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Download: Lokiboi "Ghetto Bitch"

First Listen

Lokiboi has supplied us with a steady stream of tunes over the past few months, and with each successive track, he consistently proves himself to be a tough artist to pin down. On his latest offering, "Ghetto Bitch," the Russian-born London resident crafts a bass-heavy sound you could reasonably label as house. Heavy kicks stomp underneath the steady tap of cymbals as Lokiboi flips a raunchy-yet-infectious sample that intones "ghetto bitch." 

Average: 6.6 (92 votes)

Review: Hot Coins Geek Emotions (Remixes)

Label: Hot Coins

UK disco-house stalwart Daniel Berman has recently enjoyed a surge in acclaim for his Red Rack'Em project. His tracks under that alias are simultaneously classicist and experimental, moving with a bumpy grace that recalls the fêted house scenes of Detroit and Amsterdam in equal measure. With the amount of emphasis on Red Rack'Em, it's easy to forget that Berman first made his name on a string of edits his Discogs page refers to as "naughty pirate soul." His work as Hot Coins—a moniker last heard from in 2009—is distinctively slower and more low slung, filtering those edits' influence into cushioned modern disco tracks. Geek Emotions (Remixes) represents Berman's first effort to revive the name, though its choice of remixers hews much closer to the Red Rack'Em sound. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 08/24/2012

Download: Top Billin & Wolfhaus "Bowl of Thrax"

Label: Top Billin

Top Billin-affiliated artist Wolfhaus has an EP dropping in the coming weeks called Sons of Asgard, which sounds largely in line with much of the hip-hop-influenced beats we've been hearing lately. "Bowl of Trax," however, plays on the lighter side of the genre, as it's characterized by layers of smooth and melodic synths, quick hi-hats, and a minimal bassline. And although the track is primarily soft around the edges, it does reach moments of intensity, like when some Ikonika-style synth chords break into the mix. After getting your fill of Wolfhaus' new tune, you can check out his second Dubbed & Screwed mix, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.4 (47 votes)

Doctor Nick Needs Your Questions

Last week, we introduced the world to our new advice columnist, Nick Hook. His weekly dispatch, Hi, Doctor Nick! begins in September, but we want to remind the XLR8R faithful to send in their questions before his inbox becomes hopelessly overstuffed. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/23/2012

Download: Pixelord "Freeze the Star VIP"

First Listen

Ahead of the release of his newest EP, Supaplex (artwork above), Russian beat-scene stalwart Pixelord (a.k.a. Alexey Devyanin) has given away an exclusive VIP edit of one of that record's tunes. The track is a mellower and more subdued take on "Freeze the Star," opens with vocal stabs, light piano keys, and heavy 808 rhythms before shifting into an ethereal duet between pitched-up R&B couplets and heavily treated hip-hop samples. You can also stream a preview mix of Pixelord's Supaplex EP, which drops on September 17 via Civil Music, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.3 (76 votes)

Video Premiere: Citizen "Room Service"

Rising UK tunesmith Citizen just unveiled his latest music video, a clip for the title track from his excellent Room Service EP (out now via Love Fever). Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/23/2012

Paul Woolford to Release EP via Halocyan

With previous releases on Hotflush and Planet E, Paul Woolford will soon add to his growing catalog with a record for Los Angeles-based label Halocyan. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/23/2012

Download: Albert Swarm "Things Fold Into Themselves"

First Listen
Label: Ceremony

Finland's Albert Swarm (a.k.a. Pietu Arvola) first wowed us last summer with his Held EP, a collection of productions that occupied a dimension between beat music, ambient, and classically minded sounds. Now, the Helsinki-based producer has given us an exclusive taste of his second offering, the seven-track Wake EP. "Things Fold Into Themselves" is a wholly genre-defying affair; its lurching beat pulses underneath a thick cloud of lush, emotive synth washes and flourishes. Keep an eye out for Wake, which will drop on September 4 via Brooklyn imprint Ceremony. 

Average: 7.6 (53 votes)

Hotflush Readies EP from Anonymous Duo NeferTT

Next up on the release schedule of Scuba's Hotflush label is a four-track 12" (five-track digital release) from an anonymous pair of producers calling themselves NeferTT. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/23/2012

Gear: Watch a Production Tutorial From Claude VonStroke

At the risk of overloading our readers with "In the Studio" YouTube videos, we just couldn't pass up a chance to share this thorough production seminar from Dirtybird label head Claude Von Stroke. Read more » 

  • Filed under: gear
  • 08/23/2012

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