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Review: Gui Boratto III

Label: Kompakt

Do you like Gui Boratto? If so, then you're going to like III, as the Brazilian producer hasn't modified his musical formulas much on his third album. Read more » 

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  • 09/14/2011

Listen to Plaid's Exclusive Rdio Playlist

Continuing with our celebratory playlist curation on behalf of social music service Rdio's first birthday, we've got some track selections from seminal IDM duo Plaid. Read more » 

Download: Tycho "Hours (Teen Daze Remix)"

Full disclosure: We've been spinning Tycho's forthcoming LP, Dive, in the XLR8R office more or less every day since it was sent over to us by releasing label Ghostly. And while we still can't seem to get enough of its sun-bleached synth melodies and buoyant drum rhythms, we don't mind hearing another take of the stellar "Hours" single from Canadian producer Teen Daze. It seems that the remixing artist might feel the same way we do about his tune's source material, as this unofficial rework of Tycho's track doesn't stray too far from its original state. (via Pitchfork

Average: 8.4 (70 votes)

Download: Flowers and Sea Creatures "The Sitting Room (Mano Le Tough Remix)"

Berlin-based producer Mano Le Tough is an artist we've been seeing a lot of lately. With a few releases in the bag and a record on Buzzin' Fly in the works, Tough's just been tapped to provide a remix for Montreal-based alt-rock trio—and fellow Buzzin' Fly signees—Flower and Sea Creatures. "The Sitting Room (Mano Le Tough Remix)" sees the producer moving into moodier territory than we've previously heard from him, with a dark soundscape evoked by atmospheric drones, digital chimes, echoy tech-house clicks, and a percussive bassline made of detuned toms. The track hits its stride halfway through, gaining momentum with the addition of a deep kick drum and the spooky vocals of Flower and Sea Creatures' singer, Graham Baxter. Mano Le Tough's Stories EP is out on September 19, and Flower and Sea Creatures' Flower and Sea Creatures LP is set to follow on September 26. 

Average: 8.3 (87 votes)

Sepalcure Announces Debut Album

The Brooklyn-based duo of Travis Stewart (a.k.a. Machinedrum) and Praveen Sharma (a.k.a. Braille), Sepalcure, has announced it will soon follow up two previous EPs with its self-titled debut LP. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/13/2011

Gold Panda to Mix Final 'DJ-Kicks' of 2011

Hitting us like a one-two punch, !K7 follows its announcement that Scuba will contribute the next installment of DJ-Kicks with news that UK beatmaker Gold Panda is the artist behind the series' final release of 2011. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/13/2011

XLR8R x Beatport: Lazer Sword

The Beatport sales charts are often dominated by the latest international club smashes, but its vault of music runs deep and covers a wide variety of artists and sounds, which is why XLR8R has been asked to curate a special two-week series of Beatport charts by some of our favorite DJs and producers. Today's offering comes from the boys of bicontinental bass duo Lazer Sword, who took time out from working on a new album—and their respective solo work as Lando Kal and Low Limit—to compile this list of 10 of their favorite jams, both new and old. Read more » 

Surkin Announces New Single, Debut LP

Parisian party starter Benoit Heitz (a.k.a. Surkin) has a couple releases coming down the pipeline via his Marble imprint before the year's end, a three-track 12" and his debut long-player. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/13/2011

RIP DJ Mehdi

Although the details are still not completely clear, it is being widely reported that DJ Mehdi has died at the age of 34. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/13/2011

Download: Onra "Change of Heart"

First Listen
Label: All-City

We mean this without any negative connotations at all: Onra is apparently big in Japan. The French electro-funk producer at least seems to frequent the country more than most of his peers do, and even crafted a two-track 7" of edits (pictured above) exclusively for his next Japanese tour. "Change of Heart" is one of those cuts, and finds the tunesmith working a little more on the dark side of his '80s-inspired production style. Grab that tune here, and make sure to check out the list of Onra's forthcoming performances after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.3 (151 votes)

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