There's a special rush one gets driving down the freeway en route to a club or concert on a Saturday night. White and red brake lights blink and glow in traffic, wind rushes by, and fluorescently lit buildings create a halo above the city. You arrive at the spot energized and ready to plunge into music. Oriol Singhji's debut for Planet Mu, Night and Day, takes you on that journey from twilight through sunrise on an album well suited for automobile excursions. Read more »
The Oberlin-based collegiate pair in Teengirl Fantasy have been bubblin' on the XLR8R radar for about a year now (remember this song?), and with good merit. Logan Takahashi and Nick Weiss spent a good amount of time pilfering the sounds and ideas of classic house and techno before bringing them all together in their old-school-referencing dance jams, and the duo's forthcoming debut for True Panther, 7AM, is the proper culmination of Teengirl Fantasy's hotly tipped efforts. "Cheaters" is the first track to be shared from the album, and it's a poignant number built of a thumping house beat, some warbling synth pads, a slow-driving bassline, and one hell of a soulful vocal track that serves as the focal point of Teengirl Fantasy's awesome tune while also sounding totally unhinged from it. 7AM will be released September 14.
French disco-centric live act The Aikiu—which boasts Cedric Pilooski, the DJ/producer partially behind the Dirty label and one of our more recent podcasts, as one third of its ranks—just released its debut single, "Just Can't Sleep," along with remixes from Azari & III, Clement Meyer, and here, Egyptrixx. For his treatment of the song, the Canadian producer exchanged the live instrumentation for some rubbery percussion, bouncing bass synths, and an all-around more sinister aesthetic than The Aikiu's original tune. Now that we think about it, Egyptrixx ditched everything but snippets of the vocal from "Just Can't Sleep," which worked out wonderfully, thanks to the excellent future-house production he meshed them with.
DJ, producer, and Comatonse label owner Terre Thaemlitz (a.k.a. DJ Sprinkles, pictured above) recently brought to light an important and unexpected issue involving the online sale of music through major storefronts like iTunes, Beatport, and Juno. Read more »
The title track from the recently released Nite Jewel EP, Am I Real?, is a bit of a new direction for the LA-based outfit. Lead Jewel Ramona Gonzales has taken a slightly different approach to her singing, adding an extra bit of structure and deeper soul to her oft-lilting vocal melodies, and the music itself is some kind of fractured funk—complete with slap-n-pop basslines—paired with a sparsely orchestrated '80s ballad. We like it—a lot—and hopefully we can expect more of this from the other five songs on Nite Jewel's new EP, which is available here.
Back in June, we shared a couple of excellent DJ mixes from Braiden's and Jackmaster's performances at this year's Sonar festival in Barcelona, and now we've got another choice live mix for you. Read more »
Some may call this destiny and some may call this chance, but we're just calling it exciting news. The man largely responsible for inventing, innovating, and inspiring much of the music that XLR8R covers on the daily, Mr. Brian Eno, will be releasing a brand-new album on the almost equally important and similarly groundbreaking Warp label. Read more »
We've long sung the praises of the once-San Francisco-based-soon-to-be-multinational duo Lazer Sword and its next-level, futuristic treatments to hip-hop and all of the genre's visceral intricacies, so finally getting the official scoop on Low Limit's and Lando Kal's joint full-length album is just that much more exciting for us. The production outfit is set to release Lazer Sword, a 15-track full-length record, on November 2 via Innovative Liesure. Read more »
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