Sabota—the collaborative project between Canadian producers Max Ulis and Robbie Slade (both pictured above)—first appeared on our radar earlier this year when the pair issued its debut full-length via the Hybridity imprint back in February (the pair also offered up album cut "Jeans" ahead of the release). While the duo is set to return with a new EP for the Mina label in 2015, Sabota has in the meantime passed along its remix of Vancouver singer No Sinner. A bluesy effort in its original form, "Rise Up," is stripped down to just its smoky vocals on this rework, where No Sinner's voice is repitched and sculpted to fit within Sabota's atmospheric house production.
A radio-ready UK garage album is a destination that Aus has been heading towards for a while. The eight-year-old imprint is a house label, but most artists on its roster have grown up on a resolutely British diet of dance music. One of its best records, Joy Orbison's The Shrew Would Have Cushioned the Blow EP, is a seminal exchange between melody-rich house and dubstep's asymmetrical gallop, and it gave Aus, and many other labels like it, a renewed confidence about their own heritage. More recently, acts like Dusky and Huxley have offered Aus a route into the sort of easy-on-the-ears house music that has begun to populate the UK's commercial radio playlists. Blurred, then, is an album—the first one Aus has ever released—that confronts both of these ambitions from an artist who is as good a representative as anyone for the label's sound these days. Read more »
Real Talk: Hieroglyphic Being on His Unorthodox DJ Style, Muscle Mirroring, and Why the Whole Thing Is a Big Cosmic Joke
'Real Talk' is a series of artist-penned essays that appears on XLR8R from time to time, and our latest missive comes from Hieroglyphic Being (a.k.a. Jamal Moss), who we asked to comment on some of the controversy that's sprung up in recent months surrounding his unique approach to DJing. Fresh off the release of his The Seer of Cosmic Visions collection via Planet Mu, Moss graciously agreed to tackle the issue, and also used the opportunity to talk about some of his history and influences and how they've come to shape his current artistic outlook.
XLR8R has asked me to write an essay "In Defense of My DJ Style," noting there has been some commotion lately about my "unorthodox" DJ Style. Read more »
Bologna producer Nas1 will be the next artist to release via Bosconi ExtraVirgin, a sub-label of Italy's Bosconi imprint. Set to offer five original dusty, loose-swung productions—alongside a remix from Gifted & Blessed—Nas1's Super Quarter EP is slated to drop on October 30. Ahead of its release, the artist has passed along bonus cut "Layer A3," an understated effort that perfectly captures Nas1's adventurous, soul-burnt production style. This one even finds the Bologna resident exercising a bit of patience, as he waits until past the four-minute mark to speed up the tune's percussion, only to tease the track out seconds later. Nas1's "Layer A3" bonus track can be grabbed below, while his forthcoming Super Quarter EP can be previewed after the jump. Read more »
New York-based imprint Throne of Blood has detailed the second in a series of ambient and cosmic-techno compilations which launched earlier this year (the first of which was highlighted in our report on the state of ambient music back in August). The upcoming Moon Rock Volume 2 collection reportedly roams farther afield than its predecessor, presenting "a more expansive view of chakra-stimulating space-music straddling techno, strange acoustic instrumentation, and Balearic flavors." Read more »
Yesterday, Brooklyn party proponents, label founders, and former XLR8R podcast contributors Mister Saturday Night dropped by Tim Sweeney's weekly Beats in Space radio show to play some records. Read more »
In its original form, Pixelord's "Oasis" production leads off the Russian producer's recent Polygon Fane EP for Infinite Machine with a bit of back-and-forth, the tune switching off from being led by sprightly melodies to sections which dip down benath low-knocking sub-bass. On his remix, budding Finnish talent Recue fuses together the track's alternating parts, resulting in a rework that is slightly more brooding as it adds new layers of rattling percussion and laser-sharp synths which appear just slightly burnt at their edges. Ending with a barrage of stumbling drum patterns which become absorbed by a swell of buzzing chords, Recue's rework is a markedly more dramatic affair than Pixelord's own version of "Oasis," but also one which puts a welcome new spin on the former XLR8R podcast contributor's track.
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