And here it is... XLR8R's top 20 tracks of 2010. Is there much else to say, except maybe "let the hating begin"? We've even attached our editorial team's own two cents to the top 10 tunes, just to give you internet commenters some ammo to work with. Check out the bottom half of the list (numbers 21-40) here, and stay tuned for our favorite albums/EPs later this week. Read more »
Baltimore MC Spank Rock and Johnny Sierra of The Death Set have put together a Christmas video parodying the strangely awkward Bing Crosby and David Bowie video in which they discuss Christmas and sing "Little Drummer Boy." We prefer this newer version which, admittedly, is still awkward but this time intentionally. Enjoy!
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New York cellist/composer/disco legend Arthur Russell has continued to have a growing impact amongst contemporary artists despite his death over a decade ago. Between his collaborations with artists like Phillip Glass and David Byrne, as well as his tremendously prolific output under an assortment of names (including Loose Joints, Dinosaur L, and The Sailboats) and within many different sides of the musical spectrum (from avant-disco to modern classical), Russell is viewed as a pioneer and legend of modern music. Which brings us to Arthur's Landing, a "morphing collective" of musicians who worked with Russell throughout his career, and who will be releasing an album of reinterpretations of Russell's work on London's Strut imprint (artwork above). Read more »
Even as 2010 comes to a close, there seems to be no shortage of stellar podcasts making their way to the internet before the year's done. The latest comes from Hessle Audio co-founder Ben UFO, who has been tapped by Resident Advisor to "summarize 2010 on the dancefloor." Ben UFO delivered us an excellent XLR8R podcast back in May (which stuck with us long enough to make it onto our Best Podcasts of 2010 list), and this mix continues to prove his prowess behind the decks, delivering a blistering 70-plus-minute, 29-track crash course through his favorite dance records of the year. Read more »
The day has finally come, and now we have the full details regarding the forthcoming debut full-length from producer-cum-singer/songwriter James Blake. Following a series of three well-received, critically lauded EPs, the artist (who's already made it into our top videos and tracks of 2010) will release his 11-song, self-titled record via Atlas/A&M on February 7, which includes previously unveiled tracks "I Never Learnt to Share" and Feist cover "Limit to Your Love." Read more »
We're still a bit flabbergasted by the latest solo record from The Sea & Cake frontman Sam Prekop. Instead of the veteran post-rocker's usual mellowed-out guitar and vocal pairings, Prekop's Old Punch Card is actually an instrumental foray into vintage modular synthesizers and the warm, bubbling sounds they can so beautifully make. Well, to one such track from that record, this lovely animation was added by Adult Swim/Nickelodeon animator Jordan Kim. Read more »
Download a Free Brodinski-Compiled Collection Featuring Remixes From Nguzunguzu, Brenmar, Bok Bok, and More
Back in July, French DJ/producer Brodinski (pictured above) dropped Best of Everything, a two-part mix consisting of Brodinski's favorite hip-hop and techno tracks at the moment. Now we've gotten our hands on Best of Everything 2, a collection of Brodinski's favorite hip-hop and R&B remixes from a host of excellent producers. Read more »
This track comes courtesy of Eliot Lipp and Chicago rapper vyle., the product of a collaboration they're calling Auburn. vyle. manages the tricky task of spitting about both high-end street fashions and the simple joys of a city block's verandah. All of this is backdropped by the futuristic, blown-out synths of Lipp's production, bringing to mind the inimitable, El-P-produced Cannibal Ox. Lipp and vyle. have spent the last few years collaborating on various tracks together, but Auburn is now an official project, one that seems to draw on the tensions between a streamlined digital fantasy world and a sometimes unforgiving urban reality. Out January 11 as a maxi-single with the b-side “Arrivals/Departures (Pyramid Angle)," "Ultamodern Verandah" is available now for free.
Underworld, Salem, Flying Lotus, Kode9, Seefeel, Buraka Som Sistema, and More Confirmed for Sónar 2011 Events
Arguably one of the most highly regarded of electronic music festivals, Spain's Sónar festival has always served as a place to see cutting-edge music at its finest, and from the looks of it, the 2011 editions are going to continue that tradition. The festival has put together an incredible roster of artists for its four upcoming events in its traditional location, Barcelona, as well as A Coruña, Toyko, and London. Read more »
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