Dutch synth specialist Legowelt and Brooklyn DJ/producer Willie Burns have let loose the first episode of Relics of the Past, a peculiar online TV series which sees the two artists starring in and providing the show's soundtrack. Read more »
Throughout the week, a whole lot of material gets posted here on XLR8R. And while we know—and love—that some hardcore readers will eagerly pour over every single news story, interview, podcast, video, and MP3 download that appears on the site, we also realize that for most people, it's impossible to see everything, which means that some quality XLR8R content is likely to get missed in the hustle and bustle of everyone's daily lives. In the interest of making it easier for everyone to catch up, every Friday we present The Lowdown, a weekly wrap-up of the top 10 tidbits from our site. Read more »
For the final MP3 to appear in our Downloads section this week, we're taking a bit of a left turn in order to dive into some refracted tape manipulations from Night & Tickets. Though we don't know much about the outfit—other than that it hails from Vladivostok, Russia—we do know Night & Tickets' Actually I Really Hate Summer cassette will serve as one of four tapes to appear in the Constellation Tatsu label's "Fall Batch" of releases (all out on November 1). Featured here, "August Morning in My City" finds Night & Tickets slowly bringing together a collection of glowing textures, lined with heavy layers of hiss and noise, and constantly manipulated through any number of electronic devices. A collage of disparate samples and ever-morphing synth tones, the track does sneak in a handful of drum breaks throughout its run, which giving production a sense of forward momentum as Night & Tickets continues to add to its (somewhat surprisingly) warm and inviting sonic construction.
The Boston duo of John Barera and Soren Jahan (known together as B-Tracks) has announced plans to drop a new four-track EP, Work It Out, later this month. The release will be the first on new Berlin label Regular Expression, and deals in the same kind of airy, sweeping house that's characterized B-Tracks' previous outings to date. Read more »
Earlier this week, Brooklyn-via-Atlanta producer Jacob 2-2 returned to the King Deluxe label with a new EP. Entitled The Rec, the eight-track effort sees Jacob 2-2 offering six funky ADD-beat hybrids while Muta and Stephen Farris have been enlisted to rework a track which first appeared on the Brooklyn resident's Herbivore LP, which also dropped via King Deluxe last year. Pulled from The Rec is "Central and Mountain," a somewhat stoney production which laces its thick hip-hop rhythms with breezy chords and a number of vintage-streaked synth melodies—a run of crystal-like bells, MIDI flute, and gliding Moog-style leads among them—before eventually sneaking some slap bass into the mix. (As an extra treat, Jacob 2-2 tags a nice bonus beat onto the end of this one too). While "Central and Mountain" can be grabbed below, a fantastically toy-based video for the producer's "Constuxon Time Again" track by animator/filmmaker Adam Brown can be watched in full after the jump. Read more »
All week long, XLR8R is presenting its annual focus on Labels We Love. Click here to check out the rest of the series.
Over the past four days, XLR8R's editorial staff has been touting all of its favorite labels, and while we appreciate people's willingness to check out what we have to say, it only seems fair that we also let our audience weigh in with its thoughts. As such, we're once again wrapping up the Labels We Love series with Labels You Love, a list of the top 20 labels, as voted by XLR8R's readers. Since the polls opened last week, we received thousands of votes, and we've taken the time to count each one and compile the results. (For those who might be wondering, there has definitely been a significant amount of turnover since last year.) We'd like to thank everyone who took the time to participate, and without further adieu, we invite everyone to have a look at the labels you love the most. Read more »
With the 2014 edition of the annual Amsterdam Dance Event festival in full swing this weekend, "music discovery service" 22tracks and file transfer service WeTransfer have decided to mark the occasion by putting together Transfer Tracks Vol. 1, a—you guessed it—22-track compilation. Nestled between productions from the likes of Jacob Korn, Sisterhood, and Julien Mier, among others, is Medlar's "The Camberwell Beauty" (one of a number of tunes exclusive to the collection). A warm, sample-based excursion, "The Camberwell Beauty" piles heavenly harp runs and jazzy Rhodes chords atop an array of lively percussion loops and shuffled snares. Medlar's entrancing contribution to Transfer Tracks Vol. 1 can be grabbed below, while the full compilation can be downloaded for free here.
- October 15: Amsterdam Dance Event with Four Tet, DJ Koze, Jon Hopkins, Karenn, Ben UFO, Floating Points, MCDE, Talaboman, and More
- October 20: MUTEK.MX with Andy Stott, The Bug, Roman Flügel, Objekt, Laurel Halo, Oneohtrix Point Never, and More
- November 5: Club to Club with Caribou, SBTRKT, Recondite, Marcel Dettmann, Clark, Vessel, Luke Vibert, Jacques Greene, and More
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