Just yesterday, an intimate video surfaced of San Francisco resident and rhythm experimentalist Shlohmo speaking to local videographers Yours Truly in and around his home. The wonderfully shot clip—which you can watch here or after the jump below—was also soundtracked by a fresh remix the producer made for one of his latest tunes, "Places." On this new version of the song, Shlohmo mixes his wavering vocal coos high above the jangly guitar strums, herky-jerky synth melodies, and molasses-slow beats, which all work towards giving it a more personal and oddly soulful vibe compared to its predecessor. Then things grow even more intense with distorted vocals, fuzzy atmosphere, and more percussive elements as "Places (Yours Truly Remix)" plays out, and we start to question which version of Shlohmo's song we enjoy more. It's probably a tie. Read more »
The fourth release to come from Southern California's My Hollow Drum crew/label—which, incidentally, boasts the talented beatmaker and XLR8R fave Teebs as a member—is an eight-track LP by LA producer Co.Fee, called Easy Listening (pictured above). As you might have imagined, the record is anything but, which is evidenced here by the hyped-up "Spark Plug." The song is a bit grimy and distorted, a bit ramshackle, and, truth be told, a little harsh on the ears, but those rough aesthetics suit Co.Fee's brash drum-machine beats and overblown synth tones to a T. You can check out more of the young artist's sounds when his record drops on April 12.
Germany's house- and techno-loving Traum sub-label Trapez is just over a month away from dropping its 100th release, a two-part, 17-track 12" series featuring remixes from the likes of Butch, Keno, Remerc, Italoboyz (pictured above), Worthy, Blind Minded, Lucio Aquilina, Crowdkillers, Marcus Sur, and many others. Read more »
On April 12, the excellent NY-based imprint Dutty Artz will release a limited-run 12" on behalf of Austin bass patron Dubbel Dutch. The producer's white-label record will feature two completely original productions, called "Fem Pressure" and "MadLoopz," along with three refixes of hotly tipped R&B jams by R. Kelly, Ciara, and Deborah Cox. Read more »
Southern Californian beat maestro Daedelus recently took a trip to a certain Room 205 to record a live performance for the ongoing series curated by Incase. Donning his finest Victorian garb, producer Alfred Darlington performs with his custom-made controllers a new version of his 2004 track, "Scaling Snowdon." Read more »
If there's one thing NYC's Brenmar can do with the utmost style and grace, it's find a perfect vocal sample (usually from a choice vintage R&B cut, like, say, Shai's "If I Ever Fall in Love") and make it completely his own. Luckily, the DJ/producer also crafts excellent club sounds, and deftly pairs those punchy dance beats and skittering rhythmic noises with his expertly retooled vocal bits. "Be the One" bounces and booms with an enviable 808 drum pattern, and boasts no other melody outside of the quartet's sampled croons—giving Brenmar's track a strangely thuggish soul that we think suits today's dancefloors quite well. You can watch him try out more of those sounds at any of his upcoming tour dates, listed after the jump. Read more »
First of all, yes, you are reading that headline correctly; Paula Abdul has officially made it onto XLR8R.com (she must be so excited). Secondly, the famous pop star makes a surprise appearance on the brand-new single by Finnish duo Shine 2009, "So Free" (pictured above), which was just released by the burgeoning Cascine label. Read more »
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