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Review: 2562 The New Today

Like many of his peers who first rose to prominence toward the end of the '00s, Dave Huismans hasn't made dubstep for a while now. Prior to 2010, his 2562 alias (he also produces as A Made Up Sound) was a vessel for music that was fast, agile, and rhythmically complex; moreover, his tracks had a lightness to them that seemed in opposition to most dubstep artists at the time, who, to varying degrees, applied reverb and sub-bass in thicker, sploshier strokes. That Huismans has retained the 2562 name in 2014 feels significant, because while he's abandoned the lung-busting 140 bpm tempos—like almost everyone else—his music has retained the bristly textures and smog-like atmospheres of his formative early output on Pinch's Tectonic imprint. Read more » 

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  • 10/27/2014

Deetron Readies Next Release for Character

Deetron (a.k.a. Sam Geiser) will helm the next release on his newly minted Character imprint. Read more » 

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  • 10/27/2014

Pachanga, Pantha du Prince, and a Japanese Drone Dance: 10 Reasons We Loved MUTEK.MX 2014

XLR8R goes to a lot of festivals throughout the year, and although we enjoy the majority of them, there's no denying that a select few get us a little more excited than the rest. For instance, MUTEK in Montreal is an event we've been attending—and generally loving—for as long as we can remember, but it's only in the past few years that the festival's Mexican arm, MUTEK.MX, has invited us to come down and check out its spin on things. Read more » 

Function Announces Retrospective 12"s and Compilation

Dave Sumner (a.k.a. Function) has revealed details of a retrospective compilation set to arrive in early 2015. Read more » 

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  • 10/27/2014

Download: Flore "Graved on Stone"

First Listen
Label: Polaar

A French artist with a number of years of DJing and producing under her belt, Flore will launch the Polaar label early next month with her own RITUAL Part 1 EP. Consisting of tracks extracted from her current Ritual live A/V show—which is said to question "the visceral relationship between art and the holy throughout history"—the crunchy "Graved on Stone" is set to close out the forthcoming three-track effort. Beginning with dubbed chord stabs and a series of static-laden hits, "Graved on Stone" spends little time before laying into its thick rhythms; composed of metallic booms and clangs, as well as a series of machine-rendered toms, the production ultimately reveals itself to be a precisely crafted piece of industrial-minded club music. Ahead of its release on November 4, Flore's upcoming RITUAL Part 1 EP can be streamed in full after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7 (44 votes)
 
 

Juju & Jordash Detail Latest Album for Dekmantel

Last week, Amsterdam duo Juju & Jordash let slip that a new album was on the way, dropping a 12" single and what looked like a hand-typed letter. Today, more complete details of the upcoming effort have come to light, which confirm that Clean-Cut—the pair's third full-length for Dekmantel—will see an official release next month. Read more » 

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  • 10/27/2014

Stream Chicago Jim's Upcoming LP for Lobster Theremin

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Highlighted as a label on the rise during our recent Labels We Love series, the young Lobster Theremin imprint will issue its first full-length effort later this week. Ahead of its release, the forthcoming double-LP from Chicago Jim can now be streamed in full. Read more » 

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  • 10/27/2014

The Lowdown: This Week's XLR8R Top 10 with Caribou, Todd Terje, Gerd Janson, 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 » 

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  • 10/24/2014

Hear Grouper's Upcoming 'Ruins' LP in Full

The forthcoming eight-track Ruins LP from Liz Harris (a.k.a. Grouper) is now available to stream in full. Read more » 

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  • 10/24/2014

Torn Hawk and Xosar Collaborate as Body Tools

Luke Wyatt (a.k.a. Torn Hawk) and Sheela Rahman (a.k.a. Xosar, pictured above) are two artists who certainly know how to keep themselves busy; Wyatt's forthcoming Let'’s Cry and Do Pushups at the Same Time’ LP is currently set to drop via Mexican Summer next month, which is also when Rahman's Immured EP is slated to arrive via Wyatt's own Valcrond Video label (to be followed by an eight-track Xosar record for Opal Tapes' vinyl series in the months to come). Somewhere amidst all this activity, Torn Hawk and Xosar found time to embark on an experimental collaborative project together they are calling Body Tools. Read more » 

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  • 10/24/2014

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