Normally we try not to venture too far into "bigging ourselves up" territory, but sometimes it's hard to avoid when folks toiling behind the scenes at XLR8R HQ also happen to be super talented and doing amazing things outside the office. Take NYC producer Contakt—even the people at FACT and the Local Action label think he's awesome. For the uninitiated, he's one of the resident DJs at the monthly TURRBOTAX® party and also happens to craft his own Detroit-informed takes on house, garage, and the whole UK post-dubstep continuum. Contakt's actually got an EP of his own coming out soon on Local Action, but in the meantime, he's been tapped for this remix of labelmate and fellow New Yorker Svpreme Fiend. He transforms the haunting melancholy of the original into a bleeping, rumbling club roller, and we can't wait to hear what else he's got in the pipeline.
Vancouver haze-pop specialist Teen Daze operates in a shroud of mystery, so it makes sense that he would keep similarly shadowy company. Enter his sonically similar internet pal Houses, who calls Chicago home and is apparently part of the Lefse artist roster. Houses is a bit moodier than his neighbor from the North, and that comes through on "Bikes," a relatively mellow number awash in drawn-out synths and lo-fi hum. It's a bit like a couple of dudes taking a stab at recreating the Cocteau Twins, but through a '90s emo-pop filter and solely working on laptops. Wait a minute, that sounds horrible. Oh well, we like the song. Let's go with that. (via Altered Zones)
Our pals at Little White Earbuds have been really supportive of our recent trip to the Gathering of the Juggalos, so we wanted to return the favor by re-hosting this FaltyDL remix they posted last week. The track comes from one of the new Sistol (a.k.a. Vladislav Delay a.k.a. Luomo a.k.a. Sasu Ripatti) releases, Remasters & Remakes, which is coming out in October on the heels of a brand-new Sistol album, On the Bright Side, which drops in September. Remasters & Remakes features artists like John Tejada, Sutekh, and Mike Huckaby tackling Sistol tunes, and for his part, FaltyDL cooks up a smoldering version of "Kotka" that combines a crunchy techno pulse with skittering hi-hats and brooding, cut-up synth melodies.
Can we all just go ahead and agree that Doc Daneeka is amazing? Have you heard his XLR8R podcast? How about that new "Hold On" single on Ramp? Even his record label, Ten Thousand Yen, is awesome, and next week, it will be releasing its second slab of vinyl. Read more »
Sam Prekop—yeah, we're as surprised to see his name here as you might be. In the 16 or so years that he and his band, The Sea and Cake, have been writing music, they've been mentioned maybe once or twice in our pages. But it's not because we don't like the music (admittedly, most of us have been fans of Chicago post-rock at one time or another), it just isn't exactly within the scope of XLR8R's focus. So why is this song here? Frankly, because it doesn't sound anything like The Sea and Cake. Sam Prekop's forthcoming solo record for Thrill Jockey, entitled Old Punch Card, is an album of instrumental explorations into the world of modular synthesizers. As heard on "The Silhouettes," Prekop created warbling, analog soundscapes out of melodic arpeggiations, flitting white noise, and low-frequency drones to create the nine songs on his new full-length. The shift in style has effectively transfered his reputation as a veteran indie crooner into that of a new live-electronics composer writing pieces on par with our favorite sound experimentalists. So, yeah, that's why you're reading about Sam Prekop.
Techno icon Josh Wink has been making music for 21 years. As a kid, he was so hungry to break into the early rave scene in his hometown of Philadelphia, PA, he'd work the clubs as a bar-back in order to hand off his mixes to the managers. Apparently, that kind of tenacity is what has made Wink what he is today: a busy DJ/producer taking his style of tribal techno around the world, all while running his own record label, Ovum. Read more »
Seeing as how Daniel Lopatin completely immerses himself in the alternate realities (read: songs) he creates as Oneohtrix Point Never, it's hard to imagine him working on anything other than those otherworldly soundscapes—let alone anything as upbeat as his Games project. The Brooklyn-based duo, which also includes Joel Ford (of Tiger City), recently released its first 7", Everything is Working, and the lush "Heartlands" is the b-side to that record. The song starts as a shimmering, sample-heavy dance tune, but slowly turns into an exploration of filtered atmosphere and cascading synth melodies. It's certainly nothing like Lopatin's solo moniker, but if we try extra hard, we can picture music like this playing in the dance clubs of Oneohtrix's hand-made dimensions.
Back in June, we posted this song from UK producer Tropics, one of the more recent additions to the Planet Mu roster. Since then, the 22-year-old artist has announced the release date for his debut single—October 4—and shared this video for "Soft Vision" with the world. Read more »
As we reported just last week, Brooklyn's DIY dream-pop outfit Small Black just finished work on its debut album, New Chain, and is set to release it on October 26 via Jagjaguwar. This track is the first single to be heard from that record, and it's chock full of all the woozy synth tones, mildly thumping dance beats, and hushed vocal work fans of the quartet have come to know and love. While the sound of "Photojournalist" is thick and filled to the brim with punchy sonics, it's the subtleties of the poignant instrumentation and the heartwarming sentiment delivered by the lyrics that draw us to Small Black's song. Being emotional in music is easy, but being graceful and understated—while still driving your point home—is something else entirely.
It's no secret we love Caribou's latest record, Swim, so we'll continue to sing its praises and get a bit giddy inside every time he makes it into our native land to rock the party. Kicking off next month, band leader Dan Snaith and his group of touring musicians will take electronic psych-pop of Caribou's discography across North America through half of September and all of October. Read more »
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