Last year, XLR8R commissioned filmmaker Ryan Junell to put together a short film entitled The Bus, in which he joined a DIY community touring the East Coast in a reclaimed, veggie-oil-powered city bus that's been turned into a venue for mind-melting punk and metal shows. The film debuted in February, but now we're happy to host The Bus here on XLR8R.com. Even better, we've got the director's cut, which includes never-before-seen footage of members of The Bus' crew branding one another with a coathanger. Read more »
Salem has returned, bringing more of their dark electronic washes with a new two-song single on Audraglint. XLR8R gave readers the a-side of the new single, "Frost", earlier this week, but today we bring you the amazing video for the b-side, titled "Legend." Featuring night-vision shots and a fetishization of fighter jets that teeters toward Top Gun, there is something eminently weird and haunting about the audio-visual pairing. For more on the creepy midwestern trio, check out our April feature on them. The "Legend" music video appears after the jump! Read more »
Few artists bring the druggy sounds of Berlin's underground to San Francisco quite like C.L.A.W.S., and on his latest EP, I've Got Problems, the man born Brian D. Hock drops another batch of high-quality late-night techno tunes. The pulsing beat and tweaker synths of "You (I've Tired of) Ah Ah" conjure images of a wild night at Berghain, only there's no danger of inadvertently wandering into an MDMA-fueled orgy.
Persistence can be a good thing, as FaltyDL can tell you. Known off wax as Drew Lustman, FaltyDL's sound—which blends skittish but groove-tight 2-step beats, wobbly synth pads, and a strong sense of melody—harkens back to the moment when the IDM nerds raided jungle for ideas, but it also sports the clarity of modern production and a sharp knack for compositional space and atmospherics. Read more »
Steven Stapleton’s latest release as Nurse With Wound marries some of his long-floating tendencies: serenely eerie feedback loops, voices screaming and/or shuddering in various foreign languages, and barely-there piano tinkling. Where last year’s Huffin’ Rag Blues threatened to tip Stapleton’s hand with cringe-inducing moments of beatnik lounge collage, The Surveillance Lounge offers less in the way of surprise, but returns to the starkness and po-faced absurdity of his (cringe) canonical albums. Read more »
Recent months have seen a whole lot of hullabaloo surrounding the burgeoning UK funky house scene (including our current issue's cover story), but significantly less attention has been given to how these rhythms are intermingling with the world of dancehall. In search of more information, not to mention a sampling of new music, we turned to The Heatwave, the London-based DJ and production crew headed by Gabriel Myddelton that has spent much of the decade firmly planted on dancehall and reggae's bleeding edge. Read more »
"This 'funky' thing, it'll be over in a minute. You can only say something is new once." If anyone has witnessed a genre come and go, it's Geeneus. The 30-year-old boss of London’s most influential pirate radio station, Rinse FM, Geeneus started broadcasting 15 years ago with guys like Wiley and Slimzee. Read more »
A couple weeks back, XLR8R was rocked by the debut single and video from LA celebri-DJ Steve Aoki. In fact, "I'm in the House" struck us as such a musical and filmmaking milestone that we decided to launch the Unofficial Steve Aoki Remix Contest. We put out the call far and wide, and the XLR8R massive answered... well, three of you did. Read more »
Emerging out of the hiss, a bright, four-note phrase repeated as lackadaisical percussion beats a lazy tattoo while low-frequency, almost bong-like gurgles simmer beneath it all. With secondary percussive elements, banjo, and cello incorporated into the piece as well, "Salvador" has the feeling of a Dirty Three track, only more stoned. Read more »
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