As always, this year's edition of MUTEK offered a potentially overwhelming number of shows, parties, workshops, panel discussions, and more. Amidst all the activity, XLR8R also wanted to take the time to sit down with a few of our favorite artists, both to get their impressions of the festival and to check in about what's happening with their music. Read more »
Aria Rostami is a young musician/composer/producer from San Francisco who is preparing to release a new EP by the name of Peter as the first offering from his Tomb of Two Women imprint. "Black Ring" closes out that six-track record, and caught our ear due to its compelling sound design, effervescent melodies, and subtly driving rhythms—evoking at times the delicate fantasy of Balam Acab's Wander / Wonder while remaining firmly planted in the realm of preciously austere, finely crafted soundsystem music. You can listen to the rest of Rostami's Peter after the jump. Read more »
Spaciously ominous and referential of many facets of the UK bass continuum, Lakosa's remix of "It's You" by East London producer Morcee employs garage's swinging shuffle, dubstep's ever-present low end, and the late-night appeal of old-school rave tunes to make for a deliciously amalgamated production. This version arrives from the Birmingham-based tunesmith along with the original track and another remix by Majora, all of which is out now via Four40 and can be streamed after the jump. Read more »
A few months back, LA label Body High offered up Visions, an all-dubs mix showcasing the talents of a mysterious newcomer by the name of Floyd Campbell. The mix seemed to indicate that Campbell had some serious production chops, a postulation that will soon be put to the test when the LA-based producer drops his debut EP later this month. Read more »
Continuing with a string of releases for all manner of record labels, the most recent of which was a 12" for R&S sublabel Apollo, Tokyo-based producer Submerse will drop an EP via Berlin record hub Project Mooncircle on June 29. We're treated to the wispy and buoyant "Pressure" ahead of the full unveiling of Submerse's seven-track Tears EP, which will likely satisfy all cravings for crunchy dancefloor rhythms, disembodied vocal melodies, and emotive synthlines. You can check out a quick preview of the hard-working tunesmith's forthcoming release for Project Mooncircle, after the jump. Read more »
Next week, the UK's Simple Records—a recently revived imprint headed up by Will Saul, who also runs the Aus Music label—will be releasing a new EP from London duo Dusky. Entitled Henry 85, the three-song effort (which includes two originals and a remix by Belgium's FCL) combines clacking garage percussion with smoothed-out house vibes, placing it not far off from recent offerings by producers such as Jack Dixon and George FitzGerald. It's a quality EP, and the whole thing is streaming exclusively here on XLR8R. Read more »
As always, this year's edition of MUTEK offered a potentially overwhelming number of shows, parties, workshops, panel discussions, and more. Amidst all the activity, XLR8R also wanted to take the time to sit down with a few of our favorite artists, both to get their impressions of the festival and to check in about what's happening with their music. UK veteran and Hyperdub founder Kode9 always has plenty to say, and here, he discusses his past and present with MUTEK, Hyperdub's recent output and ongoing stylistic evolution, and his current struggle with writer's block. Read more »
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