The forthcoming collaborative album from iconic artist Brian Eno and Underworld co-founder Karl Hyde, Someday World, is just under a month from issuing via Warp, so bits and pieces of its music have been gradually appearing. We heard the record's opening cut about a month ago, and for the duo's latest single, Eno and Hyde have unveiled the second track from Someday World, "Daddy's Car." Read more »
"Ragysh," "Inspector Norse," "Strandbar," and, reaching way back, "Eurodans"—Todd Terje has been responsible for a largely untouchable run of fun, floor-filling singles in recent years. For some artists, that might result in a lot of pressure once the time came to release a debut album, but as the title (and artwork, to a certain degree) of the Norwegian disco king's first full-length suggests, Terje hasn't attempted to compensate by taking on a more serious tone. Part victory lap, part prog-disco voyage, It's Album Time finds Terje triumphantly unafraid to continue simply being himself, as the man's musical ability and wealth of production personality prove to be more than capable of filling an album's worth of listening. Read more »
Catching up with Pantha du Prince and his Bell Laboratory outfit in London before its performance of Terry Riley's flagship minimalist piece, In C, Ableton's new mini-documentary chronicles the creative challenges and intersections between technology and musicianship which fuel the ensemble's work. Read more »
Having just dropped his "The Wolf's Hour" 12" via the newly founded Silver Bear label, The Wolf has sent over a remix from that record by Hypercolor affiliate James Welsh. Removing most of the growling vocals from the original track, Welsh's soothing house production brings droning loops to the forefront, creating a sense of mind-numbing euphoria. "Mr. Invisible (James Welsh Remix)" progresses across a wide range of chromatic synth-scapes, which helps make it a track perfect for keeping on repeat.
Featuring tracks from budding UK producers Batu, Acre, Ipman, Elmono, and the Cold label head himself, Pinch, the forthcoming CO.LD compilation can now be heard in full ahead of its release on Friday. 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 »
Last month, the ever-active Unknown to the Unknown label continued its musical onslaught with the release of a collaborative 12" from POL Style, Vin Sol & Matrixxman. Brimming with hyperactive energy, the four-song effort is loaded with jacking rhythms—one of which, EP cut "MZJACKIE," was offered up as a free giveaway via our Downloads section—and now, lead song "Angry Frogz" has been blessed with an appropriately insane video. Read more »
Amsterdam pair TWR72 has been quietly ascending in the techno realm for a few years now, with a pair of releases for Turbo to its name (including an innovative DJ tool made up of 72 locked grooves) and, most recently, working with LA techno fiend Truncate to deliver a tune on Sound Pellegrino's recent collaborative compilation. Having worked together since their teens, the two producers are still formulating their exact plans for the rest of the year, but have nonetheless sent over a telling freebie. Built with a sturdy rhythmic framework and a simple oscillating pattern, "Mode" is a fine example of the stripped-back, tracky, but undeniably effective brand of techno that TWR72 plans to deliver more of in the months to come.
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