Last week, XLR8R once again headed to The Netherlands to partake in the annual Amsterdam Dance Event, better known simply as ADE. This was our fourth year in attendance, and at this point, it's difficult to explain just how big ADE has become. Unlike many of the events and festivals that XLR8R covers, ADE is not some niche event targeting a specific fragment of the electronic sphere. The Amsterdam Dance Event is a behemoth, an industry conference with a huge focus on the business of electronic music, which is why its daytime schedule offers up an extensive array of panels, workshops, lectures, and product demonstrations. (Meetings are also an essential piece of the puzzle, particularly for those looking to make deals and/or network.) Luckily for those in attendance, ADE also can be relied upon to present a wide variety of parties (something to the tune of 20 to 40 per night), a handful of which feature some pretty incredible line-ups. Over the course of five days and (very long) nights, we did our best to hit as many of these parties as possible, and jotted down a few notes along the way. Now that the festivities have come to a close, we wanted to share a few of our reflections after what proved to be a very intense week in Amsterdam. Read more »
Mood Hut—an imprint we recently highlighted as part of our Labels We Love series— associate Tanner Matt (a.k.a. Hashman Deejay) has been on a steady rise since the Future Times outpost released his debut 12", Tangerine, in January of this year. Now, the Vancouver artist is set to release his debut album, Sandopolis, via the DC-based imprint next month. Read more »
The Wrong Island imprint has been in operation for just over a year, releasing cozy electronic outings from artists such as Automatic Tasty, M|O|O|N, and—starting tomorrow—Line Idle (a.k.a. Aleks Jurczyk, the resident synth specialist at Glasgow's Rubadub shop). Before his Woodblocks EP lands, the label has passed along this remix of the effort's title track from Automatic Tasty who, in his own words, is said to have "smushed" the track up, running the tune's percolating sound bites through "tape delays, then recorded to reel-to-reel, and back through tape delay." Reportedly, Automatic Tasty also sneaks in bits of 808, 101, and Juno underneath as well. The rework—which origianlly came to us with the lengthy official title "Automatic Tasty's Entirely Quite Useless at Chopping Logs Mix"—can be grabbed below, while Line Idle's upcoming Woodblocks EP is available to preivew after the jump before it lands in both vinyl and digital forms tomorrow. Read more »
In its 20-plus-year career, Scottish production duo Slam has done a lot. After playing an integral role in the development of Glasgow's underground house scene of the late '80s, Slam has been behind a consistent string of quality releases that continuously found the pair keen to explore the ever-evolving corners of house and techno throughout the past two decades. 2014 has hardly seen Slam let up, with the pair set to return to its own Soma label with Reverse Proceed, a 14-track album that can now be streamed in full on XLR8R ahead of its release next week. Read 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 »
Dutch synth specialist Legowelt and Brooklyn DJ/producer Willie Burns have let loose the first episode of Relics of the Past, a peculiar online TV series which sees the two artists starring in and providing the show's soundtrack. Read more »
For the final MP3 to appear in our Downloads section this week, we're taking a bit of a left turn in order to dive into some refracted tape manipulations from Night & Tickets. Though we don't know much about the outfit—other than that it hails from Vladivostok, Russia—we do know Night & Tickets' Actually I Really Hate Summer cassette will serve as one of four tapes to appear in the Constellation Tatsu label's "Fall Batch" of releases (all out on November 1). Featured here, "August Morning in My City" finds Night & Tickets slowly bringing together a collection of glowing textures, lined with heavy layers of hiss and noise, and constantly manipulated through any number of electronic devices. A collage of disparate samples and ever-morphing synth tones, the track does sneak in a handful of drum breaks throughout its run, which giving production a sense of forward momentum as Night & Tickets continues to add to its (somewhat surprisingly) warm and inviting sonic construction.
The Boston duo of John Barera and Soren Jahan (known together as B-Tracks) has announced plans to drop a new four-track EP, Work It Out, later this month. The release will be the first on new Berlin label Regular Expression, and deals in the same kind of airy, sweeping house that's characterized B-Tracks' previous outings to date. Read more »
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