Nearly two years have passed since XLR8R published an extensive feature digging into the country's rapidly expanding electronic music scene. Since then, this growth has only intensified, and Russia's leading producers continue to knock on the door of more widespread recognition. Although the enormous nation is home to a countless number of talented producers, when it comes to beats and bass, there's little question that Pixelord (a.k.a. Alexey Devyanin) sits at the top of the list. He's previously released music via Leisure System, Error Broadcast, Car Crash Set, and Civil Music, and his stewardship of the Hyperboloid label has made the imprint into an essential hub for forward Russian sounds. On July 28, Pixelord's latest EP, Polygon Fane, will be issued via Infinite Machine, so the time felt right to invite Devyanin to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
Irish producer Reid is preparing to drop Fractures, a six-track EP which will find the artist weaving a few vocal collaborations into his wistful electronic efforts. Here we have one of Fractures' instrumental affairs; built around a punchy set of piano chords, "Singapore" laces its pulsing run with interlocked melodic layers, which weave between the producer's sharp and efficient drum programming. The result is somewhat reminiscent of Gold Panda's knack for melody-striped electronics, but where the Ghostly affiliate seems to favor dustier textures, Reid elects to finish off his tracks with a polished glow. The budding Dublin-based producer's Fractures EP is set to see its release on August 11.
Last month, the first announcement of New York's forthcoming Sustain-Release festival (a collaboration between NYC producer, and organizer of Brooklyn's Mutual Dreaming parties, Aurora Halal and longtime music writer and promoter Zara Wladawsky) arrived with word that Xosar, Joey Anderson, Blondes, and MGUN were all billed for the summer camp-style festival. Now, Sustain-Release has unveiled the second wave of artists slated to perform at the inaugural edition of the East Coast event. Read more »
Circle Traps is the combined effort of UK artists Jack Wyllie, Duncan Bellamy, and Will Ward. Together, the trio will release its third EP, Machine City, next month via the Lex label, from which the synth-led "What It Holds" comes to us. Appearing in the second half of the upcoming effort, the production is built around a driving drum machine and interweaving layers of thick arpeggio sequences, which are generously manipulated and bathed in FX as they twist throughout the tune's four-plus-minute run. The rest of Circle Traps' Machine City EP will be available when the five-track record sees its official release on July 28.
Billed as a "modern-day equivalent of the L.A. wrecking crew," the debut album from time-tested DJ and veteran sonic adventurer DJ Harvey's Wildest Dreams project can now be heard in full. Read more »
This dusty slice of house arrives courtesy of Seb Wildblood, a London producer and co-founder of the city's Church label. A bonus cut to Wildblood's upcoming Come Into My House EP (out August 11 via Church), "Hide the Pictures" places a simple guitar melody atop thick filtered chords and muffled party chatter. Spanning just over five minutes, "Hide the Pictures" is a subdued, bluesy affair, one which spends most of its run focusing on a murky undercurrent, allowing only a languid vocal chorus to sit above the stoney production.
UK producer Damon Kirkham is perhaps best known for his innovative collaboration with Al Green (a.k.a. Boddika) as Instra:mental, which coupled drum & bass with classic Detroit techno and electro. His subsequent solo productions as Jon Convex have seen release on outlets such as Nonplus and his own Convex Industries imprint, and his first release of 2014 is due out via French label Zone later this summer. Read more »
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