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.
Fresh off the appearance of new song "Cactus," funk-filled Bay Area beatmaker Devonwho has let loose a video for the title track of his forthcoming Strangebrew EP. And while the clip may not feature much of a plot, that doesn't detract from the fact that it definitely looks really cool. Read more »
It has almost been two years since Midland first appeared on Aus alongside the man who was then pumping out tracks as Ramadanman. (As you likely know, these days, he's more commonly referred to as Pearson Sound.) Since then, the London producer has made quite the reputation for himself with a series of singles and remixes, and appears poised to continue doing so with plans to drop a new EP, Placement, for Aus later this month. Read more »
Ohio's Brothertiger has remixed "Brooklyn Sunburn" by Vancouver chillwave survivor Teen Daze (pictured above) ahead of the latter's proper debut LP, All of Us Together, which drops on May 22 via Lefse. This isn't the first time the two have collaborated as such—last fall Brothertiger dropped an uptempo remix of Teen Daze's "Surface." Similar to that cut, this remix turns up the gas on the original by adding a more danceable beat and throwback arpeggios, yet still retains the nostalgic haze of Teen Daze's original work.
The run of the (mostly) vinyl-only RAMP sub-label Brainmath has proven a bit elusive from this side of the pond. Since first appearing on the scene with a single-sided Zomby 12" in late 2008, the imprint's string of releases steadily showcased a roster of London's burgeoning bedroom producers, capturing some of the earliest output from James Blake, SBTRKT, and Untold, among others. Brainmaths Vol. 1 brings together a large portion of the label's output for a nine-track compilation that helps us put the pieces together, but still leaves a few gaps in the story. Read more »
Back in January, some of the initial details surrounding the 2012 edition of the Unsound Festival in New York were revealed. While the initial batch of artists, which included Demdike Stare, Pole, Ital, Hieroglyphic Being, and Hype Williams, was certainly enticing, it pales in comparison to the announcement that shadowy UK producer Actress (pictured above) will be crossing the Atlantic to perform his first-ever live set in the US as part of this year's Unsound festivities. Read more »
- September 18: New Forms Festival 2014 with Oneohtrix Point Never, Hieroglyphic Being, Helena Hauff, Madlib, and More
- September 24: Decibel Festival with Marcel Dettmann, KiNK, FaltyDL, John Roberts, Steffi, Simian Mobile Disco, and More
- October 15: Amsterdam Dance Event with Four Tet, DJ Koze, Jon Hopkins, Karenn, Ben UFO, Floating Points, MCDE, Talaboman, and More
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