Where Steffi's debut album, Yours & Mine, was a misty, nostalgic, and Chicago house-referencing affair, her sophomore LP, Power of Anonymity, seems much more indebted to the sci-fi techno of Detroit's Underground Resistance. Along with IDM and electro, it's the self-confessed music of the Dolly boss' roots, and it makes for an album unapologetically full of floor-facing tracks. Much like one of her famed DJ sets, though, it is also dynamic enough to keep listeners on their toes. Read more »
Last week saw Barcelona's Classicworks label issue the Hidden Traxx EP from imprint co-founder Nehuen. Pulled from the record, "Jam 2 (El Gaucho Mix)" is one of four squelching exercises Hidden Traxx has to offer, all of which are said to be the result of single takes laid down using the producer's extensive arsenal of hardware. Spanning five minutes, "Jam 2" begins by placing a bouncing bassline beneath growing layers of crunchy rhythms. From there, Nehuen introduces spacey chords and a handful of restless synth lines, all of which are pushed through resonant filters and increasingly lined with harmonic distortion as they wrap around the track's thumping rhythms. Out now, the rest of Nehuen's new EP for Classicworks can be previewed after the jump. Read more »
This month marks the 15th anniversary of Tim Sweeney's seminal radio show Beats in Space. Beginning as an inauspicious weekly gig where Sweeney played records he loved to an audience that may or may not have been tuning in, the show has gradually developed into a global institution, playing host to many of the world's finest DJs and reaching listeners far beyond the small New York University basement from which it is broadcast. Last week, Sweeney issued a two-CD mix compilation to commemorate Beats in Space's 15th birthday, but we wanted to find out more about what's involved in keeping a radio show on the air for so many years. As such, we caught up with Sweeney and a cast of characters involved with the program throughout its run to discuss Beats in Space, its history, its legacy, and what exactly makes the show's unique host tick. Read more »
Early next month, 20-year-old Vienna-based producer Wandl will debut on the Affine label with the Far Way Home EP, for which the soul-strewn "Steps" will serve as the record's lead cut. At its base, "Steps" is a jazzy beat, one flushed with warm chords and melodic keyboard runs which glide atop the track's somewhat broken rhythms. Eventually, layers of Wandl's own voice rise to surface, never exactly taking the lead, but rather adding another reverberated texture to the production's dusty sonic palette. Wandl's "Steps" will join four other efforts from the budding producer when his Far Way Home EP officially lands on December 8.
The Lowdown: This Week's XLR8R Top 10 with Maya Jane Coles, Joy Orbison, Mister Saturday Night, and 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 »
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