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TBC: Dancing About Architecture—BLDGBLOG's Geoff Manaugh Sounds Off on the Year's Best Audio Installations

From the New York subway's train No. 2—whose whistle, according to a February 2009 article in the New York Times, sounds like Leonard Bernstein when it pulls in to Times Square—to serious discussions about how we might “tune” the silent engines of electric cars, 2009 was a year for acoustic speculation. Read more » 

Download: Malente & Dex feat. New Kidz "Lions (Douster Remix)"

Label: Exploited

Here, France's Douster takes a dancehall-tinged house track and emphasizes the dancehall elements to such an extent that it is essentially un-housed. But while Malente & Dex's original definitely sizzles, the remix scorches, throbbing with deep bass, epic drops, and a real pushing of the melodic line. The vocals from New Kidz only serve to make "Lions" one of the more versatile remixes around, appropriate for dancefloors where cumbia, funky, and dancehall are spun. 

Average: 7.2 (41 votes)

Review: King Cannibal Let the Night Roar

Label: Ninja Tune

Dark is the word thrown around most often to describe King Cannibal, and it’s probably the single best word to encapsulate the full aesthetic, sound, and ethos of the artist formerly known as Zilla. Let the Night Roar is a surprisingly cohesive album, representing pan-genrism at its best. Read more » 

Grab Kode9's 2005 'Sinogrime' Mix From Lower End Spasm

The boys at the Lower End Spasm blog (for which Alex Bok Bok is a contributor) just put up a killer 'sinogrime' mix from 2005 by musicologist/bass assassin Kode9. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/18/2009

Artist to Watch: CFCF

Where: Montreal, Canada

Somewhere between the Balearic, slo-mo stylings of Meanderthals and the synthetic gloss of Jan Hammer sits CFCF (a.k.a. Michael Silver). Read more » 

Download: Kasper Bjørke "Young Again (Edit)"

Label: hfn

What begins as a slow-motion disco track becomes a different monster when guest vocalist Jacob Bellens pipes in with his rich, resigned baritone. Suddenly, the piece carries a palpable emotional weight, with lovelorn lyrics that track ecstasy, jealousy, and agony. Copenhagen's Kasper Bjørke certainly knows how to produce an interesting track, but it is really the guests that make "Young Again" work: other than Bellens, famed strings arranger Davide Rossi has provided some melancholy swells here and there, and Dennis Young of Liquid Liquid fame has leant his hand with some secondary percussive elements. In fact, Bjørke doesn't really own this track at all, but with its autumnal sense of loss and searing lyrical content, who really cares? 

Average: 6.3 (53 votes)

FWD>> +Rinse Going Down This Friday in London

From the minds that brought you the one-stop radio spot for the best in dubstep, UK funky, grime, and many more club-ready genres, Rinse FM, comes FWD>> +Rinse, an epic club night at London's Matter venue, which premieres the taste-making crew and their friends dropping hot new beats, classic tracks, and beloved jams all through the evening. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/18/2009

XLR8R's Favorites of 2009: Martyn

The Netherlands Transplant Settles Into the US and Takes Dubstep on the Ride of Its Life


Four Tet Shares Tour Dates, Album Cover


We here at XLR8R were ecstatic upon hearing the recent announcement that multifaceted producer Four Tet was readying his fifth LP, an album four years in the making entitled There is Love In You, for release in January. Assuming we're not the only ones excited about the news, we felt it necessary to share more updates from the 'Tet camp. Kieran Hebden will be making the rounds throughout US and Canada in February along with Nathan Fake in support of his new release. He also shared the cover image for the CD version of Love in You, noting that there will be different artwork for each of the vinyl, CD, and download formats. Check out the dates and the design below. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/18/2009

Download: Drop the Lime "Devil's Eyes (Diplo's B-Live Mix)"

First Listen

What started as an exclusive track produced by NYC's Drop the Lime for Bacardi's B-Live campaign has been handed over to remixers Classixx, Kanji, and, now, Philly's don of decent club tunes, Diplo. The huge, stuttering snare roll that kicks off his rendition is perfect foreshadowing for the rest of Diplo's hard-hitting and blown-out party jam. In celebration of the track's release, XLR8R is offering one lucky listener the chance to have Drop the Lime play in their town and cop VIP tickets to the party to boot. Check out the contest details here

Average: 5.5 (43 votes)

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