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Download: Jacob 2-2 "Central and Mountain"

Label: King Deluxe

Earlier this week, Brooklyn-via-Atlanta producer Jacob 2-2 returned to the King Deluxe label with a new EP. Entitled The Rec, the eight-track effort sees Jacob 2-2 offering six funky ADD-beat hybrids while Muta and Stephen Farris have been enlisted to rework a track which first appeared on the Brooklyn resident's Herbivore LP, which also dropped via King Deluxe last year. Pulled from The Rec is "Central and Mountain," a somewhat stoney production which laces its thick hip-hop rhythms with breezy chords and a number of vintage-streaked synth melodies—a run of crystal-like bells, MIDI flute, and gliding Moog-style leads among them—before eventually sneaking some slap bass into the mix. (As an extra treat, Jacob 2-2 tags a nice bonus beat onto the end of this one too). While "Central and Mountain" can be grabbed below, a fantastically toy-based video for the producer's "Constuxon Time Again" track by animator/filmmaker Adam Brown can be watched in full after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.8 (33 votes)

Labels You Love: The Top 20 Labels, As Voted by XLR8R Readers

All week long, XLR8R is presenting its annual focus on Labels We Love. Click here to check out the rest of the series.

Over the past four days, XLR8R's editorial staff has been touting all of its favorite labels, and while we appreciate people's willingness to check out what we have to say, it only seems fair that we also let our audience weigh in with its thoughts. As such, we're once again wrapping up the Labels We Love series with Labels You Love, a list of the top 20 labels, as voted by XLR8R's readers. Since the polls opened last week, we received thousands of votes, and we've taken the time to count each one and compile the results. (For those who might be wondering, there has definitely been a significant amount of turnover since last year.) We'd like to thank everyone who took the time to participate, and without further adieu, we invite everyone to have a look at the labels you love the most. Read more » 

Vakula Preps New Album Inspired by 1920 Novel

Ukrainian artist Mikhaylo Vityk (a.k.a. Vakula) has announced plans for a new album named A Voyage to Arcturus, inspired by the 1920 David Lindsay book of the same name. Read more » 

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  • 10/17/2014

Download: Medlar "The Camberwell Beauty"

With the 2014 edition of the annual Amsterdam Dance Event festival in full swing this weekend, "music discovery service" 22tracks and file transfer service WeTransfer have decided to mark the occasion by putting together Transfer Tracks Vol. 1, a—you guessed it—22-track compilation. Nestled between productions from the likes of Jacob Korn, Sisterhood, and Julien Mier, among others, is Medlar's "The Camberwell Beauty" (one of a number of tunes exclusive to the collection). A warm, sample-based excursion, "The Camberwell Beauty" piles heavenly harp runs and jazzy Rhodes chords atop an array of lively percussion loops and shuffled snares. Medlar's entrancing contribution to Transfer Tracks Vol. 1 can be grabbed below, while the full compilation can be downloaded for free here

Average: 8.1 (49 votes)

Listen to Huxley's Upcoming Debut LP, 'Blurred'


Out on Monday via Aus/!K7, Blurred—the debut LP from UK producer/DJ Huxley—can now be streamed in full ahead of its release. Read more » 

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  • 10/17/2014

Watch the Video for Lakker's "Mountain Divide"

As we reported in August, Irish pair Lakker has just let loose its second EP for Belgium's iconic R&S label. Now the duo has shared a new video for EP standout "Mountain Divide," a track which finds Lakker in mesmeric, undulating form, with huge sheets of celestial noise washing over urgent but muffled beats throughout its eight-minute duration. Read more » 

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  • 10/17/2014

Listen to Objekt's Upcoming Debut LP for PAN in Full

Before it lands via Bill Kouligas' PAN imprint next week, the ambitious debut LP from Berlin producer Objekt is now streaming in full. Read more » 

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  • 10/16/2014

Watch the Final Episode of RBMA's 'Diggin' in the Carts' Series

After following along with Red Bull Music Academy's exceptional Diggin' in the Carts films for the past five weeks, we have arrived at the documentary series' final episode. Read more » 

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  • 10/16/2014

M. Geddes Gengras to Release New LP of Modular Compositions

Following closely behind his recent LP for Leaving/Stones Throw, M. Geddes Gengras will release a new collection of modular compositions next month via the Umor Rex imprint. Read more » 

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  • 10/16/2014

Download: Lixo "Makes Me"

First Listen

London resident Alexander Hislop certainly keeps himself busy—the man oversees the GETME! label, helms a regular show on NTS Radio, and produces tracks under the name Lixo. His latest tune, "Makes Me," comes ahead of a Lixo EP which is currently in the works and likely to land sometime next year. A bulbous production, "Makes Me" is built atop a procession of choppy rhythms, the track's thick snares, precisely tuned kicks, and crisp bits of drum-machine percussion serving as the bed to an array of manipulated vocal chops and gritty chord stabs. 

Average: 7.5 (38 votes)

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