London transplant Lokiboi will be issuing his offical debut solo EP, Late Reaction, next week via the growing Somethinksounds imprint. Before the four-track endeavor drops, the budding producer has passed along bonus cut "All Nighter"—a silky slice of house driven by piano stabs and laced with a slight shuffle—to help spread the word. In addition to offering up this download, Lokiboi has also provided XLR8R with a full stream of his forthcoming Late Reaction EP, one track from which features fellow London resident and Love Fever-darling Citizen on production duties. That effort, along with the rest of Lokiboi's EP, can be heard using the SoundCloud player included after the jump. Read more »
It's hard to tell exactly what the point of a commercial mix CD is in this day and age. Lower costs of travel and a proliferation of free, high-quality podcasts have caused the once important medium to lose much of its potency. Yet there remains a compelling aspect to certain lingering institutions, especially when it comes to the expression of a feeling or style particular to a geographic location. Of the existent labels still producing mix CDs, Ostgut Ton's Berghain and Panorama Bar series are certainly at or near the top. The steady trickle of releases issued by these two outposts over the years has acted as official dossiers for the current sound of Friedrichshain's dance mecca. Panorama Bar 05, the latest offering, is a consistently well-crafted snapshot of the dancefloor as presided over by long-time resident DJ Steffi. Read more »
Described as little other than a "production partnership," the mysterious Closer outfit are set to follow up its self-titled debut release with a new EP dropping on May 20 via the CLSR label—an imprint which has so far only issued music from Closer itself. With the utilitarian title of EP2, the release features four tracks of tightly produced deep house. Pulled from that forthcoming record is "What Have You Done To Us (Dub)," a tune which strips away the optimistic vocals showcased in the track's non-dub version, bringing the effort into purer club territory with its hard-hitting organ line and celestial string arrangement.
Much like last year's "Fat Controller" collaboration with Martin Dawson, "True South," the title track of the latest release from longstanding London producer Glimpse, is a swaggering house cut built around a chugging rhythm which makes an instant impression. Where the aforementioned 2012 tune built its hook around a heavyweight bass riff, however, "True South" grabs the listener's attention with a simplistically infectious beat constructed out of gigantic, brooding floor toms. It slowly ramps up into a churning, spartan groove, one fleshed out by minimal bass hits, no-nonsense drum-machine patterns, and a cocky spoken-word vocal goading the listener into dancefloor action. It's relatively bare-bones stuff, but there's a raw, almost primal drive at the heart of "Truth South" that leaves a lasting effect. Read more »
Mount Kimbie's sophomore LP, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, is a little less than two weeks away from seeing a release via Warp, and to help build the anticipation, the pair has shared a stream of King Krule-featuring album cut "You Took Your Time." Read more »
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