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Review: Zoé Zoe Church EP

There are no frills on Zoé Zoe's Church EP. There are no leftfield curveballs, ambitious bendings of genre, or avant-garde experimentations—and that's certainly not to the record's detriment. Rather than attempting to create a daring new sound or spearhead a micro-movement, the elusive Lithuanian producer born Mantas Stonkus has achieved a more modest (but no less demanding) accomplishment: he has crafted an expertly tailored bundle of deep-house tunes on what appears to be his first official release as Zoé Zoe. Read more » 

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  • 08/06/2012

Download: Aquadrop "Eagle Nebula"

Milan-based producer Aquadrop's Synthetic Landscapes From Future EP dropped just last week via Seclusiasis. The artist born Aron Airaghi's penchant for grime, jazz, and funk all shine through on on his new record, and yet Synthetic Landscapes From Future pushes somewhere past the realm of singular genres, sounding more in line with the likes of Rustie, a solid example of which is the synth-driven "Eagle Nebula". Aquadrop's tune is a club-ready, electro-tinged production with interludes of extremely uptempo synths and bouncy basslines supported by the banging of the kicks. Hoover samples, 8-bit sound effects, and handclaps are dropped randomly through it all, leaving just about zero negative space in the tightly packed soundscape. 

Average: 8.1 (59 votes)

The Lowdown: This Week on XLR8R

Throughout the week, a whole lot of material gets posted here on XLR8R. And while we know—and love—that some hardcore readers will eagerly pour over every single news story, interview, podcast, video, and MP3 download that appears on the site, we also realize that for most people, it's impossible to see everything, which means that some quality XLR8R content is likely to get missed in the hustle and bustle of everyone's daily lives. In the interest of making it easier for everyone to catch up, we've created The Lowdown, a weekly wrap-up of the best tidbits from our site. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/03/2012

Download: Pusherman "The People (Naive Machine Remix)"

London's Pusherman has been all over the place; earlier this year, he released two EPs, Shake It Off and Still Feel, via LNUK and Dench respectively. July 30 marked the release of his third offering, this time for Audio Doughnuts, aptly entitled Donuts. While the "Donuts" single has been floating around for quite some time now (its video, which you can watch here, has been out since last year), it only received an official release this past Monday. However, Audio Doughnuts has padded the single with new material, including a remix of "Donuts" by Diamond Bass, a b-side titled "The People," and a reworking of that same track by Naive Machine. Although Naive Machine's members hail from the UK, the outfit's collective mindset on this remix is rooted in Chicago's footwork traditions; Pusherman's original shuffling, syncopated beat is cast aside and replaced with frenetically repeating samples and skittering juke-inspired rhythms. 

Average: 7.6 (71 votes)

Check Out Mixes From MK and Krystal Klear

Today, we've come across two mixes that mine the more nostalgic realms of dance music, one from American garage icon MK (pictured above) and the other by Manchester-based up-and-comer Krystal Klear. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/03/2012

Gear: Dave Smith Instruments Announces Mopho x4 Analog Synthesizer

Dave Smith Instruments, the company helmed by snyth-pioneer and "Father of MIDI" Dave Smith, has announced the addition of a new, four-voice analog synthesizer called the Mopho x4 to its reputable line. Read more » 

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  • 08/03/2012

Download: Face + Heel "One Hundred Years Deep (Fort Romeau Remix)"

It would appear that UK producer Fort Romeau has become the remixer of choice as of late. Every time we turn around, the guy has reworked some manner of electronic or synth-pop tune into a deeply bubblin' house cut, the latest example of which is this version of Face + Heel's "One Hundred Years Deep." The Cardiff-based duo (pictured above) has the energy turned up ever so slightly on its moody slow-jam, courtesy of Fort Romeau's tradmarked analog synth pads and basslines and straightforward dancefloor rhythms. It's nothing game-changing, but "One Hundred Years Deep (Fort Romeau Remix)" nonetheless offers a subtly powerful counterpart to Face + Heel's original tune. 

Average: 6.9 (64 votes)

Gear: Watch Optimum In the Studio

The in-depth production tips videos from Point Blank Institute just keeping popping up, with the latest featuring Lodon producer and Hum + Buzz co-owner Optimum. Read more » 

  • Filed under: gear
  • 08/03/2012

Terrence Dixon Preps 'From the Far Future' Sequel

Twelve years ago, Detroit techno auteur Terrence Dixon issued From the Far Future, his first full-length and an effort that still stands out as one of his signature releases. Granted, Dixon has been releasing records since the mid '90s and dropped another album, Train of Thought, in 2007, but it seems that From the Far Future made a mark so strong that Dixon has been compelled to revisit it. As such, he's announced plans to release From the Far Future Pt.2 (artwork above) in late September on the storied Tresor imprint. Read more » 

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  • 08/03/2012

Press Play: Dâm-Funk, Kingdom, Shlohmo, and More

We're not necessarily complaining when we say that our inboxes are inundated on a daily basis with more music than we could ever hope to hear, but it does often pose a problem for us. We mostly just don't have the space or time to share all of the interesting, unique, and exciting new tunes that come our way. In an effort to combat this issue, we've come up with Press Play, a weekly feature that will pull together 10 or so of the things we "missed" into a single post rife with eclectic sights and sounds. Read more » 

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