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Download: DVA "Freakout (Dub)"

Label: DVA Music

DVA (a.k.a. Scratcha DVA) shows that he isn't just some funky one-trick pony with this exclusive dub mix of "Freakout." Though the funky, pseudo-tribal percussion is still present, the synths that ride atop are more akin to tech-house sounds of the mid-oughts, showing some of the eclectic influences that the UK funky culture has absorbed into its sound. What makes the track truly special, though, are the synth gurglings that subtly drone under the piece, a flourish that only a true composer would insert into such a dancefloor workout. DVA's The New World Order EP comes out this week on his own label. 

Average: 7.2 (31 votes)

Stream the New 'Deeper' Cooly G Track Now

We caught wind of this new tune premiere from former XLR8R cover star Cooly G over on FACT. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 06/01/2010

Podcast 140: Teebs

Young Teebs is more than just another producer in Southern California's über-fertile beat scene. The Chino Hills resident—who swears that he's moving back to LA proper very soon—is not only busy putting the finishing touches on a debut album slated for release on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label later this year, he's also an accomplished skater, artist, and painter. Basically, he's one of those dudes who's seemingly good at just about everything he does. Read more » 

Bubblin': Balam Acab

Who: Balam Acab
Where: Ithaca, NY

18-year-old Alec Koone originally started Balam Acab a few years back as a noise/drone project, but got caught up in other musical gigs and things like, you know, high school. Read more » 

Download: Black Milk "Don Cornelius"

Label: Fat Beats

Detroit's Black Milk has a new album coming out in July, and though "Don Cornelius" didn't quite make the cut for the full-length, its sunny beats recall Dilla, and Black Milk's wordplay is as furious as ever. Though the content is the usual "big-ups-to-me" lyric we've all gotten used to, how can one deny lines like "He was the game like a relay/but still not a game like E.A./I'm on the right path like slow lanes on the freeway"? Fans will definitely get down with Black Milk's command to "keep your lighters up!" 

Average: 7.3 (19 votes)

Review: Jamie Lidell Compass

Label: Warp

Since breaking out as a retro-minded soul singer amid futuristic techno tunes, Jamie Lidell has struggled to reconcile musical identities. Is he the British Maxwell, doomed to slightly update R&B with minor innovations as he did on Jim two years ago, or the energized, knob-twiddling illegitimate spawn of Prince and Aphex Twin of his invigorating live performances? Read more » 

Download: Tobacco "Six Royal Vipers"

Label: Anticon

Where Black Moth Super Rainbow's Seven Fields of Aphelion has gone the way of dreamy, ambient soundscapes, Tobacco, the group's de facto frontman, has been busy crafting beat-heavy, psychedelic fuzz stompers. Recalling mid-period Beck at his finest, "Six Royal Vipers" features crisp handclaps, an ever-warping piano loop, lazer arpeggiations, and heavily-filtered vocal harmonies. Though the lyrical content is undeniably melancholic, it is vocalized in a way that renders it more of an invocation of hazy, summertime bliss. Tobacco's second record, Maniac Meat, came out last week on Anticon, and he's pulling some extensive tour dates out of his hat for the early autumn, which you can check out here.  

Average: 7.9 (31 votes)

Stream Converse's Band of Ballers Mixtape, With Of Montreal, Jim Jones, The Black Lips, and Other ATL Faves

Bringing its love of b-ball, music, and Atlanta to the world, Converse presents Band of Ballers, Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 06/01/2010

Delorean Host 2nd, Bigger Off-Sonar Party, Plus Download a Free Mix

A little bit more than a week ago, we gave you the lowdown on Hyperdub's off-Sonar party along with a free mix from a friend of XLR8R favorites Delorean, K**O. Now, their Desparrame blog is co-hosting an even bigger, wilder post-Sonar event on June 20, featuring L-Vis 1990, Bok Bok, Rustie, Untold, Swindle, Deadboy, Slackk, and Elijah & Skilliam, the Rinse FM-associated duo who have prepared a grime mix in anticipation of the event, which you can download here. Check out the tracklisting and the flyer for the event after the jump! Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 05/31/2010

Uproot Andy Tours Europe, Plus Download an Exclusive Mix

Brooklyn's Uproot Andy brings his post-geographic electronics to Europe starting tonight, and with dates alongside ZZK, Bomba Estereo, Schlachthofbronx, and others, his eclectic sounds are certain to reach even more ears. In anticipation, he's also created the Brousse Criminal Mixtape in conjunction with tour mates Douster, Jay Weed, and Tête de Tigre, which you can download here. Check out the tour dates after the jump! Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 05/28/2010

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