Most people know Will Wiesenfeld as Baths, one of the litany of young scamps that emerged from LA's exploding beat scene in 2010. But Wiesenfeld is a man of many talents and many projects, including a more ambient outing known as Geotic. Over the weekend, a new Geotic album, Mend, was made available for free download. Read more »
Delivered quite unassumingly on his Tumblr page, "Callers" is a fresh, beat-centric single from South Carolina producer Noah Smith (a.k.a. Hard Mix), which apparently won't be featured on the forthcoming split 7" he's dropping with fellow beat maker Star Slinger via Double Denim. Not unlike his partner-in-crime-to-be, Smith's tune appropriates some uncredited source material—mostly vocal clips, which are promptly warped into oblivion—and applies those sounds to skittering hip-hop beats that are simultaneously head-knocking and poignant. And he does it well, too, so if "Callers" won't be found on Hard Mix's first physical release, we can only imagine the caliber of the tracks he's saving for his auspicious first record. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
Normally we'd put some witty banter in this space, but it's our first morning back in the office after more than a week off and things are getting off to a sluggish start at XLR8R HQ. Let's just keep this simple. We like Roska. We like cartoons. That makes posting this animated clip for his song "Jackpot" a real no-brainer. Read more »
Labels We Love: Honest Jon's—A Portobello Road hipster haven's in-house label has its best year yet.
Whenever brick-and-mortar record shops resemble endangered, tusk-less elephants displayed in zoo cages for hipsters and mourners to feed handfuls of peanuts to every National Record Store Day, and whenever indie labels seem to be nothing more than cute names attached to stolen downloads, Honest Jon's is there to smack one upside the head. Read more »
London's West Norwood Cassette Library (a.k.a. Bob Bhamra) isn't a producer that we shined a big light on in 2010, but we couldn't help but notice that his tracks kept popping up in the sets of many of our favorite DJs, most notably the stellar XLR8R podcast from Ben UFO. Read more »
A few weeks back, we previewed "Days," the long-awaited first single from spooky Brooklyn duo CREEP, which happens to feature vocals from Romy Madley-Croft of The xx. The single came out earlier this week and was backed by remixes from Deadboy and Azari & III, but now Lauren Dillard and Lauren Flax have made another remix available, this one courtesy of Boston duo Soul Clap. As one would expect, Soul Clap pick up the pace and throw in some mellow house beats while keeping the original's dark and dour vibes largely intact. No word yet on when CREEP's album is going to drop, but in the meantime, we're going to do our best to have a black Christmas by putting this one on repeat and indulging in the gothy splendor of the band's fancy new website.
Let's just get this out of the way. This song, technically, could be called a mash-up. And yes, we know mash-ups are sooooooo over, but maybe you can cut us a a bit of slack. It is the holiday season, after all. And this isn't just any mash-up, as London's Smutlee—who has done some fine work in the funky bashment arena—has paired the vocals of Jamaican dancehall diva Natalie Storm (pictured above) with M.A.N.D.Y. vs. Booka Shade's classic "Body Language," which has been screwed down to moombahton tempo. Maybe it's not the most original thing in the world, but damn if those synth notes on "Body Language" don't still sound good, more than five years after its initial release. Plus, at this point, XLR8R's ongoing crush on Natalie Storm is pretty well documented. If you had a website, would you pass on a chance to put up another sexy photo of Natalie Storm? Yeah, that's what we thought.
OK, this whole "holiday spirit" thing is starting to get out of hand. Party-loving Finnish label Top Billin has been doling out a steady stream of free tunes all year, but now they've really outdone themselves. From now until the end of the year, they're giving out the recently released World Gone Club Vol. 1 for free. Read more »
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