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Gear: Ableton To Release Retro Synths for Free

Good news for broke bedroom producers: Starting today, Ableton, the company behind popular DAW Live 8, has just announced it will temporarily be making Puremagnetik‘s Retro Synths available as a free download. Read more » 

  • Filed under: gear
  • 09/02/2011

Download: Hard Mix "Upkeep"

Label: Sellout!

This buoyant track is ripped from a split 7" (pictured above) that Norwegian imprint Sellout! recently dropped, featuring a single from both South Carolina's Hard Mix and Nordic producer Torkelsen. "Upkeep" is the American's offering, and finds the tunesmith continuing his work with bouncing hip-hop rhythms, layering over them cascading melodies and a load of eclectic samples from who knows where. 

Average: 8.3 (96 votes)

Video: Joe Goddard "Gabriel"

Hot Chip's Joe Goddard recently dropped a new single, "Gabriel," a joint release from the venerable DFA imprint and his own Greco-Roman label. Now, the sneakily infectious song has a snazzy new video, to boot. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/02/2011

Download: Burial "Dog Shelter (Essáy's Old Edit)"

Pretty much every rework of a Burial tune comes with a disclaimer like this one: "I know. No one should remix or edit Burial, but I found a beat I made with a friend almost two years ago and I wanted to share this with you guys." And just like Shlohmo's recent stab at recreating the dubstep diety's music, German producer Essáy's edit of the drifty "Dog Shelter" sounds pretty great. So, maybe we should change this whole hands-off approach to Burial's music after all. Just a thought. 

Average: 8.3 (164 votes)

ZZK Readies Fall European Tour; Listen to a New Mixtape from El Remolón

First Listen

Next week, Argentina's ZZK crew is once again taking its electronic, neo-Latin rhythms to the shores of Europe. As always, ZZK is running with a thick crew, as Tremor, Fauna, Mati Zundel (a.k.a. Lagartijeando), El G, and VJ Mariela Bond are all making the trek, as is El Remolón, who has put together a brand-new mixtape for the occasion. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/02/2011

XLR8R's Top 20 Downloads of August

As you may have noticed, we like to collate the amount of traffic and numbers of downloads the tracks posted on XLR8R generate, and then make a list of the top-ranking tunes from the past month. Sometimes the results are a bit surprising, sometimes they're painfully obvious, sometimes (like this time) they're dominated by one or two hard-working producers, but no matter what, the music is always great. Let's see what you guys were grabbing from our Downloads section this August. Read more » 

Download: Mr. Vegas "Certain Law (Murlo Notting Hill Dub)"

It was only last month that we tipped you to Murlo's futuristic, soca-infused remix of BD1982's "Calenture." Now, the UK-based beatmaker is back with a funky bashment version of Mr. Vegas' (pictured above) ode to manly values, "Certain Law." Taking the original's rapid-fire vocal delivery and stripping it of its instrumental (a composite of "Barbwire" riddim and Harry Toddler's "Bad Man Nuh Dress Like Girl"), Murlo rides the vocal over a twisted, detuned, and beefed-up take on Rebound X's grimey "Rhythm and Gash." We're not sure if there's some implied alternative meaning there, but who cares when a track bangs this hard? 

Average: 6.6 (39 votes)

Review: Solvent RDJCS5 EP

Label: Suction

With the magnitude of the names and backstory attached to Solvent's RDJCS5 EP, analogophile Jason Amm's new 12" has quite a legacy to live up to. The tale goes: "In April 2006, a Yamaha CS5 monosynth, having been owned by Richard D. James (a.k.a. Aphex Twin), with the actual liner notes for his landmark Selected Ambient Works Vol. II etched into the bottom, was sold at a VEMIA auction for approximately $1200, a bargain in retrospect. The winning bidder was, in fact, a friend of Solvent's, and the synth resides not in a display case but in Solvent's studio, on generous long-term loan." Luckily, this enviable piece of electronic-music history is in the hands of a veteran producer, one who uses it to craft four excellent additions to the annals of the genre. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 09/02/2011

Rush Hour Kicks Off New 'Tracks from the Vault' Series

Canonical house label Rush Hour has just announced the start of the "Tracks From the Vault" series, an outlet for the Dutch label to go deep and release previously sat-on tracks (and remixes) from its archive. The series kicks off with the strong opening statement of Tracks From the Vault Vol. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/02/2011

Download: Ghostpoet "Liiines (xxxy Remix)"

Label: Brownswood

Earlier this month, we tipped you to Ghostpoet's forthcoming single, "Liiines," the latest to be released from his debut LP, Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Soul. Eager fans will be happy to know that the London-based MC (and former Bubblin' subject) has slipped us a teaser in the form of "Liiines (xxxy's remix)." Overseeing a complete overhaul, London-based producer xxxy—who just a few weeks ago turned in a stellar XLR8R podcast—removes the Springsteen-esque guitar opera of the original and places Ghostpoet's vocal track over a clubby, UK funky rhythm, complete with a snare-led drum pattern, dubby bassline, and pitched-up vocals. Ghostpoet's "Liiines" comes out September 5 on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood imprint. 

Average: 7.9 (89 votes)

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