When Tyondai Braxton announced last year that he was leaving Battles, the virtuosic math-rock super-group he fronted for six years, fans were left wondering if the band would remain the same sort of mind-boggling blitzkrieg. Four years after its monumental Mirrored LP, the NYC outfit drops its second, Gloss Drop, and answers the query with a commanding "Yes"—and "No." Read more »
In the recent press for her forthcoming long-player Ἀποκάλυψις (said like "apokalypsis"), LA-based artist Chelsea Wolfe's sound is often referred to as "doom folk" or worse, but we find that to be a bit of a misnomer. As the bellowing dirge called "The Wasteland" indicates, she is simply a gifted singer and musician as interested in dark electronic soundscapes as she is in memorable songcraft. This cut from the as-yet-unreleased LP is all distorted organ drones, smashing drum-machine beats, and unsettling, discordant noise, but in the midst of that miasma of sound is Wolfe's low-register croon, simultaneously calling us into the murk and warning us just how dismal it is down there. We can't venture to call it soul, but damn if it doesn't have that in spades. Hear the rest of Wolfe's Ἀποκάλυψις when it's available via Pendu Sound on August 23. (via Altered Zones)
It was late last month when we found out that Brooklyn DJ/producer Brenmar would release his next EP via Sinden's up-and-coming Grizzly imprint, and now, before it drops on June 20, we get to listen to the lead single from Let Me Know (Tasting), "So High." Read more »
We'll just come right out and say it: The number one reason this track is making its way into XLR8R's download section is that it reminds a hell of a lot of our favorite album from last year, Delorean's gorgeous Subiza. The summery "Lessons," by Kansas City-based artist Motorboater, boasts nearly all of the Balearic-inspired trademarks that made the aforementioned record so lovable. Pattering percussion loops and thumping dance rhythms kick the whole thing into gear, sun-bleached synth chords and treated guitar riffs immediately tug at your heartstrings, and tweaked vocal samples float in and out of earshot over the top of Daniel Eaton's quietly plaintive vocal hooks. It's all quite nostalgic, yes, but not without its own subtle charms. We'll see how rest of Motorboater's new album compares when Sport drops later this month.
XLR8R is spending the week in Montreal, and when we're not wolfing down poutine or cruising around the city on a BIXI, we're also taking part in the annual MUTEK festival. Here are some of the highlights so far. Read more »
Moogfest is coming: The three-day celebration of the "father of the synthesizer," Robert Moog, has just announced its initial lineup. Not content to merely meet the expectations of revelers who basked in the glow of last year's festivities, this year Moogfest has gone beyond the call of duty to once again assemble a roster of exemplary artists that include the likes of Matthew Dear (pictured above), Ford & Lopatin, Gold Panda, and Battles. Read more »
By all accounts, Peru-based German house producer Aera (a.k.a. Ralf Schmidt) has been pretty busy in the past year. From creating his own tunes to dropping floor-rocking remixes, the Aleph Music label boss is an up-and-coming force to be reckoned with. Now, he's just released The Third Wave, his brand-new EP, and to get you excited about it, he's put on offer "Monte Sacro," a choice house cut of the finest order. Featuring an almost narrative-like flow, the track gradually builds from the faint murmurings of a distant and muted Soft Cell-like bass into an explosion of synthesized color.
With such a dizzying array of achievements, it's pretty hard to keep up with Heidi Van Den Amstel (a.k.a. DJ Heidi). The BBC Radio One personality and Get Physical affiliate has kept up a constant presence on the world stage with her taste-making radio show and her trans-European Jackathon parties. Read more »
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