Travis Stewart (a.k.a Machinedrum) really knows how to milk a concept. Last September, he released the excellent Vapor City LP, which found a sultry balance between jungle, hip-hop, and melodic ambience. Based on an imaginary city from Stewart's dreams, the loose theme didn't really seem to affect the listening experience, but it did provide a narrative for his future output. Read more »
Residing near the beach in San Francisco's Sunset district, 25-year-old producer Brogan Bentley has chosen to stay put in a city that many musicians have deserted. "People are leaving, there's an exodus," he says from his home. "Everyone's gone to New York or LA. I'm from LA, and I've been up here for close to a decade now, so I'm just riding it out. I don't even know where the next step is, but I'm here and I sense that I'm supposed to be here." Read more »
It's been almost a year since we last saw an official release from Hackman, the UK producer who has appeared on a number of labels over the past few years including Ramp/PTN, Greco Roman, Well Rounded, and Futureboogie. Now, Hackman is set to emerge for the first time on the 2020Vision label with the upcoming Carry On EP. Here, we have a dub version of the record's title track which peels back the original effort's light vocals, revealing the deep, slightly melancholic production which sits at the base of "Carry On." Led by a series of fluttering chords, Hackman's dub puts the tune's percussion front and center as low-reaching sub-bass slides below and ghostly melodic flourishes gradually fill the space above. Hackman's "Carry On," another original production, and a remix from Rampa are set to appear alongside this dub on the forthcoming Carry On EP, officially out via 2020Vision on November 24.
Following releases for his own Magazine imprint (which he co-runs alongside Crato and Jens-Uwe Beyer) as well as Mule Musiq, Cómeme, and—most recently—Joy Orbison's and Will Bankhead's Hinge Finger label, Cologne-based producer Daniel Ansorge (a.k.a. Barnt) will return to Magazine next week to issue his debut full-length. Ahead of its release, Barnt's anticipated Magazine 13 LP is streaming in full exclusively on XLR8R. Read more »
Over the past couple months, Tin Man (a.k.a. Johannes Auvinen) has been a regular feature on XLR8R's pages. The Vienna-based producer headed off the release of his recent Ode LP for Absurd sub-label Acid Test by walking us through some of his favorite acid tracks for our Hi-Five series, and now, he's put together the latest podcast for Resident Advisor. Read 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 »
The tireless Cosmonostro label will add a new EP from French producer and graphic designer Emile Sacré (a.k.a. VECT) to its catalog next week. Pulled from the forthcoming Kent Bimaga EP is "Blast," an appropriately titled beat which presents a vibrant array of surging synth chords atop a bed of slightly stuttered rhythms. Striped with soaring vocal samples and a number of rising arpeggio melodies, "Blast" gradually gains steam throughout the course of its run before the tune's final bars eventually return to the same set of cooled-off chords which opened the production. Officially out on November 17, a cleverly animated teaser video for the rest of VECT's Kent Bimaga EP can be viewed after the jump. Read more »
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