Despite toting a seemingly blissful name and incorporating a fair share of African-style percussion, there is absolutely nothing warm about "Haven," the first track to surface from CHLLNGR's forthcoming album of the same name. Instead, the young producer has crafted a piece of work that is even colder than his Copenhagen base, something like the aural equivalent of entering an ice cathedral. Donning an assortment of haunting pads and distant piano chops, CHLLNGR unleashes a barrage of controlled and intricately placed drums which revolve around the track's slower-moving elements before laying a skillfully chopped and pitched—and absolutely chilling—vocal sample on top. CHLLNGR's new LP doens't hit the streets until next Tuesday, July 5, so for now we suggest you bundle up and get to downloading.
British singer-songwriter-producer—and releaser of this fine piece of electro-pop—Chad Valley (a.k.a. Hugo Manuel) just announced that he's going on a run of tour dates throughout North America this September. Read more »
A few weeks back, we got word about a new album from genre-melding NYC artist Pursuit Grooves. Entitled Frantically Hopeful, the album will be released on July 4 via the Tectonic label. However, if you're anything like us, you probably don't want to wait that long. Read more »
The elusive gentleman behind Zomby finally spoke—with XLR8R contrib Andrew Parks' self-titled—about his signing to 4AD, his musician father's recent death, and what his new album's title, Dedication, means to him. Read more »
The boys of Africa Hitech have been busy in 2011, particularly following the release of recent album 93 Million Miles. A couple of weeks back, Mark Pritchard put together some detailed iPhone production tips for us, and now he and Steve Spacek have unveiled a new video for "Out in the Streets." Read more »
Name changes can be a tricky business for any artist, but sometimes they are absolutely necessary. No offense to Maya Medvesek, but changing her moniker from 8Bitch to Nightwave (pictured above) just might be the smartest thing she's ever done. Along with the new name, she's also promising a more mature approach to music-making, as displayed by her brand-new EP, The Feel, which dropped earlier this week. However, even with Medvesek putting more refined techniques into practice, her original version of "Feel" still thumps pretty hard, a characteristic completely absent on this remix from Southern California youngster Lotide. His version is loaded with white space, the gaps only partially filled in by clattering, off-kilter percussion and lightly wafting synth melodies. The remix recalls the work of someone like Teebs, which definitely isn't a bad thing. Svetlana is promising a couple of proper Lotide EPs in the near future, but we'll have to tide ourselves over with his thoughtful remix of "Feel" in the meantime.
Just because we haven't covered Paco Osuna much since we featured him as an Artist to Watch back in 2009 doesn't mean that the Spanish techno legend hasn't been busy. The one-time Amnesia resident has busied himself with touring the world's superclubs, producing techno tracks for Richie Hawtin's Plus 8 label, and running Mindshake, his own imprint. Read more »
If you've been paying attention at all this week, you've probably noticed that Mute Records recently celebrated its renewed independence with the Short Circuit Festival in London, and we were there to take a few pics and talk to some of the luminaries associated with the classic underground label, like Moby and Thomas Fehlmann. Read more »
It's pretty easy to say that Tobias Freund has an impressive resume. The German dance-music veteran has had the pleasure to work with artists as disparate as Milli Vanilli and Ellen Allien. Despite being an in-demand sound engineer, the man has also enjoyed a successful career as a producer of some of the finest minimal techno to come out of Germany. Last month XLR8R reported on Leaning Over Backwards, the upcoming full-length from Tobias Freund's brand-new, streamlined moniker, Tobias. With the album's imminent release, he's put on offer "Free No. 2," a track that navigates through underwater electro-funk of the Drexciyan variety, complete with pressurized atmospheric synthesizers and snappy drum programming. "Free No. 2" is an exclusive, an alternate version of album cut "Free No. 1" to be exact, but nonetheless hints at the high quality of Leaning Over Backwards, which drops July 4 via Ostgut Ton.
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