We're less than a month away (September 27 or October 4, depending on your region) from the release of Monkeytown, the third full-length from Modeselektor, and the venerable German duo has shared a stream of the album's track cut "Pretentious Friends," which features the clever vocal stylings of Los Angeles wordsmith Busdriver. Read more »
A new name has been floating around the Wolf + Lamb circle as of late with the upcoming release from a recent addition to the imprint, Aquarius Heaven. The former "dancehall, reggae, and hip-hop singer" has reoriented himself with a move to Berlin and a new EP, Can't Buy Love (artwork above), which marks the vocalist/producer's debut outing for the Wolf + Lamb imprint. Here, we have the digital-only bonus track from said EP, a track that employs a name more familiar to the circle, dOP. "Interview" turns out to be quite a literal song title, as the steadily subdued track finds Aquarius Heaven answering a few lofty and hypothetical questions involving happiness, a girlfriend murdering someone, and what choices one would make at the end of the world. "Interview" is definitely one of the weirder outings you'll find in our downloads section, but it's this kind of murky mix between strange, alluring, and oddly soulful sounds that keeps us coming back for more of what Wolf + Lamb has to offer.
Let it never be said that Battles has no sense of humor. If the NYC supergroup's often playful, even whimsical music wasn't enough of an indication that the guys who make up this trio are a bunch of jokers, maybe this video for Gloss Drop cut "My Machines," which features '80s legend Gary Numan, will do the trick. Read more »
Just last month, we were surprised and certainly pleased to hear that Brooklyn synth experimentalist Daniel Lopatin (a.k.a. Oneohtrix Point Never) was nearly set to drop his latest solo LP, the 10-track Replica. We say surprised because the guy seemed plenty busy working on the debut album for his Ford & Lopatin project, supporting its release with performances around the world, and starting up his Mexican Summer-affiliated imprint, Software. But as "Sleep Dealer," the first cut to surface from Replica, shows, Lopatin hasn't spread himself too thin across his many artistic endeavors. In fact, the deft use of sampled rhythms and woozy soundscapes exhibited here are further evidence of a producer honing his craft, not to mention creating something uniquely his own. Oneohtrix Point Never will embark on a handful of US tour dates before Replica drops on November 8, the details of which you can find after the jump. Read more »
Bristol-based producer Julio Bashmore (a.k.a. Matthew Walker, pictured above) has been on quite a prolific roll lately, dropping a string of contemporary classics over the past year or so. Keeping it going, Walker is set to release a new, two-track remix 12" of Deadboy's 2009 single, "Heartbreaker," via Brighton label Well Rounded Housing Project. Read more »
Suddenly, Distal is everywhere. Just yesterday, we premiered a new track from the Atlanta-based producer, and next week he'll be releasing a new EP, Boss of the South, via Sinden's Grizzly imprint. Read more »
There's no doubt about it, we're in the throes of a full-blown juke and footwork explosion. Over the past year or so, µ-Ziq's trend-setting Planet Mu label has been at the fore of the movement, documenting it as it happens. Next month, the label will be offering up its latest chapter, the brand-new Ghettontechnitianz EP. Read more »
Samo Sound Boy loves living in LA, although he can't quite put his finger on what makes the city so special. "It's really unstructured. It's wild, and it feels strangely lawless in places." The 26-year-old DJ and producer born Sam Griesemer doesn't live in some obscure corner of the city, either, having set up shop in Echo Park, within shouting distance of Elysian Park and Dodger Stadium. "Where I live now, it's not by any means off the beaten path, it's right off Sunset. But at the same time, there are coyotes on the street all the time, and my weird neighbor sits outside with a small pistol every night to protect his dogs." Read more »
Can't wait for the release of the new Teen Daze (pictured above) EP, A Silent Planet, via Waaga Records on September 13? Well, we have a bit of good news, as the mysterious Vancouver producer has just slipped us a taste in the form of Brothertiger's nostalgia-hued remix of lead single "Surface." Fans will note that the original has been floating around online for a while now, which makes listening to Brothertiger's take all the more interesting. While the original exhibited an almost organic mellowness, Brothertiger's remix rebuilds the track on a simple, four-on-the-floor drum pattern with emulated Fairlight vocal samples, '80s synth arpeggiations, harsh filters, and a slick production sheen that was altogether missing from the original's lo-fi bedroom aesthetic.
- GearIn the Studio: Surgeon
- GearKuvo: What Is It, How Does It Work, and Is It a Good Idea? (a.k.a. an XLR8R Interview with Pioneer About Its Newest Product)
- NewsWatch a Documentary on the Club Music Culture of Colombia's Caribbean Coast
- GearAsk the Experts: Vladislav Delay
- NewsWatch a Live Performance of Jacques Greene's New Single
XLR8R Downloads Player