It's no secret that we here at XLR8R are massive fans of UK DJ/producer/musician Four Tet. We've already sang the praises of his brand-new, XLR8R Pick'd Pink LP, we've profiled more or less his entire back catalog in our recent Rewind feature, and now, we're premiering this fresh remix he crafted for Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich's Ultraísta band. Read more »
North Carolina producers Jorge Xavier Fernandez and Petey Evans, who make up the duo Clicks & Whistles, are set to release their Serious Bidness EP via Distal's Embassy label on September 17. In the meantime, they were kind enough to offer us "Adventure Tune," the final track of the collection. The song could very well serve as a video game theme, with its animated sound effects of characters shouting "jump!" and "hey!" and Gameboy-referencing synth patches, but also offers a massive-yet-soothing bassline with its innumerable layers of cosmic melodies. You can check out the tracklist and artwork for Clicks & Whistle's new record before it drops next week, after the jump. Read more »
Enigmatic East Coast artist Every (who you may remember from a track we posted last year) is gearing up to release a new EP via Chicago label Ounce, and has dropped this tune in our laps ahead of that occasion. "U Peaking" is another syrupy cut from the Rhode Island producer, featuring an array of synths and a vivid spectrum of percussion and drum sounds in its effervescent mix. It may not be obvious at first, but Every recorded all of his Drive South EP on a farm in North Carolina. Look for the rest of this record to drop in the weeks ahead.
Trainwreck is a new feature on XLR8R where artists tell us, in their own words, about some horror stories from their past. Catastrophic gear failures, sketchy promoters, travel nightmares... it's all fodder for Trainwreck. For the first edition, we spoke to DJ/producer/bandleader and Ghostly stalwart Matthew Dear, who just released his fifth solo album, the deceptively sunny Beams, last month. Here, he details his worst touring experience—the time he crashed his tour van into a parked car on his first trip to New York... and got away with it. Read more »
Summer may be rapidly coming to a close, but the global onslaught of high-quality electronic-music festivals continues without respite. This week, attentions are turning toward Vancouver, which is playing host to the annual New Forms Festival, four-day art and music event with a lineup featuring XLR8R favorites such as Actress, Kode9, Canblaster, Kuedo, Teebs, Pilooski, Kevin McPhee, and others too numerous to list. We asked the New Forms organizers if one of the festival artists would like to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series, and we have to admit that we were pretty excited when we were told that Detroit veteran DJ Stingray was up to the task. Read more »
Manchester-based producer Pále (a.k.a. Leo Marcus) just dropped his "Silverstair" single via Four40, delivering one of that record's two remixes to mark the occasion. Kahwe's version of the song never builds to the same teeth-gritting crescendo as Pále's original, crafting a more tempered rework instead. The Leeds tunesmith builds a head-nodding pulse and fits the tune with faraway vocal samples that nestle into the shifting percussion—effectively transforming "Silverstair" into a deep house groove. After the jump, you can stream snippets of the rest of Pále's new record—including a remix from 5kinandbone5—all of which is available now over on Juno. Read more »
Few labels in the last decade have established as commanding of a presence as Crosstown Rebels. Led by outlandish personality Damian Lazarus, the imprint and its disciples have orchestrated a near-dominant takeover of underground tech-house across the globe with their occasionally haunting and always deep and funky sound. Typically, the secret weapon in Crosstown Rebels' success has been fresh talent. The success of Lazarus signings across the last 99 releases has introduced one scene stealer after another, including, among others, Art Department, Jamie Jones, and Maceo Plex. Bringing on an already established name is a much more seldom occurrence at the Rebels' camp, which makes this release from Montreal electro-techno luminary Tiga impressive beyond the fact that it's the label's centennial single. Read more »
The UK producer known as Lorenz System (a.k.a. Nathan Spooner, formerly Beacon) just self-released his The Other U EP online as a free download, with a limited vinyl release in the works. "You Have Taken Everything Part 2" gives the sense that its clicking percussion and watery chords are delving into deep space, sounding something like a tune crafted by Floating Points, who—incidentally—also owes his moniker to obscure mathematical references. Spooner's track has a more purposeful beat than most of the others on his record, which is mostly occupied with patient and pretty sounds. You can grab the rest of Lorenz System's The Other U EP over on Facebook.
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