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XLR8R's Top 20 Downloads of July

With the arrival of August, we take a look back at the past 31 days, and present to you the top 20 most downloaded tracks from July. Read more » 

Lukid Preps New LP for Werk Discs

Last we heard from UK producer Lukid he was remixing the likes of BNJMN and newcomer Samoyed, which was about a year ago. Now, after a long period of quietly releasing 12"s via his GLUM label and working on soundtracks, the artist has announced his next LP, a 12-track record for Actress' Werk Discs imprint. Read more » 

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  • 08/02/2012

Gear: In the Studio: Gatekeeper

On Exo, the just-released debut full-length from Gatekeeper, the Brooklyn-based duo obsesses over a simulated HD world, an effort akin to sifting through the ruins of an ancient MP3.com society. Conjuring the endless awe and wonder of CD-ROMs, the Roland 303, and glass-casted studios set in the jungle, the LP was created using hyper-produced Hollywood Sound Libraries fashioned in multi-million dollar studios, further modulated by radical macro-envelopes that were inspired by a recent visit to Stonehenge. In hopes of shedding a little light on the pair's artistic outlook, not to mention its production techniques, we visited Aaron Ross and Matthew Arkell in their Bushwick studio, where we admired their jungle plants and a full-sized gong. Read more » 

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  • 08/02/2012

New EP On Its Way From Dâm-Funk

Though he's kept plenty busy dropping off-the-cuff jams and a series of unmastered tunes "straight from the lab," the bastion of SoCal G-funk known as Dâm-Funk will finally release a proper follow-up to 2010's epic long-player Toeachizown. Read more » 

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  • 08/02/2012

Download: Kuhn "Even Bears"

Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai is greatly acclaimed on both sides of the Pacific as one of the most influential films of all time; after all, it birthed one of American cinema's most beloved westerns, The Magnificent Seven. Interestingly enough, Brooklyn's Astro Nautico label and Japanese imprint Day Tripper are paying homage to both movies with a collaborative release entitled 7 by 7: Astro Nautico x Day Tripper, on which seven of Astro Nautico's beatsmiths sample Kurosawa's seminal film and seven of Osaka's INNIT crew (who all work with Day Tripper) sample its Westernized counterpart. Opening the American camp's side of the record is Kuhn's "Even Bears," which finds the Brooklyn beatmaker applying a beat-scene-inspired approach to his arrangements of samples of traditional Japanese percussion and hypnotic vocal chants. The whole thing winds up creating a veritable stomper reminiscent of the kind of East-meets-West productions pioneered by DJ Krush. You can nab the rest of the free digital EP (which is also out on cassette) over on Astro Nautico's Bandcamp page, or stream it in full after the jump. Read more » 

Average: 7.8 (55 votes)

Review: Throwing Snow Clamor EP

Label: Snowfall

In a relatively short space of time, Throwing Snow (a.k.a. Ross Tones) has established quite a name for himself. Apart from defying club-ready structures and crafting rich soundscapes of his own, he's also championed artist creativity and individuality while helping to run the Left Blank and A Future Without labels. His latest release, the Clamor EP, sees the UK producer inaugurating yet another label, Snowfall, an imprint he'll be steering on his own and operating with the same "no creative restraints" ideology that he has consistently (and sincerely) maintained in his career thus far.

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  • 08/02/2012

Icee Hot Launches Label, Preps First Release From Ghosts on Tape

No matter how long you've been a member of the XLR8R faithful, you've undoubtedly seen the name Icee Hot pop up more than a few times on the site. The club night run by Ghosts on Tape, Rollie Fingers, Low Limit (who you might recognize as half of Lazer Sword), and our own editor Shawn Reynaldo has made a name for itself by bringing DJs and producers from across the globe to San Francisco every month for nearly three years (the latest installment of which takes place tonight with John Talabot). Now, the crew has decided to take its curatorial skills to the next level by launching a record label under the Icee Hot name, announcing that its first release will arrive courtesy of Ghosts on Tape (pictured above). Read more » 

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  • 08/02/2012

Download: IVVVO "You Should Stay Until I Die"

First Listen

Occult, the debut LP from Portuguese artist IVVVO, will be released on CD via moun10 next week, with the digital version arriving on August 20. In the meantime, a bonus track has surfaced, which boasts singing synths, crunchy samples, banging bass drums, and croaking sound effects in its eclectic sound palette. IVVVO offers an emotive and uplifting vibe on the slow-building "You Should Stay Until I Die," and you can hear more of the producer's work if you take a listen to his Occult LP, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8 (50 votes)

Review: Citizen Room Service EP

Label: Love Fever

After launching its so-far vinyl-only imprint with Bicep's enticing "$tripper," club night-turned-label Love Fever has returned with an equally seductive 12" from Citizen. Across three tracks—one of which enlists the unpredictable talents of Jimmy Edgar—the burgeoning London producer displays a further maturing of his abilities and comes up with a release that equals the young label's previous offering in dancefloor potency. Read more » 

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  • 08/02/2012

Gear: Watch a Production Masterclass with Hypercolour's Alex Jones

London's Point Blank Insitute has shared a masterclass session featuring Hypercolour label head and producer in his own right Alex Jones. In the nearly hour-long tutorial, Jones completely breaks down his 2011 track "Disappointing Dancefloors," giving an in-depth look at the Ableton session in which the song was built and revealing the tools and tricks he uses to accomplish his techy productions. Read more » 

  • Filed under: gear
  • 08/01/2012

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