"At the end of the day, there's no instruction manual. We don't have any answers." So states Christina Wheeler during her mind-bending spoken-word performance halfway through Codes and Metaphors 2, the latest offering from Black Jazz Consortium (a.k.a. Fred Peterkin a.k.a. Fred P.). The song she's speaking over is called "Be and Not Know," a title whose indeterminacy seems to speak to the same philosophical stance Peterkin hinted at during an interview with Little White Earbuds three years ago when he said, "I don't particularly have a theory for making music. Maybe that is my theory." There's probably something to that, as this four-track outing feels like the work of someone who has naturally, but not intentionally, managed to find new dimensions in a musical form that's almost 30 years old. Read more »
Manchester's Synkro jumped on remix duty for "So Bad," a new track from Robot Koch's Robots Don't Sleep project—the results of which are as solid as one would expect from an artist who showed up twice in our list of the Top 100 Downloads of 2012. John LaMonica's sultry vocals, which featured prominently on Robot Koch's The Other Side LP, enjoy the spotlight in the original version of "So Bad," and while they still have a place in Synkro's dub remix, he's taken the R&B-indebted anthem down a notch; washed-out, trimmed-back vocals float atop of a velvet-smooth synthline while more clubby sounds bounce around in the upper registers. Look for more remixes from the likes Creep and Sun Glitters to appear with the rest of Robots Don't Sleep's self-titled EP when it drops on January 13 via Four Music.
Yesterday, Mite dropped his "Pop" b/w "Time Stamp" single (artwork above) via the Party Guy label, and has sent over a bonus track which he produced with Broodlings, called "303 Tricks," to celebrate. The powerful bassline drives the pair's song, while other house elements—like an incoherent vocal clip, classic snare sounds, and pattering hand drums—support the hulking low end. After giving "303 Tricks" your undivided attention, you can also listen to Mite's new single after the jump. Read more »
Securing an even bigger foothold at the crossroads of techno and pop, Berlin-based Italian duo Tale of Us returns to Life and Death for the Roman imprint's latest offering. Lead track "Fresh Water" laces the staccato bounce of a rapid-fire bassline with sparsely placed and heavily truncated hints of acid. The smooth, poetic delivery of fellow Berliners The/Das verges on spoken word, as lead member Fabian Fenk injects the track's choppy sturm und drang with brooding emotion and fluidity. Slow and steady, "Fresh Water" heats up to a boil of teetering strings, gurgling bass, and dramatic snare rolls, only to let it all go and settle down before a second movement. Ratcheting things up again, hi-hats click and dark synths drone, heightening the intensity ahead of Fenk's farewell—a breathy series of vocal riffs that fade and echo away as the track drifts into its final moments. Tale of Us partners Matteo Milleri and Carmine "Karm" Conte often speak of instilling a deeper musicality into their productions without sacrificing dancefloor appeal in the process, and the mix of urgency, energy, and soul noir on "Fresh Water" faithfully communicates that; it's a sentiment expressed across the entire EP. Read more »
Not unlike his recent video for the excellent, XLR8R Pick'd "Straight & Arrow" single, New York house artist FaltyDL's playful clip for "She Sleeps," a tune lifted from his forthcoming Hardcourage LP (out January 22 via Ninja Tune), focuses on the movements of an array of appendages. Read more »
Last week, we informed XLR8R readers of a forthcoming collection of Kingdom-made VIPs set to arrive via the Fade to Mind label, and now, the nine-track effort is available to stream in full. Read more »
Aukland-based producers Sable and Forest Spirits have teamed up for the whimsical track "Take Care," a production taken from their collaborative EP Carpooling. The melancholy tune evokes the mood of a foggy, country drive with its heavy reliance on bleary-eyed ambient textures and subdued bass patterns. Sable, who last appeared on XLR8R nearly two years ago, has favorably refocused his sound from club-ready sonics to more headphone-friendly material. You can stream and download the rest of the Carpooling EP for free, after the jump. Read more »
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