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Review: 2562 Unbalance

Label: Tectonic

On 2562’s debut, Aerial, songs like “Greyscale” and “Techno Dread,” both dub-centric meditations defined by roving basslines and gratifying percussive taps and crashes, suggested that the Dutch producer dabbled in a single color palette—gray. On Unbalance, Dave Huisimans plays a bit more Pantone, weaving in classic dance sounds for a more slinky, refined voice. Read more » 

Juan MacLean/Maserati Drummer Jerry Fuchs Dies in Elevator Accident

Gothamist reports that Juan MacLean live drummer and full-time member of Maserati, Jerry Fuchs, died early Sunday morning after a fall from an elevator shaft in a Brooklyn apartment building. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/08/2009

OPP: Other People's Podcasts

Although we're obviously proud of our weekly XLR8R Podcast series, we also spend time scouring the internet for high-quality offerings that appear on other websites. OPP is a monthly round-up of our favorites. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/06/2009

Liars Ready to Show Us a Whole New World

The occasionally unclassifiable and constantly interesting Liars have just confirmed suspicions that they'll be following up their latest, self-titled album with the release of Sisterworld sometime in early 2010. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/06/2009

Vis-Ed: Dust La Rock - Balancing Good and Evil with Fool's Gold's Don of the Darkside.

I don’t remember how I first met Dust La Rock, but I do remember last summer. I shared a backyard with a member of his Brooklyn BMX gang and at the end of long sweltering days, I often ended up sharing a beer or three with the quick-witted graphic powerhouse while he attempted to sell me pieces of his techstep drum & bass collection. (I didn’t buy any.) Read more » 

First Four Tet Album in Four Years to Arrive in January

It's been four years since Kieran Hebden (better known to most as Four Tet) released Everything Ecstatic, his fourth album of his everything-but-the-kitchen-sink style of music production. While he's managed to keep listeners happy with his Ringer EP, a remix album, and his fittingly mysterious collaborative effort with Burial, it's safe to assume that There is Love in You, Four Tet's forthcoming fifth full-length, is a long time coming for his fans wanting a proper release. The album will hit retailers via Domino January 26, preceded by the single "Love Cry," backed with the exclusive "Our Bells" track. A "Love Cry" remix 12", featuring versions by Roska and Joy Orbison, is also in the works. Check out Love in You's tracklist after the jump. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/06/2009

Download: Lindstrøm & Christabelle "Baby Can't Stop (Aeroplane Vocal Remix)"

If you thought the original of "Baby Can't Stop" was massive, then the Aeroplane remix will seem earth-shattering. The early-'80s disco-funk sound of Lindstrøm & Christabelle's original is transformed into a stomping disco-house number, filled with cosmic synth flourishes, acoustic guitar strums, chunky handclaps, and high-frequency washes accompanied by some out-there arpeggiations. While it may be hard to imagine another artist sounding more Lindstrøm than Lindstrøm, Aeroplane succeeds in the best way possible, giving us one of the best remixes of 2009. Lindstrøm & Christabelle's Real Life Is No Cool comes out on January 19, 2010. 

Average: 7.4 (71 votes)
 
 

Download: Bertie Blackman "Byrds of Prey (Marco Del Horno Remix)"

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Label: Forum 5

This remix is simply down 'n' dirty. Aptly, too, as it features Australia's own Bertie Blackman, with a voice seductive enough to woo even the most celibate of Vatican priests. Here, the UK's Marco Del Horno—who you may recognize from his stints on pirate radio powerhouse Rinse FM—oversees a splendid transformation of the original's electronic pop sensibility into a bass-heavy dubstep tune. Stamping the song with characteristically grimy stabs and stringy synths while Blackman's silky voice floats atop the mix, Del Horno keeps the track from becoming a faceless wobble-bass workout.  

Average: 7.4 (53 votes)
 
 

Review: Black Devil Disco Club Presents: The Strange New World of Bernard Fevre

Label: Lo

As half of Black Devil Disco Club, Bernard Fevre decades ago invented his own stream of Italo-disco, only to vanish until a few years back. Now Fevre has rescued his own Strange New World from the mists of time, and we find that he long ago dialed up a psychedelic, sci-fi spin on library music, conjuring bodily thrills and spinal chills, decades before Boards of Canada mined similar terrain. Read more » 

Annie Drops New Bonus EP and DJs Stateside

With her new album, Don't Stop, getting ready for release November 17 on Smalltown Supersound, Norwegian pop star Annie has added a bonus EP to her forthcoming sophomore album. The five-track affair, entitled All Night, features music produced by long-time collaborator Richard X and Paul Epworth who's known for his work with Bloc Party, The Rapture, and Primal Scream, to name a few. Annie is also bringing her DJ skills to the US for a three-day stint in New York and California, playing new tracks and unheard remixes from her upcoming releases. More info after the jump. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/05/2009

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