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Gear: Ask the Experts: Om Unit

Earlier this summer, XLR8R launched the Ask the Experts series as a way of letting our audience directly solicit production advice from established artists. Our first edition featured Modeselektor, while round two is being handled by bass manipulator Om Unit (a.k.a. Jim Coles). A key contributor to the UK's embrace of juke and footwork sounds in recent years, he was also one of the first producers to seriously experiment with combining those distinctly American rhythms with jungle and drum & bass. Coles' willingness to try new things doesn't stop there, as he's also been one of the innovators of the slow/fast sound, which he recently celebrated by putting together the Cosmology compilation for his own Cosmic Bridge label. With all of this low-end-centric knowledge rattling around in Om Unit's brain, we knew that XLR8R readers would jump at the chance to throw questions his way, and while he couldn't respond to all of inquires we received, he's selected a few that caught his attention and provided some very thoughtful answers. Read more » 

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  • 08/28/2014

Download: Eckoclick "Controller (Bambooman Remix)"

First Listen

A regular contributor to the Sonic Router label's efforts, Bambooman has turned in this remix of "Controller," a track from Eckoclick's (pictured above) upcoming self-titled debut EP for the imprint. Lead by a barrage of sampled textures and expertly layered vocals in its original form, "Controller" is rendered into a more reserved affair in the hands of Bambooman, who elects to focus in on the track's percussive clacks and delicate melodies, adding streaks of smooth vocal snapshots and—eventually—screeching saxophone runs as the remix moves along. A collaboration between London vocalist Femme and budding producer Crewdson, Eckoclick's self-titled debut EP will offer the original version of "Controller," along with five other productions from the pair when it lands on September 8. 

Average: 7.9 (32 votes)
 
 

Preview Marquis Hawkes' Upcoming EP for Houndstooth

Marquis Hawkes is poised to release a new EP, which will arrive by way of Fabric offshoot Houndstooth this fall. Read more » 

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  • 08/28/2014

Manni Dee Curates Compilation; Stream a Track from BNJMN Now

Manni Dee is known for his strong-armed sonics released via platforms like Candela Rising and Black Sun, as for his collaboration with Happa as Habits of Hate. The Brighton producer's latest project, however, is as the curator of a new compilation from London imprint WotNot. Read more » 

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  • 08/28/2014

Listen to FaltyDL's Session for Beats in Space

After appearing on Tim Sweeney's Beats in Space radio show last night, FaltyDL's 90-plus-minute session from the broadcast can now be heard in full. Read more » 

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  • 08/27/2014

Redinho Shares New Cut from Upcoming Debut LP

The Numbers label's "secret weapon," Redinho, has shared a full stream of "Get You Off My Mind," the second single from the London artist's forthcoming debut LP for the imprint. Read more » 

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  • 08/27/2014

Tadd Mullinix Launches Bopside Label, Preps Inaugural Release as JTC

Time-tested Ann Arbor producer and staple of the Ghostly label, Tadd Mullinix (who operates under a number of aliases including James T Cotton, Dabrye, and Charles Manier) has announced plans to launch an imprint of his own, Bopside, with a forthcoming release from the artist himself under his JTC moniker. Read more » 

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  • 08/27/2014

Hear a New Track from Skream

Though he's most recently been heard flirting with the more fun-loving ends of disco and house, Skream's new effort sees the long-standing producer/DJ delivering a more subdued sound. Read more » 

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  • 08/27/2014

Download: Ultrademon "Drive U Crazy (Machine Girl's [UN]d3∆D cPuNx MiX)"

First Listen

Following the release of his recent Voidic Charms LP, Ultrademon (pictured above) has enlisted NYC producer Machine Girl to remix album cut "Drive U Crazy." A sleek piece of pop-infused house (which features the talents of The GTW and Zombelle) in its original form, Machine Girl takes the track to slightly more hyperactive territory, sharpening its rhythms with extra doses of fast-paced hats and the occasional chopped break. Furthermore, the rework finds Machine Girl stripping back the original production's vocal threads, deciding to instead focus his efforts on the song's many restless, candy-coated synth tones. Machine Girl's remix for "Drive U Crazy" can be downloaded below while the video for Ultrademon's original track (out now via Coral) can be watched after the jump. Read more » 

Average: 7.5 (26 votes)
 
 

Grimes Shares New Video for "Go"

Back in June, Grimes shared "Go," a self-described "summer jam" originally written for Rihanna, but ultimately finished by Grimes and produced with the assistance of Blood Diamonds. Now, the bombastic tune has received a similarly extravagant video treatment. Read more » 

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  • 08/27/2014

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