On his Prints of You LP, St. Petersburg-based producer Nuage is said to explore a range of electronic styles—from the cooler ends of 120-plus bpm house to fast-paced, drum & bass-indebted fare. Featured here, "Wandering Waves" falls in the former category, finding Nuage crafting a piece of moody, deep-reaching house that comes peppered with tinkling keys, washy flutes, ghostly vocal samples, and the occasional—by design—rhythmic stutter. A track kept steady by its precise bassline and heavy snares, "Wandering Waves" joins 14 other Nuage originals on the Russian beatmaker's Prints of You LP, out today via DC label Translation.
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 »
Though he recently decided to begin operating under the name Crescent Bae, the Stateside producer formerly known as Helel Arc is one of 13 beatmakers to contribute to Opaq Glitter, the inaugural compilation from freshly launched French imprint Permalnk. Appearing alongside a number of adventurous electronic hybrids on the collection is Helel Arc's "Kami," a slithering beat which manages to marry together a number of frantic rhythmic elements with stoney, side-chained chords and freeform synth lines—all of which sits atop a bubbling cauldron of analog beeps and miniature digital glitches. Out now as a name-your-price download (as well as a "USB Bag with pure DIY random content") via Bandcamp, Permalnk's full Opaq Glitter compilation can be streamed after the jump. Read more »
San Francisco's Dark Entries label—an imprint we profiled in the first edition of our freshly launched Get Familiar series—will release the second installment of its Bay Area Retrograde (BART) compilation next month. Read more »
Soo Wavey, the label co-operated by Vin Sol and Matrixxman (pictured above), has always served primarily as a platform for the two West Coast producers' own projects. That's set to change, however, with a forthcoming EP from a new affiliate. Read more »
A UK producer now based in Shanghai, China, Conrank will join the, well, ranks of the beat-focused Saturate label next week with his 7-track Exhale Therapy EP. Amongst the collection of new productions is "Gunspitter" a G-funk-laced effort which wraps bright chord stabs and gliding synth melodies around the track's titular vocal sample and an ever-evolving set of booming rhythms. Set to drop on September 30 via Saturate, Conrank's Exhale Therapy EP—which features a collaboration with turntable maven DJ Shadow on its title track—can be previewed after the jump. Read more »
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