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Video: Salva "Keys Open Doors"

XLR8R's most recent podcast contributor, Salva, has sent this somewhat disturbing video our way for the track "Keys Open Doors," from his new LP, Complex Housing. Read more » 

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  • 03/18/2011

Nguzunguzu Drops Mini-Mix, Begins European Tour

The Los Angeles-based Nguzunguzu duo has just begun its March/April tour on the other side of the Atlantic, and has dropped a new mini-mix to help spread the word. Read more » 

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  • 03/18/2011

Casual Fridays: Time keepers, tropical caps, and telephone cases!

Our resident stylist Andrew Porter waxes casual on men's and women's must-haves. Read more » 

Watch Footage From Aphex Twin's Bloc Weekend Performance

Thanks to the efforts of one rather dedicated attendee of the UK's Bloc Weekend festivities earlier this month, about 15 minutes of good footage from Aphex Twin's headlining performance for the festival have found its way to the internet Read more » 

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  • 03/18/2011

Download: Pixelord "Equis (Part 2)"

With a new EP slated for release on Seattle's Car Crash Set imprint, Moscow's Pixelord has offered up this non-EP track to give us a taste of what we can expect from the forthcoming release. "Equis (Part 2)" is a jagged beat of sorts with an ever-so-slightly swung boom-bap rhythm chugging below a set of constantly building, dramatic pads and chopped and pitched Stevie Wonder vocal samples. If this track is any indication, then Pixelord's new EP, Puzzles, may find the Russian producer paring down the 8-bit elements often associated with his production, not removing them entirely but rather employing them more sparingly (as in the bubbling bleeps and bloops of this track) to give way to more serious-sounding elements. We'll have to see what the Russian producer has in store for us when Puzzles drops on April 29. 

Average: 8.2 (76 votes)

Download: Rene Hell "E.S. Des Grauens In Fifths"

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Late last month, we shared a song from Kosmiche experimentalists Mandelbrot & Skyy, one half of which is analog synth explorer Jeff Witscher (a.k.a. Rene Hell). The artist just recently dropped a brand-new LP, The Terminal Symphony, under his solo moniker, from which "E.S. Des Grauens In Fifths" is taken. The song wafts about comfortably on the more lighthearted side of Witscher's compositional work; the myriad bubbling, arpeggiated electronic tones all evoke a feeling of wonder and majesty reminiscent of any number of fantasy cartoons we spent our childhoods obsessing over. There is a video for Rene Hell's song, but it's not quite what we imagine when we hear "E.S. Des Grauens In Fifths." You can see it for yourself below. (Those prone to seizures: beware.) (via Altered ZonesRead more » 

Average: 7.8 (26 votes)

Video: Natalie Beridze "In the White"

Perhaps better known for her productions under her TBA moniker, Natalie Beridze has released a new album entitled Forgetfulness and has sent along this stunning video for the LP's track "In the White." Beautifully animated by Nika Machaidze, the video follows the Georgian producer/vocalist through a series of abstract images that she encounters while floating effortlessly in an astronaut suit, a fitting visual companion to Beridze's lush mixture of electronics and somber pop. Forgetfulness is out now on Monika Enterprise. Read more » 

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  • 03/17/2011

R.I.P. Korg Founder Tsutomu Katoh

The man responsible for such classic instruments as the MS-20, the Elect-Tribe, the Mono/Poly, and the Triton among others, Korg's founder and chairman, Tsutomu Katoh, passed away Tuesday morning after a long battle with cancer. Read more » 

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  • 03/17/2011

Download: Ajello "Chocolate Black Leather (Brennan Green Remix Instrumental)"

New York's Brennan Green (pictured above) delivers this delicious eight-minute journey through the land of acid disco on the instrumental version of his remix for the Italian duo Ajello's new single, "Chocolate Black Leather." Although the original version of Green's remix features the vocal stylings of disco queen Hard Ton, this instrumental version only proves the more impressive as it allows us to fully focus on Green's tasty synth work. With a pulsing 303 line driving the track, he unleashes a seemingly endless supply of spacey, vintage synth tones that gradually multiply as they float and sizzle in various reverbs and delays. Make sure to stick this one out to the end as the seasoned producer saves the catchiest line for last, dropping an incredibly melodic lazer arp for a few sweet bars before breaking the track down to its final moments. 

Average: 7.9 (43 votes)

Kode9, Onra, Ninja Tune, and More Band Together to Help Japan

After the tragic events that took place in Sendai last Friday, it seems most everyone around the world is doing what they can to help the people of Japan recover from the disaster and its residual effects—including musicians and record labels, too. Among those efforts you'll find a couple of charity releases put together by a handful of XLR8R's favorites. Read more » 

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  • 03/17/2011

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