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Kompakt Unveils 'Pop Ambient 2013'

The internationally renowned Kompakt label has just announced the details for Pop Ambient 2013, its enduring, annual compilation. Read more » 

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  • 11/08/2012

Download: Monokle "Swan (Fybe:one Remix)"

First Listen

Earlier this week, the St. Petersburg-based producer Monokle (pictured above) impressed us with his ambitous new LP for Ki, Saints, and now we've managed to get our hands on a remix of the album's title track. Left in the hands of London producer Fybe:one, the tune remains tender and airy, but not without gaining an extra bit of swing and a sludgier, more gliding low-end to complete this enveloping remix. And, in case you missed it last month, we've gone ahead and thrown the video for Monokle's original "Swan" after the jump. Read more » 

Average: 8.3 (91 votes)

DJ Funeral Readies Second EP for Body High; Preview it Now

The elusive producer known as DJ Funeral has unveiled his latest upcoming project, another four-track record for Samo Sound Boy's and Jerome LOL's Body High imprint. Read more » 

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  • 11/08/2012

Deep Inside: Redshape 'Square'

As a ritual item, masks are a universal human fascination. These objects may be simple, yet they possess a transformative potential that's as powerful as it is mysterious. Tribal rites in places as far flung as West Africa and Bali use masks as vehicles of temporary possession, seeing them as crucial for the performance of ceremony. To don the mask in such a situation is to be freed of previous identity, history, and personality—but this comes at the price of playing a subservient role to an inhabiting alien presence. This is something that Sebastian Kramer discovered when he first put on the creepy red mask that would come to define Redshape, the production alter ego that has dominated his output for the past six years. Read more » 

Hi, Doctor Nick! - Finding the Creative Spark and Guestlist Etiquette

There's no stopping Doctor Nick. The man is in the midst of a European tour, but Nick Hook has still set aside the time to some drop knowledge for his weekly advice column here on XLR8R. The good doctor's knowledge runs the gamut, as he can wax poetic about music, travel, production, DJing, and a whole lot more, so keep those questions coming to doctornick@xlr8r.com. We'll let Nick take it from here.

Hello from Paris. Plzzzz send in more questions. Tell everyone! Anyways, I had to slap this dude in the face in Vienna while I was DJing because he came at my face while I was playing "Fall in Love" by Slum Village. I warned him not to talk shit, but he kept going. So I would like to start off this week's column by advising you to have respect when going to voice your opinion to a DJ. We wouldn't come to your job and tell you how to do it. Just leave, or go chill with the other 99% that seems to be having the time of their life. Read more » 

Download: Sun Glitters "Mouth"

First Listen
Label: Lefse

It's been a while since we've heard from Luxembourg Lomo-wave producer Sun Glitters, but he's back with a single called "Mouth" for us today. Keeping in line with his usual shoegazey style, dreamy, pitch-shifted vocals linger in the production's reverberating atmosphere of rustic percussion, as the sound of rattling chains drags through a viscous bassline. "Mouth" is taken from a two-track 7" that will be available on December 18 via Lefse. 

Average: 8.4 (91 votes)

Review: Addison Groove I Go Boom Remixes EP

Label: 50 Weapons

Just a couple of months after the release of his playfully titled Adventures in Rainbow Country EP, Addison Groove and 50 Weapons are offering up a pair of remixes of that record's standout track, "I Go Boom." DJ Rashad and Doc Daneeka have been enlisted to re-work the song, and both do their best to individually breathe new life into the bombastic track. Read more » 

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  • 11/08/2012

Download: Hound Scales "Bokhara Stitch (Cloaka Remix)"

First Listen

Hound Scales, a recent San Francisco transplant now residing in New York City, is a producer of decidedly somber house music. Today, we have a remix from Cloaka (pictured above) of that artist's "Bokhara Stitch," which is about as dark as the original production; slightly haphazard metallic rhythms are sewn into a crisp hi-hat patterns, classic four-on-the-floor beats, and groaning low end to an almost unnerving effect. 

Average: 8.1 (83 votes)

Review: Bobby Champs Steve Martin EP

Although Bobby Champs has only two official releases under his belt, he has already honed in on a specific sound and style. The Brighton-based producer's first record, the Drag Queen EP, was published earlier this year and delivered four tracks of punchy techno peppered with cheeky vocal snippets, a formula best personified by "Charlie," which employed a sneering "Doing drugs, selling drugs" hook over a dark, stark clomp. His sophomore EP, Steve Martin, employs similar elements: chunky kicks, elastic percussion, eyebrow-raising spoken samples, and a neat, glossy finish. Read more » 

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  • 11/08/2012

Video: Abby Lee Tee "Fairy Floss"

"Fairy Floss," a new track by multifaceted Austrian artist Abby Lee Tee, follows the free download of "Techno Hearts" we posted back in February, and is significantly less abstract, although still open to interpretation. The video for the tune—which is part of a three-song EP currently available as a "name your price" download on Bandcamp—features a girl dressed in green garb who silently engages with the viewer throughout a series of dream sequences that supposedly reflect her childhood. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/07/2012

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