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Vybz Kartel Charged With Murder

This shocking news story hit today via Billboard: Contemporary dancehall icon Vybz Kartel (a.k.a. Adidja Palmer) has been charged with murder. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 10/04/2011

XLR8R's Top 20 Downloads of September

Here it is: our monthly list of the top-ranking tunes offered as free downloads on XLR8R. Read more » 

Download: DJ Dodger Stadium "Stadium Status"

Label: Body High

Last month, we profiled up-and-coming LA producer Samo Sound Boy as part of our Bubblin' Up series. During the interview, Samo spoke of his forthcoming projects with fellow Angeleno Jerome Potter from LOL Boys. The first? A new label called Body High. The second? A collaborative production venture the guys are calling DJ Dodger Stadium. As of today, both entities officially exist, as the label and the project are officially introducing themselves with the release of the five-track Stadium Status EP, which can be purchased here. Unlike the relatively mellow Drake remix the boys sent over a couple weeks back, "Stadium Status" is a high-energy, acid-heavy banger that largely takes its cues from Chicago, pulling both from classic acid and '90s ghetto house. Body High appears to be hitting the ground hustling; the young imprint's second release, a four-track EP from the mysterious DJ Funeral, should see the light of day in a matter of weeks. In the meantime, listen to the rest of the Stadium Status EP after the jump, and also take a look at the "Stadium Status" video, which utilizes footage from the LA Riots, the O.J. Simpson Bronco chase, and other LA-centric events.  Read more » 

Average: 6.5 (54 votes)

Video Premiere: RBMA World Tour in Paris

Here is the third premiere in the series of videos documenting the Red Bull Music Academy World Tour 2011, this time from Paris. Read more » 

Podcast 218: Robert Hood

At this point, does an artist like Robert Hood require an introduction? (After all, we did put him on the cover of XLR8R last year.) All kidding aside, the man is a Detroit techno legend, although these days he calls Alabama home. A founding member of Underground Resistance and one of the first pioneers of the minimal sound, Hood is still going strong more than 20 years into his career, running his own M-Plant label and continuing to drop releases, both under his own name and as Floorplan. Read more » 

Download: Divine Interface "Fool Me"

Following the release of his Color Ways EP on Spontaneous Rhythm earlier this year—you may remember songs like ”Color Ways” and ”Folklore”—Atlanta producer Divine Interface has sent along a new track, “Fool Me,” a laid-back synthy number with pitched vocal clips, skittering hi-hats, and rumbling sub bass. It's a melancholy tune, a vibe intensified by the repeated line, "I feel so sad." Yet even with its dour mood, "Fool Me" is done so well that it's likely to make you a little happy, too.  

Average: 7.9 (63 votes)

Review: Altered Natives Tenement Yard Volume Two

Label: Eye4Eye

Altered Natives (a.k.a. Danny Yorke) does not fuck around. When the UK producer puts out an album, there's no big PR campaign or drawn-out attempt to build hype. The man just drops tunes, and lots of them. His latest full-length, Tenement Yard Volume Two, features 15 tracks and clocks in at more than 90 minutes. For many artists, this would constitute some kind of all-encompassing anthology. For Danny Native, it sounds like just another day at the office. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 10/04/2011

Listen to Kuedo's FACT Mix

In advance of his forthcoming new album, Severant, Jamie Teasdale, formerly of Vex’d and now producing under the name Kuedo, has recorded a mix for FACT Magazine. Featuring tracks by Carly Simon, Vangelis, Araabmuzik, and Drake, as well as many of his own original productions, it's an interesting overview of Teasdale’s musical influences and offers a taste of what to expect from the new album. Read more » 

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  • 10/04/2011

Download: Coyote Clean Up "You X Won't X Know"

Oh, the joys of getting stoned in your room and making some immersive, mesmerizing dance music. Detroit's Coyote Clean Up is certainly privy to this age-old production method, as the eight-and-a-half-minute "You X Won't X Know" proves with its The Field-like penchant for repetition and its wealth of warbling synth melodies and eclectic percussion. Plenty more of those vibes are readily available on the outfit's Bandcamp profile, here. (via Altered Zones

Average: 8.3 (70 votes)

Video: Southern Shores "Meridian"

Back in July, synth-loving Nova Scotian duo Southern Shores released its debut EP, Atlantic, via the Cascine label. (First single “Night is Young” is still available as a free download.) Now the pair has released the first video from the EP, for the song "Meridian." Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 10/03/2011

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