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Video: Tomas Barfod "Broken Glass"



Friends of Friends, the California label with an intriguing artist roster that includes Shlohmo and Ernest Gonzales, is preparing the debut album from Danish producer Tomas Barfod (a recent XLR8R podcast contributor) and has just put out a video for the LP's lead single, "Broken Glass." Read more » 

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  • 05/03/2012

Download: Mistakes Are OK "Koala (BNJMN Remix2)"

First Listen

Barcelona's Hivern Discs, a label piloted by mysterious producer John Talabot, is taking a unique approach to promoting its latest act, Mistakes Are OK. Before the producer drops a single track, Hivern has chosen to give his pending debut LP the remix treatment, releasing an EP with an impressive cast of characters that includes Kassem Mosse, Downliners Sekt, and BNJMN. BNJMN's "Remix2" of "Koala," featured here, is a second BNJMN rework that won't appear on the EP, and the cut is a focused techno composition. Each aspect of its arrangement, from its mallet-like sampling to its springy bass, feels precise and calculated. The track weaves in and out of time as its components challenge one another rhythmically, engrossing the listener in a nearly eight-minute trance. It remains to be seen how much of its brilliance can be attributed to Mistakes Are OK's production, but the remix sits alongside some of BNJMN's best work. 

Average: 7.6 (79 votes)
 
 

Geoff Barrow's BEAK> Prepares Sophomore Album

BEAK>, a trio that includes Portishead's Geoff Barrow which debuted in 2009, is coming back with a second album entitled >>, due out on Invada in early June. Read more » 

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  • 05/03/2012

Download: Monty Luke "In Love With A Dancer (ML Tronik Edit)"

First Listen

Detroit producer (and former XLR8R writer) Monty Luke has shared the first track off his upcoming Bomb for Bomb EP. On "In Love With a Dancer (ML Tronik Edit)," the Planet E cohort lays down an extended tech-house groove, crafting a tune that's reminiscent of the physical, hypnotizing work of No Regular Play or Aaron-Carl. Female vocal lines jump from powerful to breathy and back again, cruising about the mix like a rubber band. The Bomb for Bomb EP drops on May 22 via Denver's Full Flavor Music. 

Average: 7.3 (53 votes)
 
 

Becoming Real to Drop Mini-LP This Month

London's Becoming Real has been quietly building steam that past couple of years, and will soon release a bit of that once he drops his upcoming mini-LP later this month. Read more » 

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  • 05/03/2012

Guy Andrews Readies New 12" for Hotflush

Bubblin' Up producer Guy Andrews is set to release a new 12" for Scuba's Hotflush Recordings later this month. Read more » 

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  • 05/03/2012

Download: Check Chuck "Check Chuck (Monokle Remix)"

St. Petersburg's Monokle has already amassed a solid catalog of ambient beat music, but another addition to his body of work certainly won't hurt. His latest offering is a remix of "Check Chuck" by French duo Composer, which is part of a new remix EP (pictured above) for the Parisian Infine Music imprint. Monokle's take plunges the originally forthright dance-punk cut into a pool of evocative synth washes and slow synth runs, the titular lyric and a few processed "oohs" being the only vocal bits that survive the Russian producer's flood. Composer's Check Chuck / Polar Bear Remixes EP is out now, and features additional remix work from Breton, Arandel, and Poborsk. 

Average: 8.4 (161 votes)
 
 

Review: Bass Clef Reeling Skullways

Nearly every track on Bass Clef’s Reeling Skullways, the London-based producer’s first long-player for Punch Drunk, feels like the beginning of a long journey. Read more » 

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  • 05/03/2012

Kimbra Drops Free Remix EP with Brenmar, Benjamin Damage, and George FitzGerald

Brenmar (pictured above), George FitzGerald, and recent XLR8R podcast contributor Benjamin Damage have all been tapped to remix tracks from New Zealand pop singer Kimbra's 2011 debut album, Vows. Read more » 

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  • 05/03/2012

Download: Alec Carlsson "Doux Velour (Borrowed Identity New Jack City Dub)"

It will be 2016 before Alec Carlsson is finally legally permitted to enter most nightclubs in the United States, but the 17-year-old French producer has already begun turning heads with his house productions. Earlier this week, the wunderkind dropped a four-track EP for Stripped & Chewed, a Chicago-based imprint recently founded by DJ/producer Ghosts Of Venice. The EP is titled Doux Velour, and contains two originals and two remixes. This "New Jack City Dub" from young German producer Borrowed Identity takes the filter house of the EP's title track and blends it with the jacking sounds of old-school Chicago. It won't be on the EP, but an acid-flavored 303 remix by Borrowed Identity will be, as will a rework from German duo Chicago Life. If this tune has piqued your interest, listen to a preview of Doux Velour and spy its artwork, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.9 (67 votes)
 
 

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