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Download: Max McFerren "Woah Roles"

First Listen

New York-based DJ/producer Max McFerren recently released his "Hard Feeling" b/w "Tough Homme" record (artwork above) via Lamin Fofana's brand-new label, Sci-Fi & Fantasy. Though not featured on the record, "Woah Roles" recalls the kind of bouncy, old-school sounds that aptly sum up the vibe of the newcomer's two-track release. Bright, snappy drums are propelled by classic piano stabs and shuffling percussion as the tune slowly but surely climaxes with an acid-leaning bassline that will surely stoke any house-inclined dancefloor. You can listen to both of the equally vintage-sounding tracks from McFerren's 12" after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.2 (61 votes)
 
 

Review: Michael Mayer Mantasy

Label: Kompakt

Michael Mayer's second album, Mantasy, is "a tribute to history's great explorers, to characters obsessed with an idea, to totally wrong conceptions of the world." It's a bold concept that Mayer attempts to embody by filtering an eccentric sprawl of ideas through a diverse array of instrumentation and electronic-music stylings. Occasionally, things are knitted together to strike gold, as they are on playful dancefloor lament "Good Times." However, more often than not, the tracks become shrouded in egotism and over-production and amount to little more than posturing. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 10/22/2012

Download: Freddy Fresh "Years Back"

First Listen
Label: Ear Wiggle

It's been a while since we've seen the name of veteran DJ/producer and Howlin Records owner Freddy Fresh, but he's apparently set to release a collaborative record with fellow Minnesotan electro/techno maestro Paul Birken. The seasoned pair has concocted two tracks together and one original production each to make up the four-track Midwest Whippersnappers EP. Digging deep into their roots of classic and extreme sounds, the record is an acid-fueled, analog time trip that includes Freddy Fresh's "Years Back," a cut which aptly sums up the upcoming EP with its hypnotic bassline propelled by the classic Amen break, delicate pads, and plenty of laser FX. You can check out more of Midwest Whippersnappers before it drops on November 26 via Ear Wiggle, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 6.7 (39 votes)
 
 

Review: Rachael You're Driving Me

Label: Idle Hands

Since its debut in 2009, Chris Farrell's Idle Hands—now a shop as well as a label—has become a hub of Bristol's scene. Although Farrell has pulled producers from far afield (Kevin McPhee, for example, is from Toronto), the majority of its releases draw on a broken, bassy template which, while referencing everything from jungle and steroidal grime to Detroit techno and slow, Workshop-style house, seems peculiar to the city. Scant information exists on its latest signing, local act Rachael. But You're Driving Me, the project's first EP, falls in line with the label's exploratory tendency. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 10/22/2012

The Lowdown - This Week's XLR8R Top 10

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 » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 10/19/2012

Body High to Take Over Next Boiler Room LA

Continuing with its series of North American events in New York and Los Angeles, UK live-music outpost Boiler Room has announced that its next SoCal jump off will be a full-on Body High extravaganza. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 10/19/2012

Download: Coppice Halifax "Cedar Mast II"

Many producers, like, say, Groundislava or Jonwayne, draw inspiration from video game consoles, but Coppice Halifax (a.k.a. Brian Grainger, Milieu, or the Analog Botanist, among other monikers) has taken it to the next level. The South Carolina native composed an EP made entirely from the original sounds of a Sega Dreamcast game console, which renders the tracks on Cedar Mast quiet, bubbling, delicate, and fluid. "Cedar Mast II," for example, builds on a pretty, acquatic melody and a minimal, shuffling rhythm, which makes for an overall soft and burbling track. The Cedar Mast EP will be unleashed as a limited-edition CD on Grainger's own label, Milieu, but you can grab the digital release for free via Spontaneous Rhythm, here

Average: 6.7 (54 votes)
 
 

MK and Lee Foss to Drop Collaborative EP

NY garage icon MK has teamed up with London DJ/producer and Hot Creations label head Lee Foss on a four-track EP set to drop via Foss' record hub. Read more » 

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  • 10/19/2012

Check Out a New Mix from Jackmaster

Glaswegian DJ/producer and Numbers co-owner Jackmaster has just released the third installment of his Tweak-a-holic mix series. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 10/19/2012

Download: Jack Fell Down "King of Clubs"

After releasing records with labels like DFA and Exploited, elusive deep-house pair Jack Fell Down is back on Southern Fried with the Either Way EP. For such a casual title, the London outfit's tunes are rather solid and serious, picking up right where the vibe of its first record for Southern Fried left off. Specifically, lead cut "Kings of Clubs" is a jacking, 808-driven tune that slowly matures throughout the duration of the song with its swelling synths, intoxicating vocal clips, and soft pads. If the music catches your ear, make sure to stream snippets of the rest of Jack Fell Down's new record, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 6.9 (52 votes)
 
 

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