Brooklyn electro-folk artist Silent Rider may not be all that appropriate for XLR8R, but he does get remixed by those who are—including Tony Quattro, the club-minded producer who happens to also be an editorial intern at XLR8R's NY HQ. Perfect for any night at the club, his remix renders the somewhat algid original track into festoons of juke-referencing vocal chops, climactic builds, and, of course, subsequent hefty drops. After you check out "I Was A Bomb (Tony Quattro Remix)," make sure to grab the rest of Silent Rider's remix EP as a free download, after the jump. Read more »
After nabbing the 24th slot in XLR8R's list of the top 40 releases of 2012 with his powerfully jacking Club Constructions Vol. 1 record, Night Slugs co-head L-Vis 1990 has announced his latest release will arrive via Clone's Jack for Daze imprint. Read more »
In March of last year, Greg Heffernan, Zach Koeber, and Dan Hirshorn—the cellist, saxophonist, and DJ (as well as occasional trumpeter) who together make up the hybrid production/live-instrument outfit Archie Pelago—gathered in a well-lit Brooklyn apartment. With Hirshorn (a.k.a. Hirshi) behind the decks and Heffernan (a.k.a. Cosmo D) and Koeber (a.k.a. Kroba) sitting with their respective instruments behind custom Ableton Live rigs, the three piece recorded live audio and video of a 25-minute set which would air on Mary Anne Hobbs's XFM show the following month; for many, the clip also served as the first taste of the Archie Pelago sound. Marrying the more sophisticated strains of bass music with exceptional musicianship, the trio has added an accomplished list of remix duties and a handful of impressive EPs to the abundance of its absorbing live sets that can found on the web. In the wake of all this activity, it's little wonder that Archie Pelago has become one of the most uniquely promising projects to rise from New York's dance-music community. Read more »
Hi, Doctor Nick! - Wedding DJs, Jamming with Ableton, and Building a Career in the Music Industry (When You're Not a Musician)
Without tooting our own horn too loudly, we think that there are some pretty talented folks here at XLR8R. That being said, when it came time to launch a new advice column, we knew that nobody on our staff had a skill set that matched up with Nick Hook. He may not be an actual doctor, but he has more than enough wisdom to step in every Thursday morning and answer questions about music, gear, DJing, travel, production techniques, love, life, and more. Doctor Nick is here to help, so drop him a line at email@example.com and let the flow of knowledge begin.
Hi. Happy New Year... still. This is a real question: when do you stop saying "Happy New Year" to people? I'm taking a survey. Keep sending questions. We got a bunch of dope ones last week, but we need more, always. Anyways... happy birthday to Just Blaze, too. Read more »
Leeds producer Jamie Grind (pictured above) has spruced up Thieves' "Dilate," making the tune a heavy garage cut that's even more suitable for the dancefloor. While the original production's beat, chopped vocal snippets, and bouncy melody don't seem to have been tampered with all that much, Jamie Grind—who is currently planning to release his own EP later this year—made sure to exclude the stormy intro of "Dilate," eschew much of its heavy atmospheres, and bolster the swinging drum sounds with a crisp, clear-headed quality.
With its latest single, Modeselektor's conceptual 50Weapons imprint has reached an important milestone. Marking number 25 in what will ultimately be a series of 50 releases, the label has just made it to the halfway point in its predetermined lifespan. Ringing in the moment is Berghain resident Marcel Dettman, who's turned in "Linux" b/w "Ellipse," the sequel to his celebrated "Duel" b/w "Deluge," which he released on the label in 2011. Yet while much of his past work has been defined by rusted textures and alien tonalities, his latest is a straightforward DJ tool that seems to have been created solely with dancefloor function in mind. Read more »
The Canadian producers of Blue Hawaii have put their spin on "Turns Turns Turns," the title track from an EP by fellow Montreal outfit Majical Cloudz (pictured above). Blue Hawaii's "Flüchtig Mix" cuts to the core of the original track, highlighting singer Devon Welsh's yearning voice against a solid four-on-the-floor kick pattern. The vocal samples run in loops over metronome-like ticks and a quaking bassline, and help give the straightforward tune some extra flair.
Behling & Simpson is not an easy outfit to pin down. When the duo first emerged in 2010, it seemed to be following the path being charted by fellow Bristolians Julio Bashmore and the rest of Futureboogie crew, as its initial offerings dabbled in R&B- and funk-tinged house. Subsequent records have varied somewhat, either digging deeper or sprinkling in bits of soulful UK garage, but the pair's latest EP, The Vaults, appears to have thrown out the script altogether. Nevertheless, it also appears to be some of Behling & Simpson's most interesting work yet. Read more »
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