A long-active member of the Pacific Northwest's electronic music scene, Seattle resident Bob Hansen will issue his debut full-length album as Hanssen later this month (July 28, to be exact) via hometown label Hush Hush. Entitled Seven Years Week, the record is set to explore eight dense electronic hybrids, one of which being "Solar America." Built around a sparse kick-and-snare pattern, "Solar America" is kept buoyant by a seemingly endless stream of synths, its opening arpeggio sequence combined with swirling pads and glassy melodies to result in an expansive landscape of rich electronic tones.
With the release of his Mosaic LP via the Houndstooth label last month (a record we spoke at length with the producer about for a recent Deep Inside feature), Throwing Snow has kept himself busy, dropping a new mix earlier in the week and now providing a free download of an analog jam session. Read more »
Marcel Dettmann, John Roberts, Martyn, KiNK, Oneohtrix Point Never, and More Added to Decibel 2014 Line-Up
Seattle's Decibel Festival will return for its 11th edition this September, brining five days of ambitious electronic performances together for what has become one of the Pacific Northwest's most essential annual gatherings. Having already announced that the likes of Kode 9, Simian Mobile Disco, Andy Stott, Falty DL, and Riche Hawtin would take part in the 2014 edition of the festival, a second wave of performers has now been revealed. Read more »
Leisure System, the shape-shifting Berlin label and club night, has shared details of an upcoming 12" set to feature both legendary Detroit outfit Dopplereffekt and Hessle Audio affiliate Objekt. Read more »
Based in Denver, Colorado, Real Cosby will issue his four-track Gold Braid EP later this month via the fledgling Shoeboxx label. Serving as our first taste is "Always," a soul-washed beat which comes flushed with detailed layers of miniature claps, tuned percussion blips, and tightly rolled snares. As the track's rhythmic programming evolves, so do its other elements—layers of warm, buzzing chords are joined by subtle vocal adornments, which eventually give way to small bell movements before cycling back around. Coming in at under four minutes, "Always" is a short but memorable introduction to Real Cosby, and one whose sleek production bodes well for the young talent's forthcoming Gold Braid EP, officially out on July 29.
During the month of June, XLR8R's Downloads section was again home to an eclectic mix of electronic productions, with original tracks and remixes coming from an array of international artists. Now, as the calendar turns to July and summer begins to get into full swing, we've compiled the top 20 downloads from the past month—a list populated by a handful of more familiar names in Mark E (pictured above), Steve Huerta, Avalon Emerson, Marley Carroll, and TÂCHES, alongside a number of relative newcomers to the XLR8R pages. Read more »
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