Last week, XLR8R was invited to Berlin to check out Berlin Music Days, a multi-day festival celebrating the city and its rich electronic-music scene. Our complete festival wrap-up is here, but we also found a few minutes to chat with UK outfit Dark Sky, whom you may remember from the excellent podcast the young trio turned in for us last summer. Fresh off a long DJ set, Carlo Anderson, Tom Edwards, and (the rather quiet) Matt Benyayer sat down with us around 4:30 a.m. in the basement of a club and discussed their music, their influences, and their first impressions of Berlin. Read more »
Over the past few months, XLR8R has been curating a special set of charts for Beatport. This week's chart comes from Manchester native xxxy, who's currently residing in London and mixing up a propulsive combination of garage and bass rhythms. Here are 10 tunes he's been enjoying as of late, a collection that obviously lists some potent dancefloor weapons but surprisingly also includes a few introspective gems as well.
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While "Yellow Warrior" is a solid stand-alone track, Russian producer Unquote (a.k.a. Vsevolod Ermakov) didn't want to create just a collection of singles for his first full-length album. Reverberation Box came out via London imprint Med School in October and contains 15 tracks of moving soundscapes that range from deep dubstep to high-energy drum & bass, all of which flow seamlessly into one another during the hour-long sonic adventure. "Yellow Warrior" blasts off with a rumbling bassline and reaches cruising altitude when the retro-futuristic laser synths mesh with the song's churning low end. The complete tracklist and album artwork for Reverberation Box can be found after the jump. Read more »
In a recent interview with Altered Zones co-editor Emilie Friedlander, Brooklyn-based musician Daniel Lopatin elaborated on the mindset he was in when selecting the source materials for his latest LP as Oneohtrix Point Never, saying, "[It reveals] that we're not in a perfect system though we want to be. We want to believe that we're efficient and perfect, but things are totally out of control and chaotic, like the way we speak and the way we think." He's referring to the audio recordings of decades-old commercials that he hacked into fragmented gulps, hiccups, exhalations, and various sonic ephemera to weave into his usual glacial drifts of Juno 60 synth tones. These kinds of dismantled phrases do help illuminate elements of the underbelly of collective consciousness, in a sense, but they do something even more important and direct, too. When warped and sequenced into disjointed juxtapositions, they make up a large portion of Oneohtrix Point Never's newest asset and Replica's strongest element: rhythm. Read more »
The Red Bull Music Academy just wrapped up the first term of this year's session in Madrid, and before the cool goings-on of the second term get underway, the folks at RBMA have gone ahead made videos of many of this year's lectures available to the public. These in-depth sessions on the couch include talks with a variety of musical figures, including pioneering hip-hop MC DOOM (above), techno boundary-pusher Matías Aguayo, UK veteran Andrew Weatherall, footwork torchbearers DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn, and others. Read more »
British producer Beacon released a free EP via his Facebook page just the other day. The quasi-anonymous musician has been prolific in recent months, the free EP serving as the latest precursor to Beacon's proper debut offering, "Storm Dub." The single, which is set to drop via Sei A and Logan's Seinan Music label, will feature one original track along with remixes from Sei A and Rooflight, and is slated for a December 5 release. Beacon has also shared "Zatelite," a previously unreleased track, as a free download. From the track's crisp percussion and woozy lead melody, it would seem that Beacon is the latest in a growing line of producers toying with shades of UK funky and garage to create music that is both noteworthy and somewhat difficult to classify.
Norwegian space-disco don Lindstrøm has been laying low for awhile now, as his last major release was Real Life Is No Cool, his collaborative 2009 LP with Christabelle. But early next year, he'll be coming out of hiding with a brand-new album, Six Cups of Rebel (artwork above), which is scheduled for release on February 6 via Smalltown Supersound. "De Javu" is the first offering to shake loose from the record, and it's an especially funky selection, one that combines a thick disco groove with a decidedly '80s funk-pop feel. Give it a listen and check the complete tracklist for Six Cups of Rebel after the jump. (via Pitchfork) Read more »
One of the more confounding new producers to surface as of late, the anonymous Patten is also responsible for one of the more intriguing electronic albums to come out this year, GLAQJO XAACSSO. Since that LP dropped in September via No Pain in Pop, we've seen one free remix EP emerge online, and now, a second has arrived. Read more »
San Francisco-based DJ Wool has a new single, "SF 94," due out soon via Top Billin. Described as "house music for the mature audiences," the release brings a smoother, more subdued approach to the table than much of Top Billin's party-oriented catalog. The single will feature "SF 94" along with alternate "Dirty 90's" and "Slo Mo" mixes from Wool, plus a remix from Dominique. Channeling classic piano house with its insistent chords and a buttery vocal sample, "SF 94" finds DJ Wool framing the past (in this case, his memories of a summer spent in San Francisco) through a modern lens. You can download the track below, and hear the single in its entirety on Soundcloud.
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