Southern California label Alpha Pup has long been at the forefront in promoting fresh, forward-thinking artists, and Philadelphia-raised LA producer MAST (a.k.a. Tim Conley) is no exception. "The Waters (feat. Jeremiah Jae)" is the first taste of Conley's debut full-length, OMNI (out on January 28), wherein jazzy chords mix with a shuffling beat and manipulated vocals before the arrangement clutters up with digital ephemera. A wonky guitar solo enters and exits abruptly before Brainfeeder/Warp affiliate Jeremiah Jae pops up halfway through the track, laying down a slew of absurdist rhymes. The tune makes for a uniquely perplexing introduction to the world of MAST before he heads out on a brief tour of the East Coast and drops his LP, the artwork and tracklist of which can be found after the jump. Read more »
Earlier this month, XLR8R reported that Berlin producer Robot Koch would soon release a new short film in collaboration with director Lukas Feigelfeld, and that his original soundtrack would drop via Project: Mooncircle. Now, a week before it's available, we're pleased to premiere Unpaved. Read more »
NYC producer Fred P (a.k.a. Black Jazz Consortium) has compiled a new collection of tracks for Selected, the inaugural edition of what will become an ongoing compilation series for the longstanding house artist's new Boards label. Read more »
The man behind London's unstoppably prolific Unknown to the Unknown label, DJ Haus has unveiled this brand-new video for "Addicted 2 Houz," a straightforward dancefloor cut set to drop on his forthcoming Thug Houz Anthems Vol. 2: Addicted 2 Houz EP. Read more »
The name James Conduit might look familiar to some, as the New York producer has logged hours in both Bear in Heaven and School of Seven Bells, bringing with him a focus on sound sculpting and texture. Now, the multi-faceted artist has stepped out on his own with plans for a series of 12" releases during 2014. Before those records start to appear, Conduit is sharing his remix of "Bosch," a track by fellow New Yorker and modular synth obsessive Certain Creatures (a.k.a. Oliver Chapoy) which first appeared on a single for the burgeoning Styles Upon Styles label (artwork above). "Bosch (James Conduit Remix)" uses both an acid-indebted lead and a herky-jerky hi-hat pattern as fodder for its muted, stilted groove. And anyone in the New York area who is itching to hear these warped, playful sounds in a live setting is in luck, as Conduit will join Certain Creatures, Black Rain, and special guests for a show on December 14 at La Sala in Brooklyn.
Ø [Phase], the brooding techno alias of Londoner Ashley Burchett, released its impressive debut LP, Frames of Reference, late last month, and is quickly come back with a new 12" which will feature a remix from Detroit techno icon Robert Hood (pictured above). Read more »
Boya's only credit prior to this, his self-titled debut EP, was a track on Opal Tapes' Cold Holiday compilation from last year. The producer's sound slots in well with that label's rough aesthetic, and indeed with the one Mister Saturday Night has been honing lately as well. The three tracks here are perhaps purposefully distorted, but unlike the works of many producers chasing this trend, there are clearly some production chops hidden underneath. This is ultimately what makes the record work. Read more »
Although Axel Boman first put himself on everyone's radar in 2010 with the breakout release of "Purple Drank" and the launch of his Studio Barnhus label, it really feels like the Swedish producer's coming-out party took place in 2013. Not only has the notoriously affable artist found himself increasingly on the international DJ circuit, but this year also saw him issuing both the Black Magic Boman EP via Hypercolour and Family Vacation, his debut full-length. Those records showcased Boman's love for breezy pop, groovy disco, and low-slung deep house. Curious to see how those tendencies would translate in the context of a DJ mix, we invited Boman to put together the latest installment of the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
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