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Podcast 210: xxxy

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 » 

Download: Tropics "Mouves (Botany Remix)"

First Listen

If you remember our review of the Mouves EP by English artist Tropics, we enjoyed it quite a bit, and we're certainly hopeful for the outcome of his full-length debut, Parodia Flare, when Planet Mu drops it on September 20. Thankfully, the remixes of producer Chris Ward's tunes are turning out quite nicely, too, like the latest version of "Mouves" by Texas' Botany. The gauzy, chimerical vibes of the original remain in tact as the American tunesmith injects Ward's song with a bit of bubbly dancefloor energy. 

Average: 8.3 (61 votes)

Review: Shlohmo Bad Vibes

The latest record to come from young California producer Henry Laufer (a.k.a. Shlohmo) follows not long after a handful of EPs and one "mini-album" by the artist, which are full of many fine examples of his kind of off-kilter, bass-centric beat compositions. And yet, Bad Vibes is being touted as the producer's debut full-length. While this new LP is certainly Laufer's longest and possibly his most thought-out release to date, it sounds much more like a new phase in his short history rather than an introduction. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 08/09/2011

Caribou Side Project Drops 12" of Edits

Dan Snaith, the Canadian producer best known for his excellent work as Caribou, just dropped a new batch of edits he crafted under the Daphni moniker via London-based Resista imprint. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/09/2011

Download: The Count & Sinden "After Dark (Krystal Klear Remix)"

Label: Domino

One of the many, many excellent artists featured on The Count & Sinden's just-released Mega Mega Remix LP is Manchester-based house and boogie enthusiast Krystal Klear, who delivers a funkified take on Graeme Sinden's and Josh Harvey's "After Dark." The already propulsive club tune time travels back to 1983 for this classically inspired rework, which might be one of the best productions we've heard from the up-and-coming UK artist. You can stream more of The Count & Sinden's remixes by the likes of Lone, xxxy, Hot City, and others here, and check out a list of Sinden's upcoming US tour dates after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 6.7 (27 votes)

Throne of Blood Launches New Imprint, Preps New Runaway Single

The Rapture-run NYC dance label Throne of Blood is soon expanding to include another imprint—an endeavor that started as a "roving house and disco party" in 2009 by DJ/producer Jacques Renault and journalist Nik Mercer, called Let's Play House—with the release of a fresh 12" by Renault's production outfit, Runaway. Read more » 

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  • 08/08/2011

Download a Brand-New Omar-S Track Featuring Theo Parrish


Just this past Friday we shared with you the news of Omar-S's forthcoming new EP for Scion A/V, called High School Graffiti, and now we have an exclusive first taste of that record to share with you. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/08/2011

Watch an Intruders TV Interview with Martyn

With Martyn's forthcoming Ghost People LP on the way (to be released in October to be exact), the good people at Intruders TV took the opportunity to discuss a few things with the heralded sonic adventurer. The 10-plus-minute interview covers topics such as Martyn's new LP, his 3024 imprint, how he got hooked up with FlyLo and the Brainfeeder camp (who will be releasing his forthcoming album), and a few other bits and pieces that fall in between. Read more » 

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  • 08/08/2011

Download: Kush Arora feat. Mega Banton "Shake Sitten"

San Francisco's Kush Arora has put together a new EP of international proportions, tapping the UK's Lady Chann, NYC’s Jah Dan, Chicago’s MC Zulu, Oakland's Undah P, and reemerging Kingston legend Mega Banton to contribute their vast vocal flavors to Arora's funky, futuristic dancehall. For Banton's featured track (which, coincidentally, kicked-off Chrissy Murderbot's XLR8R podcast a few months back), the enigmatic MC rips through an astonishing amount of phrases while bombastic horns and pummeling drums charge behind him. Of course, no Arora production would be complete without the right touch of sinister synth work, and "Shake Sitten" is no different, save for the fact that its intensity is perfectly matched by Banton's blistering vocals. The Spanish Street Riddim EP (artwork above) sees its release August 10, with a special release show—our Bay Area readers will be happy to notice—going down in SF that night (full details here).  

Average: 7 (49 votes)

Actress, Shlohmo, M83 Top Our Most Downloaded MP3s of the Month

It's that time again, folks—that time when we reveal to you the most downloaded tracks from XLR8R's highly curated selection of MP3s (and let you download them again, of course!) for the month. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/08/2011

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