The last time we heard from Wolfey, the Vancouver-based producer was about to issue a meditative self-titled EP for the Hybridity imprint. Now, the burgeoning artist is set to reemerge with a new EP for Montreal's ASL Singles Club label, an outpost which has quietly assembled a noteworthy catalog with releases already this year from Prison Garde, Heartbeat(s), and Sleepyhead. Wolfey's five-track Habit EP will soon bring a handful of raw house cuts to the fold, all of which are said to have been "recorded using a few pieces of hardware in live continuous takes." One such effort is "Bittersweet," Habit's closing cut which again finds Wolfey dealing with meditative vibes while utilizing a more hardware-rooted sound than what we'd previously heard from the Canadian producer. Before Wolfey's new outing for ASL Singles Club lands on November 18, his recent mix for the label's mix series is also available to stream and download after the jump. Read more »
Cherished Amsterdam club, art space, and restaurant Trouw was always planned to be a temporary endeavour, and, as we reported late last year, Trouw will finally close its doors on January 3, 2015. To mark the occasion, the people behind the club have announced the forthcoming release of a commemorative book looking back at Trouw's six years of operations. Read more »
Though this year has seen much of Submerse's focus placed on his own original productions (the UK artist issued his debut LP, Slow Waves, via Project: Mooncircle back in July), the recent XLR8R podcast contributor has clearly not lost any of his abilities as a remixer in the process. Here, Submerse is tasked with reworking former US, now Japan-based beatmaker Repeat Pattern's "Half of Half," a track which originally appeared on his Counting Backwards EP for Tokyo's Moph label. As to be expected, in Submerse's hands the tune is shaped into a hazy mass of textured hip-hop, one lined with sparkling bell samples and kept steady by a spare-but-effective series of deep kicks, sharp snares, and detailed bits of percussion.
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Without question, 2014 has been a year of extreme ups and downs for Hyperdub, the London-based label headed up by Kode9 (a.k.a. Steve Goodman). On the one hand, the crew has tragically lost two of its most beloved members, footwork pioneer DJ Rashad and innovative MC The Spaceape. At the same time, Hyperdub has spent the bulk of the year celebrating its 10th anniversary, both with a lengthy run of label nights around the globe and an extensive four-part compilation series. Furthermore, the imprint's futuristic vision, which disregards traditional notions of genre while uniting seemingly disparate strains of bass-heavy soundsystem music from both sides of the Atlantic, has effectively become one of the most influential forces in the electronic sphere. As such, selecting Hyperdub for this year's Labels We Love was an easy choice to make. We asked Kode9 to help us look back on his label's legacy by selecting 10 tracks from the Hyperdub catalog—one from each year of its decade-long run—and explaining why they stick out in his memory. Read more »
Lando (a.k.a. Antaeus Roy) is an artist we've kept tabs on for quite some time, from his earliest output as a producer in San Francisco, to his time in New York, to his eventual landing in Berlin, where he's been installed for the past few years. Over that time, he's amassed an impressive discography, releasing music on labels like Numbers, Rush Hour, and Hotflush, but he's actually been rather quiet as of late, his most recent record coming via Icee Hot in late 2012. (In the interest of full disclosure, it should be noted that Icee Hot is run in part by XLR8R editor Shawn Reynaldo.) However, Lando's temporary silence will soon come to an end; last month, it was announced that he would be launching a new label, Myth Music, in tandem with fellow Berlin expat Baron Castle. Lando will be at the helm of the young imprint's first release, the I Can See It in You EP, which drops next week, so we figured now would be a good time to have him put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
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