When we think about the burgeoning tape culture that's been really picking up steam as of late, slow-brewing bass music is certainly not the first sound that comes to mind (nor the second, third, or fourth for that matter), and yet here we are. From a forthcoming full-length album by Atlanta's Time Wharp (a.k.a. Patrick Loggins) for the Wonder Beard Tapes label, "mandelbrotset" is a post-dubsteppy slice of click-clack rhythms, swelling synth melodies, and ghostly vocal manipulations served up with a heavy wash of lo-bit fuzz. Loggins' track is patient and even-handed, taking its time to build in strength before it eventually unravels during the relatively understated climax, but is nonetheless full of enticing sounds and fresh takes on the handful ill-defined genres it could easily be connected to. It's also vaguely reminiscent of the music from the boss level of a Nintendo game you played in 1989, as are Time Wharp's other tunes, which you can download through his Bandcamp profile for free. (via Altered Zones)
The second video to appear from UK duo Mount Kimbie is a veritable clusterfuck of images attached to the lovely "Before I Move Off" track from the outfit's excellent, high-ranking Crooks & Lovers album. Using an unbelievable number of photographs, director Tyrone Lebon crafted a massive montage that whizzes past your eyes like an iPhoto slideshow on any number of homemade amphetamines. Read more »
We just caught this video for the brand-new single from Pilooski's side-project, Discodeine. The bubbly track, "Synchronize," just so happens to feature the vocal talents of Pulp main-man Jarvis Cocker, and after our initial viewing of the music video we can ascertain that a girl freaks out in the shower, another scantily clad female gets a tattoo from an elusive male, Cocker watches a lot of TV, and the whole thing takes place in a few strangely lit rooms. Read more »
You can now add Malibu Rum to the mix of competing hard liquor sponsorships of underground club music. The company recently asked Mad Decent affiliate Jillionaire for a "Caribbean"-influenced mix, for which the Trinidad & Tobago-based DJ turned in a massive, mostly dancehall-filled tracklist. Read more »
After weeks of contributing to the standard end-of-the-year "best of" hoopla, we here at XLR8R are thrilled to shift our focus away from the past and back toward the future. After all, it's fun to make lists and arbitrarily rank things, but examining the exciting new artists, labels, sounds, and styles that are coming down the pipe is where our passion truly lies. In that spirit, we've put the first XLR8R podcast of 2011 in the hands of a relative newcomer, T. Williams. Read more »
This relatively simple video piece for the haunting, hip-hop-slanted tune "Kill a Man With a Joystick in Your Hand" by Hippos in Tanks artist d'Eon is made mostly from an array of images taken from news programs, video games, YouTube videos, and seemingly less common sources. We say "simple" because it's basically just found footage that's been edited together, but in reality, there's something a bit more complicated and controversial going on here. Read more »
Beginning with his dark 2004 debut, "Stalker, " and continuing with his collaborations with Appleblim on the trailblazing Skull Disco label and a move to Berlin, where he continues his danceable experiments in evil dub and tribal techno, Englishman Sam Shackleton has always seemed like a man with a steady plan. But his new mix CD, Fabric 55, suggests that perhaps none of it was planned at all. Instead, what we've likely been hearing has been the sharing of an increasingly vivid and intimate stream of (un)consciousness. Read more »
The first single to come from shadowy Brooklyn production duo Creep, "Days" (featuring Romy Madley-Croft of The xx), has been making the rounds on the internet since it first premiered in early December, and it's all in anticipation of the track's forthcoming physical release. But while the song itself is a tastefully, uh, creepy tune with a solid groove, we find ourselves gravitating a bit more towards the remixes it's yielded. The Soul Clap version we shared just before Christmas certainly kicked the energy of "Days" up a notch, but it's this high-octane rendition by Toronto's Azari & III (pictured above) that really got us moving. Basically, the outfit's remix commandeers Creep's brooding soundscape and Madley-Croft's breathy vocal performance, and re-applies them to a serious club production propelled by tumbling sub-bass tones, churning dance rhythms, and arpeggiated synth melodies. You can nab this one along with UK producer Deadboy's take on "Days," not to mention the original track, when Creep's 12" drops on January 25 via Young Turks.
For a label that's only been around for a year, Night Slugs already feels like a proud institution of London-centric dance music. Not content with being London's rave kingpins, the collective headed up by Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990 made its own entire scene. Taking the splintered ends of dubstep, bassline, and UK funky, they soldered the frayed wires together for a powerful charge that revived the corpse of early grime. Mated with the spirit of classic '80s and '90s house, Night Slugs was born. Read more »
- GearAKAI Unveils APC40 MkII and Rhythm Wolf Drum Machine and Bass Synth
- MP3Dengue Dengue Dengue! "Banana"
- NewsBoiler Room's 'Beats Unraveled' Series Continues with a Version of Shlohmo's "Places"
- NewsNicolas Jaar, 3 Chairs, Jamie xx, DJ Koze, and More Announced for Dekmantel 2014
- NewsWatch the Video for Clark's "Riff Through the Fog"
XLR8R Downloads Player