Electroclash godfather Felix da Housecat supposedly wanted this album to be more pop than his past albums. He succeeded—kind of. Sure, the tracks are accessible, but they're also undemanding; the music is fun, but a little disposable. The bouncy beat and breathy vocals on “Plastik Fantastik,” for example, get boring fast. Contrast that with the outstanding “Kickdrum,” which is thick, textured, and flat-out gorgeous. Read more »
Tribe's Rebirth, which we reviewed way back in January before it had an official title, is finally expected for release in October on the LP's producer Carl Craig's Planet E label. For those who don't know, Tribe was Detroit's answer to the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and featured the likes of Phil Ranelin, Wendell Harrison, and Marcus Belgrave. Read more »
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Earlier this month, XLR8R was invited to come and check out the 2009 edition of the Øya Festival in Oslo, Norway. Over the course of five days, we scampered around Oslo, saw a dizzying number of bands, hopped on a boat to check out the fjord, and thoroughly enjoyed what has to be one of the most laid-back, diverse, environmentally friendly, and well-organized music festivals on the planet. Here are some of the highlights.
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In this round of Inbox, XLR8R gets down to business with techno DJ and producer, Nightlight Music founder, and graphic designer, Alland Byallo. The snarky San Franciscan hates on Dell computers, flaunts his extensive sock collection, reviews his culinary school notes, and keeps his fingers crossed that either Enya or Bobby McFerrin will sit down for some studio time. Byallo’s album Brick by Brick comes out August 27 on Nightlight Music.
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The mavens of mixes over at Get Physical are releasing their eighth installation of the Body Language series, this time featuring the trickery of Berlin's Modeselektor. Including tracks from sounds as seemingly disparate as electro-pop, dubstep, and Detroit techno, the duo continues to push electronic music forward, outside of boxes and genre tags. A U.S. Read more »
Mungolian Jetset is everything you love about dance music. Disco? They’ve got it. Techno? They’ve got it. Pop? Read more »
In 2008, Richie Hawtin's Minus label celebrated its 10th anniversary with a free-flowing, improvisatory audiovisual extravaganza known as Contakt, touring cities as disparate as Detroit, Tokyo, Amsterdam, and London. Now, those who weren't lucky enough to witness the show can go behind the scenes with a new documentary that details the joys and frustrations of coordinating and producing such a large-scale event. Read more »
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