Not since the days of Bobby Konders' and Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez's ragga-hip-hop hybrids of the early to mid-'90s has the US-Jamaica bashment connection seemed so energized as it does with Brooklyn producer Dre Skull's Mixpak label. Read more »
It seems not even the indie-pop songstresses that briefly grace Southern California's vast landscape can escape the rhythmic essence of that region's music scene. Like on "Home," our first peek into the much-anticipated debut album from former LA resident Glasser, Ring, the first sounds heard flesh out a rolling beat reminiscent of something from Flying Lotus' early work before the chanteuse's airy falsetto floats gently into the mix, nimbly executing vocal gymnastics in the most sublime of ways. And it's no wonder singer/songwriter Cameron Mesirow, who now keeps a Brooklyn address, called this welcoming song "Home"; once those synths commandingly charge in underneath her densely layered harmonies, you immediately get the sense that Mesirow is dreaming of returning to her own native lands (wherever those may be), or is already there, celebrating its wonders. This song couldn't excite us more for Ring's release on September 28.
Apparently, this song is inspired by Teebs' time spent in Japan around November 2009. Expounding on that information, the producer said, "The weather was just starting to get cold [in Japan], but the sun was still out every morning around 8 a.m. ... When I came home, I made 'Personal Winter,' and instantly got sucked back into those early mornings." And you can feel that scene in his song, too; the bright guitar strums feel like rays of sunshine on your face, the thick atmosphere like your breath wafting from your mouth, and the rumble of the bass and beats like the sounds of the city surrounding you. The ability Teebs has to invoke those images within the passing moments of this brief track is just more evidence of his strengths as a creative and moving beatsmith. (via VTech)
We don't know about you guys, but we're still jammin' hard on the brilliant podcast South East London's Girl Unit just delivered to XLR8R. And it's not just because we can't wait for him to make it stateside this month, though it certainly doesn't hurt. Read more »
Excuse the potty humor, but we've been more or less shitting ourselves (rimshot!) over the debut record finally coming from Dublin's DFA mainstay, Shit Robot. We shared TBD's remix of "I Found Love" just last month, and now we are pleased to bring you the original version of that cut from From the Cradle to the Rave. Shit Robot's track is a straightforward disco-leaning burner with a host of synth timbres that all harken back to the soundtracks of late-'70s sci-fi flicks. If this is just how producer Markus Lambkin's long-awaited album gets started, we're sure to have plenty more solid dance tunes to work with come September 21.
Four-piece production outfit C.R.S.T. (pictured above) has been getting its fair share of spins in the XLR8R offices lately (maybe you caught the Girl Unit remix of the quartet's "The Bells" track in our Celebration of Curation mix?), so we were pretty excited to see that the Welsh music makers were included on the remix EP for "After Dark" by The Count & Sinden. Preceding the release of that duo's debut full-length, Mega Mega Mega, which you can actually stream in full right now over on FACT, C.R.S.T. re-oriented "After Dark" from disco-inspired house-party music to a burning UK funky number built almost entirely of bass and bounce and demanding the finest in nightclub soundsystems. More remixes of the track from Buraka Som Sistema and Oliver Twizt are also featured on the After Dark Remixes EP, out now.
No stranger to awesome music festivals, Copenhagen added the Trailerpark Festival to its ranks, which include Roskilde, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Distortion, and Strøm, four years ago, and it's been going strong ever since. Held the first weekend of August, Trailerpark is a refreshing antidote to huge corporate-run festivals, long lines, $5 bottles of water, and enormous ticket prices. Read more »
Ever since the news broke about Matthew Dear's new album, we've admittedly been gripped by a touch of Black City fever. We've offered up MP3s, nerded out over the limited-edition Black City totem, and now we've got the entire album streaming for your listening pleasure. Read more »
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