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Review: Cosmin TRG "Vertigo" b/w "Sommer"

Label: 50 Weapons

Over the past five years, Romanian-born, Berlin-based producer Cosmin TRG has been dependingly crafting solid, forward-thinking club music, releasing nothing but quality across a myriad of A-list labels (Hessle, Rush Hour, Hyperdub, Hemlock, Tempa, and more). Despite this, his streak has seemed a little understated; Twitter doesn't explode when a new Cosmin TRG track gets dropped on Boiler Room or Rinse FM, and the bass-music faithful don't exactly sing his praises as loud as they do for Blawan and Joy Orbison. In that sense, TRG is something of a producer's producer, as his loudest praise often comes from his contemporaries—artists who know how prolific and consistent the man has been over the years and how potent his productions can be on the dancefloor. Now, almost a year after his debut LP, Simulat, gave us a wider picture of Cosmin TRG's talents, he returns to the 50 Weapons label with another solid single. Read more » 

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  • 06/21/2012

Gear: Arturia Offers Free Minimoog Virtual Instrument Today Only

If you're a regular reader of XLR8R, you're probably used to seeing a number of MP3s available for free download every day, but today is a little different, as we've just received word of a special offer from the French software and hardware intsrument builders at Arturia who, for 24 hours, are offering up their Minimoog-V soft-synth for free in celebration of World Music Day. Read more » 

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  • 06/21/2012

Download: Sonarpilot "June Dub (Jonny Miller Remix)"

First Listen

Sonarpilot is the moniker of Switzerland's Michael Moppert (pictured above), a longtime musician and studio producer who took a 15-year hiatus from the arts to pursue a career in business. The second go-around of his musical endeavors began in earnest in 2010 when he released his debut album as Sonarpilot, Mothership, through his own imprint Sonarpilot Audio. His latest musical creation is called "June Dub," and will be released later this month with a pair of remixes from Brendon Moeller along with this one from Jonny Miller, with whom Moppert has previously collaborated. On his remix, Miller converts the easy-going dub sounds of the original into a more uptempo affair by incorporating jazzy, broken beat-style percussion, while adding spacey synths to the previously austere tune. "June Dub" comes out, appropriately enough, on June 29, but in the meantime, you can preview the whole thing after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.3 (48 votes)

Martin Kemp to Release New EP

Though most of the XLR8R faithful undoubtedly knows the elder Kemp brother, Rob (a.k.a. Brackles), his younger sibling Martin has demonstrated some serious chops of his own as both a DJ and a tunesmith. Back in 2009, he released the wonky, genre-bending "No Charisma," as well as a few singles via the now-defunct Blunted Robots label. He also put together a stellar XLR8R podcast featuring a smattering of UK-slanted house, funky, and garage, but after the release of his most recent single, 2010's "Wot U Got," Martin faded into relative obscurity, leaving much of the bass music world wondering what happened—until now. Read more » 

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  • 06/20/2012

Download: Waze & Odyssey "How It's Gotta Be"

First Listen

The two producers behind Waze & Odyssey have revealed their identities alongside the news that they will be launching a label together. Londoners Serge Santiago and Firas Waez comrpise the duo, and will issue the inaugural release from W&O Street Tracks, their own "Love That (Burns Hot Enough)" 12" (artwork above), this fall. Clips of the tune and its b-side, "Ma Body," are now available to stream, and are joined by this unreleased, full-length tune from the production pair. Waze & Odyssey's "How It's Gotta Be" buoys sliced-and-diced vocal clips on waves of surging synths, and accurately represents the kinds of uplifting, piano-driven house that the UK outfit often creates. 

Average: 7.7 (72 votes)

Video: Todd Terje "Inspector Norse"

When we last checked in on Todd Terje, the Norwegian producer had released his stellar, XLR8R Pick'd It's the Arps EP. Now, he's shared a video for the record's lead track, "Inspector Norse." Read more » 

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  • 06/20/2012

Five Minutes at Sónar with Nguzunguzu

The 2012 edition of Sónar certainly kept us busy—check our review for proof—but we did find time to sit down and chat with a couple of our favorite artists during the festival. LA duo Nguzunguzu has had a full plate in 2012, so we quizzed Daniel Pineda and Asma Maroof about their recent tour, upcoming releases for Hippos in Tanks and Fade to Mind, and the differences between Europe and the US. Read more » 

Download: Deft "Supa Dupa"

First Listen

It feels as if our inboxes here at XLR8R are overflowing with tunes from Croydon youngster Deft these days . The bass producer just released his Clotting EP earlier this month, has multiple songs coming out soon on Raised By Records' Terrain compilation, and is now announcing yet another EP, Masquerade (artwork above), which will be availabe through Rwina at the end of July. To top all of that off, we just received exclusive tune "Supa Dupa" from the producer. The quantity of his output doesn't appear to be affecting its quality, however, as "Supa Dupa" displays solid production techniques and songwriting skills. The track doesn't hit as hard as most of Deft's dubstep-influenced jams, instead taking a more atmospheric slant that features a sparkling wash of synthesizers and twinkling hi-hats. But if it's heavy low-end with a touch of wobble that really gets your rocks off, we encourage you to take a listen to the streaming preview of Deft's Masquerade EP, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.9 (70 votes)

Gear: Review: Moog Minitaur

MSRP: $679, Moog

In the past few years, the synth builders at Moog have made valiant attempts to make their legendary synths much more affordable and accessible to a larger group of users without losing their excellent, continually sought after sound quality. Rather than using cheaper materials, however, the company has achieved its goal by manufacturing truncated versions of their products, dropping features and shaving off a number of bells and whistles to accomplish a new price point. The Minitaur is such a unit, designed after the sound-generation components which make up the Tauras 3 bass synth, a piece that was recentely discontinued. Read more » 

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  • 06/20/2012

Bubblin' Up: Kevin McPhee

Kevin McPhee considers himself an electronic newbie. The 22-year-old Toronto native got his ID in order to start going to clubs a scant three years ago. A couple of years before that, friends at university introduced him to drum & bass and dubstep. Otherwise, the closest he ever got was Radiohead, Björk, and the instrumental, hip-hop-esque beats he'd been making in his bedroom since he was 12. While none of this equates to outsider status, it does give him a viewpoint that's not tethered to a particular movement within electronic music. Read more » 

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