Tim Sweeney Preps Beats in Space Anniversary Compilation featuring Barnt, Galcher Lustwerk, and More
Tim Sweeney's long-running radio show, Beats in Space, is nearing its 15th anniversary, and to mark the occasion, the NYC-based host and DJ will deliver a two-disc compilation later this fall. Read more »
A longtime Spanish DJ who recently relocated to London, Blastto will close out Heka Trax's free summer EP series with his Windows/Point Aeri outing. Launched in July with an EP from Lee Carvallo, the series from the Nightwave-helmed label has aimed to introduce up-and-coming artists within the producer's circle by offering small helpings of their work. Though he's spent the better part of a decade behind the tables, Blastto is somewhat new to production, though one may not necessarily glean that from a listen to "Windows," his new EP's lead track. A weighted club affair, "Windows" focuses on its rhythmic content, splicing brief vocal samples and sharp synth stabs between its array of bulbous kicks, crunchy snares, and fast-paced hats. Out now, Blassto's Windows/Point Aeri EP can be streamed in full after the jump, and grabbed for free here. Read more »
Real Talk: Anenon on Live Performance, Authenticity, and Being an Experimental Artist in an Increasingly Techno World
'Real Talk' is a series of artist-penned essays that appears on XLR8R from time to time, and our latest installment features LA producer Anenon (a.k.a. Brian Allen Simon). A few days after the release of his second LP, 'Sagrada,' via his own Non Projects label, Simon has put together some thoughts regarding the importance of performing live, and touches upon the increasing difficulty of securing solid shows.
There is not much else in this world like taking part in a truly great live music performance. Playing an amazing set and feeling the energy of the room cannot be paralleled by any other experience—it's a true natural high that doesn't need to be aided by anything other than good sound and an unspoken connection between audience and performer. During all of my best shows, there has been a sort of mutual and reciprocal trust that formed from the first note played. The audience accepted that they were along for the ride and I felt the power to take them wherever the sound took me. There was no doubt on either side. Nowadays, these experiences are beginning to feel few and far between. Read more »
Next month Glasgow producer James Johnston will issue his From the Gutter to the Stars EP via fresh NYC label You Are Hear. Featured alongside Johnston's slow-burning original on the EP—which will serve as the imprint's third release—will be a total of 7 remixes including one from Deepblak label head Aybee as well as the rework featured here from Honor Among Thieves. On its remix, the self-proclaimed "mysterious music cult" twist the record's title track into a sparse-but-steady jaunt towards the spacier and more eccentric ends of disco-indebted electronics. Johnston's full From the Gutter to the Stars EP is set to land on October 6.
Between news of a forthcoming debut album and preceding single, Huxley has been a recurring face on XLR8R's pages recently. I Want You, the first single from the UK house stalwart's Blurred LP is set to drop on October 6, and in anticipation of its arrival, a remix from fellow Aus affiliate Youandewan has been made available to stream. Read more »
Announced earlier this month, the Bicep pair will release a new four-track EP in October. Ahead of the record's release, "super fuzzy, Italo-inspired thumper" EP cut "Poly Pineapple" is now streaming in full. Read more »
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