Burgeoning Londoner Jack Dixon has contributed a couple of tunes to the XLR8R Downloads section over the past two months (first here and then here), but never with word of a proper release in the works. Now, we're pleased to pass on the news that Dixon has a new EP on the way, Knowledge (artwork above), and we're even more happy that he's decided to share another of his bubbling house tunes with us. Although "Clear" does not come from the aforementioned EP, the track does serve as a fine example of the smooth, percussion-filled endeavors one can expect to hear when the Knowledge EP drops at the end of the month via Losing Suki.
It's no wonder why M83's music videos are basically full-fledged film productions: Only a real cinematic experience could properly match the French artist's widescreen pop music. The fact is truer than ever with this clip for the lead single from the breathtaking, XLR8R Pick'ed Hurry Up, We're Dreaming double LP, "Midnight City." Read more »
Brooklyn producer Mux Mool (a.k.a. Brian Lindgren) is offering a free download, the first real sampling of his upcoming album, Planet High School, which is slated for release on February 7, 2012 via Midwestern stalwart Ghostly. "Palace Chalice" is a glimmering cut of electro-tinged instrumental hip-hop that pairs a relaxed, old-school vibe with lurching bass tones and summery synth melodies. Grab the track below, and check out the Planet High School artwork and complete tracklist after the jump. (via Pitchfork) Read more »
The news hit last week that two iconic UK acts in their own right, Massive Attack and Burial, had collaborated on a two-song 12" (pictured above). We first heard the a-side, "Four Walls," and now we can stream the record's other tune. Read more »
In the wake of new albums from both Martyn and Modeselektor, we here at XLR8R thought it might be fun to initiate a conversation between the veteran artists. What began as a casual chat pretty quickly became a lengthy discussion, so we've elected to run the whole thing as a five-part series throughout the week. Read more »
Make no mistake, Matías Aguayo's Cómeme imprint is a weird fucking label. While much of Cómeme's output could be roughly described as house, that overlooks the elements of techno, disco, funk, and various Latin genres that populate its tracks, not to mention its artists' penchant for bizarre vocals and the music's simultaneously raw and psychedelic vibe. Perhaps no producer encapsulates the label's spirit as well as Rebolledo, whose new album, Super Vato, offers the sound of sleazy, drugged-out Latin disco. That being said, it's the sort of disco everyone is desperate to get into and sure as hell doesn't leave until the party is over. Read more »
Much hullabaloo has been made of the role Berlin-by-way-of-UK producer Jamie Teasdale played as half of influential dubstep outfit Vex'd. It'll be the first thing you're likely to read in any article (this review included) pertaining to the artist or his solo debut LP as Kuedo, Severant, but that doesn't make it the best or even an ideal vantage point from which to experience Teasdale's latest work. The music of Vex'd is patently hard-edged to the point that it could cut through glass, if the glass wasn't flat out shattered by the sonic intensity in the first place. Those kinds of skull-crushing electronics couldn't be further from what Kuedo conjures on his new album. Severant is a massive step away from Teasdale's past output, and one that is confidently sure-footed. Read more »
UK funky ambassadors Renay & Stimpy and DJ Maxsin, collectively known as Funkystepz, have made quite a name for themselves since bursting on to the scene a few years back. Fresh off the release of the Trouble EP, the Hyberdub-inked trio has put together a brand-new mix for FADER. Read more »
Earlier this year, Grimes (a.k.a. Claire Boucher) was everywhere, dropping a slew of light and sugary synth-pop tracks and remixes on unsuspecting ears. In recent months, the stream of Grimes-related news has slowed significantly, most likely because the Montreal-based chanteuse was working on her next full-length, which she was still putting the finishing touches on when we caught up with her back in June at NXNW. That album, Visions, has since been completed and is set to be released on January 31 via the Arbutus label. "Oblivion" is the first offering from the record, and finds the pixie-voiced Boucher continuing to refine and polish her airy synth-pop sound. It's a sticky little number, something akin to a beefed-up take on the precious pop of '80s groups like Altered Images. Listen to and download "Oblivion" below, and take a look at the Visions artwork and tracklist after the jump. Read more »
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