On "The Sour Drink From the Ocean," Scottish producer Lockah (a.k.a. Tom Banks), the founder of the Aberdeen-based label Tuff Wax, creates a track that would make the likes of similarly minded countrymen, such as Hudson Mohawke, proud. Bright synth chords wash over a Southern rap-style beat, which comes complete with skittering hi-hats and stomping kicks, as well as a gargantuan, speaker-rattling bassline that propels it all forward. This track is the first preview from Lockah's debut EP for Mad Decent sublabel Jeffree's, When U Stop Feeling Like a Weirdo & Become a Threat, which is out on June 14.
Lemonade is a band. It's not often that bands get invited to take part in the XLR8R podcast series, but the Brooklyn trio is not the average indie outfit, even if its new full-length, Diver, is loaded with the kind of wonderfully emotive, synth-driven pop that rarely appears on our website. In fairness, the record also includes nods to early-'90s R&B, grime, new age, 2-step, Balearic house, '80s freestyle, and other styles too numerous to list. Basically, many of Lemonade's tastes line up pretty closely with our own. Furthermore, XLR8R has been following—and, more importantly, liking—the exploits of this group since its early days as a DIY psychedelic/tropical rave outfit, even before the release of its self-titled debut in 2008. All these years later, the release of Diver marks a major milestone for Lemonade, not to mention an important stylistic turning point for the band. To commemorate the occasion, we invited its members to put together this exclusive mix. Read more »
The strain of Chicago dance music known as footwork or juke has been an unavoidable influence on electronic music since Planet Mu released its Bangs & Works Vol. 1 compilation back in 2010. DJ Rashad's two contributions to that compilation were located, fortuitously, near the very beginning of the album—prime real estate for an uncompromising collection that threatened to induce whiplash if heard in one sitting. Following closely behind another potent 2012 release, Traxman's Da Mind of Traxman, TEKLIFE Vol. 1: Welcome to the Chi is DJ Rashad's first full-length and offers another push into the arist-album world for the formerly hyper-local scene. Read more »
This week, Warsaw-based label Concrete Cut will release the first record from Krakow's Fidser, the Check This Out EP. In addition to introducing four original tracks from the producer, Fidser's EP showcases the talents of three other Polish producers—Space, Ladies, Hatti Vatti, and Artfruit—who remixed Fidser's work. Space, Ladies' rework of "Activate" slows the original's breakneck tempo down, but retains its skittering, arpeggiated melodies and maximalist tendencies toward thunderous kicks and bursts of sound. The remix goes through multiple transformations, at times employing creaky synth squawks that resemble those used in Baauer's "Harlem Shake" or RL Grime's "Trap On Acid," and focusing on a tinkling chime melody at others.
Back in 2007, we referred to Sinden as a "British Diplo" for his wide-ranging, world music-influenced DJ sets and bass-centered dance production with tropical flair. Since, he's grown into something of an icon in the UK, influencing a host of producers and achieving a modicum of success along the way. But after founding a record label and moving to Los Angeles, it doesn't appear that he's content with simply hitting the big time on Europe's largest island. Sinden's output has always skated the line between the underground and big-room bangers, and with the current explosion of dance music in the US, Sinden could be primed to make the leap into the mainstream. His newest single, "Keep it 1000," won't be the track that takes him there, but it may prove to be an essential step along the way. Read more »
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