As you may have noticed, we've been covering just about every thing going on with San Francisco outfit Mi Ami, and that's mostly because the now-duo has recently taken on the task of making psyched-out, DIY dance tunes, which we're quite fond of. The band is only weeks away from releasing its first EP of such material, and will also be touring the US and Europe in support of Dolphins starting next month. Read more »
Thing one about Oslo in the winter: It’s cold. But really, that should sorta be thing two, because thing one in Oslo in the winter is the city’s By:larm Festival, which took place last weekend. (Actually, Oslo residents would tell you that the world skiing championship is thing one, but whatever…) Read more »
UK producers Throwing Snow (pictured above) and Greymatter seem to really enjoy remixing each other's material, and with good reason: It all turns out sounding quite excellent. The latest tune to come from that fruitful trade-off is this version of Throwing Snow's "Un Vingt" single, reworked by his counterpart for a forthcoming, two-volume remix record, which will also include the likes of George Fitzgerlad, Ital Tek, d'Eon, and others (listen to clips here and here). The resulting production is a thick, slow-brewing blend of shuffling club beats, spacey atmospheres, and soulful melodies that could just as easily fit into Hotflush's release schedule as it could your next late-night-comedown DJ set. Look for Greymatter's version of "Un Vingt," along with the original Throwing Snow tracks and other remixes, when it's all made available for digital download March 14.
Some of you may know him as the man behind the consistently on-point Hotflush label and others may simply know him has the producer making dub-heavy bass and techno music as Scuba, but Paul Rose has also made more house-influenced tracks under the name SCB since 2008, building a small discography of obscure remixes and singles. Now, Rose is about to slip another single under his side project's belt with the "Loss" b/w "FutureUnknown" 12" (pictured above), which is set for release via Will Saul's Aus imprint on March 21. Read more »
Brooklyn's R&B-pilfering, bass-bumping DJ/producer extraordinaire Brenmar just sent over this fresh cut from his backlog of unreleased tunes to help alert UK club-goers that he'll be making his first appearances behind London decks this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. It's sort of a shame that it took until now for these gigs to go down, simply because we would've liked to have had this jam on our hard drives long ago. The "Paper Running" track bounces and sways with a futuristic ghetto swagger, no fewer than three solid melodies wafting around its stuttering beat, and a properly tweaked snippet from Currency's "Where Da Cash At" single. It all adds up to not only another great tune in Brenmar's repertoire, but also another reason why Londoners should go see him play this weekend. You can check out more details on those dates after the jump. Read more »
LA's globally minded synth-pop duo Rainbow Arabia is just days away from the release of its debut long-player, Boys and Diamonds, which will be followed almost immediately by an extensive tour of the US and Europe. Read more »
Although it's something we rarely indulge in the pages of XLR8R, it's somewhat of an open secret that at least half of our staff is in love with Ciara... and her music, of course. So we owe Finnish duo Femme En Fourrure a big 'thank you' for sending along this bootleg re-work of Ciara's "Gimme Dat," as it not only gave us an excuse to spend 20-plus minutes scrolling through Ciara photos online, but it also offers an interesting new spin on a track that we already liked to begin with. Apparently, Femme En Fourrure wasn't so keen on Ciara's vocals, so they began by stripping them out entirely before stepping up the 808-ish drums and putting the synths front and center. It's not a radical overhaul, but it works. Plus, it's Ciara! We'll go back to quietly swooning now.
Manhattan's multi-purpose art/music/etc. venue Santos Party House has an exciting new series of art installations premiering this Friday, February 26, interestingly titled Somebody Arted in Here!. Among the artists involved in the inaugural event is Gang Gang Dance vocalist Lizzie Bougatsos (pictured above), who will be transforming the venue's storefront with an installation made collaboratively with Rita Ackermann. Read more »
One of the UK's emerging secret weapons, Ben Westbeech (who also drops tunes as Breach), is just over a month away from sharing his debut album made under his given name, There's More to Life Than This, through the Strictly Rhythm label. The un-Googleable Jam Factory outfit hooked us up with this dub of Westbeech's first single from that record, "Falling," in which it nabs a small section of the artist's white-boy-soul croon to loop over a deep, vintage-inspired house production. The dark bassline grooves in, out, and around the bouncing, bare-bones beat and vocal samples; it's only after four minutes of pushing those sounds through the speakers that Jam Factory starts to embellish on its track—giving us more reason to dance for another two minutes or so.
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