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Ableton Celebrates a Decade of Innovation

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 » 

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  • 11/05/2009

XLR8R.com's Top 25 MP3s for October

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 » 

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  • 11/05/2009

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 » 

Podcast 111: Matías Aguayo

Between the rise of his Cómeme label and the release of his new album, Ay Ay Ay, 2009 has seen Matías Aguayo taking a major creative left turn. While the former Closer Musik member once made a name for himself crafting the finely tuned techno of his Cologne-based peers, he now spends his days twisting and turning the sounds of rhythms of Latin America into new-school dancefloor workouts. Read more » 

Download: Worst Friends "I Wish I Don't Drop Dead"

Label: Moodgadget

If Jan Hammer and Danny Wang got together and embarked on a drug- and sex-fueled drive from Key West to Tijuana, Worst Friends' "I Wish I Don't Drop Dead" would make for the perfect soundtrack. Lush, delayed synth loops ride above a slo-motion disco beat, and eventually, sentimental piano harmonies emerge, making the track too resonant for Miami but just right for motoring through the greenery and dust of the American south. Taken from the new Ghostly Presents Moodgadget: The Nocturnal Suite compilation—for another sampling, check out the Mux Mool track we posted earlier in the week. 

Average: 7.1 (49 votes)

Review: Jim O'Rourke The Visitor

Label: Drag City

For the first recorded peep out of Jim O’Rourke in years, we’re treated to The Visitor, an ornate, 38-minute mini-orchestral piece played entirely by O’Rourke himself. A former member of Gastr del Sol and Sonic Youth, O’Rourke has assumed a number of musical guises in the past, and this time out he crafts a pastoral instrumental glide through his own musical past. Beginning with fingerpicked guitar, it gradually incorporates banjo, piano, pedal-steel guitar, and clarinet in gently shapeshifting, increasingly somber motions. Read more » 

Bonjay to Drop New EP With Remixes

Toronto's premiere purveyors of dancehall-indebted club tunes, singer Alana and DJ/producer Pho (a.k.a. Bonjay), are prepped to release Gimmee Gimmee, their first official output since 2007's Bangarang Business mixtape. The EP, set for digital release November 20, features "Gimmee Gimmee" and "Faat Gyal," two original tracks filled with the same vocal energy and bass-heavy production as the group's previous remixes, with various treatments from fellow Canadian producers, like Poirier and Thunderheist's Grahmzilla, given to the title track. In celebration of this upcoming release, Bonjay will take to the road for a brief stint of Canadian dates. More tour and EP information after the jump. Read more » 

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  • 11/04/2009

Download: Cold Cave "Theme From Tomorrowland"

Label: Matador

As we discovered in our recent feature, Philadelphia's main attractions aren't so much cheesesteaks and cracked bells but refreshingly cutting-edge music and art. The bittersweet tunes of Cold Cave are no exception. Here, we're treated to a new track thanks to indie giants Matador giving the goth-inspired quartet's Love Comes Close, a re-release with three bonus tracks. "Theme From Tomorrowland" is one of the extra tunes, not to mention an excellent addition to Cold Cave's already solid repertoire of dark, no-wave pop à la OMD and classic Factory Records. 

Average: 5.5 (25 votes)

Fall Style: I Can't Kick This Feeling When it Hits / String Theory

New York photographer Tom Winchester's fall style features I Can't Kick This Feeling When It Hits and String Theory Read more » 

Download: Laberge "We Don't Know"

Label: Solid Bump

Vancouver native Laberge likely has a stack of Cassius and Daft Punk singles at home, but he probably also has a fairly large collection of West End Records' disco-house repertoire from the early '80s. Though many have claimed to be inheritors of the French Touch sound, "We Don't Know" shows that Laberge is in the running to be the genre's new prince. Recalling Room 5's monstrous "Make Luv," but with more strings and a less prominent vocal, the track sizzles with deep kicks and a funky little bassline. Is disco-house moving back to the club's main room? Time will tell, but with all of the fantastic disco being made right now, it seems likely. 

Average: 7 (57 votes)

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