The Beatport sales charts are often dominated by the latest international club smashes, but its vault of music runs deep and covers a wide variety of artists and sounds, which is why XLR8R has been asked to curate a special two-week series of Beatport charts by some of our favorite DJs and producers. New Jersey garage godfather Todd Edwards is known for the litany of classics he's created over the years, but here he's assembled a list of some of his favorite new dancefloor weapons. Read more »
The up-and-coming LA-based duo of Jerome Potter (of LOL Boys fame) and Samo Sound Boy (who we recently profiled in our Bubblin' Up feature), DJ Dodger Stadium, may not yet have a proper release under its collective belt (we have to wait until the Body High imprint drops that on October 4), but the pair did just drop an excellent DJ set for DIS Magazine. Read more »
Monkeytown, the burgeoning imprint helmed by German bass-bringers Modeselektor, is set to drop the Next2Last LP (pictured above), a double-disc collection of originals by San Diego, CA artist—not to mention WeDidItCollective acolyte—eLan and remixes of his productions from the likes of Modeselektor, Cosmin TRG, Lazer Sword, and more. Read more »
Have you ever sat around wondering how to improve Carly Simon's 1982 single "Why"? No? Neither have we. Yet British producer Pinemartin seems to have been thinking along those lines when he covered the classic song for his recent free EP, Come Around Again, Again. It's a high bar to meet, but Pinemartin manages to excel by creating a nostalgic chillwave homage with all the right hallmarks. He strips out the vocals and lets the track envelope the listener through a barrage of warm analog synthesis. The Come Around Again, Again EP is out now, and available for free download on Bandcamp, here.
Newcastle-based producer Rain Dog is the latest up-and-comer to be tapped by what has become one of the most consistently good labels for (almost) free music, the DFRNT-run Cut imprint (also responsible for releases from Essáy, Great Skies, and more). "One to Love" falls somewhere within the blissed-out realm of post-dubstep beats, but also harbors some echoes of the mellow dub found years ago on Pole's now-defunct ~scape label. This gloriously peaceful endeavor can be found alongside three similarly lush pieces of detailed beat work on the See Hear EP (artwork above), available here as a "name your price" download.
Norwegian label Smalltown Superjazz has just announced it will soon release Live at the South Bank, a document of a live session featuring the duo of Kieran Hebden (a.k.a. Four Tet, pictured above) and legendary jazz drummer Steve Reid with Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustaffson. Read more »
Brooklyn-based producer Brenmar believes in the virtue of quantity. At least, it seems that way; his remixes and productions pass through the XLR8R office just about every week. That's not to say his tracks lack quality (that other virtue of production), far from it. Brenmar excels in pumping out dancefloor heaters at an unfathomable pace, which leads us to his latest cut, an edit of DJ Dsign's "Diamondz (Get Money)" he did as a "lil bday gift" and gave away on his birthday four days ago. The edit sees Brenmar cleaning up the original's rhythm, throwing in some creative filters, adding a subtle piano chord (albeit mostly buried in the mix), and ripping out the aggro synth-stabs in favor of a heavy dose of simmering low-end.
The Blunted Robots badman most commonly known as Shortstuff has announced he will be releasing his next 12" under another production moniker, Mickey Pearce, and will be dropping the other pseudonym for good. Read more »
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