New York's twenty-year-old techno/house prodigy (and recent Bubblin' featuree), Nicolas Jaar, has officially announced the release of his debut LP, Space Is Only Noise. Jaar's mix of the melancholy, the percussive, the melodic, and the danceable has had us intrigued ever since the 2008 release, The Student EP, and his consistent output of tracks and remixes for the past few years have only served to build up the anticipation for his debut long-player. Space Is Only Noise is slated for release February 14 of next year on the Circus Company imprint. Read more »
You may have already seen our post about the XLR8R-sponsored anniversary party for San Francisco's Tormenta Tropical club night, but that is only one stateside event at which the lovely and talented dancehall MC Natalie Storm will be dropping her rapid-fire verses live and in person. Read more »
Remember that pretty involved North American tour we told you about? The one that those Germans who have made experimental industrial music for about 30 years, Einstürzende Neubauten, planned? It was going to be this big reunion tour with a concert one day and an "intimate multidisciplinary experience" the next. Well, now it's not happening. Read more »
Always reliable for offering a bit of ominous vibes with their dancefloor goodness, the Rapture-owned Throne of Blood label just revealed its latest to us, a three-track record from Belfast production duo Bicep, simply called EP1. "Darwin" is the first of the record's three tunes, and a lengthy exercise in balancing the thumping repition of old-school favorites like, say, "Da Funk," with touches of vintage revivalism from the piano house and Italo realms. But no matter what influences you hear in the song's churning rhythms, there's no denying that Bicep's production is a deep and soulful slow-burner that takes its cues from a wide span of club music history. You can stream the rest of the duo's new record over on SoundCloud, here.
The majority of folks look pretty damn hilarious when they dance. Sure, there are professionals and a handful of talented amateurs that can pull of their rug-cutting moves with a certain je ne sais quoi that transcends the usual silliness, but we can't all be J.Lo—or can we? This video for the latest cut of vintage-inspired house music from Portland's The Miracles Club, "Church Song," shows us that we can all be dancing superstars, especially if we dress as ridiculously as we dance. Read more »
We're used to listening to the more hyperactive side of Portuguese music over here at XLR8R HQ, but we'll take a fresh breeze of sounds from our Iberian friends any day. The latest gust from overseas comes from chillwave-y duo Dreams, and its recently released Forgotten Thoughts EP, which gets a digital release on January 4, 2011. The song, "Swimming in Pink Waters," swirls all about your head with hazy atmosphere, paper-thin vocal transmissions, and a handful of airy synth melodies, like it haphazardly collected all of its sounds while wafting over to our continent. We'd probably be more inclined to qualify Dreams' EP opener into the ambient genre if it didn't have the straightforward dance beat at its center, but we like this piece of amorphous pop all the same.
For some (probably most) producers/musicians/music lovers, "Me & U," the 2006 single by young R&B star Cassie, was the point at which they realized soulful pop music aimed at the masses might offer a wealth of inspiration, not to mention choice listening material. Now, about four years later, London bass hub Local Action is corralling a handful of Cassie's fans—who just happen to be tunesmiths themselves—to make a free mini-album of remixes of the starlet's tunes. Read more »
Honestly, we're starting to think that the first track we heard from Leaving Records boss Matthewdavid, the bubbling and warped R&B of "Trusss," was some sort of fluke. Though not necessarily in a bad sense; it's just that since hearing that beautiful jam, the producer has gone on to make ambient, textural soundscapes ridden with tape hiss almost exclusively—the latest of which is the lengthy "11042010." The composition sounds like some of the more calming moments found in the podcast he recently did for XLR8R (easily one of our top favorites of the year), but stretched out for about a third of that mix's length. It's yet another Matthewdavid track you could easily get lost in, and when paired with his handmade video—his first—below... Well, let's just hope you've got something smokable nearby. Read more »
Young bass and house patron Julio Bashmore already has his plans laid out for the start of 2011: On January 10, the DJ/producer will be releasing a brand-new EP as the first record for the fledgling PMR imprint. Read more »
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