Beck – “I Won’t Be Long”

Famed singer-songwriter and musical oddball Beck has dropped a new single that feels like an ethereal take on some of the drum and guitar sounds I’d typically associate with a new wave tune. The tune is pretty catchy as well, and make sure to put your ears to the pretty, textured instrumental bridge in the middle of this thing. Enjoy!

You can pre-order a 12″ of this thing, too!

Stream Twelve Reasons To Die: The Brown Tape

If you’re a big hip hop fan, no doubt you heard that the Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah has a new collaborative album with producer and composer Adrian Younge. If you’re a fan of the LP, then you won’t wanna miss The Brown Tape, which is a track-for-track revision of the album, produced entirely by Apollo Brown. New beats, new vibes, same great bars. Enjoy!

Check a review of Twelve Reasons To Die Below:

Four Tet- Pink

Electronic music producer Four Tet assembles the 12″ house singles he’s been sporadically releasing throughout the year, and places ‘em on this new compilation, Pink.

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Nathan Fake- “Sense Head”

Nathan Fake released a 12″ release via Border Community yesterday. Merely 24 hours later, he released this song as an unreleased track. It’s fantastic. It would have fit in very well on the 12″ perfectly, with its scattered drums, manipulated synths, and hypnotic pace. This is a must-hear for fans of Fake, or even fans of dance music in general.

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Shit Robot- “Space Race”

“Space Race” is the b-side to a new 12″ single written by Irish music producer Marcus Lambkin, a.k.a. Shit Robot. It’s being released through DFA records, and follows Robot’s 2010 album, From the Cradle To the Rave.

While “Space Race” features a sharp, crisp, and punchy dance groove, there’s something sci-fi about the glossy synths that slide flawlessly against the rhythms here. You could probably compare it to any number of soundtracks attached to space-themed movies released in the 80s. You could compare it to Zombi or Vangelis as well, sure, but those artists don’t make me want to dance until the sun comes up. That, my friend, is what’s happening here.

Andrés- “New For U”

A new set of 12″ grooves suggested to me yesterday by the good people at Resident Advisor.

Andrés’ “New For U” features a pretty tight disco groove and honey-kissed string samples that make this track hard to resist. So groovin’. So sweet. So, um, sexy.

Kyoka- “23 iSH”

A cerebral progression of deep rhythms, sporadic tones and noises presented on this new track from Kyoka. This thing’s got a great groove, which is incredibly danceable, but the sounds used to execute are very bold and colorful. It’s got a mechanical, calculated vibe to it, but still manages to be a fun listen.

Grab this release on raster-noton.

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Shabazz Palaces Remix Battles

A remix from the new Battles Gloss Drop remix 12″ series, which I blogged about last month. This Shabazz Palaces remix comes from the 2nd installment of this series. The Alchemist and Kode9 are also featured on this 12″.

Grab tracks from the series on Bleep.

Battles Releases New Remixes

This February, Battles will be dropping a remix series of songs from one of my favorite 2011 albums, Gloss Drop. You can subscribe to the series over at Bleep. Stream two of the tracks from the series thus far above.

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CFCF- “Looking So”

A new track from CFCF, which comes off a new 12” via the New York label UNO. It’s surprisng how much this Montreal producer has tailored his style since the release of his full-length debut, which I proudly own a copy of. Though it’s hard for me to believe 2009 CFCF and 2011 CFCF are the same guy, I’m enjoying both heavily. On this 12” track, “Looking So,” the background is filled with spectral tones that come on so subtly. There’s some deep, deep bass kicking around back there, too, but it’s so soft and discreet. But of course, the manipulated vocals, which I assume are sampled, are the most noticeable item on the menu; cascading over the soft synthetics underneath.

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