It's absolutely no secret that XLR8R thoroughly enjoys the string of Drexciya reissues which Rotterdam's Clone label has been releasing throughout 2012; we've written glowing reviews about them, gone Deep Inside their classic tunes, and anxiously awaited each of their release dates. Now, we can feast our ears upon the third installment of the Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller series. Read more »
Over the weekend, the ceaselessly unpredictable Nicolas Jaar shared a new track via his label's SoundCloud, credited to himself and one mysterious collaborator operating under the guise of Theatre Roosevelt, which is purported to be the NYC artist channeling the ghost of Theodore Roosevelt. Read more »
Hot on the heels of its eponymous debut for Leisure System, the powerhouse production duo known as Jets (a.k.a. Jimmy Edgar and Machinedrum) has just dropped a massive podcast for FACT, which boasts a slew of exclusive and unreleased music from both aritsts and their respective projects. Read more »
Brighton producer Ambassadeurs' remix of Young Wonder's emotionally wrought tune "To You" (out on December 3 via Feel Good Lost) features a smooth bassline rooted by a down-to-Earth rhythm of tinkering snares. Among the track's many complex instrumental arrangements is an elegantly sculpted synth melody that moves with the same consistency as smoke through a multitude of bells and harp strums.
The Leeds-based producer—not to mention co-founder of the Hypercolour imprint (which was just profiled during XLR8R's Label We Love Week)—Ste Roberts has lent two tracks to the forthcoming Rapscallions sampler for London's Save You label, one of which is the dubby remix by Youandewan featured in the video above. Read more »
The recently announced debut LP from Brooklyn producer—and co-founder of the Moodgadget imprint—Heathered Pearls (artwork above) is still a few weeks from seeing a release on December 11, but Ghostly has offered up this entrancing remix from Loscil to help whet our palettes in the meantime. While the original "Beach Shelter" (which, by the way, is available for free download here) is more of a gritty venture into contemplative ambient music, Loscil's version removes the track's dirtier edge and instead renders its sweeping chords and hidden melodies into a massive blanket of pristine ambient warmth. All of which is to say, it's a beautiful rework well-suited for the winter days ahead.
Alixander III (a.k.a. one half of Toronto's Azari & III) is quick to say that he's been put through some bullshit over the years. After getting over his initial shock that XLR8R readers would be so morbid as to want to hear him recount some of the worst moments of his musical career, the fast-talking producer—who just released his debut solo album, The Incline of Western Salivation Pt III—spilled the details on several nightmarish situations he's found himself in and issued a stern warning: "We don't fuck around. We're not pushovers." Read more »
London-based producer James Welsh sent over "Novelty Island," a grooving dancefloor exclusive with a simplistic keyboard melody keeping time while another low-slung synthline weaves in between straightforward house rhythms. All the while, Welsh delicately dots a raspily soulful vocal sample over the top of his nearly eight-minute production. And there's more where this came from on Welsh's The Way EP, which is out now via Join the Dots.
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