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Gear: In the Studio: Teengirl Fantasy

Logan Takahashi and Nick Weiss have been making music for what seems like their whole lives. Experimenting with hip-hop beats and other electronic sounds since grade school, it wasn't until they met at Oberlin College in Ohio that the two budding artists joined forces under the name Teengirl Fantasy. The duo honed its unique style of loose, dreamy house music while finishing up their respective undergraduate studies, which, in 2010, culminated as a debut LP for Merok and True Panther, the lush 7AM, and its powerful lead single, "Cheaters." Now, Takahashi and Weiss are closer than ever to unveiling their sophomore album via R&S this year, giving us the perfect excuse to get into the pair's Brooklyn studio and talk to them about the gear that helps make Teengirl Fantasy's excellent tunes.

XLR8R's In the Studio series is sponsored by Dubspot.

  • Filed under: gear
  • 02/13/2012

Download: Hoodcats "Jeans Colliding"

Label: Mapzzz

It's not exactly a secret that Oakland is teeming with musical talent, but it might not be as readily apparent that some of it is directly related to XLR8R. Hoodcats is a new production trio that consists of housemates shortcircles and James & Evander, whose Glenn Jackson is one of our trusty editorial interns. The outfit just dropped its debut EP via its own blog/label, Mapzzz, and "Jeans Colliding" finishes out that batch of refined rhythms and spacey sonics with a large helping of starry synths, sultry samples, and sumptuous soundscapes. You can download the entire three-track EP for free over on the Mapzzz Bandcamp

Average: 8 (62 votes)

Review: Objekt "Cactus" b/w "Porcupine"

Label: Hessle

Hessle Audio continues to assert itself as one of the most reliable sources for forward-thinking electronic music, tapping the relatively fresh producer Objekt for two tracks that are as sophisticated and expertly crafted as they are absolutely visceral. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 02/13/2012

Download: Fedbymachines "Will This End"

Today, fledgling Russian imprint Square Harmony released a free compilation of subdued, UK-indebted sounds entitled Deep Lane (artwork above). Here, we have a contribution from Dutch producer Fedbymachines, who burrows down into the world of garage and emerges with the sparse, temperate "Will This End." To call this one slow-moving would be a bit of an understatement; the song is sluggish, crawling along with a steadiness and patience that puts the focus on its detailed sounds and intricately scattered rhythms. After diving into Fedbymachine's stark sonics, you can download the entire Deep Lane comp for free over on Square Harmony's Bandcamp

Average: 7.6 (42 votes)

Download: Karma Kid "Entity Relationship Diagram "

The UK blog-turned-label Immersed Audio is set to release its debut outing next week in the form of a compilation entitled Make It Happen (artwork above). Although British producer Karma Kid's contribution didn't make the cut due to its flagrant sample use (both Aaliyah and Redman make enough of an appearance here to almost necessitate a "featuring" tag), "Entity Relationship Diagram" is still a fine example of the sonic territory that will be explored once the comp drops on February 14. The first half of the tune keeps things rather simple, cutting up "Rock the Boat" while gliding chords swing in the background and tight, punchy kicks rumble below. Then, around the two-minute mark, the energy picks up a bit, and we're treated to some gorgeous side-chained chords and skittering percussion, just in time for the New Jersey rapper to drop his considerably pitched-down verse. 

Average: 7.5 (71 votes)

Lorca to Release New Single via Dummy; Hear it Now

UK electronic music hub Dummy has announced its next release will be a two-track 12" by up-and-coming Brighton producer Lorca. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 02/10/2012

Download: Warsnare "Artemis"

Yet another name to emerge from the seemingly never-ending talent pool that is London's post-everything scene, Warsnare is in the midst of prepping his debut solo effort, the Eris EP (artwork above), for the relatively fresh Shades of Grey label. "Artemis" is a surprisingly melodic cut (although not one featured on the aforementioned record) built from a litany of micro-samples. Scraping metal, backwards strings, and twinkling piano melodies all get chopped to their most basic bits before they're rebuilt as a swirling procession that moves with a jagged flow above a stuttering kick and bassline. The track boasts a sound that's not quite bass music and not quite post-dubstep, but something clearly in a corner of its own. We're told to expect five tracks of similarly detailed, cinematic pieces of futuristic production when Eris drops February 20. 

Average: 8 (94 votes)

Portishead's Geoff Barrow Preps 41-Track Hip-Hop Album for Stones Throw

Portishead member and noted producer Geoff Barrow (pictured above) has announced plans to release an album of hip-hop tracks he's crafted under the Fuzzface moniker in collaboration with 7STU7 (Portishead’s engineer) and DJ Katalyst. The trio is operating under the name Quakers. Read more » 

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  • 02/10/2012

Video: Terranova "Question Mark (feat. Tomas Høffding)"

Kompakt-signed duo Terranova has shared a video for the pop-infused techno cut "Question Mark," which comes from the pair's forthcoming Hotel Amour LP and features the vocals of Whomadewho's Tomas Høffding. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 02/10/2012

Download: Young Magic "You With Air (Galapagoose and Wooshie's Remix)"

First Listen

Last week, we shared an exhilarating track from Galapagoose, a new Australian producer who makes blistering beat music. The producer has teamed up with a fellow Aussie, Melbourne's Wooshie, to remix Young Magic's "You With Air." The remix chops up the synth-pop original and manipulates the pieces into a warped mash of stretched vocals and disturbed synths. 

Average: 6.8 (60 votes)

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