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Download: Monster Rally & RUMTUM "Veil"

Label: Gold Robot

Ohio's Monster Rally and Rumtum have released Coasting, their second collaborative effort following MR&RT. You may remember the first single, "Sunbay Hotel," which we posted this past summer, and here we have "Veil." The track sees the duo dipping its toes into Middle Eastern source material, funky bass riffs, and old-school hip-hop production techniques. For more eclectic sampling ranging from cumbia to psychedelic surf rock, hit the jump to stream Monster Rally & Rumtum's new record for Gold Robot below.  Read more » 

Average: 7.9 (42 votes)

Review: Coyote Clean Up Magma Mondays

Magma Mondays, the latest effort from Detroit's dozy house experimentalist Coyote Clean Up (a.k.a. Ice Cold Chrissy), is glazed in bleary reverb and gauzy synths. On "Sowet Sunset," breathy singing is stretched over blunted kicks, and a prickly water-droplet melody is buried under synths that whirr and sigh. "Mega Miss Out (Dub)" glides along lazily on wispy vocals that melt into the stoney haze of opaque, blurry extended pads. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 11/26/2012

The Lowdown - This Week's XLR8R Top 10 with Austin Peralta, The Crystal Ark, Machinedrum, and More

Throughout the week, a whole lot of material gets posted here on XLR8R. And while we know—and love—that some hardcore readers will eagerly pour over every single news story, interview, podcast, video, and MP3 download that appears on the site, we also realize that for most people, it's impossible to see everything, which means that some quality XLR8R content is likely to get missed in the hustle and bustle of everyone's daily lives. In the interest of making it easier for everyone to catch up, every Friday we present The Lowdown, a weekly wrap-up of the top 10 tidbits from our site. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/23/2012

Press Play: Roska, JD Twitch, Karenn, Throwing Snow, and More

If you're looking for top-notch DJ mixes, full album streams, never-before-heard originals, and high-profile remixes, then today's installment of Press Play has got you covered. Check out the players embedded after the jump to catch loads of tunes from the likes of Roska, Gerry Read, Blawan's and Pariah's Karenn project, Mike Simonetti, Throwing Snow, C.R.S.T's Chesus, and many more. Read more » 

Gear: This Week In Music Tech: Peeks into Live 9 and Analog Four, iZoptope's New Distortion FX, and Noteworthy Black Friday Gear Deals

Our weekly roundup of production-related news gathers up previews of Live 9's audio-to-MIDI functions and Elektron's Analog Four synth, shares news of iZotope's recently release Trash 2 plug-in, and attempts to help you navigate a few of Black Friday's better deals in the realm of production and DJ gear. Read more » 

  • Filed under: gear
  • 11/23/2012

Hi, Doctor Nick! - Sampling Techniques and How to Throw a Cool Party in a Smaller City

It may be Thanksgiving here in the United States, but it's also Thursday, and there are no holidays for XLR8R's resident wise man, Nick Hook. After all, with so many readers undoubtedly stuck at home with their families over the next few days, it's hard to think of a more appropriate time for the good doctor to be doling out his unique brand of advice. If you need help from Doctor Nick, drop him a line at doctornick@xlr8r.com. Otherwise, read on and see what he has to say this week.

Hi. Happy holidays y'all. I'm thankful to be here, thankful that people give a fuck, thankful that I have amazing friends, and thankful that we get to do what we do—every day. So, thank you, really, from the bottom of my heart. I feel so lucky. I was walking down the street and Vince Vaughn looked me in the eye the other day. It was weird. Read more » 

RIP Austin Peralta

Although details remain sketchy at this time, it appears that Brainfeeder-affiliated artist Austin Peralta has unexpectedly passed away. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/22/2012

Video Premiere: John Tejada "Orbiter"

Today, we're happy to premiere the surreal "Orbiter" video from techno maven and recent B2B conversationalist with Robert Hood John Tejada, in which a perplexed protagonist is surrouneded by imagery that matches the song's powerfully mechanical overtones. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/21/2012

Download: Slackk "Red Voodoo"

First Listen

Today, UK DJ/producer Slackk is giving away an exclusive, unreleased jam called "Red Voodoo." The artist born Paul Lynch has been keeping busy these days co-running the Maybach club night with Altered Natives, Oil Gang, and Tom Lea—not to mention dropping a mix for BBC 1xtra and releasing his latest EP via Local Action. "Red Voodoo" sees Slackk taking a stab at deep, cinematic house rather than his championed grime sound, but we're sure you can catch him playing a bit of both genres when his free party goes down at Alibi in East London this Saturday, November 24, with headliners like notorious grime MC Chronik and No Hats No Hoods-affiliated DJ Magic. 

Average: 6.6 (44 votes)

Trevino Readies New 12" for Klockworks

Ben Klock's Klockworks label has announced that it will soon release a three-track 12" from Marcus Intalex's Trevino moniker. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/21/2012

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