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Podcast 274: The Crystal Ark

It's not often that XLR8R receives a podcast that was conceived as a "meditation tape," but Gavin Russom has never exactly been a "normal" artist. Over the years, the veteran NYC producer has taken numerous musical forms, the only constants being his affinity for vintage synths and his affiliation with the seminal DFA label. His current focus is The Crystal Ark, a Latin-tinged collaboration with vocalist Viva Ruiz. Following a pair of initial singles in 2010, the group released its self-titled debut full-length last month, and the activity hasn't stopped there. Just yesterday, the duo premiered a wild new video for album cut "We Came To," and now, there's this exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Download: Kommune1 "Helios"

Burgeoning UK techno talent Kommune1 (a.k.a. Danois Martin) has doled out "Helios," a bonus cut from his upcoming single on Lone's Magic Wire label. According to the imprint's SoundCloud, the forthcoming record is "a perfect DJ tool," a descriptor that's equally fitting for "Helios." The track is a surly, crackling stomper buzzing with sounds that resemble both static electricity and the haunting white noise of air moving through an empty warehouse. If "Helios" tickles your fancy, make sure to give "MOTUS" a listen in the player below.  Read more » 

Average: 7.8 (75 votes)

Review: Sigha Living with Ghosts

Label: Hotflush

Over the course of two years and 11 releases, James Shaw (a.k.a Sigha) has made a gradual shift away from the fractured, ambient garage of his earliest tunes, moving instead toward a wholehearted embrace of the spartan power of European techno. It's a sonic change that logically matches Shaw's geographic relocation, as he started his production career in London, but now resides in Berlin. As such, it comes as little surprise that his debut full-length does away with almost all traces of the kick-n'-stick 2-step of early tracks like "Rawww" and "On The Strip," replacing it with something more akin to the subtly aggressive throb of classic Surgeon or Marcel Dettmann. But even by the standards of these new-found influences, Living With Ghosts is both bleak and intense. Read more » 

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  • 11/20/2012

Download: Pyrenees "Bird Migration"

South London producer Pyrenees (a.k.a. Jeremias Carroza) hasn't shared much since he released his debut album, The Forest & the Sea, via Ensmble earlier this year, but he's been quietly hard at work nonetheless. In fact, he's been crafting another LP for the last 10 or so months, and has offered one of its cuts as a free download. "Bird Migration" is a high-energy roller, full of whirring sounds and bright colors anchored to a speedy beat. If you dig the track, you can check out the rest of Pyrenees' new record, called Wilderness, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.5 (56 votes)

Review: Merveille & Crosson DRM

If the members of Visionquest were looked at like a popular rock band—with Seth Troxler playing the part of the adored frontman and party boy Lee Curtiss as the wild drummer—Ryan Crosson might be the lead guitarist, the focused musical intellect who is forever collaborating, expanding his sound to the adoration of critics, and avoiding mainstream fame out of integrity for his art. Of course, each member of Visionquest is a musical mind in his own right, deserving equal credit for the playful, underground house and techno that the quartet is serving up both as producers and label owners, but with the imprint's debut long player, DRM, Crosson and his studio partner, Cadenza's Cesar Merveille, have raised the bar—and the brow—of Visionquest's offerings. Read more » 

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  • 11/20/2012

Video: The Crystal Ark "We Came To"

At the end of October, NYC outlet DFA released the self-titled debut LP by The Crystal Ark, a collective spearheaded by LCD Soundsystem alum and prolific artist Gavin Russom; today they have unveiled a video for album cut "We Came To." Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/19/2012

Will Saul Readies New Collaborative Single

Will Saul, the man behind both the Aus and Simple labels, has announced a new collaborative single alongside rising producer October that is set to drop next month. Read more » 

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  • 11/19/2012

Download a New Track from Machinedrum

If you recall from a month or so back, we shared news of a new compilation from LA's Innovative Leisure imprint, one compiled by Lazer Sword's Low Limit with a slew of impressive producers contributing to its tracklist. Now, the always prolific Machinedrum has offered his contribution for free download. Read more » 

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  • 11/19/2012

Download: Ali Renault "Lydden Circuit (Brassica Cover)"

First Listen

Here we have British producer Ali Renault taking a stab at covering Brassica's (pictured above) "Lydden Circuit," a cut from his brand-new Temple Fortune EP for Civil. It's admittedly strange that Renault chose to cover the track, especially because it basically sounds like the same jam, albeit with sharper attacks on the various synth layers and an added two minutes. Regardless, "Lydden Circuit" is driven by a strong, resonant bassline, with a solid vocabulary of synths reinforcing the club-oriented vibe; it is a tune well-suited for large rooms, without a doubt. And if you're in the mood for some more Brassica, check out the video for the original "Lydden Circuit" after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8 (73 votes)

Stream New Releases from DVA and Hemlock

DVA's return to Hyperdub and each exclusive track on the forthcoming Chapter One compilation from Untold's Hemlock label are now free to preview. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/19/2012

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