For the third release on burgeoning Czech imprint Mean Bucket, Prague-based DJ/producer Tvyks crafted a two-song single, Prague to Berlin, filled with the skittering bounce of UK club rhythms, the airy pads of old-school rave tunes, and the expertly delivered verbiage of UK MC C.Monts. Here, we're given the opportunity to pass on one of those tunes, the solid dancefloor heat of "Mitte Riddim." The song kicks off already in high gear—a shuffling future-house beat follows some introductory blips and clicks, which is quickly joined by a handful of hyped-up synths and lyrical gymnastics. Just about everything thereafter climbs higher into the realms of late-night revelry, though Tvyks still makes way for a somber breakdown around the midpoint before he builds it right back up to the heights where we started. You can check out the whole Prague to Berlin single here.
Well, it looks like the Inception ripples are starting to hit the shore. But what better pairing could those kinds of mind-bending visuals have than the hyperreal 3-D sounds of Bay Area producer Eskmo? Director/animator Cyriak Harris plays with some footage of a New York City street to the slow groove of producer Brendan Angelides' crunchy "We Got More" track from his recently released Eskmo (Ninja Tune) album. Read more »
Brooklyn techno veteran Alexi Delano (pictured above) has a new podcast available thanks to Berlin's Mobilee imprint. Delano's podcast comes on the heels of his recently released single, "Un Do Me" b/w "Watch Out," from Leena (a Mobilee sub-label) and he's delivered an hour's worth of slippery dancefloor burners to help spread the word. Read more »
Ed Upton has proven, for the past 15 years, that he's a pious disciple of '80s electro, but his 10th album as DMX Krew, Wave Funk, calls for an intervention to break his addiction. In the past, Upton and his arsenal of vintage analog synths and drum machines could easily melt away the 25 years since electro's heyday. On Wave Funk, he departs from his vocal-driven electro pop and falls into abstract synth instrumentals that often don't quite gel. Read more »
While we're over here at XLR8R HQ compiling, revising, and fine-tuning out year-end favorites lists, DFA just goes ahead and drops a new video for The Crystal Ark's massive "The City Never Sleeps" track on our lap, like we don't already have enough on our minds. But we're not too bothered by it, and now we might have to amend our Favorite Videos of 2010 list to include this well-made clip. Read more »
Benoit & Sergio's 2009 debut EP, What I've Lost, is a lesson in sophistication, each song displaying a level of musical maturity rarely reached by producers in a whole lifetime of work. Vocals, melody, and dancefloor-ready rhythms all come together to create a vision of house music that could live in the club or the solitude of your bedroom. Read more »
The latest record to come from the excellent Numbers label is the debut release from London producer Slackk, a three-song jaunt entitled Theme From Slackk. "Crucial Love" isn't one of those next-level, so-called "eski-house" burners, but the track does find the producer in similarly funky territory. While samples from New Edition's "Crucial" tune are toyed with at the core, a slow, booming dance beat carries the funky guitars, buzzing synths, and low-bit electronics that make up the rest of the song's instrumentation. Slackk's "Crucial Love" is probably a bit too slow for anyone's peak-hour playlist, but it's certainly a weird one that'll bring you down in style. You can get more info on Slackk's new EP, not to mention pick up your own copy of the record, here.
Yep, it's that time again... but no, we're not going to wax rhapsodic about the year that was. We're simply going to let the music speak for itself, and ply you with XLR8R's most downloaded MP3s of 2010. Today's list just accounts for numbers 26-50, so check back tomorrow for the absolute top 25. Without further ado... Read more »
Do steel drums—or their digital approximations on various synthesizers—ever sound bad? In all honesty, the answer is probably yes, but in the right hands, like those of 23-year-old Polish producer The Phantom (pictured above), not to mention those of the beatmaker handling remix duties here, the UK's Hackman, they can be absolutely devine. The original version of "Night Game," taken from the just-released Phantom EP, is a punchy slice of tropical 2-step led by a darting synth melody and a heavy helping of steel-drum sounds. Hackman has elected to stretch the song out, doubling its length while swapping out the lead synth for some ominous pads while turning up the percussion and inserting some additional low-end hum. It's a just one of several solid efforts from the EP, which also includes remixes from Brenmar and Poland's Zeppy Zep alongside a couple of additional originals from The Phantom. One of those originals, "Connect the Dots," even has its own saucy video; check out the song and the PG-13 sexual suggestiveness after the jump. Read more »
Brooklynites Lauren Dillard and Lauren Flax are Creep, a DJ/production duo currently being touted along with folks like oOoOO, Salem, Stalker, and others in the so-called witch house realm. The burgeoning outfit has been hard at work on its debut single for a while now, and come January 25, the Young Turks label will release "Days," a slow, brooding pop tune that features the inimitable vocals of Romy Madley-Croft of The xx. Read more »
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