It's no secret that Gavin Russom is an "out there" fellow. After all, he's the same guy who littered the early DFA catalog with lengthy, often beatless, psychedelic synthesizer jams that had more in common with the celestial explorations of Tangerine Dream than the early-'00s NYC dance-punk scene. In the years that have followed, he's proved to be a sort of shape-shifter, releasing more dancefloor-inclined work—that was often still quite out of the ordinary—under the names Black Leotard Front, Black Meteoric Star, and The Crystal Ark. Now, he's come back to his own name and released "Night Sky," an effort that takes his weirdness to a whole new level. Read more »
Is nouveau tech-house just electroclash writ large? This is but one of the many questions that the music of Class B Band (a.k.a. Beatmaster G and Bea Tricks, pictured above) initially provokes. Fresh on the scene, Wagon Repair recently released the group's debut LP, Movie T, an effort which combined the sound palette of Visionquest with the detached swagger of Miss Kittin. Now, the duo is back with the Strange Wolves EP, a brand-new release scheduled to hit next week on My Favorite Robot Records. On offer from that record is "Chords & Knives (Darabi Remix)," which sees the duo applying its detached, techy aesthetic to the rhythms of nu-disco. Built on the bleak drone of slowly descending square wave pads, "Chords & Knives (Darabi Remix)" is as sharp in its atmospherics as its title implies.
Last month, Night Slugs co-founder L-Vis 1990 announced the details of Neon Dreams, his debut full-length. The album, created entirely on vintage hardware and promising to revisit a host of classic dancefloor sounds, won't be released until October 3, but the first single, "Lost in Love," has been shared with the internet masses. Read more »
Maybe it comes with the territory of R&S being revived, but there's definitely been a recent resurgence in the popularity of Belgian new beat. Long held to be one of the cheesier off-shoots of dance music, the genre is beginning to once again see its place in the sun, partially thanks to groups like San Francisco-based trio Total Accomplishment. Comprised of Bay Area artists Scott Arford, Holly Herndon, and Mat Dryhurst, Total Accomplishment mixes and matches from a pool of abrasive sources: new beat, Den Haag electro, and acid. The outfit's first single, "Pig Fat," is scheduled for release in the fall, but in the meantime, the group sent over this slick slice of electro-bump called "You're Alone (Red Lodge Oakland Mix)." Built on a bedrock of creepy arpeggiated synthesizers and percussive vocals, "You're Alone" finds Total Accomplishment crafting a kind of catchy and novel nu-new beat—it's still cheesy, but also strangely contemporary.
We're pretty sure Gwen Stefani is just about at the top of our list of names we never expected to see on XLR8R (right next to, like, Skrillex), but leave it to UK beat experimentalist Lapalux (pictured above) to change all that—for the better, might we add. The Pictures Music cohort and man behind the wonderfully screwed R&B of Many Faces Out of Focus shared this soulful bootleg of a remix for the pop diva's 2004 single "Luxurious" just the other day, effectively giving Stefani a valid and good-sounding reason to land in our music feed. We expect she's elated.
Seems like a bit of a trend lately that European clothing companies are also getting in on the "Detroit: City on the Ropes vs. Detroit: City of Rebirth" documentary-film argument. This latest entry, though—a part of the Real Scenes series put together by Bench and Resident Advisor—is a pretty solid work that looks a little more to the future of Detroit techno than necessarily revisiting its past (of course, it does that a little bit, too—particularly well with footage of the New Dance Show and interviews with its makers). Read more »
Although Kingdom is often affiliated with the Night Slugs crew and now heads up his own Fade to Mind imprint, the LA-based producer also has ties to the Fool's Gold label, which released his Mind Reader EP and is now putting out his latest single, "Take Me." The track, along with b-side "If You Buck," has been available on Beatport since last week, but drops via iTunes and other retailers today. Perhaps knowing that XLR8R readers are "try before you buy" shoppers, Kingdom has sent along both songs to stream exclusively on our website. Read more »
Here is a slice of smooth, sultry, and deep tech-house from Swiss producer Cavalier (who also produces under the name Agnès) and his forthcoming A Million Horses LP for the Zurich-based Drumpoet Community label. "Uzunyayla (Hallucinatory Narcosis)" is the fifth cut on that 19-track record, and finds the multi-talented artist knee deep in pulsing dance rhythms, laid-back bass grooves, and sparkling melodies, with risque anecdotes and other stories half-audibly uttered underneath it all. You can hear more of the same when Cavalier's full-length album drops on August 26.
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