XLR8R - logo


Five Minutes with Salva at RBMA

Over the weekend, this year's Red Bull Music Academy officially came to a close. Nevertheless, we still have a few tidbits of information to share from our visit to Madrid. (Go here to check out all of our coverage.) One such tidbit is this conversation with Salva. The LA-based producer and Frite Nite label boss was accepted as a participant for this year's Academy, so we asked him to share his thoughts on the experience. He also expounded about his move to Los Angeles, his ongoing musical evolution, and his plans for the future. Read more » 

Download: Drop/Dead "GetMe"


Over the course of the last year, youthful UK producer Drop/Dead (a.k.a Jay Donaldson) has consistently impressed fans of forward-thinking bass music with his warm brand of emotive garage house—displayed most recently on a couple of remixes (check those out here and here). On this unreleased original track, Donaldson lets hand claps drive the rhythm behind his typically hazy synth melodies and chopped vocals, eventually reaching a bass-laden climax that sounds more like it came from Detroit than the tunesmith's native England. And it that's not enough Drop/Dead for you, the DJ/producer also recently dropped an excellent podcast for Disko404, which you can check out after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.2 (83 votes)

Review: Sepalcure Sepalcure

Label: Hotflush

Even as the individual efforts of Travis Stewart (a.k.a. Machinedrum) and Praveen Sharma (a.k.a. Braille) continue to garner more attention and praise, the music produced by the pair's collaborative project Sepalcure still arguably stands as the most stirring and vibrant tracks either artist has penned to date. Stewart's and Sharma's debut LP only continues to solidify this reputation, as they hunker down inside the depths of moody, UK-influenced bass music and present 10 impeccable tunes that unfold more and more brilliantly with each consecutive listen. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 11/28/2011

Download: Maribou State "Got Me Down (Jason Burns Remix)"

Label: Fat!

Cleveland, OH newcomer Jason Burns (you may remember him from this or this) delivered this remix of "Got Me Down" by London duo Maribou State (pictured above) for the outfit's latest digital single. The garage-leaning track flips elegantly between a full-scale swing and a rubbery, half-time sway—maintaining the polyrhythmic marimba melody and infectious vocal presence throughout. You can stream all of Maribou State's new single after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.9 (50 votes)

Check Out LV's 'Audio Doughnuts Minimix'

Elusive UK DJ/production outfit LV is scheduled to appear this Friday at FOUND: Audio Doughnuts' First Birthday in its hometown of London. The trio will share the bill with Rustie, Kuedo, Koreless, and Lando Kal, among others, and has dropped a brand-new minimix to mark the occasion. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/23/2011

Download: Azari & III "Manic (Creep Remix)"

When Brooklyn dark-pop duo Creep (pictured above) blasted on the scene with its "Days" single last year, Toronto house quartet Azari & III was one of the first artists to welcome Lauren Flax and Lauren Dillard into the fold with a dancefloor-ready remix. On this tune, which Azari & III originally released back in August, the girls take hold of the original rolling house number and work their witchy ways by stripping down the beats, adding haunting atmospherics, and disembodying the vocals to bring out their darkest potential.  

Average: 4.6 (111 votes)

XLR8R x Beatport: Terror Danjah

Over the past few months, XLR8R has been curating a special set of charts for Beatport. This one comes from grime veteran Terror Danjah, the London-based producer who continues to turn out inventive, low-end-heavy jams no matter how many times the music world declares that the genre is "dead" or "back." Read more » 

Behind the Scenes at RBMA Madrid, Part 2

Last week, XLR8R editor Shawn Reynaldo made the trek to Madrid to check out a portion of this year's Red Bull Music Academy. The recap of the whirlwind that was his first two days at the Academy can be found here, but read on for the highlights of the trip's second half. Read more » 

Download: El Kid "Hypnosis (Terekke and Steve Summers Live Edit)"

Label: Left Blank

This transatlantic effort comes to us from the UK's freshly minted Left Blank imprint (currently on its third release), who has tapped Terekke (of L.I.E.S.) and 100% Silk affiliate Steve Summers (a.k.a. one-third of Innergaze) to rework the title track from El Kid's forthcoming Hypnosis EP (artwork above). But Terekke and Summers don't merely turn in a remix of the Brighton producer's dark, harrowing bass tune—electing instead to filter, chop, ammend, and rearrange "Hypnosis" into a slow-brewing, space-age disco-house tune (oh, and it was done entirely live). After giving the edit a listen, you can stream preview clips of El Kid's forthcoming 12" (set to drop on November 28) after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.1 (49 votes)

Review: The Whendays The Whendays EP

Label: Cascine

Stockholm-based duo The Whendays, comprised of Swedish-born Simon Reithner and San Francisco expat Serge G., is less than a year old, and yet the outfit boasts a precisely defined style. Their remix of "Light of Love" by The Miracles Club from this year may be more propulsive and dark in comparison to the pair's self-titled debut EP for the burgeoning Cascine label, but it still encapsulates the hyper-compressed aesthetic, nostalgic essence, and miasmatic funk featured on those four tracks. That said, The Whendays EP, while surprisingly original and interesting despite its genre and era signifiers, is split evenly between hits and misses. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 11/23/2011

Follow us on...

Get the lowdown weekly newsletter

XLR8R Downloads Player