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BMSR: Over the Rainbow

The nicotine-stained frontman of Pittsburgh’s Black Moth Super Rainbow explains the means behind the band’s electronic freak-pop, and the reasons for their smokescreen.


It’s a Thursday in March and Tobacco, the anonymous founder and lead entity of Pittsburgh’s Black Moth Super Rainbow, is in Cleveland snagging a new purchase: a keyboard owned by a member of ’70s rockers James Gang.
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Dixon Drops New Mix

On October 26, Innervisions co-conspirator Dixon (a.k.a. Steffen Berkhahn) will release Temporary Secretary, his first mix CD since 2007's Body Language Volume Four. Focusing on the Berlin-based impresario's majestic construction of new sounds rather than over-hyped throwaway tracks, the CD features some Innervisions superstars like Âme and Henrik Schwarz alongside more esoteric acts like Fever Ray and Icasol. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/27/2009

Labels We Love: Dirty

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.


Gettin' into the mix with Paris' lost-groove fanatics.
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Illegal Art Introduces Junk Culture

The long-running but seldom-releasing Illegal Art label is back with a new signing. After bringing the world huge releases from Girl Talk, Steinski, and others who explicitly push fair-use boundaries with their sample-based music, Illegal Art now adopts the young Deepak Mantena into their roster as Junk Culture. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/26/2009

Daniel Meteo Gets to Work

The wonderful thing about Berlin-based producer Daniel Meteo is that he doesn't make electronic music solely with the club in mind, but, instead, crafts his songs with consideration for those of us that need to stay in after a long, arduous day working in the coal mine. With that sentiment, Meteo has prepped his follow-up to 2006's Peruments, the forthcoming sophomore release, Working Class. Read more » 

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  • 08/26/2009

Miles Davis Goes 8-bit

On the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis' jazz classic, Kind of Blue, Kickstarter.com CTO and Portland-based chiptunes enthusiast Andy Baio commissioned a reinterpretation of the album's tracks by 8-bit artists Ast0r, Disasterpeace, Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/26/2009

Audiofile: Durrty Goodz

East London’s most versatile grime lord is Born Blessed.


Watching Durrty Goodz freestyle is a hypnotic experience. He’s angry, he’s funny, he’s nice, he’s happy, he’s scary, he’s rapping double-time, he’s rapping half-time, he’s ragga chatting, he’s barely breathing, he’s referencing Boogie Down Productions and Cam’ron, and even after three minutes of perfectly on-beat fire rhymes, he’s still fixing the camera with a hypnotic, Hulk Hogan crazy-eye stare that is pure focus.
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Review: Sally Shapiro My Guilty Pleasure

Label: Paper Bag

How could anyone not like Sally Shapiro? Read more » 

Labels We Love: Mothership

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. Read more » 

Ras G Takes Us There

Our recently featured, beat-makin' space cadet, Ras G, has crafted another nugget of other-worldly tunes on his latest EP, Destination There. Listeners can expect five more tracks of the crazy character's instrumental hip-hop, made with liberal amounts of wonky bass and space noise, via Ramp on September 21. The release's tracklist is below.

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  • Filed under: news
  • 08/25/2009

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