Before his sophomore album, Outside the Box, is released August 9, dubstep mainstay Skream is giving away handfuls of free tracks, announcing the downloads via his Twitter page. He's already hooked up two batches of tunes, and just announced the lastest installment, Freeizm Vol. 3. Read more »
New York-based music download hub RCRD LBL got its hands all over one of the three remix EPs Tiga has been releasing after last year's Ciao! album. From the Overtime Remixes EP, a treatment of "Overtime" by Germany's Motor City Drum Ensemble was just offered as a free download on the website. Read more »
From his freshly released second EP, Shigeto's "What We Held On To" is another intricately produced piece of melodic beat music. The track is full of micro-samples, wafting atmosphere, and crunchy textures—all wrapped around the Michigan-based tunesmith's slap-heavy beats and plinking synth melodies. It's another reminder of how preciously constructed Shigeto's music is, and how, no matter how many moods he flips within one track, each one is treated with delicate care and painstaking attention to detail. You can snag this track, along with the entire new EP, for absolutely free from Ghostly, here. Full Circle, Shigeto's first full-length album, will see the light of day later this year.
Here's another piece of pristine footage matched with one of DaVinci's conscious hip-hop tunes. Shot and directed by Marcus Ubungen, the video for "Concrete Jungle Juice," from his recent The Day the Turf Stood Still debut, is as smoothly hyped and tastefully flashy as the track itself. Read more »
Two masterminds of our era's most eccentric, forward-thinking indie groups, Xiu Xiu and Shearwater, have come together on a new project of unprecedentedly strange pop music. Jamie Stewart (pictured above) and Jonathan Meiburg are Blue Water White Death, "a pair of reclusive eccentrics making music in a derelict mansion, perilously balancing beauty and horror with the absurd," (says their press info). Read more »
Berlin/New York-based party-starting music hub Nightshifters is finishing up work on an upcoming compilation of its favorite singles from its discography, along with a few brand-new ditties thrown into the mix, too. Entitled Nightshifters Selections One, the release features 16 tracks culled from the past two years, including jams from Rob Threezy, AC Slater, Rampage, Hostage, Udachi & Jubilee, and label head DJ Donna Summer. Read more »
Hot on the heels of its latest record from label head L-Vis 1990, London's Night Slugs is dropping That Mystic, a new EP from NYC's Kingdom. The five-song release showcases Kingdom's love for pulsing house grooves punctuated by off-kilter percussion and plenty of chopped and/or pitch-shifted R&B vocal snippets. It's heady dance music, to be sure, but it's also well suited for folks who excitedly track the latest jams on BET's 106 & Park. The EP comes out next week, but you can listen to the first three tracks here on XLR8R.com. Read more »
You wouldn't think there's a price to be paid for releasing a widely loved, breakout album, but it's true. Anyone and everyone wants to (and will) remix its songs for far too long after its release, to the point of nausea-inducing repetition that's enough to almost make you dislike the original music. It's certainly happened to the UK's The xx, who've suffered through their fair share of remix clunkers, but we're happy to let this new take on the band's "Crystalized" tune slide by without too much chagrin. The funky disco-house producer behind the remix, fellow Brit Jamie Jones, hooked up The xx's trademark boy/girl vocal duet with a thick dance groove and bouncing bassline that nicely suit the pair's mellow cooing. Jones' minimal production mirrors the aesthetic of the original "Crystalized," and ends up overshadowing all of the other interpretations of the song we've heard over the past year.
If this track wasn't labeled as a remix, we would've immediately assumed that we were being treated to a brand-new original from our favorite spun-out drag trio, Salem (pictured above). But even though we do know this is a supposed 'reworking' of "Hologram" by These New Puritans, we can't seem to find anything connecting that original track to this new one. It's sort of like the band said, "Hey Salem, we love your work! Would you guys be into remixing one of our songs?" and Salem agreed but forgot to do it by the deadline, so instead just gave them an unreleased song they'd been sitting on and called it a remix. Don't get us wrong, though; we're not complaining. Salem's 'remix' of "Hologram" finds all of the outfit's hallmarks intact: synthetic vocal melodies, ominous synth tones, crunk beats, and that irreplaceable, pitched-down slur. Keep it coming, guys.
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