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Labels You Love: XLR8R Readers' Top 20 Labels

All week long, we've been posting features and lists detailing our favorite labels—if you've missed any of that, catch up with them all here—but for this year's edition of Labels We Love, we wanted to do something a little different. Last week, we put out the call for our readers to vote for their favorite imprints, and although it took a while to tabulate the thousands of votes we received from around the globe, we've come up with a list of the Top 20 labels, as voted by the XLR8R faithful. Looking at results, one thing is immediately clear: our readers have pretty damn good taste. Read more » 

Gear: This Week In Music Tech: New Pioneer and Elektron Gear, Barker & Baumecker's Studio, Free Drum Samples from Dublab, and More

It's been a busy week in the world of music production technology; between the slew of new products announced, shipped, and updated, there has certainly been a lot to keep up with. Fortunately, we've gathered up the most important bits in one convenient place yet again, so read up and grab some free drum sample packs while you're at it. Read more » 

  • Filed under: gear
  • 11/16/2012

Download: Radioactive Man "Incoming! (DJ Stingray Remix)"

First Listen
Label: Wang Trax

On November 21, London-based DJ/producer Radioactive Man will drop the vinyl version of his latest LP, Waits and Measures, which comes complete with 12 remixes of its tracks (you can pre-order the double-LP here). One of the producers enlisted for remix duty is Detroit techno verteran DJ Stingray, who recently announced his forthcoming F.T.N.W.O. LP and helmed an XLR8R podcast. His mix of "Incoming!" maintains a fiery pulse while the elements at the forefront shift between diverse percussion, airy synths, and fat techno bass. 

Average: 7.6 (65 votes)
 
 

Review: Steve Hauschildt Sequitur

Label: Kranky

By no stretch would it be accurate to call Ohio-born musician Steve Hauschildt an innovator. Both as one third of Emeralds and as a solo artist, the Midwestern synth guru predominantly relies on vintage analog hardware and uses the sounds those machines create to harken back to the warm and relatively simplistic arrangements explored by iconic artists like Giorgio Moroder, Harald Grosskopf, and Tangerine Dream. However, listening to the cosmic synth tapestries on last year's excellent Tragedy & Geometry album never inspired any obvious comparisons or kitsch-induced grimaces; even though Hauschildt was never changing the musical landscape with his twinkling kosmiche compositions, his music bursted with austere beauty and unique character. Those qualities pervade much of Hauschildt's latest LP, Sequitur, though they're juxtaposed with a handful of forays into the realm of synth-pop, which are seldom as beautiful or unique. Read more » 

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  • 11/16/2012

Download: Alejandro Paz "Cumbia A Lo Lejos"

The Chilean producer Alejandro Paz dropped the two-track Callejero EP earlier this week, for which the bouncy "Cumbia A Lo Lejos" serves as the b-side. While the song's title is a bit self-explanatory—essentially translating to "Distant Cumbia" (although our Spanish is admittedly a little rusty)—what Paz offers here is a little less bombastic than what one might expect from the South American brand of digital cumbia, as it folds loads of, well, distant synth pads and some sprightly melodic leads into the proceeding. After giving "Cumbia A Lo Lejos" a spin below, you can check out the EP's title track and accompanying video after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.5 (43 votes)
 
 

Review: Nina Kraviz Steve Rachmad/KiNK Remixes

Label: Rekids

In retrospect, the most intriguing aspect of Nina Kraviz's self-titled debut was its loose and raw-edged production aesthetic. The whole thing contrasted sharply with larger trends in dance music towards formulaic organization, compression, and quantization. Lead single "Ghetto Kraviz" was such a hit with dancefloors because it took a uniquely sparse angle with its weird vocals and tom-heavy drumwork. Yet for all the track had going for it, its short, four-minute duration held it back unnecessarily—it was the kind of song that begged to be re-arranged. Naturally, this already resulted in one single's worth of re-edits, with two club-friendly versions by Amine Edge and Akid released on an EP for Rekids' Rek'd sub-label earlier this year. Now, the label is back with a new remix release that combines two new takes on the track by Steve Rachmad with a KiNK remix of previously untouched album cut "Love or Go." Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 11/16/2012

Check Out Kim Ann Foxman's Forgotten House Jams

As part of an interview with RBMA, the New York DJ/producer/vocalist—not to mention recent XLR8R podcast contributor—Kim Ann Foxman shares some of her favorite overlooked house tracks along with a recording of a recent live DJ set. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/15/2012

Download: Kyson "Ocean Tides (Henrik José Remix)"

Still riding the wave of his recently released Blackstone EP for Moodgadget, Berlin-based artist Kyson (pictured above) sent over a lush remix of "Ocean Tides" by fellow Berlin producer Henrik José. In his remix, Henrik José sets Kyson's light-as-a-feather vocals on top of a soothing, slow-moving bassline while sprinkling intricate, aqueous drum patterns that remind us of Shigeto or Kid Smpl over it all. In case you missed it, Kyson was also remixed by Indian Wells last month, which you can download for free here.  

Average: 8.1 (55 votes)
 
 

Maxmillion Dunbar Readies LP and 12", Shares New Single

Maxmillion Dunbar, who counts himself as half of Beautiful Swimmers and co-head of the DC-based Future Times imprint (which, if you'll remember, we chronicled a while back as a Label We Love), has announced plans to release a solo album early next year, which will be preceeded by a 12" set to drop next week. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/15/2012

Video: Trevino "Spin Away"



Manchester-based DJ/producer Marcus Intalex (a.k.a. Trevino) has just debuted the video for a tune from his new EP for Martyn's 3024 label, "Spin Away." Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/15/2012

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