Crafted as a tribute to John Lennon on the 33rd anniversary of his death, Nicolas Jaar's Our World mix isn't exactly what people might expect from an average DJ set, as the widely popular and inventive artist turned in something closer to a free-form audio collage. Read more »
It was just last week when we learned that busy UK producer Jon Hopkins (pictured above) was preparing to issue an extended version of his excellent Immunity LP, with remixes from the likes of Luke Abbot, Nosaj Thing, Happa, and Hessle Audio cohort Pangaea joining the album's original tracklist. And now that Immunity (Extended Edition) is available as an iTunes exclusive, "Collider (Pangaea Remix)" is available to stream in full. Read more »
Peruvian electronic group Animal Chuki thinks of music in terms of pure instinct, wearing animal masks and creating sounds reminiscent of tropical environments. "Capicua," the title track lifted from the group's brand-new EP for Buenos Aires label ZZK, accentuates these primal ideas with sampled saxophone licks, buzzing pads, and percussion-heavy cumbia grooves. Animal Chuki unravels its production into a flurry of sustained horns and hollow-sounding toms, all of which is deeply drowned in reverb before being expelled into a sudden conclusion.
It has been quite a big year for Fabric-affiliated label Houndstooth, having released a slew of quality releases from the likes of Akkord, Special Request, Call Super, and many others. To cap off its impressive run, the imprint has released a special remix EP which finds its catalog of artists remixing one another's tunes. Read more »
Last week, XLR8R kicked off its Best of 2013 content by offering up a list of the year's most popular tunes from our Downloads section. Without question, the free downloads are some of the most easily digestible content on the site—which undoubtedly helps to explain why readers like them so much—but their popularity doesn't mean that we've lost our love for meatier articles. After all, XLR8R began as a print publication, and our drive to dig deeper, ask questions, and put together thorough, detailed articles hasn't been lost. Each week, XLR8R publishes at least two or three long-form features, and now that the end of the year is right around the corner, we've looked back and selected what we think are the 10 best of the bunch. On top of that, we've also checked our database and calculated which 10 features were the most popular with our readers. Read more »
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