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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

Luciano Doc Packaged With New CD

So, we're obviously already pretty psyched about the upcoming full-length from Lucien Nicolet (a.k.a. Luciano), Tribute to the Sun, due out on October 12 on his own Cadenza label. But we've just got word that each disc will be packaged with a special DVD documentary on the Chilean-born house producer/DJ. Here's a sneak-peak of what's inside.

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  • 09/02/2009

E'de Love Book, CD to Drop

Spanning a decade of techno music and culture in Cologne, Germany, the E'de Cologne event label, with distribution from techno powerhouse Kompakt, will release its first book and compilation album entitled E'de Love. Read more » 

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  • 09/02/2009

Labels We Love: Truckback

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.


An enterprising label delivers fresh dancehall riddims to the world.
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Review: Jónsi & Alex Riceboy Sleeps

Label: XL

Though they’ve opted to release their debut album under their own names, the Riceboy Sleeps moniker is a longstanding one, under which Jon Por Birgisson and collaborative/romantic partner Alex Somers have staged exhibitions and published an eponymous book. The latter has collected processed drawings and found photographs (silhouettes of birds, prints of trees, images of children balancing on stilts), back-grounded by decayed paper stocks in desaturated sepias and blues. Read more » 

Labels We Love: Wireblock

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.


Three Glaswegian bassheads take zig-zaggin’ between genres to new heights.
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Tauba Auerbach and Glasser at Deitch

One of our absolute favorite Vis-Ed artists, Tauba Auerbach, opens her Here and Now/and Nowhere show this Thursday at NYC's Deitch Projects. Auerbach is known for her inventive twists on typefaces, creating magical new languages from English's 26 known characters. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/01/2009

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