The work of UK electro-acoustic artist Rachael Boyd is firmly steeped in her understanding of the post-classical tradition, as she appropriates tempered orchestral samples and structures across formatted beats. With her latest single "Go Backwards Now!" (available to stream here), her production has shifted into more warped and mesmerizing territory. Supporting Boyd's original production is a remix by London producer Little People, who turns the plaintive piece into a bubbling track full of snaps and clicks. This version seems as if it's breathing, as sandy percussion crowds the squishy, swelling pads while the downtempo tune wanders around organic textures lifted from the original composition.
Together as Graze, Adam Marshall and XI have put together an exceptionally prolific and consistent first year as a production pair. Squeezing in the project's debut LP just before 2013 comes to a close, however, proves to somewhat burden Edges, an elongated effort which, while solid, ultimately falls short of bringing the same sonic impact as Graze's triumphant debut EP. Read more »
Thus far, Livity Sound has only released records by Kowton, Peverelist, and Asusu, its three founding members. Given that, perhaps the backwards spelling of the label name on its latest 12" heralds an imprint that's open to offerings from their associates. At the very least, Batu's "Spooked" b/w "Clarity (Dismantled)" reveals a producer on a very similar tack as Livity Sound's core trio. One could easily slot these tracks in with any of those producers' material, or with Pinch, whose Cold Recordings released Batu's debut back in August. 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 been a while since we've heard from Derek Piotr, a Polish-born, New England-based prodcuer who is continually taking on new forms in his electronic compositions. "Intersection of Rivers," a tune pulled from Piotr's forthcoming Tempatempat LP (out early next year), introduces the latest evolution in the man's one-of-a-kind sound, which aims to "construct deeply layered and largely complex song-based tracks." Still, it's hard not to hear Piotr's past as an audio collagist in "Intersection of Rivers," as the production's lead bell melody is joined by thick layers of fuzzy rumbling and the increasing echoes of refracted vocal samples across its brief, but immersive, runtime. Before the Tempatempat LP sees a release next year, its artwork and tracklist are included after the jump. Read more »
Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Dauwd on Push, Willie Burns Makes a Track, the ScratchPad App, umidi Custom Controllers, and More
As 2013 begins to come to a close, the latest This Week in Music Tech takes a peek into the studios of Ghostly affiliate Dauwd and prolific Brooklyn producer Willie Burns, sees how Ableton's Push can be used with hardware synths, and checks out Cakewalk's new iPad app and the umidi series of custom MIDI controllers. Read more »
Released earlier this week, Synkro's new solo EP for Apollo is now available as a full stream. (Remember, he also dropped his XLR8R Pick'd debut self-titled LP as part of the Akkord project with Indigo earlier this week, as well). In addition, the busy Manchester producer has put together a new mix for free download. Read more »
Under his Best Available Technology moniker, Kevin Palmer has carved a signature sound out of tumultuously looping and lumpy techno. Our review of Palmer's recent BASH004 12" commented on the archival and searching nature of his music, which is full of delay effects and crude samples. Featured here, "Waning Moon (Best Available Technology Remix)" sees Palmer construing London DJ/producer Mr. Beatnick's (pictured above) original production—lifted from his The Synthetes Trilogy record—into a grainy and subdued house track. The harmonic textures and melodic developments of the remix are both immediately heartfelt and detached; Palmer holds the emotional core at a firm distance, as each keyboard stroke is warped and overrun by vinyl crackle and searing, elongated drones.
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