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Featured Download: UFO! - Forbidden Love
UFO!'s full-length album Logic Is Lunacy on Sanguine Recordings was released via IODA on April 1st.
Without any prior exposure to UFO!, I guess I anticipated glitchy, glorious, thunderous rhythms (an exclamation point is a hell of a lot to live up to, right?) So I was pleased to discover soft keys and far-off bells, which soothed me into that eyes-half-shut, dreamwashed state. I'm about to fall asleep, when, oh...oh, wait, it picks up. Once you hit 2:27 - a burst of driven synths - you understand full well where the exclamation point comes from.
Featured Download: Jamie Lidell - Little Bit of Feel Good (Mochipet Remix)
Lidell's new album, Jim, drops at the end of April; Mochipet's latest, Microphonepet, came out last week.
Two fine artists collide, and for their separate reputations as quirky, genre-bending pioneers, it's no surprise Mochipet's remix of Jamie Lidell's "Little Bit of Feel Good" is satisfying and off-kilter. It kicks in with a sort of downplayed, electric stutter, leaving plenty of space for Lidell's soulful vocals to establish swagger. Ain't long, though, before the production flourishes in a symphony of jittery, electronic clatter.
Featured Download: Crystal Castles - Untrust Us
The duo just released their first full-length album on Last Gang Records.
Crystal Castles shouldn't necessarily take anyone by surprise at this point, but that doesn't mean we were any less excited to get them up onsite. "Untrust Us" is liquid, faraway electro-punk, a damn good track on a standalone basis. But if you're like us, maybe that's how you've digested Crystal Castles in the past - a few tracks on myspace; a smattering of cuts on the blogs. Might want to take a second listen: "Untrust Us" is the lead-in for a solid album, through and through.

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Featured Video: Camphor - Castaway
Drawn to Dust is out now on Friendly Fire Recordings
"Castaway" features a cinematic retelling of the classic siren myth as performed by a cast of PLAYMOBIL® characters.
Featured Review: M83 - Saturdays = Youth
Mute releases Saturdays=Youth on April 15th.
Anthony Gonzalez, better known as M83, has built a career on ambient, yet progressive shoegaze music.

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