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Review: Daedelus Bespoke

Label: Ninja Tune

Alfred Darlington (a.k.a. Daedelus) is a dandy fella who usually has a keen nose for grooves he exhumes from discarded pop records hidden below the stacks of one-dollar Streisand albums that pollute LA's thrift shops. At his best, he floats in a psychedelic hip-hop/IDM realm that can recall De La Soul's "D.A.I.S.Y. Age." That said, Bespoke often shoots for the psych virtue of sensory overload and instead ends up a frustrating mess. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 04/27/2011

Grab XLR8R's Top 30 MP3s of the Year... So Far

Well, spring has sprung, and we've got some hot tunes... Wait, no...

Well, the sun is finally out, and what better a way to celebrate than to bring you XLR8R's hottest spring jams. Wait, nah...

Well, it's that time again—you know, the red-letter date of April 27, when we roll out our annual third-of-the-way-through-the-year list of our top 30 MP3s...? Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 04/27/2011

Download: Ford & Lopatin "Emergency Room (Gavin Russom Remix)"

Label: Software/Mexican Summer

With their forthcoming debut LP, Channel Pressure, Ford and Lopatin will be expanding their scope as purveyors of sample-heavy '80s nostalgia, an effort that began with last year's That People Play EP (released under the duo's now-discarded Games moniker). Ahead of the album's June 7 release date, the Brooklyn outfit will be dropping a limited-edition 12" of first single "Emergency Room," with remixes by Gavin Russom and The Bug. Placing his signature proggy stamp on the synthesized funk of the original, Russom teases the track out an extra four minutes with a simmering acid line and arpeggiations that wouldn't sound out of place on his Crystal Ark project. Combine that with a heap of toms in the low end and glistening synthesized cicada noises and you have a good recipe for a 5am anthem. The "Emergency Room" 12" is available digitally now, and those who want to get their hands on one of the rare slabs on vinyl can order a copy here. In the meantime, do check out the vinyl artwork, which is posted after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.2 (37 votes)

Download: Tvyks feat. C. Monts "Mitte Riddim (Chrissy Murderbot Remix)"

Label: Meanbucket

We premiered the original version of this tune from Prauge DJ/producer Tvyks and UK MC C. Monts in late 2010, and now we have this equally hyped-up remix by Chicago juke patron Chrissy Murderbot for you. The Windy City producer tosses loads of percussion into his mix, infuses his rhythms with almost inaudibly low bass frequencies, and reworks the original synth melody into a flurry of stabs that immediately recalls old-school rave favorites (not to mention contemporary revivalists of that sound like Zomby or Lone). At first, C. Monts' vocal delivery remains untouched in this version, but as we continue further into "Mitte Riddim (Chrissy Murderbot Remix)," those too get the ol' chop-and-tweak. You can check out more takes on Tvyks track from the Prauge to Berlin Remixed EP here

Average: 7 (48 votes)

Video: Fatima "Innervision"

Before the release of their collaborative Follow You EP (read more about that here), soulful Swedish singer Fatima and UK producer Floating Points have sent over this video for one of their release's four tracks, "Innervision." Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 04/27/2011

Mule Musiq to Release Sebastian Mullaert Mix Album to Benefit Japan

Japanese electronic imprint Mule Musiq is ready to do its part in supporting its injured homeland with the forthcoming release of a mix album crafted by Minilogue's Sebastian Mullaert. Read more » 

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  • 04/26/2011

Junior Boys Release New Single and Launch North American Tour

On May 31, Canadian synth-pop duo Junior Boys (who assembled this podcast for XLR8R a while back) will release "Banana Ripple," the lead single from their forthcoming album, It's All True (out June 14 via Domino). Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 04/26/2011

Download: Laurel Halo "Zoo Hypothesis"

Label: NNA Tapes

Our first introduction to Brooklyn leftfield chanteuse Laurel Halo was likely similar to your own: either her '80s pop-referencing King Felix EP for Hippos in Tanks, or Games' similar-sounding "Strawberry Skies" song that she lends her voice to. However, the singer/producer is also well versed in the ways of techno, ambient, and IDM sounds, which a forthcoming cassette-tape release for NNA Tapes will exhibit in full. "Zoo Hypothesis" is one such track from the seven-song Antenna, and finds Halo slowly building a spatial soundscape out of churning low frequencies, free-floating sound effects, and extremely subtle melodic atmospheres—an effort not unlike that of her former collaborator Daniel Lopatin (a.k.a. Oneohtrix Point Never). You can cop the whole Antenna cassette when it drops on May 10. 

Average: 6.4 (27 votes)

Video Premiere: Ryan York "Zipperlegs"

Southern Californian sound artist Ryan York premiered the first taste of his brand-new Zipperlegs EP for Leaving Records earlier this month, and now we get firsties on this music video of warped VHS noodlings for his new release's title track. Read more » 

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  • 04/26/2011

Praveen of Sepalcure Releases New Single as Braille Via Rush Hour

Less than a week before the Brooklyn duo of Travis Stewart and Praveen Sharma (a.k.a. Sepalcure) perform at this XLR8R-sponsored party on April 29 in San Francisco, the latter of those two multi-faceted producers has dropped a brand-new single via Amsterdam dance music hub Rush Hour, under the moniker Braille. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 04/26/2011

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