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Protect-U Announces Double-LP Release Date, Posts New Track

D.C. synth duo Protect-U  will release Free USA, its first true LP, on May 13 via hometown label Future Times. Members Mike Petillo (a co-owner of the label) and Aaron Leitko are planning at least three performances locally in the run-up to the release date: A set at the Select DC Vanguard Festival on April 12, an April 24 appearance at U Street Music Hall with Factory Floor, and an album release party on May 10 at Comet Ping Pong. The vinyl version of Free USA will be a nine-track double album, making it the second full-length release on Future Times, following Beautiful Swimmers' Son last year. At least one song from Free USA has been released into the wild: the six-minute-plus "Time 2 Technique," an uptempo house groove with a machine-funky bassline and some aquatic tendencies:

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