On October 25, Bot'Ox, the French duo of Cosmo Vitelli and Julien Briffaz, will release its debut full-length, Babylon By Car. The veteran producers have distilled their sleazy, auto-obsessed vision into 11 tracks of electro, synth-pop, and disco, and you can listen to the entire thing right now on XLR8R.com. Read more »
Where: London, UK
The UK hardcore continuum continues to evolve, and exciting producers keep sprouting up. Optimum (a.k.a. South London native Malcolm Chen) is one of the latest, and although his name is new to many, he's been dabbling in music since he was a kid, learning piano and guitar before eventually buying decks and delving into the world of DJing. Read more »
California whiz kid Shlohmo (pictured above) has turned husband-and-wife duo Jed and Lucia's folky number "April Showers" into a monster of a beat on this new remix. Drenching the guitar and vocals of the original track in a bath of reverb, Shlohmo adds a layer of sizzling, jittery percussion, low, wobbly bass, and a generous helping of delicious noise. Right around the 1:10 mark is where he really starts to show off, letting the distorted elements take over the track, gradually twisting and turning until their eventual end. If this remix doesn't satisfy your appetite for the slow, broken beats we've come to expect from the young beat-scene staple, perhaps taking another listen to his excellent XLR8R podcast would do the trick.
French Producer Pierre-Antoine Grison, better known as Krazy Baldhead of the Ed Banger crew, has collaborated with a group of Malian musicians to form Donso. "Hunters", a track from their recently released self-titled LP, is an exploration into the rhythmic possibilities between modern electronic production and traditional Malian instruments, one that relies heavily on both electronic drums and traditional percussion to move it along. Spurts of loops and live instrumentation add some texture and melody, and eventually, the difference between them gets blurred to the point where you're just lost in the tribal rhythm, getting in touch with your inner hunter.
NY-via-LA-via-Bay Area chanteuse Glasser (a.k.a. Cameron Mesirow) finally unveiled her debut album, Ring, last week and now, as she gets set for a quick October jaunt around the UK and a November US tour, another free offering from the record has fallen from the heavens. "Mirrorage" finds Mesirow employing her vocal acrobatics over a warm electronic pulse and sparkling, chime-based melody. People will undoubtedly compare this to Björk, which isn't off base, but this is much more inviting and less weird, even with the scary robot vocal effects that come in about 2/3 of the way through the song (probably thanks to producers Van Rivers and the Subliminal Kid, who employed similar trickery in their work with Fever Ray). Over the course of three-plus minutes, Glasser spins quite the intoxicating web, and we're thinking that plenty of folks will gladly crawl inside.
For a producer as young, talented, and lauded as Detroit-reared Jimmy Edgar, releasing two albums within four years—not counting his output as part of Plus Device—is simply not enough. To be fair, Edgar wasn't focusing on his music, per se, and instead spent the time exhibiting his photography and honing his video work. So, the man keeps busy, but what has the lengthy gap between Color Strip and XXX, his sophomore full-length, yielded those for those of us anxiously awaiting his new album? Exactly what you'd expect. Read more »
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