On Christmas Day, New Jersey hip-hop beatmaker Clams Casino offered up a special gift via his Facebook page: what he described as a "previously unavailable high quality 320kbps digitally remastered version of Instrumentals," an effort which just so happened to come in at #15 on XLR8R's list of the Best Releases of 2011. Read more »
Techno pioneer Richie Hawtin has never been afraid to embrace technology, which is why it comes as no surprise that his Minus label has just launched an innovative new mobile application that allows users to remix and rework a select portion of the storied imprint's catalog. Read more »
As a sort of late Christmas present to its fans, UK production trio Dark Sky posted this tune on the web as a free download. "Standoff" is another strong example of the kind of moody and enticing music the outfit crafts, which is a large part of why we named Dark Sky one of 2011's best new artists, but the track also sports a quasi-dubstep slant that's a fresh vibe for the group. We're glad to see that the boys are keeping busy. (via Box Musique)
The three-track Mother EP by Marble co-owner Para One arrives ahead of the artist's first album for his new imprint and his first proper LP since 2006's Epiphanie. Though he has certainly kept busy releasing a number of solo and collaborative EPs and singles in between, the Parisian producer's music hasn't really changed much during that time. He still favors hyper-compressed soundscapes, straightforward rhythms, and loading each production with uniquely handcrafted sounds, not to mention that he arranges it all like a pro. It's just too bad that his formula has grown a bit stale over the years. Read more »
While the concept of melding pop music with electronic sounds is nothing new, it's hard to think of many imprints operating these days that do it quite as well as Cascine. In celebration of the young label's busy 2011, not to mention what's looking to be a promising 2012, Cascine has offered up this new remix of Wintercoats' "Forest of Lovers" by Canadian outfit Southern Shores. The original appeared on Wintercoats' (pictured above) Sketches EP, but here, the guys from Southern Shores have bathed the song in warm, swirling synth melodies and employed some simple Balearic beats. Look for new music from both Wintercoats and Southern Shores to drop on Cascine later in the year, along with new efforts from Jensen Sportag, Chad Valley, The Whendays, and more.
This time of year, the music world pretty much slows to a crawl, so we here at XLR8R are going to jump on the opportunity to take a little breather. We know it's hard to go without the daily dose of free MP3s, news, videos, podcasts, reviews, and all the other bits of information that get posted around here, but don't worry—things will be up and running again on Monday, January 2. In the meantime, feel free to look around the site, particularly at the litany of Best of 2011 lists we posted over the past two weeks. Read more »
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