In this week’s edition of Inbox, Milwaukee-raised experimental electronic quintet Cougar steps into our parlor in the midst of preparations for an impending European tour. Members David Henzie-Skogen (drums, percussions, beats) and Aaron Sleator (electronics, guitars, synths) give the rundown on unfavorable impromptu high school dances, air organs and Brazilian percussion, brain implants, and working intensely with Todd Hill. Read more »
After a weekend filled with Indian summer sunshine, we here in San Francisco were greeted with a grey autumn Monday morning, the kind of weather perfectly soundtracked by the cinematic post-rock of bands like Codes in the Clouds. Sure, the UK quintet owes a serious debt to bands like Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky, but sometimes it's okay to forget about originality for two seconds and just get all pensive and moody.
The man known as S2 has a new podcast up over at Little White Earbuds, and it's filled with enough unreleased tracks and amazing remixes to make fans of Underground Resistance drool. The member of Los Hermanos and Galaxy 2 Galaxy is definitely keeping himself busy. Tracklist and download link after the jump! Read more »
The musical chameleon known as Jimi Tenor has paired up with Fela Kuti's oft-remixed former drummer Tony Allen for a quirky, slow-grooving take on the afro-jazz sound that Allen is most known for. Taken from the duo's forthcoming Inspiration Information collaboration and marked by some subtle drumming, wonky vocal sections, and blaring saxophone, the piece is perfect for these waning days of autumn, when every hint of warmth gives one the privilege to leave work early.
Recorded at an ’07 show in Paris, Solo Electric Bass 1 finds jack-of-all-trades Tom Jenkinson, a.k.a. Squarepusher, playing nothing but a six-string bass. There are no jungle beats malformed in surgical perfection, no murderous rampages through DSP effects, and no guzzles from a pub glass (as far as I know). SEB is perhaps the soberest the ‘pusher man has ever been and his batting average is high. Read more »
Kompakt's newest podcast just went up, and it comes to us from President Bongo of Icelandic electronic trio GusGus. The mix features a lovely mesh of different sounds, ranging from the Detroit thump of Theo Parrish to the more cerebral tones of Ada. Not surprisingly, the sonic texture of the podcast shares some similarities with the latest GusGus album, 24/7. More interesting sounds from this zany figure! Download available here, with a full tracklist after the jump. Read more »
Salem has returned, bringing more of their dark electronic washes with a new two-song single on Audraglint. XLR8R gave readers the a-side of the new single, "Frost", earlier this week, but today we bring you the amazing video for the b-side, titled "Legend." Featuring night-vision shots and a fetishization of fighter jets that teeters toward Top Gun, there is something eminently weird and haunting about the audio-visual pairing. For more on the creepy midwestern trio, check out our April feature on them. The "Legend" music video appears after the jump! Read more »
Last year, XLR8R commissioned filmmaker Ryan Junell to put together a short film entitled The Bus, in which he joined a DIY community touring the East Coast in a reclaimed, veggie-oil-powered city bus that's been turned into a venue for mind-melting punk and metal shows. The film debuted in February, but now we're happy to host The Bus here on XLR8R.com. Even better, we've got the director's cut, which includes never-before-seen footage of members of The Bus' crew branding one another with a coathanger. Read more »
Few artists bring the druggy sounds of Berlin's underground to San Francisco quite like C.L.A.W.S., and on his latest EP, I've Got Problems, the man born Brian D. Hock drops another batch of high-quality late-night techno tunes. The pulsing beat and tweaker synths of "You (I've Tired of) Ah Ah" conjure images of a wild night at Berghain, only there's no danger of inadvertently wandering into an MDMA-fueled orgy.
Persistence can be a good thing, as FaltyDL can tell you. Known off wax as Drew Lustman, FaltyDL's sound—which blends skittish but groove-tight 2-step beats, wobbly synth pads, and a strong sense of melody—harkens back to the moment when the IDM nerds raided jungle for ideas, but it also sports the clarity of modern production and a sharp knack for compositional space and atmospherics. Read more »
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