Ghent's Beni gets remixed by Southern California's Harvard Bass, who takes a rather par-for-the-course French electro piece and turns it into a veritable minimal electro club banger. While the original's sexy vocal clips are kept intact, the kicks are made monstrous, the main melodic line is pushed to the brink, and rim-shots are brought to the fore. Culled from the upcoming Kitsuné Maison 8, Harvard Bass' remix gives indication that the French label might have its groove back after a string of so-so releases.
One of the younger groups from Lisbon's burgeoning kuduro movement, Octa Push has crafted a sound that makes most other bass producers look like 98-pound weaklings. With a ragga underpinning and some lyrical fire from MC Zulu, "Baila Mundo" features some gut-rumbling low-end, a bit of acid squelch, and an infectious chorus. If there's one way to get asses shaking, it's playing this track loud.
Glasgow wunderkind Hudson Mohawke may have titled his debut full-length Butter, but that doesn't mean that the music from this LuckyMe affiliate goes down smooth. That's not to say the music and production isn't on point—it's just that HudMo's ADD cutting and splicing gives his 21st-century digital R&B a hyperactive feel that borders on overwhelming. Read more »
Sheffield's Grievous Angel has been tapped to re-work the entirety of Dusk + Blackdown's Margins Music album. Margins Music Redux will reflect the style found on Grievous Angel's Ableton dubstep mixes, which blur the lines between remixes, dubs, and entirely new tracks. Read more »
XLR8R’s Inbox takes it to the house with London natives Lucas Hunter and Nat Self of Zombie Disco Squad. The electro duo says “Yay!” to Biggie Smalls, Fabric, Berlin’s Panorama Bar, and black Vans Authentics; and “Nay!” to Tiesto, klutzy supermarket cake handling, drilling, and the death of fans during shows. ZDS’s two-disc mix, Playing Around Again is out today on Jesse Rose’s Made to Play label. Read more »
On the revisited version of the title-track from The Prodigy's latest album, Invaders Must Die, producer Liam Howlett has taken the original's distorted sensibilities and run wild with the group's updated '90s rave sound. The seminal UK group, which we featured on our cover back in April, has reworked its last record for the Invaders Must Die: Special Edition—a release we expect to start parties (maybe fires?) when it hits stores this week.
As an exclusive for XLR8R and in celebration of their European tour kicking off today at London's massive Fabric club, San Francisco's dons of space-bass and electro-blap, Lazer Sword, have handed over their glitched-up homage to that classic Nintendo nemesis King Koopa. "Koopa Boss Mode" borrows from the original 8-bit soundtrack, but the duo also revamp those sinister melodies with their trademark crunchy basslines dropped amongst a slow-grooving beat littered with intergalactic transmissions.
On "Kilometer," another cut taken from Waking Heat, the debut album by San Francisco post-punk trio Tempo No Tempo, a synthesizer takes center-stage, although it's flanked by jangly guitar riffs and a bouncing drum beat. Soaked in lead singer (and occasional XLR8R scribe) Tyler McCauley's fervent vocal delivery, the track is a prime example of the group's penchant for rhythmic tension and terse melodic assaults. Tempo No Tempo just finished an East Coast tour and slew of dates at CMJ, and Waking Heat is available now.
- September 18: New Forms Festival 2014 with Oneohtrix Point Never, Hieroglyphic Being, Helena Hauff, Madlib, and More
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