Today sees the release of Pegamentos Vol. 2, a collection of new tracks from artists affiliated with the Discos Pegaos label, based in Santiago, Chile. Pulled from the collection is this effort from Barcelona-based producer Rammsy, whose "Crowded" track joins others from Vaskular, Fantasna, Motivado, Dementira, and Alpha Stronggah on the record. A a dancefloor-rooted production, "Crowded" is led by innumerable layers of winding, space-age synth sequences which wrap around the track's steady four-on-the-floor. Further living up to its title, "Crowded" sees Rammsy slyly fit the sound of a distant crowd underneath the energetic production. The six-track Pegamentos Vol. 2 compilation is out now in both 12" vinyl and digital forms.
A New York transplant (by way of Providence, Rhode Island), Ryan Glassman is set to drop his debut EP as Wild Kid tomorrow via Druid Cloak's fast-growing Apothecary Compositions imprint. Entitled New Bethlehem, the five-track record will present three original compositions from Glassman alongside remixes from Slugabed and Celestial Trax. Here, we have Wild Kid's "Done Wrong" production, which begins with the strum of a distant guitar before unraveling a flurry of detailed rhythmic patterns intertwined with an immersive array of dense, swimming textures. The New Bethlehem EP sees its official release in cassette and digital form tomorrow, October 21; in the meantime, the rest of Wild Kid's debut EP can be previewed after the jump. Read more »
As we reported a few weeks back, prolific UK producer Jim Coles (a.k.a. Om Unit) will issue a new EP via Goldie's Metalheadz imprint next month. The eight-track Inversion EP is said to have its sonic roots in "London, Chicago, and Detroit; drums, subs, and textures," and ahead of its full release, Om Unit has provided XLR8R with a stream of EP cut "The War." Read more »
A longstanding member of Los Angeles' Smog crew, DLX is set to drop his Quantum Bounce EP tomorrow, and has passed along closing cut "Moving Away" to serve as a preview. Spanning just over three minutes, the production sees DLX balancing some introspective musicality with ever-active drum programming, as the beatmaker deftly reshapes his rhythmic structures throughout the track, resulting in an effort that in many ways harkens back to the heyday of IDM while adding an extra bass weight to the proceedings. "Moving Away" and five other new DLX productions will see their official release on Tuesday, when the Quantum Bounce EP officially lands via Smog.
From its opening blast of shattering "glass," it's clear that Flatland, the debut LP by Berlin-based artist Objekt (a.k.a. TJ Hertz), means to make a statement. That initial note is a showoff-y bit of sound design that would sit as a highlight in the middle of a lesser album, but Hertz has a high pedigree; he's worked for Native Instruments and previously self-released a highly regarded series of 12"s, among other accolades, and PAN, Flatland's backing label, is nothing if not esteemed. Some artists like to let their machines think for themselves, letting sounds blur together and emphasizing accidents; Hertz, however, is a control freak, and Flatland showcases this with intensity. As such, it would be difficult to say anything detrimental about the sheer skill required in making it. This is the kind of release that's going to make a lot of producers feel inadequate. Read more »
Mood Hut—an imprint we recently highlighted as part of our Labels We Love series— associate Tanner Matt (a.k.a. Hashman Deejay) has been on a steady rise since the Future Times outpost released his debut 12", Tangerine, in January of this year. Now, the Vancouver artist is set to release his debut album, Sandopolis, via the DC-based imprint next month. Read more »
Last week, XLR8R once again headed to The Netherlands to partake in the annual Amsterdam Dance Event, better known simply as ADE. This was our fourth year in attendance, and at this point, it's difficult to explain just how big ADE has become. Unlike many of the events and festivals that XLR8R covers, ADE is not some niche event targeting a specific fragment of the electronic sphere. The Amsterdam Dance Event is a behemoth, an industry conference with a huge focus on the business of electronic music, which is why its daytime schedule offers up an extensive array of panels, workshops, lectures, and product demonstrations. (Meetings are also an essential piece of the puzzle, particularly for those looking to make deals and/or network.) Luckily for those in attendance, ADE also can be relied upon to present a wide variety of parties (something to the tune of 20 to 40 per night), a handful of which feature some pretty incredible line-ups. Over the course of five days and (very long) nights, we did our best to hit as many of these parties as possible, and jotted down a few notes along the way. Now that the festivities have come to a close, we wanted to share a few of our reflections after what proved to be a very intense week in Amsterdam. Read more »
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