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Podcast 250: Lemonade

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 » 

Download: Lockah "The Sour Drink From the Ocean"

First Listen
Label: Jeffree's

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. 

Average: 8.2 (88 votes)
 
 

Review: DJ Rashad TEKLIFE Vol. 1: Welcome to the Chi

Pick
Label: Lit City

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 » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 06/05/2012

Keith Fullerton Whitman Announces Second 2012 LP

Just months after Keith Fullerton Whitman released his Generators LP via Editions Mego, the experimental musician will return with Occlusions, another full-length for the same label. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 06/05/2012

Download: Fidser "Activate (Space, Ladies Remix)"

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.  

Average: 8.2 (221 votes)
 
 

Review: Sinden Keep it 1000

Label: Grizzly

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 » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 06/05/2012

Clams Casino Drops Second Mixtape of Instrumentals

Today, New Jersey producer Clams Casino, one of the best new artists to emerge last year, dropped his second mixtape of instrumental productions as a free download. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 06/04/2012

Randomer Drops Mix for FACT

A little less than four months after his "Scruff Box" b/w "Get Yourself Together" 12" was released via Untold's Hemlock label, North London producer Randomer (a.k.a. Rohan Walder) has put together the newest installment of FACT's weekly mix series. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 06/04/2012

Falty DL Shares New Mix

New York's Falty DL (a.k.a. Drew Lustman) has uploaded his first summer mix of 2012, a selection he describes as "songs I've had on rotation that I really dig." Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 06/04/2012

Video: Tomas Barfod "November Skies"



Following the release of his Salton Sea album and ahead of his new EP for Friends of Friends, Came to the Party, Danish producer Tomas Barfod has dropped a brand-new video for album cut "November Skies." Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 06/04/2012

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