Did you guys ever play that weird Japanese videogame Katamari Damacy? It's this sort of puzzle/action game that takes place in a hyper-stylized, cartoonish version of Earth. You play as a tiny little alien prince that travels around the world, rolling up the blocky, pixelated mishmash that litters the many environs of our planet until it becomes this crazy, massive ball of tea cups, bikes, cows, cars, houses, stadiums, monuments, and whatever other inexplicable stuff. Anyway, that game is a lot of fun, and this new video for Flying Lotus' Pattern + Grid World cut "Kill Your Co-Workers" reminds us of the cutesy graphics and playful nonchalance of it, though with a hilariously sinister touch. Read more »
Minnesota-bred rapper, well-regarded freestyle battler, and turntablist Michael Larsen—who wrote and rhymed under the moniker Eyedea, often with his partner-in-crime DJ Abilities, and also made music in the bands Face Candy and Carbon Carousel—was found dead by his mother on Sunday, October 17. Larsen was known best in the hip-hop community for his albums released via the Rhymesayers and Epitaph labels, the most recent record being 2009's By the Throat. Read more »
Tom Ford (a.k.a. Peverelist) and his Punch Drunk label have been solidly representing Bristol's dubstep scene since 2006, but even with an established name and fanbase, he continues to push things forward. "The Hum" b/w "rrrr" single comes out today, and it finds Ford working in tandem with relative newcomer Hyetal. Read more »
Red Bull Music Academy has given us an exclusive stream of their recent Culture Clash contest at London's Roundhouse between Goldie and his Metalheadz crew, Soul Jazz Soundsystem with Oxman, Skream, Benga, Joker, and more. Read more »
Danny Yorke lights up a spliff in his London flat and takes a patient puff before telling me about how he remixed Ikonika, released two artist albums, and is auditioning tracks for his Eye4Eye label's next release. It's been a busy 2010 so far; maybe he deserves a smoke break. But the 30-something producer, better known as Altered Natives, is also calculated, pausing like a chess player contemplating his next move.
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At this point in the game, you can pretty much do whatever you want. We mean at least two things by that. One: As long as you're far enough off most of the world's radar, any sample you nab is pretty much fair game, and no one will give you any guff about it. Two: You can treat those samples in any way you like, and there will most likely be some sub-group of music lovers that'll be into it. Case in point: this rework of '90s R&B duo K-Ci & Jo Jo's "Tell Me it's Real" by hard-to-pin-down bedroom producer Wise Blood. The tunesmith chops a couple hooks from the original song, pitch-shifts some parts, adds a sparse beat and a slow-moving synth melody, goes nuts on the sampler, and voila!—song. Don't get us wrong, we're totally digging "2 the Bitter End," which is taken from a free EP curated by the Heart Music Group. Wise Blood has definitely made something fresh and original out of his arsenal of soulful samples. It's just still a bit crazy that this is what comprises a lot of music these days. It makes us wonder what's next on the horizon. Download the rest of The Tribe EP, which also features songs from Baths, Coolrunnings, and more, here.
Blonde Redhead is one of those groups that has never received a lot of ink the the pages of XLR8R, but we've often enjoyed the band's quirky art-pop over the years. Last Friday, the trio set off on a lengthy tour with Pantha du Prince (pictured above), and to celebrate, the German techno wiz has delivered this lengthy remix of Blonde Redhead's "Here Sometimes," the original of which appears on the NYC outfit's most recent album, Penny Sparkle. As with many Pantha du Prince efforts, there's nothing over-the-top happening here, just a steady techno pulse, some ghostly melodic whispers, plenty of bells, and a slow build as a wondrous dancefloor cut blossoms over the course of 10-plus minutes. (via FADER)
New Hampshire-based producer and composer Peter James (a.k.a. White Mountains) has supplied us with this moody, blissful track from his upcoming LP, Wilderness. Slow-moving, angelic pads and arps create dense layers of sound which nonetheless allow the scattered percussion and tiny electro drums to peek through during the six-minute track. If James' name for the project and LP are any inclination, much of his inspiration is pulled from the natural world, perhaps not the sounds actually found in nature, but the feeling of satisfaction and calm one can get from the solitude of being alone in a forest or on top of a mountain. So regardless of where you're listening to the track, it might be worth trying to close your eyes and seeing if "Bells" can help you reach that feeling without having to, you know, go outside.
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