Not to toot our own horn or anything, but XLR8R sent ripples across the internet earlier this week when we shared a "leaked" video showcasing some features on the forthcoming Ableton Live 9. The video wasn't exactly official, but have no fear, the folks at Ableton have gone ahead and confirmed that the latest version of its DAW will finally arrive at the beginning of 2013. The announcement also came with word of the software company's first piece of hardware, a controller called Push. Read more »
Aki Latvamäki has his It Is Not Now Either EP set to drop via Halocyan next month, but in the meantime, we have one of the remixes of the title track form prolific techno DJ/producer and recent XLR8R podcast contributor Max Cooper. Latvamäki's original is quite a production, with hand claps and a tambourine keeping time alongside funky bass slaps before the tune ends in a flurry of lasers and melodic keys. While Max Cooper retains the original's energy, he minimizes the noise, opting for deep, oscillating synths and simple, skittering hi-hats. Spacey drip-drops add welcome atmosphere to Cooper's glittering and warped club vibe. It Is Not Now Either drops on November 13 as a three-track 12" that includes a "Sub Dub" remix from Cooper, with the digital package also offering this "Pseudologue" version and a remix from Japanese newcomer Atsushi Shimomura.
Simply put, Nick Hook is the man. Every Thursday, he drops all sorts of knowledge on the XLR8R massive, answering questions about music, production, gear, travel, fashion, romance, and living life. (Those looking for assistance are welcome to send a query his way at email@example.com.) This time around, he's tackling the precarious balance between music and work, how artists can most effectively promote their music, and explaining why people with eccentric tastes (usually) have nothing to worry about. Read more »
It's been a while since we've heard from the now-Berlin-based producer My Dry Wet Mess, but we're pleased to share that he will soon release his Stereo Typing LP via Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder imprint. In the album's opening track, "Berlin Stereo Hands," the artist born Giovanni Civitenga flawlessly fuses live guitars into a busy sonic landscape of live drums, playful electronic bursts, and a racing, winding melody—culminating in a tune that fits in perfectly at the Brainfeeder camp. In a press release, Civitenga said of the album, "It's got this hard-to-deﬁne quality to it, a sense of 'future nostalgia' that I love and that I ﬁnd extremely appropriate for my music and the ideas behind it." The rest of Stereo Typing will be ready on November 13, but you can check out the album art and tracklist now, after the jump. Read more »
Lawyer by day and Berghain resident by night, to say Norman Nodge leads an interesting life would be an understatement. In his nightlife guise, he's one of the less visible members of the Ostgut family, only periodically releasing records and frequently taking the role of the club's opening DJ. This isn't for lack of experience; born in the GDR, he got his start right after reunification and was, by his own account, a musical mentor for fellow Easterners Marcel Dettmann and Marcel Fengler. Berghain 06, his turn in the club's lauded series of sonic communiques, plays off the breadth of his experience while also demonstrating the way in which nights at the Friedrichshain power station unfold in the early hours of Sunday morning. Read more »
Fancy Mike, who was the first artist to sign to Canadian imprint King Deluxe back in 2010, dropped his latest LP, Mary B. James, just this week, and has shared the title track off that album to mark the occasion. Although Fancy Mike describes the music as "Midwest minimal," "Mary B. James" radiates tropical heat from elements that don't quite bring to mind corn fields—like, say, the steel drums and clattering percussion which dance alongside buttery synth swells and subdued bass tones. You can hear more of the stripped-down and summery vibes from Fancy Mike's Mary B. James record, after the jump. Read more »
Whether she's operating as Ashay or under her own name, Fatima Al Qadiri often doesn't seem keen to make music that is easy to digest. However, as last year's Genre-Specific Xperience EP proved, when Al Qadiri filters her vast bank of artistic and musical influences through the world of "club music," she is more than capable of striking a balance that makes for an equally challenging and alluring product. Her latest offering, the Desert Strike EP, is as likely to unveil hidden melodic twists, unexpected percussive turns, and videogame-like gunshot FX as its predecessor, but with a new focus on slower tempos and more spacious electronic music. Read more »
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