Recent years have seen dubstep largely leave behind its modest beginnings while growing into a commercial and global force, but XLR8R hasn't forgotten the music's early days, a time when just a handful of producers were turning out speaker-rattling tunes and altering the UK landscape. Pinch (a.k.a. Rob Ellis) was one of those artists; between his own production work and role as founder of the Tectonic imprint, it's fair to say that dubstep wouldn't have been quite the same without his input. Earlier this week, the Bristol-based beatmaker released MIA: 2006-2010, a collection of rare and hard-to-find tracks. Given that the record found him looking back through his past, we figured now would be the perfect time to enlist Pinch for our High Five series. The veteran producer was more than happy to comply, and picked out five of his favorite old-school dubstep classics. The twist? None of these tunes actually saw an official release. Read more »
If you're anything like us, you could always use more Hackman (pictured above) in your life. Even with the string of collaborative EPs that the UK prodcuer has appeared on over the past few months, Hackman has had a bit of a quiet 2012 (especially when you consider the roll he was on just a year before), and that once rumored debut LP of his doesn't really seem to be "forthcoming" any longer. All of this has left us still fiending for new material, even if it comes in the form of a remix for an anthemic indie outfit like The 1975—and especially when it shows Hackman somehow chizzling an angst-filled modern rock tune into a slick, rolling package complete with those thick pads and gorgeous melodies that he does so well.
For those who have followed Gerry Read's string of exceptional 12"s over the past two years, his debut LP will sound familiar. On Jummy, there are no evolutionary surprises to be heard from the young producer, as his uniquely soulful and sloppy take on house music is displayed largely unaltered over almost an hour's worth of tunes. Fortunately, this all works in Read's favor, allowing his production style to show a considerable depth while proving to be just as alluring when presented in the long-player format. Read more »
West Coast producer G Jones (pictured above) dropped a record rife with explorations from the headnod-worthy side of bass music just a few months back, calling it Mirage and releasing it via the Saturate imprint. Now, the budding beatsmith has offered up an exclusive collaborative track, the glowing "Blue Dream," to show off his knack for skittering drums, thick basslines, and dense synthscapes, all of which he crafted with fellow budding beatmaker Grimblee.
George FitzGerald's Needs You EP is another solid entry in the London producer's blossoming discography. Since 2010, he's been cranking out an infectious brand of deep, bass-heavy house that tends to stick to the brain like threads of cotton candy to wet fingers—it only takes one listen to get the "Ooh baby/Like a child" vocal sample from "Child" or the uplifting rave chords on "Feel Like" stuck in one's head. Needs You adds two fresh originals to FitzGerald's growing collection of hooky singles and EPs, and comes packaged with an effective remix by Deetron. Read more »
The latest subject of Tiger Beer's ongoing Hidden Depths video series is the legendary UK radio station Rinse FM, represented here by three of its own jocks/artists—Brackles (pictured above), Trim, and FazeMiyake—who each give a bit of insight into how they ended up in the Rinse fold and what exactly the station has meant to them over the years. Read more »
The London-based blog-turned-label Sonic Router is gearing up to release its third record, an offering which will arrive on February 4 in the form of Hav Lyfe's 10-track, self-titled LP (artwork above). "Aztek" is a bonus cut from the mysterious producer's forthcoming debut; the song juxtaposes twinkling keys with groaning low end and creeping strings. As drum hits start to loosen and ramble throughout the mix, Hav Lyfe's production gradually coalesces into valleys of bass.
When Ableton officially announced its plans to release the next generation of Live (not to mention the company's first hardware controller, Push) last month, one of the most alluring new features of the software was its ability to turn raw audio into MIDI data. Now, a video has surfaced previewing in detail Ableton 9's ability to convert rhythmic and melodic audio into MIDI. Read more »
An interesting video interview surfaced today, in which Jets' Jimmy Edgar and Travis Stewart (a.k.a. Machinedrum, pictured above) talk about the inevitability of their namesake, how each of the producers are perfectionists on opposite extremes, and how that influenced the sounds on their recently released self-titled EP for Leisure System. Read more »
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