Now entering its 14th year, the annual New Forms festival has consistently offered both forward-thinking music and contemporary art, with local and international musicians performing amidst full-spectrum light installations and large-scale video projections. Kicking off on Thursday at Science World on the shore of Vancouver's False Creek, this year's festivities feature some particularly on-point programming, with acts as disparate as Oneohtrix Point Never (pictured above), Visionist, Morton Subotnick, and Scratcha DVA all set to perform across the three-floor venue. While the overall quality of the line-up is hard to fault, the abundance of talent does mean that there's a high chance of missing out on something worthwhile, so we've highlighted five certain winners to look out for this weekend. 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 »
Real Talk: DVS1 on Respect, Photography on the Dancefloor, and the Battle Between Art and Entertainment
'Real Talk' is a new series of artist-penned essays that will be appearing on XLR8R from time to time. For the first installment, we've enlisted veteran DJ/producer DVS1, who wished to speak on what he sees as the changing atmosphere inside the club.
The reality is that things will never be what they once were. The past is the past, and the present is something we all have to accept. Everything in life tells us that we shouldn't cling to how things were or what might have been better back in the day. In the classic way our parents would describe the hardships of walking to school five miles each way, up and down hills and through snow, when we have the luxury of a bus, or a car, or a bike, etc… aren't we supposed to embrace the change and the reality of our surroundings today? Those that lived before generally come to accept what the next generation wants or believes to be the right way, the new way. But does this natural progression always apply? Do we really have to conform and/or buy into what everyone says is okay? Or popular? Or current? Read more »
In the rapidly evolving world of electronic music, it's all but impossible to keep track of every new artist, label, party, and genre. At the same time, certain names will inevitably pop up again and again at the XLR8R office, some of which we've only given passing mention to on the site. In an effort to get our readers up to speed with some of the things—both new and old—that we've been digging lately, we recently launched a new feature series called 'Get Familiar,' which aims to shine a spotlight on subjects we think are worthy of a little more attention.
With cheap imitations of old Chicago house and Italo gems appearing with increasing frequency, it could be said that few artists working with these sounds are as committed to authenticity as Massimiliano Pagliara. The Italian may wear his influences on his sleeve, but since moving to Berlin over half a decade ago, he's been discreetly amassing a discography that's well on its way to becoming as distinct as that of producers such as Legowelt, Prosumer, or Daniel Wang. Read more »
Given that the indulgence of the '90s has been an overriding theme in Groundislava's work thus far—from old-school R&B and hip-hop to overblown trance and techno (not to mention retro technology)—it's no surprise that he chose to walk us through a selection of his favorite rave anthems for the latest edition of our Hi-Five series. "The shit that really got me hooked on electronic music was uplifting trance during my days as a middle school kid with a 5 GB, first-generation iPod," says the LA producer, whose third full-length album, Frozen Throne, is due to arrive later this month via Friends of Friends/Wedidit. "Been listening to a lot of those tunes again lately, so I wanted to make this list sort of an homage to that real real rave shit." Read more »
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