Leave it to Gavin Russom (a.k.a. Black Meteoric Star) to have one good idea and stick to it. On his version of "Accusations," one of many stellar tracks from The Future Will Come by fellow DFA compatriots The Juan Maclean, Russom re-records the original bassline using one of his homemade synths and doesn't falter from said melody throughout the song's entire 7-plus minutes. The track is taken from a recent remix collection commissioned by Scion A/V, featuring other reworks from Shit Robot, House of House, and XLR8R Artist to Watch Canyons, and stands as a strangely natural pairing of one of dance music's most pop-friendly acts with one of its more difficult to digest.
Though it's probably the most incongruous track on Dixon's first official mix album since Body Language, Vol. 4, Fever Ray's "If I Had a Heart" nevertheless provides an aesthetic and thematic foundation for the tracks that follow in its wake. Read more »
Keeping up with every XLR8R TV episode can be almost as exhausting as producing it week after week. So, we've made it easy for you—the tired, poor, huddled internet masses yearning to read end-of-year lists—and picked our five favorite episodes of Twenty-Oh-Nine. Read more »
UK producer Max Cooper (pictured above) is known for his dancefloor-oriented techno—check his recent rework of Abe Cooper and Blake Baxter for proof of that—but this remix of Brooklyn's Au Revoir Simone finds him applying a softer touch. Reducing the girls' vocals to ghostly reverb while delicately layering tinkling keys and warm sub-bass over the song's delicate original melodies, he transforms "Take Me As I Am" into six-plus minutes of sublime bliss. With remixes on the way for artists like Hot Chip and DJ Hell, not to mention more of his own original productions, 2010 is shaping up to be a big year for Cooper.
You like lists and we like self-important navel-gazing, so here it is, another mind-blowing collection of some of XLR8R's top-notch content from 2009. Over the course of the year, our weekly podcast series ran all over the musical map, courtesy of guest mixes turned in by some of our favorite artists. Picking the best of the lot was a King Solomon-esque task, but these were the podcasts we found ourselves coming back to again and again.
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