Last week, XLR8R editor Shawn Reynaldo made the trek to Madrid to check out a portion of this year's Red Bull Music Academy. The recap of the whirlwind that was his first two days at the Academy can be found here, but read on for the highlights of the trip's second half. Read more »
Over the past few months, XLR8R has been curating a special set of charts for Beatport. This one comes from grime veteran Terror Danjah, the London-based producer who continues to turn out inventive, low-end-heavy jams no matter how many times the music world declares that the genre is "dead" or "back." Read more »
This transatlantic effort comes to us from the UK's freshly minted Left Blank imprint (currently on its third release), who has tapped Terekke (of L.I.E.S.) and 100% Silk affiliate Steve Summers (a.k.a. one-third of Innergaze) to rework the title track from El Kid's forthcoming Hypnosis EP (artwork above). But Terekke and Summers don't merely turn in a remix of the Brighton producer's dark, harrowing bass tune—electing instead to filter, chop, ammend, and rearrange "Hypnosis" into a slow-brewing, space-age disco-house tune (oh, and it was done entirely live). After giving the edit a listen, you can stream preview clips of El Kid's forthcoming 12" (set to drop on November 28) after the jump. Read more »
Stockholm-based duo The Whendays, comprised of Swedish-born Simon Reithner and San Francisco expat Serge G., is less than a year old, and yet the outfit boasts a precisely defined style. Their remix of "Light of Love" by The Miracles Club from this year may be more propulsive and dark in comparison to the pair's self-titled debut EP for the burgeoning Cascine label, but it still encapsulates the hyper-compressed aesthetic, nostalgic essence, and miasmatic funk featured on those four tracks. That said, The Whendays EP, while surprisingly original and interesting despite its genre and era signifiers, is split evenly between hits and misses. Read more »
Vince Clarke and Martin L. Gore each have a long and rich musical history, both as members of Depeche Mode and in their respective solo efforts and side projects. Now, the duo has a new collaborative project in the works, under the moniker VCMG. Read more »
Italian producer AD Bourke recently released a new EP, entitled Tidal Motion (pictured above), via Space Dimension Controller's newly minted Basic Rhythm label. The record's closing track, "32," is offered up here as a teaser for the release, and finds Bourke adapting his retro-tinged funk creations to a 4/4 template, trading his usual hip-hop beats for the soulful drive of house music. His usual aesthetic remains very much in tact though, with healthy portions of G-funk-era synths, chunky slap bass, and strut-worthy drum patterns making appearances in "32" and throughout the rest of Tidal Motion. You can hear snippets of the EP here.
This video piece marks the final installment of our series of video premieres for the Red Bull Music Academy World Tour, which finds the culture/music hub traipsing about in the familiar environs of New York City. Read more »
Venerable UK record label Classic—founded by DJs Luke Solomon and Derek Carter—has announced a new compilation series called Through the Eyes Of, in which friends of the label are invited to create a mix of "the forgotten gems, the overlooked cuts, the head scratchers, the missing links, and the secret weapons" from the extensive Classic catalogue. The first compiler for the series is UK DJ and Leftroom label head Matt Tolfrey. Read more »
Duffstep's Join The Dots imprint launched its ninth release just yesterday—the Close EP (pictured above) marks the official debut of New York producer Background Sound, and features two originals alongside remixes from Blue Daisy, Duffstep, and Bubblin' Up tunesmith Lapalux. "Tude," which is not featured on the aformentioned release, offers a heaving bassline, lilting melodies, and lively percussion that should serve as a fitting introduction to Background Sound's crisp, garage-infused creations. You can preview the whole Close EP here.
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