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Fade to Mind Releases Massacooramaan Debut

Kingdom's Fade to Mind imprint is releasing the debut EP from Oregon-via-Chicago producer Massacooraman (a.k.a Dave Quam, pictured above). Read more » 

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  • 06/21/2012

Video: Simian Mobile Disco "Your Love Ain't Fair"



The stomping, hazy house of Simian Mobile Disco's "Your Love Ain't Fair" receives the visual treatment from Laurence Stephens in this video—which illuminates the track's dusk-lit synthesizers and kick quite literally with a slideshow display of fluorescent bulbs, incandescent ceiling plans, and warehouses bathed in floodlights. Read more » 

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  • 06/21/2012

Download: Djrum "On the Road 2010"

First Listen

Since its inception in 2007, Rob Booth's Electronic Explorations podcast has consistently provided listeners with cutting-edge music from underground and emerging artists. Booth's taste and execution has resulted in widespread popularity and influence, demonstrated by the fact that his show now claims up to 80,000 listeners a week. With such a large listener base (not to mention a new website), Booth has noted that financing Electronic Explorations has become increasingly difficult. In order to raise funds to help keep his program afloat, Booth has solicited tracks from scores of producers from around the world to compile into an enormous 60-song collection that will cost buyers just ₤5. "On the Road 2010" is the entry from UK producer Djrum, and is a mellow and fuzzy bit of bass music working in the same beat-step realm as, say, Shlohmo or Shigeto. The song's melodies are provided by strings and chopped, pitched-up vocals, which give the tune a moody and somewhat dark feel. The forthcoming compilation, aptly titled Electronic Explorations, is set for a July 1 release, at which time you'll be able to hear exclusive tunes from the likes of Machinedrum, Ital Tek, Chrissy Murderbot, Al Tourettes, Kahn, Akkord, Distal, Trevino, and many, many more. Submissions from a handful of the artists—including Akkord, Ital Tek, Kowton, and others—have already emerged on Booth's SoundCloud, and you can pre-order the album now on Bandcamp, where you'll also find the complete tracklist and release details. 

Average: 8.2 (74 votes)
 
 

Grab a Free Mixtape of Hip-Hop Beats From dBridge

It's really not that much of a surprise, but apparently, veteran drum & bass DJ/producer dBridge is a fan of hip-hop. More specifically, he's a fan of making hip-hop beats, and has just compiled some of his work as a free mixtape. Read more » 

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  • 06/21/2012

Damu Announces New Label, First Release

Mancunian producer Damu (a.k.a. Sam Schorb) now has a new title to add to his resume: label head. The Bubblin' Up tunesmith has created Fulcrum Records and recruited 19-year-old prodigy Paleman (pictured above) as his first signee. Read more » 

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  • 06/21/2012

Underground Resistance's Backpack Festival Announces Lineup

Derrick May, Juan Atkins, Terrence Parker, Jeff Mills, Eddie Fowlkes, and several members of the Underground Resistance crew (pictured above) will be appearing at the seventh annual Backpack Festival in Detroit. Co-presented by UR, the event's other promoter is non-profit organization SCP of Michigan, which raises money to purchase backpacks and school supplies for Detroit-area students. Read more » 

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  • 06/21/2012

Download: Hauschka "Radar (Michael Mayer Remix)"

First Listen
Label: FatCat

Last year saw the release of the well-received album Salon des Amateurs by Düsseldorf-based pianist Hauschka (pictured above), on which the composer created house music using live instruments, primarily a piano prepared with all manner of household items (paper clips, ping pong balls, straps of leather, etc.). While the album is intriguing and innovative, it hasn't inspired much DJ support, as it lacks the ordinary components of club-ready house tunes (e.g. mix-friendly, percussion-based intros). Two new remix EPs from UK label FatCat may change that, however, as Michael Mayer, Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer, Steve Bicknell, and Vainqueur all take a crack at making the tunes more palatable for DJs. Here, we have a remix of "Radar" from Kompakt co-founder Michael Mayer, who doubles the track's length, strips the brass section from the song, and injects a deep and hypnotic bassline. The first remix EP for Salon des Amateurs is out now on vinyl, while the second EP is set to come out next week. Neither record will see a digital release until next month, but for now, you can check out the artwork and tracklist for each EP after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.4 (137 votes)
 
 

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)
 
 

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