XLR8R - logo

Features

Electrelane: Sunny Side Up

It begins with a swell. Twinkling guitars and a hopeful organ progression meet Verity Susman's yearning, siren-like voice like two fleshy hands interlocking fingers. Almost immediately, "The Greater Times" announces the arrival of a brand new Electrelane, a pop band that's been hiding in the shadow of a largely austere back-catalog, filled with dark-hued albums helmed by tough-guy engineer Steve Albini. Read more » 

Jahtari: Brand New Dub

At its simplest, Jahtari is a web label dedicated to digital laptop reggae. It's hyper-modern dub music, an attempt to do something with the genre that hasn't been done before while still keeping the bass at the center and the accent on the offbeats. Artists build tracks from bare bones, keeping in mind "dramaturgical flow"–meaning every bar should make sense and have a purpose. Read more » 

Spacing Out with Mars-1

Mario Martinez has been blowing minds as Mars-1 for a long time, from creating painting deep, spacey landscapes to envisioning otherworldly characters that he turns into toys with the help of his friends at STRANGEco.

With the money he saved from a paper route as a pre-teen, Martinez bought an airbrush gun and began developing his skills as a graffiti artist in Fresno, CA. "What I think is funny, and probably more common these days," he says, "is that I learned how to render with a spray can before I learned how to paint with a brush."

Read more » 

Mama Clothing's Favorite Things

Streetwear is definitely a boy's game, but there are just as many girls coveting all-over-print hoodies and crazy-colored high-tops. Enter 32-year-old Gabriella Davi-Khorasanee, who began filling the void in women's garms three years ago with Mama Clothing. This season, Mama's offering Mondrian-inspired and leopard-print tees, custom doorknocker earrings, and even a lace-print New Era just for the ladies. Read more » 

Alias In the Studio

Ever since crate-digging purists became indie rap's greatest limitation, artists like Anticon's Alias have gone far out of their way to shake up expectations. Shying away from both mainstream rap's fascination with synth gloss and hip-hop traditionalism, Alias' lo-fi experimentation recalls records that never existed, resulting in a dusty combination of garage production and gritty electronics.

Read more » 

Follow us on...

Get the lowdown weekly newsletter

XLR8R Downloads Player