Whether it's fair or not, Jon Convex is probably best known as "the other guy from Instra:mental." To be certain, his former production partner Boddika has snagged a lot of headlines over the past year or so, but Convex hasn't exactly been a slouch. Building upon the stripped-down, electro-flavored rhythms that powered the final Instra:mental album, Resolution 653, Convex has been releasing a stready stream of bass-loaded, robotic funk workouts on labels such as [NakedLunch] and 3024. Next week, he'll be releasing his debut solo LP, Idoru, on his own Convex Industries imprint, so we've invited him to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series to help commemorate the occasion. Read more »
"Music discovery service" 22Tracks, based in Amsterdam, Brussels, and London, is set to release its first compilation this week, and has offered up a taste of what's in store. The sample comes in the form of "A Thousand Streets" by Dutch producer Fedbymachines (a.k.a. Peter Mohnen), whose blooming beat work transforms an arhythmic, limping drum pattern into a stuttering two-step. Pools of synth sounds arise from the waves of lapping water and white noise at the beginning of the tune, which eventually settles into a lull of reverb-doused psychedelia. "A Thousand Streets" will be released alongside 21 other tunes helmed by Dutch artists on July 27.
Ben Westbeech is a man of many hats—vocalist, producer, DJ—and now you can add label head to the list, as "You Won't Find Love Again" marks the first release on the UK veteran's newly founded Naked Naked imprint. Dropping a single-track effort under his Breach handle, Westbeech launches his label with a lush piece of driving, soulful house. Read more »
Helsinki duo Femme En Fourrure (a.k.a. Juuso and Bianca) sent over one of its recent productions, "Letter to My Brother," the result of a collaboration with Lauri from fellow Finnish outfit Bendagram. As Femme En Fourrure wrote in an email, "Letter to My Brother" is a cut of "sleazy, lean, and slow techno" that builds a sultry mood with its quiet hi-hats, dark synth flashes, and breathy, pitched-down vocals repeating a singular enigmatic phrase. Apparently, the artists haven't yet decided whether to officially release the track, so grab it below, because you may never see it again.
Having afforded the world such an enervating rhythmic wake-up call with both his Hyperdub-released Set The Tone EP and its predecessor, the anthemic "Tarantula," it's a welcome return for Ossie Aneke, whose Supercali EP is a warm development on his combination of skittering beats and pan-genre influence that pricked up ears in early 2011. His latest EP is surfacing on the freshly christened 2020 Midnight Visions imprint, and finds Ossie's fluid electronics spliced in with a more restrained, taut aesthetic than his previous offerings. Read more »
Throughout the week, forward-thinking Berlin producer Objekt (whose "Cactus" b/w "Porcupine" single was deemed an XLR8R Pick earlier this year) will be taking on questions regarding his production techniques and set-up, answering them via a thread on Dubstep Forum. Read more »
Brothers Michael and Jared Bell have announced the imminent release of their first LP since 2009's Shutter Release under their moniker Lymbyc Systym. Symbolyst (arriving September 18 via Austin-based label Western Vinyl, artwork above) is the duo's third LP to date, but the first written with a significant geographical distance between the bandmates, with Michael living in Japan and Jared in Brookyln. "Prairie School" is the record's opening tune, and boasts a driving, arpeggiated melody which bubbles underneath the moody Rhodes chords while a whining synth floats atop the crunchy drum beats and distorted bassline. This fall, Lymbyc System will be on tour across the US in support of Symbolyst, the dates of which you'll find after the jump, along with a teaser video for the band's new LP. Read more »
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