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 »
Celebrating its 10th year in the business, the Wilde booking agency has put together a 16-track compilation to showcase the company's talented roster. Including cuts from artists like Tiefschwarz and Ian Pooley, Wilde Liebe also features Tim Xavier's "Memory Man," a percussion-filled and richly textured tune that has the man's hometown of Berlin written all over it. Running just over six minutes, the production expertly walks the line between house and techno as it focuses on pulsing rhythms and the occasional slushy chord to push the momentum forward. Before Wilde's forthcoming compilation drops on January 27, its artwork and tracklist can be found after the jump. Read more »
Releasing one final track before the year's end, Bristol DJ/producer Aashton has shared "All U Need," a grooving house tune which features hollow tom patterns and fuzzed pads over a funk-infused bassline. The artist unravels his new cut towards the end, balancing an ensemble of galloping percussion with recordings of a raucous dance party gone wild.
An extended rework of L.I.E.S. label boss Ron Morelli's track "Director of..."—lifted from his recently released, industrial-tinged Spit LP—by PAN experimentalist Lee Gamble (pictured above) has landed online as a full stream. Read more »
At this point, it's safe to assume that the majority of XLR8R readers know the drill. For the past three weeks, we've been cobbling together lists of what we consider to be the Best of 2013, and though our audience will finally get to have its say on Monday when we unveil the results of our annual Readers Poll, the editorial staff does have one last piece of business to take care of first—our favorite releases of the year. The first half of this list was published yesterday, but today's entry details the absolute best of the best, namely, the 15 releases we enjoyed the most in 2013. Read more »
UK producer Jabru has put his talents to a variety of projects this year, delivering an early collaborative EP alongside Hackman as Bruh Jackman, and appearing just last month on the inaguaral comp for the new Sounds of the Cosmos label. Looking to squeeze one last effort in before the year comes to a close, Jabru has dropped the Calling Card Vol. 1 EP, a diverse, five-track effort that shows some new depths to the budding producer's range. "Like You Care" serves as the digi-record's most straight-forward cut. Its thinly sliced chords and bulbous bassline lead the rolling house number's opening push before a restlessly tweaked synth sequence takes over the latter half. After giving "Like You Care" a spin, Jabru's full Calling Card Vol. 1 EP can be streamed and downloaded for free after the jump. Read more »
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