A certain cool, removed aesthetic has always permeated Zed Bias' catalog. He's been a key player in the UK garage and broken-beat scene for over a decade, and has graced both the UK charts and underground with equal poise and capability. On his latest full-length for Loefah's refinedly dirty Swamp 81 imprint, Zed Bias wears a well-earned and well-represented title, Boss. Read more »
Budding producer Pedestrian has certainly made the most of 2013, adding releases for Born Electric and 2nd Drop to his run, as well as having his "Hoyle Road" tune appear early on in Breach's recent DJ-Kicks mix. "Wood Eye" is a new one-off freebie from the UK talent, a track which defly chops an array of vocal and melodic lines around a clattering procession of relaxed rhythms. With its thick, gooey low end and spacious wash of refracted jazz and soul, "Wood Eye" is the kind of electronic production that invites listeners to sink deep into its sonic landscape.
On his recently released Custom Hype EP for Astro Nautico, Pennsylvania-based producer Chits has crafted a signature sound out of techno/hip-hop hybrids that rely on slowly unraveling emotive melodies. This remix of his "Looking So Good" tune by Mess Kid (pictured above) stretches that formula out over an increasingly active beat. Sliding drum and vocal patterns intertwine and break apart before a spongey kick establishes the production's consistent bottom end. Mess Kid explores the spaces between each instrument in his remix, breaking down the track into a submerged house cut before finally rushing toward a robust finish.
Shadowlust is the new collaborative project from L.I.E.S. stalwart Svengalisghost (a.k.a. Marquis Cooper) and 51717 (a.k.a. Lili Schulder), with Cooper doing the beats and Schulder singing and programming the synthesizers. Considering the former's catalog and listening to Trust in Pain, the pair debut LP, it's clear why these two decided to work together. Cooper has worked to meld industrial and assorted "wave" influences into house tracks in the past, and this LP uniformly deals with those sorts of barbed grids. It does so in a more subdued way, however—those looking for arrangements with that titular pain might be disappointed. Read more »
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 »
Pulling no punches, tech-house giant Maceo Plex posted an edit of Aphex Twin's classic "Polynomial C" track—originally released on the legendary artist's Xylem Tube EP for R&S (artwork above)—to his SoundCloud as a free download, saying, "Dear haters, this is not a remix, it's an edit, and the intention is to make it possible for a DJ to play Aphex's beautiful classic in a modern techno set." Read more »
Enigmatic UK producer Imami doesn't commit to any specific style or genre on Madhouse, his debut EP set to release via Druid Cloak's Apothecary Compositions imprint on November 25. "Melted Love," one of the record's five original tracks, finds Imami flirting with shuffling kick patterns, a repeating vocal phrase, and gritty hi-hats while a major key vibraphone melody lackadaisically moves in and out of the mix. The track's seemingly random assortment of elements provides an ear-catching contrast, and eventually moves into a mild-mannered breakdown before retracing its footsteps back to the opening arrangement.
Following the release of her Cut 4 Me mixtape via Fade to Mind, Los Angeles vocalist Kelela has made her way around the globe—including a stop in London, where she performed alongside Night Slugs boss Bok Bok (who produced two tracks on her mixtape, not to mention collaborated with her on a live mix). Following their performance together, both artists sat down to discuss their approach to collaboration and illuminate the process behind creating Cut 4 Me. Read more »
The highly conceptual Brooklyn electronic duo Gatekeeper has released a new music video for "Sword of the Gathering Clouds of Heaven," the opening track from its recently Piratebay-released Young Chronos EP. Read more »
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