If you've been keeping up with our unending string of downloadable tunes, or if you read our actual magazine, you may have noticed our bubblin' interest in the bass-laden, tropically flavored dance beats coming from Californian/Canadian production duo LOL Boys. Since the duo is only getting started (Jerome Potter and Markus Garcia have yet to release their first official EP), we're chomping at the bit to snag whatever the Boys have put their name to. The rubbery rhythms, chopped-up vocal melody, and thick washes of bass frequencies on this remix of Para One's playful "Toadstool," from Scion A/V's latest compilation with French label Sound Pellegrino, Straight From the Spring (pictured above), go pretty far towards satiating our LOL needs. And make sure to snag the rest of the EP, with jams from Harvard Bass, Mamma's Boy, Gucci Vump, and more, here.
Underground Resistance affiliate and all-around musical busybody Santiago Salazar delivered this one-off track to Little White Earbuds as a WAV file just last Friday, and we got into to it so much that we thought a nicely sized 320kbps MP3 would look mighty fine right here on the XLR8R website. His mellow filter-house tune, "Jamilia's Theme," brings to mind similar lounge-y electronic producers but with the 'muzak' vibes turned down and the melodies' soul cranked up. Seeing as how Salazar usually signs his tunes to any number of high-quality labels, we count ourselves lucky to get such a great track free of cost.
Blunted Robots cohort and bass music patron Brackles is a month from releasing his first mix album, which also happens to be the inaugural volume of the new !K7/Cool in Pool series, Songs for Endless Cities. For the new mix, the DJ/producer crafted this exclusive track to mesh into his upbeat blend of UK funky, future-garage, and other next-level productions. "Blo" is a smooth, even-keeled number that flexes a patently shuffling house beat, some tastefully energetic synth tones, bits of soulful vocal sampling, and one hell of a bubbling bassline. If this brand-new production from Brackles is a sign of what to expect on his forthcoming mix, we're pretty sure we've got our summer's party music sorted. (via FACT)
Sheffield bass prodigy Toddla T has a new video for his song "Sky Surfing," a track voiced by Jamaican dancehall MC Wayne Marshall. True to form, the tune is pretty manic, as is the Douster remix we recently offered for download, but the video might be even crazier. Read more »
For those of us still reeling from our first viewing of Inception, the word "totem" can only mean one thing. We won't reiterate that here, so as to avoid a spoiler possibility, but now it's time that we make room in our minds for totem to mean something else entirely. In the weeks leading up to the release of Matthew Dear's new full-length album, Black City, the consistently innovative Ghostly label has teamed with NY-based design team Boym Partners to produce what they are calling "a proposal, an entreaty to listeners everywhere to reconsider our relationship to music in the digital era." Read more »
Greg Zifcak (one half of rave-ready weirdos Eats Tapes) and Andre Ferreria (a.k.a. Bobby Browser) are the Bay Area's Global Warning, the latest addition to a budding crop of hardware-rocking, old-school-obsessed production outfits hell bent on filling our dance parties with the sounds of Roland's finest vintage gear. The unstoppable house rhythms and undulating bass melodies of Warning's "071110" are lifted off a compilation entitled Pacific Housing Authority, a DIY release which serves as a sort of introduction for this crew of producers from up and down the West Coast. XLR8R faves like The Miracles Club and C.L.A.W.S. are included in the bunch, along with fresh faces Finesse and Prints, among others. You can stream the entire compilation here, but if you want a physical copy, you'll have to catch the Authority on tour through August.
Seeing as how the silken-voiced Andreya Triana got her first taste of widespread exposure lending her sultry croon to Flying Lotus' "Tea Leaf Dancers," from the Reset EP, it makes perfect sense that this remix of her brand-new single, "Lost Where I Belong," sounds like it was ripped straight from FlyLo's own discography. The warm, glittering tune even starts midway through a thick melody, like producer Steven Ellison had placed it within one of his interconnected, shapeshifting opuses, and the busy basslines, orchestral arrangements, and shuffling beat work are pure Cosmogramma. But as the bulk of the instrumental drifts away, it's apparent that Triana's wounded psalm inspired Ellison's brilliant production, as he leaves her voice and some subtle harp flourishes to finish the song alone.
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