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Laurel Halo – Dust (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Laurel Halo
Album: Dust
Genre: Electronic
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 215 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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Electronic composer/musician Laurel Halo is influenced by the sounds of Detroit, London, and Berlin. A classically trained musician, she learned to play piano, guitar, and violin while growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Halo began composing when she was 19, drawing from the sounds she heard at Detroit dance parties, her time in free jazz ensembles, and her stint as a free-form DJ at the University of Michigan’s radio station WCBN as well as classes in classical theory. She released several EPs from 2006 to 2009, including The Future Fruit and 2009’s Ambrosia. After moving to New York, she issued 2010’s King Felix EP, which was released by Hippos in Tanks — also home to GAMES, Sun Araw, and Oneohtrix Point Never — and inspired by Philip K. Dick’s novel VALIS. The Hour Logic EP, a collaboration with GAMES, appeared in 2011. Her breakthrough album and Hyperdub debut, the disquieting Quarantine, arrived a few months later and was named album of the year by The Wire.

Halo moved to Berlin in 2013 and returned with two releases, the techno EP Behind the Green Door and the full-length Chance of Rain, which combined jazz-inspired experimental techno and musique concrte tracks. Halo also maintained her passion for radio, hosting a monthly broadcast on Berlin Community Radio and making guest mixes for WNYC, BBC Radio, and Rinse.FM. Halo moved to Honest Jon’s for 2015’s In Situ, a double EP of more introverted — but still experimental — dubwise tracks. That year, she also worked with Julia Holter, Rashad Becker, NHK’Koyxen, and others as part of Terepa, whose self-titled EP featured the results of long-distance recording sessions where the artists avoided communicating with each other outside of any telepathic capabilities they might have. Halo also contributed a version of Karen Dalton’s “Blue Notion” to Remembering Mountains, a collection of interpretations of the folk icon’s lost lyrics.

In 2016, a collaboration between Halo and virtual pop star Hatsune Miku debuted at Berlin’s HKW and London’s Barbican. The following year, Halo released Dust, her third Hyperdub album. Unlike her first two albums for the label, it wasn’t made in solitude. Recorded during a two-year period at Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in Troy, New York, it featured contributions from several instrumentalists and vocalists, including Holter and Lafawndah. ~ Heather Phares

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Ekoplekz – Bioprodukt (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Ekoplekz
Album: Bioprodukt
Genre: Electronic
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 266 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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Nick Edwards has released dozens of albums and EPs as Ekoplekz (among other pseudonyms), but the ones that come out on Planet Mu tend to feature his most accessible material. On 2017’s Bioprodukt, he significantly dials down the tape hiss and industrial sludge from his sound and focuses on sparse, steady rhythms and faintly rippling melodies. Albums such as Four Track Mind and Reflekzionz cleverly alluded to ’90s Aphex Twin and -ziq as much as they recalled Cabaret Voltaire and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and with Bioprodukt, Edwards echoes early U.K. acid house artists like 808 State and LFO. This is not anywhere close to rave music, however — tracks like “Slipstream” contain subtle, muted melodies and basslines recalling the early ’90s heyday of bleep techno, but it’s reserved rather than “In Yer Face” (as 808 State put it). Tracks like opener “Elevation” have crunchy machine rhythms which would’ve fit perfectly on an early Rephlex release, but Edwards seems more overtly inspired by classic dub, and the lo-fi production techniques of ’70s and ’80s Jamaican music in general. “Acrid Acid” vaguely sounds like a broken late-’80s dancehall rhythm, even if its title is potentially an Aphex Twin reference. Swirling echo effects are rarely absent from his productions, making it seem like something’s dripping from the walls and ceiling of his studio at all times. Highlights such as “Consequences” and “Descent” are anchored by a bass-heavy midtempo kick drum, with detached keyboard notes occasionally drifting out over the floating orbs of wet, trickling pulsations caught in the mix. The album’s final pieces are less tethered to rhythm, with the hushed, lonely “Denier Daze” bringing back the cloudy haze Ekoplekz is normally known for. As with all of his releases, this is a fantastic, highly creative set which maintains the recognizable Ekoplekz sound while still sounding new and different.

