You guys should consider yourselves lucky that April 1 fell on a Sunday this year. We've got quite a soft spot for using April Fool's Day as an excuse to play pranks on XLR8R's readership, so much so that we just about named Lana Del Rey "Video Games (Skrillex Remix)" our number one download of the month. But alas, we restrained ourselves. Read more »
Yes, it's that time again: the time when the Distal and Mite-helmed Embassy imprint prepares to drop another helping of slippery bass on the world. For the next effort, the label has tapped Brooklyn's Sleepyhead to deliver a three-track EP (artwork above), for which "Nothing Changes" serves as the closing cut. Much in the vein of the producer's recent Motions EP, Sleepyhead appears interested in continuing his genre-melding explorations here, combining sleek R&B, percussive garage, and space-age beat work—all draped in some silky smooth synth tones. The forthcoming record drops on Monday, April 9.
Last month, Danish producer Tomas Barfod released the Broken Glass EP, officially making him the newest member of the increasingly eclectic Friends of Friends roster. While his music may not have much in common with that of labelmates Shlohmo or Salva, it's certainly of the same caliber, something Barfod will be showcasing more thoroughly when his next full-length, Salton Sea, drops on May 21. In the meantime, we've invited the WhoMadeWho drummer to display his curatorial chops behind the decks, as he's put together this exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
Nehuen is another producer to rise out of last year's Red Bull Music Academy class—one we even featured in our 'Fresh Faces' piece after seeing him in action in Madrid. Now, we've gotten our hands on "Hotel," a tune the Barcelona-by-way-of-Buenos Aires beatsmith cooked up while in the midst of his two-week session at RBMA, turning out a refreshingly smooth take on the territory between deep house and juke. Even better, he's managed to fold in some elements that are pleasantly reminiscent of Art of Love's seminal "Moments In Love," resulting in a production that not only highlights the burgeoning producer's talents but also reminds us how fresh "Moments In Love" still sounds to this day.
Hailing from Galway, Ireland, John Daly—a producer who's been crafting tracks for the better part of the past seven years—is set to drop his newest LP, Sunburst (artwork above), later this month. Here, we have the effort's title track (which also serves as the opening cut), a fine example of the territory Daly has concerned himself with as of late, "somewhere between house music, techno, disco, and dub." There's an extra layer of space at play in the Irishman's tunes, as he incorporates some real instrumentation into his productions—albeit with a generous dose of processing—most noticeable here in the adventurous bass guitar licks that move along with the slow-burning track. Over the course of the song's six-plus minute run, enough syncopated synth lines and lush chords pile up to propel this one into cosmic-techno-jam territory, an aesthetic choice we have a sneaking suspicion makes a few more appearances on Daly's forthcoming LP, set to drop April 27.
The latest installation in !K7's venerable DJ-Kicks series sees veteran producer Rupert Parkes (a.k.a. Photek) navigating territory outside of his norm. Mostly known for his iconic productions during the golden years of jungle, the mix is a departure to the grey areas between dance music's various subgenres. In the end though, it doesn't feel as groundbreaking or surprising as it should, instead coming off more like a concerted effort to keep abreast of contemporary trends in UK-centric dance music. Read more »
Addison Groove's debut LP, Transistor Rhythm, just dropped via 50 Weapons, and the Bristol producer has shared a video for that album's "Bad Things," which features guest work from Spank Rock. Read more »
From the depths of Glasgow's producer scene, a new imprint has formed by the name of High Sheen, and before its inaugural release appears later this month, the label has passed along this tune from hometown producers HaHaHa and Raksha. "Intercourse" is definitely a smart choice of audio with which to spread news of the new endeavor, as it's a solid house tune packed with rolling rhythms and exuding just the right touch of overdriven warmth. Between the droning string samples, percolating percussion, and infectiously pitched piano chords, it appears HaHaHa and Raksha have put together what the kids nowadays are calling a "big tune." If this is what High Sheen is willing to offer up for free, we'll be eagerly awaiting what else the label has in store, beginning with its debut release—a collaborative effort between the two artists featured here and fellow Glaswegian Mia Dora (artwork for that above)—set to drop on April 16.
If there's anything a seasoned DJ should know well, it's how to craft a solid early set. And if ever there was a couple of seasoned DJs, it's Hessle Audio's Ben UFO and Numbers' Jackmaster, who recently joined forces on a mix "dedicated to the art of the warm-up set" for Oki-Ni. Read more »
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