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Stream Tom Demac's 'Little Bits That Matter' EP

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If you've been paying attention to XLR8R throughout the year (which we hope you have been), you're likely to have noticed that Tom Demac has been busy putting together a pretty stellar 2012—his "Critical Distance Pt. 2" single was an XLR8R Pick, his September podcast was our second favorite of the year, and most recently, he added another impressive EP to his name, Little Bits That Matter. As our review of the record stated yesterday, the three-track EP showcases Demac's unique affinity for robust tunes which exist somewhere between house and bass music. While the EP is out on vinyl now, it will see a digital release next week via the Pets label. Before then, you can stream the entire Little Bits That Matter EP after the jump. Read more » 

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  • 12/14/2012

Download: La Boum Fatale "Snalle (Glenn Astro's Snaller Remix)"

Label: Sinnbus

German outfit La Boum Fatale (pictured above) released its Two Remixes EP (with reworks of material taken from the Damwild EP from earlier this year) earlier this week, and we have one of those two remixes for you here. Produced by fellow German artist Glenn Astro, this driving version of "Snalle" is propelled by an otherworldly drum kit that sounds as though it manifested aboard a space shuttle. Familiar elements—such as lifelike bells and a keyboard riff that at times sounds like steel drums—help bring the mix down to Earth while still maintaining its deep-house vibe. You can check out the second remix featured on La Boum Fatale's Two remixes EP after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8 (56 votes)
 
 

Review: Essáy "Find You"

Label: Fauxpas

In the past year, Essáy seems to have struggled in making the jump from SoundCloud beatmaker to legitimite producer. After gracing our Downloads section with a number of promising tracks in 2011, the German producer has since appeared on a variety of labels but has so far been unable to recapture the inviting "emotional techno" on which he built his intial buzz. Unfortunately, "Find You" follows along this same trajectory, which is likely why the sole original tune offered here comes tucked away behind a pair of remixes that outshine it. Read more » 

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  • 12/14/2012

Download: Aleph "Messa (A-Moll)"

Canadian-based label King Deluxe is offering a free compilation via its beautifully rendered and sometimes animated website as a way of celebrating its second birthday. Included in the 19-track package is a dramatic offering from the young Russian producer Aleph, who has so far released two EPs through King Deluxe and has an LP coming this January. (We recently posted an edit of a tune from his new record for Lowriders Collective, too.) Beginning with heavily cut up and reverb-drenched choir vocals, "Messa (A-Moll)" leads itself into warm, muted samples of acoustic drums and brightly shining synths. The epic track could be something from a video game, which is fitting considering King Deluxe's aesthetic choices (you can get an idea of what we mean here and here). The label's massive freebie also includes longstanding contributors such as Alphabets Heaven and Fancy Mike, and can be downloaded for free, here. If that's not enough King Deluxe action for you, be sure to watch the compilation's cinematic trailer after the jump. Read more » 

Average: 7 (59 votes)
 
 

Lemonade Shares New Remixes

Brooklyn trio and one-time XLR8R podcast contributor Lemonade has shared a collection of remixes for "Ice Water" and "Big Changes," two tracks culled from the outift's Diver LP (out earlier this year via True Panther), all of which have been made availible for free download. Read more » 

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  • 12/13/2012

Watch Squarepusher Talk Live Show

Veteran London artist Tom Jenkinson (a.k.a. Squarepusher) recently sat down with the folks at Pitchfork TV for an interview about his pretty amazing live show (you may remember how much we enjoyed his visuals at Barcelona's Sónar this year), resulting in a piece which also features footage from his recent Ufabulum tour. Read more » 

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  • 12/13/2012

Download: Guerre "For Qwanisha"

Label: Yes Please

Australian producer and vocalist Guerre has released the b-side of his "Rashad (Loose Pace)" single to the world, a beautiful white dove of a tune lovingly titled "For Qwanisha." Intimate lo-fi beats that recall Shlohmo's Bad Vibes LP caress Guerre's sweet falsetto as it calls out in deep longing for Qwanisha (who, as Facebook tells us, was once Guerre's "own"). Towards the end, an unexpected rumble of a bassline kicks in for just a moment, leaving us wanting more, but alas, all we can do is flip to the a-side, which you can do after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.1 (60 votes)
 
 

Autechre Announces New Double-Disc Album for Warp

It certainly doesn't feel like it's been years since a long-player arrived from the UK experimentalists of Autechre, but we've just been reminded that that is indeed the case, as IDM veterans Rob Brown and Sean Booth announced that they will release their follow-up to Oversteps almost three years later to the date. Read more » 

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  • 12/13/2012

XLR8R's Best of 2012: New Artists

Electronic music has always been a lightning-fast genre, and the pace certainly didn't slow down in 2012. Throughout the year, there was a constant barrage of new—new songs, new sounds, new labels, new scenes, and, of course, new artists. Supporting new acts is a bit of a tricky business, as the annals of electronic-music history are filled with producers who suddenly emerged with an exciting tune or two, only to fizzle out and disappear just as quickly. Nevertheless, we pride ourselves on being able to spot the quality newcomers, and now that the year is coming to a close, we've put together a list of 10 new artists who were not only impressive in 2012, but seem poised to continue making an impact in the years ahead. Read more » 

XLR8R's Best of 2012: Hi, Doctor Nick!

For the past several months, NY street shaman Nick Hook has been working as our resident advice columnist, stepping in every Thursday morning to assist our readers with their questions about music, production, DJing, travel, romance, and living life. That said, this week we're letting Doctor Nick take a break from helping the masses, as we've asked him to put together his thoughts on the Best of 2012. Fear not, he'll get back to doling out wisdom in 2013, so keep sending your questions to doctornick@xlr8r.com.

Yooooooooooo.

Year-end lists suck. Superlatives suck. Everything sucks. No, I'm just kidding. It's been the wildest year—so dark and so bright at the exact same time. I saw more things than ever before, watched so many of my peers take strides that I couldn't imagine in my wildest dreams, and somehow, it all felt completely normal. I feel like Forrest Gump every day. Anyways, this year has been so exciting and inspiring, but in many ways, it was the year of strength, holding on, and not being afraid of anything.

I'm looking forward to an amazing 2013. Be safe for New Years. Don't do too many drugs and wrap it up if you find a pretty lady. Read more » 

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