The last we heard from My Panda Shall Fly (a.k.a. Suren Seneviratne), he had teamed up with fellow Londoner Benjamin Jackson for a collaborative EP. Today, he's presented a fresh alliance with another London-based producer, Will Ward, which comes in the form of a three-track record for fledgling imprint XVI. Featured here, the video for that record's closing track, "Giant Shoe," was directed by Seneviratne himself, and matches the undulating bass, prickly synths, and clicking percussion with stock footage of outer space and natural wonders of the world. Read more »
Earlier this week, the St. Petersburg-based producer Monokle (pictured above) impressed us with his ambitous new LP for Ki, Saints, and now we've managed to get our hands on a remix of the album's title track. Left in the hands of London producer Fybe:one, the tune remains tender and airy, but not without gaining an extra bit of swing and a sludgier, more gliding low-end to complete this enveloping remix. And, in case you missed it last month, we've gone ahead and thrown the video for Monokle's original "Swan" after the jump. Read more »
As a ritual item, masks are a universal human fascination. These objects may be simple, yet they possess a transformative potential that's as powerful as it is mysterious. Tribal rites in places as far flung as West Africa and Bali use masks as vehicles of temporary possession, seeing them as crucial for the performance of ceremony. To don the mask in such a situation is to be freed of previous identity, history, and personality—but this comes at the price of playing a subservient role to an inhabiting alien presence. This is something that Sebastian Kramer discovered when he first put on the creepy red mask that would come to define Redshape, the production alter ego that has dominated his output for the past six years. Read more »
There's no stopping Doctor Nick. The man is in the midst of a European tour, but Nick Hook has still set aside the time to some drop knowledge for his weekly advice column here on XLR8R. The good doctor's knowledge runs the gamut, as he can wax poetic about music, travel, production, DJing, and a whole lot more, so keep those questions coming to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll let Nick take it from here.
Hello from Paris. Plzzzz send in more questions. Tell everyone! Anyways, I had to slap this dude in the face in Vienna while I was DJing because he came at my face while I was playing "Fall in Love" by Slum Village. I warned him not to talk shit, but he kept going. So I would like to start off this week's column by advising you to have respect when going to voice your opinion to a DJ. We wouldn't come to your job and tell you how to do it. Just leave, or go chill with the other 99% that seems to be having the time of their life. Read more »
It's been a while since we've heard from Luxembourg Lomo-wave producer Sun Glitters, but he's back with a single called "Mouth" for us today. Keeping in line with his usual shoegazey style, dreamy, pitch-shifted vocals linger in the production's reverberating atmosphere of rustic percussion, as the sound of rattling chains drags through a viscous bassline. "Mouth" is taken from a two-track 7" that will be available on December 18 via Lefse.
Just a couple of months after the release of his playfully titled Adventures in Rainbow Country EP, Addison Groove and 50 Weapons are offering up a pair of remixes of that record's standout track, "I Go Boom." DJ Rashad and Doc Daneeka have been enlisted to re-work the song, and both do their best to individually breathe new life into the bombastic track. Read more »
Hound Scales, a recent San Francisco transplant now residing in New York City, is a producer of decidedly somber house music. Today, we have a remix from Cloaka (pictured above) of that artist's "Bokhara Stitch," which is about as dark as the original production; slightly haphazard metallic rhythms are sewn into a crisp hi-hat patterns, classic four-on-the-floor beats, and groaning low end to an almost unnerving effect.
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