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 »
Luke Wyatt (a.k.a. Torn Hawk) and Sheela Rahman (a.k.a. Xosar, pictured above) are two artists who certainly know how to keep themselves busy; Wyatt's forthcoming Let's Cry and Do Pushups at the Same Time LP is currently set to drop via Mexican Summer next month, which is also when Rahman's Immured EP is slated to arrive via Wyatt's own Valcrond Video label (to be followed by an eight-track Xosar record for Opal Tapes' vinyl series in the months to come). Somewhere amidst all this activity, Torn Hawk and Xosar found time to embark on an experimental collaborative project together they are calling Body Tools. Read more »
With the first volume of his Halloween 12" series set to land next week—October 27, to be exact—Luke Vibert (pictured above) has revealed details of a second Halloween EP which will feature remixes from both FaltyDL and Tom Demac. Read more »
The Enchufada label's ongoing Upper Cuts series aims to highlight burgeoning talent from the world of global club music by offering exclusive tracks up for free download on a regular basis. The latest such artist to contribute to the series is Siete Catorce, a Mexico City-based artist whose hypnotic—and appropriately titled—"Syncopate" production serves as the latest Upper Cuts single. Pieced together with a somewhat minimal arrangement, "Syncopate" focuses on a string of sharp percussion hits, which float up and down the frequency spectrum as a thumping kick drum and airy chords fill in the space behind them. An affiliate of Mexico's NAAFI crew/collective, Siete Catorce's new track can be grabbed below, while the most recent contributions to Enchufada's Upper Cuts series can be streamed and downloaded here.
Amsterdam duo Juju & Jordash—whose live set at last week's Amsterdam Dance Event was one of the festival's highlights—will soon be issuing a new LP via the Dekmantel label, and a small bit of new material has surfaced online. Read more »
Many producers claim to have begun making beats in their early teens, but with Fantastic Mr Fox, one suspects that he really did. After all, just about everything he puts his name on positively leaps out of the speakers, leaving the listener to wonder just how the Berlin-based Brit gets them coated in such a visceral sheen (not to mention why he hasn't crossed over more). With drums that ping with irresistible pop precision, wondrously colorful synths, and glossy, lissom grooves, Fantastic Mr Fox's tunes are translucent, the kinds of tracks that should fill up dancefloors and race out of record stores alike. As such, he's been the jewel in Black Acre's crown since 2009, and with his debut full-length pencilled in for early 2015, that isn't likely to change anytime soon. Read more »
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