As we reported earlier this month, Stateside beatmaker (and former XLR8R podcast contributor) Lee Bannon has a new EP in the works. Entitled Main/Flex, the record's full details have arrived along with a stream of EP cut "MFS-1." Read more »
Watch the Third Episode of RBMA's 'Diggin' in the Carts' Series, Featuring Dizzee Rascal, Ikonika, Flying Lotus, and More
We've thoroughly enjoyed the first and second installments of Red Bull Music Academy's Diggin in the Carts, a documentary series that delves into the untold history of videogame music. The third episode premiered today, and features the likes of Dizzee Rascal (pictured above), Ikonika, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Groundislava, and others delving into the 16-bit era, with a particular focus on the impact of Street Fighter II. Read more »
Set to arrive early next month, the debut LP from East Coast producer Cayman Johnson (a.k.a. Tallesen) will offer 12 original productions along with a handful of bonus cuts, including "Court Sight," which has been offered for download here. Built on the back of a series of somewhat lopsided rhythms, "Court Sight" eventually culminates into a cluster of washy synths, with no lead emerging, but rather a bubbling soundscape culminating from Johnson's combination of sci-fi tones. The rest of Tallesen's Stills Lit Through LP will see its release on October 6 via Brooklyn's Software label.
In the lead up to Syro—the forthcoming first Aphex Twin LP to appear in 13 years—details have seemed to trickle down in fragments, falling in line with the elusive producer's convoluted backstory and general reticence (if not disdain) for conventional interviews and press. Today however, a new interview sheds light on the enigmatic artist that is Aphex Twin, finding him discussing his forthcoming LP, gear, his fondness of '90s rave culture, and more. Read more »
Next week, Brighton-based producer Antenna Happy's Pinto EP will inaugurate Reinhardt, a new imprint based in Los Angeles. Ahead of its release, Antenna Happy has sent over this "Slumber Session Edit" of the record's closing cut, "Spark." Originally made to fit within the producer's Slumber Session mix for i-D, the edit strips the original track's drum programming away, revealing a dense array of thick synth tones, many of which—in the absence of outright percussion—fully reveal their rhythmic qualities, helping to push the composition forward throughout its six-plus-minute run. While Antenna Happy's "Spark (Slumber Session Edit)" can be downloaded below, the man's full Pinto EP is set to see a release on September 22.
As we've been reporting since news first arrived over the summer, Huxley's debut full-length will be delivered by !K7/Aus in October, with the album's first single, "I Want You," scheduled to arrive a couple weeks in advance. Now, the UK producer's original version of track has been made available to stream. Read more »
Tin Man (a.k.a. Johannes Auvinen) has been releasing music for over a decade, but he seems to have found a real home at Acid Test, an offshoot of LA-based label Absurd. His 2012 full-length Neo Neo Acid brought broad attention to his use of the genre's signature machine—the Roland TB-303—from which he coaxes a distinctive musicality while crafting a unique brand of synth pop-inspired techno. Auvinen's latest album Ode (currently streaming in full via XLR8R) trades in a more distilled strain of post-rave melancholia, and ahead of its arrival on September 22, the Vienna-based artist walked us through five tracks that, much like his own productions, offer a unique take on acid—from Richie Hawtin's minimalist approach under his Plastikman alter ego to the acid-pop crossover of Ten City. Read more »
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