Somewhere between the tenacity of Ratatat, the cinema-scope of Mogwai, and the experiments of Tortoise you'll find Milwaukee's Cougar. XLR8R recently took a closer look on the quintet, and now we're happy to bring you a cut from their latest album Patriot, the choir-led "Rhinelander." The track builds slow, eventually coalescing vocal melodies and dueling guitars with heavy beats and distorted basslines into a transcendent post-rock sound.
In preparation for the can't-come-soon-enough release of Hudson Mohawke's debut album for Warp, the wonkily soulful Butter, Scotland's Wireblock and Lucky Me crews have put together a limited re-release of HudMo's 2008 breakout track, the bass-heavy bootleg remix of Tweet's "Ooops (Oh My)." The single that took a burgeoning scene by storm a short while back still sounds as fresh as the day it was delivered from Hudson's Glasgow studio. Their generosity isn't exactly a surprise, as both Wireblock and Lucky Me have graced XLR8R with exceptional podcasts that can be found here and here respectively.
Originally from Richmond, VA, and now based in Minneapolis, the duo of Jehna Wilhelm and Mark McGee makes no bones about its debt to Kranky's flagship band, the now-defunct Labradford. To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie's scope is cinematic, but their second LP suggests grainy, industrial cinéma vérité instead of the doomy, spaghetti-western feel of an album like Labradford's Mi Media Naranja. Read more »
With its latest kuduro jam, "Restless," in hand, Portugal's Buraka Som Sistema is taking to the states to perform its fiery live show in select cities across the country. The new single will be available for all this November through download, and you can check out the tour dates below. Read more »
The former East Bay resident and now Berlin-based Kid606 is returning to the west coast to party down with friends and fans alike. The Kid will be rocking five dates in a three-week span including a massive Tigerbeat6 night at San Francisco's Elbo Room. There's even a free Kid606 mix to download and get you pumped up for the upcoming shows. Cop the mix here and check out the dates below. Read more »
For the duration of her first proper US tour, BBC Radio One's Mary Anne Hobbs has been doing her best to keep herself hydrated and healthily fed, and keeping us abreast of her progress throughout this fine nation. Here's the last of her exclusive tour vids for XLR8R, before she hopped a plane back to London earlier in the week. Read more »
Barcelona-based street artist Miss Van, a painter whose doe-eyed, full-lipped figures have provided the graffiti world with a much needed feminine edge, has curated a new solo show for London gallery StolenSpace serving as a retrospective for her 13-plus years as an artist while also unveiling her new work. The exhibition, Miss Van's largest show to date entitled Lovestain, opens today and will run through Oct 18. Read more »
Anyone who's read our current cover story knows that we here at XLR8R are digging the underground sounds of London and all the ways that UK funky is intermingling with dubstep, house, and other genres. Leading the way are artists like Cooly G, Geeneus, and the author of this week's podcast, Roska. Read more »
Italian club lover Congorock has always promoted the more playful side of electro, in contrast to his more sinister peers like The Bloody Beetroots or, in this case, Fukkk Offf. On his remix of the second single from Fukkk Offf's Love Me, Hate Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me Congorock uses a blown-out, four-on-the-floor beat to carry the track's hyperactive synths, choppy vocal loops, and frantic percussion into a raved-up oblivion.
Disco-house mutations from a Brooklyn-via-Toronto Arthur Russell obsessive.
Brennan Green’s latest single, “My First House,” actually sat on his shelf for 12 years before it was released. It was the first track that the Brooklyn-via-Toronto producer crafted after selling his guitar and buying an old Roland sequencer. “You can imagine what I've learned since then,” he says with a laugh. Read more »
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