Dannie Flesher, co-founder of Chicago's legendary Wax Trax! Records, passed away of AIDS-related pneumonia on Sunday in Hope, Arkansas. With Jim Nash, Flesher helped foster the burgeoning industrial music scene, putting out countless records from the likes of the Revolting Cocks, Front Line Assembly, Meat Beat Manifesto, Coil, and many others. Though the label was bought by TVT in 1992, and was further stymied by Nash's death in 1995, it is still considered by many to be one of the most original labels to ever come out of the United States. Read more »
Machine Dreams, the second album by Sweden's Little Dragon, treads similar territory as The Knife's Deep Cuts. Sure there are some differences—Little Dragon's instrumentation is largely influenced by Prince-styled sex jams and Tom Tom Club's percussive R&B—but songs like "Feather" and "Looking Glass" are direct descendants of The Knife's contemporary classic "Heartbeats." Things do get a bit more interesting when singer Yukimi Nagano and the rest of band allow their compositions to breathe. Read more »
Memphis-based punk and indie-rock musician Jay Reatard was found dead early this morning in his home. The cause of his death is not yet known. The talented yet overwhelmingly negative Reatard (born Jay Lindsey) leaves behind a legacy of garage-punk and synth-trash records, as well as a host of friends and fans. His last album, Watch Me Fall, was released on Matador last August. For more about Reatard and his often tragic life story, read the 2008 XLR8R profile on him. Read more »
Brazilian producer Gui Boratto will see his first official compilation released in February as part of the esteemed Renaissance Mix Collection. Featuring exclusive new material—including a collaboration with Bomb the Bass—as well as tracks from electronic luminaries such as Gabriel Ananda, Tricky, and Dominik Eulberg, the two discs will only raise Boratto's stature further. Tracklisting after the jump! Read more »
That other east coast music festival, Boston's Together: The New England Electronic Music Festival, announced today the first wave of headlining acts booked to perform February 8 - 14. Read more »
Just as the producer/MC duo of Meanest Man Contest has one foot in SF and the other in LA, the group's new track, "Partially Smart," straddles the line between hip-hop and electro, not to mention humor and critique. Read more »
Grasscut's "Muppet," the first single from the duo's forthcoming debut album for Ninja Tune, is a lo-fi, hyperactive, electro-pop number that quickly brings to mind the lovable sounds of Eats Tapes and DAT Politics. In the hands of fellow UK producer Nathan Fake, however, "Muppet" takes on a more somber tone with a more straightforward dance beat and subdued synth melodies—sounding more like a slow-burning rave anthem than a slice of tongue-in-cheek, electronic twee-pop.
The strange live electronics of LA two-piece Jogger, who is less than a month away from kicking off the Magical Properties Tour with Daedelus and Nosaj Thing, are reformed to fit the palette of Eliot Lipp and his Brooklyn-based side-project Dark Party in this remix of "Napping Captain." Originally from Jogger's debut album, This Great Pressure, the track was an eight-minute, sing-songy number until Lipp and his partner, Leo 123, took out the vocals and transformed the instrumental into an atmospheric, 8-bit dance tune.
Though the packaging—turquoise, this time—eschews personnel details per usual, it's widely known that the ninth album from Supersilent was completed without their drummer Jarle Vespestad. This absence has stirred the remaining trio of Helge Sten (a.k.a. Deathprod), Arve Henriksen, and Stale Storlokken to discard their expected instruments (including trumpet and electronics) in favor of Hammond organs. Read more »
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