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Review: Canblaster Totem

Label: Marble

Riding the line between nostalgia and innovation must be an incredibly difficult task for today's electronic dance music producer. The present is a unique situation in which the forward-looking but esoteric sounds of post-dubstep/electro Europe are counterbalanced by the intense nostalgia of chillwave, nu-disco, and the classic house revival. Maybe it's due to this polarity that tracks with balance tend to stand out. One such release is Totem, the latest three-track single from French producer Cédric Steffens (a.k.a. Canblaster) on France's innovative Marble imprint. Read more » 

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  • 07/20/2011

Help Contribute to a Documentary on the '90s SF Rave Scene

Not lucky enough to be hanging around San Francisco in the ravey glory days of the early '90s? If not, don't worry: The Gathering's Martin O'Brien and Wicked Soundsystem's DJ Jenö have got you covered with a brand new, as-yet-unnamed documentary exploring the rave culture San Francisco once played host to. Read more » 

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  • 07/20/2011

Download: Damu "She's Liquid"


Bubblin' Manchester tunesmith Damu just dropped his first ever record, the four-track Mermaid EP, via UK music hub Local Action, and has some big plans to celebrate it. First of all, he'll be partying with fellow DJ/producers Mosca, T.Williams, and xxxy, among others, at the Local Action & Orca Recordings party in London (details here). Secondly, he's unleashed this hyperactive tune for you eager listeners as an exclusive download. "She's Liquid" exists over on the noisier end of the juke spectrum; Damu's breakneck 808 rhythms jump and skitter underneath a heavy barrage of arpeggiating synths and spacey sound effects. If you want to hear more from the producer, you can stream the title track of his debut EP after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.5 (39 votes)

Download: M83 "Midnight City"

Label: Mute

It's been a long and fruitful journey for M83's Anthony Gonzalez. Started in the early '00s, the once-duo-but-now-solo project has been pumping out albums of top-tier electronic shoegaze for the better part of a decade. That said, M83's been kind of quiet since the release of 2008's excellent Saturdays=Youth, but it seems that the time off was a necessary evil: Gonzalez recently announced the imminent arrival of Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, an epic double LP due out October 18. With that release date slowly approaching, Gonzalez has been dropping some teasers to keep us interested, the latest of which is "Midnight City," the album opener. It's a great start and marks a logical progression for his sound, complete with chords pulled from '80s pop music, atmospheric production worthy of Kevin Shields, and a structure that resembles the euphoric ebb-and-flow of trance. 

Average: 8 (325 votes)

Listen to Machinedrum's 'Room(s)' LP Now

Last week, we unveiled our feature on globetrotting producer Travis Stewart and his forthcoming Machinedrum album for Planet Mu, entitled Room(s). Now, thanks to Hype Machine, you can listen to that record before it's released next week. Read more » 

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  • 07/19/2011

Listen to Tim Hecker's Exclusive Mix for XLR8R

Many of you tried to access this file yesterday, and of course, it broke the internet. But some kind soul has managed to repost it here for your downloading pleasure. —Ed.

A few months back, when we first got wind of Ravedeath, 1972, the latest LP from XLR8R-featured artist Tim Hecker, we thought: What a brilliant idea it would be to have the Canadian noisemaker share with us a mix of even more glacial and angelic soundscapes—maybe a nice collection of his unreleased or back-catalogued material along with a handful of tracks that resonate within him as an artist. Well, in hindsight, maybe we were a bit naive to think Hecker would turn in the customary assemblage of tracks one figures to hear, as he has instead delivered an extremely long (not exaggerating at all here) mix, which is as unexpected as it is intriguing. Read more » 

Mungolian Jet Set to Drop 'Schlungs' in October

Years after Norwegian psych-disco duo Mungolian Jet Set unleashed its double album, We Gave it All Away...Now We Are Taking it Back, via Smalltown Supersound, we've received word of a follow-up LP. Read more » 

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  • 07/19/2011

Grab Cedaa's New 'Dijital' Mix

Pacific Northwest basscase Simon Ho (a.k.a. Cedaa) has been pretty busy as of late. He just dropped his brand-new Jasmin EP on the B.Yrslf Division label, and quickly followed it up by sending out a 40-minute mix, which he is simply calling Dijital. Read more » 

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  • 07/19/2011

Dexter Announces New EP on Clone

Clone Records staple and Dutch electro mainstay Dexter just announced that he's got a new EP expected in the coming months on the label. Read more » 

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  • 07/19/2011

Podcast 207: Dark Sky

London bass trio Dark Sky first caught our ear last year with a smattering of singles and top-notch remixes—the crew's rework of Kelis' "Brave" is still getting plenty of spins in the XLR8R office—and the momentum has kept building throughout 2011. Read more » 

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