Taken from the first disc of Japanese artist Cuushe's (pictured above) recently released Girl You Know That I Am Here But the Dream, "Summer Night Sketch (Botany Remix)" is a jangly and reverb-addled reinterpretation of a softly mesmerizing tune from the artist's debut LP, Red Rocket Telepathy. Texan beatsmith Botany nabbed bits and pieces of Cuushe's barely there vocals for his rework, and intertwines them with his organic rhythms and percussive melodies, all of which culminates in a production that sounds not unlike some of our favorite tracks on Four Tet's breathtaking There Is Love in You.
London duo CSY & Stripes (pictured above) has tried its hand at reworking over-the-top club banger "Beat Dun Drop," the latest single to arrive from UK "creative collective" Machines Don't Care. Thankfully, "Beat Dun Drop (CSY & Stripes Remix)" makes little use of the original vocal hooks (though its sporadic appearances throughout the tune are somehow more palatable) and does away with MDC's bombastic sound palette, focusing instead on swaying garage rhythms, rolling basslines, and crunchy synth melodies to work out its club-ready groove.
The French soft-synth maker Arturia recently repackaged 10 of its most popular analog-modelling virtual instruments into what it's calling Next Generation versions—featuring new packaging, 64-bit compatibility, improvements in MIDI assigment capabilities, and overall enhanced performance. Here, we take a look at three of the instruments to see how these new editions hold up. Read more »
NYC's Portable Sunsets dropped its Mercy LP just a month ago via Daedelus' Magical Properties imprint, and follows that release today with this special version of one of its cuts, This "DX7 Dub" of that tune still features vocalist Christopher Wade, but exchanges the original's jittery funk vibes for a more bulbous and subdued sound that bounces along at an easy pace. The results are about as close to an electro-pop tune as you're likely to hear on XLR8R, albeit one more suited for bedtime than late-night revelry.
If there was ever any question as to whether Jacques Greene could continue to evolve and innovate after making such a big splash when he first appeared on the scene, his latest EP should go a long way towards putting any lingering doubts to rest. Landing somewhere in between the R&B-soaked burners which propelled his ascent up the bass-music ladder and the more elongated, introspective pieces (in particular the Koreless-featuring "Arrow") which have come along more recently, the Ready EP is a lush, alluring collection of masterful club music. Read more »
Probably one of this year's most unexpectedly gratifying records is producer David Douglas' ode to the North American horticulturist of the same name, Royal Horticultural Society, a track from which we posted about a month ago. Now, the Utrecht-based artist has unveiled a video for that record's lead cut, the subtly funky and spacious "California Poppy." Read more »
If you've had the chance to check out this week's XLR8R podcast, a jazzy and soulful jaunt through the realms of house and techno by Berlin's Mike Shannon, then you're at least acquainted with the work of DeWalta, a DJ/producer and fellow Berliner signed to Shannon's Haunt label. "Jog Trot" comes from the artist born David Koch, and is a bonus tune that we're treated to following the release of his latest LP, Wander. Much like Shannon's excellent XLR8R podcast, DeWalta's production is tasteful and jazzy, balancing on the line between upbeat dancefloor music and a contemplative instrumental groove.
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