It should probably be done at least once a year: share a little bit of seasonal spirit in our not-so-holiday-friendly download feed. It's not that we're Grinches or anything, but really, when was the last time you heard a Christmas song that was anything but barely tolerable? That's probably why we're totally okay with posting this jam from UK tunesmith Nathan Fake; it hardly sounds like a holiday song. The only thing somewhat related to Christamas—other than the title—on "Xmas Rush (Dub)" is the tweaked vocal loop that Fake plays with throughout most of his track. And while that age-old voice goes on about "greeting cards," the rest of the production fires off wonky noise experiments, blown-out bass frequencies, and flitting dance rhythms—sounding like some sort of traditional Christmas carol for footworkers. And if you're still in the mood for more "Xmas Rush," check out the original track on the split single that Fake shared with Pampa boss DJ Koze, which came out earlier this week on Pampa. (via Pitchfork)
We imagine this is what Alexis Taylor (and probably the rest of the Hot Chip bunch) would look and sound like if he was about 20 years younger and kept making tortured white-boy dance-pop tunes. That's not necessarily a dig at Taylor or Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (a.k.a. Orlando Higginbottom), though the comparison remains even in the kind of precious imagery—such as funny hats, sullen looks, and brightly colored shapes—used in this piece for "Household Goods." Read more »
"Yesterday's Tomorrow" is a long-winded way of saying "today," and Strategy is a shorthand way of spelling out "amorphous ambient compositions hailing from the Pacific Northwest for the betterment of your mind, body, and soul," or something along those lines. Put those things together and you have this touching remix of Signaldrift's Krauty synth-pop tune, the original of which we posted earlier this year, rendered beatless and sublime by Portland producer Paul Dickow. As Strategy, Dickow explores the swirling synth moods, bubbling aural textures, and finger-plucked guitar sounds of the Signaldrift track, though he delivers those sounds with the freedom to waft about in his expansive soundscape.
There are a handful of ways by which you may know of DJ/producer Oro11 (a.k.a. Gavin Burnett). Whether as co-owner—with XLR8R's Managing Editor, Shawn Reynaldo—of the equatorially inclined Bersa Discos label (a featured imprint in our last Labels We Love issue), head of the LA division of the Tormenta Tropical party (which is celebrating its third birthday in San Francisco this Saturday), or one half of the burgeoning Banana Clipz outfit (the other half being NY-via-Bay Area artist Chief Boima), Burnett's love for the sun-soaked genres of cumbia, reggaeton, tribal guarachero, and other global sounds remains at the core of his work—this exclusive mix he's just assembled for the XLR8R podcast series included. Read more »
After two hotly tipped albums wedged into the grimy alley between dubstep and IDM, German duo Modeselektor emerged in a collaborative mode, teaming up with Apparat, touring with Radiohead, and remixing everyone from Ninjaman to Björk. Now Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary are taking a curatorial turn with Modeselektion Vol. Read more »
It's here: the first official release from Brooklyn-via-Chicago DJ/producer Brenmar, entitled At it Again. As longtime lovers of the talented artist's R&B- and hip-hop-infused house tunes, not to mention good music everywhere, XLR8R is pleased to bring you the first free taste from the six-track EP, the engaging dancefloor bubbler "Taking it Down." If Brenmar's tune is anything, it's evidence that he knows how to turn relatively dubious source material, like, say, Top 40 radio fodder heavy with potential guilty-pleasure vibes, into music with relevance, substance, and new ideas. The producer nabbed snippets from "Clubbin'", the 2003 debut solo single by Marques Houston (of Immature and Sister, Sister fame), for "Taking it Down," and applied the slick vocal melodies to his own fresh, club-ready instrumental—resulting in a stand-out tune that further validates his growing importance in the world of dance music. You can hear what other great tracks Brenmar has to offer by streaming all of At it Again, which also features collaborative remixes from Ikonika & Optimum and DJ Rashad & DJ Earl & DJ BMT, here, or buying the EP here.
Last week, we told you about the latest remix EP presented by on-fire UK bass hub Local Action, which features a load of remixes for R&B starlet Cassie from a few of the biggest names in forward-thinking club music and is now available for free download. Along with DJ/producers Jacques Greene, Altered Natives, Svpreme Fiend, The Blessings, and an undercover Shortstuff (moonlighting as Mickey Pearce), the other Blunted Robots honcho, Brackles, served up this soulful house rendition of Cassie's classic "Me & U" single. The plinking melody of the original's lovable hook never makes an appearance throughout the five-and-a-half-minute version, but those notes are certainly alluded to in the quick stabs that pop up behind the bubbling bassline, skittering dance beat, thick synth pads, and the relatively untouched silken voice of the song's star. "Me & U (Brackles Remix)" easily remains the truest to its source material on the nine-song Skydiver EP while it simultaneously presents a fresh vibe almost as infectious as the hit single itself.
This weekend Natalie Storm touched down in NYC to begin a short stint of shows in New York and San Francisco. And while you bide your time until she plays New York tonight, or later this week for the XLR8R-sponsored Tormenta Tropical, you can listen to Natalie Storm's free mixtape, Song's 2 F@#K and Fight 2, now available for download (which was originally going to be sold on tour, as we had previously posted). Read more »
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