Getting music for free from the internet is no new concept (even doing it legally, too), but it's still fairly rare that you're offered a full-length record for absolutely no monetary cost. And yet here we are: South Carolina's burgeoning beatmaker Hard Mix just released his debut album, Defaults (pictured above), via Dovecote Records, and you can have it all for free right now. Read more »
This may seem odd to many people, but seeing as how we here at XLR8R HQ deal with the constant inundation of MP3 streams and downloads, most of which can squeeze easily between three and five minutes, it's quite out of the ordinary for us to offer our readers the first sounds to be heard from Gang Gang Dance's forthcoming fifth studio LP, Eye Contact (out May 10 via 4AD, pictured above), in the form of its 11-plus-minute opening track, "Glass Jar," which you can now stream, below. Read more »
Hardly two months after dropping his debut EP, promising Canadian house producer Jacques Greene will let go of another small collection of his music, once again via LuckyMe. The forthcoming 12" will feature one new track, "Another Girl," in addition to remixes of two tunes from his debut EP, The Look. Read more »
Sinden's Grizzly label certainly has picked up steam in recent months, as the young imprint is getting ready to drop its third release of 2011. The latest offering comes from UK youngster Melé (a.k.a. Krissy Peers), an 18-year-old producer who has already made waves with previous releases on the Mixpak and Sound of Sumo labels. His new EP, Mugged, finds the young man melding together grime, house, UK funky, garage, dubstep, and more into a high-energy, rave-minded concoction. Read more »
The Parisian duo of Pentile and edit maven Pilooski admirably pump fresh blood into mutant disco on their debut album as Discodeine. "We dance to organized noise," sings Pulp's Jarvis Cocker, keenly, on Discodeine's lead single, "Synchronize." Backing Cocker’s claim is a nimble, Moroder-disco melodrama of pulsating synth riffs and orchestral flourishes. Read more »
In the midst of working on his "seance" (read: cover/remix/etc.) for Matthew Dear's forthcoming Slowdance EP (pictured above), Brooklyn's soulful lo-fi specialist How to Dress Well must have taken a break from his old-school R&B obsessing and nursed a little itch to hear some poignant '80s pop—namely, Berlin's "Take My Breath Away." Singer/producer Tom Krell didn't exactly steal from the classic song, but you can hear some distinct similarities in both vocal performances. As it happens, Krell's song may even reach loftier heights of heart-wrenching emotions; from a distant and hidden place he mumbles unintelligible stanzas with his patently injured falsetto while strangely crisp synths swell and sink around shuffles of distorted noise. You can hear more versions of "Slowdance" from the likes of Todd Edwards, Nicolas Jaar, and Bear in Heaven, among others, when Matthew Dear's EP drops on April 5.
Austin's Insect Records is getting ready to release a massive compilation of forward-looking funk and soul tracks made by over 20 producers from around the globe, and this sample-heavy jam is its flagship offering. "Didn't Wanna DJ" is LA beatmaker P.U.D.G.E.'s contibution to Starship 27 Vol. 2: Lift Off, which is squeezed in between tunes from the likes of Dibia$e, House Shoes, Devonwho, Dâm-Funk, B. Bravo, and Ras G, among many others. The boom-slapping tune steadily rides a few psychedelic samples—lifted from an obscure Indian record no doubt—for the entirety of its nearly three-minute runtime, with just enough space left in the mix for aggro bass tones, warbling space noise, and the occasional drop of silence. You can check out the artwork and full tracklist for Starship 27 Vol. 2 below, before it drops on March 29. Read more »
Now that we're into, oh, maybe the 653rd installment of Asthamtic Kitty's ongoing Library Music series, things are starting to get a bit more interesting—conceptually speaking. (It's actually only up to the 13th volume, but that's still a lot of library music.) Musician/producer Leb Laze (who moonlights as Prefuse 73's live keyboardist) ran into some problems with his MPC-2000 when working on the tracks for his forthcoming installment; it began to "uncontrollably spit out all of the sounds that are loaded in it in their unedited, raw form, over and over and over." Taking the opportunity as a chance to make proverbial lemonade, Leb Laze harnessed the sampler's sound vomit, turning its randomness into what will be released as Music For Troubled Machinery on March 29. "Toxic Knock (A)" comes from that offering, and sounds almost exactly like the artist described it: Underneath the swelling synth tones, lilting low-bit atmospheres, and smooth electronic grooves, a piece of music-making gear teetering on its last leg writhes and wriggles in a frantic dance of uncontrolled sound bytes. But the way Leb Laze handles the music, you'd have no idea anything was going wrong in the track without some previous explanation.
Late last year we shared with you a collaborative remix by Joe Goddard of Hot Chip and burgeoning UK MC Ghostpoet of "Trumpalump," originally by another newcomer to the MC game, Kieren Dickins (a.k.a. Dels). Now, months and months after that first taste, the growing artist has given us news of the release of his debut LP on May 24 via Big Dada. Read more »
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