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Download: RareBit "Blue Blood Baskets"

First Listen

The latest signing to Southern California's hub for heartstring-tugging electronics and inventive beats, Non Projects, is a Pacific Northwest transplant named Justin Hopkins, who makes intricately woven sound tapestries that double as poignant tunes under the name RareBit. The producer's debut EP drops on June 14, but before then we have the lovely "Blue Blood Baskets" to share with you. Like the artwork for The Destroyer (pictured above), Hopkins' track is densely colorful, inherently psychedelic, and altogether moving; it sounds like something vaguely familiar—maybe a skittering ditty by The Books, maybe a sun-soaked mixtape you kept in your car—that you once loved. But just as you start to place what RareBit's song reminds you of, its shimmering two and a half minutes are up, and you're on to the next thing. Feel free to indulge your curiosities further, and check out a preview of The Destroyer EP, here

Average: 8 (55 votes)
 
 

Video: Phaseone "Sugar"



Let's file this one under 'Too Real': The music video for Bubblin' artist Phaseone's "Sugar" depicts a text message conversation between two ex-lovers after one announces he/she is moving to another city. Shot by flimmakers Vadim Gershman and Ryan Powell in Chicago and written by Gershman and Lea Sorrentino, the piece is at once heartbreaking and frustrating, like watching a scene from your own past without being able to change a moment. Read more » 

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  • 05/25/2011

Check Out Julio Bashmore's Remix of Classixx

First Listen

Back in March, LA duo Classixx unveiled "Into the Valley," a bouncy slice of disco- and electro-flavored house that was released for free through the Green Label Sound imprint. Since then, they've trotted out a rework from Yacht, and today, a remix from UK producer Julio Bashmore has been added to the mix. Read more » 

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  • 05/25/2011

Hyperdub to Release New Single From D.O.K.

Heady and theoretical dubstep-not-dubstep label Hyperdub has been on a roll lately with a string of fine releases in 2011 from the likes of Kode9 and The Spaceape (featured on XLR8R's cover), Burial, and Funkystepz. Now, they can add veteran East London grime producer D.O.K. to their quickly expanding, genre-defying roster. Read more » 

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  • 05/25/2011

Download: Comma "Mezcal Hologram (Om Unit Remix)"

Label: Frite Nite

Last month XLR8R shared Comma's "Ken Griffey Jr." in advance of his now-released Colortronics on Frite Nite. To celebrate the drop of the EP yesterday, Comma has offered up another teaser, the Om Unit remix of "Mezcal Hologram." The track is a claustrophobic nightmare—the aural equivalent of an immense room in infinite contraction, as an expansive dub-acoustic cavern is manifested and then slowly reduced to a minuscule and anxiety-ridden size through frenetically skittering hi-hats. Download "Mezcal Hologram (Om Unit Remix)" below and pick up the Colortronics EP, which is also available as a special limited-edition cassette from Frite Nite. (via FACT

Average: 7.9 (58 votes)
 
 

Download: Samiyam "Cushion"

Chances are that if you cared to know about the next album from LA beatmaker Samiyam, you're already aware that it'll be released next month by Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label. So, you're probably down to hear a track from Sam Baker's Album, right? You're also probably hoping to hear some head-knocking, smoked-out instrumental hip-hop, yeah? Well, you've come to the right place. "Cushion" (emphasis on the "cush" part, we assume) is pure Samiyam/Brainfeeder/LA beat-scene music: broken beats, massive bass, wonky noise, and just enough melody to hum along to. We expect much more of the same when the other 16 tracks of Sam Baker's album are made available on June 28. 

Average: 8.2 (215 votes)
 
 

Brenmar to Drop Next EP Via Grizzly

Apparently, there's no stopping the onslaught of Brenmar in 2011. After the precocious DJ/producer finished out last year with his At it Again EP, dropped a fiery mix for The FADER, and premiered his first-ever music video, we get more news that he'll soon be releasing his second EP, the four-song Let Me Know (Tasting). Read more » 

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  • 05/24/2011

Carl Craig Tours 69 Live Show

Detroit techno boy wonder Carl Craig is set to do a quick tour, performing live under his 69 (pronounced "six nine") alias, and he's kicking it off on May 28 at Detroit's Movement Festival. Read more » 

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  • 05/24/2011

Caravan to Release New 12" of SCB, Peverelist Edits

The next slab of vinyl set to drop via Multiverse's Caravan imprint is a two-track 12" that features two edits of "Altogether Lost," a collaborative track by emptyset and Cornelius Harris (of Galaxy 2 Galaxy and Underground Resistance), from UK producers SCB and Peverelist. Read more » 

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  • 05/24/2011

Podcast 199: Rod Modell's MUTEK Mix

Next week, Montreal will play host to the 12th annual MUTEK festival, which always serves as one of the year's premiere showcases for techno and forward-thinking electronic sounds. In hopes of getting everyone as much in the MUTEK spirit as we are, we decided to enlist one of the festival's heavyweights for the XLR8R podcast series. And who answered the call? Detroit techno veteran Rod Modell, best known for his work as Deepchord and as one half of Echospace with Steve Hitchell. Read more » 

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