Fall hasn't officially started yet, but it's not too early to start thinking about next year's releases. The earlybirds of Canadian outfit Data Romance (a.k.a. Ajay Bhattacharyya and Amy Kirkpatrick, pictured above) have already announced their upcoming debut album, Other, which will drop on February 19, 2013, via Canadian label SQE. The duo has also offered a remix of album cut "Caves" from Berlin-based tunesmith Benjamin Damage (who you may remember from his collaborative XLR8R podcast with Doc Daneeka and will soon drop his own record via 50Weapons). "Caves (Benjamin Damage Remix)" starts out with Data Romance's zooming synths, downtempo piano keys, and earnest vocal melodies weaving about, an emotive milieu which the producer quickly turns into a bass-heavy and shifting beat peppered with Kirkpatrick's chopped-up singing. You can grab more remixes of "Caves" over on Data Romance's official website, here.
Just last Friday, London producer Tom Demac's name appeared on XLR8R for only the second time. (The first was back in March, when he offered up a free track for our Downloads section.) Nevertheless, Demac's reappearance on the site was fairly significant, as his new single, "Critical Distance Pt. 2," was given a glowing review and tabbed as an XLR8R Pick. Simply put, the track is a monster, and will surely go down as one of year's biggest tunes. Yet Demac is no one-track wonder; he's been turning out quality productions since the mid '00s, and his output has seen a major uptick in 2012, with a number of releases on Hypercolour, Glasstable, and My Favorite Robot. Between all of these records and his recent head-turning live set on Boiler Room, we figured the time was right to ask the burgeoning beatmaker to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
In the three years that have passed since Ryan Merry's debut EP as Ghosts on Tape appeared, the San Francisco producer's penchant for rugged tropical bass has gradually given way to a style more focused on the darker depths of churning house and techno. Throughout this period, the bass-centric Icee Hot party—of which Merry is a co-founder and resident DJ (it should also be said that XLR8R editor Shawn Reynaldo is amongst its ranks)—has largely served as both the catalyst and primary outlet for the man's evolving sonic tastes, making it only appropriate that his first official statement with these new aims should also inaugurate Icee Hot's release catalog. Read more »
Sydney-based production duo Fishing has stepped out of the Australian bush to release a 7" via California-based outpost Waaga. The a-side of that offering, "Choy Lin," is built around a lulling groove of slow beats, and the cavernous space between drum hits is populated by warped vocal samples and synths that sound like aliens singing. There's a sense of adventure in the tune, which seems to pack more robust emotion with each layer of sound. Look for the rest of Fishing's new record when it drops on October 23.
April saw Bass Clef (a.k.a. Ralph Cumbers) quietly release his best LP to date in the form of Reeling Skullways, which dropped via Bristol’s esteemed Punch Drunk label. Standing at a considerable distance from both Punch Drunk’s sound and his own, the record found Cumbers placing his trademark squelching, alien synth freakouts on futurist house backdrops. While its producer excitedly referenced everything from acid house to Radiophonics with a live, mistakes-in flair, he also managed to keep it sounding immaculately composed throughout. "Dawn Chorus Pedal" b/w "You Don't Know Don't You Know," a new 12" released via Idle Hands, another Bristolian imprint, is a suitable if less exuberant follow-up. Read more »
Though he released his XLR8R Pick'd ƒIN LP at the start of 2012, Spanish producer John Talabot has taken his time issuing any kind of follow-up material. We only recently found out about the first installment of an ongoing remix series, and today, got word that a couple of outtakes from the recording sessions for the artist's debut LP will soon surface as a 7". Read more »
The London-based producer known as Reso has a few projects coming up, including the release of his Check 1, 2 EP on October 15 and his full-length debut, Tangram, which drops on November 5 via Civil. He's sent over a bonus cut from all the hard work he's been doing recently, a glitch-leaning track titled "Aegis." The song has an energy of restraint and minimalism that arises from Reso's stuttering production and the cut-up, breathy vocal samples, which sound as if they're zooming in and out of focus. About a minute and a half in, Reso drops some serious low end into the mix, effectively rounding out the body of the tune and giving the skittering beat some much-appreciated weight. You can scope out the artwork and tracklist for Tangram after the jump. Read more »
This week heralds the arrival of two hotly anticipated LPs: How to Dress Well's sophomore effort, Total Loss (which we reviewed today), and the debut full-length from LA's The Gaslamp Killer, Breakthrough, released via Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label. Coincidentally or not, both producers have also composed mixes this week, debuting on FACT and Resident Advisor, respectively. Read more »
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