Four-piece production outfit C.R.S.T. (pictured above) has been getting its fair share of spins in the XLR8R offices lately (maybe you caught the Girl Unit remix of the quartet's "The Bells" track in our Celebration of Curation mix?), so we were pretty excited to see that the Welsh music makers were included on the remix EP for "After Dark" by The Count & Sinden. Preceding the release of that duo's debut full-length, Mega Mega Mega, which you can actually stream in full right now over on FACT, C.R.S.T. re-oriented "After Dark" from disco-inspired house-party music to a burning UK funky number built almost entirely of bass and bounce and demanding the finest in nightclub soundsystems. More remixes of the track from Buraka Som Sistema and Oliver Twizt are also featured on the After Dark Remixes EP, out now.
No stranger to awesome music festivals, Copenhagen added the Trailerpark Festival to its ranks, which include Roskilde, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Distortion, and Strøm, four years ago, and it's been going strong ever since. Held the first weekend of August, Trailerpark is a refreshing antidote to huge corporate-run festivals, long lines, $5 bottles of water, and enormous ticket prices. Read more »
Ever since the news broke about Matthew Dear's new album, we've admittedly been gripped by a touch of Black City fever. We've offered up MP3s, nerded out over the limited-edition Black City totem, and now we've got the entire album streaming for your listening pleasure. Read more »
It may be a little early to start handing out Label of the Year nominations, but as it stands now, it would be hard to omit London's Night Slugs imprint from serious consideration. Label bosses Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990 may get the lion's share of the attention, but the artist roster they've assembled is just as impressive, perhaps none more so than 24-year-old DJ, producer, and recent Bubblin' subject Girl Unit. Read more »
Obsessed with the cheese on their plates and the cheese on their turntables, Petter Haavik and Tore Gjedrem (plus recurrent guest vocalist Tracee Meyn) forego the usual expectations of cool to create joyful music that is both frequently ridiculous and frequently ridiculously good. The oddball Norwegian production duo has claimed that their debut, Some But Not All Cheese Comes From the Moon, was, implausibly, based on a Matthew Herbert-style appropriation of cheese and biscuits (as the band name translates) as its sound source. Read more »
The Pacific Northwest's synth-pop maestro extraordinaire, Copy, is back with a brand-new album of romantically charged music made in the bedroom for the dancefloor. Before Hard Dream hits retailers, we've got an exclusive first taste of the forthcoming record with the track "Breakfast." The shimmering instrumental showcases producer Marius Libman continuing work with his brand of playful-yet-somber electronic music, crafting the song's solid backbone with a poignant bassline and straightforward dance beat before adorning the rest of its five minutes with a number of melodic, analog tones. If you spent endless hours of your youth parked in front of side-scrolling adventures games on your NES, then this song will definitely light up your brain's nostalgia region. It should be safe to assume the rest of Copy's ten-track third album will follow suit, but we'll just have to patiently wait for September 21 to roll around to find out.
All month long, the people at online mix hub Mixcloud have been hosting a series they've dubbed Celebration of Curation. Each day in August, they've enlisted a different website, radio station, online store, or other sort of cultural outpost to assemble an exclusive mix and guess what? Today belongs to XLR8R. Read more »
Bristol-based DJ/producer Kanji Kinetic just dropped the Thrill Seeka EP, a fresh release of club-appropriate bass music on Chrissy Murderbot's Sleazetone label. The record's title track is an energetic future-house tune with all the fixins; a skittering dance beat, pitch-shifted vocal samples, super-juiced basslines, and just the slightest touch of synth melody. For the most part, "Thrill Seeka" is a pretty atonal number that relies more on various sound effects to color in the parts where many producer's would place melodic elements. So the few times Kinetic does drop in the song's rave-y synth hook, it adds a completely unexpected and welcome layer to an already great dance track. You can hear more of the five-song EP, including the Kingdom and Krazy Fiesta remixes of this tune, over on the Sleazetone Soundcloud page.
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