[KONTROL], San Francisco's premiere techno party, is celebrating five years of bringing the Bay Area's real party people together with a special installment featuring London's Craig Richards and Zurich's Die Galoppierende Zuversicht. Read more »
Blueprint label founder and producer James Ruskin (pictured) along with Mikrowave label founder and producer Kevin Gorman will each see tracks released on wax as the second part of the lead-up to Berghain 04, mixed by Ben Klock. Read more »
UK dancehall MC Lady Chann lent her strong vocal presence to Sticky's instrumental production to create "Sticky Situation," the first 12" to come from Toddla T's new Girls Music imprint. To help send his label's debut release out in style, Toddla T hooked up his own version of the party tune, which warps Sticky's original riddim into a buzzing, hyperactive, electro-tinged dancehall track. Lady Chann's MCing is hardly touched through the next-level rave-up, save for the small number of times he chops and screws the delivery to fit the rest of his glitchy elements.
Definitive '90s house label Strictly Rhythm has announced that after years of fighting with Warner Bros. for the rights to its own catalog and remaining under the wing of the Defected label since 2007, on September 1 it will once again become independent for the first time in eight years. Read more »
Veteran bass music producer Matt Shadetek has a solo instrumental album on the way for Dutty Artz. Entitled Flowers, it finds the Brooklyn artist indulging his ongoing love affair with thick low-end while exploring new influences from the world of UK garage and funky. While this first taste from the record is somewhat reminiscent of Shadetek's work with DJ /rupture on the XLR8R-championed Solar Life Raft mix album, in that it relies heavily on melody, the song ultimately distances itself immensely from that notable collaboration by ditching the thick atmospheres for a more stripped-down, upbeat, and dancefloor-minded production style. In doing so, "iHop" excels as a futuristic dubstep number with its focus on strong shuffling rhythms, thick bass melodies, and soulful, pitch-shifted vocal sampling on par with UK funky's finest.
In the bubbling brew that is London's electronic music scene, hot new labels pop up all the time, but few match the pedigree of Local Action, an imprint spearheaded by FACT editor Tom Lea with support from the esteemed shop Phonica Records. The first Local Action release is dropping this week, and we've got streams of the entire EP right here on the XLR8R website. Read more »
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