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Review: Supersilent 9

Though the packaging—turquoise, this time—eschews personnel details per usual, it's widely known that the ninth album from Supersilent was completed without their drummer Jarle Vespestad. This absence has stirred the remaining trio of Helge Sten (a.k.a. Deathprod), Arve Henriksen, and Stale Storlokken to discard their expected instruments (including trumpet and electronics) in favor of Hammond organs. Read more » 

XLR8R TV: The L-Vis 1990 and Bok Bok UK/US Snack Challenge

"Where's that spit bucket?"

British house producers James Connolly and Alex Sushon (a.k.a. L-Vis 1990 and Bok Bok) may be experts in what's going on in the ever-shifting world of London club music, but can they tell PG Tips from Lipton tea? Read more » 

Download: Sekta feat. Spoek Mathambo "Jabajaws"

Label: Top Billin

We're not really sure how Warsaw-based producer Sekta and South African MC Spoek Mathambo managed to cross paths, but we're sure glad they did. "Jabajaws," the lead track from the pair's new EP, is full of buzzing bass, kwaito synth flourishes, and enough dirty raps to make your mom blush. Finally, there's a track that electro banger kids and the global bass crowd can enjoy equally. 

Average: 7.6 (88 votes)

Download: Killamu "Tchilu"

Label: Akwaaba

While recent years have seen an flood of third-world dance beats on to first-world dancefloors, the flow of "official" releases remains at a trickle. Yet a few fledgling labels are combating this trend; count among them Akwaaba, whose founder Benjamin Lebrave has spent a significant amount of time in Angola and signed up local kuduro heroes to legitimately release (and get paid for) their infectiously frenetic dance cuts. Today Akwaaba is releasing A Minha Face, a new album from veteran producer Killamu. "Tchilu" skews toward the genre's electronic side, pairing hyperactive handclaps with lightning-quick verses and an overwhelming sense that Killamu and friends had just as much fun making this track as you will when it's blaring out of your stereo. For a more in-depth look at Killamu, Akwaaba has put together a mini-documentary that you can check out here

Average: 5.6 (21 votes)

Review: Robot Koch Death Star Droid

Just a bit darker and more deconstructed than the sounds of Read more » 

Preview the New Joy Orbison single

Next month, UK wunderkind Joy Orbison will be releasing The Shrew Would Have Cushioned the Blow EP on the Aus label. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 01/11/2010

Video: Riva Starr "Dance Me"

Playful house producer Riva Starr is getting ready to unveil his new album, If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade, at the end of the month on Jesse Rose's Made to Play imprint, but he's warming things up this week with the release of the "Dance Me" single, which features remixes from Rose, Oliver $, and Payme. But it's the video we're especially excited about—who can get mad at chopped-up dance footage of Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer, Mr. T, and Rick Astley? Not us. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 01/11/2010

Guest Reviews: Tyondai Braxton

As the son of out-jazz composer Anthony Braxton, a member of acclaimed post-rock super-group Battles, and a renowned solo artist, Tyondai Braxton is certainly one of the biggest names in the avant-pop music world. His second solo album, Central Market (Warp), is somewhat of a departure, for after years of strictly solo efforts, the new record sees him collaborating with NYC's Wordless Music Orchestra. Read more » 

Download: Limaçon "Which One"

After dropping a slew of singles on esteemed labels like Poker Flat and Force Inc., this month finds West Coast tech-house producer Limaçon (a.k.a. Christopher T. Lee) releasing his debut album, Tarry Not. If "Which One" is any indication, expect a full-length loaded with precise techno beats and ghostly synths. Luckily, Lee has infused the music with just enough California sunshine to warm up even the chilliest minimal dancefloor. 

Average: 6.8 (35 votes)

Inbox: Owen Pallett

Owen Pallett, the indie-pop musician formerly known as Final Fantasy, pays a visit to XLR8R’s Inbox this week. The talented Canadian seeks alternative poutines, feels groovy, plays crowd-pleasing renditions of Gershwin, kisses ass, and skips breakfast. Read more » 

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