In the bubbling brew that is London's electronic music scene, hot new labels pop up all the time, but few match the pedigree of Local Action, an imprint spearheaded by FACT editor Tom Lea with support from the esteemed shop Phonica Records. The first Local Action release is dropping this week, and we've got streams of the entire EP right here on the XLR8R website. Read more »
Veteran bass music producer Matt Shadetek has a solo instrumental album on the way for Dutty Artz. Entitled Flowers, it finds the Brooklyn artist indulging his ongoing love affair with thick low-end while exploring new influences from the world of UK garage and funky. While this first taste from the record is somewhat reminiscent of Shadetek's work with DJ /rupture on the XLR8R-championed Solar Life Raft mix album, in that it relies heavily on melody, the song ultimately distances itself immensely from that notable collaboration by ditching the thick atmospheres for a more stripped-down, upbeat, and dancefloor-minded production style. In doing so, "iHop" excels as a futuristic dubstep number with its focus on strong shuffling rhythms, thick bass melodies, and soulful, pitch-shifted vocal sampling on par with UK funky's finest.
Reward the Curious: Jan Vormann and Sébastien Preschoux Discuss Their Vibrant Lego and String Installations
Musical multi-tasker Hanuman (who doubles as half of Monkey Steak and runs Steak House Records) is set to drop his latest track, "Bola," on Chicago's Sleazetone label. Included along with the even-keeled, dub-heavy original version are remixes from Kanji Kinetic, Thunderous Olympian, Sleazetone label head Chrissy Murderbot, and, here, XLR8R alum and Trouble & Bass spinstress Star Eyes (pictured above). On her remix, she decided to run with the underlying UK funky sound, and treat "Bola" to an extra helping of thick, juicy low end before introducing her own string-based melody to the propulsive house beat.
Slugabed, Free the Robots, Mux Mool, Teebs, Shlohmo, Baths, DevonWho, and More to Play Emerg-N-See Festival
July 16 through 19 in the scenic country setting of Macleay, OR, the seventh annual Emerg-N-See festival will get underway with a host of some of the freshest, most interesting electronic-music producers the US, Canada, and Europe have to offer. Among the artists included in the four-day music, art, and camping extravaganza are LA beat-makers Baths, DevonWho, Free the Robots, and Teebs, along with loads of other great producers the likes of Mux Mool, Shlohmo, Slugabed, Eprom, and NastyNasty. Read more »
Hello, this is a message from the law offices of Culture, Music & Film. I'm writing you in regards to a class-action lawsuit on behalf of director Chris Cunningham, the makers of The Blair Witch Project, the Species franchise, and people with respectable taste in music and film everywhere. Your video for the song "Corporate Occult" by Huoratron, which was directed by one Cédric Blaisbois, is in violation of a number of ethical and aesthetic codes set forth by artists who aim to uphold a standard of decency for audio-visual art presented to people who love good music and film. Read more »
Funny story: I'm out in Stockholm one night with skweee guys Rigas Den Andre and Limonious. They're like, "Hey, we're gonna go see our friend Jenny Wilson play. Do you know her?" And I'm like, "Yeah, of course I know her!" So we get to the Strand theater, and Wilson comes on with her band of gospel singers... and it hits me: I don't know Jenny Wilson at all. (Cuz I was thinking Jenny Lewis the whole time.) But Wilson's rich R&B vocals and gorgeous piano and horn arrangements instantly have the crowd rapt, and everyone—including me—is happy. Maybe not the usual XLR8R fare, but we still wholeheartedly approve. Hardships! is out August 24.
Walter Gibbons, the man responsible for originating the reel-to-reel edit, which gave way to the now ubiquitous art of remixing, is finally being honored for his pioneering work as a DJ and producer with a forthcoming retrospective from compilation and re-issue label Strut. Read more »
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