Remix EPs are tricky. While it's always fun to hear new takes on a song, especially when the original was a quality tune in its own right, remix records don't exactly have a great track record as being essential releases. In the case of Vybz Kartel's Half on a Baby (Remixes), those trends have held firm. Read more »
We've had our eyes on Australian duo Canyons since late 2009, when we highlighted the pair as an Artist to Watch. After a few delays, the boys will finally be dropping their debut full-length album, Keep Your Dreams, via Modular on November 15. (As it turns out, Canyons' countrymen in Australia can actually grab the album tomorrow.) And while we're a little dismayed by the duo's recent turn toward vocal-oriented, pop-leaning production, we certainly can't argue with the selection of DJ Harvey as a remixer for the new album's lead single, "See Blind Through." His quirky, extended house jam will be available on the official single, which comes out the same day as the LP and also features remixes by Mic Newman and Heroes of the Galleon Trade.
We first heard the debut 12" from Ifan Dafydd back in July, which featured "Miranda" and "No Good." Having been compared to James Blake on numerous occasions, Ifan Dafydd is a Welsh producer who continues to not be afraid of translating his blatant influences into profound melodies, as "Miranda" diffuses the soulful sounds of Usher's "U Remind Me" into lush harmonies. (via NME)
Before LA-based producer/Frite Nite label boss Salva drops the follow up to this year's solid Complex Housing album, he's sharing a tune from that five-track EP, Yellobone. The production on "Obsession (feat. B. Bravo)" boasts a heavily purple vibe, thanks in part to Salva's boogie-loving co-conspirator, but effectively skirts average genre classifications with a large helping of inventive percussion sounds and other funky elements. Look for this one to drop, along with two more original tracks and remixes from Shlohmo and LOL Boys, on November 15.
If you're at all familiar with the pages of XLR8R, you'll know that we've been huge fans of Actress since the release of Parallel World on UK producer Darren Cunningham’s own Werk Discs label. Now, we can expect his first release for Honest Jon’s since last year's excellent Splazsh LP, a two-track 12" single. Read more »
After unexpectedly reappearing with a new album, Quest for the Sonic Bounty, late last year, and following that up with some salvaged older material on the recently released The Lost Tapes EP, dubstep veterans Horsepower Productions are set to release two more new tracks, "Good Ole Dayz" b/w "Justify" via Tempa on November 14. Read more »
This latest track from Atlanta producer Divine Interface (a.k.a. Drew Briggs) was released yesterday as part of his second EP, You Got My Mind, via the Two Circles imprint. We already supplied the record's opening number, "Fool Me," and this track provides the other bookend to the six-song EP. "Evenutally" is a sparse and somber effort, one full of washed-out sonics and tweaked vocal bits that eschews volume and directness in favor of subtlety and emotion.
Sacramento's Raleigh Moncrief doesn't exactly have the typical XLR8R resume. He's collaborated with drumming virtuoso Zach Hill, performs in Marnie Stern's touring band, and worked as an engineer and co-producer on Dirty Projectors' Bitte Orca album. This week, Moncrief released his own debut full-length, Watered Lawn, via the Anticon label, and although "Cast Out for Days" does have some indie-ish leanings that recall the psychedelic stylings of groups like Animal Collective, its warbly low end and woozy synths unexpectedly caught our ear. Read more »
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