Big Spider’s Back (a.k.a. Yair Rubinstein) relies on brightly textured, playful synth melodies throughout his Ssoft EP, and the bubbly "Charm School" is certainly no exception to that description. Opening with high-pitched loops and a four-to-the-floor beat, the track's foundation builds on itself with gradual additions of minimal synth waves, claps, and drum patterns. Rubinstein keeps it simple on his production, crafting a vibrant, full-bodied sound while avoiding any excess elements. Big Spider’s Back's Ssoft EP is set to drop on March 17 via Seattle's Hush Hush label.
More than two years have passed since Marc Houle issued his last full-length, and though the techno veteran and former XLR8R podcast contributor has subsequently appeared on a couple of collaborative records, he'll soon be releasing a new batch of solo work. Read more »
Before the release of his next EP for Tri Angle, busy UK producer Evian Christ has dropped a brand-new mix and shared some of the record's music. And, of course, this was all leading up to one thing: The full stream of Evian Christ's four-track Waterfall EP, which is now available. Read more »
After teasing a forthcoming series of instrumental releases last month, masked UK DJ/producer SBTRKT has revealed the details of his Transitions series, making all of the collection's vocal-less productions available to stream in full now. Read more »
After rounding off a prodigious year in 2013—a journey that we detailed extensively in our feature story back in Decemeber—multi-faceted UK DJ/producer/singer Ben Westbeech (a.k.a Breach) is continuing his industrious streak in 2014 with an upcoming EP for Will Saul's Aus label. Read more »
Following last year's impressive Cupid's Head LP, Swedish ambient-techno stalwart The Field and his longtime label home Kompakt have unleashed a deluge of remixes from the likes of John Tejada, Barker & Baumecker, and Vatican Shadow. And though the most recent offering in the Cupid's Head Remixe series already arrived late last month, most of its music has been confined to the limited-edition 12" form it arrived on, so we're quite pleased to see that the remix of "No. No..." by Canadian noise auteur Tim Hecker (pictured above) has finally made it online for all to hear. Read more »
After being highlighted as one of XLR8R's best new artists of 2013, Andrew Morrison (a.k.a. The Cyclist) assumed a new handle, Buz Ludzha, for his only output of 2014 so far. But on Crash Symbols' obscenely long, 33-track Touched By an Angle compilation (out today), Morrison steps back into his more familiar moniker to deliver the slow-brewing "Heated Cliff" as The Cyclist. The Liverpool-based producer pushes samples of dusty percussion and buzzing drones beneath increasing layers of Vangelis-like synthscapes (albeit ones ran through a distortion pedal) on his contribution to Touched By an Angle, which is joined by music from producers such as Vanilla Hammer and Cream Dream. All 33 tracks from the brand-new comp can be downloaded for a price of one's own choosing via Crash Symbols' Bandcamp.
Former Sandwell District affiliates Regis (a.k.a. Karl O'Connor) and Silent Servant (a.k.a. Juan Mendez) will soon release a new collaborative EP under an alias first used by O'Connor to explore pop-inclined industrial music in the late '80s, Sandra Electronics. Read more »
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