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Bubblin' Up Week 2013: Young Echo, Kahn, Vessel, Kowton, Artifact, Hodge, and the Rest of Bristol's New Generation

"It's hard to say how much influence Bristol has had on me, musically speaking," says Seb Gainsborough (a.k.a. Vessel) on the ties between his music and the city he's grown up in. "When you're making electronic music, it seems hard to get away from your geography. The musician's working environment is often of greater interest than the musician, and by default a whole history and set of assumptions is transplanted that aren't necessarily relevant. That said, I do believe that a person's environment will influence what they create." It's a dichotomy that seems of particular relevance to Bristol; unlike cities like Detroit, Chicago or Berlin, it's difficult to tie the city to the history of a single electronic genre, and various attempts over the past twenty years to trace the path of a specific 'Bristol sound' have felt forced and clumsy. Yet for over three decades, the city has been an undoubtedly fertile breeding ground for electronic and experimental music; from its links to trip-hop, drum & bass, and breakbeat in the '90s to its deep-rooted affiliation with soundsystem culture, its adoption as dubstep's second city in the mid '00s, and the Julio Bashmore-led house boom of recent years. It might not match the backstories of the aforementioned hometowns of house and techno, but there is undoubtedly something special about Bristol, something that allows certain late-night strains of music to flourish. Read more » 

Download: Flote "The Cascades"

Flote is a budding East Coast producer keen on crafting hip-hop inspired beats lodged somewhere between stoney and experimental sound spectrums. "The Cascades" is one such track, pulled from the man's recent Sacred Wisdom album (artwork above) and featuring Bibio-style reversed guitar, swirling synths, rolling toms, and just a touch of boom-bap. After giving this Flote cut a listen, you can pick up the man's entire 15-track LP for free over on Bandcamp

Average: 8.1 (64 votes)

Review: Butch feat. Hohberg Lullabies to Paralyze

2012 was another intensely productive year for German tech-house producer Butch (a.k.a. Bülent Gürler). Since he first appeared in 2007, Butch has maintained a prolific output that often manages to ride the line between quantity and quality. Yet, as could be expected from someone with so many releases, his style sometimes feels undefined beyond its slick production aesthetic. Lullabies to Paralyze doesn't do much to change that, with two tracks that never stray far from the accepted norms of contemporary tech house. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 01/07/2013

Download: Davis "Into the Night (Instrumental)"

The original version of "Into the Night" by Davis, the collaborative project with Matthewdavid (pictured above) on production and Serengeti on vocals, is set to appear as part of the forthcoming Dual Form compilation, a collection put together by both Stones Throw and Matthewdavid's Leaving label. But before that release drops on January 22 (although it should be noted that Dual Form is out now as a limited double-casette), Matthewdavid has passed along the fuzzy, '80s soul-sampling instrumental version of "Into the Night" to preview the release and inform our readers of his planned mini-tour through California. After giving the warm hip-hop beat a spin, you'll find the man's upcoming dates—which kicks off this Wednesday—displayed on a slick, cosmic GIF after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 5.8 (33 votes)

Review: Damu "If You've Got Nothing to Hide" b/w "You've Got Nothing to Fear"

Label: Damu

After a prolific run in 2011, Damu has been relatively quiet for some time; his debut LP, Unity, was the UK producer's last substantial piece of work. In the time between that release and now, it seems that Damu's production aims have changed course, as the "If You've Got Nothing to Hide" b/w "You've Got Nothing to Fear" single moves past the melodically focused bass music which marked his earlier releases. Instead, it offers up a pair of machine-minded club tracks to launch the man's new series of self-released singles. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 01/07/2013

The Lowdown - This Week's XLR8R Top 10 with DJ Shadow, Ghostly, Jamie xx, and More

Throughout the week, a whole lot of material gets posted here on XLR8R. And while we know—and love—that some hardcore readers will eagerly pour over every single news story, interview, podcast, video, and MP3 download that appears on the site, we also realize that for most people, it's impossible to see everything, which means that some quality XLR8R content is likely to get missed in the hustle and bustle of everyone's daily lives. In the interest of making it easier for everyone to catch up, every Friday we present The Lowdown, a weekly wrap-up of the top 10 tidbits from our site. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 01/04/2013

Download: DJ Haus "Thug Houz Anthem!"

Unknown to the Unknown label boss DJ Haus just dropped another slamming house track, "Thug Houz Anthem!," which arrives with news of a forthcoming mixtape of the same name. If you're familiar with DJ Haus, you may remember the freebies his Hot City duo dropped recently and his FACT TV interview from November, in which he discussed his love for throwback rave tunes and his desire to revamp and improve that classic '90s sound. In that vein, "Thugz Houz Anthem!" sounds like something out of a '93 warehouse party, but with the quality of a contemporary studio production. With an infectious vocal chop lifted from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's infamous "Thuggish Ruggish Bone," it's a tune that'll undoubtedly rock just about any house-inclined dancefloor. You can check out the "ear bleeding" video for DJ Haus' latest after the jump, and be sure to look out for the Thug Houz Anthems Vol. 1 mixtape when it appears via Unknown to the Unknown.  Read more » 

Average: 5 (115 votes)

Check Out Keysound's Two-Hour Holiday Mix for Rinse

While XLR8R was away, Dusk & Blackdown's Keysound label put together a special holiday set for its show on Rinse FM, a lengthy mix which features exclusives from the label and sets from Wen, Gerv LV, Logos, Visionist, E.m.m.a., and the label heads themselves. Now, the broadcast has been made available to stream and download in full. Read more » 

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  • 01/04/2013

Bubblin' Up Week Begins Monday, Highlights Artists to Watch in 2013

XLR8R regulars are likely already familiar with our Bubblin' Up series, in which we profile up-and-coming artists whose work is beginning to make an impact in the electronic realm. Given that a new year has just begun, it's only natural to start thinking about which new acts will be making waves in the months ahead, which is why we've decided to do something special and stretch Bubblin' Up into a week-long endeavor. Beginning on Monday, we'll be running a series of content highlighting the emerging artists whose work already has us amped for 2013. Read more » 

Gear: Waves Introduces Debut Softsynth

The longtime pro-audio plug-in developers at Waves have announced the release of the company's first softsynth ever, called Element. Read more » 

  • Filed under: gear
  • 01/04/2013

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