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Review: Roska Rinse Presents Roska

Label: Rinse

For all the ink devoted to the rise and seemingly endless mutations of UK funky, the genre is notably devoid of full-length albums. Granted, the lightning-quick pace of London bass music doesn't exactly lend itself to thoughtful, drawn-out masterworks, but other than Geeneus' tone-setting 2008 LP, Volumes: One, there has been a parade of virtually nothing but singles and EPs, even from the biggest names in the scene. One of those names has undoubtedly been Roska (a.k.a. Wayne Goodlitt), whose steady stream of drum-heavy production, not to mention his ubiquitous "Roska Roska Roska" drop, bridged the gap between bottle-service clubs and the underground and played a huge role in putting funky on the map. Read more » 

Download: Dave Nada "Punk Rock Latino (Moombahton Dub)"

Label: T&A

Well, that was fast. Two months removed from the unveiling of his first moombahton EP, DC's Dave Nada has assembled Punk Rock Latino. As expected, it's another potent collection of tracks combining screwed Dutch house beats with party-starting (and often Latin-flavored) acapellas. And yes, the entire EP is also available for free download. We've gone ahead and thrown up the Moombahton Dub version of "Punk Rock Latino," which actually chops up vocals from Puerto Rico's Calle 13 and layers them over some thick, stuttering beats. The end product sounds like some seriously beefed-up reggaeton and whether you speak Spanish or not, this tune is going to be one hell of a potent dancefloor weapon this summer. 

Average: 7.7 (37 votes)

Download: railcars "Castles (Lucky Dragons Remix)"

The noisy, post-punky skronk made by railcars (a.k.a. Aria Jalali) isn't exactly the kind of music XLR8R usually covers, but he's just released a new remix EP that seriously piqued our interest. Jalali enlisted friends like No Age, White Rainbow, and Xiu Xiu to rework a couple of tracks from his recent Cathedral With No Eyes album, and is now offering the entire eight-song EP as a free download. This version by fellow Los Angeles oddballs Lucky Dragons swaps out some of the original's fuzzy sonics for airy casio beats and a playfully psychedelic feel. 

Average: 7.4 (25 votes)

Honey Owens, Adam Forkner Like Cats

Honey Owens could hardly get her paws in more projects. She's already a member of Valet, Miracles Club, Nudge, and god knows what else. Her latest endeavor with friends Adam Forkner (White Rainbow, Rob Walmart) and Eva Saelens (Inca Ore), however, is a bit less inspired. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 05/10/2010

Watch Toro Y Moi Recreate "You Hid"

The folks at Yours Truly have put together another good-looking video clip, this time starring chillwaver Chaz Bundick (a.k.a.Toro Y Moi). Enticed to come out of his bedroom and enter an actual recording studio, Bundick recreated his song "You Hid" one instrument at a time and came up with this gorgeous alternate version. Read more » 

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  • 05/10/2010

Neu! Vinyl Box and Limited Tour Dates

Though its release date has been pushed back, the Neu! Vinyl Box will finally see the light of day this summer, just in time for a tour organized by founding member Michael Rother, who has recruited members of Sonic Youth, Tall Firs, and School of the Seven Bells to play as Hallogallo 2010. The vinyl box not only features all available Neu! studio albums, but rare recordings (including the oft-bootlegged Neu! '86 album), a stencil, and a Neu! t-shirt. Read more » 

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  • 05/10/2010

Listen to the First Release on Doc Daneeka's Ten Thousand Yen Label

XLR8R has been seriously atwitter with Doc Daneeka-related excitement as of late, and the first record on his new Ten Thousand Ten imprint isn't helping us calm down. The label's debut release comes from London duo Venom & Damage (pictured above), whose song "Deeper" is a piano-studded funky stormer. Read more » 

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  • 05/10/2010

Download: Meroz "Trump"

Label: Solid Bump

Though many have claimed that artists like Justice are heirs to the throne of the French Touch sound, when producers like Meroz are hooking us with tracks like "Trump," it's hard to take such claims seriously. With an equal amount of Thomas Bangalter and Ian Pooley coming through, this slice of funked electro is the sort of thing that makes you want to drive really fast along a sunny beach—perhaps the piece's only setback is that it doesn't feature a sexy vocal sample, like Room 5's Oliver Cheatham-infused "Make Luv." Still, "Trump" is a certifiable summertime gem. 

Average: 8.1 (50 votes)

Man Recordings' Joyce Muniz Comes to America; Download Her Exclusive XLR8R Mixtape

Temperatures have already been rising on the East Coast, but this week New York City is getting a serious injection of tropical heat courtesy of Joyce Muniz. The Brazilian (by way of Austria) artist is making her first trip to America and, starting this Thursday, is making stops at a number of our favorite Latin and global bass hotspots in the Big Apple. Read more » 

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  • 05/10/2010

Trailer Trash Tracys: On Their Forthcoming Album, the Stripped-down London Shoegaze Quartet Enters a World of Echo

Born in the midst of the last decade’s dance-punk mess, London four-piece Trailer Trash Tracys sought to carve out a different kind of musical space using pared-down instrumentation, cavernous reverb, and moody pop nostalgia. The band’s core members, Susanne Aztoria and Jimmy-Lee, have recorded a handful of precious, painstakingly crafted songs over the last three years, and were putting the finishing touches on their debut full-length—set for release in the fall—when we caught up with them at home. Read more » 

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