One of electronic and dance music's more anticipated releases of 2010—phrases like "year-end contender" have already been floating about—is the debut full-length by Oberlin production duo Teengirl Fantasy. Read more »
Hot on the heels of dropping its debut LP, 7AM, which we've got streaming here, Oberlin's Teengirl Fantasy (pictured above) deliver this unique take on a tune by London/Berlin outfit The Chap. The duo's version of "Even Your Friend" is strikingly different from the fidgety pop of the genre-jumping original—it's all thick pads, synth filters, drum-machine percussion, floating melodies, and blurred-out vocal samples. There are a few blips of a recognizable baritone utterance from The Chap's song in the beginning, but that's the extent of an obvious connection, save for the title. But what else would you really expect from Teengirl Fantasy? Those fellas have been building their small-but-solid discography out of re-orienting pop tunes into their own hazy house format.
Carl Craig is going on tour. What else can we say? The iconic DJ/producer is taking his classic tunes and fresh productions around the world throughout fall, kicking off tomorrow in LA with a free show (with RSVP) alongside hotly tipped newcomer Kyle Hall. Read more »
LA's femme-filled lo-fi-pop quartet Warpaint is gearing up to release its debut album, The Fool, on October 26 via Rough Trade, and this dreamy number is that record's first single. "Undertow" evokes many feelings and sounds in its four minutes. The song starts with a subdued drum beat, reverberated bass strums, and softly cooed vocals, bringing to mind the likes of early tunes from indie vets Mirah or Julie Doiron, but eventually turns into something more grandiose and cathartic like Warpaint's contemporaries Glasser or even Beach House. (Incidentally, that "What's a matter? / You hurt yourself?" lyric reminds us of Nirvana's "Polly" every time we hear it.) The comparisons may be simple and straightforward, but so is the music—and it should be. Warpaint exercises its right to employ a small number of instruments, play a handful of simple chords, and craft a song with four basic movements because it can do so and still fill "Undertow" to the brim with an emotion and immediacy that surpasses most acts attempting the same feat. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
A veritable institution in Berlin's experimental scene, Einstürzende Neubauten has been carrying the torch of leftfield industrial and avant-garde music for 30 years now, and this December, they will celebrate those three decades with a string of performances in five North American cities. Read more »
It seems like ages ago, but it has only been a year since we put Cooly G on the cover of XLR8R and began exploring the mutant strain of UK funky being turned out by a select crew of UK producers. A big part of that article was focused around DVA (a.k.a. Scratcha DVA a.k.a. Leon Smart). Read more »
Listen: We are absolutely tired of wobble bass. That particular treatment to low-end melodies has been so overdone, it's now a running joke of sorts here at XLR8R HQ. That being said, Barcelona's My Dry Wet Mess has somehow breathed new life into the sound on this first leak from his forthcoming debut full-length for Magical Properties, Irrational Alphabet. But it's only because he doesn't use his 'wobble wobble wobble' to incite bro-steppers; the audio/visual artist instead treats the bassline like a smooth, soulful rhythm for this R&B-infused track. "Yours Truly" is bolstered further with ethereal bits of lilting atmosphere, subtle synth melodies, and an eventual flip that transforms the number from 'bedroom booty music' into a four-on-the-floor dance tune and back again. You can catch more My Dry Wet Mess pre-release goodness in the form of a mixtape and album trailer. (via Yours Truly) Irrational Alphabet will be released on October 26.
The multinational Ghetto Bassquake blog has been doing its world-bass-music-posting thing for plenty of years, but now it's ready to expand into the world of releasing music with a brand-new single for UK-based Afro-disco sextet A.J. Holmes & The Hackney Empire. Read more »
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