As we reported in August, Irish pair Lakker has just let loose its second EP for Belgium's iconic R&S label. Now the duo has shared a new video for EP standout "Mountain Divide," a track which finds Lakker in mesmeric, undulating form, with huge sheets of celestial noise washing over urgent but muffled beats throughout its eight-minute duration. Read more »
London resident Alexander Hislop certainly keeps himself busy—the man oversees the GETME! label, helms a regular show on NTS Radio, and produces tracks under the name Lixo. His latest tune, "Makes Me," comes ahead of a Lixo EP which is currently in the works and likely to land sometime next year. A bulbous production, "Makes Me" is built atop a procession of choppy rhythms, the track's thick snares, precisely tuned kicks, and crisp bits of drum-machine percussion serving as the bed to an array of manipulated vocal chops and gritty chord stabs.
Here at XLR8R, we have never been shy about our admiration for the work of Patrick Cowley, the pioneering disco producer credited with developing the hi-NRG sound that defined San Francisco's gay-disco scene of the late '70s and early '80s. Now, following last year's School Daze collection of unearthed Cowley gems, SF-based labels Dark Entries (the subject of a recent Get Familiar piece) and HNYTRX have again combined forces to bring a number of the late disco artist's lost tracks to life, with plans to reissue Cowley's and Jorge Socarras' collaborative Catholic LP next month. Read more »
Next week, Munich-based producer Mathias Schober (a.k.a. Show-B) will debut on Ian Pooley's Pooledmusic imprint with the three-track Arps EP, and ahead of its release, Schober has turned in a dub of the record's title track. In its stripped-down version, "Arps to Heaven" is a lean dancefloor tool, one which peels back the original tune's arpeggiated layers and focuses in on the track's bottom-heavy roll and precise rhythmic details. Schober's latest outing as Show-B will officially land in vinyl form on October 20 and in digital form on November 3; in the meantime, the forthcoming Arps EP can be previewed after the jump. Read more »
All week long, XLR8R is presenting its annual focus on Labels We Love. Click here to check out the rest of the series.
Without question, Labels We Love is one of our favorite annual activities here at XLR8R, as the series gives us a chance to recognize some of the top imprints from around the globe. At the same time, putting together Labels We Love is always something of a stressful process, as we can only go deep with a few imprints. The fact is, there are so many quality labels out there that featuring them all, especially in any kind of comprehensive fashion, would be impossible. Still, we want to make sure that we at least shine a small light on those imprints we feel have been particularly interesting over the past year, which is why we've once again assembled this list. We've written a little bit about 10 of our favorite label outposts, and have also taken the time to highlight five newer labels whose impressive initial runs have assured us that they'll be worth watching in the year ahead. Admittedly, these blurbs don't tell the whole story, but we're hoping they'll at least compel readers to take a closer look at what we think are some of the best imprints in the game. Read more »
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