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Download: Elpierro "Torquato"

Label: Parity

It's surprising that amidst all the effort in recent years to revive aspects of Chicago house and New York garage that there has not been as much of a focus on the sonics and ethos of classic Detroit techno. Granted, techno's alien sound palette, complex rhythmic structure, and inherent stance against nostalgia make it a tough candidate for revival. That being said, there are still people giving it a shot, such as German-based producer Elpierro. Taken from his newest EP, Traralgon, "Torquato" features a blend of first-wave techno sounds with early IDM ambient exploration. The track drives along a desolate moonscape developed by freezing pads and a bassline so deep, it's almost inaudible. Traralgon comes out August 3 on Parity. 

Average: 6.9 (32 votes)

Download: Crystal Fighters "Plage (Lapalux Remix)"

Here, we have a patently woozy and disjointed remix by UK up-and-comer Lapalux (pictured above), this time of "Plage" by Spanish outfit Crystal Fighters. The Pictures Music cohort recently unloaded a whole mess of remixes via his SoundCloud account, and this one in particular caught our ear. Something about the way producer Stuart Howard throws everything into the mix at once to create perfectly haphazard rhythms and ambiguous melodies is enticing, even more so when they finally coalesce into a subtly infectious groove.  

Average: 8 (56 votes)

Gang Gang Dance, Claude VonStroke, Nadastrom, and More to Play Mad Decent Block Party 2011

Summer is, for all intents and purposes, upon us, and that can only mean one thing (as far as this news story is concerned, anyway): The annual Mad Decent Block Party is about to hit the streets of the US. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 07/12/2011

Stream Vondelpark's New EP for R&S Now

About a month after we premiered the music video for Surrey-based solo act Vondelpark's "Camels", the world is also treated to a full listen of his latest EP, the follow-up to last year's Sauna EP, which is curiously called nyc stuff and nyc bags. Read more » 

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  • 07/12/2011

Axel Boman to Release New EP via Glass Table

Veteran Stockholm DJ/producer Axel Boman has announced he'll soon be releasing an EP on Hypercolour's Glass Table imprint. Read more » 

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  • 07/12/2011

Download: Sir Charles "Escape"

First Listen
Label: Old Tacoma

Deep synth melodies and pulsing grooves abound on this b-side tune from the lastest DJ/producer to sign with Eliot Lipp's Old Tacoma imprint, 20-year-old Jacksonville, FL resident Charles Weinert (a.k.a. Sir Charles). The auspicious artist will drop his first-ever release, the "Distant" b/w "Escape" 12", on July 19, and has a handful of live performances and festival appearances slated for later in 2011. In the meantime, you can check out some unreleased heat of a whole other breed from the multi-dimensional tunesmith over on his SoundCloud profile, here

Average: 8.2 (79 votes)

Portishead to Tour North America in October

Seminal UK trio and definitive godparents of trip-hop Portishead are once again coming out of hibernation years after the release of their triumphant 'comeback' album, Third, for a sizable tour of the US, Canada, and Mexico this coming fall. Read more » 

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  • 07/12/2011

Podcast 206: Rolando

2011 has seen a significant uptick in Underground Resistance worship, something we here at XLR8R have no qualms about taking part in. The year has also seen a new wave of reverence for one-time UR member Rolando, the man responsible for 1999's classic "Jaguar," which just so happens to be one of the biggest techno records ever. Read more » 

Download: Burial "Shell of Light (Shlohmo Remix)"

This one is a no-brainer: California beat chopper Shlohmo remixing the ghostly soul of Burial's "Shell of Light" from 2007's untouchable Untrue LP. It's dangerous territory the young producer is venturing into by messing with this beloved material (not to mention music from the ultra-serious Hyperdub label), but Shlohmo seems more than respectful, gently layering his own blown-out beats and falsetto vocal hooks over the last few stanzas of Burial's original track. In fact, Shlohmo posted the track on WEDIDIT Collective's blog saying, "I just really couldn't stop listening to the ending of 'Shell of Light.' Shit is so beautiful, so I did this so I could listen to it more." Game recognize game, right? 

Average: 8.4 (459 votes)

Review: Com Truise Galactic Melt

Label: Ghostly

Oh, the '80s; some of us try desperately to forget its indelible mark on our culture, while others prefer to revel in its neon nostalgia. Yet no matter your take on über-compressed drum-machine beats, stock analog-synth patches, sci-fi clichés, and cheesy sexual innuendo, there will always (and seemingly quite often) come an artist who mines the era for their own pastiche. New Jersey-based producer Seth Haley (a.k.a. Com Truise) is among the latest batch of musicmakers to do just that. And as his debut LP for Ghostly, Galactic Melt, illustrates, the sonic territory is well past its prime. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 07/12/2011

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