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Gift of Gab 2 Escape 2 Mars

Oakland's motormouth MC Gift of Gab, along with S.F.-based producer DNAE Beats and fellow East Bay blapper Headnodic, has readied his latest album, the intergalactic journey through time and space entitled Escape 2 Mars. Read more » 

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  • 09/04/2009

Preview Vitalic's Upcoming Album

Four years since his last album, France's Vitalic returns in November with Flashmob, a 13-track collection of filtered electro-house. One of the pioneers of that certain Gallic house sound, it goes without saying that the latest from the Dijon-based producer is eagerly anticipated. And to whet fans' appetites, a streaming minimix of the record's highlights is available here.

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  • 09/04/2009

Artist Music Journals Feature Daniel Higgs

The monthly series of limited-edition art books published through Brooklyn's Sound Screen Design, Artist Music Journals, will feature the talents of Baltimore's bearded, eccentric, and charismatic singer for Dischord's Lungfish, the insatiably creative Daniel Higgs. Read more » 

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  • 09/04/2009

Review: Rival Consoles IO

If you miss the Aphex Twin who wrote songs that lit up warehouse raves at 3 a.m. but still tied your brain into knots, do yourself a favor and check out Rival Consoles. Ryan Lee West is a nascent IDM hero on IO, starting with the layered, epic acid squelches of “Milo,” which recalls the glory days of Rephlex. "1985" cranks the distortion and throws devil horns, while "Pvar" combines darker atmospherics with tartly detuned pads and chopped drums. Read more » 

Vis-Ed: La Boca

A mouthful from DC Recordings’ 
squirrel-lovin’ space cakes. Read more » 

Exclusive Sally Shapiro Mix

Italo's new heiress, Sweden's Sally Shapiro, just released her latest record, My Guilty Pleasure, much to the ecstasy of fans and critics alike. We here at XLR8R find nothing guilty about enjoying her album whatsoever, and are pleased to share with you an exclusive mix from Pleasure's producer Johan Agebjörn. The nine-track DJ mix shares some of Johan's personal favorites, his own edits, and future dancefloor classics packaged in 30 minutes of lovely disco tunes. Read more » 

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  • 09/03/2009

Rockstar and Timbaland Present Beaterator

Rockstar Games has just released a couple new videos to promote Beaterator, their acclaimed web-based music-making software, which is set to make the leap to mobile for the PSP on September 29, and the iPhone/iPod Touch shortly thereafter. Timbaland, the producer responsible for a lot of the sounds packed into Beaterator, narrates. Check 'em out below!

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  • 09/03/2009

Labels We Love: Diynamic

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.


Beefy house from a do-it-yourself Hamburger haven.
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Review: Neil Landstrumm Bambaattaa Eats His Breakfast

Label: Planet Mu

If you’ve ever cared about jungle, garage, or rave music, chances are pretty good that you like non-sequitur vocals, disorienting bleep melodies, and grime’s shuffle-and-slash percussion. Maybe that’s why Neil Landstrumm’s third album—which relies heavily on those ingredients—seems a little calculated on paper. However, in practice, Bambattaa Eats His Breakfast comes off more like Landstrumm tapped into the "sample anything" ethos of breakbeat ‘ardcore and filtered it through a bunch of quasi-modern reference points. Read more » 

St. Etienne Remixes Pains

Looking forward to the new Pains of Being Pure at Heart EP and LP? So are we. Grab a sneak-peak at one of the remixes, courtesy of British pop masters St. Etienne right here!

pictured Pains of Being Pure at Heart


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  • 09/03/2009

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