For the first time in nearly a decade, Berlin's historic Spreepark amusement park will open its gates to host the Lunaland festival on August 28 and 29. The two-day extravaganza will feature performances from DJs and live acts the likes of Tiefschwarz, M.A.N.D.Y., Jamie Jones, Mathew Jonson, DJ Kaos, and many others. Read more »
Calling the upcoming second album from German DJ/producer Shed "highly anticipated" seems like a complete understatement at this point. After the dust settled from his 2008 debut album on Ostgut Ton, the momentum has been gradually rebuilding behind producer Rene Pawlowitz's follow-up record, The Traveller, in the form of interviews, podcasts, and now, a stream of the whole record, courtesy of FACT. Read more »
For the first official release on his Mr. Intl label, Hercules & Love Affair frontman Andy Butler has teamed up with Jason Kendig (of San Francisco's Honey Soundsystem crew) to craft this incendiary piece of bouncing classic house. Read more »
After writing a version of Graham Nash's "Chicago" for charity together, English/German electronic music innovators of The Orb and Pink Floyd singer/guitarist/songwriter David Gilmour have embarked on a new collaborative record entitled Metallic Spheres. Read more »
Vancouver haze-pop specialist Teen Daze operates in a shroud of mystery, so it makes sense that he would keep similarly shadowy company. Enter his sonically similar internet pal Houses, who calls Chicago home and is apparently part of the Lefse artist roster. Houses is a bit moodier than his neighbor from the North, and that comes through on "Bikes," a relatively mellow number awash in drawn-out synths and lo-fi hum. It's a bit like a couple of dudes taking a stab at recreating the Cocteau Twins, but through a '90s emo-pop filter and solely working on laptops. Wait a minute, that sounds horrible. Oh well, we like the song. Let's go with that. (via Altered Zones)
Normally we try not to venture too far into "bigging ourselves up" territory, but sometimes it's hard to avoid when folks toiling behind the scenes at XLR8R HQ also happen to be super talented and doing amazing things outside the office. Take NYC producer Contakt—even the people at FACT and the Local Action label think he's awesome. For the uninitiated, he's one of the resident DJs at the monthly TURRBOTAX® party and also happens to craft his own Detroit-informed takes on house, garage, and the whole UK post-dubstep continuum. Contakt's actually got an EP of his own coming out soon on Local Action, but in the meantime, he's been tapped for this remix of labelmate and fellow New Yorker Svpreme Fiend. He transforms the haunting melancholy of the original into a bleeping, rumbling club roller, and we can't wait to hear what else he's got in the pipeline.
Our pals at Little White Earbuds have been really supportive of our recent trip to the Gathering of the Juggalos, so we wanted to return the favor by re-hosting this FaltyDL remix they posted last week. The track comes from one of the new Sistol (a.k.a. Vladislav Delay a.k.a. Luomo a.k.a. Sasu Ripatti) releases, Remasters & Remakes, which is coming out in October on the heels of a brand-new Sistol album, On the Bright Side, which drops in September. Remasters & Remakes features artists like John Tejada, Sutekh, and Mike Huckaby tackling Sistol tunes, and for his part, FaltyDL cooks up a smoldering version of "Kotka" that combines a crunchy techno pulse with skittering hi-hats and brooding, cut-up synth melodies.
Can we all just go ahead and agree that Doc Daneeka is amazing? Have you heard his XLR8R podcast? How about that new "Hold On" single on Ramp? Even his record label, Ten Thousand Yen, is awesome, and next week, it will be releasing its second slab of vinyl. Read more »
Sam Prekop—yeah, we're as surprised to see his name here as you might be. In the 16 or so years that he and his band, The Sea and Cake, have been writing music, they've been mentioned maybe once or twice in our pages. But it's not because we don't like the music (admittedly, most of us have been fans of Chicago post-rock at one time or another), it just isn't exactly within the scope of XLR8R's focus. So why is this song here? Frankly, because it doesn't sound anything like The Sea and Cake. Sam Prekop's forthcoming solo record for Thrill Jockey, entitled Old Punch Card, is an album of instrumental explorations into the world of modular synthesizers. As heard on "The Silhouettes," Prekop created warbling, analog soundscapes out of melodic arpeggiations, flitting white noise, and low-frequency drones to create the nine songs on his new full-length. The shift in style has effectively transfered his reputation as a veteran indie crooner into that of a new live-electronics composer writing pieces on par with our favorite sound experimentalists. So, yeah, that's why you're reading about Sam Prekop.
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