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Bubblin' Up: Guy Andrews

Who: Guy Andrews
Where: Brighton, UK

XLR8R has always been partial to new artists, particularly in the Bubblin' Up section, but 23-year-old Guy Andrews is really taking the newcomer tag to another level. Read more » 

Listen to Laurel Halo's 'Hour Logic' EP Now

Since we're already offering you folks a chance to win the brand-new record coming from multi-talented Brooklyn artist Laurel Halo, the Hour Logic EP (pictured above), we thought you might also like to know you can hear that music before it's released on June 24 via Hippos in Tanks. Read more » 

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  • 06/08/2011

Pictureplane to Tour US With Teengirl Fantasy

Two musical outfits dedicated to the sounds of homemade dance music, Denver's Pictureplane (pictured above) and Oberlin, Ohio-based duo Teengirl Fantasy, are set to tour the US together this summer. Read more » 

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  • 06/08/2011

Funkineven Announces New Single

Though when he initially popped on our radar in 2009, we compared him with Dam-Funk, UK-based producer Funkineven (previously featured here) has proven a multi-faceted beast of his own classification. Read more » 

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  • 06/08/2011

Five Minutes at MUTEK with Four Tet

Amidst the hustle and bustle of this year's MUTEK festival in Montreal, we snagged a few of our favorite artists for a quick chat about their impressions of the festival, the city, and, of course, some chatter about their music. Here, Four Tet dishes about the best time for snacking on poutine, what's happening with his Text label, and how he and Caribou wound up gravitating toward the dancefloor. Read more » 

Download: River of Slime "Volume One (S-Type Remix)"

First Listen

How one turns a 17-minute MPC free-jam into a skittering club tune that clocks in under three minutes is somewhat beyond us. Nonetheless, that's exactly what Glasgow's S-Type did with "Volume One" by Edinburgh producer River of Slime. Laying down the flitty jumble of samples that makes up of most of the original track as his base, S-Type layers bouncing 808 rhythms, oversized sub-bass tones, and hyped-up synth melodies over the top—making for a version of "Volume One" that's hardly recognizable. You can grab the rest of this record, with other remixes from Paranoise and Scatabrainz (check those out here), when it drops on June 27 from Phuturelabs' website. 

Average: 8.2 (64 votes)

Review: Ford & Lopatin Channel Pressure

Label: Software

Remember when M83 released Saturdays=Youth, and everyone talked about how it was the perfect soundtrack to an imaginary Molly Ringwald film made 20 years hence, one that distilled the delicate piano scores and electro-lite vibes of suburban-Illinois heartache into immaculate, hazy pop suites? Fast-forward three years, and you'll find
Ford & Lopatin (the Brooklyn duo of Tigercity's Joel Ford and Oneohtrix Point Never mastermind Daniel Lopatin, previously known as Games) mining a similar landscape, but with entirely mixed results. Read more » 

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  • 06/08/2011

Big Freedia Announces International Tour

Sassy, gender-ambiguous, and fabulous—we here at XLR8R really like Big Freedia. The undisputed queen of New Orleans sissy bounce provides a raucous and sweaty live performance that is truly second to none. So if you haven't had a chance to experience Big Freedia, you're in luck: she's just announced a whirlwind tour with stops in Europe and North America. Read more » 

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  • 06/08/2011

Download: Disclosure "I Love... That You Know"

Fresh-faced and London-based, Disclosure has taken a divergent course through the UK hardcore continuum. Blending garage and dubstep production aesthetics with the melodic sensibility of R&B has become a sort of calling card for the duo. Last month, XLR8R posted new single "Carnival," and now we've got "I Love... That You Know," the b-side. Continuing the theme of where "Carnival" left off, "I Love... That You Know" mixes a straight-up percolating beat with a ridiculously soulful, chopped-up vocal hook. "Carnival/I Love... That You Know" will see release June 13 as a 7" on Transparent

Average: 8.3 (142 votes)

Download: Balam Acab "Oh, Why"

Label: Tri Angle

The boy wonder known best for helming the inaugural release from NY dark-pop imprint Tri Angle, Alec Koone (a.k.a. Balam Acab), will soon also take credit for crafting the label's first completely original LP release. Wonder / Wander, an eight-track record scheduled to drop on August 29, is also Koone's debut album, and features the spectral cut "Oh, Why." Much like the material from the See Birds EP, this glimpse of Balam Acab's new record bounces along at a slow, dream-like pace; listening to "Oh, Why" feels like walking underwater towards the beckoning sirens of its angelic vocal samples, but never quite reaching them. We can only imagine that the remainder of Wonder / Wander will hold just as much beauty, if not more so. Before it's released, you can check out the album art and tracklist for the forthcoming record, below.  Read more » 

Average: 8.2 (68 votes)

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