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Premiere: New Videos from Growing

Brooklyn experimental outfit Growing hooked us up with a couple of self-directed videos for new tracks from its forthcoming album, Pumps.

"Massive Dropout"

"Short Circuit"


  • Filed under: news
  • 02/17/2010

Swinging Addis: A Polaroid Pictorial from Ethiopia

Late last year, New York photographer and filmmaker Olivia Wyatt traveled to Ethiopia to document the music of 13 different tribes for an upcoming film planned for distribution by Sublime Frequencies. Along with tons of videotape, Wyatt also took along a Polaroid camera. What follows are some of the many experiences she captured on instant film. Read more » 

Eddy Meets Yannah to Release Third Album

Croatia's foremost funky future-jazz duo, Eddy Meets Yannah is set to release another offering of soulful, house-tinged dance tunes for its third album, entitled Fiction Jar. The long-standing outfit, which consists of Eddy Ramich on the production duties and Yannah Valdevit handling both the songwriting and vocal side of things, will release the new album via Compost on March 26, with a handful of live dates to follow. Read more » 

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  • 02/17/2010

Download: B. Bravo "Swing My Way (Remix)"

First Listen

San Francisco's B. Bravo has been keeping busy lately with the recent unveiling of his Computa Love EP for Frite Nite, not to mention his recent acceptance, along with the likes of Appleblim, Clark, Hudson Mohawke, Daedelus, Oneman, and Untold, into the Red Bull Music Academy 2010 in London. Here, he pilfers the hook, along with a few other elements, from '90s R&B jam "Swing My Way" by K.P. & Envyi for his bootleg remix of the same name. Bravo's production slows the tempo down a bit, introduces plenty of swirling synths, and gives the vocals a heavy dose of spacey reverb—transforming the one hit wonder into a future-boogie anthem. 

Average: 7.8 (116 votes)

Download: Lobisomem "Plasma Is For Lovers"

First Listen
Label: Tall Corn

After relocating from Chicago to Brooklyn, Brad Loving, who produces instrumental electronic tunes under the name Lobisomem, composed and recorded the varying elements which make up his upcoming Brightest Solids EP. Taken from that EP, "Plasma Is For Lovers" is a choice cut of Loving's loosely structured songwriting, which he creates digitally before dedicating it to tape and tweaking it further, and showcases a playful style of electronic production akin to the likes of E*Vax or Dntel scoring a kid's version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Brightest Solids EP is out February 23 on Tall Corn. 

Average: 8.1 (130 votes)

Review: Thomas Hammann and Gerd Janson Live at Robert Johnson Vol. 4

Frankfurt clubbing institution Robert Johnson keeps it close to home on the fourth installment of their ongoing mix series. Having manned the decks for nearly a decade at the club's Liquid night, Thomas Hamman and Gerd Janson are no newcomers to the world of house, and on Live at Robert Johnson Vol. 4, the duo weaves a striking, confident testament to the genre. Mirroring the exemplary track record of Janson's Running Back label, the selections here are impeccable. Read more » 

New York State of Mind: Seven Gotham City visual artists on the rise for 2010.

Stylist: Kristin Vincent
Assistant Stylist: Nadia Koch
Hair & Makeup: Sarah Appleby


XLR8R TV: Dutty Artz, Dutty Future

DJ /Rupture and Matt Shadetek's Dutty Artz label, blog and parties are indisputably ground zero for New York's exploding global bass scene. Here, we speak with Shadetek and longtime collaborator Jahdan Blakkamoore about the rising tide of dancehall, daggering, Latin, and tropical and what it takes to push music into the future.

Download: DJ Deeon "Freak Like Me (Brenmar Mix)"


It's a tall order to remix this classic ghetto-house track from Chicago's DJ Deeon, but if anyone is up to the task, it is Brenmar (pictured above) from Brooklyn outfit These Are Powers. He speeds the piece up a bit, adds some frenetic secondary percussion, and takes the original's vocal to the cutting-room floor, delaying it along the way. And with the remix making appearances in banging sets by XLR8R favorites Bok Bok and Ikonika, among others, there are plenty of reasons to blast this remix loud. 

Average: 6.5 (42 votes)

Download: Bonobo "Eyesdown (Warrior One Remix)"

Label: Ninja Tune

At the end of March, veteran trip-hop producer Bonobo will be releasing Black Sands, his fourth album. In the meantime, he's let the world munch on "Eyesdown," a sultry offering highlighted by a soulful vocal turn from Andreya Triana. Even more to our liking is this remix from London-based duo Warrior One, who crank up the tempo, swap out the original's trip-hop haze for a lively UK funky shuffle, and chop Triana's vocals to hypnotic perfection. Also featuring remixes from Floating Points and Appleblim, the "Eyesdown" single is sure to be a hot commodity for all those insistent on slurping up the new sounds of London. (Consider us guilty as charged.) 

Average: 7 (42 votes)

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