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Octave One Announces Retrospective Remix Compilation

The brotherly pair of veteran Detroit producers Lawrence and Lenny Burden (a.k.a. Octave One) has had a busy 2011, celebrating 20 years of music making with a series of remixed tracks, performances across the globe, and even—wait for it—releasing their own iPhone app. Now, the Burden brothers have unveiled the details of a new retrospective record that "revisits" their two-decade discography and presents new versions of Octave One's classic tunes. Read more » 

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  • 12/12/2011

Download: Lao "Papolin"

We've got quite the international tune for you here with the title track from Mexican producer Lao's new EP for the Ukranian Wicked Bass imprint, Papolin (artwork above). (Apparently, the love for percolating bass music can easily traverse the world.) Beginning in the depths of dark, percussive club sounds, Lao builds his track up to almost anthemic heights with a never-ending array of tuned rim shots and massive, housey synth stabs. "Papolin" comes complete with a few nods to the producer's homeland, too, in the form of some deliciously Latin-sounding percussion and occasional Spanish phrases. We can't really make out what's being said, but it would be entirely appropriate if it all translated roughly to, "This track is hot. Let's get to dancing." 

Average: 8 (80 votes)
 
 

Demdike Stare Launch Four-Part Series for Modern Love

The two sonic adventurers collectively known as Demdike Stare have unexpectedly released the first two parts of a four-part series for the Modern Love imprint, entitled Elemental. Read more » 

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  • 12/12/2011

XLR8R's Best of 2011: Top Downloads

XLR8R's Downloads section is constantly growing, updated day after day with loads of free music by a wide array of talented artists from around the world. 2011 was no different, of course, and garnered some of the biggest tunes to hit our pages yet. Read more » 

Download: Klic & Lokiboi "Won't"

Burgeoning producers Klic and Lokiboi have come together for a one-off collaborative record. Here, we have the title track from the recently released Won't EP (artwork above), a cut that finds the pair matching heavy subs, thick synth stabs, and shuffling drums with an almost jazzy set of bell chords and syncopated vocal gasps. The results are somehow subdued while remaining quite dancefloor ready, a fitting description of the entire EP. Won't features remixes from UK funky poster boys Funkystepz and Steel (of Philadelphia's Brick Bandits crew), and concludes with a solo track from Lokiboi himself, all of which you can stream after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.1 (73 votes)
 
 

Review: Actress "Rainy Dub" b/w "Faceless"

For an artist that had as big of a year as Actress did in 2010, it's somewhat baffling how low of a profile London producer Darren Cunningham has kept in 2011. Granted, Actress did release a lukewarm 12" via NonPlus+, remix a song for indie darling Panda Bear, and give away a handful of tracks via his Twitter account, but it all seemed to pale in comparison to his second album, Splazsh, and the response to the music was equally unmatched. We'd like to think that the current nature of the music world is to blame; fans can be prone to quickly gobbling up what's put in front of them before moving on to the next 'hot' thing. Actress' confrontational, sometimes long-winded style of techno certainly requires a dedicated and patient listener, almost to a fault. And his latest record, the "Rainy Dub" b/w "Faceless" 12" for Honest Jon's, continues to take those tendencies to new extremes. Read more » 

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  • 12/12/2011

Download: Charli XCX "Nuclear Seasons (Balam Acab Remix)"

British songstress Charli XCX seems to have had no trouble putting together an impressive list of producers to rework her latest single, "Nuclear Seasons." Last month, we shared Hackman's version of the tune, and now we have an entirely different spin from Balam Acab (pictured above), who warps the original ever so gently to fit his blissful, slow-brewing world. Surprisingly, the remix comes completely vacant of Balam Acab's trademark pitched-the-fuck-up vocals, but still proves to be just as gorgeous and inviting as what we've heard from the Pennsylvania wunderkind before. (via Gorilla vs. Bear

Average: 8.1 (39 votes)
 
 

Check Out The Haxan Cloak's and Andy Stott's Remixes of Holy Other

Today, Bleep named the excellent Tri Angle imprint its favorite label of 2011 (XLR8R is also quite fond of it, might we add), and also offered a handful of tunes from its various releases, along with a couple of never-before-heard remixes. Those tracks are new versions of two cuts from Holy Other's (pictured above) outstanding With U EP by damaged-techno producer Andy Stott and fresh Tri Angle signee The Haxan Cloak, both of which you can listen to now. Read more » 

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  • 12/09/2011

Listen to Throwing Snow's New EP for Local Action

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UK bass specialist Throwing Snow just dropped his latest record via Local Action, a three-track EP called Too Polite. Read more » 

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  • 12/09/2011

Joakim and Bambounou Collaborate for Sound Pellegrino's 'Crossover Series'

If you recall from just a few months back, the Sound Pellegrino imprint had launched the Crossover Series, an undertaking which pairs up producers from different sides of the electronic spectrum for one-off collaborative EP's. After first bringing together Bok Bok and Tom Trago, the label has announced its next Crossover release, this time tapping Frenchmen Joakim (pictured above) and Bambounou. Read more » 

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  • 12/09/2011

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