When we hit Toronto's 17th annual NXNE Festival last week (yeah, it's sort of the north's answer to SXSW), we discovered that there's plenty to love about the city, to be sure. Super food, tons of walkable neighborhoods (provided it's summer, natch), patio bars, and all sorts of wonderful things make Toronto a pretty solid option for summer chillin'. Read more »
The Genoa-born, London-based producer Antwerp has a fresh EP coming down the pipeline via UK label Make Mine on July 27. This housey piece of electronic pop is one of that release's four bubbly tunes, and exhibits the burgeoning artist's love for upbeat tempos, catchy basslines, and smooth, synth-heavy soundscapes; think Four Tet remixing some of the latest material from Hercules & Love Affair. It's a versatile sound, to be sure, one that will likely bode well in club soundsystems and home stereos alike.
Well, it seems that German artist Sascha Ring has a brand-new Apparat album called The Devil's Walk coming on September 26 via the Mute label, but you already knew that, didn't you? Here's something you may not have known: The second track to drop from that LP is called "Black Water," and you can download it for free right here. Obviously, the song is a bit more 'indie' than XLR8R normally covers, but something about Ring's combination of electronic subtleties, soothing vocal melodies, and driving rhythms just speaks to our inner softies. We think you'll agree.
Southern Californian beatmaker, budding painter, and Flying Lotus compatriot Teebs was among the innumerable performers that descended upon Spain's 2011 Sónar Festival last week. Though we didn't catch his performance, the fine folks over at Red Bull Music Academy apparently had the foresight to record it, and we have the pleasure of premiering it here today. Read more »
Before New York's Hidden label drops the Antiz EP by French production duo M.A.D.A. & Plankton, we've got one of its eight cuts of refined techno goodness to share with you. This "Cold Version" of the title track booms with a massive bass thump straight from the get-go, only rising higher and higher into the stratosphere with searing white noise, spellbinding grooves, and a heavy wash of dubby percussive sounds. The label is calling this one a more "icy, deep, [and] melodic" version, which makes sense in comparison to the original jam, but M.A.D.A. & Plankton's "Antiz (Cold Version)" is certainly massive and energetic enough to drop in any peak-hour setting.
This clip from The Creators Project may be entitled "Meet Squarepusher," but we certainly don't assume you'd be reading XLR8R without at least having cursory knowledge of the veteran Warp artist's 15-plus year music career (we did recently feature him in our "Building an Iconic Sound" issue). Regardless of your familiarity with Tom Jenkinson's work, this video interview is an interesting watch across the board. Read more »
UK bass imprint Senseless recently celebrated five years of dropping club-ready tunes from the likes of Warrior Queen, Pacheko, Jack Sparrow, and Kanji Kinetic, and continue with the festivities with impending release of a five-part, limited-edition music and art series called Synesthesia. The first installment comes on July 25, a three-track 12" with hand-screened artwork and an exclusive insert, not to mention fiery cuts from The Phantom, Rossi B & Luca, and, featured here, Venice Calypso. The London-based artist's "Drifting" kicks off that slab of vinyl, and is a prime example of the skittering, next-level club music you can expect from Senseless' forthcoming series, which is apparently all about the "marriage of art and music" and "the five senses." Look for the other four parts of this endeavor in the following nine months or so.
After the untimely death of founding member Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson late last year, the future of pioneering industrial outfit Throbbing Gristle was thrown into question. Thanks to a new post on the band's website, that question has been partially answered. Read more »
Although it seems like his name has only risen to prominence in the past few years, New York City's Fred P. (a.k.a. Black Jazz Consortium) is no newcomer. After quietly logging time and paying his dues in the New York DJ circuit, the man began turning out deep, thoughtful, jazz- and soul-infused house that eventually caught the ear of artists like Move D and DJ Jus-Ed. Read more »
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