"dream_sim" is one of six tracks to appear on Atlanta duo Ba-kuura's Super Dream_sim EP, out today via our most recent XLR8R podcast contributor Pixelord's Hyperboloid label. Spanning just under four minutes, "dream_sim" packs a slew of video game-inspired melodies between its sparse rhythms, diverging into glowing pools of weightless synths throughout the course of its run. Out now, the rest of Ba-kuura's melody-streaked new EP can be previewed after the jump. Read more »
Delroy Edwards' L.A. Club Resource imprint—which was recently featured in LA Story, our in-depth report on Los Angeles' burgeoning underground house and techno scenes—has added a new 12" to its catalog today in the form of the four-track Dirge EP from San Francisco producer Skander. Read more »
With the release of its second 10th anniversary compilation this week (one of five planned to drop this year), the Hyperdub label is set to continue celebrating its decade-long run with a North American tour this September. Read more »
London musician and composer Keaton Henson (pictured above) recently released Romantic Works, a record billed as his "first collection of classical compositions" which strung together nine dense works consisting of piano, cello, filed recordings, and various found sounds. Following the record's release, Henson enlisted German synthscape master and former XLR8R podcast contributor Ulrich Schnauss to rework LP cut "Elevator Song." As one may have expected, the cinematic qualities of Henson's original fits easily within the pastoral inclinations of Schnauss, who wraps lush pads and a slow-brewing arpeggio sequence around the composition's delicate piano melodies and long-winded cello phrases.
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For those who have never set foot in the "Techno City," or at least haven't strayed outside the confines of the annual Movement Festival, it's easy to imagine Detroit as the crumbling metropolis it's often portrayed as in the media, a place filled with beautiful but empty skyscrapers, expansive abandoned factories, and blocks of burnt-out homes. At the same time, it's just as easy to imagine Detroit as a dance music hotbed, the birthplace of techno that's still home to many of the genre's originators and a number of the United States' top DJs and producers. There is truth in both sentiments; despite all of its struggles, Detroit is a city whose musical spirit is very much alive. Most people will point to the city's numerous artists and the labels when asserting this notion, but on more of a street level, music retail is incredibly healthy in Detroit. When the renowned Record Time closed years ago, many feared that the rest of the city's record stores would eventually follow suit, and some of them did. However, things have since stabilized, and even switched directions. Survivors like Desirable Discs, Detroit Threads, and Buy-Rite (now operating as Detroit Music Center) are thriving, Underground Resistance's elusive Submerge continues to operate and host the Detroit Techno Museum, and new stores like Hello and People's Records have opened for business. Read more »
Nearly two years have passed since XLR8R published an extensive feature digging into the country's rapidly expanding electronic music scene. Since then, this growth has only intensified, and Russia's leading producers continue to knock on the door of more widespread recognition. Although the enormous nation is home to a countless number of talented producers, when it comes to beats and bass, there's little question that Pixelord (a.k.a. Alexey Devyanin) sits at the top of the list. He's previously released music via Leisure System, Error Broadcast, Car Crash Set, and Civil Music, and his stewardship of the Hyperboloid label has made the imprint into an essential hub for forward Russian sounds. On July 28, Pixelord's latest EP, Polygon Fane, will be issued via Infinite Machine, so the time felt right to invite Devyanin to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
Irish producer Reid is preparing to drop Fractures, a six-track EP which will find the artist weaving a few vocal collaborations into his wistful electronic efforts. Here we have one of Fractures' instrumental affairs; built around a punchy set of piano chords, "Singapore" laces its pulsing run with interlocked melodic layers, which weave between the producer's sharp and efficient drum programming. The result is somewhat reminiscent of Gold Panda's knack for melody-striped electronics, but where the Ghostly affiliate seems to favor dustier textures, Reid elects to finish off his tracks with a polished glow. The budding Dublin-based producer's Fractures EP is set to see its release on August 11.
Last month, the first announcement of New York's forthcoming Sustain-Release festival (a collaboration between NYC producer, and organizer of Brooklyn's Mutual Dreaming parties, Aurora Halal and longtime music writer and promoter Zara Wladawsky) arrived with word that Xosar, Joey Anderson, Blondes, and MGUN were all billed for the summer camp-style festival. Now, Sustain-Release has unveiled the second wave of artists slated to perform at the inaugural edition of the East Coast event. Read more »
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