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 »
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 »
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 »
All of the artists involved in the creation of this tune are relatively new to electronic music production. Bonnie Baxter (a.k.a. ShadowBox, pictured above) fronted a rock-oriented outfit before trading in her guitar for a drum machine, while Luke Welsby and Olly Howells (a.k.a. Bodhi) played in bands in their native Cardiff before diving into electronic production just six months ago. On the pair's remix of the budding solo artist, Bodhi brighten up the dark and dystopian synth-pop of the original with major chords and sunny summer vibes. Bodhi also pitches down the vocals and makes them rather prominent in the mix, turning a tune that was once rough and gothy into a drifting bit of vocal-based disco-pop. The original version of "AM" will appear on ShadowBox's forthcoming Haunted by Colors EP, which will drop on July 24 through Pictures Music. And for interested parties in and around NYC, you can catch a live performance from ShadowBox tonight, free of charge, at Tammany Hall in the Lower East Side.
LA bass-and-beats-centric label Friends of Friends is launching a new imprint called Young Adults, and has unveiled the details of its first release, a four-song compilation of house music. Read more »
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