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Download: Matthewdavid "Tape 2"

Label: Leaving

LA beat maven Matthewdavid continues to showcase his versatility as a leader within his city's electronic-music scene. His latest offering, titled Disk II, is a gorgeous CD-R release, limited to 150 copies, which uses a hand-painted floppy disk (pictured above) as packaging. "Tape 2," the second of nine tracks collected from 2008 to 2012, is a cavernous excursion into the producer's ambient work. Swirling loops, ethereal samples, and the like all send us into an alternate dimension, one kissed by Matthewdavid's signature tape-warped hiss. 

Average: 6.2 (55 votes)

BNJMN Side Project Offers Free EP

Singing Statues, a guitar-laden side project of the ever-prolific BNJMN—you may remember his recent XLR8R podcast—has offered up a free EP titled No Disguise (artwork above). Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 05/15/2012

Podcast 247: Jack Dixon

Over the past two years, London producer Jack Dixon has quietly amassed a rather impressive discography, dropping releases—both solo and collaborative—on labels such as Brownswood, Silverback, ManMakeMusic, and, most recently, R&S offshoot Apollo, which just put out his You Won't Let Me EP. But even with a string of quality releases to his name, it's sometimes easy to forget Dixon amongst the ever-swelling ranks of producers turning out bass music, or whatever genre tag is being applied at the moment. Perhaps it's due to the understated nature of his productions, which offer a polished, techno-infused take on UK rhythms. Well-suited for melancholy mornings and late-night comedowns, Dixon's tunes aren't anthems, nor are they meant to be. As admirers of his songcraft, we figured that it might be best to give Dixon a chance to showcase his talents outside of the club, which is why he's been invited to deliver the latest chapter of the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Download: Citizen "Members Only"

First Listen
Label: MadTech

Sultry, late-night vibes color this smooth, carved-from-stone piece of house music from London's Citizen (an artist we've heard before). An unreleased cut that precedes his four-track Deep End EP, "Members Only" gallops on some soulfully screwed vocals spliced with classic Chicago-era cymbals, thumping with maximum-strength kicks until plush chords enter the fray to dominate the rest of the proceedings. With quick pivots and cut-outs, Citizen keeps the track fresh before spiraling into a second half rife with whispered snippets of conversation adding an eerie, yet alluring percussive backing to the jam's conclusion. Heavy on style but pumped full of head- (and hip-)swiveling substance, keep an eye out for the new EP when it drops on June 18. In the meantime, view the cover art and tracklist, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.9 (69 votes)

Review: Slugabed Time Team

Label: Ninja Tune

After two years of prolific output which found his work appearing across a number of labels (Planet-Mu, RAMP, and Donky Pitch among them), Slugabed makes a the leap to the full-length format, pulling together a few already-released tunes with a heap of new produtcions for a suprisingly cohesive and rewarding debut LP. Read more » 

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  • 05/15/2012

Video Premiere: Maga Bo "Piloto de Fuga (feat. Funkero and BNegão)"

Baile funk has not been receiving that much attention as of late—at least outside of Brazil—but Rio de Janiero's Maga Bo is still repping his adopted country's quirky, party-starting export. The producer has shared a video for "Piloto de Fuga," a track off of his upcoming LP, Quilombo do Futuro. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 05/15/2012

Download: SFV Acid "Granmasmitza"

100% Silk comrade SFV Acid is preparing his debut full-length, #2, for LA's Post Present Medium imprint and the laid-back "Granmasmitza," featured here, comes from that album. The track breaks from vocal sample into analog jam in a manner reminiscent of Javelin's work, but the lo-fi, hardware-centric vibe of the song is right in line with 100% Silk cohorts like Fort Romeau and Ital. #2 drops on June 26; its artwork and tracklist can be viewed after the jump. (via Pitchfork)  Read more » 

Average: 5.7 (40 votes)

Review: One Little Plane Into the Trees

Label: Text

As you may have realized, XLR8R generally focuses on music primarily made with circuits, software, or some kind of combination of the two, so coverage of London-via-Chicago folk artist One Little Plane's sophomore LP, Into the Trees, might come off as strange. But the songwriter, known from birth as Kathryn Bint, enlisted electronic music doyen Kieran Hebden (a.k.a. Four Tet) for production duties on the album, spiking our interest in this otherwise un-electronic, folksy collection of songs. Into the Trees is mostly devoid of synths, chopped-up vocal samples, and the like, but change can be refreshing sometimes. Read more » 

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  • 05/15/2012

Jus-Ed Drops a FACT Mix

Underground Quality label boss and deep-house veteran DJ Jus-Ed has mixed the 329th installment of the FACT mix series. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 05/14/2012

Download: Plastikman "Ask Yourself (214 Refix)"

First Listen

Fortified Audio has a habit of releasing defining releases early in young artists' careers, prior to their assimilation into larger circuits and bigger crowds. With its first release of 2012, however, the imprint has taken a left turn and prepped the Plastic Spokes EP from Seattle veteran 214. "Ask Yourself (Refix)" is not on the forthcoming record, but makes its case known as a driving electro workout helmed from the cybotronic shards of the Plastikman classic. Bobbing and weaving through slowly enveloping, razor-sharp synths and buoyed by a tense stampede of 808 samples, the tune explodes during its final minute with a dive-bombing bassline that swallows the other elements whole. Showing a deft touch for balancing intricately programmed drums with robotic phrases and and sidewinding synths, it's 214's patience in busting the track open at the five-minute mark with that surging, restless bassline that really clicks this refix into high gear. Take a peek at the tracklisting and preview the Plastic Spokes EP, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.5 (83 votes)

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