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Bok Bok Drops a FACT Mix

Anyone with a pulse who's checked out XLR8R in the past year knows that we're big fans of Bok Bok and the Night Slugs imprint he runs with L-Vis 1990. The label's role in reshaping bass music is undeniable, but Bok Bok also happens to be a damn fine DJ—in case you missed it, we recently put his XLR8R Podcast atop our list of the Best Podcasts of 2010. Now, the man has delivered another scorching-hot DJ session, this time for our counterparts across the pond, FACT. Read more » 

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  • 12/17/2010

PTN to Release Second Hackman EP in 2011

Throughout 2010, UK producer Hackman seemed to both be around every corner and yet easily overlooked during a year when the quality and quantity of UK bass music has been so high. Between a slew of remixes posted here at XLR8R and EPs for PTN and Well Rounded released in a span of two months, Hackman's prolific output was matched by his consistently engaging takes on house music. Read more » 

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  • 12/17/2010

Watch Natalie Beridze/TBA's Stunning New Video

Over the summer, Georgian singer/producer Natalie Beridze (a.k.a. TBA) released a five-track EP on Monika Enterprise entitled What About Things Like Bullets. The title track of that EP now has an illustrious, imaginative music video created by Nika Machaidze that features Beridze as a comic book version of herself. Read more » 

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  • 12/17/2010

Garage Rockers The Dirtbombs to Release Album of Detroit Techno Covers

Detroit's Dirtbombs have had their hands in the electronic-music pot before, trading sides with Adult. back in 2004, when the two groups released a split 7", with each covering a track from the other. Now The Dirtbombs, hot on the heels of releasing this killer animation below for their cover of techno classic "Sharevari," are set to put out an entire album of tracks from their hometown's electronic music legacy. Read more » 

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  • 12/17/2010

Low End Theory Expands to San Francisco

LA's now legendary Low End Theory club night has been showcasing some of the best minds in the converging worlds of leftfield electronics, hip-hop, and of course, the LA beat scene for a while now, along the way garnering a reputation as one of the most forward-thinking nights of electronic music anywhere. Not satisfied to rest on its accomplishment, the Low End crew (including residents Daddy Kev, The Gaslamp Killer, Nobody, D-Styles, and Nocando) has announced that they will be bringing its night to San Francisco the first Friday of every month starting in March, with a kick-off party scheduled for January 21 at SF's 103 Harriet. Read more » 

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  • 12/17/2010

Download: Deepak Sharma & Dieter Krause "Wolkenreise (DJ Qu Remix)"

The latest single to come from cross-continental production duo Deepak Sharma & Dieter Krause for Sharma's Hidden Recordings label is "Wolkenreise," a somber house tune whose title translates quickly to "travel clouds." The single comes complete with remixes from the likes of John Tejada, Rene Breitbarth, and featured here, DJ Qu (whose mix for Little White Earbuds also made it onto our list of favorite non-XLR8R podcasts from 2010, and is pictured above). Just like the title says, Qu's remix is immediately set on a forward trajectory, the lightness of which would be aptly described as cloudlike. The soft pulse of the incessant kick rhythm pushes the subtle synth sounds and other ethereal elements along a designated dancefloor path, occasionally running into the odd atmospheric flourish as it travels. But Qu's "Wolkenreise" remix is most like a cloud because it doesn't take off or touch down throughout its six minutes; it just floats high up in the atmosphere from start to finish. 

Average: 7.9 (59 votes)

Banjo or Freakout Releases Free Christmas Album

Here over at XLR8R HQ, we're usually extremely hesitant to listen to anything titled "Christmas album" because, well, most Christmas music is pretty damn shitty. However, this album from London-based producer Banjo or Freakout caught our attention with its take on 10 Christmas standards, all tastefully reinterpreted into sparkling, melodic electronics. Yes, all the classics are here from "Oh Holy Night" to "White Christmas" and even "Frosty the Snowman" (seriously), enabling you to throw away whatever Mannheim Steamroller album is playing at your relative's house during the holidays and hit them with melancholy reimaginings of some songs that we probably would have left for dead otherwise. Read more » 

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  • 12/17/2010

Download: Sun Araw and Matthewdavid "Side A Track 3"

Label: Leaving

Two Los Angeles-based producers of all things spacey and ambient, Sun Araw (pictured above) and Matthewdavid, have collaborated on a new cassette entitled LIVEPHREAXXX!!!!, presumably put together during a "party" of sorts at Sun Ark Studios. The third movement on side A is an eight-minute excursion through the minds of its creators, one in which various drones and sounds come together with impossibly loose rhythms, only to be manipulated endlessly as layers of off-beat drum machines and percussion fill the spaces in between. Like most things from the Leaving camp, the track leaves you wondering if there's a secret message to decode, perhaps some sort of hidden melody or rhythm trapped behind the veil of fuzzy processing. Even if there isn't a message waiting for us at the end, we're pleasantly confused with where this outing goes and are left to wonder how weird the other 20-plus minutes of this tape must be. (via Altered Zones

Average: 7.1 (26 votes)

XLR8R's 10 Favorite Other People's Podcasts of 2010

It would be downright ludicrous to think you could make a definitive list of the "best" podcasts to have launched from the internet in 2010 (or any recent year, for that matter). We're fully aware of the more or less incalculable amount of DJ mixes, mixtapes, interviews, etc. that were broadcast from the infinite portals of the web, and our inability to hear even a fraction of them all. So, what we present to you as our year-end lists continue is a small grouping of the podcasts we here at XLR8R HQ have listened to and loved throughout the year, in our not-so-active feature from bygone times, OPP. Check them out, listed in no particular order, below. Read more » 

Download: Beach House "I Do Not Care for the Winter Sun"

"New Beach House song."—it's a phrase that stirs even the soundsystem-inclined denizens of XLR8R HQ. Even if it is a holiday song, it's a Beach House holiday song, and no other indie outfits are more warranted a try at pulling on our heart strings with seasonal music than that of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally. "I Do Not Care for the Winter Sun" finds the duo returning to their humble beginnings of home-recorded sounds—effectively bolstering the piece's intimacy like it was made just for whomever might be listening at the moment. Though the song does start off with some obligatory sleigh bell jingles and Legrand even slips in a couple "this time of year" references, everything else carries on as per usual for Beach House, which means sadly beautiful organ drones, subtle guitar strums, angelic vocal melodies, and ephemeral piano flourishes. It may work best as a 'winter song,' but "I Do Not Care for the Winter Sun" could've easily made a fine stopgap on the duo's captivating Teen Dream record. (via Gorilla vs. Bear

Average: 7.6 (48 votes)

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