The warm up to SBTRKT’s new album continues.

After a few scattered releases since his self-titled debut, SBTRKT has been relatively scarce with new material. Three years later, the masked wonder releases an interactive EP filled with addictive beats and distinctive instrumentals – almost as an ode to his past. Explaining that “much of the music I released before my debut album was instrumental and I want to continue to share this side of the music I make.” Hopefully we will get a full album next. The warm up continues…

Stream the whole EP here.

Hands up if you danced frantically to Africa HiTech’s dangerous beats that killed the dance a couple years back? If you liked that, then this will be right up your street. One half of the heavy hitting production, Mark Pritchard returns with a four track EP Make A Livin’ dropping November 11th. He hangs up his alias, yet still delivers the footwork enthused, dubbed synths and rave ready sound. Using the ever popular 20th Century Steel Band’s 1975 single ‘Heaven & Hell Is on Earth’, the Aussie producer creates his own entity out of the frequented sample. Ranging from pulse racing 8 bits to a smooth transition towards the rear which transform into a jungle riddem. Wait for the drop and the album on Warp early part of next year.

Why is everyone giving Drake such a hard time at the moment? Drizzy currently seems to be the butt of a lot of social media jokes, especially on twitter with the whole ‘Drake is the type of guy…’ meme (admittedly, it’s jokes). So whether it’s with a sense of irony or just out of genuine admiration for Aubrey Australian beat crafter Ta-Ku dedicates his latest release to those who don’t openly admit their Drizzy fandom. The track itself is a banger. The heavy bass line and trap beat bumps hard, but it’s the heavily manipulated vocals from the young money millionaire himself that really stand out. Here’s to the closet Drake fans out there. Come out already.

A few unexpected but exciting inclusions cropped up in the production credits for Kanye West’s Yeezus - among them the efforts of homegrown talent Evian Christ and tastemaker Benji B. Part of Kanye’s ensemble motley crew also included relative unknown (but PinBoard supported) producer Arca. With two LP’s already under his belt via New York label UNO, the Brooklyn native has built an enduring reputation as a specialist in genre-defying, trippy, bass hungry beats which are occasionally complimented by distorted vocals. His latest offering &&&&& is a 25 minute collection of his latest warped and wonderful concoctions. Take a listen below…

… You’ll be able to catch Arca alongside Evian Christ, Lil Silva, Sampha and Fatima Al Qadiri at the next Deviation session at XOYO on August 2nd – more info here

Gearing up for The xx’s ‘Day + Night’ festival in London this Saturday, producer and xx band member Jamie xx has put together a special mix to get us all ready. The festival’s finale show will conclude with special live performances from The xx, Solange, Mount Kimbie, Kindness, London Grammar, as well as a bandstand stage co-presented by Benji B’s Deviation and Young Turks, which will see sets played by Jamie xx, Floating Points, Benji B, Sampha and Koreless.

The word you’re looking for: epic.

If you’re going or not, get nice to this mix…

P.s Stage times for ‘Day + Night’ can be found after the jump.

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Following the delivery of his single ‘Stay Forever’ earlier this month, spellbinding British producer Catching Flies returns with the release of his new EP The Long Journey Home. Featuring the aforementioned lead single and two others (‘Grey Skies’ and ‘The Long Journey Home’) the instrumental EP is covered in warm thoughtful beats and affectional samples (including a cheekily incorporated Badu reference on ‘Long Journey’). Listen below.

As Chicago beat makers The-Drum prepare to release their debut album Contact, they release a celestial new trailer filled with hallucinogenic 3D graphics which chronicle each of their 11 new songs. Created and produced by The-Drum and lead designer Theodore Darst, the trailer also features works from Omega Point and Logan Owlbeemoth. Contact is released June 25th.

Nottingham based producer, Matt Cutler recently uploaded his forthcoming single ‘Airglow Fires’ to his Soundcloud which will soon be officially released on R & S Records.

Since Lone’s last foray into the nu-acid rave scene two years ago with ‘Galaxy Garden’ he’s kept a relatively low key appearance. Now though he’s back and by the sounds of things venturing into deeper, more jazzier forums of house – just peep his lastest tease. ‘Airglow Fires’ begins to build with breezy halo style synths, fitted with what sounds to be a lofty, albeit obscure homage to the late great J Dilla; It then transforms itself into an uninhabited and rippling dance number before returning to an ethereal conclusion. A nice one for the summer.

The 12″ vinyl is out on July 8th on R & S Records.

One of my favourite and most consistent beatmakers doing his thing over in Cali is giving away a bonus track off the album to thank everyone for copping ‘Waiting’. Having produced beats for the likes of Badu, Q- Tip, Joey Bada$$ and remixing for everyone under the sun he is always in high demand and listening to ‘When You Sleep’ it’s evident why. A Ronny Jordan-esque guitar complimenting a knocking downtempo beat with a summer vibe. This is one for those late night/early morn sessions. Enjoy and download here

NPR are now exclusively streaming the entire Flying Lotus third album ‘Until The Quiet Comes’. After releasing two classic LPs of modern electronica, leftfield soul and future beats with Los Angeles and Cosmogramma, how does Until The Quiet Comes fair? Find out, run forth and back it’s entire eighteen track glory here and watch the genius unravel itself. Released 1st October (UK) & 2nd October (USA) 2012 on Warp Records.

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