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Download: Cloaka & Boxwork "Toppin' Up"

Label: Mad Tech

"Toppin' Up" from London producers Cloaka and Boxwork opens with a dark and industrial vibe, but just before the one-minute mark, a playful voice instructs, "Somebody in the house say 'hell yeah'!" It's at this point that an elaborate rhythm drives the tune forward, moving ever closer into happy-rave territory by way of a full percussive spectrum—including all manners of drums, snaps, claps, and shakers. The bright MC returns every now and then, at times reminding us to "check this out," seemingly pointing to the complexity and diversity of the drumwork. To be sure, the broken beats and mechanically groaning synths seem to prevail, making "Toppin' Up" a nice fit for MadTech's ongoing series of free singles. 

Average: 7.3 (57 votes)
 
 

Watch a New Video from Flying Lotus

Los Angeles producer Flying Lotus is undoubtedly a film buff, and the time, attention, and care put into his music's visual accompaniments seems to prove this point even more than the frequent chatter of his Twitter profile. As such, it's no surprise that his latest piece, a cinematic clip for Until the Quiet Comes standout "Tiny Tortures," features Elijah Wood in a flashy and well-executed bit of sci-fi. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/29/2012

Hi, Doctor Nick! - Knowing What's Good and Playing the Social Game

Obviously, XLR8R isn't the only place on the web devoted to electronic music. However, we are the only spot where readers can get a weekly dose of street knowledge from Nick Hook. Every Thursday, the good doctor doles out wisdom about music, DJing, production, fashion, traveling, romance, and more. If you need help from Doctor Nick, drop him a line at doctornick@xlr8r.com. Otherwise, read on and see what the man has to say this week.

Yo. It's the end of the third month.

Keep the emails coming, but yo, please, don't send attachments, especially like 10 of them in one email—unless you send like 10 bucks with it so I can keep my Gmail storage nice. Read more » 

Download: Kashii "Bosky"

First Listen

The London label/party/music hub Audio Doughnuts is set to celebrate its second anniversary this Friday with a star-studded cast (which includes MK, Zed Bias, Sinjin Hawke, Salva, Leon Vynehall, and Ossie, to name a few), and has passed along the slick "Bosky" from hometown producer and MadTech affiliate Kashii—another of the night's performers—to help spread the word. The full-bodied house tune comes complete with thick low-end, luscious chords, and just the slightest hint of shuffle, making it an appropriate preview for what the Audio Doughnuts night is likely to be full of: damn fine dance music.  

Average: 7 (45 votes)
 
 

Review: Various Artists Ouroboros

Pick

In mythology and religion, the ouroboros—a depiction of a serpent or dragon eating its own tail—represents a number of things, notably unity and the idea of self-reflexivity. However, this ancient symbol is perhaps best known for its connotations of cyclicality, or, more specifically, the idea that something is constantly evolving and recreating itself. That's exactly what Lazer Sword's Low Limit wanted to convey when he curated Ouroboros, a 10-track compilation of artists united by what the album's press materials refer to as, "an appreciation for both old and new incarnations of dance music" and dropped via the LA-based Innovative Leisure label. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 11/29/2012

Video: My Panda Shall Fly & Will Ward "British Princess"



My Panda Shall Fly and Will Ward have shared the video for "British Princess," a dark and dubby cut lifted from the duo's three-track EP for fledgling label XVI. Read more » 

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  • 11/29/2012

Download: Maru "Alpina (Wolf Cub Remix)"

First Listen

Leeds-based DJ/producer and Transmission Collective affiliate Maru is set to release his Porta Alpina EP, which also features remixes from fellow collective members Kahwe and Wolf Cub. Featured here, Wolf Cub's version of "Alpina" doesn't stray too far from the original. It's a slightly punchier mix with synthetic strings and a stronger emphasis on the acid-leaning bassline, helping make for a tune that's sure to fit into any deep, jackin' house set. You can stream the rest of the forthcoming record's tunes before they drop on December 3, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.2 (43 votes)
 
 

Review: Ossie Ignore EP

Label: Hyperdub

The East London-based Ossie hasn't been the most prolific producer over the past two years, but when he does release tracks, he sure makes them count. With last year's "Tarantula" and "Set the Tone"—his biggest tracks to date—Ossie has established himself as an artist concerned with little else than the dancefloor, and Ignore again proves that his neon-touched synths and breaking snares and claps make for some of the most fun and infectious dance music coming from the UK at the moment. Read more » 

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  • 11/29/2012

Video Premiere: Forma "Off"



While bit-crushed found footage and spiralling assemblages of decades-old video are no new sights in the realm of music videos, this collage (or, according to its creator, "video mulch") put together by Luke Wyatt is appropriately fitting for the synth-obsessed exploratins of Brooklyn trio Forma. Taken from the outfit's recent Off/On LP for Spectrm Spools (an imprint we recently highlighted in our Labels We Like list), "Off" is a proper introduction to the heavenly, quasi-new age tracks Forma does so well—and now with an appropriately psychedelic video to boot. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/28/2012

DJ Q Pays Tribute to Todd Edwards with New Mix

UK garage and bassline patron DJ Q, who recently created a phenomenal mix for RBMA Radio just two weeks ago, is back with another hard-hitter. What's more, this 24-track DJ set was crafted entirely as a tribute to New Jersey garage icon Todd Edwards. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/28/2012

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