Euphoric is a tricky word to throw around when describing electronic music. With a few too many applications in the service of progressive house, its use carries some unnecessary baggage. And yet, that's one of the first signifiers that comes to mind when listening to "The Source of Light" from 22-year-old Mancunian Callum Wright (a.k.a. D/R/U/G/S). Over the course of his young career, the pliant producer has shown a keen agility, navigating his way through a body of work that is at once techy, worthy of a house set, referential of classic electronic acts like the Chemical Brothers, and as relevant in a bass-music context as it is when presented live in opening sets for new wave indie rockers Delphic. His is borderless electronic music, and that's what allows "The Source of Light" to brim with emotional upliftedness without taking on any of euphoria's negative connotations. Read more »
The Brooklyn duo of Bryce Hackford and Frank Lyon, who produce together as Pearl Necklace, is the most recent signing to Norway's Smalltown Supersound label. Their debut offering, Soft Opening, sees the artists collaborating with the likes of Arp (a.k.a. Alexis Georgopoulos) and MGMT's Andrew VanWyngarden, the former of which lends "Did You Feel It" his Kraut-inspired production abilities. The resulting tune has a beginning but seemingly no middle nor end, and it conjures imagery like a walk on the beach with its oceanic percussive touches. Look for the rest of Pearl Necklace's 10-track Soft Opening when it's released on January 29.
Next year will mark the 10th anniversary of the Glasgow-based Numbers label, and the crew will be celebrating by teaming up with the Dedbeat Festival to launch Pleasure Principle, "a new weekend music event" in Cornwall that aleady boasts a fierce lineup including TNGHT, Joy Orbison, Rustie, Blawan (pictured above), Omar S, John Talabot, Just Blaze, J-Rocc, Oneman, Loefah, Floating Points, Jackmaster, and many more—and there are more additions to come. Read more »
A stream of Ouroboros—a collection of electronic sounds from North American producers compiled by the LA-based half of Lazer Sword, Low Limit (a.k.a. Bryan Rutledge)—has appeared online, coincidentally on the same day we named the 10-track record an XLR8R Pick. Read more »
"Toppin' Up" from London producers Cloaka and Boxwork opens with a dark and industrial vibe, but just before the one-minute mark, a playful voice instructs, "Somebody in the house say 'hell yeah'!" It's at this point that an elaborate rhythm drives the tune forward, moving ever closer into happy-rave territory by way of a full percussive spectrum—including all manners of drums, snaps, claps, and shakers. The bright MC returns every now and then, at times reminding us to "check this out," seemingly pointing to the complexity and diversity of the drumwork. To be sure, the broken beats and mechanically groaning synths seem to prevail, making "Toppin' Up" a nice fit for MadTech's ongoing series of free singles.
Los Angeles producer Flying Lotus is undoubtedly a film buff, and the time, attention, and care put into his music's visual accompaniments seems to prove this point even more than the frequent chatter of his Twitter profile. As such, it's no surprise that his latest piece, a cinematic clip for Until the Quiet Comes standout "Tiny Tortures," features Elijah Wood in a flashy and well-executed bit of sci-fi. Read more »
Obviously, XLR8R isn't the only place on the web devoted to electronic music. However, we are the only spot where readers can get a weekly dose of street knowledge from Nick Hook. Every Thursday, the good doctor doles out wisdom about music, DJing, production, fashion, traveling, romance, and more. If you need help from Doctor Nick, drop him a line at email@example.com. Otherwise, read on and see what the man has to say this week.
Yo. It's the end of the third month.
Keep the emails coming, but yo, please, don't send attachments, especially like 10 of them in one email—unless you send like 10 bucks with it so I can keep my Gmail storage nice. Read more »
The London label/party/music hub Audio Doughnuts is set to celebrate its second anniversary this Friday with a star-studded cast (which includes MK, Zed Bias, Sinjin Hawke, Salva, Leon Vynehall, and Ossie, to name a few), and has passed along the slick "Bosky" from hometown producer and MadTech affiliate Kashii—another of the night's performers—to help spread the word. The full-bodied house tune comes complete with thick low-end, luscious chords, and just the slightest hint of shuffle, making it an appropriate preview for what the Audio Doughnuts night is likely to be full of: damn fine dance music.
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