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Shed Readies Forthcoming EP as The Traveller

German DJ/producer Shed (a.k.a. Rene Pawlowitz) has been keeping busy lately, recently announcing a third LP, The Killer, set to come out in July through 50Weapons. Somehow, Pawlowitz has found time to squeeze in another release before then, a three-song 12" he will drop this month under the name The Traveller. Read more » 

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  • 04/25/2012

Download: Para One "Lean on Me (Salva Remix)"

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Label: Marble

On June 11, French tunesmith and Marble co-owner Para One will release his latest LP, Passion, but precedes it with a fresh 12" single for album cut "Lean on Me" (artwork above). Californian producer Salva is one of three remixers featured on that record (alongside Hrdvsion and Max Tundra), whose version of Para One's tune is a gauzy and slow-grooving production chock full of neon soul. The whole single will be available as a Beatport exclusive next Monday, and you can check out the artwork and tracklist for Para One's forthcoming album, below.  Read more » 

Average: 8.2 (136 votes)
 
 

Jon Convex Collaborates with dBridge on Forthcoming 12"

After dropping a two-song 10" through his own Convex Industries label earlier this year, London-based producer Jon Convex (a.k.a. David Kirkham, erstwhile member of Instra:Mental) will make his return to Martyn's 3024 imprint with a three-tracker featuring the vocal talents of drum & bass innovator dBridge. Read more » 

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  • 04/25/2012

Gear: Review: Figure for iPhone

MSRP: $.99, Propellerhead

Propellerhead—the maker of Reason, ReCycle, and other such noteworthy pieces of music-production software—has tried its hand in the mobile app game, releasing a simple application that is intended to fill those brief minutes of boredom and in-between moments when you just need to punch out a quick beat. The resulting program is unbelievably fun and even a little addictive, but is by no means a professional (or even amateur) music-making platform. Read more » 

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  • 04/25/2012

Download: Lokiboi "No Future"

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London-via-Moscow producer Lokiboi has just shared "No Future," a downtempo house cut that's debuting here on XLR8R. The sparse tune is adorned with a processed voice that riffs on the poor state of affairs for Britain's youth, along with news clippings of student protests and riots. The whole thing reads as a kind of self-aware anthem for England's dejected young people. It's the latest in an impressive string of releases from Lokiboi, who brought us a handful of delectable funky house cuts in 2011. 

Average: 8 (122 votes)
 
 

Review: Beaumont Never Love Me EP

Label: Hotflush

After dropping his widely tipped debut, the Blush Response EP, last year, Glaswegian producer Beaumont pushes forward with his sophomore effort, the Never Love Me EP. Marking his first outing for Hotflush, Beamount lends Paul Rose's label four tunes (five if you get the digital release), all of which are steeped in more club and bass music influences than his previous effort, but still carefully dart along the neon-lit path between modern beats and glowing '80s synth-pop. Read more » 

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  • 04/25/2012

Slam Announces Two-Disc Collection

Veteran house and techno duo Slam (a.k.a. Stuart McMillan and Orde Meikle, pictured above) has announced the upcoming release of a two-disc collection of tunes crafted between 2008 and 2012, which was, incidentally, an impressively productive period for the pair. Read more » 

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  • 04/25/2012

Download: Boylan "High Lite (Sinjin Hawke Remix)"

First Listen
Label: Moveltraxx

Yesterday, French record hub Moveltraxx released an extra-large fifth installment of its Da Movelt Posse compilation series, a 24-song volume spanning a variety of styles including footwork, disco house, tropical bass, and more. Here, we have the collection's first track, a grandiose, footwork-flavored tune remixed by Barcelona-via-Montreal producer Sinjin Hawke. The extravagant original comes via Chicago footwork maestro Boylan, who uses a regal trumpet lick and a chorus of sopranos to provide a melody over backing strings and a juke-style drum track. On the remix, Hawke processes the trumpet sound into something more akin to a traditional synth, makes the vocals a primary focus of the song, and adds a twinkling piano part. You can find the artwork for Da Movelt Posse Episode 5 above, and stream the entire release in full, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8 (103 votes)
 
 

Salva and DJG Kick Off New Frite Nite Single Series

Two Californian bass enthusiasts, Frite Nite label head Salva and San Francisco producer DJG (who actually prefers to go by his last name, Grenier, now), have joined forces to inaugurate a new series of "DJ-friendly" digital singles meant to "[showcase] the crew's eclectic taste in dance music." Read more » 

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  • 04/24/2012

Download: Mohn "Saturn"

Label: Kompakt

Yesterday, Kompakt label boss and techno auteur Wolfgang Voigt released his collaborative album with fellow German minimalist Jörg Burger, Mohn, from which the krauty and expansive "Saturn" is taken. The duo's self-titled LP features eight other productions of a similarly minimal and classic vibe to this one, but despite the sum of experience available between the two longstanding producers, Mohn's music sounds not too far from the work of their younger contemporaries—like, say, Emeralds or Pantha du Prince. Then again, Voigt and Burger likely inspired those artists in the first place. It's the circle of life. 

Average: 7.2 (54 votes)
 
 

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