Judging from their latest single, Belgium's Arsenal might have drunk too much of MGMT's sweet liqueur, but Gui Boratto does a great re-working of "Estupendo," taking the original synth stems and transforming them into a darker, more stabbing melody. With the breathy vocals (courtesy of Scott Mason from Offrice) left intact along with some melancholy guitar lines, Boratto's "Estupendo" is a deep, dancefloor jam that would work well in any DJ's tech-house set.
The fine techno-heads over at Little White Earbuds have just posted the definitive guide to Detroit's Movement festival, which takes place this Memorial Day weekend in tha D's Hart Plaza. With acts ranging from Kyle Hall and Shake to Ricardo Villalobos and Plastikman, the guide is indispensable to festival-goers from all corners of the world. Check it out here. Read more »
Prolific producer and Def Jux founder El-P is set to release the third of his Megamixxx series, but this time around, all of the tracks are instrumentals. Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3 promises a musical arc featuring tracks that are "short and to the point," recalling a similar feel to Dilla's Donuts beats. And despite the name, El-P believes that this megamixxx is a "proper album," reflecting his production and mixing styles to their fullest extent.
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The Glitch Mob's remix for French electro-house fiend Krazy Baldhead may start out sounding something like AC/DC's "Hells Bells," but through the rest of its epic length, the track is purely their own. Loads of booming percussion and hard-hitting glitch-hop beats, an arsenal of extraneous sound effects, plenty of buzzing synth tones, and trajectory changes every minute or so keep your ears' attentions piqued until the song eventually fades away. The LA-based trio's remix doesn't exactly culminate into something great, but it's nine-minute runtime indicates this track is about the journey—and not the destination. The Glitch Mob is now on a massive North American tour. Check out the details here.
UK duo Mount Kimbie recently performed at a London club event put on by the Big Chill festival. Before they took the stage, they sat down with the event organizers and chatted a bit about their music and the group's history. Watch the above video to see what they had to say and peep some nice live footage from the show. Read more »
Here's another bit of unconventional hip-hop from Oxnard, which has somehow become Southern California's beatmaker hotbed. Produced by Oh No, MED's latest for Stones Throw is full of the expected drum breaks and organ stab samples, but with heaps of wonky synths and spacey sonics thrown on top. We couldn't tell you exactly what MED is flowing over the head-nodding beat, but we'd wager to say it has something to do with him being awesome. If so, he's not wrong.
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Ever since her debut album, Contact, Love, Want, Have, was released last month, the electronic music world has been abuzz with love for UK producer Ikonika. With her star firmly on the ascent, the Hyperdub artist is going to be toting her own brand of forward-reaching dubstep onto North American soil for a short string of dates through the US and Canada, making stops in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and at Montreal's MUTEK festival. Check out the show details after the jump and keep your eyes peeled for Ikonika's exclusive XLR8R podcast, which will debut here on XLR8R.com within the next few weeks. Read more »
Philadelphia coldwave patrons Cold Cave released Love Comes Close last year, but they're just now getting around to releasing a proper 12" single for "Life Magazine." The track is treated to remixes from the likes of Pantha du Prince, Arthur Baker, and, here, Optimo. Fresh off the finale of their long-running weekly Sunday-night party, the Glaswegian duo's intent is clear from the onset; JD Twitch and JG Wilkes are gonna make you move. Their mission is accomplished with much aplomb through hijacking the vocal from its original synth-pop resting place, and placing it in the middle of an energetic space-disco workout. Optimo also has an entry in the venerated Fabric mix series the comes out next week, and the "Life Magazine" 12" drops on June 8.
Composer, sound designer, and certified Ableton Live educator Laura Escudé certainly has the electronic music street cred necessary to back her forthcoming debut album, Pororoca. The title track of her new record is chock full of smooth strings, delayed synths, and ominous choir vocals, all of which combine to make up the bulk of her moody piece. In fact, a beat doesn't make its way into the song until two minutes in, and disappears in half the time—reminding us of an era when electronic music was more centered around melody than rhythm.
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