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Review: KZA & Toshiya Kawasaki I’m Starting to Feel Okay Vol. 3

On this 18-track mix, KZA and Toshiya Kawasaki probe dance music’s more leisurely conceits. Theo Parrish’s dub of Kuniyuki’s “All These Things” sets the disc’s woozy, sensual tone, and Discosession’s remix of Naum Gabo’s “Black Lab” conjures a serious Italo-kosmische hybrid before Soft Rocks and John Daly inject some dramatic prog rock and Detroit-techno bump into the laid-back disco vibe. Read more » 

Jamie Stewart and Co. Prepare New Xiu Xiu Album

With a title that could possibly be the most fitting name for an album from Oakland's Jamie Stewart and friends, Xiu Xiu is preparing to release the lush and enigmatic Dear God, I Hate Myself on Kill Rock Stars February 23. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/19/2009

Download the New Issue of XLR8R!

While you're thumbing through the virtual pages of XLR8R.com, make sure to download the brand-new November/December issue of the magazine, where we go deep into our favorites of 2009. Read more » 

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  • 11/19/2009

Download: Radioclit "Secousse (Riva Starr Remix)"

Fresh off their highly-touted debut album with singer Esau Mwamwaya as The Very Best, Radioclit keep the ball rolling with a reissue of their Secousse EP. The record comes complete with remixes from Brodinski, Round Table Knights, and, featured here, Riva Starr. Starr's treatment finds the UK producer relying on wobbling bass, a four-on-the-floor beat, and enough percussion and delayed synths to drive listeners straight to the dancefloor. If that kind of remix doesn't make you want to add the 12" to your collection, maybe the fur cover will. 

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Average: 6.7 (27 votes)
 
 

Podcast 113: Nosaj Thing's LA Mix

As part of the kick-off for our brand-new City Guide page and mobile application, we've invited some of our favorite artists to put together special editions of the XLR8R podcast highlighting the artists and sounds that make their hometowns unique. Read more » 

Download: Deepchild "Wannado (Gravious Remix)"

Scottish dance experimentalist Gravious produces tracks that quickly and confidently coalesce the choice elements of some of dubstep's heavy hitters—Burial's tweaked and sampled vocal snippets, Zomby's booming and wonky bass, and Joy Orbison's refined sheen. Here, he unlocks the dubby grooves of Australian tech-house producer Deepchild's latest single, "Wannado." The house elements shine through Gravious' shuffling beats and give his remix a slight retro garage feel while remaining focused on dubstep's future. 

Average: 7.7 (73 votes)
 
 

TBC: Dancing About Architecture—BLDGBLOG's Geoff Manaugh Sounds Off on the Year's Best Audio Installations

From the New York subway's train No. 2—whose whistle, according to a February 2009 article in the New York Times, sounds like Leonard Bernstein when it pulls in to Times Square—to serious discussions about how we might “tune” the silent engines of electric cars, 2009 was a year for acoustic speculation. Read more » 

Download: Malente & Dex feat. New Kidz "Lions (Douster Remix)"

Label: Exploited

Here, France's Douster takes a dancehall-tinged house track and emphasizes the dancehall elements to such an extent that it is essentially un-housed. But while Malente & Dex's original definitely sizzles, the remix scorches, throbbing with deep bass, epic drops, and a real pushing of the melodic line. The vocals from New Kidz only serve to make "Lions" one of the more versatile remixes around, appropriate for dancefloors where cumbia, funky, and dancehall are spun. 

Average: 7.2 (41 votes)
 
 

Review: King Cannibal Let the Night Roar

Label: Ninja Tune

Dark is the word thrown around most often to describe King Cannibal, and it’s probably the single best word to encapsulate the full aesthetic, sound, and ethos of the artist formerly known as Zilla. Let the Night Roar is a surprisingly cohesive album, representing pan-genrism at its best. Read more » 

Grab Kode9's 2005 'Sinogrime' Mix From Lower End Spasm

The boys at the Lower End Spasm blog (for which Alex Bok Bok is a contributor) just put up a killer 'sinogrime' mix from 2005 by musicologist/bass assassin Kode9. Read more » 

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  • 11/18/2009

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