With an ever-growing crop of producers carrying the torch for the LA beat scene, there seems to be no shortage of gritty boom-bap making its way into the world these days. Now one of the scene's longstanding—and considerably more unique—members, Ras G, has returned with a new album which finds him continuing to craft the kind of stoney, hiss-laden space beats he's been turning out all along. Read more »
Southern California's Rebel imprint—which also doubles as a pretty decent blog—continues to turn out thoughtful, bass-oriented releases, all of which are available for free download. The latest comes right from Rebel's own backyard, courtesy of Orange County beatmaker Zeadron (a.k.a. Jack Heffron). His When I Fall EP dropped yesterday, and the morose title track quickly caught our ears with its loosely assembled piano samples, ghostly vocal pieces, and scattershot percussion. Things do perk up significantly when some thick synth melodies are introduced about halfway through the proceedings, but the song's overall vibe lies somewhere between "glorious chillout" and "wistful melancholy." Give it a listen below, and then head here to grab the entire three-song EP, which includes remixes of "When I Fall" from Hungary’s Headshotboyz and Chicago-based producer Savile.
Does anyone else remember the relaxed stylings of indie outfits like Tristeza or Sea and Cake? Imagine if those bands were still operating today, only with drum machines instead of traditional "rock" percussion, and you might get something pretty close to the sounds being created by Great Skies. The London artist recently released the Summer Moments EP on the increasingly impressive Cut label, an effort that makes us wonder if 2011 might be the year when chillwave grows up a bit. Sure, a song like "Festival" features some vaguely Balearic melodies paired with some fairly simple drum-machine beats, but it also displays a real level of refinement that's often absent from the dreck often being turned out by the legions of bedroom beatmakers operating with a similar sound palette. The entire four-song EP is available for free download here.
A few weeks back, we compiled a list of the 2011 Decibel Festival headliners that had been announced to date. Earlier this morning, the Seattle-based event, which has become one of the premiere electronic music events in the US each year, unveiled a more complete program. Read more »
Ms. Jennifer Lee, better known to her fans as LA-based beat queen Tokimonsta, put together today's Resident Advisor mix with Ableton, she says, at a local Starbucks. Naturally, though, a quick listen indicates that it's better suited to an LA dancefloor, with tracks from Gonjasufi, Flying Lotus, Africa Hitech, and Samiyam finding their way into the tracklist. Read more »
Connoisseurs of forgotten dance music treasures will be happy to hear that London's BBE imprint has teamed up with the good folks at Chicago's Mr. Peabody Records (pictured above) to present a double-disc comp of lost and/or untapped gems from past Chicago and Chicago-influenced disco and boogie artists. Read more »
Here we have a meeting of the minds between a handful of emerging UK artists with up-and-comer Buffalo Tide (of the half-London, half-Brighton-based BLBX collective) taking on a track from Liverpool purveyors of soulful dubstep (and the derivatives thereof) Capac (pictured above). Whereas the original "See the Young" is a more propulsive undertaking, Buffalo Tide considerably tones down the momentum of the tune in favor of spinning it into a well-paced, even-tempered outing. Characterized by momentary washes of noise and vocal glitches, along with a slew of melodious arpeggiators, the remix floats gingerly along with the aimlessness of an ambient synthscape anchored down by an array of steady, hypnotic drum patterns.
Here at XLR8R, we're glad to see that—for the most part—the makers of music videos no longer feel the need to weave some pointless narrative into every song, because sometimes we just want to watch some cool shit go down while listening to a good track. Such is the case with this video put together by Skunch for "Droptop," the title track from Canadian duo Grown Folk' newest EP for the Silverback imprint. Read more »
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