At this rate, we might as well offer the entire five-song Feeling Today EP by Texan producer Botany before it actually drops in physical formats this coming August. We've already let loose with "Waterparker" and record closer "Agave", and now, we've got another slice of lush, beat-centric soundscapes to share with you. "Benefactress" owes its calming mood mostly to lilting bell melodies, warbling birdsong, subtle electronics, and distant vocal coos that altogether sound more like a perfectly haphazard collection of sounds you happened to hear all at once from a distance. If that appeals to your tastes, we think you should give Botany's Feeling Today EP a full listen through.
Steven Julien (a.k.a. Funkineven) shared news with us earlier this month about a brand-new single he plans to drop later this year via Floating Points' UK imprint, Eglo. Though we still have to wait until July 18 for that 12", we're now treated to a music video for the pulsating "Roland's Jam." Read more »
The Genoa-born, London-based producer Antwerp has a fresh EP coming down the pipeline via UK label Make Mine on July 27. This housey piece of electronic pop is one of that release's four bubbly tunes, and exhibits the burgeoning artist's love for upbeat tempos, catchy basslines, and smooth, synth-heavy soundscapes; think Four Tet remixing some of the latest material from Hercules & Love Affair. It's a versatile sound, to be sure, one that will likely bode well in club soundsystems and home stereos alike.
When we hit Toronto's 17th annual NXNE Festival last week (yeah, it's sort of the north's answer to SXSW), we discovered that there's plenty to love about the city, to be sure. Super food, tons of walkable neighborhoods (provided it's summer, natch), patio bars, and all sorts of wonderful things make Toronto a pretty solid option for summer chillin'. Read more »
Well, it seems that German artist Sascha Ring has a brand-new Apparat album called The Devil's Walk coming on September 26 via the Mute label, but you already knew that, didn't you? Here's something you may not have known: The second track to drop from that LP is called "Black Water," and you can download it for free right here. Obviously, the song is a bit more 'indie' than XLR8R normally covers, but something about Ring's combination of electronic subtleties, soothing vocal melodies, and driving rhythms just speaks to our inner softies. We think you'll agree.
Southern Californian beatmaker, budding painter, and Flying Lotus compatriot Teebs was among the innumerable performers that descended upon Spain's 2011 Sónar Festival last week. Though we didn't catch his performance, the fine folks over at Red Bull Music Academy apparently had the foresight to record it, and we have the pleasure of premiering it here today. Read more »
Before New York's Hidden label drops the Antiz EP by French production duo M.A.D.A. & Plankton, we've got one of its eight cuts of refined techno goodness to share with you. This "Cold Version" of the title track booms with a massive bass thump straight from the get-go, only rising higher and higher into the stratosphere with searing white noise, spellbinding grooves, and a heavy wash of dubby percussive sounds. The label is calling this one a more "icy, deep, [and] melodic" version, which makes sense in comparison to the original jam, but M.A.D.A. & Plankton's "Antiz (Cold Version)" is certainly massive and energetic enough to drop in any peak-hour setting.
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