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Download: Emufucka "Ryvius"

Label: Fremdtunes

If you can look past the producer's out-there moniker, Emufucka offers some tasty and familiar sounds within this tune. The Tokyo producer born Takafumi Sakurai dropped his Retrace EP this week, and "Ryvius" is a so-called "bonus" track from that record. The music is said to be "inspired by the ultimate fate of the universe and the relations of space and time," but as heady as that comes off, Sakurai's production is simply a multi-layered collection of animated beats, purple-ish synths, and sweet-natured melodies. Soon to be a participant of next year's Red Bull Music Academy, Emufucka's sound brings to mind productions from the likes of Flying Lotus, Rustie, and Joker, more of which you can hear in the mix of snippets from his Retrace EP, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.6 (55 votes)

Video: Matthew Dear "Earthforms"

Since the beginning of last month, Matthew Dear's "Earthforms" has surfaced as a free download and as a smoothed-out, jazzy remix from label mate Michna. Today, the Ghostly artist unveiled a video for the tune, which pairs the grinding, post-punk-y audio with murky, psychedelic images. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/27/2012

Rewind: DJ Shadow

There are endless treasures in DJ Shadow's deep discography. Although his career stretches back much further, the legendary turntablist first struck gold with his 1996 full-length debut, Endtroducing....., an all-sample album that continues to inspire nearly two decades after its release. Since then, Shadow (a.k.a. Josh Davis) has released several more acclaimed records, as well as a couple of collections of lost gems, and has worked with everyone from Cut Chemist to Little Dragon to Talib Kweli. Ahead of his headlining performance this Saturday at Decibel and the release of his new best-of collection, Reconstructed: The Definitive DJ Shadow, he took us on a trip through his lengthy, wide-ranging back catalog, starting with his early singles for London-based label Mo' Wax, all the way through his recent archival projects. Read more » 

Video Premiere: Urulu "1991"

Today, we're premiering Los Angeles-based producer Urulu's video for "1991," a dreamy and upbeat tune that recalls the diva-obsessed realm of early-'90s house music. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/27/2012

Hi, Doctor Nick! - Balancing Work with Music, Playing the PR Game, and Vinyl vs. Laptop DJs

Thursday morning has arrived, which means it's time again to welcome Dr. Nick Hook back to the front page of XLR8R. Even if he's not actually a doctor, his wealth of wisdom has already helped numerous readers with their burning questions about life, music, romance, travel, production, and more. If you have an inquiry of your own, don't hesitate to mail it in to doctornick@xlr8r.com, and perhaps Doctor Nick will help you in a future edition of his weekly advice column. In the meantime though, continue reading to find out his thoughts on keeping the creative fires burning while holding down a job, the vinyl vs. laptop DJ debate, and how best to play the PR game. Read more » 

Download: Dirt Crew "Sweeter"

Label: Dirt Crew

Break 3000 (a.k.a. Peter Gijselaers) and James Flavour (a.k.a. Felix Eder), the two German tech-house lovers who make up Dirt Crew, are following up their Deep Love compilation from last year with Deep Love 2, a collection of deep, dancefloor-ready cuts with a heavy focus on their label's newcomers. Ahead of the compilation's physical release on October 8, we have "Sweeter," an eight-minute tune from the label bosses themselves. Dirt Crew's production features all the hi-hats, cymbals, and claps you could ever need to get down on the dancefloor, as well as a bubbling bassline and some sweet vocal samples that help work out "Sweeter"'s deep groove. 

Average: 6.5 (41 votes)

Review: Strategy Strategy

Label: Peak Oil

Over the last decade or so, Portland's Paul Dickow has cut a career through house, ambient, and dub, filtering his tracks through lenses that are equal parts tropical pastel and Cascadian grayscale. His sound's spacey, searching quality has generated a catalog that feels less like a progression than a constant exploration. But this isn't to suggest that Dickow is wandering aimlessly. On the contrary, his records have consistently depicted an artist who is immensely comfortable with his palette, satisfied with etching endless variations on a few trustworthy motifs. For many contemporary producers, the internet affords the chance for recognition based upon the strength of early, unpolished tracks; as such, constant progression, a hunger for new technology, and being part of a continuum have all become common narratives within electronic music. Dickow is certainly not a luddite, but he does call the wisdom of accelerationism into question on his latest, self-titled LP, which is appropriately being released on a new label called Peak Oil. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 09/27/2012

Download: Mr. MaDjestyk "Goin' Down (Delect Remix)"

Label: Leonizer

Following Delect's summer EP, Love Songs, the Parisian duo (pictured above) has collaborated with producer Mr. MaDjestyk on its remix of "Goin' Down," a song from the latter producer's forthcoming Dubplate Policy. Here, Delect's production work strikes a balance between elegant, upscale nightclub sounds and a hot, sweaty warehouse in the early morning hours—its piano-referencing pads going head-to-head with a pounding beat and rave-appropriate synths. You can stream the rest of Mr. MaDjestyk's Dubplate Policy before it drops on October 8 via Leonizer, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 6.8 (45 votes)

Review: Nick Sinna Voyager EP (Remixes)

Mancunian producer Nick Sinna debuted in June with the Voyager EP. Its four tracks were, like many releases on the Prime Numbers imprint, largely informed by Detroit's dance music legacy. But where the likes of Trus'me and Linkwood draw from the house blueprints of Moodymann and the Detroit Beatdown crew, Sinna is principally informed by another side of the city. Tracks like the titular, storming opener, with its propulsive electro patterns, dramatic synth washes, and murmured refrain of "outer space," recalled an early style of techno that has perhaps fallen by the wayside in recent years. Granted, there were glimpses of other genres throughout—"Kick The Habit" was laced with a repeating Mikey Dread sample, probably a throwback to Sinna's days in drum & bass—but overall, the glory days of Detroit techno loomed large. The two turns on Voyager EP (Remixes) find rich possibilities in this influence. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 09/27/2012

Wolf & Lamb Readies Second Album

The NYC duo of Zev Eisenberg and Gadi Mizrahi (a.k.a. Wolf & Lamb) has announced it will soon release its sophomore full-length, a seven-track record called Versus. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/26/2012

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