In preparation for the forthcoming release (July 25 digital and August 2 physical) of Ghosts Outside—a collaborative effort between former Beta Band member turned solo artist Steve Mason and Dennis Bovell which reinterprets Mason's Boys Outside LP from last year—album cut "Lost and Found" has been handed to Bristol producer (and recent XLR8R featuree) Hyetal (pictured above) for a reworking. Giving the original tune a welcome jolt of energy, Hyetal uses Mason's introspective lyrics as a guide for his onslaught of harrowing synth work to follow. In step with what we've come to expect from the burgeoning producer, there is a dark, mysterious undercurrent to this remix which adds a thick element of suspense, especially when paired with the fact that a beat never fully kicks in, the track instead building pattern upon pattern before methodically breaking back down to its simplest elements. (via FACT)
Maybe its only because of the relatively truncated period in which the post-dubstep poster boys of Mount Kimbie released their debut and sophomore EPs, Maybes and Sketch on Glass, followed by last year’s defining Crooks and Lovers LP, but it oddly feels like new material from the duo is a little overdue. Read more »
Anyone who checks out XLR8R with any sort of regularity has probably noticed at least a few of the approximately 234 posts we've done about Brenmar over the past couple of years. Admittedly, we love the Brooklyn-based, R&B-obsessed producer and his seemingly endless well of hooky tunes, but today's Brenmar-related shine should actually go to San Francisco producers Vin Sol and 5kinAndBone5 (pictured above). The duo has reworked the title track of Brenmar's freshly released EP on Grizzly. Smartly keeping the original's exceptionally catchy vocal intact, Vin Sol and 5kinAndBone5 have effectively paired it with an upfront garage rhythm, thick basslines, steppy snares, and a R&B feel that's surprisingly UK in flavor.
Last year, the multi-talented poet/producer Antye Greie (a.k.a. AGF) and Berlin experimental-music pioneer Gudrun Gut got together to work under the banner of Greie Gut Fraktion. The fruits of that collaboration were realized with the release of the eclectic and avant-garde Baustelle, their first LP. Read more »
The Westone 4 ($449) is not only the world's first three-way, four-driver, universal-fit in-ear monitor, but also a refinement of the company's many accomplished balanced armature earphones, resulting in an uncolored soundstage that could be both the first and last word at its price point. Read more »
Word has come that South African rapper/producer/DJ/all-around musical globetrotter Spoek Mathambo has penned a deal with the Sub Pop label and is readying a new digital-only EP, Put Some Red On It, slated to be the first release to result from the new partnership. Read more »
With an ever-expanding digital back catalog, Roche is a San Francisco-based artist that we've been following for some time now. The last we heard from him, he had remixed "Age" for Bay Area production duo Wav Dwgs. Since then he's been releasing a steady stream of tracks online, one of which is the excellent "Love You Crazy (Livestyle Version)." Moving through the claustrophobic and paranoid dreamscape of Detroit beatdown, Roche constructs tight deep house in the best sense of the word. The track has actually been sitting on his soundcloud page for more than six months, and we don't generally make a habit of posting older tracks on XLR8R.com, but given that it has less than 150 plays to date, we figured that the song is still new to 99.9% of the population and an exception to the rules was in order. For something fresher, check out the similarly well-crafted "The Morning After," which Roche only unveiled a couple of weeks back.
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