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Download: Ras G "Stealth Mode"

Label: Dublab

L.A. space-hop beatmaker Ras G (and his Alkebulan Space Program) blasts off with another piece of chunky, crunky hotness, this time offering a taste off of dublab/Porter Records' Echo Expansion compilation, expected in stores on August 18. Click it while it's hot! 

Average: 7.8 (72 votes)
 
 

Download: Major Lazer "Hold the Line (NROTB Remix)"

Label: Downtown

Montreal-based NROTB pounces on this banger from the Major Lazer squad and vamps it up with that disco-y, nu-rave, electro-house kick that everyone has been, well, raving about as of late. 

Average: 7.4 (42 votes)
 
 

Inbox: Lopazz

This week, XLR8R chillzz out with composer, producer, and DJ Stefan Eichinger (a.k.a. Lopazz). Negative Nancies, be gone! Through a rose-colored low-pass filter, this easy-going, mop-haired German marinates on Mother Nature, Brian Wilson’s genius, and onstage profanity in Arabic countries. His latest album, Ambient Film Themes, Vol.1, is out now on Get Physical.

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Rifflandia Festival Announced

The folks of CMJ better step to the side because it looks like Canada is gearing up for its own fall music festival in '09 and the lineup thus far is sure to amaze. Touching down in the beautiful metropolis of Victoria, British Columbia, during the weekend of September 24-27, the Rifflandia Music Festival will take place at a handful of venues throughout the city and will feature artists such as Buck 65, Holy Fuck, Pink Mountaintops, and Final Fantasy. Read more » 

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  • 07/17/2009

Chromeo to Mix Next DJ-Kicks Comp

Montreal-New York '80s R&B revivalists Chromeo have been chosen as next in line to helm the decks for !K7's first DJ-KiCKS release in two years. Joining such company as Kruder & Dorfmeister, Playgroup, Tiga, Erlend Oye, and Hot Chip, the duo has crafted a set bursting with the robo-funk basslines, plastic handclaps, smooth string sections, and sweet, '80s pop synths. The mix isn't only a trip down memory lane, however. Read more » 

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  • 07/17/2009

New Sorcerer LP Due in August

In the current climate of today's electronic music scene, the word's "smooth," "chill," or "groovy" don't seem to warrant much attention, but times change and we here at XLR8R couldn't feel more refreshed. Tirk Recordings, the U.K's purveyor of Krautrock, disco re-edits, and other assorted "smooth" musics, announced today that San Francisco's cosmic-disco patron, Sorcerer, is casting a new spell of an album this August, entitled Neon Leon. Read more » 

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  • 07/17/2009

Merge Records Releases History Book

Merge, one of the world's most enduring independent record labels, and which has brought us classic albums from the likes of Superchunk, Neutral Milk Hotel, and The Magnetic Fields, has put a book together to tell you all about the journey. Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records, which arrives this September, chronicles the many tales of Merge from the label's inception in 1989 throughout their 20 years of releasing stone-cold indie-rock classics. Read more » 

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  • 07/17/2009

Kid Sister Album Finally Ready for October

It's been years since the young and talented Chicago MC Kid Sister released her first single, "Pro Nails," on DJ A-Trak's Fool's Gold label. Read more » 

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  • 07/16/2009

Hotflush Launches Podcast Series

One of the original dubstep labels, London's Hotflush Recordings, launched its new podcast series with a mix from New York's Incyde. Featuring FaltyDL, 2562, Badawi, and other dubstep luminaries, the mix is sure to please fans of the groovier side of the genre. The mix is available via direct download and iTunes podcast link here.

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  • 07/16/2009

Waves Releases CLA Compressors

A collaboration with GRAMMY-winning rock/pop mixing engineer Chris Lord-Alge, making the name doubly appropriate, the CLA Classic Compressors are studio tools modeled by Waves Audio. Waves made its name on peak limiters, and now adds to its lineage of DSP punch with Lord-Alge's presets on four plug-ins (MSRP: $800 Native/$1600 TDM, or as part of Waves Mercury bundle). The smooth CLA-2A emulates a mid-'60s electro-optical tube compressor's frequency-dependent behavior, while the CLA-3A is said to be highly transparent with subtle harmonic distortion; both are ace for vox, bass, and guitar. Read more » 

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  • 07/16/2009

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