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Download: Extra Life "Head Shrinker (Tyondai Braxton Remix)"

Brooklyn quintet Extra Life might not make the sort of music we're really into here at XLR8R, but the Tyondai Braxton remix of their "Head Shrinker" single is definitely up our alley. Braxton essentially turns a somewhat regal chamber-pop tune into an abstract techno jam worthy of inclusion on a Submerge Records compilation—the original's vocals are reduced to bug-like alien robot-speak, the instrumental stems become whooshes and stabs of sound, and a sickeningly distorted backbeat grounds the whole piece. Mix it with some juke or jit and get busy! 

Average: 4.8 (21 votes)
 
 

Jamie Lidell to Tour North America in June

Subversive soul singer Jamie Lidell is merely days from releasing his fourth album (and third for Warp), Compass. We've already got a taste of the record in his new music video for "The Ring," and now there's another video floating about online of his live band warming up for their upcoming tour. Read more » 

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  • 05/14/2010

Download: SDUK "Clunge (Dev79 and Thrills Remix)"

Well, now we've heard just about everything. Dubstep producers are copping samples from opera now, so pretty much anything goes at this point. On their debut collaborative effort, Dev79 and Thrills grabbed a bunch of pieces—including a clip of a wailing opera singer—from UK producer SDUK's "Clunge" track, and reformed the elements into a dirty piece of future-garage heavy with low end. The duo's rework is featured alongside the original and remixes from NastyNasty, Scott Matelic, and Phaseone on the Slit Jockey release, out now. 

Average: 6.5 (25 votes)
 
 

City Guide Weekend Events Round-Up

As you all should know quite well by now, we teamed up with that big ol' car/music/lifestyle company Scion to bring you our wide-ranging metropolitan to-do list, the XLR8R City Guide. One of our favorite aspects of the app is its consistently updated list of concerts, parties, and events, all happening in a US city near you. Here's our latest rundown of what's to come this weekend. Read more » 

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  • 05/13/2010

DJ Funk and Caribou Rock and Talk on Red Bull Radio

Though it may seem on the surface that the dirty, hyperactive ghetto house purveyed by DJ Funk has little to do with the tender, electronic bedroom-pop crafted by Caribou, Red Bull Music Academy Radio has provided a common thread for the disparate artists. Read more » 

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  • 05/13/2010

Solvent Tours North America This Summer

In support of Subject to Shift, the first full-length in six years under his Solvent moniker, Jason Amm will undertake a whirlwind US tour this summer. Starting in his hometown of Toronto, Amm will bring his synth-pop stylings to cities across the northern half of the US, including stops at the weekly Wierd Records party in New York City and the Ghostly showcase at San Francisco's Mezzanine club. Be prepared for Solvent's dystopian, acerbic electronic pop, and check out the full tour schedule after the jump. Read more » 

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  • 05/13/2010

Todd Terje Talks Tips, Tracks, and Time Warp

Resident Advisor user samlouis posted this bit of interview goodness onto RA's The Feed section. Australian music and gear retailer Spank! Records got in touch with one of Norway's "big three," Todd Terje, and had a nice little e-chat with the prolific disco-edit master. Read more » 

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  • 05/13/2010

Multiverse to Release Compilation with Joker, Skream, 2562, and More

This year, Bristol's all-encompassing music studio, mother label to Tectonic, Kapsize, Earwax, Caravan, and Build, and artist production house Multiverse celebrates five years of contributing its own flavor to the world's ever-growing, always-changing dubstep scene. Read more » 

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  • 05/13/2010

Download: Gold Panda "You (Seams Remix)"

Label: Ghostly

The UK's Gold Panda is an ace beatmaker who shares more in common with the current LA beat scene than chillwave artists like Toro Y Moi or Baths, but this remix from Seams shows an undeniable affinity with the latter crop of young producers. Using miniscule sections from the original's miniscule vocal samples, Seams allows his remix of "You" to build slowly, going from repetitive, one-note loops to multi-channel, syncopated summer hiss. While the original's crisp hip-hop beats are somewhat missed, there is a weirdly hazy quality to this remix that really satisfies the ears. Gold Panda's You EP will be released on June 15, and also features remixes from Osborne, Dam Mantle, and Minotaur Shock. 

Average: 7.9 (40 votes)
 
 

Hudson Mohawke Remixes Wiley's New 'Electric' Single

It's about damn time Wiley and Hudson Mohawke paired up on something, right? They've just been sitting around, living in such relatively close proximity, both being fans of wonky beats and next-level flows, and not putting their weird ideas together. Well, now that's all in past. Hudson Mohawke got his hands all over the new single from Wiley, "Electric Boogaloo," and did his whole 'over-caffeinated mystical forest creature with ADD at an all night rave in another dimension' thing. Wiley and his soulful diva friend are led through no less than four different beats—and god knows how many synths and random sound effects—with purpose and aplomb. It's not necessarily a dream come true, but more like the realization of a fantasy you didn't know you had. The remix is available to stream after the jump. (via FACT) Read more » 

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  • 05/13/2010

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