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What You Didn’t Know: MUST DIE

Starting this month, staff writer Michael Giegerich will begin bringing readers a brand new feature to feast on. Focusing on lesser known aspects of artists, What You Didn’t Know looks to help people gain a better understanding of their favorite musicians from all levels of the music scene.

After the successful debut of our fresh column earlier this month, we’ve returned to bring you another slew of interesting facts about your favorite artists. With the recent release of his brand new banger in the form of “Hellcat,” today’s edition features MUST DIE, a Berlin born, Atlanta based producer who …

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Aphex Twin Announces First Album in 13 Years

Richard D James, aka Aphex Twin, has announced his first album in 13 years, SYRO. The follow-up to 2001′s Drunkqs (or 1994-via-2014′s Caustic Window if you want to count the Kickstarter-funded release) has been secretly advertised the past few days with Aphex Twin’s logo appearing on a neon green blimp flying above south London and stenciled on pavement at various locations in New York City.

Aphex Twin being Aphex Twin decided to make the announcement in the most Aphex Twin of ways. At 4 PM today, James tweeted a link that was solely accessible through Tor, a browser designed …

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Stream Caribou’s Excellent New Single “Our Love”

The fact that Caribou will be dropping Our Love in two months is a little more than exciting. The album, which drops October 6 via City Slang, is the Canadian electronic musician’s first full-length in four years, following up 2010′s excellent Swim. This summer has been nothing but nonstop plays of the lead single “Can’t Do Without You,” so now that we have a new single on our hands, we’re ready to toss it on the record player for some new Caribou airplay.

“Our Love” showcases Dan Snaith getting down to business. Instead of the playful repetition of …

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Listen to ODESZA’s New Single “Say My Name” (feat. Zyra)

In less than a month, electronic duo ODESZA will drop their sophomore LP, In Return, on Counter Records. The two are finally swapping out vocal samples for real guest artists, and it’s definitely paying off. We were smitten with their first single, “Memories That You Call” (feat. Monsoonsiren), and now we’re head over heels for “Say My Name.” With a guest vocalist as equally sweet and dangerous-sounding as Zyra, it’s hard not to be.

If anything, this just proves they know how to make the type of blissful drops that sound good in headphones and booming center …

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What You Didn’t Know: LUMBERJVCK

Starting this month, staff writer Michael Giegerich will begin bringing readers a brand new feature to feast on. Focusing on lesser known aspects of artists, What You Didn’t Know looks to help people gain a better understanding of their favorite musicians from all levels of the music scene.

Today’s inaugural edition of the column features LUMBERJVCK, a genre-smashing producer hailing from Los Angeles, California. With plans to release the Jvckwood EP on August 25 via Rottun Records, he took some time away from crafting monster tunes and spinning on the decks to tell us five facts his average fan …

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ALBUM STREAM: JJ – ‘V’

On August 19, Swedish pop duo JJ will release their third album, V, via Secretly Canadian. We’ve heard several tracks off the record so far, but starting today the album is streaming in full at NPR.

The 12-track release is a follow-up to 2010’s jj n° 3 and includes the mesmerizing singles “All White Everything” and “Dean & Me.” Vocalist Elin Katlander says JJ have made this music “quite selfishly” in that it appeals to themselves versus a preconceived audience. In his own statement, multi-instrumentalist Joakim Benon added that they have been working on …

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ODESZA Announce North American Tour

Shortly after announcing their new album In Return, Seattle duo ODESZA have released a string of tour dates for the fall. Their trip-hop productions will spring to life with stops in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Boston, Denver, Chicago, and a second night in San Francisco after selling out the original date months in advance. By the time they return home at the end of October, it’s fair to imagine they’ll be worn out from night after night of mesmerizing performances.

In Return comes out September 9 via Counter Records. We’ve been told it sees a growth in the duo’s coherence, and …

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Hear Sufjan Stevens Cover Arthur Russell’s “A Little Lost”

For years, Red Hot Organization has been putting out incredibly stacked compilations with the proceeds going to AIDS research. Fittingly, their newest record is a tribute to musical mastermind Arthur Russell, who passed away from AIDS in 1992. The tribute compilation, titled Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell, is out October 21 via Yep Roc with covers by Robyn, Hot Chip, Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry, Scissor Sisters, Cults, Blood Orange, Phosphorescent, Jose Gonzalez, and more.

Perhaps the biggest name on the list, Sufjan Stevens, gets to cover perhaps the biggest song on the list, Russell’s 1994 track …

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REVIEW: HELENA – ‘Levity Remixes’ EP (feat. Shawnee Taylor)

Artist: HELENA (feat. Shawnee Taylor)
Album: Levity Remixes EP
Genre: Electro house
Label: Ultra Music

After having the chance to speak with HELENA at the time of the release of her collaboration with vocalist Shawnee Taylor, “Levity,” there was little doubt the Australian electro house producer would make her presence felt throughout the music scene, whether it be through her nonstop international touring or festival-ready anthems. With the release of the Levity Remixes EP, she has taken yet another step in the right direction by teaming up with a collection of fellow rising musicians and allowing them to put their …

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Zammuto (of The Books) Announce New Album, Stream “Hegemony”

Not a week goes by where I don’t get sad knowing The Books are no longer around. But then, almost immediately following that thought, I remember we have Zammuto and thank the musical stars above. Started by Nick Zammuto of The Books shortly after the band called it quits in 2012, Zammuto stays in line with The Books’ found sound electronic style but replaces the cello with plenty of luxurious harmonies and shaky guitar lines. On September 2, Zammuto will be releasing his sophomore solo album, Anchor, via Temporary Residence.

Our first taste of the album comes in the …

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Hudson Mohawke Chimes In On New Single

Due to receiving stamps of approval ranging from hoards of trap music fans all the way up to our lord and savior Kanye West, expectations are always high for Hudson Mohawke’s newest releases, whether they be for collaborations with Lunice under the now defunct TNGHT banner, or in the case of a brand new cut entitled “Chimes,” his solo work. Fortunately for the bass pounding producer, most listeners will surely be pleased with his latest effort. Featuring bare-bones percussion and bass kicks sounding more akin to Death Grips than Mohawke, floaty synths swirl about before sinking into a slow-burning beatdown …

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SBTRKT Announces New Album, Shares Single feat. Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig

UPDATE: Stream “New Dorp, New York” feat. Ezra Koenig below.

Earlier this year, UK producer SBTRKT dropped a surprise EP out of nowhere. Today, he has announced the release of Wonder Where We Land, his highly-anticipated follow-up to his 2011 self-titled debut. Oh 2014, how sweet you are. The album artwork is above and a creepy trailer for the album can be seen after the jump.

SBTRKT will premiere the album’s first single on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 program later this afternoon. The best part? It features Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig. Stay tuned for a stream of …