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Download: Class Actress "Journal of Ardency"

Label: Terrible

New York is no stranger to disco-influenced electro-pop, what with The Golden Filter and the stable of DFA artists, but there's always room for another addition to the party. Elizabeth Harper and Mark Richardson are Class Actress, a Brooklyn outfit born from a mutual love for vintage synths and classic pop. The title-track from their Journal of Ardency EP is just that; cool and collected vocal hooks from Harper's sultry croon floating atop a straightforward dance beat rife with shimmering synths and bouncing basslines. 

Average: 8.3 (78 votes)

Download: Little Girls "10 Mile Stereo (Beach House Cover)"

If being called Little Girls wasn't creepy enough for you, how about turning "10 Mile Stereo" by Beach House (a favorite of many little girls to be sure) into something that sounds like Ian Curtis reuniting Joy Division from beyond the grave. Producer Josh McIntyre removed Victoria Legrand's original vocal from his version, and inserted a particularly large amount of lo-fi doom and gloom in its stead—leaving the rest of the music more or less intact. 

Average: 5.6 (27 votes)

Review: Souls of Mischief Montezuma's Revenge

Despite not having dropped a group album in almost a decade, Souls of Mischief still have enough gusto to keep hip-hop heads listening. No, SOM's latest effort, Montezuma's Revenge, is not as consistently surprising as their classic debut, 93 ‘Til Infinity, but just because they don't outdo themselves doesn't mean members Opio, Phesto, Tajai, and A-Plus don't sound noticeably reinvigorated here. Read more » 

Fatima's Long-Awaited First Solo Release out in March

London resident Fatima will finally see her first solo EP released early this spring. The soulful songstress, whose collaborations with Shafiq Husayn, Floating Points, and Slum Village have made her one of the most talked-about singers on the scene, will be dropping some leftfield nu-soul on fans' ears with the Mindtravelin EP. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 02/04/2010

Revolutions Per Minute: Matías Aguayo Takes House Music to Paris, Buenos Aires, and All Points In Between

That voice, mellifluous from the start, confident and full of grace to the end, is the perfect introduction to Matías Aguayo.


Underground Resistance's Santiago Salazar Tells the Club Scene to Get Real

On his latest joint, Santiago Salazar, of the mighty Underground Resistance crew, slams the flashy, overpriced mess that is the contemporary US club scene, dramatically intoning about "bow-legged photographers" and outrageous club entry fees. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 02/04/2010

Podcast 122: Jubilee

Until now, the 2010 XLR8R Podcast series has been filled by heavy hitters from overseas, but we haven't lost sight of all the great DJs on our own side of the pond. Take Jubilee (a.k.a. Jess Gentile), who regularly whips dancefloors into a frenzy with her rambunctious combination of bass-heavy electro, upfront house, UK funky, and plenty of tropical flavor that can be traced back to her younger days as a Miami Bass-worshipping Florida raver. Read more » 

Download: Owen Pallett "Keep the Dog Quiet (Simon Bookish Remix)"

Label: Domino

With a new album out and a major tour starting soon, Owen Pallett (a.k.a. the Canadian pop composer formerly known as Final Fantasy) continues to gather fans, and this remix from the UK's Simon Bookish is certain to please even the most cynical ears. "Keep the Dog Quiet" is sped up and given a more bouncy flair, complete with multi-layered orchestral stabs, deep bass, and cut-up samples of Pallett's vocals. In the end, the piece recalls Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch singing over a particularly lush Wham City track, a unique combination if there ever was one. 

Average: 7.1 (34 votes)

Review: Scuba Sub:stance

Label: Ostgut Ton

Hotflush Recordings founder and dubstep-techno crossover artist Scuba (a.k.a. Paul Rose) has been in rock-steady ascent since dropping the 2008 monster jam "Hard Boiled," a track that helped build a bridge of sound from London to Berlin. This DJ mix shows off where he's coming from, where he's going, and who's coming with him. Read more » 

Xiu Xiu and Deerhoof to Perform Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures

Late April's Donaufestival in Krems, Austria, will see a fascinating collaboration between the depressive pop of Xiu Xiu and the manic rhythms of Deerhoof. The two groups will be combining forces to perform the entirety of Unknown Pleasures, the legendary Joy Division album (and dorm-room staple) which has given music fans some of the most iconic sounds of the past 30 years. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 02/03/2010

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