Enduring sound experimentalist, noted Brain Eno collaborator, and Bedroom Community co-founder Ben Frost has announced that he'll soon follow up his last solo studio album, 2009's By the Throat, with the release of his fifth LP via Mute. Read more »
Better known for operating as Lenta, Russian producer Rasul Gafarov will take on the new handle Nenado for his upcoming Your Sketch cassette. "Like Attracts Like" appears early on in the seven-track effort (out March 17 via the ever-diversifying Astro:Dynamics label), and builds a slow groove from its small assemblage of pot-and-pan percussion and a soupy mixture of reversed chords. Across its three-minute run, the tune is hesitant to overload its pattern with sounds; only a hat and a lazily hummed vocal melody are added to the bare-bones cut, which effectively makes an inviting case for the less-is-more approach to electronic production. Before Your Sketch drops later this month; its artwork and tracklist can be found after the jump. Read more »
PMR label mainstay T. Williams has a couple of new projects in the works—namely, the DJ/producer will be mixing the imprint's next compilation, called From 20 Square Feet in Acton, and celebrating its release with a spring mini-tour around the UK and Paris. As a way of spreading the word of his upcoming endeavors, Williams has shared a full stream of his brand-new collaborative track with Shadow Child. Read more »
Over the past 15 years, Berlin-via-Montreal producer Deadbeat (a.k.a. Scott Monteith) has established himself as a bastion of dub techno, though his more recent efforts have found him tilting more toward techno than dub. In particular, last year's Infinity Dub single series found Monteith favoring rolling, four-on-the-floor rhythms more than the laidback, half-time rhythms that marked much of his earlier discography. With The Infinity Dub Sessions though, Deadbeat returns more directly to proper dub techno; he's enlisted the genre's most quintessential voice in Paul St. Hilaire (a.k.a. Tikiman) and crafted a record that channels the sounds of the Infinity Dub singles through the Rhythm and Sound tradition. The formula may not be new, but The Infinity Dub Sessions does seem to prove that there is still plenty of fruitful terrain to be explored in this underutilized corner of the electronic spectrum. Read more »
It has been nearly two years since Night Slugs released the uncompromising debut LP from UK DJ/producer Jam City, and in the meantime, the artist born Jack Latham has kept busy issuing his installment of the ongoing Club Constructions series and kicking off his own series, a string of mixes called Earthly. Today, the second part of that series has arrived. Read more »
Under the name Morri$, Philesciono Canty spent the past few years turning out a series of sharp, percussive productions that not only put him in the company of labels like Night Slugs and Fade to Mind, but also prompted a number of collaborations with like-minded beatmaker Sinjin Hawke. Now, Canty has shifted gears, as the LA transplant kicked off 2014 by adopting the handle P. Morris and followed up the announcement by issuing his first-ever mixtape, the appropriately titled Debut, via his own Bear Club Music Group imprint. (It's also streaming on a custom-built interactive website.) Curious to find out more about Canty's musical lineage, we enlisted him for our latest Hi-Five, and he responded with a handful of go-go tracks; having spent many of his formative years in Washington, DC, the local, funk-born genre was a major influence, and Canty has shared a few of his favorite cuts. Read more »
Returning from a year-long silence, the Silverback label has rebooted with Piri Piri's colorful Patterns EP. Featured here, "Ice Cream" boasts the talent of Londoner Sally Crumb, and revamps swift cuts of choppy, eccentric vocals into rhythmic instruments. Brightly cascading synth arrangements are juxtaposed with resonant drum constructions on "Ice Cream," creating a diverse assortment of textures throughout the rich arrangement. Alongside Piri Piri's own vivid tunes, the recently released seven-track effort features remixes from the likes of Visionist, Matthias Zimmermann, Neana, and Jean Nipon.
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 »
By now, remixes appearing in our Downloads section from Dutch producer Julien Mier isn't exactly unexpected. The man's take on Arts the Beatdoctor' "Moebius' Travels" (which appeared as a free download in its original form in the fall of last year), is just the latest example of Mier's reworking capabilities. Here, he pulls Arts the Beatdoctor's production out from its subterranean starting point, exchanging the low, bellowing reach of the original for a sound that is much more precise and lined with airy textures. "Moebius' Travels (Julien Mier Remix)" appears alongside a handful of others on the Lazy Thunder Remixes EP, out now via Lowriders Collective.
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