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In Rotation: Little White Earbuds' Steve Mizek on unreleased music

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The Pittsburgh Track Authority
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Steve Mizek, editor of the blog Little White Earbuds, proprietor of the Stolen Kisses and Argot labels, what he's obsessed with. . .

Live at Robert Johnson These days my favorite record label is LARJ, the label arm of the Offenbach (German) nightclub Robert Johnson. The newest imprint from the guys who founded Playhouse and Klang Elektronik, it has its own distinct identity as a safe place for technicolor melodies and Italo-influenced arrangements to mingle and play house. Twelve-inches by Roman Flügel, the Citizen's Band, Lauer, and Maxmillion Dunbar, as well as an exceptional mix series, have left me dazzled and inspired.

Pittsburgh Track Authority One of the most arresting new American EDM talents in recent memory, this Pittsburgh trio combine their years of experience in the dusty trenches of record shops to create thrilling house and techno tracks. Unlike many of today's producers who brazenly ape retro styles, PTA are informed by foundational sounds but offer a unique and contemporary aesthetic. Check the first single on their Pittsburgh Tracks label for proof of their exceptional songwriting.

Unreleased material Not to brag, but as the proprietor of two record labels I have artists sending me a fair amount of unreleased tracks for consideration. Now, not all of it is good—I'm still laughing about the vocal Eurotrance someone once sent me—but one sparkling gem in the tides of dreck makes it all worth it. There's just something exciting about listening to music no one else has heard yet.

He asks. . .

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