Detroit resident Monty Luke is no stranger to XLR8R's pages (he once wrote for them, and has since been written about on them), so we're especially pleased that he's been included in the lineup at the Movement festival this year. We're also happy that the DJ/producer has shared a solid new mix ahead of that auspicious performance. Read more »
Budapest brethren Headshotboyz have released with Project:Mooncircle, Svetlana, and King Deluxe, but have recently put out the Heartbaked EP on their bandcamp for free download. "Fundevogel" is a fresh and woozy slab of sunshine-synthesizing boom-bap, with 16-bit Sega strobes dancing in melodic fashion to trip-inducing squeals and concrete-cracking kick drums. The LA-based Brainfeeder crew, as well as Friends of Friends' resident bit-crusher Groundislava, seem to be apt reference points for "Fundevogel," although there is a distinct thread of razor-sharp sound design running through the track that reminds of Berlin's penchant for sonic clarity. Moscow's growing preoccupation with skwee-leaning hip hop could also be what Headshotboyz are hinting at, but in the end, what we're left with is a swirling tapestry of color and bass bumps that sound right at home in the Hungarian capital. Check the full stream of the Heartbaked EP after the jump. Read more »
Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, LA beatmaker Tokimonsta (pictured above) has flipped "Freek N' You," the classic slow jam first released by Jodeci back in 1995. While Tokimonsta's snappy percussion and punchy synth riffs might render her version a little too hyper for the average summertime BBQ, the rework isn't without its own sense of sultry funk, even after she tosses in a double-time drum pattern and amps the energy level nearly four minutes into the track.
Two of NY's finest dance-music operators are teaming up for a new release on Rush Hour, with Policy's "One Last Time" single being backed with a FaltyDL remix (as well as another reworking by Dutchman Tom Trago). FaltyDL takes the track's atmosphere and velcro edges into a shimmering, dew-heavy forest, planting percolating rays of color and synthesized charm that seem to grow, shuffle, and come alive just as frenetically as the percussion. Bright and bouncy, with plenty of sidewinding slices of snare and a shrill synth lick that sounds like a pixie chortling in the background, it's a track that works especially well towards the end of a night or in an extended home-listening session (particularly after the breakdown halfway through). The One Last Time EP will be available on May 28.
After kicking off the year with his debut 12" for Hotflush, Belgian producer Locked Groove is going to have himself a busy summer, as the techno-leaning upstart will be dropping another record for Hotflush on June 18 and the Different Paths EP (artwork above) for Turbo Recordings on June 4. The Montreal-based imprint has been kind enough to pass along the latter to stream exclusively here on XLR8R; listen to the EP, in full, after the jump. Read more »
Amsterdam's Rwina crew recently rolled out its first release of 2012, Eprom's venomous "Regis Chillbin" single, which comes backed with a high-octane Machinedrum remix. The Portland-based beatmaker also has a full-length on the way later this summer, Metahuman, also dropping via Rwina. Ahead of that, here we have "Realization," a neon-spiked, non-release track that demonstrates Eprom's production prowess. The song oscillates like a slow-building third-eye experience, streaming vibrant arpeggios and detuned synth textures in a whirlwind of melody that revolves around a steady, juke-stepping beat. The tune constructs its rhythms and progressions with fluidity; it's only when aspects are dropped out at various breakdowns that we become aware of their individual impact, all prior to being lifted rambunctiously into the next phase of the song. Apart from his releases, Eprom will also be keeping busy on the road in the months ahead; his upcoming US tour schedule has been posted after the jump. Read more »
When it comes to unlikely stories, it's hard to top the notion that Dre Skull would somehow become a top dancehall producer. That's not meant as a slight to the Brooklyn-based beatmaker, but he's certainly taken a long, strange trip since he first surfaced in the mid '00s with a series of dance cuts that largely pulled from electro, B-more, and hip-hop. Most notably, he's founded his own Mixpak label and gradually worked his way into the world of dancehall, frequently traveling to Jamaica and collaborating with the likes of Sizzla, Vybz Kartel, and others. His latest offering, Loudspeaker Riddim, features vocal contributions from Beenie Man, Natalie Storm, Machel Montano, and Popcaan. It might also be the best thing he's ever done. Read more »
- September 18: New Forms Festival 2014 with Oneohtrix Point Never, Hieroglyphic Being, Helena Hauff, Madlib, and More
- September 24: Decibel Festival with Marcel Dettmann, KiNK, FaltyDL, John Roberts, Steffi, Simian Mobile Disco, and More
- October 15: Amsterdam Dance Event with Four Tet, DJ Koze, Jon Hopkins, Karenn, Ben UFO, Floating Points, MCDE, Talaboman, and More
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