With their forthcoming debut LP, Channel Pressure, Ford and Lopatin will be expanding their scope as purveyors of sample-heavy '80s nostalgia, an effort that began with last year's That People Play EP (released under the duo's now-discarded Games moniker). Ahead of the album's June 7 release date, the Brooklyn outfit will be dropping a limited-edition 12" of first single "Emergency Room," with remixes by Gavin Russom and The Bug. Placing his signature proggy stamp on the synthesized funk of the original, Russom teases the track out an extra four minutes with a simmering acid line and arpeggiations that wouldn't sound out of place on his Crystal Ark project. Combine that with a heap of toms in the low end and glistening synthesized cicada noises and you have a good recipe for a 5am anthem. The "Emergency Room" 12" is available digitally now, and those who want to get their hands on one of the rare slabs on vinyl can order a copy here. In the meantime, do check out the vinyl artwork, which is posted after the jump. Read more »
Well, spring has sprung, and we've got some hot tunes... Wait, no...
Well, the sun is finally out, and what better a way to celebrate than to bring you XLR8R's hottest spring jams. Wait, nah...
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We premiered the original version of this tune from Prauge DJ/producer Tvyks and UK MC C. Monts in late 2010, and now we have this equally hyped-up remix by Chicago juke patron Chrissy Murderbot for you. The Windy City producer tosses loads of percussion into his mix, infuses his rhythms with almost inaudibly low bass frequencies, and reworks the original synth melody into a flurry of stabs that immediately recalls old-school rave favorites (not to mention contemporary revivalists of that sound like Zomby or Lone). At first, C. Monts' vocal delivery remains untouched in this version, but as we continue further into "Mitte Riddim (Chrissy Murderbot Remix)," those too get the ol' chop-and-tweak. You can check out more takes on Tvyks track from the Prauge to Berlin Remixed EP here.
Our first introduction to Brooklyn leftfield chanteuse Laurel Halo was likely similar to your own: either her '80s pop-referencing King Felix EP for Hippos in Tanks, or Games' similar-sounding "Strawberry Skies" song that she lends her voice to. However, the singer/producer is also well versed in the ways of techno, ambient, and IDM sounds, which a forthcoming cassette-tape release for NNA Tapes will exhibit in full. "Zoo Hypothesis" is one such track from the seven-song Antenna, and finds Halo slowly building a spatial soundscape out of churning low frequencies, free-floating sound effects, and extremely subtle melodic atmospheres—an effort not unlike that of her former collaborator Daniel Lopatin (a.k.a. Oneohtrix Point Never). You can cop the whole Antenna cassette when it drops on May 10.
Less than a week before the Brooklyn duo of Travis Stewart and Praveen Sharma (a.k.a. Sepalcure) perform at this XLR8R-sponsored party on April 29 in San Francisco, the latter of those two multi-faceted producers has dropped a brand-new single via Amsterdam dance music hub Rush Hour, under the moniker Braille. Read more »
When was the last time you had the chance to drop a remix of a song written over a century ago in your DJ set? We're guessing never, but that's about to change. To commemorate the upcoming royal wedding, international outfitter Bench asked UK producer Doorly to remix his motherland's unofficial national anthem, "Land of Hope and Glory," which was originally composed in 1902 by Edward Elgar, and will release the track on a limited-edition dubplate this week. What the artist cooked up for this project lands somewhere between a hyperactive booty bass tune, an obscure C & C Music Factory jam, and, well, an orchestral piece written a very long time ago. Chopped pieces of the original string section stab out the melody to Doorly's production, while 808 rhythms bounce and skitter below it and booming, percussive sound effects fill in the gaps. Is this the kind of thing British patriots will go apeshit for during peak hours at the club? We're not sure, but now we can find out.
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