Throughout the week, a whole lot of material gets posted here on XLR8R. And while we know—and love—that some hardcore readers will eagerly pour over every single news story, interview, podcast, video, and MP3 download that appears on the site, we also realize that for most people, it's impossible to see everything, which means that some quality XLR8R content is likely to get missed in the hustle and bustle of everyone's daily lives. In the interest of making it easier for everyone to catch up, every Friday we present The Lowdown, a weekly wrap-up of the top 10 tidbits from our site. Read more »
The enduring legacy of J Dilla has been further reinforced today with news that the pioneering hip-hop producer's MPC and Moog synthesizer (one specifically made by Robert Moog for the beatmaker) will be displayed at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC. Read more »
Stateside newcomer Tapes is set to drop his Finding LP next month. Serving as out first preview, the virtually un-Googleable artist has passed along "Find Y.O.U.," a melody-rich beat which will appear on the forthcoming effort. Built around a set of skittering drums, ""Find Y.O.U." breezes through its musical movements, landing on sparkling keys, delicate melodies, and occasionally burying Craig David's "Feel Me In" beneath the glossy, skittering production. Tapes' Finding album will see a release on August 15 as a free-to-download collection.
In what's shaping up to be an annual tradition, Ben Sims (pictured above) and Kirk Degiorgio are set to return to Machine imprint—the label which the pair co-founded as a continuation of their London-based parties by the same name—once again with the Machine 03 EP. Read more »
Earlier this month, Natch label founders Synthek and Audiolouis issued their debut full-length together, Unwise. Featured here, Broken Pad" is one of 12 dense techno expeditions to appear on the record. Beginning with a pulsing pattern of kick drums, the track gradually builds into a thick sonic atmosphere—glacial pads meet sci-fi textures, which are pushed to the background by sheets of machine-made hiss and growing layers of dubbed percussion rattles. The Berlin pair's Unwise LP is out now, with an extensive remix series set to appear down the line featuring reworks from Sleeparchive, Zadig, Neel, Tadeo, Ness and Polar Inertia.
The duo of DJ Haus and DJ Q debuted as Trumpet & Badman last summer, with four Jersey-swung, organ-fueled house numbers on the Love Keeps Changing EP. Now the pair is set to return with another collection of summer dancefloor tunes on the simply titled EP 2. Read more »
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