The Enchufada label's ongoing Upper Cuts series aims to highlight burgeoning talent from the world of global club music by offering exclusive tracks up for free download on a regular basis. The latest such artist to contribute to the series is Siete Catorce, a Mexico City-based artist whose hypnotic—and appropriately titled—"Syncopate" production serves as the latest Upper Cuts single. Pieced together with a somewhat minimal arrangement, "Syncopate" focuses on a string of sharp percussion hits, which float up and down the frequency spectrum as a thumping kick drum and airy chords fill in the space behind them. An affiliate of Mexico's NAAFI crew/collective, Siete Catorce's new track can be grabbed below, while the most recent contributions to Enchufada's Upper Cuts series can be streamed and downloaded here.
Amsterdam duo Juju & Jordash—whose live set at last week's Amsterdam Dance Event was one of the festival's highlights—will soon be issuing a new LP via the Dekmantel label, and a small bit of new material has surfaced online. Read more »
Many producers claim to have begun making beats in their early teens, but with Fantastic Mr Fox, one suspects that he really did. After all, just about everything he puts his name on positively leaps out of the speakers, leaving the listener to wonder just how the Berlin-based Brit gets them coated in such a visceral sheen (not to mention why he hasn't crossed over more). With drums that ping with irresistible pop precision, wondrously colorful synths, and glossy, lissom grooves, Fantastic Mr Fox's tunes are translucent, the kinds of tracks that should fill up dancefloors and race out of record stores alike. As such, he's been the jewel in Black Acre's crown since 2009, and with his debut full-length pencilled in for early 2015, that isn't likely to change anytime soon. Read more »
In the rapidly evolving world of electronic music, it's all but impossible to keep track of every new artist, label, party, and genre. At the same time, certain names will inevitably pop up again and again at the XLR8R office, some of which we've only given passing mention to on the site. In an effort to get our readers up to speed with some of the things—both new and old—that we've been digging lately, we recently launched a new feature series called 'Get Familiar,' which aims to shine a spotlight on subjects we think are worthy of a little more attention.
London producer K15 (a.k.a. Kieron Ifill) has created one of the best closing tracks in recent memory. "Yellow" and its bittersweet piano wrapped up Funkineven's XLR8R podcast back in June, the Apron boss has also played the track on BBC1, and now, it's set to drop in early November as part of the five-track Insecurities EP, a double 12" on Kyle Hall's Wild Oats label. Granted, Hall has been supporting Ifill's tracks for a while now, even sending the producer video of crowds reacting to the EP's pensive, pad-heavy titular cut. Read more »
After appearing in XLR8R's Downloads section early last month while operating under his Dr. Nol alias, Dublin producer Cignol has returned with a new record in hand, the Tidal Sheer EP. Serving as the second effort from fledgling UK label Seagrave, the cassette/digital release offers four synth-streaked productions including the electro-indebted "Sys486." Again finding Cignol carefully tweaking out an arsenal of thick synthesizer tones, "Sys486" appears on a moodier tip than the last outing we heard from the Irish producer, with dark chords and pensive melodies spread across the track's skittering 808 beat.
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