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Review: Owen Pallett Heartland

Label: Domino

Filled to the brim with ambitious, orchestral arrangements and an army of instruments, it's easy to forget that Heartland is the work of one musician. Owen Pallett, the man formerly known as Final Fantasy, builds his live violin-and-vocal setup into a serious wall of sound on his third full-length. Read more » 

Ghosts on Tape, Lazer Sword, and Bersa Discos Team Up for Icee Hot, Offer Free Mix

San Francisco is about to get a whole hell of a lot cooler. Put together by a solid group of taste-makers and beat-makers (many of whom are closely associated with XLR8R, we'll admit), the Tenderloin's newest club night, Icee Hot, will make its debut this Saturday, Jan 23 at the newly renovated 222 Hyde. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 01/20/2010

Memory Tapes Preps for US/European Tours

New Jersey's Memory Tapes (a.k.a. Dayve Hawk or Dad to his kid) is setting aside the large amounts of remix work he's been doing to tour on behalf of his debut album from last year, Seek Magic. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 01/20/2010

Mad Decent Announces Major Lazer Tour, L-Vis 1990 Remix EP

The folks over at Philly's Mad Decent label just love hooking up their fans. Only a week ago did they give out an entire Gucci Mane mixtape, and now they're handing out even more free tunes. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 01/20/2010

Download: Poirier "Marathon"

Label: Ninja Tune

The latest in DJ/producer Poirier's series of EP releases for Ninja Tune, all of which are leading up to his forthcoming full-length album Running High, Low Cieling is said to be inspired in part by his early years in the underground rave scene. The booming 808 kick which leads in and carries "Marathon," not to mention the playful synth melodies, lay testament to that, but it's the track's dancehall and bass inclinations that make this tune a real part of the Poirier sound. 

Average: 5.9 (60 votes)
 
 

Download: Dibiase & P.U.D.G.E "Smoke it Over"

First Listen
Label: All City

Kicking off a set of collaborative 10" releases highlighting acts from LA's beat scene, a series oddly enough curated by the Irish All City label, Dibiase and P.U.D.G.E's joint production, "Smoke it Over," seems to encapsulate their Southern California hometown in total, as elements of Stones Throw-style hip-hop, FlyLo-esque bass music, flashy electro-house, and even some experimental noise all make their way into this jam. The song is flanked by a few solo tracks from each producer on the 10", the first of 10 scheduled for release in 2010. 

Average: 7.2 (53 votes)
 
 

Review: RJD2 The Colossus

If you never got "Ghostwriter" out of your head, you've probably been waiting for RJD2 to return to his beatsmithing roots. But instead of straight hip-hop, The Colossus is an omnibus record, swallowing brass-wielding collaborators, live instruments, hand-aged beats, and its creator's voice—all in service of a mission to unify RJ's pet genres via horn-blasted statements of intent fit for rollicking arenas ("Let There Be Horns"), menacing synthesizer pit traps ("A Spaceship For Now"), and intricate instrumentals. Read more » 

Plastikman, Fever Ray, The xx to Play Coachella

Chances are we don't need to tell you about the upcoming Coachella festival, but, heck, we're going to anyway. The massive music and arts gathering (but really, who goes for the art?) just announced its equally massive line-up today, and boy if there aren't some great names on it. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 01/19/2010

XLR8R TV: Tune in an Afternoon: Javelin

The resourceful Brooklyn duo makes a song from warped rip-off-artist cassettes.

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Download: Nocando "Hurry Up and Wait"

Label: Alpha Pup

LA's Nocando brings some slo-mo heat with the first single from Jimmy the Lock, his latest record and first for Alpha Pup. Produced by Nobody, "Hurry Up and Wait" features a prominent vocal loop, beats as chunky and wet as cat food, and Nocando's lazy rhymes that somehow recall a more blunted Aesop Rock. With other album tracks produced by Nosaj Thing, Daedelus, and Th' Corn Gangg, one of the latest LA beat phenomenons is still running hard. 

Average: 6.9 (57 votes)
 
 

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