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Video: Beenie Man "Hot Like Fire (Produced by Dre Skull)"



It wasn't too long ago that XLR8R was singing the praises of Dre Skull's Loudspeaker Riddim. More than a month after its initial release, the various versions of the NY producer's bright and bouncy dancehall creation still sound ace, and now the videos are beginning to emerge. Last week, a clip for Popcaan's "The System" surfaced, while today sees the release of a video for "Hot Like Fire" from dancehall veteran Beenie Man. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 07/11/2012

Bloc Weekend Goes Bankrupt

Admittedly, XLR8R is arriving late to this story, but last weekend's Bloc Festival in London went seriously awry, as the event was halted in the middle of the proceedings on Friday, while the festival's Saturday lineup was scrapped entirely. Seeing as how we weren't actually at the festival, we've left the reporting until now to the folks at FACT, The Quietus, and other UK press outlets. However, today's announcement that the festival has gone into administration (the British equivalent of bankruptcy) was simply too big for us to ignore. Read more » 

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  • 07/11/2012

Bubblin' Up: Grenier

Considering Dean Grenier's discography reaches back to early 2008, to call the Bay Area native a burgeoning producer may be a bit of a stretch. After diving into the world of dubstep back in its less bombastic days during the mid-aughts, Grenier began gaining traction as DJG, issuing singles of dark, sleek dubstep for labels such as NarcoHz, Subway, and Lo Dubs. But somewhere along the line, Grenier's focus began to shift, in part as a reaction to the exploding American dubstep scene, which increasingly diverged from his own artistic values and sonic aims. The productions which followed expanded Grenier's established talents into new, hybrid territory, folding in echoes of techno, house, and bass along with his honed penchant for deep textures and punishing low end. Now, following several compilation appearances and a handful of recent singles, the San Francisco-based artist has firmly stepped into a new role, electing to operate simply under his last name, Grenier, as he continues to push onward in his adventures through forward-thinking dance music. Read more » 

Download: Walk the Dog "I Can't (Innergaze Remix)"

Brooklyn duo Innergaze (a.k.a. Aurora H. and J. Letkiewicz) has given the remix treatment to a new single by a not-so-new face, longtime New York City producer and DJ Pal Joey (a.k.a. Joseph Longo) under his moniker Walk the Dog. Innergaze's all-analog "late-night/sunrise remix" of "I Can't" mellows out Longo's tune by nudging the vocal sample to a slightly higher pitch and blanketing the track with low-lying bass tones. In place of the sound of ringing phones that filled out the original production, the Brooklyners inserted fluttering synths and pretty, twinkling keys for a more soothing effect. 

Average: 7.1 (42 votes)
 
 

Review: Various Artists This Ain't Chicago: The Sound of Underground UK House & Acid 1987-1991

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Label: Strut

London clubgoers of the mid-'80s at first met the house sounds coming out of Chicago with hesitance. Despite certain DJs' best efforts, it initially remained very underground, but eventually, both house and acid would catch fire in a big way, and the aesthetic innovations of these early producers would prove instrumental in the way UK dance music unfolded in the years that followed. This two-disc compilation, put together by producer Richard Sen of Padded Cell and Bronx Dogs, is precisely what the title (taken from the name of the group behind 1988's ecstatic "Ride the Rhythm," featured here as a digital bonus track) suggests: a collection of early house and acid out of the UK, documenting the moment when producers there began making original tunes, inspired by the Chicago tracks that tastemaking DJs were already bringing to the dancefloor. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 07/11/2012

Listen to a New John Tejada Track

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At the end of June, multicultural producer John Tejada announced the imminent arrival of The Predicting Machine, his second LP for Kompakt, and has now decided to give us the exclusive first sneak peak of one of its 10 "modular" techno productions. Read more » 

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  • 07/11/2012

Download: Tony Quattro "Back Swipe (Lean Low Remix)"

Label: Bad Taste

UK-based label Bad Taste is poised to submit its first international release at the end of July when it drops Out on the Floor, the latest EP by New York DJ/producer Tony Quattro. The record features four original works by Tony Quattro and four remixes, including this version of "Back Swipe" by the elusive producer Lean Low, whose refashioned beat uses the pugnacious "back swipe" vocal sample from Quattro's original production to create a juke/footwork-leaning rhythm that eventually caves into a more fluid pulse. Look for the rest of the Out on the Floor EP to drop on July 30, and preview its tunes before then, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.5 (60 votes)
 
 

Review: The Field Looping State of Mind Remixe

Label: Kompakt

It's unlikely that there could be a more appropriate collection of artists assembled to remix The Field in 2012 than those featured on Looping State of Mind Remixe. Not only are there three distinct eras of electronic music represented by Junior Boys, Blondes, and Mohn, but the same number of varied regions and subgenres, as well. Whether the remixer selections came about coincidentally or deliberately, the lines drawn between all four of the names attached to this record create an exciting trajectory that outlines much of where ambient techno has been and where it continues to go, which is a lot more than can be said for most remix records. Read more » 

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  • 07/11/2012

Video: Tomas Barfod "Came To Party"



Danish producer and WhoMadeWho drummer Tomas Barfod has unveiled the video for "Came To Party," one of the singles from his new solo LP for Friends of Friends, Salton Sea, and the title track of his recent remix EP. Read more » 

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  • 07/10/2012

Lil Silva Drops Mix for Mary Anne Hobbs

Fresh off the release of Club Constructions Vol. 2 for Night Slugs, UK standout Lil Silva compiled a mix for contemporary UK radio icon Mary Anne Hobbs. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 07/10/2012

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