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Download: Evian Christ "Drip"

Label: Tri Angle

YouTube and blogosphere sensation Evian Christ has signed to Tri Angle, our favorite record label of 2011. Ahead of the producer's proper label debut, the young UK artist has released high-quality mastered versions of tracks previously available as YouTube rips. "Drip," a highlight of the seven-song Kings and Them compilation (artwork above), is an atmospheric bit of spaced-out hip-hop with occasional heavy bass hits and chopped-and-screwed vocal snippets. The collection of tunes, most of which place mainstream raps over dreamy instrumentals, is available for free download here.  

Average: 7.7 (50 votes)

John Talabot Releases Debut Album, Shares New Track

Barcelona house producer John Talabot dropped his debut LP, ƒin (pictured above), yesterday via Munich's nu-disco hotbed, Permanent Vacation. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 02/01/2012

Masters at Work Lecture at Red Bull Music Academy's 'New York City to SF Bay' Series

Last week, XLR8R's very own Senior Editor, Shawn Reynaldo, sat down for an in-depth interview with "Little" Louie Vega and Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez of pioneering production duo Masters at Work. Read more » 

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  • 02/01/2012

Download: Graphics "MacGrackleton"

We've been following the rise of Alfie McGibbon for some time now. Over the past year or so, the 19-year-old Brit has brought us a host of impressive UK bass-leaning originals and remixes, all produced under the name Graphics. McGibbon recently dropped his latest release via Made to Play, the Sarah Palin-referencing Mama Grizzlies EP (pictured above). "MacGrackleton," an extra from that release, is a slice of dark, percussive techno, and certainly one of the young producer's most club-ready tracks to date. 

Average: 7.5 (57 votes)

Video: Al Tourettes "Inventing"

Bristol-based beatsmith Al Tourettes (a.k.a. Al Storey) has released this video for "Inventing," a Bruce Haack-sounding tune that will be one half of Storey's two-song EP due out later this month through the Sneaker Social Club label. The odd clip appears to document the goings-on inside the mind of a horny science undergrad as he struggles to make it through his class schedule while dosing on mushrooms. Read more » 

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  • 02/01/2012

Hot City and LOL Boys Team Up for Collaborative EP

Unknown to the Unknown label boss Hot City is teaming up with LA/Montreal duo LOL Boys for a two-song EP to be released on UTTU. Read more » 

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  • 02/01/2012

Download: Jean Nipon "Girl Complex (Voltron Refix)"

First Listen
Label: Silverback

The Belgian bass entrepreneurs at the Silverback label are set to drop another release, this time from French producer Jean Nipon. The party-starting Frenchman has displayed a knack for genre hopping over the years, turning out everything from baile funk bootlegs to electro-tinged bangers. The five-track Girl Complex EP (artwork above), which will be released on February 20, finds him experimenting with tropical-flavored house and chopped-up vocal bits. It also includes remixes from Jam City, JTRP, and Silverback label bosses Voltron. The latter has been offered up as a free download, and finds Voltron stripping down the original's burly rhythm and employing loping percussion that loosely recalls the unique drum patterns of tribal guarachero. Paired with some nimble synth melodies and an ominously seductive vocal sample, the track comes together quite nicely. A preview of the rest of the EP and the complete tracklist can be found after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.7 (54 votes)

oOoOO to Release a New EP; Download First Single Now

Yesterday, reclusive San Francisco producer oOoOO (a.k.a. Christopher Greenspan) announced that he will be releasing a new five-song EP, once again via the Tri Angle label. Read more » 

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  • 02/01/2012

High Five: Grimes

Claire Boucher has been on something of a winning streak over the past couple of years. Starting with a 15-song cassette debut in 2010, the Montreal-based artist known as Grimes has quickly developed from her beginnings as a nascent experimentalist into the darling of homemade pop music with the quiet release of a second LP and her more celebrated split EP with fellow Canadian d'Eon, Darkbloom, in 2011. Now, as Boucher sits merely weeks away from the release of her third album, Visions, via 4AD (along with her own Arbutus imprint), she already seems poised to ascend to a whole new level. Read more » 

Download: South South Million "Baff Speech"

First Listen

Detroit duo South South Million—a project that "centers around the collage of live instrumentation, samples, and found sounds"—has a new full-length scheduled to drop on March 6 via Brooklyn imprint Triple Down, and is sharing one of Wind Hand Caught in the Door's 16 handmade tunes ahead of its release. "Baff Speech" is a prime example of Trevor Naud's and Daniel Clark's production style: A vinyl-ripped jazz beat unfurls its chopped bits on a loop, as it's gradually surrounded by sitar riffs, guitar strums, the odd piano flourish, and buried vocal coos, most of which you can never be quite sure if they have been sampled or not. It pretty much sounds like a collaboration between Bibio, Flying Lotus, and Simon & Garfunkel. If that piques your interest, make sure to sign up for South South Million's mailing list on its website, so you can get your free digital copy of Wind Hand ahead of its release date. 

Average: 8.1 (54 votes)

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