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New Forms Festival: 10 Things We Liked... and a Couple of Things We Didn't

Over the weekend, XLR8R made a quick trip to Vancouver to check out the 2012 edition of the New Forms Festival. Modest in scope but impressive in the quality of its curation, New Forms felt like a low-key affair, albeit one punctuated by a number of innovative artists (including Actress, pictured above) and cutting-edge music from a cross-section of the globe and the electronic-music spectrum. The festival's music portion was spread across three days and two nights in various locales around the city, meaning that each day offered plenty to enjoy. We did our best to catch everything, but summarizing it all would be just about impossible, not to mention tedious. As such, we've picked out 10 things about New Forms that particularly struck our fancy, and also mentioned a couple of things that didn't. Read more » 

Download: Kid606 "New Boss Same as Old Boss"

First Listen
Label: Tigerbeat6

We've always kept a close eye on the constantly evolving and changing sound of Berlin resident Kid606 (a.k.a. Miguel De Pedro). In recent months, he's been hinting at a laid-back and glitch-influenced direction, like "Gimme Summer," the first leak from his upcoming Lost In The Game album that appeared back in August. This week, the prolific sound explorer will release his latest LP via his own label, Tigerbeat6, and he's sent over one of the tunes from the record to whet our palettes. "New Boss Same as Old Boss" remains in the shoegaze-inspired vein of his recent projects, and builds into a dozy sway of low end and rhythmic patter from the initial onslaught of blurred, fuzzed-out synths. 

Average: 7.9 (49 votes)
 
 

Review: How to Dress Well Total Loss

Label: Acéphale

Love Remains, How to Dress Well's hauntingly beautiful 2010 debut, dealt with the excruciating pain of navigating a seemingly endless depression, but Tom Krell's second LP, Total Loss, explores his personal journey through the hell that is clinical depression—his friend and his uncle recently passed away, and his long-distance relationship fell apart—and his ultimate triumph over years of intense emotional suffering. A quick glance at the tracklist instantly reveals what the listener is in for; with titles like "Cold Nites," "Struggle," "World I Need You, Won't Be Without You," it's immediately apparent that Total Loss is an incredibly dark album, with each song serving as a meditation on a different facet of the mourning process. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 09/17/2012

Download: KRSUR "Wayfarer (ELOQ Remix)"

Label: Myor

Dutch producer KRSUR recently released his new "Wayfarer" single via Myor, and sent over the ELOQ (pictured above) remix from that record. As opposed to the stunted drums, bright synths, pitch-bent melodies, and glitchy vocal cuts of the sparkling original production, the version by the Copenhagen-based artist is harder-hitting, and combines organic drums with 808 samples, alongside arpeggiated synths, warped vocal samples, and a punchier chorus. 

Average: 8.4 (271 votes)
 
 

Review: Bondax Baby I Got That EP

The teenage duo of Lancaster upstarts known as Bondax has built a budding career from its keen ability to warp emotive vocal samples into glistening pieces of pop-infused bass music. The latest example of such, the Baby I Got That EP, shows a touch more refinement than the pair's past efforts, with a more solid sound structure holding together the producers' catchy, Balearic-kissed twistings this time around. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 09/17/2012

The Lowdown - This Week's XLR8R Top 10

Throughout the week, a whole lot of material gets posted here on XLR8R. And while we know—and love—that some hardcore readers will eagerly pour over every single news story, interview, podcast, video, and MP3 download that appears on the site, we also realize that for most people, it's impossible to see everything, which means that some quality XLR8R content is likely to get missed in the hustle and bustle of everyone's daily lives. In the interest of making it easier for everyone to catch up, every Friday we present The Lowdown, a weekly wrap-up of the top 10 tidbits from our site. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/14/2012

Flying Lotus Previews More of 'Until the Quiet Comes'

Anticipation is about to boil over for the fourth long-player set to drop from Los Angeles beat maestro Flying Lotus, Until the Quiet Comes, so the tunesmith is helping us let off a little bit of steam by unveiling a new video that previews more of the tunes from that highly anticipated album. Read more » 

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  • 09/14/2012

Download: Slick Shoota "Bruk (Deft Remix)"

First Listen

Norwegian juke maestro Slick Shoota will soon release a massive nine-track EP via Hyperboloid. The record includes four original productions and five remixes from the likes of Clicks & Whistles, Samename, Fellepus, Ovrkl, and Deft. The tunes are best described as "peak" tracks, songs that would be best played for a packed warehouse at 2 a.m. on a Saturday or Sunday morning. While the individual elements used in these tunes may seem somewhat hackneyed, the rhythms and polished mixes help set this EP apart, not the least of which is Deft's remix of "Bruk." The Croydon tunesmith's version is a slightly darker take on Slick Shoota's original, one which effortlessly moves between half-time and double-time tempos and features reggae vocals clips, thick toms, sultry moans, and swelling synth melodies. Before the rest of Slick Shoota's Draw EP drops on September 14, you can preview all of its tunes after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.9 (89 votes)
 
 

Demdike Stare and Andy Stott Ready North American Tours

Two of our favorite Modern Love-associated artists, Demdike Stare (pictured above) and Andy Stott, have announced they will soon hit the US and Mexico for a string of performances this fall. Read more » 

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  • 09/14/2012

Video: Lorn "Weigh Me Down"



Milwaukee-based producer Lorn just released his new video for "Weigh Me Down," a cut from his recent Ask the Dust LP for Ninja Tune. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/14/2012

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