As always, this year's edition of MUTEK offered a potentially overwhelming number of shows, parties, workshops, panel discussions, and more. Amidst all the activity, XLR8R also wanted to take the time to sit down with a few of our favorite artists, both to get their impressions of the festival and to check in about what's happening with their music. UK veteran and Hyperdub founder Kode9 always has plenty to say, and here, he discusses his past and present with MUTEK, Hyperdub's recent output and ongoing stylistic evolution, and his current struggle with writer's block. Read more »
Roman producer AD Bourke has followed up last year's Tidal Motion EP with a new six-song mini-LP full of dynamic rhythmic intricacies. The new record is called Raw Ivy, and, like his last EP, contains retro-tinged funk creations with smooth four-to-the-floor kick patterns. "Guava," taken from the new record, is a slice of laid-back, flowing house with plenty of jazzy groove to spare. All of Raw Ivy can be streamed after the jump, and in addition to its digital availability, can be purchased as a bright green slab of 180 gram vinyl via newly minted label Scenario (which, incidentally, dubiously lists its location on SoundCloud as Mongolia). Read more »
At this point, the only aspect of xxxy's production that could match his prolificness is perhaps his consistency. Across the impressive list of EPs and singles xxxy has built since first appearing on the scene in 2009, the London producer has always managed to find fertile ground amidst the bass-music sphere—at times leaning more towards garage and 2-step, at others more towards electro and boogie. Classic electro and house seems to be the flavor of the hour on his latest EP—a five-track effort chock-full of skittering hats, retro-tinged breaks, and, of course, the occasional pitched vocal. Read more »
You'd think that LA native and card carrying WEDIDIT Collective member Earnest Blount (a.k.a. Ian Simon) would have his feet firmly rooted in the well established "beat scene," but his newest EP—which will be released by the newly formed Alpha Pup imprint, Teaching Machine, on June 12—proves that he's at the helm of something much different. Aptly titled Other Directions, Simon's forthcoming record features the scorching opener "You Tope, Ya?," a six-minute journey through soundscapes crafted from chopped-up, high-pitched R&B vocals, shifting syncopated rhythms, and layers upon layers of wonky synths, all of which seems much more UK-inspired than it sounds born of SoCal's beatmaking traditions.
BD1982 (a.k.a. Brian Durr) is a busy man; in addition to being a fixture of Tokyo's club scene, he runs the Tokyo-based label Diskotopia and is a full-fledged member of Starkey's Seclusiasis crew. Almost a year since his last release, a split EP with co-Diskotopia head A Taut Line, Durr has put out a new record via Paris-based label B.YRSELF Division, entitled Iron Trees. This slab of vinyl, which was released on June 5, includes seven original offerings, as well as remixes by Greeen Linez and Qoso. One of the record's highlights is "Cities," a tropically tinged track driven by the interplay of garbled vocal samples and some immense, tumbling percussion. You can stream the entirety of BD1982's Iron Trees EP after the jump. Read more »
As always, this year's edition of MUTEK offered a potentially overwhelming number of shows, parties, workshops, panel discussions, and more. Amidst all the activity, XLR8R also wanted to take the time to sit down with a few of our favorite artists, both to get their impressions of the festival and to check in about what's happening with their music. Fresh off his college graduation, Nicolas Jaar was one of the festival's stars in 2012, and here he talks about his history with MUTEK, a run-in with Ricardo Villalobos early in his career, the appeal of his music, his forthcoming new album, and why he loves making mixes. Read more »
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