Just because we haven't covered Paco Osuna much since we featured him as an Artist to Watch back in 2009 doesn't mean that the Spanish techno legend hasn't been busy. The one-time Amnesia resident has busied himself with touring the world's superclubs, producing techno tracks for Richie Hawtin's Plus 8 label, and running Mindshake, his own imprint. Read more »
Name changes can be a tricky business for any artist, but sometimes they are absolutely necessary. No offense to Maya Medvesek, but changing her moniker from 8Bitch to Nightwave (pictured above) just might be the smartest thing she's ever done. Along with the new name, she's also promising a more mature approach to music-making, as displayed by her brand-new EP, The Feel, which dropped earlier this week. However, even with Medvesek putting more refined techniques into practice, her original version of "Feel" still thumps pretty hard, a characteristic completely absent on this remix from Southern California youngster Lotide. His version is loaded with white space, the gaps only partially filled in by clattering, off-kilter percussion and lightly wafting synth melodies. The remix recalls the work of someone like Teebs, which definitely isn't a bad thing. Svetlana is promising a couple of proper Lotide EPs in the near future, but we'll have to tide ourselves over with his thoughtful remix of "Feel" in the meantime.
If you've been paying attention at all this week, you've probably noticed that Mute Records recently celebrated its renewed independence with the Short Circuit Festival in London, and we were there to take a few pics and talk to some of the luminaries associated with the classic underground label, like Moby and Thomas Fehlmann. Read more »
It's pretty easy to say that Tobias Freund has an impressive resume. The German dance-music veteran has had the pleasure to work with artists as disparate as Milli Vanilli and Ellen Allien. Despite being an in-demand sound engineer, the man has also enjoyed a successful career as a producer of some of the finest minimal techno to come out of Germany. Last month XLR8R reported on Leaning Over Backwards, the upcoming full-length from Tobias Freund's brand-new, streamlined moniker, Tobias. With the album's imminent release, he's put on offer "Free No. 2," a track that navigates through underwater electro-funk of the Drexciyan variety, complete with pressurized atmospheric synthesizers and snappy drum programming. "Free No. 2" is an exclusive, an alternate version of album cut "Free No. 1" to be exact, but nonetheless hints at the high quality of Leaning Over Backwards, which drops July 4 via Ostgut Ton.
Hey, we all do it—"it" being self-promoting our favorite albums or tracks of the year "so far." So we can't begrudge our kindred spirits over in London, FACT, from doing the same thing. Yesterday they published their mid-year report of the best albums of the last three months, and not surprisingly it features some of our favorites, too, like records from Hyetal, Gang Gang Dance, Instra:Mental, and Rick Wilhite (pictured above). Read more »
Earlier this year, we mused on the ambiguous nature of the Russian musical landscape. That being said, it has undeniably been the case that more and more material has begun to make its way out of the country. Take "On the Street," the latest offering from Shampoo Voyagers, a duo comprised of Maxim Ananyev (a.k.a. Tree Bosier) and Nikita Moor (a.k.a. Nikola), respectively based in the extremely geographically divided locales of Moscow and Khabarovsk (over 5000 miles apart!). Creating a slick and jazzy downtempo flow, "On the Street" brings to mind the unlikely pairing of Dam-Funk and Cornelius as its blunted G-funk bassline meets sunny chord progressions and chime-like guitar tones. Download the track below and if you like it, check out the outfit's soundcloud for more similarly jazz-minded tunes.
Latest FRKWYS Installment to Feature Daniel Lopatin, David Borden, Laurel Halo, James Ferraro, and Samuel Godin
RVNG Intl. has just announced the seventh installment of its experimental FRKWYS series, FRKWYS VOL. 7. Following the release of FRKWYS VOL. 6, with its avant-garde explorations courtesy of Julianna Barwick and DNA's Ikue Mori, comes a group of improvised ambient pieces from the all-star ensemble of Daniel Lopatin (pictured above), David Borden, Laurel Halo, James Ferraro, and Samuel Godin. Read more »
This week has turned out to be Mute week at XLR8R HQ. Yesterday's chat about the longstanding underground label took place with Moby and today's features electronic music pioneer and Mute friend Thomas Fehlmann discussing Mute's influence. Read more »
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