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

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


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 » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 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 » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 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 » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 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

Download: Bondax feat. Bobbie Gordon "Just Smile For Me (Last Japan Remix)"

Label: Four40

Last time we heard from the two UK teenagers in Bondax (a.k.a. George Townsend and Adam Kaye, pictured above), they had just polished off a single for Raffertie's Super imprint and climbed to the third spot on our Top 20 Downloads of March. More recently, the boys have (sort of) resurfaced with an EP for Four40 that includes two remixes of Bondax's 2011 single "Just Smile For Me," one of which arrives courtesy of fellow UK artist Last Japan (a.k.a. Marco Giuliani). "Just Smile For Me (Last Japan Remix)" focuses less on Bondax's oscillating swells of low end and more on the dizzying, electrifying synth sounds the remixer was able to tease out of the original. Thankfully, both versions leave enough room for vocalist Bobbie Gordon to flex her lungs over the clatter of garage-leaning, rimshot-heavy rhythms. It's a solid tune to sink your teeth into while you await the latest work from Bondax, which is purportedly on its way in the near future. 

Average: 8.3 (96 votes)

LV Announces Details of Forthcoming Hyperdub LP

London trio LV has announced the details of its forthcoming sophomore LP just a week before the release of its upcoming Get a Grip EP, which we reported last month. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 07/10/2012

Download: Jonquil "Run (Souldrop Remix)"

First Listen
Label: Dovecote

Jonquil's original "Run" single isn't much like what's normally featured on XLR8R; the UK quartet's summery indie single off of its Point of Go album (artwork above) is rooted in peppy piano chords, bubbly arpeggios, and catchy vocals. However, the band's frontman Hugo Manuel dabbles in electronic music, garnering himself a reputation for putting together blissed-out and danceable synth-pop as Chad Valley. Perhaps he had something to do with coercing the members of Norwegian trio Souldrop to step up to the plate and offer their own interpretation of "Run." The remixers churn out an offering that dwarfs the original track's length by almost twofold and imbues it with shuffling backbeats and a hearty serving of reverb while managing to preserve snippets of Manuel's vocal performance and the band's original instrumentation. 

Average: 8.2 (68 votes)

Teengirl Fantasy Streams New Track

Tracer, the forthcoming sophomore full-length from Brooklyn house dreamers Teengirl Fantasy, is still roughly over a month away from release, but today we're treated to another one of its vibrant and swishy productions. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 07/10/2012

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