Our burgeoning love affair with Montreal's Grimes continues to grow exponentially with this freshly unveiled, previously unheard track from the talented singer/producer. The shape-shifting dream-pop number premiered just yesterday as the opener of her mix for Altered Zones, which appropriately kicks things off with an ethereally ominous tone. Massive bass frequencies throb underneath airy harp plucks, shimmering piano melodies, and translucent vocal hooks on Grimes' "Fragments of the Future"—creating an unlikely palette of sound that's oddly infectious. Look for more of that kind of music on the artist's split release with fellow Canadian pop experimentalist d'Eon, Darkbloom, which you can check out here.
Charlton Heston and techno: Two words that, until recently, would not have been associated with one another. Yet, nevertheless, minimal techno originator Robert Hood (who was featured on XLR8R's cover last year) managed to make the connection with last year's stunning Omega—a musical transliteration of the post-apocalyptic 1971 thriller, The Omega Man, starring Charlton Heston. Read more »
How can you get from Milli Vanilli to Drexciya? This is a question that techno producer Tobias Freund may be set to answer with the release of Leaning Over Backwards on Ostgut Ton, the debut LP from his new moniker, Tobias. Read more »
Following in the footsteps of electronic music composers primarily interested in the effects of precious, emotive sounds (i.e. Four Tet, Gold Panda, Styrofoam, et al) is 19-year-old tunesmith Spencer Radcliffe from Athens, Ohio, who's been crafting that sort of music for some time under the name Blithe Field. His latest offering is an LP called Two Hearted (pictured above), the first track of which we have for you here. "Crushing" starts off with the sounds of barking puppies—running the risk of sounding entirely too cute, even for adolescent school girls—before quickly segueing into a tasteful groove of live drumming, tweaked acoustic guitar samples, bass melodies, and subtle electronics. More cutesy samples and poignant soundscapes appear before Blithe Field's album opener is finished—leaving us oddly intrigued as to what other heart-on-sleeve tracks we'll hear when Two Hearted is made available on June 28 via Lefse sister label Waaga.
XLR8R-featured design mogul and Ghostly International visual artist Michael Cina recently sat down with Ghostly/Spectral Sound's label head Sam Valenti IV for an in-depth talk about the artist's history, process, and future direction. Read more »
Brooklyn-based psychedelic dance-rock experimentalists Gang Gang Dance will release their brand-new LP, Eye Contact, a week from today (May 10) via 4AD, but apparently couldn't keep the music under wraps any longer, as they've offered the world a chance to stream the whole thing today. Read more »
Everyone's favorite post-dubstep troubadour, James Blake, is following up his largely polarizing, self-titled debut LP with a double a-side single, which will be released on June 20 via A&M and the artist's own Atlas imprint. Read more »
We know that XLR8R's readers aren't your average magazine page-flippers. Aside from being rabid music fans, a good lot of y'all are makers of the stuff, too. So, to better serve you bedroom—or big room—producers and DJs, we've taken the gear section of XLR8R and relaunched it for the web. Read more »
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