On the revisited version of the title-track from The Prodigy's latest album, Invaders Must Die, producer Liam Howlett has taken the original's distorted sensibilities and run wild with the group's updated '90s rave sound. The seminal UK group, which we featured on our cover back in April, has reworked its last record for the Invaders Must Die: Special Edition—a release we expect to start parties (maybe fires?) when it hits stores this week.
XLR8R’s Inbox takes it to the house with London natives Lucas Hunter and Nat Self of Zombie Disco Squad. The electro duo says “Yay!” to Biggie Smalls, Fabric, Berlin’s Panorama Bar, and black Vans Authentics; and “Nay!” to Tiesto, klutzy supermarket cake handling, drilling, and the death of fans during shows. ZDS’s two-disc mix, Playing Around Again is out today on Jesse Rose’s Made to Play label. Read more »
As an exclusive for XLR8R and in celebration of their European tour kicking off today at London's massive Fabric club, San Francisco's dons of space-bass and electro-blap, Lazer Sword, have handed over their glitched-up homage to that classic Nintendo nemesis King Koopa. "Koopa Boss Mode" borrows from the original 8-bit soundtrack, but the duo also revamp those sinister melodies with their trademark crunchy basslines dropped amongst a slow-grooving beat littered with intergalactic transmissions.
On "Kilometer," another cut taken from Waking Heat, the debut album by San Francisco post-punk trio Tempo No Tempo, a synthesizer takes center-stage, although it's flanked by jangly guitar riffs and a bouncing drum beat. Soaked in lead singer (and occasional XLR8R scribe) Tyler McCauley's fervent vocal delivery, the track is a prime example of the group's penchant for rhythmic tension and terse melodic assaults. Tempo No Tempo just finished an East Coast tour and slew of dates at CMJ, and Waking Heat is available now.
What is it about Sweden and disco edits? There must be something in the soil that makes Swedes churn out spacy, Hi-NRG throwback tracks with such grace and aplomb, so be sure to pick some up the next time you're traveling the fjords. Anyways, the trio of Jackpot break out the poppers and craft a near-perfect disco diamond, featuring crisp hand-claps, great orchestral pieces, and some detached female vocals that sound a bit like Italo goddess Linda Jo Rizzo. One can definitely imagine crowds getting seriously wild to this slice, so play loud!
Repeating their prior success with Get Physical's second and fourth anniversary mixes, M.A.N.D.Y. is back at the helm for the Berlin-based label. Read more »
Somewhere between Grace Jones, vintage Calvin Klein, and backwoods biker bars lies the street-meets-high fashion designs of NYC boutique/clothing line OAK. In their six years as a storefront and in-house design team, co-creators Jeff Madalena and Louis Terline have remained true to their style ideals since opening their first store, the women's-only Canary. "The concept was simple," explains OAK's designer Kristopher Whitman. "To bring a knowledge of fashion to an unpretentious retail setting. Read more »
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