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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Lisztomania: The Best of 2013 (So Far)

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Can you believe 2013 is halfway over? It’s July 3, so we only get 181 more days of new music til blogrolls and iTunes playlists are cleared to make way for shiny new Neutral Milk Hotel mp3s, or whatever 2014 brings.

Will we even care about Yeezus in Decemeber? (Yes)

The importance of new albums is so fleeting these days; time is a helpful litmus test. Below you’ll find the 25 records I think passed, in alphabetical order…

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Some old tunes, some new tunes, all good tunes, most Mondays…
There’s so much more / Left to do / Well I’m not young / But I’m not through
Right-Click + Save Link As:
The Subjects - The Hounds of WarAutre Ne Veut - Play by PlayMenomena - Muscle’n FloJustin Timberlake - Suit & Tie (Four Tet Remix)James Blake - RetrogradeTangerine Dream - Love on a Real TrainAllah-Las - Don’t You Forget ItAbe Vigoda - SequinsDucktails - Letter of Intent (Mark McGuire Road Chief Remix)Drake - 5 AM in TorontoThe Dodos - WalkingBuzzcocks - What Do I GetMegafaun - Kill the HornsJamie xx - Far NearerGirls - Life in San Francisco

Some old tunes, some new tunes, all good tunes, most Mondays…

There’s so much more / Left to do / Well I’m not young / But I’m not through

Right-Click + Save Link As:

The Subjects - The Hounds of War
Autre Ne Veut - Play by Play
Menomena - Muscle’n Flo
Justin Timberlake - Suit & Tie (Four Tet Remix)
James Blake - Retrograde
Tangerine Dream - Love on a Real Train
Allah-Las - Don’t You Forget It
Abe Vigoda - Sequins
Ducktails - Letter of Intent (Mark McGuire Road Chief Remix)
Drake - 5 AM in Toronto
The Dodos - Walking
Buzzcocks - What Do I Get
Megafaun - Kill the Horns
Jamie xx - Far Nearer
Girls - Life in San Francisco

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