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Download: Oceania "Stop feat. N"

First Listen
Label: 7even

To whet listeners' appetites for the upcoming Postable EP, Russian producer Oceania has offered up one of its five tracks, "Stop," a song which finds syncopated rhythms shifting restlessly under breathy vocals and breezes of white noise. It's a quality glimpse into the Postable EP, which will be released digitally next week on 7even. For those who prefer wax, a limited run of 300 vinyl copies will also be available later this month. In the meantime, scope out the EP's artwork and tracklist after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.3 (102 votes)

Download: XI "Glythe"

First Listen
Label: New Kanada

Canadian-born, Berlin-based producer XI just released a new EP, NK34. "Glythe" may not appear on the tracklist, but this exclusive cut does convey the sense that XI's bright synth sounds are coasting away from the anchors of dense percussion. Marked by its crackling ambient chatter and the warmth emanating from both its bass tones and tinkling melodies, the song makes for a comforting post-EP palette cleanser, or maybe a lullaby. As for the three-track NK34 EP, it's available on Beatport. New Kanada has also put up previews of each track, which have been posted after the jump along with the EP artwork.  Read more » 

Average: 8 (61 votes)

Throwing Snow, Damu, Raffertie, and More Appear on New Py Mixtape

The husky vocals of London's Py go well with a healthy dose of bass. Last month, she passed along "Lungs," a tune produced by George FitzGerald. Now, after months of working with artists like Lapalux, Throwing Snow, Damu, and Raffertie, she's compiled a mixtape to bring a taste of her many collaborations into one waveform. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 05/22/2012

Download: How to Dress Well "Ocean Floor for Everything"

Label: Acéphale

It's over halfway into "Ocean Floor for Everything," the first tune to surface from How to Dress Well's forthcoming sophomore LP, Total Loss, before the beat drops. That moment is preceded by a swirl of soft Rhodes melodies and singer/producer Tom Krell's evocative falsetto, all of which sounds decidedly more upfront and hi-fi than the beautifully tattered productions on 2010's Love Remains. But when that smash of a slo-mo hip-hop beat hits, that's the moment when it feels like How to Dress Well officially arrives as the tender troubadour we've been waiting to hear from for years. The loop barely lasts a minute, but could be easily replayed time and time again, at least until Acéphale drops Total Loss this fall. 

Average: 7.5 (48 votes)

Hotflush to Release Locked Groove EP Next Month

Not long after we found out that Belgian DJ/producer Locked Groove will drop a 12" via Tiga's Turbo imprint, we get word that he'll do the same thing for Hotflush in June. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 05/22/2012

Download: Darko Kustura "Hazard"

First Listen

Released yesterday, Darko Kustura's new 12" for Berlin label Cambrian Line is a slab of solid house music fit for late nights and early mornings. "Hazard," which isn't on that record, could be aptly described in the same way, as its soft synth pads and rolling bassline work with the skeletal percussion to create quite a warm and nocturnal vibe. You can compare this exclusive tune with the Croatian producer's latest release once you take a listen to a preview of "The Sky Turned Away" b/w "Fading Story" (artwork above) after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.3 (98 votes)

Stream Laid Back's New 'Cosyland' Record


It was about three months ago when we got word that veteran Danish duo Laid Back would be releasing a mini-LP of reworked material from the same sessions that produced John Guldberg's and Tim Stahl's most notorious tune, "White Horse." Those old eight-track tapes—which feature five proto-house jams chock full of classic analog sounds from "a Roland TR-808 rhythm box, a SH-101, a Pro-One monophonic synthesizer, and a GR-500 guitar controller-and-synth"—have been compiled into Cosyland. The record dropped today via Laid Back's Brother Music label, but you can preview the whole thing exclusively on XLR8R, after the jump. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 05/22/2012

Podcast 248: Braiden

Just a few weeks after showcasing the talents of Fantastic Mr Fox, the XLR8R podcast series has once again turned its focus to a talented Brit who's been rather quiet for some time. Granted, London's Braiden hasn't disappeared completely off the radar, as he continues to DJ regularly on Rinse FM. On the production front, however, he's more or less been missing in action. Braiden's first and only single, "The Alps," was released to all sorts of acclaim back in 2010 on Joy Orbison's Doldrums imprint, but has subsequently been followed by only a handful of remixes. While whispers persist of additional original productions in the pipeline, concrete details have yet to emerge about his future releases. As such, we've been left with only Braiden's skills as a DJ; admittedly, these have never come into question, which is why we have no qualms about hosting this exclusive mix. Read more » 

Download: Deft "Thought You'd Fancy It (Fybe:one Remix)"

Label: WotNot

Last week, we shared "Jungle Jim," an understated track from Croydon's Deft, but here's a remix of the producer's work that turns up the gas just a bit. Fybe:one's remix of "Thought You'd Fancy It" presents a melange of jazzy synth mashes, which stutter along start-stop, stereo-panned percussion. The original track can be found on Deft's Clotting EP, which drops on June 4 via WotNot, and features remixes from Jimmy Edgar, Soosh, and others. A tracklist and preview for that release can be found after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.3 (79 votes)

Review: Tomas Barfod Salton Sea

Tomas Barfod, better known as the drummer of Copenhagen's WhoMadeWho, is enamored with beats and solid pop hooks in equal measure. While WhoMadeWho is being sucked into an LCD Soundsystem–shaped vacuum, the market for Barfod's own productions is less clear. He aspires to the sensation of timelessness that defines pop while availing himself of production cues drawn from house and the overtly exploratory hip-hop associated with LA's Brainfeeder as well as new home Friends of Friends. Barfod's also a recent LA transplant, and calls on labelmates and locals like Shlohmo and Salva provide backup—and a new context—in the form of remixes and shared bills. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 05/22/2012

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