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Labels We Love: DiscError

Every day this month we're rolling out a new feature on XLR8R's Labels We Love of 2009. Whether it's the eye-catching aesthetics of Type or the model-for-the-future approach of Interdependent Media, these cut-making selections of the best in underground electronic, indie, hip-hop, and experimental imprints punch way above their weight. Feast your eyes on the features and then download many of the labels' related podcasts here.

The lowdown on new London’s mysteriously modern goth force.

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Kraftwerk Boxed Set in Oct.

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of their 1974 hit "Autobahn," electronic pioneers Kraftwerk are releasing an eight-CD, super-deluxe boxed set, featuring remastered versions of eight astounding albums. Titled 12345678 The Catalogue, the set will also feature booklets containing previously unseen photos and artworks that have been reproduced to the highest technical standards. Read more » 

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  • 08/19/2009

Cex Returns to Tigerbeat6

The Eastern seaboard's mad scientist of ambient techno, glitch, and B-more zeal—that's Cex—has finally returned home to his old Tigerbeat6 haunt after a seven-year sabbatical of album releases for Automation, Jade Tree, and Temporary Residence. Read more » 

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  • 08/19/2009

Download: Lokai "Salvador"

Creaking and clanging like a weathered ship drifting through a tar pit somewhere in the Far East, this track from the Austrian duo's latest effort, Transition, fits together bits and pieces of finger-picked guitar, vibraphone, and an abundance of dripping electronic noises before slowly sinking to its final resting place.  

Average: 6.4 (19 votes)
 
 

SONAR Launches V-Studio Clinics

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill (a.k.a. the economic porn-sounding “stimulus package”) hasn't had that much press for its musician funding. Wait, that’s because there isn’t any, really. So there's never been a better time for free, which is just how much this clinic tour will cost audio engineers interested in learning about Cakewalk's SONAR V-Studio 100, and in some locations SONAR V-Studio 700. Read more » 

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  • 08/19/2009

Download: Daniel Haaksman "Pobum Coco"

Label: Man

A rad little piece of cheeky fun from Man Recordings label boss Daniel Haaksman. Great electro drums and handclaps fuse together with a ridiculous Spanish guitar and some whistling. High-energy stuff from the original Gostoso EP that recently received superb remixes from Sharkslayer on the remix EP

Average: 6.2 (26 votes)
 
 

Review: Lokai Transition

The buzzing, ticking terrain plotted by the Austrian experimental duo of Florian Kmet and Stefan Németh has assumed a more fleshed-out shape with Transition, their second LP following 2005’s 7 Million. In the four-year interim, they’ve made their warm, minimal aesthetic feel slightly more threatening. Subtle rhythmic touches—shaker, snare, bells—blow an ominous gust behind tracks alternately desolate (“Bruit”) and oddly unsettling (what sounds like a creaky wood galleon on “Roads”). Read more » 

Max Tundra Comes to America

Domino's Ben Jacobs will be bringing his Max Tundra persona to America this week to smear some of that electro-pop nectar across dancefloors in Chicago and on both coasts. Catch him while you can starting tonight in San Francisco.

08/18 San Francisco, CA Cafe Du Nord
08/19 Los Angeles, CA Spaceland / Club NME
08/20 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
08/23 Brooklyn, NY East River State Park w/ Girl Talk Read more » 

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  • 08/18/2009

Lightning Bolt Drops New Album, Tours

It's been four years since the amplified tribe of Lightning Bolt has launched an offensive from the jagged peaks of Hypermagic Mountain, but noiseniks of all strains should be on the lookout because a crushing wave of attacks is heading your way just in time for the Halloween season. Read more » 

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  • 08/18/2009

Nadastrom to Drop The Saved EP

Hot on the heels of their Pussy EP with the U.K's 12"-loving Dubsided label, Nadastrom, separately known as Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom, have come to rescue our dancefloors once again with their forthcoming release, The Saved EP. The Washington, DC duo's latest productions are rife with cheeky horn loops, thick dollops of synth melodies, and plenty of breakbeats collectively working toward the liberation of your hindquarters. Read more » 

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  • 08/18/2009

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