After collaborating on a 12" earlier this year, Komon and Appleblim are set to join forces again for the Jupiter EP, a three-track effort that will drop via Will Saul's Aus label on January 27. In the meantime, Komon has dropped off this edit of "Walk the Walk"—the title track for the West Country producer's recent solo EP for the label—to whet our palates. In its edited form, "Walk the Walk" is a bit deeper of an exercise in strong-armed house, one whose rhythms chug beneath a thick, slow-moving bass and generous layers of space-age synth work. In addition to the free download offered by Komon here, the artwork and tracklist for the man's forthcoming collaboration with Bristol mainstay Appleblim are included after the jump. Read more »
Dreamy Suffolk trio The Soft (pictured above) dropped its Uncanny Valley EP back in September via Brooklyn label Ceremony, and the group returns today with Melbourne producer Jahnne's gauzy remix of one of the record's cuts. Originally an ethereal and texture-heavy production, "Bewilder" is shaped by Jahnne into a simultaneously spirited and meditative piece, with cracking percussion and reverb-soaked vocal snippets swelling into an elegant, house-inspired refrain.
Apparently, yesterday was the birthday of LA-based house/garage veteran Todd Edwards, and the artist used the occasion to hop on his Twitter account to make a few announcements and share a link to download a handful of edits used in his Essential Mix from earlier this year. Read more »
Of all the content that gets posted on XLR8R each week, there's little question that our podcast series is the thing that usually gets people the most excited. Even as a litany of mix series have sprung up around the web in recent years, readers continue to flock to XLR8R on Tuesday mornings to gobble up the latest mix on offer. In 2013, we published nearly 50 podcasts, all of which were exclusive DJ mixes crafted specifically for the series. The styles explored and the artists highlighted may have varied wildly from week to week, but we'd like to think that each podcast showcased an artist putting their absolute best foot forward. (After all, we only allow people to do one XLR8R podcast; there are no repeat appearances.) Given that, it was difficult to select our favorite mixes from the past year, but our Best of 2013 series wouldn't have been complete without taking a look at the XLR8R podcast series. Our editors' top picks are below, but in the interest of providing a more thorough picture, we've also taken a look at our web traffic and assembled a list of the year's 10 most popular podcasts. Read more »
Inspired by filmmaker Stanley Kubrick and writer H.P. Lovecraft, electronic outfit Saroos explores a sound that is steeped in ambiguous sci-fi references. The group's sound is positioned at a crossroads between the physicality of post-rock and the abstractions of electronic music, but experienced ambient artist The Sight Below (pictured above) remixes "Seadance"—a track which comes from Saroos' sophomore effort for Alien Transistor, Return—by submerging that sound into a more cavernous place. Wavering tones reminiscent of old film sound effects and Drexciyan synth percolations bookend this new version of the song, allowing The Sight Below to focus on the guttural textures and druggy beats which meander through its core.
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