All of the sudden, Maceo Plex is one of the biggest producers on the planet. Although American-born producer Eric Estornel, who now resides in Spain, has been turning out music for a decade, mostly under his Maetrik moniker, the rise of Maceo Plex in 2011 has been downright meteoric, largely thanks to his Life Index album and a series of well-received singles and EPs on the Crosstown Rebels label. He's also started up his own Ellum Audio imprint, and, as if that wasn't enough, he's capping off the year with a one-sided single for Toronto-based No. 19 Music. Read more »
Doctor Jeep passed along this edit of T2's "Heartbroken" in hopes of sharing it for free with the XLR8R faithful—not because he doesn't think it's a valuable piece of work, but because any attempt to sell it would undoubtedly generate some major flack, thanks to his generous sampling of the aforementioned bassline hit. We were happy to oblige. To his credit, the Boston resident does an admirable job of flipping the super-charged jam into a slow, seductive slice of futuristic R&B, but his beat doesn't fully take hold until we move past the pitched-down verse and lock into a shuffling groove about halfway through. On top of this, Doctor Jeep gradually unfurls a number of gorgeous melodies and tantalizingly tuned toms, keeping the whole affair swirling in plenty of what could be best described as, according to the producer himself, "lovey-dovey vibes."
The Crosstown Rebels imprint has dipped into its deep, international artist roster and announced that the label's first release of 2012 will come in the form of a new single from Art Department, the collaboration between Canadians Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White. Read more »
The forward-looking net label and Danish DJ crew known as Sound Escape has tapped one of its own countrymen, Rewolmer, for a free, three-track EP entitled Error Perfect (artwork above). The simply titled opener, "One," kicks off the release on a bit of a somber note with emotive chords, tastefully placed vocal chops, and the most post of post-dubstep rhythms. As the tune lazily rolls along, it picks up a luscious bassline along the way, infusing the track with a reflective sense of soulfulness before a precise melody defines the track's latter half. After downloading "One" below, you can head to Sound Escape's Bandcamp to cop the rest of the EP for the agreeable price of "free."
It was back in 2004 that Geoff White (a.k.a. Aeroc) issued his debut full-length, Viscous Solid, through Ann Arbor's Ghostly imprint. Now, seven years later, the once-Ohio-based producer (last we checked, he had hopped across the pond and landed in Barcelona) has quietly returned to the home of his well-received debut with a new, 11-track LP entitled R+B=?. If "For Sake" is any indication, this new outing finds White picking up about where Viscous Solid left off, folding open sonic spaces and rich electronics into his melodic, at times jazzy, acoustic guitar-led productions.
Just a month after he dropped his first Jersey Club Music mixtape, Parisian DJ/producer and Marble Music/Club Cheval affiliate Sam Tiba shares his second installment, which also doubles as the third volume of Mad Decent's Brick Bandits-helmed Import/Expert mix series. Read more »
Proudly Parisian imprint Cracki, known primarily for its parties in derelict factories and an abandoned train station, dropped its debut release this past Sunday, a piece of soulful house by fellow Frenchman Larcier. "Sometimes I See" (artwork above) is minimal and groovy, with warbling synth layers and a simple, bouncing bassline. Larcier rejects the over-use of production gimmicks, using only subtle panning as his effect of choice, while the vulnerability of the tender, high-pitched vocals fits perfectly with the extended pauses in this classically deep-sounding tune.
Over the past few months, XLR8R has been curating a special set of charts for Beatport. UK producer Hackman has been making regular appearances on our site over the past two-plus years, thanks largely to his unique, drum-heavy take on funky-influenced house sounds. He can also be counted on to drop a steady stream of new releases, the most recent of which is the "Agree to Disagree" b/w "Sunburst" single on PTN, a precursor to his forthcoming debut full-length, As Above, So Below. Before the album drops early next year, Hackman has put together this list of 10 of his current favorite tunes, a sampling that includes dancefloor gems from several of his UK contemporaries. Read more »
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