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Review: Vessel Punish, Honey

Label: Tri Angle

Punish, Honey, the new LP from Vessel (a.k.a. Sebastian Gainsborough), is apparently dedicated in some way to England. So says the press release: "Combined with an interest in notions of national identity, Vessel asking himself the question 'What does "Englishness" in music really mean?'" At first read, that excerpt makes it sound like the Bristol producer might be half-baking a college thesis. Does the record really explore "Englishness"? Read more » 

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  • 09/15/2014

Real Talk: DVS1 on Respect, Photography on the Dancefloor, and the Battle Between Art and Entertainment

'Real Talk' is a new series of artist-penned essays that will be appearing on XLR8R from time to time. For the first installment, we've enlisted veteran DJ/producer DVS1, who wished to speak on what he sees as the changing atmosphere inside the club.

The reality is that things will never be what they once were. The past is the past, and the present is something we all have to accept. Everything in life tells us that we shouldn't cling to how things were or what might have been better back in the day. In the classic way our parents would describe the hardships of walking to school five miles each way, up and down hills and through snow, when we have the luxury of a bus, or a car, or a bike, etc… aren't we supposed to embrace the change and the reality of our surroundings today? Those that lived before generally come to accept what the next generation wants or believes to be the right way, the new way. But does this natural progression always apply? Do we really have to conform and/or buy into what everyone says is okay? Or popular? Or current? Read more » 

Prins Thomas Remixes Vermont on Upcoming EP

Prins Thomas has been enlisted to remix a trio of productions off Vermont, the self-titled debut album from Danilo Plessow (a.k.a. Motor City Drum Ensemble) and Innervisions affiliate Marcus Worgull. Read more » 

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  • 09/15/2014

Download: Transformer "Deepak"

Label: Numerology

A live disco/house group hailing from Brighton, Transformer today releases its Feel the Beast EP via London label Numerology. Included on the three-track effort is "Deepak," an organ-fueled cut which laces its skipping, six-plus-minute run with tight guitar strums, wordless vocal murmurs, and a bevy of hand-played synth lines. Following a somewhat loose structure, "Deepak" feels more like a jam session than a strictly defined track, its elements allowed to evolve freely atop the track's drum machine pulse. Out today, Transfomer's new Feel the Beast EP can be streamed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.3 (50 votes)
 
 

Hear a New Remix from Joy Orbison

A new remix from Joy Orbison has unexpectedly appeared online, which finds the celebrated UK producer taking on a track by XL-affiliated duo and recent Mercury Prize nominees Jungle. Read more » 

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  • 09/15/2014

Cocktail d'Amore Preps Compilation with Willie Burns, Young Marco, and More

Cocktail d'Amore, the Berlin party and label founded by veteran DJ/production duo Discodromo, Berghain resident Boris, and visual director Pindar (a.k.a. GoldNSour), will mark five years next month with an anniversary compilation, Nothing Matters When We're Dancing. Read more » 

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  • 09/15/2014

Stream a Track from Locked Groove's Upcoming EP

First Listen

Last month, Locked Groove announced plans to debut on Permanent Vacation with the Thesseus EP, following from a pair of records released earlier this year via We Play House and his own eponymous label. Ahead of its arrival, the Berlin-based producer has shared a stream of b-side track "Meditations in an Emergency," an introspective, end-of-the-night effort that nods to early Motor City electro while maintaining the polished aesthetic found throughout Permanent Vacation's catalog. Read more » 

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  • 09/15/2014

The Lowdown: This Week's XLR8R Top 10 with Addison Groove, SBTRKT, Xosar, 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 » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/12/2014

Daedelus Has Been Enlisted for 'Ask the Experts'; Send Him Your Questions Now

Over the summer, XLR8R debuted a new feature called Ask the Experts, which centered around a simple idea: letting our readers directly ask established artists for advice. So far, the monthly series has been a smashing success. The debut installment featured the German giants of Modeselektor, while the second round was piloted by UK bass manipulator Om Unit. Now that the calendar has flipped once again, it's time to sign up another expert, and we're happy to report that Daedelus has stepped up to the plate. Read more » 

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  • 09/12/2014

Download: Arms and Sleepers "Tiger Tempo"

First Listen
Label: Fake Chapter

Boston-based producers Max Lewis and Mirza Ramic will again combine their talents as Arms and Sleepers on the forthcoming Swim Team LP, an 11-track effort which will see its release via the Fake Chapter label late next month. Appearing early on in the record is "Tiger Tempo," a thickly textured production which pairs a handful of sludgy samples with loose-stomping rhythms. Though it begins on the more moody side of the beat spectrum, "Tiger Tempo" eventually shifts its aims, unfolding into a more uplifting affair—one where bubbly melodies, reversed strings, and choice vocal samples help reshape the tune into a more heavenly endeavor. The pair's Swim Team LP (its first in over three years) is set to see an official release on October 28. 

Average: 8.4 (70 votes)
 
 

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