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Podcast 150: Pilooski

French re-edit master Pilooski is a bit of a man of mystery—he's got a hand in running the Dirty label collective and he continues to drop insanely good re-workings of vintage tunes, yet he remains largely in the shadows. Read more » 

Download: Copywrite "Forever and a Day"

We usually don't get much in the realm of "downer" music here at XLR8R, so hopefully you'll appreciate the brief change of pace. This somber tune was produced by RJD2 for Ohio-born MC Copywrite, who penned the lyrics for "Forever and a Day." Copywrite wrote the song in remembrance of those who have passed on—specifically, his friend and musical partner Camu Tao and his father Peter James Nelson. It's a sentiment which meshes ideally with RJ's slow-grooving, tastefully mellow instrumental, and even the softly sung chorus from D.C. indie band Middle Distance Runner. "Forever and a Day" will be released on Copywrite's forthcoming full-length, The Life and Times of Peter Nelson, in October. 

Average: 6.5 (14 votes)

Download: El Remolón "Estilo Acapulco (feat. Boogat)"

Label: ZZK

This new jam off of ZZK acolyte El Remolón's forthcoming EP, Pangeatico, kicks off sounding something like a Latin-flavored LCD Soundsystem; the thick bassline bounces slowly, funky synth stabs hop around the percussion elements, and a simple hi-hat-heavy beat carries the whole tune. But after the minute-long intro, guest vocalist Boogat's fiery Spanish vocal comes in, and it's made abundantly clear this is a tune straight from the Southern Hemisphere. Hopefully you can catch El Remolón playing this track on tour in North America—along with Tremor, Chancha via Circuito, and El G—after his Pangeatico is released July 20. 

Average: 8.1 (28 votes)

Sooooo Good... Pictureplane Photographs Brokencyde Fans!

Leave it to the wonderfully off-center Pictureplane (a.k.a. Travis Egedy) to lovingly shoot these crazy young'uns outside a Brokencyde show. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 07/02/2010

Nite Jewel Switches Up Line-Up, Announces EP and Tour

It was announced today that Nite Jewel (the working pseudonym of LA-based singer/keyboardist/producer Ramona Gonzales) will release a new six-track EP, Am I Real?, on Gloriette on August 16. Read more » 

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  • 07/02/2010

XLR8R Exclusive! El-P Remixes Justin Bieber (with our help...)

Over the past week, we've been going back and forth with Definitive Jux label head and NY indie-rap icon El-P on Twitter about jokingly doing us a remix of Justin Bieber if we could find him an acappella. Read more » 

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  • 07/02/2010

Stream the New Aeroplane Single

Aeroplane might now officially be a solo affair, but its debut full-length, We Can't Fly, was produced by both Stephen Fasano and Vito De Luca, as was the title-track single we're sharing with you now. Read more » 

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  • 07/02/2010

Stream Space Dimension Controller's First Ever Live Set From Sónar


Recent XLR8R Bubblin' producer Space Dimension Controller just performed his first ever live set, and Red Bull Music Academy was there to get it all on digital 'tape.' Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 07/02/2010

Download: Keepaway "100"

Label: Lefse

Here's a new track from Brooklyn's Keepaway, which is apparently coming out on a 7" sharing its title with this song. "100" starts out with some looped percussion rolls before being overtaken by bright synth melodies, simple bass work, sparse drumming, subtle guitar upstrokes, and heavily reverberated falsetto vocals, all of which make up most of the short song. The mix is extremely dense, especially for a three-piece band, but every sound works together well enough to simultaneously convey a sense of longing and jubilance—not unlike playing a game of keepaway itself. 

Average: 7.7 (24 votes)

Honest Jon's to Release South African Dance Music Compilation

Eclectic UK global-beat/electronic label Honest Jon's has culled some of its favorite tunes from esoteric South African producers for a forthcoming compilation highlighting the region's vibrant dance music scene. Entitled Shangaan Electro, the 12-track release focuses on a style called shangaan, which is a super-fast (around 180 BPM) sound that utilizes plenty of marimba, organ, and vocal sampling. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 07/02/2010

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