On his latest joint, Santiago Salazar, of the mighty Underground Resistance crew, slams the flashy, overpriced mess that is the contemporary US club scene, dramatically intoning about "bow-legged photographers" and outrageous club entry fees. Read more »
Revolutions Per Minute: Matías Aguayo Takes House Music to Paris, Buenos Aires, and All Points In Between
That voice, mellifluous from the start, confident and full of grace to the end, is the perfect introduction to Matías Aguayo.
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Until now, the 2010 XLR8R Podcast series has been filled by heavy hitters from overseas, but we haven't lost sight of all the great DJs on our own side of the pond. Take Jubilee (a.k.a. Jess Gentile), who regularly whips dancefloors into a frenzy with her rambunctious combination of bass-heavy electro, upfront house, UK funky, and plenty of tropical flavor that can be traced back to her younger days as a Miami Bass-worshipping Florida raver. Read more »
With a new album out and a major tour starting soon, Owen Pallett (a.k.a. the Canadian pop composer formerly known as Final Fantasy) continues to gather fans, and this remix from the UK's Simon Bookish is certain to please even the most cynical ears. "Keep the Dog Quiet" is sped up and given a more bouncy flair, complete with multi-layered orchestral stabs, deep bass, and cut-up samples of Pallett's vocals. In the end, the piece recalls Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch singing over a particularly lush Wham City track, a unique combination if there ever was one.
Hotflush Recordings founder and dubstep-techno crossover artist Scuba (a.k.a. Paul Rose) has been in rock-steady ascent since dropping the 2008 monster jam "Hard Boiled," a track that helped build a bridge of sound from London to Berlin. This DJ mix shows off where he's coming from, where he's going, and who's coming with him. Read more »
Late April's Donaufestival in Krems, Austria, will see a fascinating collaboration between the depressive pop of Xiu Xiu and the manic rhythms of Deerhoof. The two groups will be combining forces to perform the entirety of Unknown Pleasures, the legendary Joy Division album (and dorm-room staple) which has given music fans some of the most iconic sounds of the past 30 years. Read more »
The debut single from Brooklyn's Kingdom, out now on Fool's Gold, features all the elements we've come to expect from his productions; R&B vocal work (provided here by Shyvonne), spacey electronics, warbling low-end, and big, bouncing dance beats. For his remix, L-Vis 1990 ups the track's future-house vibes with a mass of tweaked vocals, extra percussion bits, and all sorts of interjecting synth lines. The full Mind Reader EP also features remixes from Todd Edwards and Bok Bok, along with Kingdom's b-side, "You."
On his years off from making beats for Aesop Rock and others, Blockhead has assembled a group of instrumental LPs that stands solidly on its own, despite the generally shoddy reputation of instrumental hip-hop full-lengths over the past decade. The Music Scene adds new knots to Blockhead's sly, ironic take on boom-bap, incorporating shifting structures that spiral into changing tempos, half-remembered snippets of soul horns and gnarly old guitars, and occasional drifts into hazy, shimmering psychedelia. Read more »
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