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Review: Chef/Ramadanman Dubstep Allstars: Vol. 7

Label: Tempa

This double mix CD sorts out the differences—some glaring, others more subtle—of dubstep's multidirectional past, present and future. Disc One finds South London DJ Chef juggling what might be called the scene's "foundation" sound based around clear-cut D&B, jungle, and UK garage influences, leading to a 34-track hardcore maelstrom full of crunch-time wobblers by Benga, Cyrus, Distance, and D1. Read more » 

Daedelus, Nosaj Thing, and Jogger Conjure Magical Tour

Everyone's favorite debonair, beat-making maestro, Daedelus, has ventured into new territory with the launch of his own label, Magical Properties. After releasing the debut album for LA-based duo Jogger, entitled This Great Pressure, the label is now hitting the road. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 01/08/2010

Download: Carl Craig "Experimento"

Label: Planet E

As a general rule, XLR8R reserves the Downloads section of the website for the newest, freshest tunes. But when a certified techno legend like Carl Craig offers up a selection from his back catalog for exclusive download, we're willing to bend the rules a little bit. Taken from his Just Another Day release, "Experimento" is a slow-burning exercise in dub techno that will rumble your speakers in all the right ways. Perhaps Mr. Craig is in such a giving mood because he's excited about his upcoming appearance at New York's Unsound Festival. We were already really hyped about the festival, but then we saw that on February 5th Craig will be doing two live performances accompanying screenings of Andy Warhol's Blow Job. He'll be joined by Berlin duo nsi, who will be soundtracking Warhol's Kiss. Both Craig and psi will be performing on modular synths and analog gear. All the details are here and tickets are on sale today for both the 7:30 and 9:30 shows.  

Average: 6.6 (61 votes)

RJD2 Shares "Let There Be Horns" Video, Tour Dates

The first video released from mix-master RJD2's forthcoming album, The Clossus, takes the age-old "bull in a china shop" metaphor and runs wild with it. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 01/08/2010

Liars Announce Tour, Expand on Sisterworld

If news of the forthcoming Liars album, Sisterworld, wasn't exciting enough for the super-fans, maybe their announcement of an expanded edition of their fifth album will be. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 01/08/2010

Download: Myd "Train to Bamako"

The boys from Radioclit are unabashed lovers of African dance music—between their work with Esau Mwamwaya as The Very Best and their Secousse party in London, they're pretty much running the new-school African club game. Now they're adding to their resume by curating the Saga Africa compilation, which features their song "Tutule Dance" alongside tracks from French producers Douster, Lazy Flow, and Myd. The latter's "Train to Bamako" is a joyous romp, filled with singing African children, warm tones, and just enough bass bump to best Radioclit at their own game. The Saga Africa EP is available for sale at Beatport

Average: 7.3 (36 votes)

Download: Nickodemus "The Love Feeling (Christian Prommer Remix)"

Label: ESL

Taken from the latest album by Brooklyn-based DJ/producer Nickodemus, "The Love Feeling" gets treated to a classic techno burner of a remix by Germany's Christian Prommer. His work, along with treatments from the likes of J.Boogie, HIRD (who's worked with Fever Ray and Little Dragon), and EarthRise SoundSystem, will be featured on a reworked version of Nickodemus' album Sun People. Sun People Remixed hits retailers January 19. 

Average: 5.6 (29 votes)

Review: Syntaks Ylajali

While Copenhagen-based bandleader Jakob Skott has been quietly producing music as Syntaks for the better part of a decade, Ylajali represents an important new step for the project—not only is it the first Syntaks full-length on Ghostly, it's also the band's first album as a duo, as one-time guest vocalist Anna Cecilia has officially joined the group. Her addition is certainly welcome, adding some human warmth to the fuzzy drone of Skott's Boards-of-Canada-meets-Cocteau-Twins soundscapes. Read more » 

Download: Gucci Mane "No No No (Douster Remix)"

Label: Mad Decent

This is just some straight club heat. ZZK compatriot and XLR8R Artist to Watch Douster has flipped ATL rap hero Gucci Mane's "No No No" and stuffed it full of party-starting crunk-rave synths and stomping hip-hop beats. Mad Decent dropped this today as a bonus track from the forthcoming Gucci Mane mixtape, which also features production work from the likes of Diplo, Zomby, Salem, Memory Tapes, and Flying Lotus. The FREE mixtape, entitled Diplo Presents: Free Gucci (Best of The Cold War Mixtapes), drops next Monday. (via Mad Decent

Average: 6.3 (40 votes)

Bob Blank Retrospective Coming Soon on Strut

In the heyday of disco, if you were a young, out-of-pocket group looking for quality recording and production work, there was one go-to studio and one in-house producer to rely on: Bob Blank and his Blank Tapes studio. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 01/07/2010

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