Folks, our friend Brandon Ivers, the esteemed writer of so many awesome XLR8R cover stories, and his juggalo-snapping cohort, photographer Kelly O (of Seattle's esteemed weekly, The Stranger), are self-funding a trip to the Gathering of the Juggalos this weekend—the 11th edition of the infamous Insane Clown Posse party weekend held in Cave In Rock, Illinois. Read more »
BBC tastemaker Gilles Peterson is an institution. His Worldwide program is still going 10 years strong, and he continues to reveal fresh and interesting sounds with each broadcast, podcast, event, and compilation he touches. His latest release, the forthcoming Gilles Peterson presents: Worldwide, is a two-disc retrospective of tracks from the many artists he's shared with the world over the last decade. Read more »
We recently posted a track from Jesu-frontman-turned-solo-artist Justin K. Broadrick (a.k.a. Pale Sketcher), and now Ghostly has offered us all another taste. "Can I Go Now (Gone Version)" is the first official single from Jesu: Pale Sketches Demixed, and is certainly the closest thing to an uplifting song that we've yet to hear from Broadrick. Angelic synth tones cut through harmonious ambience, floating next to his simple, crunchy rhythms and the subtle vocal melodies the singer vocoded into unintelligible statements. From what we've heard thus far, Pale Sketcher has created a style not unlike the soundscapes from past M83 albums, but while leaning heavier on the dark, industrial nature of his lengthy background in droning metal bands.
This ain't necessarily our usual steez, but we just couldn't resist the old-school Basement Jaxx sound Peo de Pitte has bestowed upon DrumAttic Twins' "Crazy Love" tune. Actually, this track is an edit of Pitte's original remix of "Crazy Love" (incidentally, we've never heard the original, nor can we locate it), bolstered by a few snippets from "Disco's Revenge" by Gusto and some cut-and-paste modifications from the remixer himself. What emerges on the other side is a stuttering, hyperactive club track we'd most likely rewind at our next subterranean massive—you just can't deny the power of that hook's descending melody.
The UK's disco-leaning indie-dance trio Friendly Fires was just called upon to deliver the latest installment of the ongoing Bugged Out! compilation series. Entitled Bugged Out! Presents Suck My Deck, the mix album contains 19 tracks from XLR8R-friendly names like Tom Trago, Tensnake, Lindstrøm & Christabelle, Redshape, and Bot'Ox, but what really caught our eye was the featured collaboration between the mixing three-piece and Toronto's premiere house lovers, Azari & III (whom we recently profiled in our pages). Read more »
Chicago house legend Cajmere (a.k.a. Green Velvet a.k.a. Curtis Jones) is about to release a new remix album dedicated to his 1992 anthem, "Percolator." He's re-worked the song for 2010, and also enlisted an A-list team of producers to put their own spin on the classic tune, including Major Lazer, DJ Chuckie, Claude VonStroke, Riva Starr, Mixin Marc, Bad Boy Bill, and DJ Gantman. Read more »
We wouldn't rush to say that "Asia"—the second song to drip off of Salem's much-anticipated debut album—is our favorite tune from the 11-track King Night, but if ever radio stations could be welcoming to such twisted amalgamations of goth, shoegaze, industrial, and rap music, the trio might find a good single here. And that's primarily because the band's oft-disturbing lyrical content is rendered completely indecipherable (so the FCC will leave them be), though, that's bolstered heftily by the phantasmic synth melody, which somehow overpowers the song's smash of distorted drum-machine beats to tip "Asia" further onto its 'beautifully creepy' side. We're not imagining any Nine Inch Nails or Skinny Puppy scenarios here, but maybe, one day, Salem could eventually reclaim the misdirected angst of certain sub-cultures and turn it into something that transcends the stubbornness of contemporary pop culture. Here's to dreams.
Bay Area-based futuristic tunesmith Amon Tobin recently relaunched a special section on his website, the "Featured Artist" page, in which he "showcases artists he digs, inviting them to contribute content that is only available through amontobin.com." For his most recent feature, Tobin snagged the talented Philly-reppin' DJ/producer Starkey (pictured above), who hooked up an exclusive three-song EP of bass-centric space beats called Universe. Read more »
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