2011 has seen a significant uptick in Underground Resistance worship, something we here at XLR8R have no qualms about taking part in. The year has also seen a new wave of reverence for one-time UR member Rolando, the man responsible for 1999's classic "Jaguar," which just so happens to be one of the biggest techno records ever. Read more »
This one is a no-brainer: California beat chopper Shlohmo remixing the ghostly soul of Burial's "Shell of Light" from 2007's untouchable Untrue LP. It's dangerous territory the young producer is venturing into by messing with this beloved material (not to mention music from the ultra-serious Hyperdub label), but Shlohmo seems more than respectful, gently layering his own blown-out beats and falsetto vocal hooks over the last few stanzas of Burial's original track. In fact, Shlohmo posted the track on WEDIDIT Collective's blog saying, "I just really couldn't stop listening to the ending of 'Shell of Light.' Shit is so beautiful, so I did this so I could listen to it more." Game recognize game, right?
Oh, the '80s; some of us try desperately to forget its indelible mark on our culture, while others prefer to revel in its neon nostalgia. Yet no matter your take on über-compressed drum-machine beats, stock analog-synth patches, sci-fi clichés, and cheesy sexual innuendo, there will always (and seemingly quite often) come an artist who mines the era for their own pastiche. New Jersey-based producer Seth Haley (a.k.a. Com Truise) is among the latest batch of musicmakers to do just that. And as his debut LP for Ghostly, Galactic Melt, illustrates, the sonic territory is well past its prime. Read more »
Borderline ridiculous track name aside, this title cut (yes, he named his EP that too) from Victoria, BC resident Monolithium is an impressive feat of adventurous beat work. Hailing from his debut EP (artwork above), "Simon & G-Funk"—in all fairness—does embody a fair amount of G-funk characteristics, particularly in the track's futuristic chords and gliding melodies. But there's also a layer to the tune that takes a more somber, contemplative tone, utilizing dusty chords and melodic thumb piano placed around a set of chopped vocals to evoke a sense of distant yearning. These elements may seem at odds to some, but the unsual combination has proven to be the strength in Monolithium's technique. After downloading the song below, you can head here to take a listen to the rest of the Simon & G-Funk EP.
It was just a few weeks ago that DJ/producer Ezra Rubin (a.k.a. Kingdom) announced he had started his own imprint, called Fade to Mind, which was inaugurated last Tuesday with the release of the Timesup EP by LA duo Nguzunguzu (who is also responsible for last week's XLR8R podcast). Last Friday, Rubin did a bit of a victory lap, and dropped a brand-new mix on the website for fashion/culture hub Oki-Ni. Read more »
Ever since its founding just over a year ago, the Brooklyn-based Tri Angle imprint seems to have consistently maintained a thin veil of mystery surrounding the artists on its roster. So the announcement of a US label showcase tour is a diplomatic voyage of sorts, pulling back the shroud of mystery ever so slightly with Holy Other, oOoOO, and the Tri Angle DJs acting as the ambassadors. Read more »
The NYC-based duo of Eamon Harkin and Steve "One Auff" Raney (collectively referred to simply as Harking and Raney) are set to return with the pair's second contribution to the Throne of Blood label, the Shakes On EP (artwork above). Here we have the release's opening track, an eight-plus minute piece of deep house that does its title justice. Similar to the pair's last outing together for the Rapture-headed imprint (the Word to the Wise EP), "Workin' & Steamin'" finds the producers coming together somewhere between classic house and precision techno, but this time meeting in a much more sinister place characterized by tribal, drum-machine percussion, dark, ethereal pads, and an array of pulsating synths. The Shakes On EP, which comes complete with this tune, the title track, and a remix from Naum Gabo, sees its release today.
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