Last month, XLR8R debuted a new series in which we ask some of our favorite producers to select five essential pieces of gear from their current set-up. (Our first installment found Untold detailing the key bits from his new, analog-based live rig.) This time around, we've reached out to KiNK (a.k.a. Strahil Velchev), who will soon be releasing his debut full-length, 'Under Destruction,' via the Macro label. The Bulgarian producer has been wowing crowds with his gear-oriented live show for some time, but we wanted to know a little more about what he's been working with at home; as such, we've asked Velchev to showcase a few of his favorite toys and tell us about his recent move into the addictive world of modular synths. Read more »
Taking much of its inspiration from the industrial rise and fall of the UK's West Midlands region, where Mark E spent his formative years, the upcoming Product of Industry LP is said to showcase a harder edge to the remarkably consistent producer's craft. Before that LP sees its full release next week via Ghostly's Spectral Sound imprint, the nine-track affair is now available to stream in full. Read more »
Opening with a wry synth pattern and a pulsing four-on-the-floor beat, C L N K's dire track "Fuck Hype"—taken off his forthcoming ANTI EP—is a suspenseful jaunt across low-growling static and shrill stabs of orchestral strings. C L N K forges a relentless assault of ominous sounds here, yet still finds space for miniscule traces of ambient sonics by way of extended synth pads which fill out the production's sweeping palette of tones. The rest of C L N K's "mutant dance music" tracks set to appear on ANTI can be heard when the EP drops on May 12 via Error Broadcast.
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 »
Pulled from his recent self-released Sings LP, Asheville, NC producer Marley Carroll's "First Thought, Best Thought" has recieved a remix treatment. Featured here, the rework from London producer Little People bears very minor differences to Carroll's original, with a methodically bouncing, but even-tempered, bass remaining at the core. From there, Little People introduces an array of sparkling beeps and bells which are used to encircle the track's hollow synth blares and whispered vocal snippets. In addition to offering this remix, Marley Carroll is set to embark on a series of North American tour dates lasting from April through to September, the details for which can be found after the jump. Read more »
After announcing a forthcoming trio of 12"s for his Text label on Tuesday, Four Tet has spent much of the past week methodically leaking streams of those upcoming efforts. Now, the last two pieces of the puzzle have arrived as both sides of the man's upcoming TEXT029A 12" as Percussions are now available to hear in full. Read more »
Armed with a diverse range of both organic and inorganic textures, Rough Fields (a.k.a. James Birchall), crafts a warm, voluminous sound on the title track for his forthcoming High Time EP. Here, shimmering guitar riffs emerge alongside a thumping bassline, with subdued vocal bits sparsely strewn throughout the soothing mix. Rough Fields' full set of smooth-flowing compositions for High Time can be heard when the EP drops on April 28, with cassette and MP3 formats available for pre-order here.
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