As the mayhem that is SXSW prepares to consume Austin, we here at XLR8R figured that now would be the perfect time to unveil the Austin installment of our ongoing City Guide podcast series. Taking the reins this time around is none other than Dubbel Dutch (a.k.a. Marc Glasser), a 24-year-old NY native who now calls the Texan capital home. Read more »
Kansas native Norrit shows how it's done on this floor-filler, moving skillfully from a jazzy French touch sound to something a bit more garage by the piece's end. With lush vocal samples and deep, soft synths, it's no wonder that everyone from Doc Daneeka to Salva have given "Nobody Baby" the remix treatment on Now Jack Swung, the Think 2wice EP from which this track is taken. Chrissy Murderbot also gets in on the remix action, contributing a juke mix of another track from the EP, which is available now.
Roman Flügel, better known as one part of Alter Ego, has also been DJing and producing solo work for years under a number of aliases, but until now, he's never released an official mixed CD. The venerable Live At Robert Johnson series has tapped him for the fifth installment, and he brings an eclectic array of sounds to the table, featuring everything from the old-school jackin' of Armando to the quirky new sounds of Ratsnake, as well as two new exclusive tracks from Flügel himself. Check out the complete tracklisting after the jump! Read more »
Brooklyn's noise-pop scene just got a little bigger. Coming from bands such as Apes, The Mall, and Medications, the four members of Screens showcase their penchants for big drums, toy keyboards, and far-away vocal delivery on the song "Saturdays." This snippet from their recently finished full-length album is short and, well, short. In a minute and a half we're treated to heavy bits of HEALTH-like percussion matched with droning synths and words we're sure no one but the singer himself could actually decipher—the whole thing disappearing just as quickly as it came together.
From the 10-year anniversary compilation for French house label Work it Baby, which includes work from Lifelike, Charlie Fanclub, Donovan, and more, comes this collaboration between Fred Falke and the veteran label head Kris Menace. "Enamoured" is exactly what you'd expect from the two, thankfully, as it delivers poignant piano work, smooth synth melodies, and a funky electro bassline and beat combination that is classic to its core. At an unusually brief three-minute running time, "Enamoured" demands to be played at least a few times in succession.
White Hills' last album, Heads on Fire, flared and throbbed in the peak-era Hawkwind/Comets on Fire vein of robust space rock that appeals both to stoners and acid acolytes. However, the New York-based group considers this self-titled album, its fourth overall, to be a new phase in its evolution. "Dead," though, starts the disc with more of that roiling, majestic rock—no real departure, even with Oneida's Kid Millions playing drums. Read more »
The Movement Festival (commonly known as the Detroit Electronic Music Festival) is on again this year in tha D's Hart Plaza. One of the biggest festivals of its kind in the United States, Movement not only showcases international talent, but also provides a special venue for homegrown DJs and producers from the city where techno was born. Early-bird tickets are now on sale, and with today's announcement of the festival's initial lineup, it's certain that tickets are going to go fast, what with the first Movement festival appearance of Plastikman's live set, as well as sets from Model 500, Inner City, and many more. Check out who's playing after the jump! Read more »
San Francisco house and techno institution Dirtybird has revealed the coming of a three-disc, five-year-spanning compilation to be released April 19. The release marks the anniversary of producer Claude VonStroke's label, and chronicles the past, displays the present, and foretells the future across its three volumes. Read more »
One half of his Memory Tapes psyche, Davy Hawk's now-defunct Weird Tapes moniker is featured on a recently released two-disc compilation from the Thisisnotanexit label, entitled Manifesto #1. Tapes' addition to the release, which also includes cuts from Hatchback and Spectral Empire, among others, is an upbeat, multilayered dance number that sounds neither like it's walking nor dead. Instead, "The Walking Dead" effectively runs circles around acid-house, IDM, and electro-pop influences, not once running out of breath through its five energetic minutes
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