We're pleased to bring you an exclusive stream of Oversteps, the latest on Warp from celebrated British duo Autechre, available in its entirety below. And though the official release of the record isn't until next Tuesday, it's currently available as a digital purchase over at Bleep. Read more »
Bay Area MC and Fillmore district native DaVinci has just dropped his long-awaited debut album, The Day the Turf Stood Still, on the SF-based SWTBRDS label. Oddly enough, you can opt to purchase the record of gritty sample-based hip-hop, as per usual, or download the 17 tracks for absolutely free, legally, here. Read more »
One of the latest additions to the UK's ever-growing bass music scene, fledgling label Blunted Robots last week unveiled its third release: a double single featuring Night Slugs boss Bok Bok on one side and Brackles & Shortstuff on the other. Read more »
There is an oft-repeated truism in the Detroit dance underground that goes something like this: Read more »
If Rob Threezy's membership in the Chicago's Ghetto Division isn't enough proof that his tracks represent the new vanguard of the Chicago sound, then perhaps this astounding remix from Finland's Top Billin' will convince doubters. Given the original's stems, Top Billin' somehow make "The Chase" even more of a Windy City club banger, channeling the monstrous kicks of Cajmere, the sampling style of early Larry Heard projects, and even a bit of Adonis' acid. In no uncertain terms, this is a perfect house track, and one hell of a remix.
Over the past two or three years, plenty of ink, and even more blog space, has been devoted to documenting the international explosion of cumbia, particularly the electronic and/or experimental variety. Yet not everyone riding the cumbia train is trying to put a modern twist on the classic Colombian rhythm—take Los Angeles quintet Very Be Careful, who actually specialize in vallenato, another Colombian folk rhythm that's something like cumbia's cousin. Labels aside, these boys always keep it old-school, even when they're cooking up original, accordion-powered jams like "La Furgoneta." The track comes from Escape Room, the band's latest album, which will be released on April 13.
Maybe it's the two members with art-school backgrounds, but Liars have a knack for taking clichés to sublime places. Considering that the distance between their first album—the apex of dance-punk that might also be a joke at its expense—and the post-grunge miniature songcraft of 2007's Liars seems smaller than some would have you believe, it makes sense that Sisterworld sounds like more of a conceptual wager than a stylistic one. Read more »
The 11th edition of Montreal's Mutek festival is happening this June, and with the announcement of the electronic gathering's initial lineup, it is apparent that Mutek is going to have its best year yet. Featuring headlining performances from Matias Aguayo, the Moritz von Oswald Trio, Matmos, and many more XLR8R favorites, the fest continues to eschew the simply trendy in favor of more reliably astounding performers. Early-bird passes are now on sale at the festival site. Check out the full lineup after the jump! Read more »
Next week will see the release of Triangulation, the second album from Scuba (a.k.a. Paul Rose). "Before" offers a smoldering glimpse of the record, which finds the Hotflush label boss dabbling in house, techno, and other styles while further pushing the boundaries of exactly what a dubstep artist is supposed to sound like. With its vinyl crackle and sultry female vocal, "Before" actually resembles vintage Massive Attack. Factor in the song's pensive synth tones and you've got some downbeat audio gold. Make sure to also peep the kaleidoscope-powered video for "Before," which was put together by director Sam Geer.
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