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Download: Geskia "Requiem for Genome (aus Remix)"

First Listen

Curdling synthesizers suffocated by unstable, bruising kick drums: a sign of '90s-era techno set to a sunrise. Sure, we get it, but when guitars and samples sneak into this remix by Japanese producer aus (pictured above), we're left without such tidy little boxes to place the music in. "Requiem for Genome (aus Remix)" is a transformation from Geskia's original track into a throbbing, organic dance number that refuses to sit still—spewing shards of folk, house, and industrial techno into the surrounding environs in a fleet-footed, cacophonous bout of organized chaos. Twitchy and restless yet thoroughly engrossing, the track is part of a disc of remixes that will accompany the special-edition version of Geskia's new album, 323 Sayonara Memories, on April 27, when it drops via Home Normal.  

Average: 7.5 (56 votes)

Hype Williams Gives Rare Interview, Offers Free 33-Track Download

Hype Williams, the notorious duo of Inga Copeland and Dean Blunt, recently sat down for a chat with The Guardian prior to the release of its new LP for Hyperdub, Black is Beautiful. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 04/06/2012

Download: Vieo Abiungo "The Thunder May Have Ruined the Moment"

First Listen

Now, here's something you don't find on XLR8R every day: a track made almost entirely of non-synthesized sound. Musician/composer William Ryan Fritch impeccably combines dissonant string arrangements, jangly percussion, and ever so subtle touches of electronics into a three-minute instrumental on the title track from his forthcoming third LP as Vieo Abiungo. The results sound something like Johnny Greenwood's soundtrack for There Will Be Blood, if it was all boiled down into a short burst of voiceless, experimental, beat-driven chamber pop. The Thunder May Have Ruined the Moment will arrive on April 17, complete with a DVD of short visual pieces by filmmaker Pete Monro, the mesmerizing preview of which you can watch after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.2 (72 votes)

Video: Polyklinik "Vermona"

This surreal workout video is the creation of BlueNoiise Studio, a Budapest-based video producer who also happens to be brothers with the track's creator, Polyklinik. Read more » 

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  • 04/06/2012

Addison Groove and Doc Daneeka Announce North American Tour

Two of the UK's top-billing dancefloor dons, Addison Groove and Doc Daneeka, are coming to the U.S. and Canada this spring as part of the Surefire Sound Spring 2012 Tour. Read more » 

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  • 04/06/2012

Download: Avalon Emerson "Horoscope"

As the description reads on this young San Francisco artist's SoundCloud page, "Avalon Emerson will not transcend genre (the job of Cage and Prince and avocado pho), but her no-brow style might transcend the meta tags of your brain’s dumbass heart." Emerson obviously isn't one to mince words when describing her work, and the sarcastic-yet-honest attitude fits her new production, "Horoscope," to a tee. A bounding kick drum and some very loose, pleasantly disorienting toms run rampant across this seven-and-a-half-minute behemoth, which also features Emerson playfully asking us to join in on the hedonism in a series of incomprehensible toasts. Add a twist of carnival-referencing organ melodies to the mix, and you're left with an intoxicating blend of festivities ripe for springtime sunshine. 

Average: 7.2 (75 votes)

Review: Untold Change in a Dynamic Environment Part I

Label: Hemlock

While the man has been responsible more than a few dancefloor heaters, Untold (a.k.a. Jack Dunning) has never been known for crafting music that's particularly light or happy. The Hemlock boss specializes in dark textures, which are often supplemented by hard-hitting percussion and thick bass tones. That said, his sound, which initially proved rather uniform, has substantially evolved in recent years, and continues to do so. Change in a Dynamic Environment Part I, the first chapter of an announced trilogy, marks the London producer's return to Hemlock, Dunning's first release on his own label since 2009's Gonna Work Out Fine EP. In truth, the songs here sound almost nothing like that record's title track or "No One Likes a Smart-Arse," yet Untold continues to sail in ominously compelling waters. Read more » 

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  • 04/06/2012

Gatekeeper to Drop New LP via Hippos in Tanks

The New York-based electronic archeaologists of Gatekeeper have unveiled two forthcoming projects, a new album for Hippos in Tanks (artwork above) and an accompanying "first-person gaming environment, in which one explores various worlds inspired by tracks on the album." Read more » 

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  • 04/06/2012

Download: A Taut Line "Drunk"

Label: Diskotopia

The name of Diskotopia co-founder Matt Lyne's solo project, A Taut Line, makes complete sense when listening to his new 2776 Digital Hi-Vision EP (out April 9). Featured here, "Drunk" really does put on an impressive balancing act as it walks the line between undulating platters of sub-bass, crooning vocals ripped from a Tokyo arcade around 1993 (both Lynne and the label are based in Japan), and early rave-referencing piano stabs culled from forgotten '90s house jams. It all seems to be tottering on the edge of a beam, precarious but assured. You can check out a preview of the rest of A Taut Line's EP, along with a promo video featuring the track "Sands," after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.4 (50 votes)

Download: Lemonade "Neptune (Sinjin Hawke Remix)"

Brooklyn trio Lemonade is about to embark on a tour with Texan chillwaver Neon Indian, but have opted first to put out a batch of remixes of "Neptune," the lead single from the band's forthcoming second album for True Panther, Diver. Featured here, Montreal native Sinjin Hawke's version of the track is a shimmering, dense rework that begins with a swelling, church-like choir before descending into florid swirls of panned vocals and a free-flowing 808 hip-hop beat. The package's three other remixes come from some of Lemonade's friends—including Mike Simonetti, Jacques Renault, and the band's own drummer, Alex Pasternak. 500 white labels featuring these tunes will be available on the aforementioned tour, the details of which you can check out, along with a stream of the rest of the "Neptune" remixes, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.7 (75 votes)

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