NYC producer Slam Skillet first appeared on our radar late last month, when the budding talent offered up his club-minded "Impala" production for free download. Now, Slam Skillet returns to XLR8R with "Keratin," a sci-fi cut from his upcoming Linear Motif EP (artwork above), which drops on July 28 via the Ounce. digital label. Bolstered by space-age percussion, "Keratin" offers a bevy of futuristic synth tones, which come lined with just a touch of funk, helping the tune find an intriguing balance between dancefloor readiness and adventurous sonic exploration.
The first edition of the Gem Drops compilation appeared in 2011, an extension of the Portland-based Dropping Gems crew, who tapped an impressive network of beat savvy friends and cohorts to contribute to the digital compilation. Three years on, the North West collective is set to drop the fourth edition of its annual comp, next week offering exclusive new tracks from The Range, Pixelord, Natasha Kmeto, Anenon, Marley Carroll, Devonwho, and others. Read more »
All week long, XLR8R will be taking a closer look at some of our favorite record shops from around the globe. Check out the entire 'Record Store Week' series here.
Following several days of our own selections, we figured that it was only right to close out this year's Record Store Week by letting a few other people weigh in with their favorite haunts. In that spirit, we've enlisted some artists that have appeared regularly on XLR8R in recent years—Pearson Sound, Matias Aguayo, Leon Vynehall, and Gerd—to tell us about their top spots to do some digging and fatten up their record collections. Read more »
Aashton is a burgeoning artist who has placed a number of quality tunes in our Downloads section in recent months. Now, the UK producer has elected to give away two tracks via a new digital EP, one of which is "I've Had Enough." Steeped in soulful chords, "I've Had Enough" is a sharp piece of low-swung club music which utilizes a good deal of playful percussion, tasteful vocal chops, juicy piano stabs, and a precise bassline during the course of its run. While this selection from Aashton's free EP can be download below, the tune's virtual flipside counterpart, "Status Ain't Crooked," can be heard after the jump. Read more »
San Francisco-born, formerly New Orleans, and now New York-based producer Jim-E Stack (a.k.a. James Harmon Stack) is set to drop his debut LP, Tell Me I Belong, next week via Innovative Leisure. In anticipation of the 10-track record's release, the upcoming album can now be streamed in full. Read more »
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