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Part of a crew that's being touted as the second generation of Low End Theory, 20-year-old Jonwayne initially came up as a rapper, but has more recently been touted for his beatmaking prowess, a craft honed through countless hours on FruityLoops and his SP-404 sampler. Read more »
Don't get us wrong. We're big fans of Denver's Travis Egedy and his fine work as Pictureplane. We're very excited for his new album, Thee Physical, which comes out on July 19. But the one-time emo fanboys on the XLR8R staff—who shall remain nameless, we have to maintain at least a few cool points here—can't get over how much the vocals on "Post Physical" sound like those of post-hardcore demigod Blair Shehan of Knapsack and The Jealous Sound. Are we alone here? Listen to this or this and tell us that we're crazy. Anyways, people that don't care about decade-old emo might want to know that Pictureplane originally gave away "Post Physical" yesterday as a free download through his SoundCloud. However, the free downloads ran out in about five minutes, so we've gone ahead and re-posted the track here for the masses. Now, everyone can enjoy its washy, rough-edged synths, jungle-referencing beat, catchy melodies, and late-'90s/early-'00s emo vocal stylings. We're kidding. Sort of.
2011 has been quite the year for Instra:mental. Not only has the duo's Resolution 653 album been praised as one of the year's best, but the impressive string of solo singles from Boddika has made him one of 2011's most sought-after producers. While the accolades are undoubtedly appreciated, it has created a pretty tall order for Instra:mental's other half, Jon Convex (a.k.a. Damon Kirkham), who is now stepping out on his own with this solo EP on Martyn's 3024 imprint. Read more »
The man behind one of last year's most soulful LPs, the strangely gorgeous Love Remains, Tom Krell (a.k.a. How to Dress Well) will release a new EP called Just Once (pictured above) on July 21 via the Yours Truly-run imprint Love Letters Ink. Read more »
We're not going to lie. The original version of Rogerseventytwo's "Take Me Higher" basically overloads our "over the top" meter and makes us sympathize—just a bit, of course—with all the people chanting "disco sucks" and gathering en masse to burn records in the late '70s. All that aside, the folks at Fool's Gold were smart enough to enlist one of our favorites for remix duty—R&B-loving NYC producer Brenmar. Just ahead of the release of his new Tasting (Let Me Know) EP on Grizzly next week, he's reformulated "Take Me Higher" into something much more palatable. Most importantly, he's chopped up the vocals into something that resembles 1999 a lot more than 1979, and also dropped the disco instrumentation in favor of snappy drums and a warbling bassline. There's still a hint of cheese left in there, but just enough to coax some ladies onto the dancefloor. The entire "You Take Me Higher" release is available now at Beatport. (via FADER)
Last month we shared German techno producer Essáy's excellent "Love & Air" from his Distance & Lights EP on Cut, a net label with DFRNT at the helm. Apparently, Essáy is a pretty busy guy these days, as the man recently tipped us to his own net label, simply titled Warminal. Releasing his own dub-techno tunes as well as tracks by kindred spirits, Warminal highlights the kind of dubby electronic sound we've come to associate with Essáy. Enter Dutch producer Fedbymachines, who likes to "explore the moving boundaries between music and just random sound." Giving body to that statement, he's offered up "First Light," a garage-leaning exercise in deep atmospherics that features the kind of crisp percussion and ghostly vocals generally associated with mid-'00s Hyperdub. (Yes, it sounds like Burial.) Give it a download below and be sure to buy the full single on Warminal's Bandcamp.
One half of Manchester dark-dub duo Demdike Stare (the esoteric vinyl obsessives responsible for this spooky podcast), Miles Whittaker (a.k.a. Mille a.k.a. MLZ) just announced that he will drop a brand-new EP produced under his given name, a four-song offering called Facets. Read more »
Minneapolis-based producer Huntley Miller (a.k.a. Cepia) just dropped this one in our inbox, saying not a whole lot more than "Hello" and "Thanks!" Miller's refreshing brevity—not to mention his solid musical background and time spent as a Ghostly-signed artist—lead to a couple of quick mouse clicks, and before we knew it, we were nodding our heads to the angular, steel-drum grooves of "Algiers." It brings to mind a handful of Warp's finest artists, particularly the clattering piano melodies from Aphex Twin's Drukqs and the drifty polyrhythms of early Autechre, but manages to distill those sounds into something fresh and original. It's anyone's guess whether this track is a one-off freebie or part of something larger; we're just glad Cepia shared it with us.
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