Billed as a "modern-day equivalent of the L.A. wrecking crew," the debut album from time-tested DJ and veteran sonic adventurer DJ Harvey's Wildest Dreams project can now be heard in full. Read more »
This dusty slice of house arrives courtesy of Seb Wildblood, a London producer and co-founder of the city's Church label. A bonus cut to Wildblood's upcoming Come Into My House EP (out August 11 via Church), "Hide the Pictures" places a simple guitar melody atop thick filtered chords and muffled party chatter. Spanning just over five minutes, "Hide the Pictures" is a subdued, bluesy affair, one which spends most of its run focusing on a murky undercurrent, allowing only a languid vocal chorus to sit above the stoney production.
UK producer Damon Kirkham is perhaps best known for his innovative collaboration with Al Green (a.k.a. Boddika) as Instra:mental, which coupled drum & bass with classic Detroit techno and electro. His subsequent solo productions as Jon Convex have seen release on outlets such as Nonplus and his own Convex Industries imprint, and his first release of 2014 is due out via French label Zone later this summer. Read more »
All week long, XLR8R will be taking a closer look at some of our favorite record shops from around the globe. Check out the entire 'Record Store Week' series here.
Back in 1996, when Biba Kopf traveled to Berlin to profile Basic Channel for The Wire, Mark and Moritz—who back then refused to give their last names—took their interviewer to a record store.
"[They] invite me the Hard Wax record shop in Kreuzberg. For three hours, I am blitzed with a brief history of Chicago house and Detroit techno: the early Chicago acid tracks of Phuture, Armando and Armani, then moving onto Detroit for Cybotron, Model 500, Underground Resistance, Jeff Mills, Robert Hood, and Juan Atkins."
Nearly two decades on, making a cursory reference to Hard Wax without pausing to reflect on its importance would be unthinkable. Read more »
Helmed by Alex Cowles (a.k.a. DFRNT), the Cut label/subscription service will soon add a new EP to its catalog from London newcomer Swoon. Serving as the lead cut to the forthcoming Beyond Human EP, "Do You Love" is a detail-oriented production that places subtle melodic phrases beneath a rich, hazy atmosphere and clever layers of evolving percussion. Swoon's Beyond Human EP will see its official release on July 28; in the meantime the rest of the upcoming effort can be previewed after the jump. Read more »
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 »
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