Previously only available on the DVD included in a celebratory box set for the tenth anniversary of river-front Berlin club Watergate, Watergate X, a 42-minute documentary about the German nightlife insititution, is now available for all to view online. Read more »
Shapeshifting Nashville duo Jensen Sportag (pictured above) dropped its debut LP, Stealth of Days, via Cascine late last month, and with the record's release still freshly in the rearview, Brooklyn producer and LuckyMe affiliate Obey City has been enlisted to take on the slippery, R&B-infused "After Gardens" track. For the most part, Obey City relies on the existing music to dictate the flow of his remix, allowing floaty grooves and island-bell melodies to run their course as he reinforces them with new layers of sturdy percussion and an enhanced low-end slink. When all is said and done, Obey City has effectively reformatted the sweet, syrupy pop of Jensen Sportag to make it all the more street-wise.
New Jersey synth masestro Com Truise will return to the Ghostly label early next year with the seven-track Wave 1 EP, the first proper release from Cruise since his debut LP, Galactic Melt, dropped back in 2011. Read more »
Before shifting its focus to album-oriented releases in 2014, Modeselektor's 50Weapons label has announced the details of an upcoming compilation entitled 50WEAPONSRMX01-09, which will gather the DJ-friendly remixes from the imprint's discography into a single release. Read more »
It's times like these that one wonders when Jimmy Edgar finds time to actually, you know, sleep. Following the release of his Mercurio EP last week, the ceaseleslly prolific producer/DJ has deliverd yet another new remix—this time taking on "Power," a cut from Moscow-based indie/funk outfit Pompeya. While it's hard to find exactly where Edgar has buried Pompeya's original tune, it's also hard to argue with his work here, as he bounces back and forth between a series of locked-in grooves and cleverly precise builds which continually push the rework's cyclical rhythms forward. Featured here as a free download, Jimmy Edgar's remix of "Power" is also set to appear on Pompeya's Tropical Remix record when it drops in January of next year via Brooklyn label No Shame.
XLR8R's annual Best of the Year coverage got off to a solid start yesterday with the first batch of tunes lifted from the 100 most popular downloads we posted throughout 2013. We've already offered music from the likes of Holy Other, Hackman, Slugabed, Bibio, and Bodhi, among plenty of others, and our latest chunk of this year's Top Downloads list highlights productions from Clams Casino, xxxy, Nils Frahm, Jacques Renault, Bondax, Zebra Katz, and more. All of tunes that landed between numbers 80 and 61 can be streamed and freely downloaded after the jump. Read more »
The calendar only flipped to December a few days ago, but it seems that much of the music world has already begun to set its sights on the end of the year. More specifically, everyone seems to be looking back at the last 11 months and evaluating what pieces of music were amongst the year's best. XLR8R is no different, and when our list of 2013's best releases surfaces during the next few weeks, there's little question that Amygadla, the long-awaited sophomore LP from DJ Koze, will make the cut. It's been a big year for the veteran German producer, which is why we thought he would be an excellent candidate to put together the final XLR8R podcast of 2013. Read more »
The Chemistry—a nascent French publication covering music, visual art, and fashion—is celebrating its second birthday with a curated compilation of bass-informed sounds, titled LITHIUM, which will drop on December 8. Dublin producer Clu's cameo, "Jade," pairs a highly melodic, arpeggiated synth squiggle with an evasive drum pattern that seems to operate in multiple, simultaneous time signatures. Around the halfway mark, the cut relaxes into a slightly more comfortable rhythm, as disembodied voices shout through the unquantized drum spasms and keyboard glides before finally coming to a rest.
The sole Canadian representative of the increasingly international Night Slugs contingent, Egyptrixx (a.k.a. David Psutka) has followed up his ambitious 2011 debut album, Bible Eyes, with the equally inventive A/B Til Infinity. Psutka's work as Egyptrixx has always operated with a slightly unconventional approach to club music, but the woozy synths and atmospheric tendencies of his debut album nonethless complemented Night Slugs' dystopian, experimental reconfigurations of dance-music tropes. A/B Til Infinity largely moves things further away from the dancefloor, with nine tracks and very few kick drums to be found on any of them. Egyptrixx's excellently weird recent mix for Night Slugs' ongoing podcast series signaled the producer's interest in exploring noise and texture as elements on an equal footing with the rawest, most stripped-back club beats, and that tendency has held firm with A/B Til Infinity's multi-dimensional, surface-oriented techno. Read more »
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