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Listen to Dam-Funk's New Holiday Jam

Apparently, even new-school masters of funk can get a little sentimental during the holidays. Earlier today, Dam-Funk posted a brand-new holiday ditty on the Stones Throw website, making sure to note that the track was created and recorded yesterday in LA with only a Korg Rhythm 55B drum machine, a Roland Juno 1 synthesizer, a Casio CT-640 keyboard, and a Radio Shack $19.99 microphone. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/23/2010

Chancha Via Circuito: Train-riding Pedro Canale criss-crosses borders to take cumbia beyond Buenos Aires.

Just as the respiratory sound and motion of the railroad had symbolic importance for early American blues, so too does train travel inform the music of Chancha Vía Circuito (a.k.a. Pedro Canale), the young Argentinian producer and musician who, backed by his ZZK crew, is quickly becoming the conductor of cumbia's ongoing expansion beyond traditional Latin audiences. Read more » 

Subculture Club: Grant Willing ponders nationality, strength, and loyalty amongst secessionists and Burzum fans.

Were you to survey the Tumblrs, Flickrs, and other blogs of the average 20-something photographer today, the subject matter might boil down to something like this: bored kids doing bong rips at basement shows; hipsters in parks or at the beach, the edges of the pics dappled with leaked light or sun flare; harshly lit nighttime street scenes of homeless people in disarray; other random displays of public drunkenness; maybe the odd skinny girlfriend, tattooed and topless, sporting Ray-Bans with a can of Budweiser in hand. This is not the world in which photographer Grant Willing operates. Read more » 

XLR8R's Favorite Releases of 2010, Part Two

Without further ado, we finish the year-end list making and give you our top 15 favorite releases from 2010. Read more » 

Download: Rihanna "What's My Name? (Federation Remix feat. Vybz Kartel)"

Rihanna on XLR8R? Yeah, we know it looks a little bit odd, but 1) our inboxes aren't exactly bursting with free MP3s during the holiday season and 2) this isn't any old Rihanna track. This remix has been infused with a jolt of all-star dancehall energy courtesy of NYC producers Max Glazer and Ricky Blaze and also features a guest turn from badman MC Vybz Kartel (pictured above). (Side note: We're super-excited for the new Dre Skull-produced Vybz Kartel album slated for release next spring on Mixpak. Check this new video of Vybz announcing the new record.) Anyways, this version has been making waves in dancehall circles for a few weeks, and now Glazer has thrown it up for free on his Federation Sound blog. Ri-Ri's "na-na" never sounded so good. 

Average: 8.1 (133 votes)
 
 

Get Some Free Live Packs From Ableton

Check it out, guys: Looks like the folks at Ableton are really getting into the Christmas spirit this year, as they are giving away two free Live Packs over on their website. Available both for owners of the program and even "trial users," Everett Bradley offers a funky version of "The Nutcracker: Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairies," a track taken from his Holidelic album, and Christopher Tignor of Wires.Under.Tension throws violin and hip-hop loops into the giveaway, too. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/22/2010

Building an Iconic Sound: Cocteau Twins' Robin Guthrie

When it comes to the creating the gauzy, otherworldly guitar atmospheres of the shoegaze and proto-Brit-pop scenes, Robin Guthrie has probably had his hand in a greater number of iconic records than even Kevin Shields. Read more » 

Wolf + Lamb and Soul Clap to Square Off on New DJ-Kicks Mix

!K7's vaunted DJ-KiCKS mix series has been rolling for more than 15 years now, and although there's no denying the series' quality, one could take issue with the severe lack of American representation. Well, that's about to change, as the next edition of DJ-KiCKS finds no fewer than four US DJs at the helm. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/22/2010

XLR8R's Favorite Releases of 2010, Part One

You knew it was coming: XLR8R's picks for the best records of 2010. We've split our list into two parts, the first of which we present today, spanning 25 ranked LPs or EPs, with a bit of verbiage about why we love each record included. At the top of this entry, we've also tacked on a small selection of Honorable Mentions from our editorial staff's personal faves. Check in tomorrow for the final piece of year-end coverage, and our favorite 15 releases from 2010. Read more » 

Review: Small Black New Chain

Label: Jagjaguwar

Lately it seems there's nothing the music world (read: Brooklyn) loves more than a little minimalistic chill-pop. The past year has seen the distinct rise of the faddish chillwave, and nipping at the heels of the movement is New York outfit Small Black, whose New Chain is a alluring minimalist pop record. Filled with fuzzy sonics and M83-esque Casio beats, New Chain simultaneously channels the Human League's catchy new wave, Gary Numan's electric strangeness, and Brian Eno's atmospheric quirk. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 12/22/2010

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