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Deep synth melodies and pulsing grooves abound on this b-side tune from the lastest DJ/producer to sign with Eliot Lipp's Old Tacoma imprint, 20-year-old Jacksonville, FL resident Charles Weinert (a.k.a. Sir Charles). The auspicious artist will drop his first-ever release, the "Distant" b/w "Escape" 12", on July 19, and has a handful of live performances and festival appearances slated for later in 2011. In the meantime, you can check out some unreleased heat of a whole other breed from the multi-dimensional tunesmith over on his SoundCloud profile, here.
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.
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