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Review: Diskjokke Sagara

It's no secret that the disco-tinged sound of Norway has had its flirtations with ambient music. Going through the scene-encompassing Full Pupp back catalog can at times reveal a surprising diversity of dubbed-out space noises that wouldn't feel out of place on an Orb album. While in the past this side of the scene was traditionally paired with a four-on-the-floor beat and chugging Italo bass, it seems as though now things are changing. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 06/22/2011

Video: Funkineven "Roland's Jam"

Steven Julien (a.k.a. Funkineven) shared news with us earlier this month about a brand-new single he plans to drop later this year via Floating Points' UK imprint, Eglo. Though we still have to wait until July 18 for that 12", we're now treated to a music video for the pulsating "Roland's Jam." Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 06/22/2011

Download: Botany "Benefactress"

At this rate, we might as well offer the entire five-song Feeling Today EP by Texan producer Botany before it actually drops in physical formats this coming August. We've already let loose with "Waterparker" and record closer "Agave", and now, we've got another slice of lush, beat-centric soundscapes to share with you. "Benefactress" owes its calming mood mostly to lilting bell melodies, warbling birdsong, subtle electronics, and distant vocal coos that altogether sound more like a perfectly haphazard collection of sounds you happened to hear all at once from a distance. If that appeals to your tastes, we think you should give Botany's Feeling Today EP a full listen through. 

Average: 8.2 (37 votes)

Recloose Drops New EP Via Rush Hour; Hear it Now

More quality house music has recently arrived from Amsterdam's Rush Hour label, and this time it's from Auckland-based artist Recloose. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 06/22/2011

Bubblin' Up: Teeth

Who: Teeth
Where: Helsinki, Finland

When it comes to second acts in the world of music, success can be hard to come by, but 33-year-old Finn Matti Pentikäinen has managed to completely reinvent himself in the past few years. Read more » 

Download: Antwerp "Equinox"

Label: Make Mine

The Genoa-born, London-based producer Antwerp has a fresh EP coming down the pipeline via UK label Make Mine on July 27. This housey piece of electronic pop is one of that release's four bubbly tunes, and exhibits the burgeoning artist's love for upbeat tempos, catchy basslines, and smooth, synth-heavy soundscapes; think Four Tet remixing some of the latest material from Hercules & Love Affair. It's a versatile sound, to be sure, one that will likely bode well in club soundsystems and home stereos alike. 

Average: 8.2 (47 votes)

XLR8R's Five Things to Love About Toronto's NXNE Festival

When we hit Toronto's 17th annual NXNE Festival last week (yeah, it's sort of the north's answer to SXSW), we discovered that there's plenty to love about the city, to be sure. Super food, tons of walkable neighborhoods (provided it's summer, natch), patio bars, and all sorts of wonderful things make Toronto a pretty solid option for summer chillin'. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 06/22/2011

Download: Apparat "Black Water"

Label: Mute

Well, it seems that German artist Sascha Ring has a brand-new Apparat album called The Devil's Walk coming on September 26 via the Mute label, but you already knew that, didn't you? Here's something you may not have known: The second track to drop from that LP is called "Black Water," and you can download it for free right here. Obviously, the song is a bit more 'indie' than XLR8R normally covers, but something about Ring's combination of electronic subtleties, soothing vocal melodies, and driving rhythms just speaks to our inner softies. We think you'll agree. 

Average: 8.3 (132 votes)

Check Out Shaun Bloodworth's Photos From Sónar 2011

Intrepid Sheffield photographer and regular XLR8R contributor Shaun Bloodworth took a trip to Barcelona's Sónar festival last week. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 06/21/2011

Listen to Teebs' Live Set From Sónar 2011

Southern Californian beatmaker, budding painter, and Flying Lotus compatriot Teebs was among the innumerable performers that descended upon Spain's 2011 Sónar Festival last week. Though we didn't catch his performance, the fine folks over at Red Bull Music Academy apparently had the foresight to record it, and we have the pleasure of premiering it here today. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 06/21/2011

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