Last week, we unveiled the list of our most popular downloads of 2012, with UK talent Maya Jane Coles taking the top spot with her smoky rework of "Lost and Found" by soul-folk singer Lianne La Havas. Its success bodes especially well for Coles because her latest EP, Easier to Hide, takes a similarly sensual and slow-burning approach to four-on-the-floor rhythms. The record features four tracks of smoldering, luscious, and vocal-driven deep house—only this time, the singing comes from Coles herself. Read more »
Though this is the first time we're hearing of him, Liverpool-based producer Resketch has already garnered support from the likes of DJ Q and Disclosure, and this brand-new exclusive he just sent over perfectly encapsulates why. "Right Here" is a smooth house jam that glows with shimmering color. After being propelled by bright, fluttering synths and a heavily syncopated sub-groove, the tune arrives at its crux when it breaks down to reveal female vocals gently cooing something about "lying next to you." If you're feeling Resketch's new track, be sure to check out his new Yearner EP, which is out now via Your Mama's Friend.
A few months back, Stockholm duo Karl x Johan dropped an introductory helping of its smooth electro-pop via the "Do You Remember" b/w "Get It All" single, and now, the outfit has enlisted two of its fellow countrymen to rework the glowing, vocal-led tunes for a free remix EP (artwork above). Here, we have the EP's Baleric-tinged remix from Bam Spacey, which parlays an enticing array of sun-kissed synths and heavenly melodies to the original track. With its rich vibes, bouncing percussion, and generally easygoing feel, Spacey's version is bound to leave you pining for the warmer days of summer. Once you give the track a spin, you can grab another remix of Karl x Johan from Mitch Murder, after the jump. Read more »
Sleep isn't the first concept that many dance music producers would want to have associated with their work. With this in mind, Aus label head Will Saul and October (a.k.a. Julian Smith) have made a bit of a bold decision by naming their latest release Light Sleeper. As it turns out, it's an entirely fitting title for an EP that stays mostly lost in a drowsy haze of its own creation. There's never a moment in which its two tracks—one of which is a Michael Mayer remix of the titular work—seem to be conveying anything more than a general mood of vague, retro-inspired somnambulance. Read more »
Lithuanian outpost Renegades of Bump has just released the third installment of its Ritmo Kovos compilation series, a 22-track collection which covers a broad spectrum of sounds ranging from Fingalick's duck-sampling "Farm" to the soulful trap-fusion of Papuga's "Need Sugar." Another creatively playful number comes from 96Wrld, whose "Clark" tune ranked at #74 on our list of the Top 100 Downloads of 2012. The title of his "Pirmas Rudeninis" track (which translates to English as "The First Autumn") might connote gentler vibes, but it's actually far from a mellow tune. 96Wrld's peak-time banger is propelled by intricate, flaring snares and topped with a Duck Hunt-inspired synthesizer. If that happens to pique your interest, be sure to grab the whole compilation for free, here, or donate to Renegades of Bump over on its Bandcamp.
With the pleasantly simple piano melody, the atmospheric production quality, the detailed percussion, and the subtly shifting rhythms of "De Bons Moments," it's hard to tell that visual artist-turned-producer Yayati (a.k.a. Igor Fedoseev) is just now releasing his debut musical work, the MO!NO Love LP. Some of the melodic qualities and rhythmic handclaps do begin to unravel later in the track, though, which sounds a little bit like a child cutely playing along and gives the song an endearing quality.
Admittedly, we here at XLR8R spend a lot of time focusing on upcoming releases. While we're honestly just trying to spread the word about music we're excited about, we realize that things like news stories, music videos, and MP3 downloads all feed into the hype surrounding records that most people haven't heard yet. It's a tricky business, and one that's only made harder by the fact that many releases simply don't live up to the hype. Frequently, the level of excitement surrounding a forthcoming piece of music is a completely inaccurate indicator of its actual quality, for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, a new artist simply fails to live up to their potential. Other times, an established act with a solid pedigree loses the plot and turns in a surprisingly subpar effort. That being said, regardless of the reasons why, when a record fails to live up to the music world's collective expectations, the disappointment is palpable. This list is our attempt to document that phenomenon, as we've put together a list of the 10 releases that left us feeling the most underwhelmed in 2012. Read more »
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