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XLR8R's Favorites of 2009: Hudson Mohawke

Glaswegian beat kid Hudson Mohawke delivers one of the year's most anticipated LPs.


Download: Rustie "Keesha Resmak"

The injection of soulful R&B diva vocals into a track is rarely, if ever, a bad idea, and this re-fix of Oakland's Keyshia Cole (pictured above) is no exception. In fact, it lends some humanity to the often cold dubstep-bass hybrid that Rustie has mastered. The prolific Glaswegian dropped this song as a free download on his Myspace page, and with a catchy four-note descending melodic bassline forming the track's instrumental backbone and Cole's gorgeous harmonies swelling above it, one can definitely understand why this re-fix has been so highly anticipated: it is a sickly good slice of dancefloor gold. (via Sonic Router

Average: 7.7 (77 votes)

Download: Souls of Mischief "Proper Aim"

Oakland's Souls of Mischief are finally returning with a new album after almost ten years away. The flows have never stopped, though, as "Proper Aim" finds the quartet of MCs elegantly spitting while Prince Paul's jazzy, old-school production style helps the piece maintain a refined sense of what hip-hop is really about: dusty drum loops, great samples, and excellent vocalized poetry. Culled from Montezuma's Revenge, which comes out today, "Proper Aim" also has a new video which fans can peep here

Average: 6.2 (24 votes)

Review: Boys Noize/Vitalic Power/Flashmob

Two electro-house giants fail to assuage fears that their genre has hit a creative wall. Read more » 

Fabric to Release Exclusive Bass Music Compilation

In the past two years, a certain nebulous genre has multiplied like mushrooms in the UK. Somewhere between dubstep, grime, and garage, much of the music coming from the likes of Rustie, Caspa, Untold, and others has simply been referred to as "bass" music, but now, London's Fabric has come up with a cheeky new name for the bass-driven, dancefloor-scorching sounds: elevator music. On volume one of the synonymous compilation, Fabric has gathered some of the biggest talents in this eclectic scene to create exclusive pieces, culminating in a huge party at the infamous club on January 8 featuring the artists mentioned above along with Martyn, Joy Orbison, Hudson Mohawke, Vista, Mosca, and a scad of cohorts. And with advanced purchase of the compilation, fans get free entry to the event! More details here, and a full tracklisting after the jump. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/30/2009

Enter Our DROP THE LIME DROPS BY Contest by Friday

In case you forgot, you've still got four more days to enter our DROP THE LIME DROPS BY contest. Tell Luca "Drop the Lime" Venezia where you'd love to see him play, and he just may be dropping by to get crazy with you and nine friends in the months to come. Check out a few recent entries after the jump. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/30/2009

XLR8R's Favorites of 2009: Holy Ghost!

As their debut album nears completion, NYC's Holy Ghost! delve into disco's past without irony.


Download: Emika "Drop the Other (Scuba's Vulpine Remix)"

Label: Ninja Tune

The onslaught of sultry and atmospheric dubstep-esque tunes coming from the other side of the Atlantic shows no signs of abating—not that we here at XLR8R are complaining. Here, Hotflush label boss Scuba gets his hands on the debut single from Berlin's Emika, transforming the rumbling trip-hop of her original into an ominous and serpentine labyrinth of skittering low-end. Simply put, we likey. 

Average: 7.6 (71 votes)

Inbox: Etienne Jaumet

XLR8R’s Inbox touches base with jovial French tech-house producer Etienne Jaumet, who has just come back from sharing the deck with Dirty Soundsystem on a Cosmic Cruise around an artificial lake in Paris. Jaumet gushes about Carl Craig, compares himself to crayon colors, eats too fast, and sets his sights on the next gubernatorial race in California. Read more » 

Download: Majeure "The Dresden Codex"

As one half of prog-horror instrumentalists Zombi, drummer A.E. Paterra knows his way around propulsive rhythms and analog synths, not to mention epic songwriting. Here, the Pittsburgh musician uses the name Majeure to focus on his sci-fi-obsessed cosmic-disco efforts with the 13-minute jam "The Dresden Codex." It's a stunning opener for Paterra's debut album, Timespan, as it starts slow with spacey, arpeggiated melodies and cold atmospherics that recall Tangerine Dream's Risky Business movie score before morphing into a beat-heavy, analog synth explosion rivaling just about any song written by his other band. 

Average: 6.5 (34 votes)

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