It probably goes without saying, but MIA's upcoming quasi-self-titled third album, /\/\ /\ Y /\, is sure to be oddly accessible, completely meta, and predictably off-center; so it's no surprise that those three phrases go a long way toward describing this extended version of "Tekquilla," the latest cut to creep out from the tightly guarded new record. The track features rap star Nicki Minaj for a quick verse, which, despite being totally tacked on at random, proves a solid wingman for Maya's sing-song vocals. And though they were never mentioned as possible production contributors, we wouldn't be entirely shocked if Basement Jaxx were credited with the instrumental, as it's overwrought with innumerable micro-samples, blaring synths and sound effects from the repertoire of the re-emerging rave era, and an all-around air of bombastic noise pollution. Still, this is pop music at its most modern and innovative form. (via FADER)
We've been reporting bits and pieces about the ongoing celebration Ninja Tune is having for its 20th year as a wonderfully eclectic and forward-thinking label. Ninja's been giving out exclusive MP3s, revisiting old-school DJ mixes, and basically proving why they've remained a relevant entity in electronic music through two decades, and now we've got news of the latest addition to its ever-growing goodie bag. Read more »
Gettin' lifted in the Mile High City with Alex B.
While producer/label manager Alex B (né Botwin) might often get lumped in with Low End Theory's abstract beat cats of Los Angeles, he's a Colorado boy through and through. In this episode of XLR8R TV, he takes us for a trip through the kissing-cousin locales of Denver and Boulder to show us the region's vegetarian delights, its vinyl havens, and its other unique wonders (Mexican-restaurant jazz clubs, anyone?).
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Former XLR8R cover star and highly touted DFA disco whiz Andy Butler has shed much of the nine-person band that brought to life his songs written as Hercules & Love Affair, and is set to tour in anticipation of the recently finished follow-up to H&LA's self-titled debut. Along with permanent Love Affair vocalist Kim Ann Foxman, Butler enlisted the help of three other musicians from Berlin and Chicago to perform as his band around Europe and the US. Read more »
The black-and-blue-soaked mass of dance music fans in this video for Magnetic Man's new single, "I Need Air," are not hired extras or indifferent folks going through the 'I'm really into this, man' motions. The throng of kids young and old were actual festival-goers at the Parklife festival in Australia, uninhibitedly enjoying the pop-friendly club tune coming from the UK trio of Skream, Benga, and Artwork. Read more »
We usually don't get much in the realm of "downer" music here at XLR8R, so hopefully you'll appreciate the brief change of pace. This somber tune was produced by RJD2 for Ohio-born MC Copywrite, who penned the lyrics for "Forever and a Day." Copywrite wrote the song in remembrance of those who have passed on—specifically, his friend and musical partner Camu Tao and his father Peter James Nelson. It's a sentiment which meshes ideally with RJ's slow-grooving, tastefully mellow instrumental, and even the softly sung chorus from D.C. indie band Middle Distance Runner. "Forever and a Day" will be released on Copywrite's forthcoming full-length, The Life and Times of Peter Nelson, in October.
This new jam off of ZZK acolyte El Remolón's forthcoming EP, Pangeatico, kicks off sounding something like a Latin-flavored LCD Soundsystem; the thick bassline bounces slowly, funky synth stabs hop around the percussion elements, and a simple hi-hat-heavy beat carries the whole tune. But after the minute-long intro, guest vocalist Boogat's fiery Spanish vocal comes in, and it's made abundantly clear this is a tune straight from the Southern Hemisphere. Hopefully you can catch El Remolón playing this track on tour in North America—along with Tremor, Chancha via Circuito, and El G—after his Pangeatico is released July 20.
It was announced today that Nite Jewel (the working pseudonym of LA-based singer/keyboardist/producer Ramona Gonzales) will release a new six-track EP, Am I Real?, on Gloriette on August 16. Read more »
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