Plenty of people have mentioned the supposed tropical influence on the new Bomb the Bass album. Granted, Tim Simenon worked with Brazilian Gui Boratto (and a host of other guests) on this follow-up to 2008's Future Chaos, and the resulting album is light and breezy. Read more »
The LA-based Friends of Friends label has already made a splash in 2010 with releases from Shlohmo and Ernest Gonzales, but the FoF crew is not going to simply rest on its laurels. This April, they'll be teaming up with fellow Angelenos Innovative Leisure to release a new EP from Mexican with Guns, Me Gustó. This bustling here.
Dan Snaith, known to the world as Caribou, returns in April with Swim and a massive world tour with live musicians. The electronic producer known for his dreamy, otherworldly sound will be playing in Europe and North America throughout the late spring, with stops at Berghain, Denmark's Pop Revo festival, and the most infamous venues in the US. Check out tour dates after the jump! Read more »
London's jack-of-all-trades Sinden has announced the creation of a new label, dubbed Grizzly, with two releases already slated for April and May. Aiming to reflect his "all-embracing, twisted-up" style of club music and beat-making, the first release on the label will be a collaboration between Sinden himself and SBTRKT, with the sophomore slot taken by Brodinski. Read more »
House producer Pezzner has been working for more than 16 years, but June will mark the release of The Tracks are Alive, his debut long-runner on Freerange. The Seattle-based DJ-producer brings his eclectic style to the disc, throwing everything from Reich-influenced minimal techno to lush, loopy disco into the mix. Two singles are already in the works as well, with remixes by Lusine and Stimming. Read more »
Here at XLR8R, new genre and sub-genre names cross our desks all the time, but rarely do the tunes have the heft to warrant major attention. But when it comes to moombahton, weight is something the music is definitely not lacking. Dave Nada coined the term after playing some pitched-down Dutch house for his bachata- and reggaeton-loving little cousins and their friends—check this FADER interview for the full story—and decided to start making some proper edits for his DJ arsenal. Check his thunderous "Riverside" edit, which slows down the Afrojack remix of the Sidney Samson tune and also mixes in a bit of Bay Area hyphy prodigies The Pack. The entire Moombahton EP is actually available for free download, and if these heaters are any indication, club DJs may no longer have to live and die at 130 bpm. Moombahton can rock the dancefloor at 108.
Already anticipating the next album from Stars of the Lid? Perhaps It All Falls Apart, the upcoming album from which "Fervent" is taken, will whet your appetite for a while. With its light, glassy synth drones moving glacially behind a high-frequency melodic loop and dusty scratches here and there, The Sight Below crafts perfect ambient squalls to soothe the ears and mind.
Radian are no strangers to deconstruction. Through past albums like 2002's rec.extern and 2004's Juxtaposition, the Austrian trio has taken apart every aspect of their band—rhythm, melody, and songwriting—and rebuilt themselves into a glitchy, experimental post-rock outfit that defies categorization. Read more »
LA-based tech-house label Culprit has announced the 2010 line-up of its famed summer rooftop parties, and this season looks to be as slamming as those of the past. Kicking off on April 11 with Konrad Black and Martin Buttrich, the label will also host the inimitable Henrik Schwarz, Dyed Soundorom, Matt Tolfrey, Heidi, Hot Natured, and many more. Read more »
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