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Download: Grimes "Fragments of the Future"

Our burgeoning love affair with Montreal's Grimes continues to grow exponentially with this freshly unveiled, previously unheard track from the talented singer/producer. The shape-shifting dream-pop number premiered just yesterday as the opener of her mix for Altered Zones, which appropriately kicks things off with an ethereally ominous tone. Massive bass frequencies throb underneath airy harp plucks, shimmering piano melodies, and translucent vocal hooks on Grimes' "Fragments of the Future"—creating an unlikely palette of sound that's oddly infectious. Look for more of that kind of music on the artist's split release with fellow Canadian pop experimentalist d'Eon, Darkbloom, which you can check out here

Average: 7.1 (29 votes)

Tobias Freund to Release Debut LP Under New Moniker

How can you get from Milli Vanilli to Drexciya? This is a question that techno producer Tobias Freund may be set to answer with the release of Leaning Over Backwards on Ostgut Ton, the debut LP from his new moniker, Tobias. Read more » 

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  • 05/03/2011

Video Premiere: dÉbruit "Mezdé"

French-born, London-based abstract beat producer Xavier Thomas (a.k.a. dÉbruit) recently released Şiş Sürpriz, his sixth EP, on Civil Music. To compliment the release, animation house Plastichorse created an official video for the track "Mezdé." Read more » 

Download: Blithe Field "Crushing"

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Label: Waaga

Following in the footsteps of electronic music composers primarily interested in the effects of precious, emotive sounds (i.e. Four Tet, Gold Panda, Styrofoam, et al) is 19-year-old tunesmith Spencer Radcliffe from Athens, Ohio, who's been crafting that sort of music for some time under the name Blithe Field. His latest offering is an LP called Two Hearted (pictured above), the first track of which we have for you here. "Crushing" starts off with the sounds of barking puppies—running the risk of sounding entirely too cute, even for adolescent school girls—before quickly segueing into a tasteful groove of live drumming, tweaked acoustic guitar samples, bass melodies, and subtle electronics. More cutesy samples and poignant soundscapes appear before Blithe Field's album opener is finished—leaving us oddly intrigued as to what other heart-on-sleeve tracks we'll hear when Two Hearted is made available on June 28 via Lefse sister label Waaga. 

Average: 8.1 (74 votes)

Check Out an Interview With Ghostly Designer Michael Cina

XLR8R-featured design mogul and Ghostly International visual artist Michael Cina recently sat down with Ghostly/Spectral Sound's label head Sam Valenti IV for an in-depth talk about the artist's history, process, and future direction. Read more » 

Listen to Gang Gang Dance's New Album Now

Brooklyn-based psychedelic dance-rock experimentalists Gang Gang Dance will release their brand-new LP, Eye Contact, a week from today (May 10) via 4AD, but apparently couldn't keep the music under wraps any longer, as they've offered the world a chance to stream the whole thing today. Read more » 

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  • 05/03/2011

James Blake to Release Double A-Side Single, Tour This Summer

Everyone's favorite post-dubstep troubadour, James Blake, is following up his largely polarizing, self-titled debut LP with a double a-side single, which will be released on June 20 via A&M and the artist's own Atlas imprint. Read more » 

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  • 05/03/2011

Podcast 196: Demdike Stare

Sample digging is a long-standing tradition in the world of electronic music, but few artists really have the chops to repurpose sounds quite like Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker, collectively known as Demdike Stare. Read more » 

XLR8R Launches New Gear Section

We know that XLR8R's readers aren't your average magazine page-flippers. Aside from being rabid music fans, a good lot of y'all are makers of the stuff, too. So, to better serve you bedroom—or big room—producers and DJs, we've taken the gear section of XLR8R and relaunched it for the web. Read more » 

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  • 05/03/2011

Download: Teki Latex and Para One "5th Dimension"

Fun-loving Frenchmen Julien Pradeyrol (a.k.a Teki Latex, pictured above) and Jean-Baptiste de Laubier (a.k.a. Para One) dropped a new, two-track single, 5th Dimension, on Marble Music this week. To coincide with the release, the pair has offered up the record's title track. A dizzying conglomeration of swirling synths and modulated vocals, the energetic "5th Dimension" strays from traditional electro rhythms with its off-kilter, syncopated drums. Cop the track below and be sure to grab the full release here

Average: 6.5 (76 votes)

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