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 »
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 »
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
Back in 1999, while much of the world was just getting to know Britney Spears and some of us were slowly wrapping our minds around the future funk of "Windowlicker," a crack team of software developers (including Robert Henke, a.k.a. Monolake) joined together in Berlin to pool their collective resources in aims to hatch a new "instrument" that would forever change not only music production but live performance as well. Read more »
October was one crazy month when it came to downloads on XLR8R.com. Whether it was Matias Aguayo's killer "Rollerskate," Lusine & Pezzner's exclusive "Station to Station" Tune in an Afternoon, or Lazer Sword's 8-bit-influenced "Koopa Boss Mode," everything you guys downloaded just oozed hotness. So, without further ado, here are XLR8R.com's top 25 tracks from October, chosen by you, the readers of this fine website. Read more »
Sunny Day in Glasgow: From a Scottish art college to a bedroom in Philly, shoegazer Ben Daniels brings it all back home.
Phillin' It: For years, Philadelphia has been shrugged off as New York's little brother—a place where displaced Brooklynites went in search of cheaper rents, bigger spaces, and a touch less 'tude. But what's emerged over the years is far more than simply a sixth borough. So for this year's special City Issue, we dug around the Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Chinatown, and every other little enclave we could find to bring you the best that Brotherly Love has to offer. Check back every few days for a new feature from the east coast's newest hotbed. Read more »
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