Where: Krakow, Poland
Remix contests often seem like cheap promotional gimmicks, but every once in awhile, they do unearth something special. Tomek Urbanowicz and Thomas Wirski came together in late 2008 when NY's Trouble & Bass held a Little Jinder remix contest, and the pair's epic, wobbling rework of "Polyhedron" became an unexpected dancefloor monster. Read more »
The year's festival based on music directly and indirectly inspired by the exploits of synthesizer innovator Robert Moog, MoogFest 2010, looks to be quite the jump-off; it's moved from New York City to Asheville, North Carolina (where the Moog company is based), it's spread over the course of three days, and it hosts some of the most well-known and well-regarded names in indie, hip-hop, and electronic music. Read more »
What's most exciting about the LA-based artists, like Oscar McClure, matthewdavid, and others, on the Leaving Records roster is their seemingly insatiable urge to turn their hometown's electronic music scene on its head. While McClure focuses primarily on the textures of his beat music and label head David writes tunes sounding like an R&B hit submerged underwater, yuk. takes a more straightforward route with his compositions, but he makes them sound like they come from a time and place you've never even heard of. In the same vein as Flying Lotus or Shlohmo, "adept-ation for Dev"—and the rest of the album it comes from, A D W A—is a Dilla-referencing beat suite set among birdsong, inundated with vinyl crackle, washed over with lo-fi fuzz, and compressed into oblivion. This production doesn't just sound like it came from another era; it might have been made on another planet.
So apparently, a few dudes from Glasgow—who happen to be buds with the LuckyMe gang—got together to start a music blog, which, they say, "[is] built on a shared love for strange electronic music, new technologies, gadgets and Chris Morris." A large number of well-regarded posts later, and the burgeoning music hub, called Phuturelabs, has decided to start a record label. For the first release, Phuturelabs is dropping a two-song offering from elusive UK producer Wira, one track of which we've got here. A-side tune "Vloeitjes" is a shuffling number full of undulating low-frequency, hollow percussion sounds, and a bounce uncharacteristic of such a moody piece of dance music. You can snag this production and its companion piece, "Playground," in 320kpbs MP3 format from the Phuturelabs website on September 13.
Well, JD Twitch's and JG Wilkes' highly regarded and sorely missed Optimo party might be long gone, but that doesn't mean their stellar mixes need to die, too. Just a couple of days ago, the fellas threw together a great collection of acid house for their Radio Magnetic podcast, and we just had to spread the good word. Read more »
The first official record for both NY witch-house producer Balam Acab and the Tri Angle label, the See Birds EP is turning out to be quite the proverbial 'feather in the cap' for all parties involved—not to mention the burgeoning genre itself. We've already heard a few of 18-year-old Alec Koone's tunes, and now we're treated to another before his EP drops on August 16. "Regret Making Mistakes" shows Koone working diligently with a delayed Banjo loop, buzzing basslines, slow-stuttering beats, and a number of twinkling, atmospheric melodies, all wrapped around a haunting, operatic vocal sample. And despite the meticulous labor spent tweaking each found element, Acab's production isn't overwrought with flashy effects pleading for your attention—as a whole, the song sublimely commands it. (via Pitchfork)
Though we haven't exactly been championing the psychedelic vignettes and guttural vocal work featured on A Sufi and A Killer, we'd certainly say there's much worthwhile listening on the mostly Gaslamp Killer-produced debut album by LA's Gonjasufi. Now, about six months after that record's release, a new album of remixes from respectable producers and musicians across the board is set to drop on October 5. Read more »
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 »
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