Don’t Settle: 20 New Electronic Releases Better Than Disclosure’s Debut

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Back in May, the Brit brothers better known as Disclosure set free their debut album, Settle. Since then, the LP’s been hailed as the savior of 2-step, caught on with teh mainstream and is a record-of-the-year contender for most.

But that’s all bullshit, so I’m counting down 20 new releases that blow the vanilla ice cream of Settle out of the water.

So check out the full list, hear a song from each artist and download any release by clicking its italicized title…

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Some old tunes, some new tunes, all good tunes, some days…
Talking to you is not enough / I guess that’s just the motion
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Dean Blunt - I Run New YorkGucci Mane - Hell YesDaft Punk - Doin’ It Right (Nicolas Jaar Re-Work)Zomby - Digital SmokeLil Wayne - A Milli (Harmonimix)TNGHT - R U ReadyDenzel Curry - ThreatzAirhead - Milkola BottleDrake - The MotionPearson Sound - RemDrexciya - Bubble ChamberDropxLife - RedxBloor

Some old tunes, some new tunes, all good tunes, some days…

Talking to you is not enough / I guess that’s just the motion

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Dean Blunt - I Run New York
Gucci Mane - Hell Yes
Daft Punk - Doin’ It Right (Nicolas Jaar Re-Work)
Zomby - Digital Smoke
Lil Wayne - A Milli (Harmonimix)
TNGHT - R U Ready
Denzel Curry - Threatz
Airhead - Milkola Bottle
Drake - The Motion
Pearson Sound - Rem
Drexciya - Bubble Chamber
DropxLife - RedxBloor

MP3s: Airhead - “Wait” & “Pyramid” Singles

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Like anyone else with their finger seemingly on the pulse of emerging UK producers, I first heard Airhead (née Robert McAndrews) when I tracked down his collaborative 12” with James Blake, Pembroke. That dropped back in 2010 and McAndrews’s been quiet—save a compilation contribution—until this year when he released two very fine singles, Wait and Pyramid.

Both “Wait” and “South Congress” actually share some DNA with Blake’s R&S Records releases: down-tempo, chopped, spacey. Toying with atmosphere more than anything, the 12” sits at home in a playlist cozied up next to Mount Kimbe and Shlohmo.

"Pyramid" and "Black Ink" on the other hand are pretty significant departures from dubstep’s school of minimalism. Here, McAndrews flexes some maximalist muscle, akin to Lone or Hudson Mohawke, even Ital’s experimental side.

I’m throwing a lot of comparative names around and clearly McAndrews is one small part of a larger scene; with only five officially released solo tracks to this moniker, he’s hard to dissect. That said, there’s magnetism in these singles. Put me down for more.

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Airhead - Wait
Airhead - South Congress
Airhead - Pyramid
Airhead - Black Ink