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Leave Them All Behind: As Shed, Producer Rene Pawlowitz Casts Off Remnants of Techno Past

It's almost ironic that since the release of his landmark debut album, 2008's Shedding the Past, German producer Rene Pawlowitz (a.k.a. Shed) has been viewed a savior of modern techno. His music is wildly unpredictable and doesn't quite mesh with the genre's obsession with rigid structure and functionalism. Held up as one of the cornerstones of the world-famous Berlin scene, Pawlowitz clashes sharply with the city's obsession with dark, steely techno and bright tech-house grooves.

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Download: Om Unit "Cradle"

This fresh cut of lush, low-slung, and dubby rhythms comes to us off the latest EP by London's Om Unit, entitled The Corridor. DJ Plasticman's Terrorhythm label dropped that five-song release the day before yesterday, and handed over "Cradle" for us to give to you today. The tune fits somewhere between mellower dubstep, Scuba-style techno, and shuffling beat music, and borrows equally from each genre's sound palette—slow, bulbous basslines, textural ambiance, and loads of delayed polyrhythms. You can slap any name you like on it, but we'll just go ahead and call it good electronic music. You can listen to and buy all of The Corridor EP here, including a remix of the title track by Ghostly's Shigeto

Average: 7.9 (42 votes)
 
 

Cobblestone Jazz's Danuel Tate to Release Solo Record

Solo artist and longtime keyboardist for Canada's Cobblestone Jazz Danuel Tate will soon follow up his two EPs for the Wagon Repair label with a full-length solo album. Mexican Hotbox is a genre-spanning LP that will be released on November 22. Its 11 songs are said to be full of the elements of jazz, swing, Latin guitars, funk, modern electronics, and a whole lot of dance music. Read more » 

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  • 09/29/2010

Download: School of Seven Bells "Heart Is Strange (Active Child Remix)"

Label: Lefse

It's an ideal pairing: the dreamy electronics of LA's Active Child with the airy shoegaze of NY's School of Seven Bells (pictured above). The two outfits will be sharing wax space on a split 7" coming out on October 26 courtesy of Lefse, with each artist contributing a remix of the other's music. Active Child nabs a track off of School of Seven Bells' latest album, Disconnect From Desire, and strips the song of its synth-propelled driving force, instead giving it a bright swirl of harp and vocal arrangements centered around a slow drum-machine beat. That said, synths still play a large part in this remix of "Heart Is Strange," and after the mid-point of the song, a warm bass timbre slowly rises into the forefront of the production, giving the rest of the floating sonics something sturdy to hold on to. 

Average: 8 (30 votes)
 
 

Kyle Hall, Mount Kimbie, Monolake, and More in XLR8R's Decibel Festival Recap, Part Two

If you missed the first part of our Decibel coverage, you can find it here.

My first two days at Seattle's seventh annual Decibel Festival were perfectly streamlined in regards to catching all of the artists I hoped to see—that is, compared to the following three days of the festival. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were all littered with DJs and producers I'd long hoped for a chance to watch perform live, many of which played minutes and miles from each other. Read more » 

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  • 09/28/2010

Download: Justin Martin & Ardalan "Mr. Spock (Cory Blaine's Drop It Like It's Spock Remix)"

Mixpak Records dropped a new EP today, Hot Plate from 22-year-old Texan Cory Blaine. Blaine seems to be combining a jackin' Chicago house sound with some of Baltimore club's goofy spirit, and his Hot Plate EP finds him also getting remixed by the likes of DJ Nehpets, Zombie Disco Squad, Malente&Dex, and Andy Petr. You'll have to buy the EP to hear all those efforts, but in the meantime, Blaine has cooked up this bootleg re-edit of current Dirtybird club anthem "Mr. Spock" by Justin Martin and Ardalan. The original version is a tech-house monster, and while Blaine's remix may not surpass it, it does dial back some of the big-room vibe, whittling down the drama and stepping up the jack. At the very least, it's a new spin on a track that's being caned everywhere right now. 

Average: 7 (27 votes)
 
 

Video: Tim Turbo feat. Spoek Mathambo & Gnucci Banana "Hush (Iggy, Iggy)"



This Friday, Vienna's Big-N-Hairy label will release the debut EP from Tim Turbo, the Hush (Iggy, Iggy)/Linyora EP. Featuring the vocal talents of Spoek Mathambo and his wife Gnucci Banana, the EP finds the pair rapping with a healthy dose of South African slang over the Berlin-based producer's synthy bounce. Read more » 

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  • 09/28/2010

Podcast 162: Salem

As spelled out in our current cover story, Midwestern trio Salem is a "gothy/witch-house/dream-crunk/"fucking hipster"/drag-step/worst.band.ever./genius/crack-core/amaaaazing/hiding-behind-fuzz/wigger/fake-black-metal/angelic/homo-thug/Michael Stipe-endorsed/post-juke band from no place in particular." Basically, they've become one of those bands that can be whatever you want them to be; the notion of what exactly Salem is threatens to engulf what Salem's music actually sounds like. So today, on the day the group's debut album, King Night, is being released (buy it here), we're happy to focus on the latter by presenting Sleep Now My One Little Eye, an exclusive mix that Salem put together for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Download: The Hours "Ali in the Jungle (Beg to Differ Dub)"

Label: Wurst

NYC's Beg to Differ (pictured above) is a collaboration between local heroes Nick Chacona and Wurst label head Roy Dank (a.k.a. My Cousin Roy). The duo has been mucking around in the studio since last year, and now they've released a few of their remixes on a new EP. Simply entitled The Remixes, the a-side includes a killer re-work of Afrobeat heavyweights Bibi Tanga & The Selenites, while we've got the b-side, a remix of UK indie outfit The Hours. Beg to Differ's dub workout is a pulsing disco-house number punctuated by some emotive strings, a thumping bassline, and some choice early-'90s synths. And for those looking to savor a little more of The Hours' vocal stylings, the digital version of The Remixes EP also includes a proper remix of the song. 

Average: 7.9 (26 votes)
 
 

Review: Shit Robot From the Cradle to the Rave

Label: DFA

Shit Robot's debut full-length is also a coming-out party for Marcus Lambkin, the spotlight-shy guy behind the unusual handle. Closely associated with DFA, Shit Robot also embodies the label's meticulousness: He has only dropped an EP a year between 2006 and 2010, skipping 2008. Even though From the Cradle to the Rave's running time roughly equals the rest of Shit Robot's discography, this collaboration-driven album is a low-stakes affair compared to the label's 2010 marquee release, LCD Soundsystem's This Is Happening. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 09/28/2010

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