Maybe this goes without saying, but Kevin McPhee's production approach seems nowhere near the end of its evolutionary period. Since appearing on the scene early last year, the Toronto-based artist has undergone a fast-paced transformation, shedding the R&B-touches and spacey chords of his earliest output for tougher, more dancefloor-aligned tracks. His debut for West Norwood Cassette Library is the latest documentation of such; existing somewhere between hard-edged techno and shuffling bass music (with some classic dubstep nods thrown in for good measure), McPhee proves again to be a talent who's not constricted to any specific genre. Read more »
In anticipation of its forthcoming Future Daughters EP, Future Dollars (a.k.a. Sam Smith and Jake Nadrich) sent over "Proto Party" as a hint of what's to come. The track offers a myriad of unconventional drum samples, all of which bounce alongside a sputtering synthline and disguised guitar sounds from the duo's jam sessions. The NY-via-LA transplants, who nonetheless remain a cornerstone of SoCal audio-visual collective 6BIT (you may remember "Lost Kingdom" from fellow 6BIT artist Dreams, a tune that made our list of Top 20 Downloads last month), will drop the rest of Future Daughters via their crew's label sometime next month.
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 »
At this point, it seems safe to say that Marc Kinchen (a.k.a. MK) is not camera shy. Just last month we shared a pair of videos in which he detailed the process for crafting his patented MK dubs, and now a new interview has popped up, this time with the legendary house producer taking on a wider range of topics including his early days in Detroit, the heyday of '90s NY house, and his plans for the future. Read more »
Though we tend to neglect many flash-in-the-pan genres here at XLR8R, there are certainly some fad-friendly tunes we can get behind. One such track comes from Atlanta-based DJ/producer Manikan, whose brand-new On the Grind EP features an array of so-called "future-trap" beats. "S.L.A.M." is the only collaborative track on the record, however, produced with the help of longtime Philadelphia producer and Secluasiasis boss Dev 79. Though it contains the ubiquitous, thuggish vocal samples that have become all too familiar lately, Manikan's tune sets itself apart with refreshing, sparkling pads, fluttering percussion, and a juke-leaning break. Stream the full EP after the jump. Read more »
After impressing us earlier this year with his excellent Time Team LP, Slugabed had been a little too quiet for our tastes over the past few months. But now, the UK producer has announced the launch of his own imprint, Activia Benz, set to drop its first EP—the debut outing from a Belarusian beatsmith known as Deech—next month. Read more »
Los Angeles' Don Froth has steadily made a name for himself over the years as a capable dance music adventurer across a handful of releases for West Norwood Casette Library, Phonica, and his own Froth'n imprint. Now, the SoCal producer is planning to make his debut on NYC's UNO label later this month with the five-track REflex EP (artwork above). Among the four originals Froth's forthcoming EP has to offer, the record is also set to feature one of Detroit's finest, Anthony "Shake" Shakir, who has been enlisted to remix the effort's title track. And, best yet, that resulting acid-tinged workout has been offered up for free download before the REflex EP sees an official release November 27.
The array of sights and sounds we have for you in today's Press Play installment is kind of amazing. Seriously, a whole lot of great tunes from top-notch artists appeared on the internet this week—including remixes, originals, exclusive premieres, and more from the likes of Com Truise, Dinamo Azari of Azari & III, Jerome LOL, Jimmy Edgar, Lindstrøm, Mmoths, members of The Miracles Club, and plenty of others. There's a whole lot to take in here, so make sure you're up to date on all of the new tunes after the jump. Read more »
All week long, we've been posting features and lists detailing our favorite labels—if you've missed any of that, catch up with them all here—but for this year's edition of Labels We Love, we wanted to do something a little different. Last week, we put out the call for our readers to vote for their favorite imprints, and although it took a while to tabulate the thousands of votes we received from around the globe, we've come up with a list of the Top 20 labels, as voted by the XLR8R faithful. Looking at results, one thing is immediately clear: our readers have pretty damn good taste. Read more »
Gear: This Week In Music Tech: New Pioneer and Elektron Gear, Barker & Baumecker's Studio, Free Drum Samples from Dublab, and More
It's been a busy week in the world of music production technology; between the slew of new products announced, shipped, and updated, there has certainly been a lot to keep up with. Fortunately, we've gathered up the most important bits in one convenient place yet again, so read up and grab some free drum sample packs while you're at it. Read more »
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