Here's some great Monday morning news: The young producer that helped bring us the smooth sounds of The xx, who collaborated with the recently departed Gil Scott-Heron, and whose DJ sets are more or less world-renowned, Jamie xx, dropped his first ever solo release today via Glasgow's Numbers label. Read more »
Bay Area locals James & Evander (one half of which, we should say, is XLR8R writer Glenn Jackson) recently dropped a brand-new EP on the world, a five-track offering called Constellating. Much like the duo's earlier work, a flurry of remix collections and proper albums that stretch back to 2009, the EP's tracks push a tender and intimate electronic vibe, but this time out, the pair managed to squeeze out a few pop-friendly vocal hooks. "Slap Bracelets" is one such tune, and starts out as a subtly upbeat number before escalating into M83-like heights of shimmering synth arpeggiations and driving drum beats. You can grab the rest of James & Evander's Constellating EP, which comes with a few bliss-heavy remixes from synth-pop compatriots Ander and shortcircles, here.
It didn't take long for The Boiler Room to become one of UK bass music's biggest online presences. In fact, it's only been a year since they started broadcasting, and they're already a household name, having hosted live sets and podcasts from the likes of Cooly G, Karizma, Jamie xx, and all our collective favorites. This Thursday, June 9, the webcast portal will be hosting its first birthday party, and naturally they're pulling out all the stops. Read more »
Amidst the hustle and bustle of this year's MUTEK festival in Montreal, we snagged a few of our favorite artists for a quick chat about their impressions of the festival, the city, and, of course, some chatter about their music. Here, NYC producer FaltyDL dishes about his latest album, the growth of the bass scene, Montreal's appreciation for meat, and why poutine is best in the middle of the night. Read more »
In the recent press for her forthcoming long-player Ἀποκάλυψις (said like "apokalypsis"), LA-based artist Chelsea Wolfe's sound is often referred to as "doom folk" or worse, but we find that to be a bit of a misnomer. As the bellowing dirge called "The Wasteland" indicates, she is simply a gifted singer and musician as interested in dark electronic soundscapes as she is in memorable songcraft. This cut from the as-yet-unreleased LP is all distorted organ drones, smashing drum-machine beats, and unsettling, discordant noise, but in the midst of that miasma of sound is Wolfe's low-register croon, simultaneously calling us into the murk and warning us just how dismal it is down there. We can't venture to call it soul, but damn if it doesn't have that in spades. Hear the rest of Wolfe's Ἀποκάλυψις when it's available via Pendu Sound on August 23. (via Altered Zones)
When Tyondai Braxton announced last year that he was leaving Battles, the virtuosic math-rock super-group he fronted for six years, fans were left wondering if the band would remain the same sort of mind-boggling blitzkrieg. Four years after its monumental Mirrored LP, the NYC outfit drops its second, Gloss Drop, and answers the query with a commanding "Yes"—and "No." Read more »
It was late last month when we found out that Brooklyn DJ/producer Brenmar would release his next EP via Sinden's up-and-coming Grizzly imprint, and now, before it drops on June 20, we get to listen to the lead single from Let Me Know (Tasting), "So High." Read more »
We'll just come right out and say it: The number one reason this track is making its way into XLR8R's download section is that it reminds a hell of a lot of our favorite album from last year, Delorean's gorgeous Subiza. The summery "Lessons," by Kansas City-based artist Motorboater, boasts nearly all of the Balearic-inspired trademarks that made the aforementioned record so lovable. Pattering percussion loops and thumping dance rhythms kick the whole thing into gear, sun-bleached synth chords and treated guitar riffs immediately tug at your heartstrings, and tweaked vocal samples float in and out of earshot over the top of Daniel Eaton's quietly plaintive vocal hooks. It's all quite nostalgic, yes, but not without its own subtle charms. We'll see how rest of Motorboater's new album compares when Sport drops later this month.
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