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The stunning Dimensions Festival has just announced its first round of names for the festival which will take place August 26th – 30th at the breathtaking 19th century Fort Punta Christo in Pula, Croatia.

One of the true bastions of electronic music culture, the festival is very proud to reveal the first names to perform and they include Moodymann, Ben Klock, Lil Louis, Mount Kimbie (DJ set), John Talabot, Surgeon, Rödhåd, Anthony Parasole, Truncate, Ben UFO, Pearson Sound, Pangaea, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Daniel Avery, Horse Meat Disco, Jeremy Underground, DJ Deep. Plus there will be many more artists to be announced soon.

The Dimensions Festival Opening Concert will take place on August 26th and it will be a truly spectacular show set in a 2000-year old Roman amphitheatre, with live performances from Four Tet, Little Dragon and Floating Points.

Get your tickets here!

Last month the RBMA World Tour culminated its circumnavigation of the globe with a takeover of the biggest ferris wheel in Europe, the London Eye. Each of the 30 capsules featured influential producers, DJs and bands that presented the latest in the upfront London sounds that are currently making waves around the globe. This set comes from the Hessle Audio label crew featuring Ben UFO, Pangaea and Pearson Sound. Ben UFO has gone from queuing up at London’s FWD to becoming a figurehead of the scene in just a few years, together with Pangaea and Pearson Sound (formerly known as Ramadanman) he runs Hessle Audio. The label has done much to avoid the forensic genrefication of dubstep, working the ever thinning borderlines with dubbed out techno and deep house.

Never at a loss for aliases, David Kennedy / Pearson Sound / Ramadanman / Maurice Donovan has been making more noise than a fireworks emporium ravaged by arson, creating dance music not afraid to venture off the beaten path with Hessle Audio that’s nevertheless winning over huge crowds of people.

While the most recent Maurice Donovan release may not quite reach the masses (it’s being pressed as a single sided white label that’s only available on Phonica Records) , it’s still a potent slice of the old house Chicago tinged jackathon that is “Call My Name” – a simple, stripped down vocal loop backed by deep guttural 808 pings and drum machines. In addition to being a phenomenal mixing tool for just about anything, it’s maybe one of the most immediately infectious things Maurice has ever put out. Grab it here.

Acclaimed Boston house/disco duo Soul Clap are getting ready to take over famed London club Fabric on friday for a thirty hour 12th birthday party with the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Moodymann, Maya Jane Coles, Lee Foss, Pearson Sound, Ben Klock, Steffi etc. But first they give us a soulful new mixtape on which the boys have been busy digging through a massive backlog of mixes and rare audio gems to come up with a gift so groovy it takes us all the way back to 2001.

Soul Clap – Disco Step 2001 Mixtape (ge.tt)

So, this is the deal. Radiohead – one of the most iconic and creative groups of the last two decades recently released their album “The King Of Limbs” and now they put together a remix album which basically features a who’s who of modern British dance music producers.

The “TKOL RMX 1234567” double CD brings together all 19 remixes that form the band’s current 12” vinyl singles series and will be released on XL Recordings come October 10th. It showcases an absolute arsenal of desolate, post dubstep beats and dreamlike soundscapes from producers such as Caribou, Jacques Greene, Nathan Fake, Harmonic 313, Mark Pritchard, Lone, Pearson Sound, Scavenger, Four Tet, Thriller, Illum Sphere, Shed, Brokenchord, Altrice, Blawan, Modeselektor, Objekt, Jamie xx, Anastam and SBTRKT.

Who’d have thought that 2011 was the year of Brandy? Even though 1994 was more than a decade and a half ago now, there’s been a strong resurgence of samples coming from her debut track “I Wanna Be Down”.

Our recent release from Voltron employs part of the vocal hook from “I Wanna Be Down” on “Be For Real”, building up a fort of crystalised synth stabs around Brandy’s warmth.

Jacques Greene pitched up her voice and sliced together some perfectly choppy drums and shimmering distortion overtop the same sample on the title track of his “The Look” EP on LuckyMe.

Pearson Sound even turned the sample into a twinkling, syncopated ode to quasi-house minimalism on his “Down With You” revision.

But there’s something special about Blawan’s take on this track that’s just urging you to rewind it several times while yelling awesome things about it, even if you’re just ustreaming in your basement with two friends online. Maybe it’s the immediately notable is the way that it uses a notably larger chunk of the vocals than any of the other tracks using the same sample. Maybe it’s the discontent rumbling bass simmers underneath something that sounds like a rainstick being turned upside down again and again. Maybe it’s the way that it rejects popiness with warped vocals and slightly out of tune pitch, while still maintaining a housey vibe that wouldn’t sound out of place in a Renaissance Man set.

Whatever the magic is, the white label vinyl pressing has been flying off the shelf, currently sold out at Juno, Rubadub, and several other places, after some stores have even had to enforce a “one-per-customer” policy. That’s nuts. Best of luck trying to get ahold of it! I think there’s a repress coming soon.