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 »
Seattle's Chris Roman has a discography stretching back to 2002, but only in the last few years has he truly come into his own. He's spread his productions as 214 and J. Alvarez across a variety of labels, seemingly releasing every record for a new company. This nomadism should not imply that Roman is a dilettante, however. He's forged a take on electro that's both flexible and tough as nails, and that list of labels is a testament to the various pockets his sound slots into. That said, Submanoevers finds him returning to Frustrated Funk after a turn for its Harbour City Sorrow sub-label last year, and the EP's four tracks sit comfortably in its catalog. Read more »
Toronto producer Bassmynt (a.k.a. Jeff-Antoine Cote) is set to release his Blind Night EP via Aufect. Ahead of the two-track release, we bring you "Keep It Pretty," the darkly futuristic b-side that leans on a variety of genres yet settles on none. The tune opens up with airy, cinematic pads and soon falls into an almost dub-sounding break with window-shattering subs and chilling, reverb-drenched snares, over which Cote's skittering beat and lead synths lightly dance. Before Bassmynt's Blind Night EP drops on October 16, you can stream the remaining a-side after the jump. Read more »
Later this month, veteran beatmaker Photek (a.k.a. Rupert Parkes) will be releasing a new album, KU:PALM (artwork above). Although the name Photek will likely always be primarily associated with jungle and drum & bass, the man's sound has gone through several permutations during his nearly 20 years as a producer. And If the new song he's offered up for free download today is any indication, that evolution is still ongoing. Read more »
The London duo Mak & Pasteman is gearing up for a gig at the Upfront Project on October 26, and it looks like the two UK producers have been working on some new dancefloor-ready cuts in preparation, as the pair sent over this edit of Cassie's practically timeless "Me & U." Equipping the sultry tune with a 2-step beat and speeding up the pointed melody, Mak & Pasteman offers its own take on the well-worn R&B refix game. The pair's work is well-executed, too, and successfully revives the pop burner with an infusion of fresh hand drum sounds and big, bouncing club rhythms.
Keeping tabs on Zomby is no easy task, even though the mysterious UK producer is constantly communicating with the world via Twitter. (If anything, the onslaught of 140-character missives only adds to the confusion.) That said, the sharp-eyed folks at FACT have slogged through his online stream of consciousness and unearthed a few gems, including a brand-new track. Read more »
Marley Carroll has just released his latest tune, "Woodwork," as a pay-what-you-like download on his Bandcamp. The tune presents a fresh perspective on the realm of bass music, as it begins with a percussive-driven chant of ambiguous origin before suddenly—though smoothly—transitioning into an eerie dubstep-leaning groove. Percussion flutters in the background while spacey, metallic pads envelop the beat, which gradually and continually slows down until it comes to a standstill. Carroll explains the progression of this unique track, saying "[it] was initially going to be a one-off, something to be released as a casual bonus track for people who bought the new, limited-edition print that just came out, but over time, it became much more. I became deeply invested in the song, and now I think it stands alone as a single."
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After last week's flurry of developments in the realm of digital DJing, things slow down a bit this week, giving us just enough time to take a closer look at Marc Kinchen's art of remixing and catch up on a handful of production-related developments. Read more »
Seeing as how we've got some some unreleased jams, exclusive premieres, free downloads, lengthy DJ mixes, and more from top-shelf talent like Madlib, Hercules & Love Affair, Guy Andrews, Artifact, Simian Mobile Disco, Johnny Jewel, Pachanga Boys, Blanck Mass, and others, today's edition of Press Play is simply one you can't afford to miss. Read more »
Belgian producer Locked Groove (a.k.a. Tim Van de Meutter) just sent over a track he's been working on, offering to our readers as an exclusive one-off. It's a bit out of the blue, but we don't really need an occasion to post a Locked Groove tune—this one in particular, "Affinity," is reason enough in and of itself. Van de Meutter's production showcases many of the strengths found in his previous work: "Affinity" opens with some pounding, barebones techno and eventually sinks into softer moments of whirring synths and effervescent basslines, with some faraway and soulful female vocals thrown in for good measure.
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