The first official record for both NY witch-house producer Balam Acab and the Tri Angle label, the See Birds EP is turning out to be quite the proverbial 'feather in the cap' for all parties involved—not to mention the burgeoning genre itself. We've already heard a few of 18-year-old Alec Koone's tunes, and now we're treated to another before his EP drops on August 16. "Regret Making Mistakes" shows Koone working diligently with a delayed Banjo loop, buzzing basslines, slow-stuttering beats, and a number of twinkling, atmospheric melodies, all wrapped around a haunting, operatic vocal sample. And despite the meticulous labor spent tweaking each found element, Acab's production isn't overwrought with flashy effects pleading for your attention—as a whole, the song sublimely commands it. (via Pitchfork)
Well, JD Twitch's and JG Wilkes' highly regarded and sorely missed Optimo party might be long gone, but that doesn't mean their stellar mixes need to die, too. Just a couple of days ago, the fellas threw together a great collection of acid house for their Radio Magnetic podcast, and we just had to spread the good word. Read more »
Though we haven't exactly been championing the psychedelic vignettes and guttural vocal work featured on A Sufi and A Killer, we'd certainly say there's much worthwhile listening on the mostly Gaslamp Killer-produced debut album by LA's Gonjasufi. Now, about six months after that record's release, a new album of remixes from respectable producers and musicians across the board is set to drop on October 5. Read more »
Folks, our friend Brandon Ivers, the esteemed writer of so many awesome XLR8R cover stories, and his juggalo-snapping cohort, photographer Kelly O (of Seattle's esteemed weekly, The Stranger), are self-funding a trip to the Gathering of the Juggalos this weekend—the 11th edition of the infamous Insane Clown Posse party weekend held in Cave In Rock, Illinois. Read more »
BBC tastemaker Gilles Peterson is an institution. His Worldwide program is still going 10 years strong, and he continues to reveal fresh and interesting sounds with each broadcast, podcast, event, and compilation he touches. His latest release, the forthcoming Gilles Peterson presents: Worldwide, is a two-disc retrospective of tracks from the many artists he's shared with the world over the last decade. Read more »
We recently posted a track from Jesu-frontman-turned-solo-artist Justin K. Broadrick (a.k.a. Pale Sketcher), and now Ghostly has offered us all another taste. "Can I Go Now (Gone Version)" is the first official single from Jesu: Pale Sketches Demixed, and is certainly the closest thing to an uplifting song that we've yet to hear from Broadrick. Angelic synth tones cut through harmonious ambience, floating next to his simple, crunchy rhythms and the subtle vocal melodies the singer vocoded into unintelligible statements. From what we've heard thus far, Pale Sketcher has created a style not unlike the soundscapes from past M83 albums, but while leaning heavier on the dark, industrial nature of his lengthy background in droning metal bands.
This ain't necessarily our usual steez, but we just couldn't resist the old-school Basement Jaxx sound Peo de Pitte has bestowed upon DrumAttic Twins' "Crazy Love" tune. Actually, this track is an edit of Pitte's original remix of "Crazy Love" (incidentally, we've never heard the original, nor can we locate it), bolstered by a few snippets from "Disco's Revenge" by Gusto and some cut-and-paste modifications from the remixer himself. What emerges on the other side is a stuttering, hyperactive club track we'd most likely rewind at our next subterranean massive—you just can't deny the power of that hook's descending melody.
The UK's disco-leaning indie-dance trio Friendly Fires was just called upon to deliver the latest installment of the ongoing Bugged Out! compilation series. Entitled Bugged Out! Presents Suck My Deck, the mix album contains 19 tracks from XLR8R-friendly names like Tom Trago, Tensnake, Lindstrøm & Christabelle, Redshape, and Bot'Ox, but what really caught our eye was the featured collaboration between the mixing three-piece and Toronto's premiere house lovers, Azari & III (whom we recently profiled in our pages). Read more »
Chicago house legend Cajmere (a.k.a. Green Velvet a.k.a. Curtis Jones) is about to release a new remix album dedicated to his 1992 anthem, "Percolator." He's re-worked the song for 2010, and also enlisted an A-list team of producers to put their own spin on the classic tune, including Major Lazer, DJ Chuckie, Claude VonStroke, Riva Starr, Mixin Marc, Bad Boy Bill, and DJ Gantman. Read more »
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