Earlier this month, the fledgling Exposure imprint issued its fourth release in the form of the Limits of Design EP from CutOff!CutOff!, a "Berlin-based live act." Serving as the outfit's debut release, the new EP offers a pair of original tunes from CutOff!CutOff! along with remixes from Essáy, ENNIO, and Pathetic Waste of Talent. The lively "Would" comes as a bonus track to Limits of Design, and finds CutOff!CutOff! blending together a number of subtle synths and chopped vocals over a laid-back house beat. The five-minute affair slowly develops into a more lattice-like arrangement, with its many melodic elements piling on each other to create new patterns as sparse FX and tuned percussion fill out the tune's rhythmic backbone.
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Last month, we passed along the unfortunate news that Canadian duo Azari & III had decided to call it quits as a production pair. Still, there were bound to be a few loose ends to surface in the wake of that announcement. For instance: the pair's final remix of its career, a dub version of James Wolf's forthcoming "Heart & Soul" single, which can now be streamed in full. Read more »
It's been a while since we last heard from Graphics, a UK producer who'd been steadily building an impressive catalog of strong-armed house tunes before we lost track of his actions in the field earlier this year. But as "The Heckler" shows, the budding tunesmith has certainly not lost his step, as the fast-moving, piano-led roller serves as a fine re-introduction to the man's talents. With a few tasteful nods to classic garage and UKG tucked underneath, "The Heckler" wraps intricately layered vocal tweaks around a set of gooey chords that give the tune a dark R&B flavor. Aside from this welcome return by Graphics to the XLR8R Downloads section, the London producer has also released a new—and similarly impressive—VIP mix of his "I Know You're Ready" tune from his 2012 XLR8R podcast, which can be picked up over on the man's Bandcamp.
As much as we'd like to think that all of our Best of 2013 content is equally important, we do realize that a few of our lists are going to be more highly anticipated than the rest. With that in mind, we're fairly certain that today's feature is one of those year-end big-ticket items, as it contains the first half of what we think are the 50 best tracks of 2013. (The second half will be published tomorrow.) Perhaps it goes without saying, but XLR8R is quite literally flooded with new music on a daily basis; as such, we're willing to admit that although our list may not be the definitive "best," it does reflect the tracks that we enjoyed the most this year, and, more importantly, found ourselves coming back to again and again. Read more »
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