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Review: Kap Bambino Blacklist

Label: Because

Although Kap Bambino's reputation as a shit-hot live act is well established, Blacklist, the Bordeaux duo's third album, doesn't quite capture the group's on-stage magic. Read more » 

Schlachthofbronx and Man Recordings Start Remix Contest

Deutschland's bass-toting, world-beat-loving, party-starting production trio, Schlachthofbronx, just announced the beginning of a remix competition for their latest single, "Ayoba." Read more » 

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  • 01/29/2010

Strange Magic: Klimek Expounds on the Themes that Influenced his Latest Album.

Polish-born, Berlin-based sound artist Sebastian Meissner is in the midst of a hyper-creative multiple-personality crisis. Only rarely has he been himself for the past decade, choosing names like aUTOkoNTRasT, Bizz Circuits, Random Inc, Random Industries, Autopoieses (with Ekkehard Ehlers) and, most notably, Klimek for his various noise and ambient experiments on Mille Plateaux, Kompakt, and Anticipate Recordings. Read more » 

Download: Polargeist "Home From the Can (Tensnake Remix)"

Label: Bang Gang

Little information is available about Polargeist other than it's the musical output of two guys from Germany. Here, the a-side from their first 12" is remixed by fellow Deutschlander Tensnake. He takes out the warbling low-end and buzzy synths of "Home From the Can," and transforms the whole mess into a smooth and funky disco-influenced house number—complete with a playful sax hook. Given the noisy source material, Tensnake's version isn't the most obvious direction for a remix, but it nonetheless provides a pleasantly mellow counterpoint to Polargeist's original. 

Average: 6.9 (51 votes)

Download: Mux Mool "Lady Linda"

Label: Ghostly

Be it dirty, sampled breaks or shimmery, electronic loops, the mark of a great hip-hop producer usually lies more in the bang-and-slap than notable melodies. Yet Brian Lindgren (a.k.a. Mux Mool) has no need to worry, as the Brooklyn producer is strong in both categories. His new single, "Lady Linda," makes use of all his talents as it oscillates focus between a few Boards of Canada-esque synthlines and a shuffling beat that could make FlyLo jealous. The track precedes Mux Mool's forthcoming Viking Funeral EP and his debut full-length for Ghostly, entitled Skulltaste

Average: 7.7 (114 votes)

Review: Marcus Nasty Rinse: 10

Label: Rinse

By now, any electronic music aficionado with a pulse has heard of UK funky. Punctuated by shuffling garage beats, tropical-flavored percussion, and R&B flair, the music is the latest in a long line of post-garage urban sounds emanating from the British Isles. One of the scene's figureheads is Marcus Nasty, founding member of legendary grime collective N.A.S.T.Y. Crew, who took notice of this new crop of producers—most of them coming from grime—making this new mutant house strain and quickly began promoting the sound on Rinse FM. Read more » 

Little Brother Announces Fourth and Final Album

Almost a decade after forming in their home town of Durham, North Carolina, MCs Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh (collectively known as Little Brother) have announced that their upcoming fourth album, LeftBack, will also be their last record together. Read more » 

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  • 01/28/2010

Download the New Issue of XLR8R, Starring Matías Aguayo!

Don't sleep! Read the new issue of XLR8R online now! From Latin playboy Matías Aguayo's creative take on house to Londoners L-Vis 1990 and Bok Bok holding it down with their club and label, Night Slugs, to a full-on survey of the unnameable scene that encompasses Washed Out, Pictureplane, Toro Y Moi, and Neon Indian, this issue of XLR8R is packed with heat! Read more » 

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  • 01/28/2010

Chapterhouse to Reunite for Spring US Tour

XLR8R's Patrick Sisson, writer of last year's Vapour Trails: Revisiting Shoegaze piece, informs us via an email from guitarist/vocalist Stephen Patman that the UK's Chapterhouse is set to reunite for a US tour this spring. Read more » 

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  • 01/28/2010

Podcast 121: Cooly G

Of all the new producers to pop out of the London underground, we must admit that there's an especially warm place in XLR8R's collective heart for Cooly G. Not only do her dark and techy beats sound like no one else's, but her sexy vocals subtly turn up the heat while maintaining a totally cool vibe. Plain and simple, we love the girl, which is why we've been hounding the UK's funky queen to put together an XLR8R podcast ever since she graced the cover of our magazine last fall. Read more » 

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