The Shure brand is not alien to the studio, stage, or even subway platform; the company's microphones, wireless systems, and in-ear monitoring devices are legendary recording and performance workhorses, as well as popular in personal audio thanks to the SE530 earphones. Now, Shure is positioned to invade the mixing console; and with the closed-back, circumaural SRH840 Professional Monitoring Headphones, the company has an immediate critical listening contender offering platinum engineer performance at a project-studio-friendly $199 price point. Read more »
A lovely piece of guitar-based experimentation here from two veterans of the scene. Sometimes evoking a more organic, raw version of Polwechsel & Fennesz's collaborations, "F# Song" is a meandering piece taken from their recent Sycamore album that comes to its apex with some melancholy Spanish-style licks that recall early evenings on cobblestone streets in foreign lands. With a drone emerging just at the track's end, David Daniell and Douglas McCombs have crafted a mysterious and pleasing piece of processed improvisational music.
XLR8R’s Inbox checks in with Saba Mohajerjasbi, the DJ half of Seattle-based hip-hop duo Blue Scholars. The snarky Moharjerjasbi talks to us about frat boys, high school Nintendo-core bands that wouldn't let him join, and his all-time favorite band, Next. Blue Scholars’ latest offering, the Oof! EP, is out now on Massline. Read more »
After almost 10 years, Traum Schallplatten sub-label Trapez has hit the 100-release mark, and is celebrating with two releases: an 11-track CD and a 12" featuring three of the larger release's more banging numbers from the likes of Gabriel Ananda, Five Green Circle, and Roland M. Dill. Read more »
As summer slowly comes to its end, 2-steppin' London DJ extraordinaire Oneman looks toward the crisp and colorful coming months with his latest mix, Fall for Autumn. The opening saxophone solo may lament for summers past, but the rest of the mix, which features tracks from the likes of Skream, Zomby, and D1, is chilly enough to be the perfect soundtrack for those rainy fall days spent inside. Download Oneman's mix for free here. Read more »
The Toronto-based, ghettotech-friendly electro duo Thunderheist is set to take North America's western coast by storm. The outfit has been heralded as a "booty-electro party-rap machine of frightening efficiency," and one can bet that Heist's MC Ills and Grahm Zilla aim to prove such statements each time they take the stage this November. Read more »
Given that its creator initially made a name for himself as a purveyor of lighthearted French electro-disco, it's certainly unexpected that the first eight minutes or so of Milky Ways are reminscent of no one so much as Sonic Youth. At that point in the album, a manic splattering of drums finally dissolves into vocodered disco, yet it doesn't signal a return to business as usual. Read more »
After wishing us a joyful Geburtstag and giving their mothers a shout out, Berlin-based production juggernauts Modeselektor will be putting more moves on us with their forthcoming DJ mix for the Body Language series to be released this October on Get Physical. Later that month, the next-level techno team will bring its "riotous, bass-heavy affair" back to North American clubs for a tour that seems all too brief. Read more »
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