The term "Ultimate Rave Mix"—which comes tacked onto the end of this rework—likely means different things to different people. Here, Berlin producer Max Graef (pictured above) and Danish duo Muff Deep (who, by the way, is an early favorite for taking 2013's "worst-named outfit" award) have turned their originally mellow and jazzy "Am Fenster" into a jacking piece of house—complete with jumpy chords, acid leads, and kicks and snares that just won't quit. Basically, we'd be happy to be in attendance for the "ultimate rave" where this one gets thrown down. The aforementioned original version of "Am Fenster" serves as the title track to up-and-comer Max Graef's latest EP, which is out now via Tartelet.
The somewhat anonymous producer Marquis Hawkes had yet to reach the pages of XLR8R until today. Still, we certianly admire the man's debut and sophomore EPs—which appeared last year via Glagow's Dixon Avenue Basement Jams—from afar, and now with his third record set to appear in the coming months, we thought it was about time to introduce Hawkes into the XLR8R fold. And what better way to do just that than with his adventurous, house-heavy mix for Juno Plus? Read more »
London bass specialists Dusk & Blackdown have announced they will soon release a compilation highlighting the likes of Visionist, Epoch, and Wen, among other signees of their Keysound imprint. Read more »
Brighton-based producer Alphabets Heaven sent over "Fornia," a cut from his forthcoming Siamese Burn EP for Canadian outpost King Deluxe. The tune opens with some keyboard flourishes before diving into a grinding rhythm marked by deep synth chords, wavering oscillations, and a steadfast, mid-tempo beat. The addition of bloopy FX makes Alphabets Heaven's production sound fit for a night spent entrenched in retro video games, or maybe just a pixelated joy ride through space. Look out for the rest of the Siamese Burn EP when it drops on March 18.
We've got to hand it to FaltyDL, the guy has started 2013 with a serious bang. After teasing his XLR8R Pick'd Hardcourage LP with top-notch singles and remixes from the likes of Four Tet, he, of course, releases the album to rave reviews, contributes to our High Five feature series, and shares another remix from Gang Gang Dance. And it seems the tunes will just keep coming, as 3024 label boss Martyn (pictured above) has just issued his version of FaltyDL's "She Sleeps" single. Read more »
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