There are two ways that the title of IVVVO's latest EP can be read, and both reflect his aesthetic. Light steals across the surface of these tracks like sunlight glints on a large body of water on an overcast day. If, on the other hand, we choose to read "light" as an adjective, the meaning still fits—these five tracks trip lightly across abandoned rave dancefloors, preoccupied with the past but not overly burdened by it. IVVVO garnered some attention over the summer with Future, an EP for Public Information that paired swollen drum rhythms and the occasional gorgeous, forestal melody. Despite that record's success, fall is a far more apt season for the time-stretched cloudiness of IVVVO's music, which looks back on early-'90s hardcore techno with the same opiated gaze as Mark Leckey's Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore video. That being said, Light Moving settles, at points, for reaffirming what we already know about the Portuguese producer rather than deepening his music's affect. Future's tremendous opening track, "Darkness in My Soul," suggested there's a lot more going on with IVVVO than riding the "death of rave" zeitgeist; Light Moving retains that promise, but doesn't do much more than the earlier EP did to show what his end game is. Read more »
New York-bred house stalwart and consistent XLR8R favorite Levon Vincent has taken to Facebook to announce an open call for artists to submit their demos in hopes of landing a sponsored apprenticeship from the hard-working, experienced DJ/producer in Berlin. Read more »
Up-and-coming production duo Graze dropped its debut LP, Edges, via New Kanada just this week, but Christian Andersen and Adam Marshall are already back at it, releasing this "Glass House VIP" version of percussive album opener "Skip/Crush" as a free download. The pair's reworking of its new track does away with a fair amount of the astral atmosphere, and instead focuses on the sterilized drum patterns and looming bass weight in addition to a few spritely keyboard chords. It all makes for an interestingly meditative counterpart that thankfully maintains Graze's trademarked dancefloor skip. Anyone interested in grabbing "Skip/Crush (Glass House VIP Mix)" as a WAV file can do so after the jump. Read more »
Accalimed London producer Jon Hopkins has been keeping extra busy since releasing his XLR8R Pick'd Immunity LP, and has just today announced an extended edition of his new record, a remix 12", and shared a new video for album cut "Collider." Read more »
Piano virtuoso Nils Frahm finished his year with a solid album of live "field recordings," Spaces, and today, Vancouver producer Teen Daze shows appreciation for Frahm favorite "You" with this minimal rework. Setting a plaintive piano refrain against organic, lilting percussion and ambience, Teen Daze doesn't overwhelm the source material with unnecessary bombast. Instead, the artist honors the original composition with humble drums, bass, and synth atmosphere, making for a love-letter collaboration of sorts.
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