It should be obvious by now that XLR8R regularly keeps up on the output of B.YRSLF Division, as we've posted many of the French label's tunes over the year. Today is a special day for all of its followers, as the imprint has just given away 15 tracks for free. Read more »
We've certainly taken a liking to Utrecht producer David Douglas this year, and so we're excited to share a rework of his song "California Poppy" by Irish duo Solar Bears (a.k.a. John Kowalski and Rian Trench). The remix finds the twosome rearranging and slightly altering the many layers that comprise Douglas' rich atmospherics to create a busier and buzzier sound. Solar Bears give the original song's smooth synths a grating edge and churning low end, which makes the overall mix murkier, but doesn't drown out the crisp bassline. Although there is no official release date for Solar Bear's upcoming LP, the duo has confirmed that its "California Poppy" rework will be featured on a remix EP scheduled for a September release via Atomnation, the same label that released Douglas's debut album, Royal Horticultural Society.
The Seattle-based producer also known as 214, has resurfaced as J. Alvarez, the brain behind the latest release from Hypercolour imprint HypeLTD. As 214, the producer has worked with labels like Frustrated Funk and Fortified Audio, but the four-track Overseas Highway EP (artwork above) is his first release under the new moniker. After dropping that record just yesterday, J. Alvarez gives us "Roller Derby," a bonus cut that finds him treading into guttural and claustrophobic techno and boasting an ominous vibe throughout the stomping production.
As we discussed in our recent feature on German techno stalwart Rene Pawlowitz, the restless producer boasts a large number of monikers under which he delivers classically minded, experimental electronic productions, the latest offering of which arrives today from Shed. Read more »
XLR8R faithful are likely well aware that 2012's Red Bull Music Academy is about to convene in New York City, but before the proceedings take place from September 30 to November 2, we've put together the full list of the auspicious DJs, producers, musicians, and vocalists from around the world who will be in attendance at RBMA 2012. Read more »
Canadian pop experimentalist Dan Snaith (a.k.a Caribou) released his most recent LP, the excellent Swim, over two years ago. And though there's been no announcement of a proper follow up to that full-length, the multi-faceted artist has said he'll soon release an album under his more house-leaning moniker, Daphni. Read more »
Om Unit has unveiled the video for "Ulysses," the opening song from his upcoming Aeolian EP, which is scheduled for a July 30 release via Civil Music. The look of the clip mirrors the track's clean and futuristic vibes with angular, grid-based, and abstract visuals, all of which ends up looking like what could be a cybernetic-era scene from the movie Fantasia. Read more »
Whether it's fair or not, Jon Convex is probably best known as "the other guy from Instra:mental." To be certain, his former production partner Boddika has snagged a lot of headlines over the past year or so, but Convex hasn't exactly been a slouch. Building upon the stripped-down, electro-flavored rhythms that powered the final Instra:mental album, Resolution 653, Convex has been releasing a stready stream of bass-loaded, robotic funk workouts on labels such as [NakedLunch] and 3024. Next week, he'll be releasing his debut solo LP, Idoru, on his own Convex Industries imprint, so we've invited him to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series to help commemorate the occasion. Read more »
"Music discovery service" 22Tracks, based in Amsterdam, Brussels, and London, is set to release its first compilation this week, and has offered up a taste of what's in store. The sample comes in the form of "A Thousand Streets" by Dutch producer Fedbymachines (a.k.a. Peter Mohnen), whose blooming beat work transforms an arhythmic, limping drum pattern into a stuttering two-step. Pools of synth sounds arise from the waves of lapping water and white noise at the beginning of the tune, which eventually settles into a lull of reverb-doused psychedelia. "A Thousand Streets" will be released alongside 21 other tunes helmed by Dutch artists on July 27.
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