Every day this month we're rolling out a new feature on XLR8R's Labels We Love of 2009. Whether it's the eye-catching aesthetics of Type or the model-for-the-future approach of Interdependent Media, these cut-making selections of the best in underground electronic, indie, hip-hop, and experimental imprints punch way above their weight. Feast your eyes on the features and then download many of the labels' related podcasts here. Read more »
Exhaustive in its scope, this four-disc collection of music from 1992-1998 might be one of the most amazing compilations of recent years, featuring more than four hours of music by 48 artists. The depth of the Chinese underground music scene is vast and widely varied, and until recently, quite inaccessible to westerners; by releasing this compilation, the Sub Rosa label has done the world a great service. Featuring pioneers like Dickson Dee and Dajuin Yao alongside more contemporary acts like Stingrays and Li Jianhong, the sonic eclecticism of the scene is on full display. Read more »
Sample-based albums are nothing new, but the U.K.’s Keaver & Brause go above and beyond—off-kilter timing, record pops, loop stops, and sound clipping are littered throughout the surprisingly smooth future-hop of their debut album, The Middle Way. Read more »
Anticipate label head Ezekiel Honig has made a new mix of the label's more ambient sounds available for free download. Featuring the gauzy works of M. Templeton and aA. Munson alongside the watery atmospherics of Nicola Ratti and Sawako, the mix is certain to put listeners into states of melancholic reverie. As if one mix were not enough, Honig has also made his May set from MUTEK available for free download. Click on these links and get dreamy!
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The nicotine-stained frontman of Pittsburgh’s Black Moth Super Rainbow explains the means behind the band’s electronic freak-pop, and the reasons for their smokescreen.
It’s a Thursday in March and Tobacco, the anonymous founder and lead entity of Pittsburgh’s Black Moth Super Rainbow, is in Cleveland snagging a new purchase: a keyboard owned by a member of ’70s rockers James Gang. Read more »
On October 26, Innervisions co-conspirator Dixon (a.k.a. Steffen Berkhahn) will release Temporary Secretary, his first mix CD since 2007's Body Language Volume Four. Focusing on the Berlin-based impresario's majestic construction of new sounds rather than over-hyped throwaway tracks, the CD features some Innervisions superstars like Âme and Henrik Schwarz alongside more esoteric acts like Fever Ray and Icasol. Read more »
Every day this month we're rolling out a new feature on XLR8R's Labels We Love of 2009. Whether it's the eye-catching aesthetics of Type or the model-for-the-future approach of Interdependent Media, these cut-making selections of the best in underground electronic, indie, hip-hop, and experimental imprints punch way above their weight. Feast your eyes on the features and then download many of the labels' related podcasts here.
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The long-running but seldom-releasing Illegal Art label is back with a new signing. After bringing the world huge releases from Girl Talk, Steinski, and others who explicitly push fair-use boundaries with their sample-based music, Illegal Art now adopts the young Deepak Mantena into their roster as Junk Culture. Read more »
The wonderful thing about Berlin-based producer Daniel Meteo is that he doesn't make electronic music solely with the club in mind, but, instead, crafts his songs with consideration for those of us that need to stay in after a long, arduous day working in the coal mine. With that sentiment, Meteo has prepped his follow-up to 2006's Peruments, the forthcoming sophomore release, Working Class. Read more »
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