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Zomby: Channeling the Ghost of Breakbeat

“Before, all my music was purple,” says Zomby, explaining the synesthesia he gets while working on music. “Now the tunes are going neon, like odd Gameboy 2-step shit. I feel a lot more inspired, like chrysalis stages, no joke,” he continues. “It’s like I stayed with purple ’cause that’s what I knew, but now that my music is accepted I can go other ways.”

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The Week in Tours: Dan Deacon, Efterklang

Never mind waiting for an artist's gratuitously decked-out MySpace page to load so you can peep their upcoming show dates. XLR8R already did the legwork on that, and below are six upcoming tours we’re more than looking forward to. This week: Dan Deacon, Sebastien Tellier, The Glitch Mob, Gui Boratto, Efterklang, and Evil Nine hit the road.

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  • 01/28/2009

Quasimoto Becomes a Toy

Stones Throw and Kid Robot generally wind up in XLR8R's annual Christmas gift guide, but both parties were surprisingly absent in the 2008 roundup. The reason: they were apparently holding out on us for February, as the indie hip-hop imprint and collectible toy company, respectively, have teamed up for the release of a vinyl Quasimoto figure.

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  • 01/28/2009

RIP Telefon Tel Aviv's Charlie Cooper

Charlie Cooper, one-half of Telefon Tel Aviv, has passed away at the age 31, it's been reported.

The cause of his death is still unknown, but bandmate and friend Joshua Eustis left the following message on the band's MySpace page.

"It breaks my heart to inform you all that Charlie Cooper, my better half in Telefon Tel Aviv, passed away on January 22.

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  • 01/27/2009

Cadence Weapon Drops New Album

Canadian alt-rapper Cadence Weapon (born Rollie Pemberton) has made his new album Separation Anxiety available digitally at his site for whatever price fans are willing to pay for it. The 70-minute album, a follow-up to last Spring’s Afterparty Babies, combines 20 exclusive tracks, remixes, and collaborations. Read more » 

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  • 01/26/2009

Buraka Som Sistema to Release Debut LP

Come April 7, the boys of Buraka Som Sistema (Lil’ John, Riot and Conductor, and MC Kalaf) will release their kuduro manifesto, Black Diamond. The album's title references corruption in the oil and diamond businesses, subjects that are close to home for BSS.

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  • 01/23/2009

M83 to Play Solo Performance

Didn't manage to score a ticket to see M83 on his current tour opening for The Killers? Fans, specifically those in New York, have another chance to catch him this month, as the man born Anthony Gonzalez has a solo show planned for January 24 at Irving Plaza.

A rare event, the performance will begin with a set of ambient music and be followed by the set Gonzalez has been playing around the world in support of last year's Saturdays = Youth.

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  • 01/23/2009

Top 10: Circlesquare, Tribe, Mr. Lif

Circlesquare
Songs About Dancing and Drugs
!K7
Release Date: February 17

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RIP Clone Records

We know Netherlands-based label Clone for releases from the likes of Dexter, Alden Tyrell, and Legowelt. Sadly, future generations of music heads will not be seeing any new material from this label, as Clone recently announced it will be closing its doors.

Founded by DJ Serge in the late ’90s, the label championed a Dutch music scene that catered to fans of techno, disco, Italo, and what’s often been called “sci-fi electro,” as well as starting a re-issue imprint dubbed Clone Classic Cuts.

From a recent press release:

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  • 01/22/2009

Crystal Antlers Announce Debut Album

Among the myriad acts whose names bear the word “crystal,” these guys are worth sitting up and taking a listen to. It isn't everyday, after all, that you hear punk music accompanied by pipe organs, which is exactly the brand of music Crystal Antlers offer to their fans.

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  • 01/21/2009

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