Sassy, gender-ambiguous, and fabulous—we here at XLR8R really like Big Freedia. The undisputed queen of New Orleans sissy bounce provides a raucous and sweaty live performance that is truly second to none. So if you haven't had a chance to experience Big Freedia, you're in luck: she's just announced a whirlwind tour with stops in Europe and North America. Read more »
Remember when M83 released Saturdays=Youth, and everyone talked about how it was the perfect soundtrack to an imaginary Molly Ringwald film made 20 years hence, one that distilled the delicate piano scores and electro-lite vibes of suburban-Illinois heartache into immaculate, hazy pop suites? Fast-forward three years, and you'll find
Ford & Lopatin (the Brooklyn duo of Tigercity's Joel Ford and Oneohtrix Point Never mastermind Daniel Lopatin, previously known as Games) mining a similar landscape, but with entirely mixed results. Read more »
Fresh-faced and London-based, Disclosure has taken a divergent course through the UK hardcore continuum. Blending garage and dubstep production aesthetics with the melodic sensibility of R&B has become a sort of calling card for the duo. Last month, XLR8R posted new single "Carnival," and now we've got "I Love... That You Know," the b-side. Continuing the theme of where "Carnival" left off, "I Love... That You Know" mixes a straight-up percolating beat with a ridiculously soulful, chopped-up vocal hook. "Carnival/I Love... That You Know" will see release June 13 as a 7" on Transparent.
The boy wonder known best for helming the inaugural release from NY dark-pop imprint Tri Angle, Alec Koone (a.k.a. Balam Acab), will soon also take credit for crafting the label's first completely original LP release. Wonder / Wander, an eight-track record scheduled to drop on August 29, is also Koone's debut album, and features the spectral cut "Oh, Why." Much like the material from the See Birds EP, this glimpse of Balam Acab's new record bounces along at a slow, dream-like pace; listening to "Oh, Why" feels like walking underwater towards the beckoning sirens of its angelic vocal samples, but never quite reaching them. We can only imagine that the remainder of Wonder / Wander will hold just as much beauty, if not more so. Before it's released, you can check out the album art and tracklist for the forthcoming record, below. Read more »
Last week, XLR8R had the pleasure of running around Montreal and soaking in the sights and sounds of the annual MUTEK festival. We even found the time to snap a few photos and jot down some notes about what we saw. Part 1 of our festival round-up was posted last week, but read on for a look at the festival's second half. Read more »
When the Wighnomy Brothers announced that they were disbanding their oft-celebrated project in late 2009, the disappointment was palpable. Yet Robag Wruhme (a.k.a. Gabor Schablitzki) quickly dropped a number of singles and, just a few weeks back, followed them up with a new solo full-length, Thora Vukk, an album we thoroughly enjoyed. Read more »
LA-based party icon DJ Harvey will drop his long-awaited Locussolus LP—which we talked with him about just last month—next week via International Feel. We'll be able to stream that release in full from the label's SoundCloud page on Monday, June 13 (more info here), but before then, we're treated to a remix of album cut "Throwdown" by Ghostly-signed bedroom producer Com Truise. Read more »
Amidst the hustle and bustle of this year's MUTEK festival in Montreal, we snagged a few of our favorite artists for a quick chat about their impressions of the festival, the city, and, of course, some chatter about their music. Here, the city's own Jacques Greene (pictured above left) talks about his new live show and passes along some insider information about his hometown. Read more »
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