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Download: Affctns "Like You"

Label: Diamante

This soulful selection comes out of Santiago, Chile courtesy of Affctns, a new audio-visual duo working under the Diamante banner that includes Daniel Klauser, a producer we've posted about before. "Like You" rolls out with well-selected samples of R&B that act as percussive intonations rather than the focus of the track, which is itself saturated with Hotflush-style chords and fleeting, accented displays of saccharine melody. Many artists have been ensnared by the softly biting genius of '90s R&B, but when the referencing of such heartfelt, lovingly-constructed memories is well done, as it is here, bits of compelling originality seep through the nostalgic nods to the past. Check out the rest of the free Ginger Gyal EP (artwork above) on Klauser's Bandcamp, and be sure to scope their video for the title track after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.4 (57 votes)

Review: Soul Clap E-Funk

For those who have paid close attention to the rise of Boston's Soul Clap duo, from its days as a party-starting East Coast entity to its role now as an international unit with countless remixes and an excellent DJ Kicks contribution to its name, there is a lot riding on this debut album. Unfortunately, Soul Clap falls short of expectations with E-Funk, delivering an LP that takes its wide range of influences and turns them into an uncomfortably diverse set of songs that barely fit together, with a handful of highlights and some surprisingly low points strewn throughout. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 04/27/2012

Watch Nicolas Jaar Perform Live

A new video of underground lightning rod Nicolas Jaar performing live with his Darkside cohort, Dave Harrington, and Will Epstein (of Yours Truly) has surfaced courtesy of MTV Hive. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 04/27/2012

Download: Henrik Koefod & Rewolmer "Cerrone"

Label: Polaron

Denmark is rarely singled out as a hotbed for underground club music, but a new push by a collective of artists organizing under the name Polaron just might begin to change things. Next Tuesday, the crew will be offering a free compilation, Polaron Selections #1, its website. As a sort of preview, Polaron has sent along "Cerrone," a vivid, laser-treated floor track resulting from a collaboration between Henrik Koefod and Rewolmer. Hedonistic synths play across the tune in a show of beachside elegance, steadied by a vintage-sounding kick and a sawed-off bassline with enough oomph to carry a party into the early hours of tomorrow. As for the rest of the compilation, we'll have to wait until Tuesday to hear exactly what it has in store, but before then, the full tracklisting has been made available and can be viewed, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.9 (80 votes)

Hot City Returns with EP Series for Moshi Moshi

The club-wrecking UK duo of Hot City is back, having just announced a series of three forthcoming EPs via Moshi Moshi, starting with the Something Bout EP (artwork above) this summer. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 04/26/2012

Download: Headbirds "Dead Kingdom"

Label: Tracy

Barcelona-based producer Headbirds will be releasing his debut EP through Tracy Recordings in mid-May, and while "Dead Kingdom" won't appear on the record, it is a fine sampling of the tropical vibes, pitched vocals, and swinging rhythms that color the artist's lively brand of bass music. The Macaw EP (artwork above) is set to drop in May and will feature four more tunes that wander through the realms of dubstep, UK funky, and tropical bass. The tracklisting can be found after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.4 (59 votes)

Joy O's "Ellipsis" to Drop Next Month

The wildly hyped-though-not-exactly-prolific DJ/producer Joy Orbison seems to be making a habit out of releasing tunes months after they've become all but played-out, as he's finally announced that "Ellipsis" (you know the one) will be officially released next month. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 04/26/2012

Download: Portrait "Can You Tell"

First Listen

Up-and-coming Bristol-based beatsmith Artifact (a.k.a. Ryan Bonfield, pictured above) has made a couple of appearances on XLR8R this year as a solo artist, and has now tipped us off to Portrait, his side project with production partner Ziro. Bonfield says Artifact will remain the home of his dancefloor-ready productions, while Portrait takes a more "musical" approach. "Can You Tell" seems club-appropriate enough to us, but it is a lush bit of 2-step in the vein of Burial, as opposed to the bassy, driving beats provided by Artifact. This tune will not be receiving an official release, but Portrait does have a digital two-tracker, "Because" b/w "All of Me," coming out on April 30 through Pollen, the artwork for which can be found after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.2 (82 votes)

Video: Simian Mobile Disco "Put Your Hands Together"

Yet another video to arrive from Simian Mobile Disco's forthcoming Unpatterns LP, this piece for standout tune "Put Your Hands Together" shows the UK duo once again playing with minimal, geometric patterns, courtesy of animator/director Hans Lo of ISO studios. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 04/26/2012

Myd Kicks Off New Club Cheval Mix Series

First Listen

If there's one word that can be used to accurately describe the members of Parisian DJ crew Club Cheval, it's energetic. For most artists, simply throwing parties, touring the globe, and constantly releasing tunes would be sufficient, but apparently that's not quite enough for Myd, who's decided to launch a new mix series and premiere the first chapter here on XLR8R. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 04/26/2012

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