This video for "Hindou," taken from El Guincho's forthcoming Piratas de Sudamérica EP (released July 13 via Young Turks), splices together random, summery images with footage of a young boy dressed as a pirate rowing around with an older friend in a small boat. Read more »
Retronyms, an iPhone- and iPad-software developing company, brought together four producers from across the electronic music spectrum, and commissioned them to create tracks using only one of its touch-friendly musical tools, the DopplerPad. Music makers Eskmo, Starkey, Exillon, and Jneiro Jarel each wrote a tune for the free downloadable EP, called Outer Spaces. Read more »
In his write-up for DJ Elmoe's "Whea Yo Ghost At, Whea Yo Dead Man", XLR8R Managing Editor Shawn Reynaldo wrote, "More songs like this, please." It seems at least one producer, namely South London's Becoming Real, might have taken heed. Though the producer (born Toby Ridler) isn't making footwork/juke tunes per se, the same blend of house/techno influences, hip-hop rhythms, and tendency to drench beats in wonky sounds (vocal sample, percussion, synth, or otherwise) is at the center of his music. "The Thing" takes those ideas and applies them to the production aesthetic touted by forward-thinking dubstep producers, creating a style Ridler haphazardly coined "ghost step." Really, Becoming Real's production is a huge mess, though beautifully so; the song changes trajectories multiple times through its three minutes, sounds seem like they're tossed in because he just wanted to hear what would happen, and at the end of it all he's left you so confused you can't help but go back to the beginning and try to make sense of it again. (via FACT)
Ghostly International recording artist and XLR8R TV mainstay Christopher Willits has joined with Sound Arts and Gray Productions to produce his how-to program, What You Talkin' Bout Willits—and the latest episode is available here! Read more »
Yesterday, rumors floated around Twitter, MySpace, and various blogs about the untimely death of pioneering hip-hop/graffiti icon Rammellzee (a.k.a. RAMMΣLLZΣΣ). The suspicions have been confirmed that the seminal artist is indeed dead, but any details beyond that have yet to surface. Read more »
Before his XLR8R-sponsored performance with live band Master Blaster at Mezzanine tomorrow, prolific LA boogie maestro Dâm-Funk will drop into the Doc Marten's store in the Upper Haight of San Francisco for an hour-long DJ gig that's completely open to the public. Read more »
The UK's Actress (pictured above, we think) takes Kode9's "You Don't Wash" down a dubby, tropical path on his addition to the incoming remixes of the track. Marimbas, whistles, quick yelps, buzzing synths, assorted percussion, and a thumping four-on-the-floor beat make up the meat of the production, which would seem to continue on endlessly were it not for an eventual fade out. It's quite a stretch from Martyn's rework of the song, or even the original itself, but still manages to stick to Kode9's initial vibe thanks to its dedication to non-stop polyrhythms and bulbous low-end.
Holy Fuck: With Their New Record, the Toronto Four-Piece Walks the Tightrope Between Live Energy and Studio Perfectionism.
Holy Fuck has spent the last six years developing a sublime brand of post-post-rock that owes as much to classic Krautrock and guitar nerdery as it does minimal techno. The Toronto-based quartet, led by Brian Borcherdt and Graham Walsh, built their sound on thoughtful improvisation, a wide palette of found instruments, and an untouchable live show. Read more »
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