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Ben UFO Drops New Mix, Preps Boxing Day Bash

This time of year, most people are preparing for a few days of presents, overeating, and insufferable relatives. Ben UFO has other ideas. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/23/2009

Untold, Pole, and More Venture to North America With Unsound Festival

The Polish music and arts festival Unsound is taking its massive event Stateside for the first time in its near seven-year history. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/23/2009

Artist to Watch: Martin Kemp

Who: Martin Kemp
Where: London, UK


Download: The Juan Maclean "Accusations (Gavin Russom Remix)"

Label: DFA-Scion A/V

Leave it to Gavin Russom (a.k.a. Black Meteoric Star) to have one good idea and stick to it. On his version of "Accusations," one of many stellar tracks from The Future Will Come by fellow DFA compatriots The Juan Maclean, Russom re-records the original bassline using one of his homemade synths and doesn't falter from said melody throughout the song's entire 7-plus minutes. The track is taken from a recent remix collection commissioned by Scion A/V, featuring other reworks from Shit Robot, House of House, and XLR8R Artist to Watch Canyons, and stands as a strangely natural pairing of one of dance music's most pop-friendly acts with one of its more difficult to digest. 

Average: 6.2 (40 votes)

Review: Dixon Temporary Secretary

Though it's probably the most incongruous track on Dixon's first official mix album since Body Language, Vol. 4, Fever Ray's "If I Had a Heart" nevertheless provides an aesthetic and thematic foundation for the tracks that follow in its wake. Read more » 

XLR8R Annual Report: Best XLR8R TV Episodes 2K9

Keeping up with every XLR8R TV episode can be almost as exhausting as producing it week after week. So, we've made it easy for you—the tired, poor, huddled internet masses yearning to read end-of-year lists—and picked our five favorite episodes of Twenty-Oh-Nine. Read more » 

Download: Au Revoir Simone "Take Me As I Am (Max Cooper Remix)"

UK producer Max Cooper (pictured above) is known for his dancefloor-oriented techno—check his recent rework of Abe Cooper and Blake Baxter for proof of that—but this remix of Brooklyn's Au Revoir Simone finds him applying a softer touch. Reducing the girls' vocals to ghostly reverb while delicately layering tinkling keys and warm sub-bass over the song's delicate original melodies, he transforms "Take Me As I Am" into six-plus minutes of sublime bliss. With remixes on the way for artists like Hot Chip and DJ Hell, not to mention more of his own original productions, 2010 is shaping up to be a big year for Cooper. 

Average: 7.9 (166 votes)

Review: Bodymovin Bodymovin

Bodymovin, the self-titled debut album combining the efforts of German producers DJ Friction and Thomilla, maintains a head-bobbing groove while avoiding unnecessary ornamentation. Read more » 

XLR8R Annual Report: Best Podcasts 2K9

You like lists and we like self-important navel-gazing, so here it is, another mind-blowing collection of some of XLR8R's top-notch content from 2009. Over the course of the year, our weekly podcast series ran all over the musical map, courtesy of guest mixes turned in by some of our favorite artists. Picking the best of the lot was a King Solomon-esque task, but these were the podcasts we found ourselves coming back to again and again.


Montreal's Mossa and Tiga Ready New Releases

Canadian electro giant Tiga is set to deliver a quartet of digital and vinyl singles complete with remixes and unheard versions of tracks off his recent album, Ciao!. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/21/2009

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