DJ MikeQ may not be a name that rings familiar for many XLR8R readers, but we have a pretty strong intuition that's about to change. His name has been popping up in mixes from the likes of Kingdom and Bok Bok for awhile now, but a little digging has shown DJ MikeQ to be one of the leading figures of the East Coast's long-running (but still largely underground) ballroom/vogue-house scene. Read more »
After years of domination in Oslo, skweee label Dødpop and its stable of producers will be making their UK debut at fellow wonky beat-genre label Donky Pitch's club night in Brighton on Saturday, March 5. The full lineup and all the details are here, but in tow will be Dødpop producer Beatbully, whose debut album Kosmik Regn coming at the end of the month. To celebrate both the release and Dødpop's first time in the UK, the label is offering Beatbully's title track for a free download. The song's undercurrent of fat, bloated synths are barely a match for the plethora of spry and dazzling synth melodies that crackle in and out, yet lackadaisical kickdrums and handclaps stickily hold it all together.
Venturing out from his beatmaking work as one third of international indie darlings The xx, here Jamie xx (né Jamie Smith) gets to fully indulge his own predilection for the sparest of dubstep/post-dubstep via the fantastic and fantastically unclassifiable post-everything comeback record of OG of OGs Gil Scott-Heron. Read more »
Here, we have a one-off remix from recent Punch Drunk signee Kahn (whose first 12" for the label drops February 28 and is pictured above). He's taken aim at Superisk's "Find Your Way," which first appeared last year on that artist's own single for the excellent dubstep label. As FACT pointed out in its write-up of the grimy tune, Kahn's version was aptly described as "fucking rude" by Superisk, a statement which is driven home by the song's intensely overwhelming bass frequencies, its wince-inducing riddim, and those sparse sample drops of an MC in the thick of some guttural "boh! boh!"-ing. But that's not all we have at work on "Find Your Way (Kahn Remix)"; the producer evens out his rudeness with eerie string melodies and 8-bit synth riffs that offer a touching yin to the rest of the track's ominous yang.
Dominic Maker and Kai Campos, those two guys behind the band that created our 16th favorite album from 2010, Mount Kimbie's Crooks & Lovers, will soon be embarking on yet another tour together, this time traversing the North American continent between dates at the SXSW and Coachella festivals. Read more »
Danish group When Saints Go Machine (pictured above) continue to tease the listening pubic with the prospect of their 2011 debut album for !K7, having given XLR8R the title track to their Fail Forever EP and a dOP remix of the track to boot. This time around, the handsome foursome has offered up something that at first seemed unexpected—a cover of the Kariya's 1988 rave classic, "Let Me Love You For Tonight." Stripping the original of its ravetasticness, When Saints Go Machine keep the song sexed up, but put it in the bedroom instead of on the dancefloor. It might seem like an unusual song to cover, but given the band's clear love of electronic music essentials—we can't help but notice the Arthur Russell similarities yet again—maybe their song choice wasn't so unexpected after all.
In recent months, Montreal producer (and recent XLR8R feature subject) Jacques Greene has put out a a couple of white-hot releases for the LuckyMe and Night Slugs imprints. On Greene's "Tell Me," taken from his The Look EP for LuckyMe, he delicately shapes analog synths around an alluring woman's desire to "tell me what you like." His drums provide an interesting tension to the ease and fluidity of the track's recurring vocals and melody, as they stutter and just barely avoid faltering. It may come as no surprise then that Night Slugs labelmate and R&B sample wizard Kingdom decided to put his own stamp on this sensuous tune. Honoring the original with a less manipulative "edit," Kingdom opts mostly for a relentless, hype-inducing drum roll before he pitch-shifts the vocal into a helium-powered, space-diva stratosphere. (via RCRD LBL)
In a press release titled "From the Desk of Kevin Saunderson," the Detroit techno icon (pictured above) spelled out his concerns over an illegal sampling of his 1987 classic, "The Sound," which was produced with Santonio Echols and released under the artist name Reese & Santonio. Read more »
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