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Listen to 'Chocolate,' the New Album from Tiefschwarz

It's been five years since fun-loving German house/techno duo Tiefschwarz released a proper artist album, so it's fair to say that there's some palatable anticipation surrounding the release of Chocolate, the third full-length from brothers Ali and Basti Schwarz. Read more » 

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  • 05/21/2010

Download: Light Asylum "A Certain Person"

People like to throw around the "'80s" tag all willy-nilly when talking or writing about more electronically based pop acts (M83 and The Juan MacLean come immediately to mind), but here's one that truly sounds as if it had been born of and imported from that neon era. Brooklyn's Light Asylum is the duo of singer Shannon Funchess and producer Bruno Coviello, who together write desolate pop songs that simultaneously evoke Kate Bush, Grace Jones, and the early days of New Order. This demo of the song "A Certain Person" showcases Funchess' low-register voice subdued beneath an array of vintage synth tones, classic drum-machine sounds, and an oddly fitting sample of a braying horse—making the moments when she breaks through the mix especially ear-catching. (via FADER

Average: 7.3 (10 votes)
 
 

Carl Craig, Richie Hawtin, Matthew Dear, and More Talk Detroit Electronic Music Festival History on Resident Advisor

For 10 years, Detroit, the birthplace and home of countless amounts of electronic music, has hosted an annual festival every Memorial Day weekend, which has showcased some of the best in the all-encompassing genre's wide array of producers and DJs. Read more » 

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  • 05/21/2010

Download: Oneohtrix Point Never "Pelham Island Road"

One may think that making spatially amorphous, rhythmless washes of soupy synth tones and blurry aural textures would be relatively easy, and they'd be right. However, making those same sounds interesting proves a task few are capable of. Alongside the likes of Brian Eno, Tangerine Dream, and Mike Oldfield stands Oneohtrix Point Never: Brooklyn's Daniel Lopatin manning the station of formless electronic music (whom XLR8R featured in its pages not long ago). This slice of interstellar sonics is taken from his latest release, Returnal, and is as equally indescribable as the Lopatin's confounding moniker. "Pelham Island Road" starts off with what sounds like the tail end of another instrumental suite heavy with Juno-60 patches, and cuts off abruptly on its way to another floating point somewhere further into Lopatin's psyche. (via FADER

Average: 7.6 (20 votes)
 
 

Mixpak Launches New Podcast Series With Melé Mix

Brooklyn-based party-jam-and-international-riddim hub Mixpak just announced its first installment of their brand-new podcast series, Mixpak FM. Read more » 

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  • 05/20/2010

Friedman, Liebezeit, and Klimek to Play TodaysArt 2010 Festival

Dutch music and arts festival TodaysArt is set to overtake The Hague's city center with its sixth edition of audio/visual installments and live musical performances the weekend of September 24 and 25. Today, the forward-thinking curators of TodaysArt 2010 shared some finer details on the upcoming festival's performers and artists. Read more » 

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  • 05/20/2010

Download the New Nite Jewel Jam, "Tonight"

XLR8R fave Ramona Gonzales, known to the masses as Nite Jewel (or perhaps as the frontwoman of the band Nite Jewel), is offering up her cover of Prophet's '80s synth-funk jam "Tonight" for free on the Nite Jewel website. Read more » 

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  • 05/20/2010

Download: Poirier "Let Them Hate feat. YT (Mungo's HiFi Remix)"

First Listen
Label: Ninja Tune

While Poirier continues his global bass assault, Mungo's HiFi dubs "Let Them Hate" down a few notches, transforming a pummeling slice of bass into a fast-paced reggae jam that Lee Perry would get down with. Of course, YT's vocals are as fierce as ever, and keep the remix—which appears on the second disc of odds and ends that comes with Poirier's new Running High album—as sizzling as the original. And if you're on the West Coast in the next week, check out Poirier's Myspace page for dates in LA, Vegas, and the Bay Area.  

Average: 7.6 (38 votes)
 
 

Stream the Latest Party Jam From !!!

Disco-and-funk-obsessed octet !!! delivered a brand-new morsel of burning dancefloor fodder today. The groove merchant's new single is called "AM/FM," and comes directly from the Brooklyn-based outfit's upcoming fourth album, Strange Weather, Isn't It?. !!!'s new song is more or less what you'd expect from a band whose reputation is built on funky, repetitious basslines, wah-guitar riffs, and profuse amounts of percussion, which is certainly not a bad thing. Read more » 

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  • 05/20/2010

Check Out Nguzunguzu's Incredible New Icee Hot Mix

This Saturday, LA's globally minded beat-making duo Nguzunguzu takes its club-ready bass bumping tunes up the I-5 (or by plane, train, or ocean liner for all we know) to perform a headlining DJ set at San Francisco's forward-thinking dance party Icee Hot (which actually just won the "Best New Club Night" award from the SF Weekly). Read more » 

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  • 05/20/2010

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