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Check Out FACT's Top Albums of the Year So Far

Hey, we all do it—"it" being self-promoting our favorite albums or tracks of the year "so far." So we can't begrudge our kindred spirits over in London, FACT, from doing the same thing. Yesterday they published their mid-year report of the best albums of the last three months, and not surprisingly it features some of our favorites, too, like records from Hyetal, Gang Gang Dance, Instra:Mental, and Rick Wilhite (pictured above). Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 06/29/2011

Download: Shampoo Voyagers "On the Street"

Earlier this year, we mused on the ambiguous nature of the Russian musical landscape. That being said, it has undeniably been the case that more and more material has begun to make its way out of the country. Take "On the Street," the latest offering from Shampoo Voyagers, a duo comprised of Maxim Ananyev (a.k.a. Tree Bosier) and Nikita Moor (a.k.a. Nikola), respectively based in the extremely geographically divided locales of Moscow and Khabarovsk (over 5000 miles apart!). Creating a slick and jazzy downtempo flow, "On the Street" brings to mind the unlikely pairing of Dam-Funk and Cornelius as its blunted G-funk bassline meets sunny chord progressions and chime-like guitar tones. Download the track below and if you like it, check out the outfit's soundcloud for more similarly jazz-minded tunes. 

Average: 8.3 (60 votes)

Latest FRKWYS Installment to Feature Daniel Lopatin, David Borden, Laurel Halo, James Ferraro, and Samuel Godin

RVNG Intl. has just announced the seventh installment of its experimental FRKWYS series, FRKWYS VOL. 7. Following the release of FRKWYS VOL. 6, with its avant-garde explorations courtesy of Julianna Barwick and DNA's Ikue Mori, comes a group of improvised ambient pieces from the all-star ensemble of Daniel Lopatin (pictured above), David Borden, Laurel Halo, James Ferraro, and Samuel Godin. Read more » 

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  • 06/28/2011

Download Lando Kal's Direct Current Mix

Dutch record hub Rush Hour just posted this incredible mix by Lazer Sword cohort and recent Berlin transplant Lando Kal, and it's a bit of a departure from his band's usually blappy sound. Read more » 

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  • 06/28/2011

Thomas Fehlmann Discusses His Relationship With Mute and the Label's Influence

This week has turned out to be Mute week at XLR8R HQ. Yesterday's chat about the longstanding underground label took place with Moby and today's features electronic music pioneer and Mute friend Thomas Fehlmann discussing Mute's influence. Read more » 

Download: Lapalux "Time Spike Jamz (devonwho Remix)"

Over the past few months, UK producer Lapalux has been quietly taking over the XLR8R website, thanks to the steady stream of quality remixes and tracks he's been sending our way. One of those was "Time Spike Jamz," a spacey gem from his Many Faces Out of Focus EP on Pictures Music. We certainly enjoyed the songs' stop-and-start rhythms and fluttering melodies, and apparently so did Portland's devonwho, a like-minded beatmaker who has remixed the track with a sufficiently larger dose of funk. He's stepped up the percussion and also inserted some icy synth lines, upgrading "Time Spike Jamz" from thoughtful chin-scratcher to certifiable head-nodder. 

Average: 8.3 (72 votes)

Modeselektor and Jahcoozi Collaborate on Kenyan Hip-Hop Project

The plan for the BLNRB-NRBLN project was set in motion back in 2009: Berliners Modeselektor, Jahcoozi (pictured above), and Gebrüder Teichmann would travel to Nairobi, Kenya to "meet, mix, and mingle with artists from the local music scene." Two years later, the project has fully come to fruition with the impending release of BLNRB—Welcome to the Madhouse!, due out July 8 on Outhere Records, in which the aforementioned musicians collaborated with some of Nairobi's finest hip-hop voices, including Mister Abbas, Kimya, Lon ́Jon, and Nazizi. Read more » 

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  • 06/28/2011

Podcast 204: Lindstrøm

After running a podcast from fellow Norwegian space-disco maverick Diskjokke just two weeks ago, it might seem like it's a little soon to post an exclusive mix from Lindstrøm. However, while Diskjokke put together a solid, dancefloor-oriented DJ session, Lindstrøm has gone in a completely different direction. Read more » 

Download: LOL Boys "Porteils"

Label: Scion A/V

Genre-hopping duo LOL Boys always seems to find new styles and sounds to explore, and "Porteil" is no different. It's a laid-back number built around mellow percussion and a simple synth-pop melody, then bathed in a thick glaze of hazy, sunkissed pads. The song may not be peak-time dancefloor material, but it is well-suited to the compilation it's taken from, SharkWaves Vol. 1. Commissioned by Scion in conjunction with the poolside Swimming with Sharks party series—which is happening all summer in both LA and NY—the collection also features contributions from Cosmic Kids, Pools, and Poolside. (We swear, there really are multiple groups with the word "pool" in their name.) The complete SharkWaves Vol. 1 tracklist and artwork is posted after the jump, as is the calendar of upcoming Swimming with Sharks events.  Read more » 

Average: 7.8 (51 votes)



When a producer comes out of the gate with a series of impressive singles and then elects to create a proper full-length, it comes with lofty expectations and a certain amount of trepidation as to how the artist can translate his previous success to the long-player format. Such is the case with South London's SBTRKT. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 06/28/2011

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