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Download: Applescal "De Brigade"

Coming off two excellent releases for the renowned Traum Schallplatten imprint, Holland-based prodcuer Pascal Terstappen (a.k.a. Applescal) has a new EP set for release on the same label that first debuted his music back in 2007, Manual Music. "De Brigade," taken from Terstappen's forthcoming EP which sports the extremely serious title 5 Songs, a Pizza, and Some Marshmallows Please, finds the young producer crafting bubbly, house-infused techno in which a simple, distorted line is repeated and manipulated amongst pitched toms that bounce around like perfectly quantized basketballs falling onto a gym floor. Not too much progresses throughout the course of the track, as Terstappen decides to stick with the solid groove, throwing in some tasteful breakdowns and just the right amount of percussion to keep things moving smoothly along. 5 Songs, a Pizza, and Some Marshmallows Please will be available February 21. 

Average: 8 (55 votes)

Video: Star Slinger "Mornin'"

Let's take a break from tweeting what we think about the new Radiohead album and watching that strangely uninteresting music video that came along with it, and put our focus onto something that actually looks awesome—namely, this music video from up-and-coming UK producer Star Slinger. "Mornin'," a bouncing track with a sunny disposition taken from the tunesmith's Volume 1 beat tape, is paired with appropriately bright and colorful images tweaked into psychedelic realms by director Alan Jensen. Read more » 

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  • 02/18/2011

Matthewdavid Readies Debut LP for Brainfeeder

When it rains, it pours, right? The adage certainly rings true with LA tape- and rhythm-experimentalist Matthewdavid, as he follows up the announcement of the International EP for Brainfeeder with word of his forthcoming debut LP for the same label, entitled Outmind. Read more » 

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  • 02/18/2011

Download: Norrit "N Gbekinho (Martin Kemp Remix)"

First Listen
Label: Party Guy

Last year, we premiered an excellent production by young Pacific Northwest producer Cedaa, who remixed Clicks & Whistles' song from a compilation put together by Party Guy Records. Now, more of the Future Sounds of North America record is being treated to remixes, our favorite of which we're premiering today (listen to all of them here). Martin Kemp (pictured above) of the Blunted Robots clan gives Norrit's "N Gbekinho" a healthy dose of UK flavor with some patently shuffling house rhythms, oversized bass tones, and otherworldly soundscapes. The producer certainly reformats the track to fit his own club-friendly style, but maintains many of Norrit's original samples—namely, the eerie flute melody that slowly bores into your skull throughout the six-minute tune. And make sure to catch more of Martin Kemp's musical magic when visits Boston this coming Monday and NYC's TURRBOTAX® the following Friday

Average: 7.5 (38 votes)

Video: Scuba "You Got Me (I Got You)"

This video for "You Got Me (I Got You)," a remake of Scuba's own "You Got Me" track from his Triangulation LP, seems to take the producer's handle to heart as the entire affair is shot from the perspective of a camera submerged in some fresh water until it eventually ends up in a fish tank. Maybe the viewer is supposed to feel like a fish, flowing through some grand river only to end up in an aquarium in someone's apartment, but it is really hard to consider things like this whilst Scuba's amazingly melodic and funky rework is pounding away at the same time. "You Got Me (I Got You)" can be found on Triangulation (Interpretations), out now on Hotflush. Read more » 

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  • 02/18/2011

Casual Fridays: Man Bags and Preppy Polos

Our resident stylist Andrew Porter waxes casual on men's and women's must-haves. Read more » 

2011 Dubstepforum Awards Announced

Yes, it's that time of year again when the winners of categories such as "Best Producer," "Best Remix," and even "Best 120-140 BPM DJ" as voted on by the die-hard internet audience over at Dubstepforum are announced. This year's winners include lots of XLR8R favorites such as current cover artist Ramadanman (pictured above), Night Slugs, Girl Unit, Digital Mystikz, and Oneman, just to name a few. Read more » 

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  • 02/18/2011

Download: Rasmus Folk "Pavel"

Label: Dramatic

Sometime during the spring of 1973 in the Bialowieska Forest of Poland, as the story goes, a sort of social/musical/architectural experiment took place at the behest of a music-obsessed Czechoslovakian millionaire named Jiri Kantor (read more on that here). His plan was to create "a new European sonic community... a multimedia discotheque," which ultimately failed; the Endless House project lasted only six weeks. However, the music from that time lives on, and has just been released as the Endless House compilation (pictured above) by the UK's Dramatic label, which includes this gem from Rasmus Folk. The beauty of "Pavel" lies in its deft straddling of eras. The song's analog synth washes and churning rhythms are torn from the palette of early Krautrock, but the kinds of sub-bass and audio effects that also play a part in Rasmus Folk's production sound like reinvigorated vintage samples à la Demdike Stare. So, whether or not that elaborate backstory is true (we're pretty sure it's not) isn't all that important—the music is still here, and it's damn good. 

Average: 7.6 (31 votes)

Soul Clap and Catz 'n Dogz Collaborate on 12" for Glass Table

In a seemingly random bout of collaborative inspiration that took place in Berlin during summer 2009, Boston duo Soul Clap and Polish pair Catz 'n Dogz (pictured above) joined forces to create the supergroup Clapz II Dogz, and will subsequently drop a 12" on the burgeoning Glass Table label. Read more » 

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  • 02/18/2011

Download: Nicolas Jaar "Keep Me There"

Nicolas Jaar’s debut LP has been generating quite a lot of noise (or is it space?) lately. Between his excellent XLR8R podcast that he dropped on us back at the beginning of the month, and his debut LP, Space Is Only Noise (artwork above), being released to much critical acclaim (including our own) earlier this week, the 21-year-old Brown University student seems to be garnering quite a bit of buzz. If you're still not convinced, we've got this slow-moving cut from his LP, in which giant claps, dubbed piano, pitched vocals, and, eventually, screeching saxophone bursts all make an appearance alongside Jaar's trademark rich textures and luscious sonic space. Let's hope it does the trick for anyone still skeptical of the hype. (via Pitchfork

Average: 8 (72 votes)

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