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Mad Decent Got Mad Decent

A few weeks back, Mad Decent held their second annual block party in Philadelphia, featuring Major Lazer, Blaqstarr, Maluca, and a host of other label stars. With dance contests, local foods, and performances all day, it looks like it came off quite well, judging from the excellent video below. And be sure to watch out for exclusive pics of the party in the next issue of XLR8R!


  • Filed under: news
  • 09/08/2009

Review: HEALTH Get Color


If HEALTH's self-titled debut was a warning flare, then consider Get Color an all-out aerial assault. The L.A. Smell veterans have always been impressively noisy, but the band's sophomore effort finds them wielding all their fuzz, static, and sonic squall in the service of potent and powerful songs. Guitars are razor-sharp and distortion-heavy. Thunderous drums and menacing electronics recall the fury of '80s industrial. Read more » 

Review: Tarrus Riley Contagious

Label: VP

Reminiscent of classic Sugar Minott or Gregory Isaacs, Jamaican roots crooner Tarrus Riley smoothly blends conscious lyrics and lover’s rock. Yet even though Riley’s a bit of a throwback, the production on Contagious is very modern. Read more » 

Inbox: Tarrus Riley

Contemporary roots reggae singer/songwriter Tarrus Riley snuck away from a rehearsal sesh for his summer tour to get a few words in with XLR8R’s Inbox. The Jamaican son of famous vocalist Jimmy Riley chats about idol Shabba Ranks, the Bible, and underwear. Riley’s latest full-length, Contagious, is out now on VP records.

XLR8R: What are you listening to right now?

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 » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 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.


  • Filed under: news
  • 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 » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 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.

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 » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/03/2009

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