Montreal-based digital-art and electronic-music festival MUTEK has announced a second wave of artists for its line-up, adding to a previously announced list of acts that includes Kode9, BNJMN, Jeff Mills, Shackleton, and Nicolas Jaar. Read more »
"Satisfaction" is the product of three Seattle producers coming together, as Suttikeeree and WD4D have enlisted frequent Fourth City contributor Introcut to help produce a retro slice of electro-funk. Wide, atmospheric pads combined with funky basslines and sparse percussion bring to mind a more polished version of Dam-Funk, while the track's stuttering vocal samples add a bit of a nostalgic house feel as well. "Satisfaction" can be found on After School EP 2 (artwork above), which is out now. A stream of the entire EP can be found after the jump. Read more »
This spastic bout of sample wizardry arrives from LA beat-scene stalwart Daedelus at the behest of Mixmag before his live appearance in London at Village Underground on April 13. As the tags on this MP3 lead us to believe, "Curtains Don't Talk" is made up of bits of Janet Jackson (we're assuming she provides the main vocal here) and the Beach Boys (definitely who the background harmonies are lifted from), and is also labeled as "Lover's Juke." It's a cringe-worthy genre descriptor for sure, but the breakneck tempos and smooth melodies that Daedelus puts together coalesce into something that sounds pretty much like a bit of Chicago footwork tailor made for the bedroom.
We've been keeping a trained eye on the breezy work of Danish producer Taragana Pyjarama (a.k.a. Nick Eriksen) for over a year now, so we can confidently say that it's little surprise that the talented artist has signed to illustrious German label Kompakt for the release of his debut album. Read more »
Yes, it's that time again: the time when the Distal and Mite-helmed Embassy imprint prepares to drop another helping of slippery bass on the world. For the next effort, the label has tapped Brooklyn's Sleepyhead to deliver a three-track EP (artwork above), for which "Nothing Changes" serves as the closing cut. Much in the vein of the producer's recent Motions EP, Sleepyhead appears interested in continuing his genre-melding explorations here, combining sleek R&B, percussive garage, and space-age beat work—all draped in some silky smooth synth tones. The forthcoming record drops on Monday, April 9.
You guys should consider yourselves lucky that April 1 fell on a Sunday this year. We've got quite a soft spot for using April Fool's Day as an excuse to play pranks on XLR8R's readership, so much so that we just about named Lana Del Rey "Video Games (Skrillex Remix)" our number one download of the month. But alas, we restrained ourselves. Read more »
Last month, Danish producer Tomas Barfod released the Broken Glass EP, officially making him the newest member of the increasingly eclectic Friends of Friends roster. While his music may not have much in common with that of labelmates Shlohmo or Salva, it's certainly of the same caliber, something Barfod will be showcasing more thoroughly when his next full-length, Salton Sea, drops on May 21. In the meantime, we've invited the WhoMadeWho drummer to display his curatorial chops behind the decks, as he's put together this exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
Nehuen is another producer to rise out of last year's Red Bull Music Academy class—one we even featured in our 'Fresh Faces' piece after seeing him in action in Madrid. Now, we've gotten our hands on "Hotel," a tune the Barcelona-by-way-of-Buenos Aires beatsmith cooked up while in the midst of his two-week session at RBMA, turning out a refreshingly smooth take on the territory between deep house and juke. Even better, he's managed to fold in some elements that are pleasantly reminiscent of Art of Love's seminal "Moments In Love," resulting in a production that not only highlights the burgeoning producer's talents but also reminds us how fresh "Moments In Love" still sounds to this day.
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