The latest EP from 18-year production veteran Oliver Ho might be subtitled something like "Reflections on the Banger." This doesn't mean that the record offers a SND-style intellectual deconstruction, but rather pieces realized with the casual, rapid control of sketches executed by a seasoned artist. The focus of this EP for Running Back is on Raudive's draftsmanship—his ability to rattle off a stylish study of a subject from various angles without undue hardship. There is no bigger picture to Traffic, but the only real downside is that, at times, the EP feels authorless in the way tech-house records tend to do. Read more »
Leipzig-based producer Leibniz is set to release his self-titled debut EP on February 6 via Fairplay. Though not featured on that record, "Fein" will give you a sense of what Leibniz is all about. His roots clearly lie in house and techno, as evidenced by the heavily shuffling 808 groove that propels the track. Yet he brings a certain dark and suspenseful quality to the overall vibe with the help of chilly synth stabs, some eerie FX, and creepy mumbling—helping make "Fein" a foreboding house track that excels in its texture and moodiness.
The Dublin producer of dark and heavy bass music, Detboi is set to release a 14-track record called Sliding Floors via UK label Cheap Thrills. Ahead of the release, he's given us the premiere of "I Can't Take It," a two-step groove driven by soulful, pitched-down vocals that belt out the mantra which gives the song its title. Detboi's beat eventually caves into a bass-driven jam perfect for any early evening DJ set. There's also a video for the new tune, which you can check out after the jump before Sliding Floors arrives on on February 25. Read more »
How does one rework a certifiable classic? And what is the desired goal in doing so? Should the track maintain what made the original great or be completely indistinguishable from it? Some tracks simply have more mileage than others—Masters at Work's "The Ha Dance," for example, has been enduringly malleable—but horrendous remix packages of the Trax and Nu Groove catalogs have recently proven that these are few and far between. Grime hasn't seen the same level of retroactivity as house and techno, for a number of reasons. It's an MC-driven music, for one, and many of its MCs have been as ephemeral as the rudimentary productions they spat over. The scene's connection to pirate radio has meant many of its classic moments were just that: moments of pure, spontaneous energy. Moreover, grime is only about 10 years old at this point, and its few truly anthemic instrumentals have been mercilessly rinsed. Youngstar's "Pulse X" is one of them. The track has appeared on virtually all of the genre's seminal radio sets, and still gets play today—along with some of Wiley's eskibeats, it's often the modern DJ's token grime track of choice. Read 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 »
It's news we hoped we'd never have to report here at XLR8R, but after Mark McGuire announced that he was leaving the group only a few weeks back, word has come that the cosmic sound adventurers of Emeralds have disbanded, cancelling all of their tour dates in the process. Read more »
US producer Jason Short has plans to release a new EP via the Thoughtless label before the month is through, and has shared an extra cut from the upcoming record ahead of time—featuring SF outfit Bells & Whistles (pictured above) on remixing duty. Taking almost nine minutes to reveal its multitude of paths, the rework focuses on dark textures and mechanical percussion, relying on a bouncy bassline and crisp synth builds to move it along. Short's forthcoming Low Down Dirty Shame EP is set to drop on January 28.
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