"Silent Escape," a tune crafted by Dødpop co-founder Beatbully, is something of a bait and switch, as it presents one thing to the listener before suddenly shifting gears and taking off in another direction. The skweee stalwart begins his track with rapid heartbeat kicks, but then the snares take things back 10 years into trip-hop. Beatbully makes solid use of the sinister synths that circle the percussion in the background, occasionally dropping everything out and leaving only a distant hum, or to great effect, dead silence. In short, "Silent Escape" is a track laden with details that slowly come out over multiple listens. The song is featured on the freshly released Dødpop Vol. 3 (artwork above), which also features cuts from Stones Throw pillars Baron Zen and Tekblaser, fellow skweee heads Randy Barracuda and Melkeveien, and more.
As Surgeon, Anthony Child has been active in the UK techno scene for nearly 20 years, but he's finding a newfound relevance as listeners look back to "industrial techno"'s first wave. His work has always tended, naturally, toward the clinically precise, counterbalancing the sheer power of his raw textures and 10-ton rhythms. Read more »
Berlin-based producer Marquis Hawkes announced himself last year with Cabrini Green, an EP which, if the title didn't give it away, depicted an artist deeply influenced by Chicago's house legacy—particularly mid-to-late '90s ghetto house. Tracks like "Marvin," however, with its slow-burning, filter-laden groove, were a little more considered than most ghetto house, a genre that usually succeeds on bluntness. Higher Forces at Work, his follow-up EP, confirms the producer has talents beyond simple throwbacks. 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 »
Following the release of his amibitous audio/visual album endeavor from last year, entitled Jaswawaj, Dutch producer Marsman has enlisted a group of friends and fellow Netherlands-based tunesmiths to rework that record's tracks into new forms. Here, we have Julien Mier's take on "Triangular," a remix which somehow makes sense out of a seemingly neverending supply of melodic elements, placing just a hint of boom-bap underneath an array of heavenly pads and bell-like percussion sounds. Mier's is only one of 10 reworks offered on the simply titled Marsman Remix EP (artwork above), which can be purchased as early as March 2 via Lomechanik's Bandcamp, and streamed in its entirety after the jump. Read more »
Parisian beatmaker Surkin is a veteran with a litany of releases under his belt, both for former home Institutes and his own label Marble, co-founded alongside Bobmo and Para One. Still, it's been more than a year and a half since his last original offering, but that's about to change with the impending release of Advanced Entertainment System. Read more »
Following its announcement of the Kompakt 20 Jahre Kollection, the seminal Kompakt label has continued to roll out new goodies for its 20-year anniversary. Today, the imprint offered up a free track from two of its founding pillars, brothers Reinhold and Wolfgang Voigt, and also announced that the latter will soon be resurrecting his old Mike Ink alias. Read more »
Coming from a handle like Kryptic Minds, one is likely to expect productions that are dark and maybe even a bit sinister. Fortunately, the pair of UK veterans operating under that namesake has been delivering just that for over a decade now, and is set to add another batch of such tunes to its run on the forthcoming—okay, bit of a curveball here—Namaste EP, out March 25 via the Osiris label. "Varia" is a non-EP track, but it nonetheless showcases Kryptic Minds' prowess within the realm of cavernous textures, which come here enhanced by understated percussion patterns and the type of swallowing low end that only those who were around during dubstep's original heyday seem to be able to conjure up anymore.
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