dimly lit (naturally), and the clinking of ice cubes rattling around in my goblet of whiskey compliment the quiet acoustics of the space. Smoke vapor is ruminating as it dances freely in the minimal light available as the dull roar of intimate conversation comes into play. People are dancing, but not maniacally, it’s more of a lonely waltz as you wander the dance floor in an attempt to discover yourself. Head in the air, arms wide open, spinning and shuffling as the melody shifts in intensity. This escape that is offered is so meticulously calculated, from the white noise that gently makes it’s presence known in the background to the muted reverb drenched trumpet, it almost lets you know that you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be, because it’s exactly where it’s supposed to be. Check for Francis Harris‘ “Minutes Of Sleep” EP out on Scissor and Thread February 24th. Stream the project preview after the jump.

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Kitsuné are always on point with their compilation albums, bringing hot new talent to the forefront and their latest compilation, “Kitsuné New Faces”, is no exception.  One of the standout tracks on the compilation is “New Love” by Lxury.  Lxury burst onto the scene last year with his massive track “J.A.W.S.”, co-produced by a little duo named Disclosure.  This compilation may be titled “New Faces” but with over a million plays on his two original tracks, Lxury has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with.

“Never Love” is a more leftfield approach than Lxury’s previous two outings & the result is stunning.  The track is full of fluttering synths & pitched up, dreamy vocals.  When mermaids put on their headphones & go out for an early evening swim, I would imagine this is what they’d listen to.  Pure bliss.

Kitsuné New Faces out February 24.

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Born in Hong Kong, raised in Tokyo, and now a student at Yale University, Beat Culture has cultivated musical influences from several regions to shape his eclectic sound, which has matured into his distinctive experimental pop style. He recently released a new 7″ via B3SCI Records (also did Jungle’s The Heat EP last year) that includes this gorgeous track, “Shibuya” featuring KID A, as well as “Drifter” featuring Psychic Twin. Right from the start, “Shibuya” hooks you in with KID A’s soft vocals and keeps a strong hold throughout the track with lush, evolving soundscapes and varied rhythms. With this release in the bag, Beat Culture is setting the tone for a successful year that will see his new two member live show including a drummer, and his next full-length release. Purchase the new 7″ here.

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Kaytranada’s remix of “Waiting Game” by BANKS is the type of track that could serve as the soundtrack to all your romantic interludes.  The song is mysterious & seductive.  Between BANKS’ sultry sound & Kaytranada’s smooth, experimental R&B , this song feels like two beautiful strangers exchanging glances & having a moment.

And if feeling sexy weren’t incentive enough to by this song, this release is also part of a very good cause:

Waiting Game (Kaytranada Edition) will be available on the DANCE (RED) compilation.

Pre-order the DANCE (RED), SAVE LIVES 2 album: itunes.com/dancered. ALL proceeds go to help fight AIDS in Africa.

Every generation is known for something. Let’s be the one that delivers an AIDS FREE GENERATION. Today and every day 700 babies are born with HIV. We can get that number close to zero. It’s not a question of can we, but will we? That’s why we have come together with (RED)to DANCE (RED), SAVE LIVES.

Join us on World AIDS Day and go to dancered.com to see all the ways you can get involved.

-Banks
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