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DJ Hell – Car Car Car, Pt. 1 (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: DJ Hell
Album: Car Car Car, Pt. 1
Genre: Electronic
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 177 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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Helmut Josef Geier, also known as the rampant DJ Hell, has been a Berlin mainstay since the early 90s, and he’s among the few artists to have always remained in a state of flux. We don’t mean that he’s reinvented himself at the arrival of every new subgenre, far from it; Hell has always been a producer who offers a wide and playful range of house and techno, often guided by wacky samples from all corners of the scene. Fittingly, International Deejay Gigolo is his own imprint, and this new four-tracker comes at a perfect time; the scene is undefined and explorative at the moment, so a tune like “Car Car Car” is EXACTLY what our charts need for a little refresh – Kraftwerkian synths blend ever so well with a mid-tempo beat made of steely drums and balearic charm. The three remixes add to the feast: Roman Flugel’s version breaks the groove down and adds an added layer of computer voices to the mix, while Phil Kieran’s first version, the Autobahn mix, offers a speedy club re-imagination, while the Drum remix strips the whole thing down to a driving pile of machine noise. Excellent.

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Die Antwoord – MADE BY GOD (Chapter II) (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Die Antwoord
Album: MADE BY GOD (Chapter II)
Genre: Electronic
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 245 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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Emerging from Cape Town, South Africa, the electronic hip-hop duo Die Antwoord struck Internet viral gold with their video hit “Enter the Ninja,” but they’re really conceptual artists Watkin Tudor Jones and Yo-Landi Vi$$er presenting their “inner zef.” Before assuming the roles of Ninja and Yo-Landi for Die Antwoord, the two were involved with satirical projects like MaxNormal.TV — which saw them wearing three-piece business suits and delivering motivational hip-hop — and the Constructus Corporation: a hip-hop fantasy group based around a comic book called the Ziggurat. The idea for a more vulgar rave-rap group began in 2008, but it wasn’t until a year later that Die Antwoord — which is Afrikaans for “The Answer” — began playing live.

Their early stage shows were outrageous, with Yo-Landi baiting and flipping off the audience, while Ninja rapped and danced, wearing only his trademark Dark Side of the Moon boxer shorts. That same year they recorded their debut album, SOS, and introduced “Zef,” which fused hip-hop, electro, and rave music. A year later, the videos they created for the tracks “Zef Side” and “Enter the Ninja” became viral hits. The latter featured Leon Botha, an experimental South African artist and one of the world’s oldest survivors of the premature aging disease progeria, who appeared as the group’s DJ. “Enter the Ninja” cracked the British Top 40, and major-label Interscope soon signed the group and released their 5 EP in July of 2010. That October, the label released a revised SOS with a world tour following. The group left Interscope the next year when the two parties couldn’t come to terms on their next album’s lead single. Left to their own devices, Die Antwoord chose “Fok Julle Naaiers” to lead up to their sophomore album, released by their own Zef Recordz and distributed by the Diplo-associated imprint Downtown. The year 2012 saw the release of the non-album single ‘XPN$IV $H1T,” while the singles “Cookie Thumper!” and “Pitbull Terrier” landed on their 2014 album Donker Mag, which topped the Billboard Dance chart and peaked at number 37 on the Top 200.

The duo returned in 2016 with Suck on This, a mixtape intended as an appetizer for their then-titled LP We Have Candy. Featuring production by Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs, G.O.D. (aka DJ Hi-Tek), and the Black Goat, Suck on This included the single “Bum Bum” and the rave-house “Gucci Coochie” with Dita Von Teese. Later that year, they released Mount Ninji and Da Nice Time Kid, their fourth full-length. With production from G.O.D. and the Black Goat, the LP featured appearances by Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog, Lil’ Tommy Terror, and Jack Black. ~ David Jeffries & Neil Z. Yeung

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