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Gear: In the Studio: Machinedrum

Travis Stewart is one busy dude. In recent years, it's hard to think of another artist within the bass-music sphere who's put out more releases, a feat made all the more impressive by the fact that Stewart also maintains a rigorous tour schedule that keeps him constantly hopping around the globe. Operating solo as Machinedrum and working as one half of Sepalcure (with partner Praveen Sharma), the American-born producer resides in Berlin and does much of his music making in a bedroom studio located in the city's Kreuzberg district. Curious about his current production methods and how they've evolved over the years, we paid Stewart a visit earlier this summer, and somehow got him talking about the essential role that Weezer played in his musical coming of age. Read more » 

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  • 08/27/2012

Download: Matthewdavid "All Night Long (Mary Jane Girls Cover)"

Just this past Thursday, Brainfeeder signee and Leaving Records boss Matthewdavid dropped a free EP titled Producers in 2012 Learn to Spread Love. The record is wholly inspired by music from the 1980s; in fact, its opener, "All Night Long," is a loose cover of the sexy 1980s hit of the same name by soul group Mary Jane Girls (who were proteges of Rick James, who features on the EP's cover art, pictured above). In his reinterpretation of the classic track, Matthewdavid does away with the peppy soul instrumental of the original, replacing it with a skittering, bass-heavy beat more suited for rattling speakers than acting as the soundtrack for a long night with a significant other (if you know what we mean). You can download the rest of the three-track EP over on Brainfeeder's website, here

Average: 7.5 (64 votes)
 
 

Review: Holy Other Held

Label: Tri Angle

XLR8R's top pick for the Best Releases of 2011 was a five-song EP called With U, the first sizeable release issued by Manchester producer Holy Other. We also named him one of the year's best new artists, and it should be obvious why: Holy Other arrived with an arguably unique sound and shrouded aesthetic which were fully formed and irresistable from the start. Even when the vitriol for "witch house" was hitting critical mass, critics and fans would always seem to grant the UK artist a pass, citing his tasteful use of poignant R&B and the fact that he sounded more like he was meticulously crafting slow-motion house music than banging out gothy rap beats. Holy Other had a good thing (some might say a great thing) going since day one, so its no real surprise that very little has changed on his debut LP for Tri Angle, Held. Read more » 

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  • 08/27/2012

Download: RaucherEcke "Gekko"

Cologne duo RaucherEcke has an EP set for release via hometown label 200 Records. From that upcoming release we're given "Gekko," a sunny techno track with uplifting melodies which eminate from an expansive bed of synths. The tune's funky bassline billows underneath a galactic soundscape, helping to drive the momentum of RaucherEcke's song and insert a bit of necessary deepness into the mix. Look for the production pair's Malibu EP when it drops on October 1. 

Average: 6.7 (37 votes)
 
 

Review: Coki Don't Get It Twisted Vol. 2

Label: DMZ

The DMZ label often gets defined by Mala's smokier, more introspective dubstep flavors, but his Digital Mystikz cohort Coki is really known to rough up the dance; his secret weapons are hypnotic synth patterns that can buzz around a dark warehouse like angry insects on a warpath. Like drum & bass producer Krust, Coki likes to hone in on a loop and then minutely twist it and turn it over and over. After a few minutes, your brain is in a vice grip... and it's a feeling you either like or you don't. Read more » 

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  • 08/27/2012

The Lowdown - This Week on XLR8R

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 best tidbits from our site. Read more » 

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  • 08/24/2012

Download: Zulu "Kwame"

First Listen
Label: Enchufada

Zulu, the 18-year-old producer from London, has been gradually garnering attention with past releases on Toddla T's and Raf Daddy's Girls Music, as well as Monki's Zoo Music. The most recent EP from the young producer will be dropping on September 3 courtesy of Buraka Som Sistema's Lisbon-based Enchufada label. "Kwame" is lifted from that record, and represents the kind of heavily percussive, tribal house tunes Zulu is wont to create. Boasting a toxic groove and a large helping of wavy synths, the tune's techno underpinnings shine through and make for a harmonic blend of multiple dancefloor-friendly sounds. 

Average: 7 (82 votes)
 
 

Check Out Mixes from Visionist, The Black Dog, and Geiom

Three acts from across the realm of UK electronic music, Geiom (pictured above), The Black Dog, and Visionist, have each just dropped some quality mixes—courtesy of Svetlana Industries, Berghain, and Dummy, respectively. Read more » 

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  • 08/24/2012

Luke Hess to Release New Album via FXHE

Detroit's Luke Hess will soon be releasing his second album, Keep On, via Omar-S's FXHE label. Read more » 

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  • 08/24/2012

Numbers to Re-Issue Limited-Edition Unspecified Enemies Track

Back in 1999, Unspecified Enemies proved to the world of electronic music that you didn't need to be from Detroit to produce hard-edged techno. The crunchy rhythms of "Multi Ordinal Tracking Unit" propelled the duo of CiM and Louis Digital to underground popularity on both sides of the Atlantic (especially in the Motor City), and now, the Glasgow-based Numbers label plans to re-issue the limited-edition 12" for old-school fans and a new generation of listeners. Read more » 

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  • 08/24/2012

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