Named after the year he fell in love with electronic music (1988) and the coinciding sound he aligns himself with, Italian producer Deep88 has been crafting tracks and releasing vinyl efforts on his label—which also operates under the Deep88 handle—from similarly minded artists for a while now. Here, we have an original production that he's offered up, one that stays true to the first part of the artist's moniker with a subdued, rolling bassline and a swung groove of the sort found in classic Midwestern house. Atop this rhythmic structure, Deep88 showers the tune with gentle, swirling pads and a brief appearance by an effected vocal sample that brings it all together.
François Boulanger has been making drugged-out electronic music longer than most might realize. Based in Liège, Belgium, the producer has remained unnaturally prolific since he first started out with the name Kingfisherg about 10 years ago, quietly releasing bits of crunchy IDM via the now-defunct Carte Postale imprint and cassette label Wigflip. And yet Boulanger has only more recently began garnering international attention for the drifty, experimental beats he crafts under his two currently active monikers, Ssaliva and Cupp Cave. Now more than ever, people seem to be listening to—and enjoying—the wealth of music Boulanger creates, and as his quality releases and subsequent accolades start to pile up, it would appear that his moment could very well be right around the corner. Read more »
"I wanna see you vogue bitch."
"This is pretty ghetto but it makes me want to vogue."
Do these lines of prose sound appealing to you? Putting aside all questions of innovation, production quality, genre, and style, liking "Yo Vogue," the latest single from Parisian youngster French Fries, really comes down to how one feels about the lyrics. Read more »
It was almost a year ago when we posted the original version of Auntie Flo's "Highlife." Now, we've got our hands on a reworked version of the percussion-heavy house track from UK resident Sophie, who spins the tune into much brighter territory with an array of gliding synth melodies and bubbling percussion. Sophie's remix is joined by reworks of another Auntie Flo tune, "Oh My Days," from Alejandro Paz and Pearson Sound on the Auntie Flo Remixed EP (artwork above), which is out today. After giving Sophie's twist of "Highlife" a listen below, you can stream a preview of Pearson Sound's "Oh My Days" re-fix after the jump. Read more »
The master of elongated pieces of techno, Ricardo Villalobos (pictured above), has delivered not one, but two remixes for Rush Hour artist San Proper, which will appear on a forthcoming 12". Read more »
After a big October in which he shared several tunes with us—including the month's third-most downloaded tune—London-based producer Jack Dixon has had a few months off from the pages of XLR8R. He seems to be in the giving mood again, as he's currently offering up "Stuck On You," a lush slice of deep house. The song features a signature Jack Dixon bassline, with pitch-bent vocal samples, warbling synths, and white noise all participating in the mix.
Paul Jones' debut solo EP, Broken Arrow (artwork above), finds the Astro Nautico boss exploring the bumpy terrain of abstract and wonky beat music, but this remix by label co-chief Obey City smoothes out those bumps and cruises along as a jumping UK garage cut. The tumultuous, off-beat synth lines of the original are fit into a locked rhythm here, and the song is propelled by restless percussion that feels demanding, but is still quite suitable for the dancefloor. You can download the rest of the six-track Broken Arrow EP for free, here.
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