We're sure you all remember back in April of this year when the Portuguese juggernauts Buraka Som Sistema dropped their debut album, Black Diamond, stateside. The record, a grimy and explosive mission statement for their foray into progressive kuduro, took the music world by storm and even garnered them a MTV Europe Music Award. Read more »
Your one-stop shop for streaming grime, dubstep, and U.K. funky on the internet has just gotten a upgrade, and it's come in the form of a free iPhone app. The online radio station Rinse.fm has just made their iPhone application available on iTunes, so those interested can listen to mixes from the likes of Benga, Skream, and Youngsta anywhere, anytime. Sadly, members of the Blackberry clan will have to wait a bit longer to get their mobile RinseFM radio fix. Read more »
Mungolian Jet Set fellows Pål Nyhus & Knut Sævik take a moment to visit with XLR8R’s Inbox en route to Shangri-La. The Norwegian jet setters remember the King of Pop, discuss the delicacy of “promiscuous self-service,” share Bee Gees trickery, and design plans to grow fat on Italian food. Read more »
Looks like the U.S. is ramping up its efforts to bring some top-notch electronic-music festivals to its coasts, with both the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival and L.A.'s Convention Festival announcing their 2009 installments' plans. Convention will take place over September 18 - 20 at multiple L.A. Read more »
Three prodigies from the tech-house world surface to the top of this shiny gem from the Erased Tapes crew. First up are two tracks of sheer bass and pulsating stomp from the boys in Kiasmos—the new side-project from Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen—that find the two traveling deep into minimal techno. "65" thuds with a hard kick not felt since Daft Punk first brought the house down with their Homework album, while "Walled" is dressed with a tropical garnish of trance-y steel drums. Read more »
Get ready for BEMF 2, this year's follow-up installment of New York's celebration of electronic music. Just announced today, the line-up features everyone from The Juan MacLean to Free Blood, and a very special headlining guest (who'll be named here in the weeks to come). The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival takes place August 8 at the Old American Can Factory (232 3rd Street in Brooklyn) from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m., and tickets are available for $25 here.
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It was only a matter of time until every music genre had its chance to be melded with the omnipresence of electro. Kitsune's latest addition to their ever-growing roster, Spain's Crystal Fighters, juxtaposes the eerie flavor of traditional, Basque folk music with churning basslines and catchy, energetic vocals. What their unique culture clash produces can be witnessed in Crystal Fighters' hour long mix they recently did for broadcast on Le Mouv in France. Read more »
In a double nod to New Order's "Confusion" video , as well as Arthur Baker (the producer of that famous single), New York's Holy Ghost! has a new video out for their track "I Will Come Back." The Green Label Sound-backed video not only features Baker himself playing, but a virtual recreation of the "Confusion" video. These nods to history, along with the group's vintage electro-disco sound, make for an entertaining and aurally pleasing experience.
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