Next week, Night Slugs boss Bok Bok will finally be releasing an EP on his own label. XLR8R broke down all of the details regarding the Southside EP a couple of weeks back, but now Bok Bok has slid us a pair of tracks to stream here on our website. Read more »
Not long ago, Amsterdam's Rush Hour imprint released an album of unheard tracks from Chicago house progenitors Virgo Four (who are also responsible for one of our latest podcasts), and will soon follow that up with a 12" single for "It's a Crime." Read more »
Austrian electronic imprint Affine will release the debut EP by fellow countryman Zanshin, a six-track record of subversively unique compositions called The Humdrum Conundrum. Like on "You I I You," the producer's music contains the hallmarks of many genres currently in vogue: the tenderness of post-dubstep, the energy of club-friendly bass tunes, the dense atmospheres of drifty synth music, and the vocal hooks of futuristic house cuts. Even more impressive is the fact that Zanshin finds a way to spread that array of sounds through an eight-minute track without running out of steam or allowing the composition to grow tiresome. It's certainly a promising start for the young music maker. You can hear the rest of Zanshin's forthcoming release here.
In barely more than a year, Tri Angle Records has become a remarkably reliable source of... well, it's hard to pinpoint, but the artists on the label roster all seem to inhabit a shared space that intermingles dark, lo-fi electronic music with hazy R&B and bits of gothy drone. The next Tri Angle release on tap is With U, the new EP from shadowy UK beatmaker Holy Other, whose music also displays an undeniable affinity for classic Balearic house. Read more »
At this point, it feels like just about every permutation of UK funky has been tried at least once, but it appears that the London-based Shifting Peaks label may have stumbled across something new—UK funky mixed with cubaton (a variant of reggaeton that incorporates Cuban percussion). What at first sounds like a run-of-the-mill Latin party tune from Roly & The Rio Rhythm Band goes to new heights once remixer Hackman jumps in with his kinetic, shuffling snares and rolling bassline. Combined with a Caribbean piano melody, the song perfectly guides the UK bass world into more tropical territories. "Carnival da Casa (Hackman Remix)" can be found on Nasty Rips and Shifting Peaks Vol. 1, a compilation which came out earlier this week and also features appearances by Emvee, Brackles, FaltyDL, Sekta, and others. The artwork is posted above and the complete tracklist can be found after the jump. Read more »
Clearly, there are some amazing things being done with the iPad's touch-screen technology right now, as it regards DJing and live performance—and everyone from Plastikman to Brian Eno is taking up the cause. But probably the best example we've seen of its use so far is in the above video, featuring DJ Miguel, so we've decided to present his instructional clip as our own definitive guide to DJing with the iPad. Read more »
We haven't really covered much from lo-fi dub-psych master Cameron Stallones (a.k.a. Sun Araw) on XLR8R, aside from this collaborative tune he did with Matthewdavid, but we've certainly been appreciating the guy's rampant musical output for a good while now. It looks like he's got yet another record ready to drop, and this time it's a collaboration with Portland's Eternal Tapestry. Read more »
DJ Jus-Ed (a.k.a. Edward McKeithen) is a bit of a legend in the New York dance world. He started out in the early '80s, filling floors with freestyle, funk, and house, before taking a 15-year hiatus. But he re-entered the scene in the early '00s, launching the heralded Underground Quality label, producing a slew of tracks, DJing left and right, and generally never looking back. Read more »
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