Maybe it comes with the territory of R&S being revived, but there's definitely been a recent resurgence in the popularity of Belgian new beat. Long held to be one of the cheesier off-shoots of dance music, the genre is beginning to once again see its place in the sun, partially thanks to groups like San Francisco-based trio Total Accomplishment. Comprised of Bay Area artists Scott Arford, Holly Herndon, and Mat Dryhurst, Total Accomplishment mixes and matches from a pool of abrasive sources: new beat, Den Haag electro, and acid. The outfit's first single, "Pig Fat," is scheduled for release in the fall, but in the meantime, the group sent over this slick slice of electro-bump called "You're Alone (Red Lodge Oakland Mix)." Built on a bedrock of creepy arpeggiated synthesizers and percussive vocals, "You're Alone" finds Total Accomplishment crafting a kind of catchy and novel nu-new beat—it's still cheesy, but also strangely contemporary.
Last month, Night Slugs co-founder L-Vis 1990 announced the details of Neon Dreams, his debut full-length. The album, created entirely on vintage hardware and promising to revisit a host of classic dancefloor sounds, won't be released until October 3, but the first single, "Lost in Love," has been shared with the internet masses. Read more »
We're pretty sure Gwen Stefani is just about at the top of our list of names we never expected to see on XLR8R (right next to, like, Skrillex), but leave it to UK beat experimentalist Lapalux (pictured above) to change all that—for the better, might we add. The Pictures Music cohort and man behind the wonderfully screwed R&B of Many Faces Out of Focus shared this soulful bootleg of a remix for the pop diva's 2004 single "Luxurious" just the other day, effectively giving Stefani a valid and good-sounding reason to land in our music feed. We expect she's elated.
Seems like a bit of a trend lately that European clothing companies are also getting in on the "Detroit: City on the Ropes vs. Detroit: City of Rebirth" documentary-film argument. This latest entry, though—a part of the Real Scenes series put together by Bench and Resident Advisor—is a pretty solid work that looks a little more to the future of Detroit techno than necessarily revisiting its past (of course, it does that a little bit, too—particularly well with footage of the New Dance Show and interviews with its makers). Read more »
Although Kingdom is often affiliated with the Night Slugs crew and now heads up his own Fade to Mind imprint, the LA-based producer also has ties to the Fool's Gold label, which released his Mind Reader EP and is now putting out his latest single, "Take Me." The track, along with b-side "If You Buck," has been available on Beatport since last week, but drops via iTunes and other retailers today. Perhaps knowing that XLR8R readers are "try before you buy" shoppers, Kingdom has sent along both songs to stream exclusively on our website. Read more »
Here is a slice of smooth, sultry, and deep tech-house from Swiss producer Cavalier (who also produces under the name Agnès) and his forthcoming A Million Horses LP for the Zurich-based Drumpoet Community label. "Uzunyayla (Hallucinatory Narcosis)" is the fifth cut on that 19-track record, and finds the multi-talented artist knee deep in pulsing dance rhythms, laid-back bass grooves, and sparkling melodies, with risque anecdotes and other stories half-audibly uttered underneath it all. You can hear more of the same when Cavalier's full-length album drops on August 26.
While XLR8R makes an effort to cover sounds from across the musical spectrum, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that we have a soft spot for UK bass music. It doesn't help matters that seemingly every week or two, another producer pops up with their own unique permutation of the increasingly nebulous sound. Take Manchester producer xxxy (a.k.a. Rupert Taylor)—who actually moved to London about a month ago—an artist whose relatively short discography sounds fresh and modern while also referencing a myriad of classic sounds: house, techno, 2-step, garage, and even old-school videogames. Read more »
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