Over the past few months, UK producer Lapalux has been quietly taking over the XLR8R website, thanks to the steady stream of quality remixes and tracks he's been sending our way. One of those was "Time Spike Jamz," a spacey gem from his Many Faces Out of Focus EP on Pictures Music. We certainly enjoyed the songs' stop-and-start rhythms and fluttering melodies, and apparently so did Portland's devonwho, a like-minded beatmaker who has remixed the track with a sufficiently larger dose of funk. He's stepped up the percussion and also inserted some icy synth lines, upgrading "Time Spike Jamz" from thoughtful chin-scratcher to certifiable head-nodder.
This week has turned out to be Mute week at XLR8R HQ. Yesterday's chat about the longstanding underground label took place with Moby and today's features electronic music pioneer and Mute friend Thomas Fehlmann discussing Mute's influence. Read more »
The plan for the BLNRB-NRBLN project was set in motion back in 2009: Berliners Modeselektor, Jahcoozi (pictured above), and Gebrüder Teichmann would travel to Nairobi, Kenya to "meet, mix, and mingle with artists from the local music scene." Two years later, the project has fully come to fruition with the impending release of BLNRB—Welcome to the Madhouse!, due out July 8 on Outhere Records, in which the aforementioned musicians collaborated with some of Nairobi's finest hip-hop voices, including Mister Abbas, Kimya, Lon ́Jon, and Nazizi. Read more »
After running a podcast from fellow Norwegian space-disco maverick Diskjokke just two weeks ago, it might seem like it's a little soon to post an exclusive mix from Lindstrøm. However, while Diskjokke put together a solid, dancefloor-oriented DJ session, Lindstrøm has gone in a completely different direction. Read more »
Genre-hopping duo LOL Boys always seems to find new styles and sounds to explore, and "Porteil" is no different. It's a laid-back number built around mellow percussion and a simple synth-pop melody, then bathed in a thick glaze of hazy, sunkissed pads. The song may not be peak-time dancefloor material, but it is well-suited to the compilation it's taken from, SharkWaves Vol. 1. Commissioned by Scion in conjunction with the poolside Swimming with Sharks party series—which is happening all summer in both LA and NY—the collection also features contributions from Cosmic Kids, Pools, and Poolside. (We swear, there really are multiple groups with the word "pool" in their name.) The complete SharkWaves Vol. 1 tracklist and artwork is posted after the jump, as is the calendar of upcoming Swimming with Sharks events. Read more »
When a producer comes out of the gate with a series of impressive singles and then elects to create a proper full-length, it comes with lofty expectations and a certain amount of trepidation as to how the artist can translate his previous success to the long-player format. Such is the case with South London's SBTRKT. Read more »
After dropping a couple of head-turning singles on the esteemed Clone imprint, Berlin producer Murphy Jax has now released his first 12" on Canada's Turbo label. The We Dance EP offers four tracks of '80s acid-house and Detroit-techno revivalism, and "Time to Bump" is a prime example. Marrying lush strings with a slightly saucy vocal and some tweaky 303 riffs, Murphy Jax creates a vintage vibe without sounding trite or hackneyed. This is the sort of tune that can tide you over until that Azari & III full-length comes out later in the summer. The We Dance EP is available now.
Today, FACT posted a comprehensive interview with the minimal giant, Ricardo Villalobos, about his new project with Max Loderbauer in which the pair remixes classics from the traditionally untraditional ECM label. Apparently, the Chilean producer/DJ has long been a fan of ECM's out-jazz and experimental recordings, purchasing his first at age 15, and with the release of Re:ECM, it's about to come full circle. Read more »
Although XLR8R's fare usually consists of experimental electronic sounds and next-shit dance music, we've long had a love affair with the late-'70s/early-'80s post-punk and no-wave scenes, too. This throwback from Geoff Barrow protege Anika, "No One's There," from her recently released self-titled debut on Stones Throw/Invada, perfectly fits that bill, as the singer (along with Portishead producer Barrow) combines Delta 5-meets-Nico-style vocals and rude-boy dub rhythms for something that's as joyously energizing as it is nostalgic. Read more »
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