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Download: Visionist "Energy"

Somehow, the folks at the up-and-coming 92 Points label have managed to take over the XLR8R website site today. Earlier this morning, we posted a remix of Magnum, the young beatmaker at the helm of the young imprint's soon-to-be-released second EP, and now, we have this track from label co-head Visionist. Last week, the Brixton producer announced that he would be getting into the holiday spirit and giving away a series of three tunes for free—grab the first offering, "Firstsight," here—and he's just made the second installment available. Entitled "Energy," the lilting, drum-heavy number bangs along for less than two minutes, employing an enticing whirl of wispy synths and warped vocal bits along the way. The elements are familiar, but Visionist's dizzying approach to construction is oddly hypnotic, and leaves us wishing the sonic vertigo lasted just a tad longer. Look for the third and final giveaway, "Outside Inside," to drop on Christmas. 

Average: 7.3 (38 votes)

Review: Throwing Snow Too Polite

Rising UK producer Throwing Snow has had an impressive 2011, over time demonstrating that he can put together quality tracks and, furthermore, that his talents are not specific to one corner of the bass-music world. With the Too Polite EP, he shows that there is yet another face to his production style, delivering two cuts of emotionally-tinged, futuristic music and one questionably raucous slice of ADD bass on his first EP for the respected Local Action imprint. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 12/20/2011

Joy Orbison Launches New Label, Shares New Mix

Announced just today, Hinge Finger is the new label fronted by DJ/producer Joy Orbison and Trilogy Tapes boss Will Blankhead. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/20/2011

Download: Magnum "All Over Me (Monster Playground Remix)"

Just a few weeks before the recently minted 92 Points imprint releases Puerto Rican producer Magnum's All Over Me EP (pictured above), we're treated to a remix of the title track by newcomers Monster Playground, which finds the London duo meshing together elements of electro and dubstep into a strange piece of bass music. This one doesn't appear on the forthcoming EP, but the record will include three original tunes and two remixes from the likes of Visionist and French Fries. You can stream previews of three of those tracks after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8 (55 votes)

Tri Angle Label Boss Announces Debut Solo EP

Even today as we named Tri Angle the best label of 2011, we had no idea that owner Robin Carolan was just about to announce the imminent arrival of his own debut EP, a five-track record crafted under the moniker Lie. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/19/2011

Download: New Edition "A Little Bit of Love (Brenmar Remix)"

Over the weekend, Brooklyn DJ/producer Brenmar reached 4000 followers on Twitter, and marked the occasion by giving his fans a free tune, this stripped-down remix of New Edition's classic "A Little Bit of Love." The 100-bpm cut finds the artist utilizing a healthy portion (if not all) of the original acapella, layering it over and under a bouncy, snappy rhythm and a few select synth tones. The mix of sounds makes for a lean club tune that straddles hip-hop, R&B, and even a bit of dancehall vibes quite evenly. 

Average: 6.6 (68 votes)

Grizzly Announces Forthcoming Label Compilation, Plans Tour

With the close of 2011 marking two years of existence for Sinden's Grizzly label, the growing imprint has decided to celebrate the achievement with a forthcoming label compilation that's set to drop in April of next year. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/19/2011

Download: TreeFNGR "Fine Fright"

First Listen

Despite being a complete newcomer (there isn't even a track on his Soundcloud profile yet), British producer TreeFNGR arrives with a thoroughly conceived and well-executed sonic aesthetic on "Fine Fright." And sure, it's not the first time we've heard people play with the template put forth by Burial or, say, Scuba's Triangulations, but there are at least a couple of fresh ideas to be heard—like not using pitched vocal samples and giving each layer of sound plenty of space to ebb and flow in the mix. Seeing as how this the only TreeFNGR's production to be shared with the public, we're pretty excited to hear what comes next. 

Average: 7.4 (51 votes)

Video: Siinai "Anthem 1 & 2"

The Finnish group Siinai is preparing to drop its epic debut LP, Olympic Games, in the US come February and have passed along this equally epic video of bizarre footage from the cult film Holy Mountain to introduce their kraut-indebted stylings to a stateside audience. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/19/2011

XLR8R's Best of 2011: Labels

These days, it's easier than ever for artists to share their music with the world. Now that Soundcloud and Bandcamp have become more or less ubiquitous, music makers can quickly link directly to their fans, which rasies the question, "Are record labels really necessary anymore?" The answer, as it turns out, is an emphatic "yes." It may be wonderful that just about anyone can make and release their own music, but the downside to that is, well, just about anyone can make and release their own music. The internet has become an endless ocean of new sounds, something so vast that it's all but impossible to navigate on your own. That's why labels just might be more important now than ever before; they've become proverbial lighthouses in the storm, particularly when they're well curated. Read more » 

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