We're not going to lie. When XLR8R first caught wind of The Miracles Club, we had our doubts. Granted, we were already fans of Honey Owens and her droney, experimental work as Valet and as a member of Nudge—we even made her the subject of an episode of XLR8R TV a couple years ago. But Honey Owens... doing house music? In Portland? And claiming classic Chicago sounds as an influence? No offense to our pals in the Pacific Northwest, but the City of Roses isn't exactly known for its love of DJ culture. Vintage stores, organic eats, and DIY noisemaking? Yes. Thumping, club-friendly beats? Not so much. So imagine our surprise when the outfit's debut EP, Light of Love, came out last year and was actually... good. Read more »
Who doesn't love a good compilation? There's nothing quite like a handful of your favorite artists brought together with some surprising new favorites and obscure discoveries, all dropping a song or two that may not have been available to you otherwise. So, needless to say, we're excited about a couple such releases from the Get Physical and Ed Banger labels. Read more »
If you're at all like us (you are reading this, so you're probably at least somewhat like us), you're a bit tired of the bands/producers/etc. tweaking the names of famous people for use as musical monikers—Joy Orbison, Ill Gates, Dananananaykroyd, and Wevie Stonder immediately come to mind. Easily the most unlikable of the bunch is the awkwardly re-imagined name Com Truise, a bedroom producer hailing from Princeton, New Jersey born Seth Haley and who recently signed to the lovely Ghostly label. This little slice of homegrown synth-pop, called "Slow Peels," is featured on a remastered version of Haley's Cyanide Sisters EP (pictured above), originally released by AMDISCS and soon to be reissued by his new label on January 25. The song is fuzzy and not exactly of the highest fidelity to be sure, but the many different analog synth sounds and super-compressed drum beats wouldn't really sound right any other way. Obviously, Com Truise knows his way around a melodic soundscape and a pop-friendly groove, so despite the laughable name, we'll be keeping a keen eye on whatever emanates from his home studio next.
San Francisco's Mi Ami lost one of its three members to other pursuits not too long ago, leaving founding members Damon Palermo and Daniel Martin-McCormick to soldier on into the next phase of their dubby, punky, dancey, post-whatevery musical outfit. Well, that new phase has come a lot sooner than we expected with the announcement of Mi Ami's forthcoming 12" EP, Dolphins. Read more »
Can someone explain exactly what's going on? Prior to this week, XLR8R had settled into a comfortable little relationship with the electro noiseniks at Ed Banger—namely, the label was a convenient whipping boy for everything that had gone wrong with electro-house. It may not have been fair, but at least we didn't treat the French label as bad as, say, Steve Aoki. Regardless, now our whole world has been turned upside down, courtesy of Ed Banger's DJ Mehdi. Yesterday we found his ace remix of Eli Escobar's "Love Thing 2," and now he's got his hands in another quality tune, this remix of last year's "Do! Do Do!" by Carte Blanche (pictured above), his collaborative project with Riton. To be fair, the original "Do! Do! Do!," which first appeared on the Black Billionaires EP, is a paint-by-numbers electro-ish number with some largely forgettable rap-singing by Kid Sister. So all the credit on this one goes to remixer Strip Steve, who injects some jacking house flavor, picks up the tempo, and chops Kid Sister's vocals into sexy oblivion. This version doesn't appear on the new Black Billionaires: The Remixes EP, which came out yesterday, but that release does include re-workings from Green Velvet and Laidback Luke. Let's hope their remix work is similarly impressive.
The A Place to Bury Strangers remix of "Red Lights" is a lot more sinister than Holy Fuck's original, and now the Brooklyn band has crafted a video to match. Girls in black face paint engaged in mortal combat with umbrellas in the middle of the desert? Yes please. Read more »
Who in the hell is Jon Giovanni? Besides being the latest signing to Sinden's Grizzly imprint, he's also a veteran, Grammy-award-winning artist—at least that's what we're being told; the guy is operating under an alias. Read more »
Who: Laurel Halo
Where: Brooklyn, NY
While the washy synthscapes and peppy drum-machine beats of her debut EP, King Felix, underscore Laurel Halo's place in the current class of Brooklyn bedroom producers turning out leftfield electronic pop, her music is also marked by a sheen and wondrous nature that recalls vintage 4AD. Read more »
Here, Portland tunesmith Tyler Tadlock (a.k.a. Spirituals) has delivered a preciously glitched-out remix of "Southern Suite C" by Moodgadget-signed producer Beautiful Bells (pictured above). What was originally an overwhelming bit of sub-heavy rhythms and churning audio shards has become something more serene and melodious, though equally full of sonic fragments. Spirituals creates a lush soundscape of skipping samples, bubbling atmosphere, and thick low-end tones for a minute and a half before introducing the skittering beat that carries the remainder of his version of "Southern Suite C," and travels even further down the path of playful, glitchy electronica à la Nobukazu Takemura or Oval (maybe even Four Tet) for its remaining six minutes.
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