Much like yourself, surely, we listened to a whole hell of a lot of songs this year. And it's never easy to even make a short list of favorites, let alone rank them all, too. But would you expect anything less from us? Eff, no. Right? So, here's the bottom 20 of our 40 favorites tracks from 2010. We'll finish off the list tomorrow. Oh, the anticipation! Read more »
Moritz Friedrich (a.k.a. Siriusmo) has been making his adventurous mix of broken electro-pop and house for almost a decade now with a host of singles, EPs, and remixes to his name. That said, Mosaik, set for release on Modeselektor's Monkeytown imprint, marks his first venture into LP territory. The album's title track is a jittery head nodder with an infectious groove, one that seems to effortlessly come together and fall apart, never completely allowing you to loose your rhythmic footing in the bubbles of vocal and synth snippets before dropping the beat back into its irresistible pulse. As expected, it's veteran work from a producer that has spent the better part of two years putting his LP together, also in that time releasing the excellent The Plasterer of Love EP and prepping a forthcoming single ("Fermonikon" b/w "Signal") to be released January 14. Basically, the German DJ/producer has been busy and we're glad to hear the results. Mosaik will be released March 1, check the tracklist (which varies slightly by format) after the jump. Read more »
Back in October, XLR8R offered up both halves of a remix swap between Montreal-based producer and LuckyMe affiliate Ango and San Francisco-based Salva. One of those efforts was Ango's remix of Salva's "Mag Clips," which has once again been made available as part of a new digital release series by SF imprint Frite Nite called Frite Nite Trax. The first volume was released last week, and includes Salva's original "Mag Clips" along with the Ango remix. Both are available free from Frite Nite's Bandcamp, and honestly, the original's intro drums alone are worth the price of an e-mail address.
Anyone with a pulse who's checked out XLR8R in the past year knows that we're big fans of Bok Bok and the Night Slugs imprint he runs with L-Vis 1990. The label's role in reshaping bass music is undeniable, but Bok Bok also happens to be a damn fine DJ—in case you missed it, we recently put his XLR8R Podcast atop our list of the Best Podcasts of 2010. Now, the man has delivered another scorching-hot DJ session, this time for our counterparts across the pond, FACT. Read more »
Throughout 2010, UK producer Hackman seemed to both be around every corner and yet easily overlooked during a year when the quality and quantity of UK bass music has been so high. Between a slew of remixes posted here at XLR8R and EPs for PTN and Well Rounded released in a span of two months, Hackman's prolific output was matched by his consistently engaging takes on house music. Read more »
Over the summer, Georgian singer/producer Natalie Beridze (a.k.a. TBA) released a five-track EP on Monika Enterprise entitled What About Things Like Bullets. The title track of that EP now has an illustrious, imaginative music video created by Nika Machaidze that features Beridze as a comic book version of herself. Read more »
Detroit's Dirtbombs have had their hands in the electronic-music pot before, trading sides with Adult. back in 2004, when the two groups released a split 7", with each covering a track from the other. Now The Dirtbombs, hot on the heels of releasing this killer animation below for their cover of techno classic "Sharevari," are set to put out an entire album of tracks from their hometown's electronic music legacy. Read more »
LA's now legendary Low End Theory club night has been showcasing some of the best minds in the converging worlds of leftfield electronics, hip-hop, and of course, the LA beat scene for a while now, along the way garnering a reputation as one of the most forward-thinking nights of electronic music anywhere. Not satisfied to rest on its accomplishment, the Low End crew (including residents Daddy Kev, The Gaslamp Killer, Nobody, D-Styles, and Nocando) has announced that they will be bringing its night to San Francisco the first Friday of every month starting in March, with a kick-off party scheduled for January 21 at SF's 103 Harriet. Read more »
The latest single to come from cross-continental production duo Deepak Sharma & Dieter Krause for Sharma's Hidden Recordings label is "Wolkenreise," a somber house tune whose title translates quickly to "travel clouds." The single comes complete with remixes from the likes of John Tejada, Rene Breitbarth, and featured here, DJ Qu (whose mix for Little White Earbuds also made it onto our list of favorite non-XLR8R podcasts from 2010, and is pictured above). Just like the title says, Qu's remix is immediately set on a forward trajectory, the lightness of which would be aptly described as cloudlike. The soft pulse of the incessant kick rhythm pushes the subtle synth sounds and other ethereal elements along a designated dancefloor path, occasionally running into the odd atmospheric flourish as it travels. But Qu's "Wolkenreise" remix is most like a cloud because it doesn't take off or touch down throughout its six minutes; it just floats high up in the atmosphere from start to finish.
Here over at XLR8R HQ, we're usually extremely hesitant to listen to anything titled "Christmas album" because, well, most Christmas music is pretty damn shitty. However, this album from London-based producer Banjo or Freakout caught our attention with its take on 10 Christmas standards, all tastefully reinterpreted into sparkling, melodic electronics. Yes, all the classics are here from "Oh Holy Night" to "White Christmas" and even "Frosty the Snowman" (seriously), enabling you to throw away whatever Mannheim Steamroller album is playing at your relative's house during the holidays and hit them with melancholy reimaginings of some songs that we probably would have left for dead otherwise. Read more »
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