Lefse's Way Slow series may only be on its second release, but it's already proving to be something worth paying attention to. Last month, we shared the a-side of St. Louis-based Phaseone's contribution, and now we've got our hands on the flip. "Right & Wrong" is an instrumental cover of sorts, almost like an oddball re-interpretation of Keith Sweat's "Right and a Wrong Way." Phaseone proves he has a knack for making slow and melodious head bangers, referencing some riffs and the chord progression of Sweat's 1987 original and reworking them into a modern slow jam that sounds like you're floating on a G-funk cloud (is that just an all white '66 Impala?). If the two free downloads aren't enough for you, make sure to check out the exclusive mix Phaseone gave us earlier this month, featuring more of his originals and a few choice gems for your downloading pleasure. The limited cassette/CD edition of Phasone's Way Slow will be available December 14. (via FADER)
DFA seems to have a lot going on while it finishes out the year. Yesterday, the massive NYC music hub sent over the brand-new video for The Crystal Ark's "The City Never Sleeps" single, and today we got word of a few goings on with James Murphy and his constituents. Read more »
NYC-based annual art/music/culture digest K48 is gearing up for its latest issue, a massive book filled with articles, images, and sounds called ABRAK48DABRA. Its many pages will feature a variety of underground artists, an interview with Salem, and a mix CD of music from Blondes, Brenmar, Nguzunguzu, Light Asylum, Salem, Teengirl Fantasy, and many others. But there's a problem: Publisher Scott Hug needs your help to actually produce his book. Read more »
We've posted a couple of items about UK beat maker Huess over the last few months, including his excellent "Broke" track and a pretty on-point podcast he made for his label, Inaudible Answer, back in October. Now, the producer has another EP that just dropped via the up-and-coming label, the six-track What It Cost EP. Read more »
Manchester/Leeds-based beat craftsman Darren Williams (a.k.a. Star Slinger) has been blowing up some of our favorite blogs as of late, and we're starting to understand why. Along with making a ton of tunes and handing them out like so much Halloween candy, the producer's work is all over the musical map—making remix stops in Deerhunter, Small Black, and Cocteau Twins territory when he's not crafting his own glistening, sample-based hip-hop locales. Our first offering on behalf of the up-and-coming artist is the R&B-heavy "Baby Mama," an ecstatic head-nodder that brings to mind the wonky, neon sounds of Hudson Mohawke, Rustie, and the like, although this tune is perfectly quantized. Comparisons aside, Star Slinger shines not only as an expert sample user, but also as a musician who knows how to use a catchy, memorable melody to keep the listener coming back to his songs again and again.
Well, now you know what held the places between numbers 26 and 50 in the year's top downloads, as chosen by the readers of XLR8R.com. So today we share with you your own best of the best, numbers 1-25. (And yes, we're sure that Jimmy Edgar is indeed worthy of the number one and 20 spots, and that it has nothing to do with a bunch of pervs Googling "Hot" "Raw" "Sex" and unwittingly ending up on XLR8R.com.) Read more »
Cologne's Kompakt imprint has been a leader in all things techno since its inception in 1998, so it is only right that a record compiling the work of one of its founding members, Jürgen Paape, be regarded as something special. "Take That," which originally appeared on this year's Total 11 compilation and now again as part of Paape's upcoming retrospective album, Kompilation, is an anthem with one foot placed firmly in the future and the other in the past. The track is dark and heavy, recalling some classic techno aesthetics in its sound and structure, but something seems to also be reaching out to the unknown. Maybe its the lazery rhythmic lines that carry the track along, or the stripped down, minimal bounce that Paape employs; either way, as you listen it becomes clear why taking a look at the work of one of techno's most influential label heads/artists is a worthwhile endeavor. Paape was also known as one of techno's most secretive artists, as he never did any interviews, played any shows, or published any pictures, until now. The image above is Paape's first published photo which, not surprisingly, looks like a German guy who has been making techno for over a decade. Kompilation will be released exclusively from Kompakt on December 17 physically and January 10 digitally.
Ann Arbor's now-legendary Ghostly International and sister-label Spectral Sound are set two release two new giant digital compilations next week with We'll Never Stop Living This Way (album artwork above) and Spectral Sound Vol. 3. Read more »
Well, it looks like the Inception ripples are starting to hit the shore. But what better pairing could those kinds of mind-bending visuals have than the hyperreal 3-D sounds of Bay Area producer Eskmo? Director/animator Cyriak Harris plays with some footage of a New York City street to the slow groove of producer Brendan Angelides' crunchy "We Got More" track from his recently released Eskmo (Ninja Tune) album. Read more »
For the third release on burgeoning Czech imprint Mean Bucket, Prague-based DJ/producer Tvyks crafted a two-song single, Prague to Berlin, filled with the skittering bounce of UK club rhythms, the airy pads of old-school rave tunes, and the expertly delivered verbiage of UK MC C.Monts. Here, we're given the opportunity to pass on one of those tunes, the solid dancefloor heat of "Mitte Riddim." The song kicks off already in high gear—a shuffling future-house beat follows some introductory blips and clicks, which is quickly joined by a handful of hyped-up synths and lyrical gymnastics. Just about everything thereafter climbs higher into the realms of late-night revelry, though Tvyks still makes way for a somber breakdown around the midpoint before he builds it right back up to the heights where we started. You can check out the whole Prague to Berlin single here.
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