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Download: Win Win "Releaserpm feat. Lizzi Bougatsos"

Label: Vice

Most of us first heard of producer XXXChange (a.k.a. Alex Epton, pictured above) as the young fella behind the bedroom-born party tunes pulsing underneath the filthy raps of Baltimore MC Spank Rock. He's since gone on to carve a name for himself with one-off remixes for high-profile acts, like Thom Yorke and Björk, and the indie elite, like Yeasayer and Panda Bear, but Win Win is the first collaborative project XXXChange has taken on since Spank Rock. Along with DJ/producer Devlin (of Devlin & Darko), Epton worked out the psychedelic, electro-tinged tropicalia of "Releaserpm," the first leak from Win Win's forthcoming self-titled debut album for Vice. The bouncing track also features the impish singing of Gang Gang Dance's Lizzi Bougatsos, a vocal delivery that floats freely over the skittering club rhythms. We'll be able to hear Win Win pair its tracks with the likes of Andrew W.K. and Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor when Win Win drops on February 15, 2011. (via FADER

Average: 7.6 (32 votes)

Teengirl Fantasy to Tour With Pictureplane

Beginning at the end of the week, psychedelic-house provocateur Pictureplane (a.k.a. Travis Edegy) will set out for a hefty tour, first in Europe and then back in the states by January. Once in the states, R&B experimentalists and recent XLR8R-featured artists Teengirl Fantasy will join him for the remainder of the tour, hopping up and down the west coast. Peep the dates for Pictureplane's Europe stint as well as the dates with Teengirl Fantasy below. Read more » 

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  • 11/23/2010

Sepalcure to Release New EP on Hotflush

Berlin-based, Scuba-owned Hotflush Recordings will kick off the new year with the second EP from Brooklyn duo Sepalcure. The Fleur EP features four new tracks and will be released in late January. Read more » 

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  • 11/23/2010

Download: Cepia "Hootenanny"

Minneapolis resident Huntley Miller is reviving his longstanding production moniker, Cepia, for a brand-new full-length album, the self-titled Cepia. Ditching the well-regarded confines of his former label home, Ghostly, Miller will release the 10-song album through his own Cepia Music imprint on December 7, and gives us that record's first single here. "Hootenanny" certainly sounds like the work of a producer who has been around for a while, and continues to keep his fingers on the pulse of the ever-expanding realm of electronic music. While hypnotic analog synth loops float in circles à la Autechre's earliest tracks, thick low end rumbles underneath a sparse dubstep-inspired beat and dislocated rhythmic noise plays about in stereo. Cepia continues to add little touches of warped sound bytes as "Hootenanny" runs its course, occasionally giving those elements more room to breathe by dropping out the song's solid core. 

Average: 8 (42 votes)

Toro Y Moi to Release Sophomore Album in February

One of the unwitting harbingers of the genre that shan't be named (a.k.a. chillwave, duh), Chaz Bundick, is set to release the second full-length record under his Toro Y Moi moniker next year. On February 22, Carpark will drop Underneath the Pine, Bundick's 11-song follow-up to 2009's Causers of This, and a veritable redefining of his main musical outlet. Read more » 

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  • 11/23/2010

Podcast 174: Zed Bias a.k.a. Maddslinky

When XLR8R first petitioned UK producer Dave Jones to put together a mix for our podcast series, the man had recently revived his Maddslinky moniker and released the Make a Change album, so we were sort of expecting a Maddslinky mix. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists Worth the Weight: Bristol Dubstep Classics


Tom Ford's Punch Drunk label wasn't Bristol's first big dubstep imprint—that honor goes to Rob "Pinch" Ellis' Tectonic Records, established in 2005 to release material by Moving Ninja, Loefah, and Random Trio—but the label's commitment to broad musical diversity has unquestionably impacted dubstep's demeanor. Read more » 

Pilooski Side-Project Discodeine Releases Single With Jarvis Cocker, LP by Early 2011

French producers Pentile and Pilooski (a.k.a. Discodeine) have just announced that their first single, titled "Synchronize," will be released December 6 on DFA/DIRTY, and will feature Brit-pop crooner Jarvis Cocker on vocals. Discodeine will also be releasing a full-length album come 2011, which will feature a variety of yet-to-be-announced vocalists. You can preview "Synchronize," as well as two remixes from Jam Factory, over on DFA's website, and check out the cover art below. Read more » 

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  • 11/23/2010

Download: The Miracles Club "A New Love"

Back in July, Portland DIY house outfit The Miracles Club was featured as a promising new act in our Bubblin' series. Quickly following the release of the band's first EP, Light of Love, The Miracles Club has just released a new 12" EP entitled A New Love on Mexican Summer, at the very least solidifying The Miracles Club's awareness of house music's frequent use of "love" in song titles. Of course, Honey Owens and the rest of her Miracles Club cohorts are aware of much more than the genre's heart-on-its-sleeve style, as this new track also employs the mournful psychedelia of high-pitched synths and underwater vocals that seem to speak to a recent loss rather than a new love. (via Gorilla Vs. Bear

Average: 6.6 (16 votes)

XLR8R TV: The Crepes' Five Star in Gothenburg

The XLR8R TV crew recently took a trip to Scandinavia for Oslo's By:Larm Festival, and stopped through Gothenburg, Sweden to talk with The Crepes, a side project of the band Studio, fronted by Fredrik Lindson. Read more » 

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