Kudos to FACT for tracking down this one: With just about zero fanfare, Nottingham's resident excavator of classic Detroit techno and old-school rave sounds, Matt Cutler (a.k.a. Lone, who was just featured in our last issue), has prepped a brand-new EP that further explores that club-appropriate sound palette. Read more »
"How Far" is probably the least cutesy number in Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs' (pictured above) often precious-sounding repertoire of club tunes, and still, 2 Bears is able to make it even more serious while maintaining the duo's penchant for dancefloor playfulness. Producers Raf Rundell and Joe Goddard (of Hot Chip) introduce us to their remix with a half-time beat and warbling electronics in the background, telling us with an ominous voice that they're taking us "way back, back into time where the totally enormous extinct dinosaurs ruled the earth." Apparently, back in the Jurassic Period, basslines were gigantic, synth tones were smooth and deep, and breakbeats walked the land, as that's precisely what 2 Bears' time-traveling track offers in spades during its six minutes. Kudos for the "Tyranosaurus Rex" drop, too.
This one comes to us from some friends of Denver's interdimensional sound terrorist Pictureplane, a group called Hollagramz (yeah, bet you wish you thought of it first). "Spectral Crush" is the title track from that outfit's new, self-released EP, and is certainly the most fitting of the distinction, even amongst three other solidly funky, forward-looking dance cuts. Hollagramz's tune kicks off at nearly full throttle: A bouncing dance rhythm works its way into your pulse while the ever-growing mass of synth melodies and the bulbous bassline burrow directly into your mind. There's quite a tasteful build and drop in there too, but what's most captivating about Hollagramz's "Spectral Crush" is its deft use of space. The way they move the various percussive sounds around in the mix, the way they precisely layer the track's innumberable keyboard tones, and the way they give each noise the space to bound and float about all creates the illusion that maybe this song was played by people, live in the same room, and not simply created with samples in a computer. If that excites you like it excites us, make sure to grab the rest of Spectral Crush, here.
On Monday, March 7, XLR8R editor Ken Taylor will host a Red Bull Music Academy Session in San Francisco, an event open to all who are interested in applying for this year’s big Tokyo event (RSVP here or here). Taylor will be conducting live interviews with Tim Sweeney (of DFA and the Beats in Space radio show/club), the creator of the LinnDrum drum machine and the MPC, Roger Linn, and Dave Smith (a.k.a. "the godfather of MIDI"). Read more »
As we crawl toward the impending release of FaltyDL's latest full-length, You Stand Uncertain, more and more FaltyDL-related nuggets are finding their way into the internet ether. Last week, it was an in-depth interview with Blackdown. Today, it's the album's first video, composed for "Gospel of Opal." Read more »
Don't bother checking your calendars; though it may seem like it based upon today's download section, March 2 is not How to Dress Well Day. But maybe it should be. It could be safely said that just about everything artist Thomas Krell attaches his solo moniker to is of the highest caliber of soul-driven, visceral sound quality. Between his R. Kelly cover, his "seance" with Matthew Dear, and this edit of his lovely "Ready For the World" cut by UK bass producer xxxy (pictured above), HTDW gets full stars across the board. Though the editing producer is fully responsible for transforming the lo-fi R&B gem into a deep, club-appropriate tune, it sounds almost like xxxy is simply beefing up the number with stronger kicks and thicker bass tones—filling up the gaps that Krell intentionally left empty. xxxy is basically extracting the soundsystem banger that lays repressed in "Ready For the World"'s murky essence. And seeing as how this edit is taken from a forthcoming remix EP courtesy of Tri Angle, let's hope there's more of this where it came from.
Since the announcement of the sophomore LP to come June 7 from the three NYC genre defiers in Battles (via Warp), the anxiousness for hearing what the insanely innovative outfit has created is palpable, but now, we're offered just a bit of relief. Battles is hitting the road in the months before Gloss Drop, uh, drops, playing almost exclusively in "small venues." Read more »
This may seem odd to many people, but seeing as how we here at XLR8R HQ deal with the constant inundation of MP3 streams and downloads, most of which can squeeze easily between three and five minutes, it's quite out of the ordinary for us to offer our readers the first sounds to be heard from Gang Gang Dance's forthcoming fifth studio LP, Eye Contact (out May 10 via 4AD, pictured above), in the form of its 11-plus-minute opening track, "Glass Jar," which you can now stream, below. Read more »
Getting music for free from the internet is no new concept (even doing it legally, too), but it's still fairly rare that you're offered a full-length record for absolutely no monetary cost. And yet here we are: South Carolina's burgeoning beatmaker Hard Mix just released his debut album, Defaults (pictured above), via Dovecote Records, and you can have it all for free right now. Read more »
Hardly two months after dropping his debut EP, promising Canadian house producer Jacques Greene will let go of another small collection of his music, once again via LuckyMe. The forthcoming 12" will feature one new track, "Another Girl," in addition to remixes of two tunes from his debut EP, The Look. Read more »
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