To put it mildly, the return of Anti Pop Consortium (as heard on the uneven Flourescent Black LP) and Beans' most recent solo album, End it All, were mostly lackluster listens, and certainly not the kind of forward-thinking, leftfield hip-hop statements some might have hoped they would be. Read more »
Excitement continues to build for the upcoming DJ-Kicks compilation from German techno auteur Motor City Drum Ensemble (a.k.a. Danilo Plessow, pictured above). Earlier this week, we posted a stream of new track "L.O.V.E.," and now Plessow is giving away another effort from the album, his own remix of "Le Cortège Et Course" by French film composer Philippe Sarde, a song that originally appeared in 1972 film Cesar et Rosalie. While Plessow has kept the cinematic feel intact, he's inserted a restrained pulse and some light synth melodies, resulting in a well-crafted and highly-detailed techno number. The complete remix will be available on the double-vinyl LP version of DJ Kicks, which drops next month, but in the meantime, you can download the track below.
British singer-songwriter-producer—and releaser of this fine piece of electro-pop—Chad Valley (a.k.a. Hugo Manuel) just announced that he's going on a run of tour dates throughout North America this September. Read more »
Despite toting a seemingly blissful name and incorporating a fair share of African-style percussion, there is absolutely nothing warm about "Haven," the first track to surface from CHLLNGR's forthcoming album of the same name. Instead, the young producer has crafted a piece of work that is even colder than his Copenhagen base, something like the aural equivalent of entering an ice cathedral. Donning an assortment of haunting pads and distant piano chops, CHLLNGR unleashes a barrage of controlled and intricately placed drums which revolve around the track's slower-moving elements before laying a skillfully chopped and pitched—and absolutely chilling—vocal sample on top. CHLLNGR's new LP doens't hit the streets until next Tuesday, July 5, so for now we suggest you bundle up and get to downloading.
A few weeks back, we got word about a new album from genre-melding NYC artist Pursuit Grooves. Entitled Frantically Hopeful, the album will be released on July 4 via the Tectonic label. However, if you're anything like us, you probably don't want to wait that long. Read more »
The elusive gentleman behind Zomby finally spoke—with XLR8R contrib Andrew Parks' self-titled—about his signing to 4AD, his musician father's recent death, and what his new album's title, Dedication, means to him. Read more »
The boys of Africa Hitech have been busy in 2011, particularly following the release of recent album 93 Million Miles. A couple of weeks back, Mark Pritchard put together some detailed iPhone production tips for us, and now he and Steve Spacek have unveiled a new video for "Out in the Streets." Read more »
Name changes can be a tricky business for any artist, but sometimes they are absolutely necessary. No offense to Maya Medvesek, but changing her moniker from 8Bitch to Nightwave (pictured above) just might be the smartest thing she's ever done. Along with the new name, she's also promising a more mature approach to music-making, as displayed by her brand-new EP, The Feel, which dropped earlier this week. However, even with Medvesek putting more refined techniques into practice, her original version of "Feel" still thumps pretty hard, a characteristic completely absent on this remix from Southern California youngster Lotide. His version is loaded with white space, the gaps only partially filled in by clattering, off-kilter percussion and lightly wafting synth melodies. The remix recalls the work of someone like Teebs, which definitely isn't a bad thing. Svetlana is promising a couple of proper Lotide EPs in the near future, but we'll have to tide ourselves over with his thoughtful remix of "Feel" in the meantime.
Just because we haven't covered Paco Osuna much since we featured him as an Artist to Watch back in 2009 doesn't mean that the Spanish techno legend hasn't been busy. The one-time Amnesia resident has busied himself with touring the world's superclubs, producing techno tracks for Richie Hawtin's Plus 8 label, and running Mindshake, his own imprint. Read more »
If you've been paying attention at all this week, you've probably noticed that Mute Records recently celebrated its renewed independence with the Short Circuit Festival in London, and we were there to take a few pics and talk to some of the luminaries associated with the classic underground label, like Moby and Thomas Fehlmann. Read more »
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