All week long, XLR8R will be taking a closer look at some of our favorite record shops from around the globe. Check out the entire 'Record Store Week' series here.
Back in 1996, when Biba Kopf traveled to Berlin to profile Basic Channel for The Wire, Mark and Moritz—who back then refused to give their last names—took their interviewer to a record store.
"[They] invite me the Hard Wax record shop in Kreuzberg. For three hours, I am blitzed with a brief history of Chicago house and Detroit techno: the early Chicago acid tracks of Phuture, Armando and Armani, then moving onto Detroit for Cybotron, Model 500, Underground Resistance, Jeff Mills, Robert Hood, and Juan Atkins."
Nearly two decades on, making a cursory reference to Hard Wax without pausing to reflect on its importance would be unthinkable. Read more »
Helmed by Alex Cowles (a.k.a. DFRNT), the Cut label/subscription service will soon add a new EP to its catalog from London newcomer Swoon. Serving as the lead cut to the forthcoming Beyond Human EP, "Do You Love" is a detail-oriented production that places subtle melodic phrases beneath a rich, hazy atmosphere and clever layers of evolving percussion. Swoon's Beyond Human EP will see its official release on July 28; in the meantime the rest of the upcoming effort can be previewed after the jump. Read more »
Throughout the week, a whole lot of material gets posted here on XLR8R. And while we know—and love—that some hardcore readers will eagerly pour over every single news story, interview, podcast, video, and MP3 download that appears on the site, we also realize that for most people, it's impossible to see everything, which means that some quality XLR8R content is likely to get missed in the hustle and bustle of everyone's daily lives. In the interest of making it easier for everyone to catch up, every Friday we present The Lowdown, a weekly wrap-up of the top 10 tidbits from our site. Read more »
The enduring legacy of J Dilla has been further reinforced today with news that the pioneering hip-hop producer's MPC and Moog synthesizer (one specifically made by Robert Moog for the beatmaker) will be displayed at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC. Read more »
Stateside newcomer Tapes is set to drop his Finding LP next month. Serving as out first preview, the virtually un-Googleable artist has passed along "Find Y.O.U.," a melody-rich beat which will appear on the forthcoming effort. Built around a set of skittering drums, ""Find Y.O.U." breezes through its musical movements, landing on sparkling keys, delicate melodies, and occasionally burying Craig David's "Feel Me In" beneath the glossy, skittering production. Tapes' Finding album will see a release on August 15 as a free-to-download collection.
In what's shaping up to be an annual tradition, Ben Sims (pictured above) and Kirk Degiorgio are set to return to Machine imprint—the label which the pair co-founded as a continuation of their London-based parties by the same name—once again with the Machine 03 EP. Read more »
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