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Download: Daniel Maloso "Shera"

First Listen
Label: Cómeme

Mexican techno sensation Daniel Maloso is preparing to drop his debut full-length, the 10-song In and Out LP, on October 22 via Matias Aguayo's Cómeme imprint. Our first taste of that forthcoming record is lead cut "Shera," a bass-driven tune rife with bouncing rhythms, resonating chords, and '80s Italo influence. Maloso's new production is outrightly dark and ominous from the start, but nonetheless manages to keep things light with a funky groove that will undoubtedly beckon listeners to join the party wherever it's played. After getting your fill of the track, make sure to check out the artwork and tracklist for In and Out, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 6.9 (81 votes)

Bicep to Inaugurate New Label with EP

London-based house duo Bicep will soon inaugurate its new label, called Feel My Bicep, with its own three-track record. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/24/2012

Gear: Review: Vienna Instruments Special Edition Vol. 1

The pursuit for a reliable means of digitally recreating realistic acoustic sounds has been around since the inception of digital audio. In 2003, the Austrian cellist/composer Herb Tucmandl completed a massive undertaking to this end, and created the Vienna Symphonic Library (or VSL)—an intensive collection of samples culled over years spent painstakingly recording each possible note and expression of virtually every orchestral instrument available. Upon its release, the VSL quickly became the industry standard for computer-generated orchestral reproduction in professional-grade TV and film studios, and received high praise for its attention to detail and depth of recordings. Since then, Tucmandl's company has continually made attempts to open this resource to more musicians, finding ways to chip away at the original price tag (even now the VSL Vienna Super Package will still run you well over $6000). The Vienna Instruments Special Edition packages are the company's latest effort to that end, aimed at getting its technology to home users and studios by enabling access to a truncated version of its library via a VST/AU/RTAS plug-in. Read more » 

  • Filed under: gear
  • 08/24/2012

Gerry Read Preps New Single, Album

Following a handful of exceptional 12"s for Ramp sub-label Fourth Wave, camera-shy UK DJ/producer Gerry Read has announced the imminent arrival of yet another single, which will soon be followed by a full-length album. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/24/2012

Press Play: Four Tet, Wolfgang Voigt, Jonwayne, Robot Koch, and More

It's a wild mix of sounds and styles in today's edition of Press Play, with heavyweights like Four Tet and Wolfgang Voigt dropping frequencies alongside younger talents such as Suzanne Kraft, Michna, Total Freedom, Jonwayne, and Robot Koch, among plenty of others. Give it all a spin after the jump. Read more » 

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)

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