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Review: Small Black New Chain

Label: Jagjaguwar

Lately it seems there's nothing the music world (read: Brooklyn) loves more than a little minimalistic chill-pop. The past year has seen the distinct rise of the faddish chillwave, and nipping at the heels of the movement is New York outfit Small Black, whose New Chain is a alluring minimalist pop record. Filled with fuzzy sonics and M83-esque Casio beats, New Chain simultaneously channels the Human League's catchy new wave, Gary Numan's electric strangeness, and Brian Eno's atmospheric quirk. Read more » 

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  • 12/22/2010

Check Out Pariah's NYE Mix For Vice

If you live across the pond, in London to be exact, you might want to include Vice's New Year's Eve Party at Old Blue Last among your night's string of decadent revelries. Why do we suggest this, you wonder? Well, aside from the fact that the epic shindig goes from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., the snarky brand has wrangled together a pretty stellar lineup, which includes the likes of year-end-list-favored UK DJ/producers Girl Unit and Pariah. To get folks excited for the party—or, as Vice puts it, feeling "more morally obligated to come"—Pariah put together an excellent mix for your streaming/downloading pleasure. Read more » 

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  • 12/21/2010

Download: Panteros666 "X Lova (Cubic Zirconia Remix)"

French DJ/producer Victor Watel (a.k.a. Panteros666) was once a member of the mid-'00, blog-friendly outfit The Teenagers, but now counts himself amongst the members of the Club Cheval crew along with Canblaster, Myd, and Sam Tiba. He's also keeping company these days with the folks at the well-respected Sound Pellegrino label, who just released his Kegstand EP. From that release comes this remix of Watel's "X Lova" tune by NY freak-house outfit Cubic Zirconia. The tricky trio worked the track into a creepy, clattering club number that grows more disconcerting as it progresses. Singer Tiombe Lockhart's voice turns from an airy croon with a tinge of confusion into a something like a dark incantation meant to wake the dead, and the music becomes increasingly distorted, ominous, and downright strange—right up until it shuts down. Save this one for the next time you DJ under a full moon. (via Discobelle

Average: 7.1 (63 votes)

Video: Demdike Stare "Hashshashin Chant"

Let's just get this out of the way. Yes, this is another found-footage music video. That said, we all know that audio-mining UK duo Demdike Stare isn't going to serve up some half-baked collage of YouTube clips with some iMovie effects on it. Read more » 

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  • 12/21/2010

Kode9 Announces New Album for 2011

Considering he's been busy dropping a healthy amount of excellent releases on his Hyperdub label, contributing to k7!'s DJ-Kicks series, and touring all over the world, Kode9 has had a solid 2010 and is poised to continue to expand on that in 2011 with the announcement of a new album to be released in early April. The second collaboration between Kode9 and The Spaceape, Black Sun, will be Hyperdub's first album of 2011 and, according to the label, we should "prepare for something very different from their last album and everything else around." Well, yeah. Read more » 

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  • 12/21/2010

Podcast 178: Oneman

2010 has been another solid year for music, and perhaps an even stronger year for the XLR8R podcast series. Don't believe us? Check out our Top 10 podcasts of 2010. That said, it's almost a shame that we posted the list last week, because our final podcast of 2010 comes courtesy of the UK's Oneman (a.k.a. Steve Bishop), and it's a scorcher. Read more » 

Bubblin': Subeena

Who: Subeena
Where: London, UK

Sabina Plamenova has spent time in Turin and Berlin, but her music is unmistakably London, both in the sense that it's rooted in dubstep, and also because its multitude of sounds ultimately defies simple genre definitions. Read more » 

Watch Spank Rock and Johnny Sierra of The Death Set's Ridiculous Christmas Video

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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  • 12/21/2010

XLR8R's Favorite Tracks of 2010, Part Two

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 » 

Listen to a Track From Arthur's Landing's Debut on Strut Records

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 » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/21/2010

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