Earlier today, Austin-based DJ/producer Bird Peterson posted a new mixtape, Drankenstein, on the Mad Decent blog. Purportedly inspired by his love of "the Dirty South and the use of trance synths in current rap," Drankenstein features 15 tracks layering crunk acapellas over "classic" trance melodies. No, we're not joking. Read more »
Next Tuesday, April 27, DJ /rupture and Matt Shadetek's Dutty Artz imprint will be adding Techno Rumba, the official debut EP from Oakland producer Chief Boima, to its impressive global-bass discography. Featuring a remix by Rupture & Shadetek and another by Uproot Andy, the EP finds Boima skillfully weaving African rhythms and melodies into modern dancefloor sounds. Preview the whole thing right here, and grab yourself a copy when it drops next week. Read more »
Cold Cave, Wavves, DD/MM/YYYY, Glass Candy, Teengirl Fantasy, and More Join Iggy & The Stooges at NXNE
Though not quite a counterpart to the massive SXSW extravaganza, Canada's NXNE festival does offer its own special attractions. In addition to massive headliners the likes of Iggy & The Stooges and X's first performance on Canadian soil in 20 years, XLR8R faves Cold Cave, Glass Candy, Gold Panda, Indian Jewelry, Teengirl Fantasy, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, and more will be helping fill out the list of 650 bands playing over the course of seven days. Read more »
Any XLR8R reader with a pulse has probably noticed our unabashed affinity for the Night Slugs camp and all it has done to energize London dance music. In recent months, its reach has extended well beyond the English capital, even into the snowy wilds of Canada, as Toronto-based producer Egyptrixx was tapped for the second Night Slugs release. Read more »
New London-based imprint Glass Table is whipping out its first release in June, and it is a slice of pure, deep Detroit-style house from Motor City resident Jimmy Edgar. "Hush" is a ponderous, lush track that shows its debt to Theo Parrish and Moodymann in a most reverent way. With a more frenetic remix courtesy of fellow Detroit wunderkind Kyle Hall also included on the single, the new label is off to a magnificent start. As an audiovisual teaser, check out the VERY, VERY NSFW video of Edgar's original track, available after the jump—just be forewarned that the video includes many close-ups of vaginas, so if that makes you squeamish, then you might want to pass. Read more »
Here, London's Geeneus and Katy B attack a cover of the 1988 Kevin Saunderson-produced house masterpiece, Inner City's "Good Life." Obviously, there's no beating the original—many agree that it is one of the best house tracks ever made—but the funky spin that Katy B and Geeneus give the piece is quite special. The chunky house bass of the original is replaced with subsonic tones, and a more frenetic percussion pattern is substituted for the original's monstrous kicks. Of course, the melodic line is kept intact, and Katy B's vocals are attuned to nuances of Paris Grey's without imitating them exactly. All in all, this cover of "Good Life" is one of the better versions of the track available, because it stays true to the brilliance of original while injecting some new personality into the piece.
The sonic contrasts of Take's "Incredibright" are numerous—subsonic bass warblings rub against piano tinklings and lovely, melancholic synth melodies ride above dusty, crunchy beats. It makes sense, then, that the video for the first single from Take's Only Mountain debut album features the artist walking in bucolic woods while being hounded by snake-like audio cables. Read more »
San Francisco's J. Rogers has been the driving force behind the Blipswitch Digital label for the past two years, and the label's latest release is his full-length debut. "Meditation Point" begins slowly, with delayed female vocal samples, bell-like sounds and watery, syncopated tinklings riding above monstrous kicks. But by the track's mid-point, "Meditation Point" has morphed into a jackin' slice replete with bouncing bass, wet claps, and a druggy atmospheric presence that somehow recalls Damian Schwartz, or perhaps a more maximal Luke Hess. While it would be nice to see these tracks on vinyl, one can certainly imagine laptop DJs pounding the club with this lovely piece of tech-house.
Given that San Francisco-based MC DaVinci is giving away The Day the Turf Stood Still for free download, it makes perfect sense that "Ben," the second video from the album, addresses the cult of money and "how far one goes to have material things for both right and wrong reasons." One of the realest rising stars in the hip-hop game, check out our recent interview with him, and then watch the superb video for "Ben." Read more »
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