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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
It must have been a painstaking process to film and edit the video for Rone's "Parade," but all the hard work certainly paid off. The whole clip, which was directed by Filip Piskorzynski and hosted by The Creators Project and the InFiné label, was shot in stop-motion, and executed in such a way that it looks like a woman is floating in mid-aid the whole time. Read more »
Berlin-based producer Soul Button has just released its remix of "Your Feelin'" by dOP (pictured above). Although Soul Button is a relatively new name on the scene, the tunesmith is far from a beginner. As explained on his Soundcloud, Soul Button is a new side project of an already established producer, which may go to explain the effortlessly smooth sounds of the remix. "Your Feelin' (Soul Button Remix)" features the doubled vocals of Pillow Talk, breathy synths, light guitar licks, conga-based percussion, and a funky bassline to help work out its slick deep-house groove.
Gear: This Week in Music Tech: MiniBrute, Native Instruments, Ableton Pro Tips, and Vocal Recording Masterclass
What with the internet and all, a lot can happen in seven days—especially in the rapidly evolving field of music technology—so we're launching a new weekly feature to keep up on the constant onslaught of information and catalog the highlights of gear and production-related news and videos into one condensed place. Here, we have our inaugural congregation of juicy tidbits, a roundup which we've cleverly titled This Week in Music Tech. Read more »
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