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Stream Ras G's New EP


The summer wildfire season is still a few months away, but Los Angeles is on fire right now. Seriously, the Southern California beat scene is absolutely bursting with talent and it seems like a new mindblowing record appears every few days. On April 27, Matthewdavid's Leaving Records will be adding El-Aylien Part 1, the latest EP from abstract beatmaker and Flying Lotus cohort Ras G, to the canon. Read more » 

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  • 04/21/2010

Horse Meat Disco Unleash Second Disco Mix

The boys of Horse Meat Disco are back with the second installment of their mix series on Strut Records. Following in the tradition of their first mix, the collection includes everything from rarities such as Madleen Kayne's "Cherchez Pas" to Italo classics such as Kasso's "Walkman," thus illuminating the astounding breadth of the disco genre. With a teaser mix now up, the most popular disco crew from the UK seems set to continue winning fans of their disco-love vibes. Check out the tracklist after the jump! Read more » 

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  • 04/21/2010

Download: Bakey Ustl "First Class"

XLR8R favorites Teengirl Fantasy met native Estonian Bakey Ustl while studying in Amsterdam, and have been slowly spreading word of Ustl's astounding productions ever since. "First Class" is a track with sonics existing somewhere between contemporary UK funky sounds and the deep, jazzy house found on Stuttgart's Philpot label. With delirious, lush synths and intense polyrhythms running throughout, the high-frequency flourishes, squelchy bits, and rumbling bass play off of an exemplary sonic core. Though he doesn't have a record deal yet, be assured that a label will snatch up Ustl sometime very, very soon, especially given his eclectic palette and range of influences. 

Average: 8.2 (66 votes)

Download: Gadi Mizrahi & Soul Clap "Beautiful Thang"

As one part of the Wolf + Lamb DJ/production team, Gadi Mizrahi has certainly seen his star rise to unforeseen heights in the past year, and with his new vinyl-only imprint releasing tracks like "Beautiful Thang," he can only rise higher. A funky track obviously inspired by Miami's musical history, "Beautiful Thang" features a killer bass, nicely-padded kicks, and cut-up samples forming a melodic backbone. Combined with breezy, sexy vocals from Cnyce of Soul Clap and a backing synth drone that mirrors a prominent Kraftwerk line, the piece is certainly attuned to a club vibe, placing it in solidly in the the summer hits category. 

Average: 7 (19 votes)

Review: Yellow Swans Going Places

Label: Type

As the last testament from the format-catholic PDX noise duo, the fittingly titled Going Places crystallizes the tension that made for Yellow Swans' sporadic genius and, one assumes, their unraveling. Like Gowns, another foiled and convincing noise band, Yellow Swans' music is political in the most bummed and personal way. "Opt Out," "Limited Space," and "New Life" are titles of some of the dark-hued, percolating dust clouds contained on the record. Read more » 

GangStarr MC Guru Dead at 43

After a year-long battle with cancer that also included a much-publicized heart attack, MC Guru passed away last night. Founder of the pioneering hip-hop group GangStarr, Guru was not only known for his uncompromising flows, but an approach to hip-hop production that paid homage to (and included collaborations with) jazz legends such as Donald Byrd and Branford Marsalis. Read more » 

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  • 04/20/2010

Preview the New Night Slugs EP from Girl Unit


Next week, Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990's Night Slugs label will be releasing its third record, the I.R.L. EP from fellow London upstart Girl Unit, who, incidentally, is neither a girl nor a multi-person unit. In the meantime, the guys have been kind enough to offer an exclusive stream of three tracks from the EP, right here on XLR8R.com. Read more » 

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  • 04/20/2010

DaVinci: A young cat straight out the Fillmoe sidesteps the hyphy hype—and gives it all away.

Just a couple years ago, you couldn’t chuck a thizz pill a few feet in the Bay Area without hitting a hyphy-rapping newjack. While there are plenty trying to recreate that carefree vibe, others realize there are realer issues to discuss. Rapper DaVinci (a.k.a. John DeVore) represents San Francisco’s neglected Fillmore district. His debut album, The Day the Turf Stood Still, looks at gentrification and the changing faces of black communities, while reminding fans what raw rhymes and gritty beats sound like. Read more » 

Download: Munchi "Metele Ballaco"

So maybe this whole moombahton thing has some legs after all. What started as Dave Nada slowing down some Dutch house tunes to appease his Latin-music-loving little cousins is beginning to blossom into a full-fledged movement. Enter Munchi, a producer from the Netherlands who has previously dabbled in dubstep, B-more, bubbling, baile funk, and a number of other genres. But now he's unveiled the Moombahton Promo EP—which can be downloaded for free from his blog—and dude has seriously upped the ante on this nascent style. The entire EP is loaded with infectiously blaring synths and rumbling reggaeton beats, but "Metele Ballaco" is especially potent with its "Planet Rock" samples and fired-up raps en español

Average: 5.9 (32 votes)

Download: Tobacco "Fresh Hex (feat. Beck)"

Label: Anticon

Black Moth Super Rainbow frontman—if you can call a guy who sits on the floor during their shows a frontman—Tobacco's sophomore solo effort, Maniac Meat is rapidly approaching its May 25 release date. "Fresh Hex" is the latest album taster to be released into the wild, and it features an all-star guest appearance from LA troubadour Beck, whose trademark quaver pairs quite nicely with Tobacco's usual assortment of blown-out hoover beats, psychedelic synths, and hip-hop beats. 

Average: 7.3 (41 votes)

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