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Download: Daedelus "Curtains Don't Talk"

This spastic bout of sample wizardry arrives from LA beat-scene stalwart Daedelus at the behest of Mixmag before his live appearance in London at Village Underground on April 13. As the tags on this MP3 lead us to believe, "Curtains Don't Talk" is made up of bits of Janet Jackson (we're assuming she provides the main vocal here) and the Beach Boys (definitely who the background harmonies are lifted from), and is also labeled as "Lover's Juke." It's a cringe-worthy genre descriptor for sure, but the breakneck tempos and smooth melodies that Daedelus puts together coalesce into something that sounds pretty much like a bit of Chicago footwork tailor made for the bedroom. 

Average: 8.3 (164 votes)

Kompakt to Release Taragana Pyjarama's Debut LP; Stream First Single

We've been keeping a trained eye on the breezy work of Danish producer Taragana Pyjarama (a.k.a. Nick Eriksen) for over a year now, so we can confidently say that it's little surprise that the talented artist has signed to illustrious German label Kompakt for the release of his debut album. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 04/03/2012

Download: Sleepyhead "Nothing Changes"

Label: Embassy

Yes, it's that time again: the time when the Distal and Mite-helmed Embassy imprint prepares to drop another helping of slippery bass on the world. For the next effort, the label has tapped Brooklyn's Sleepyhead to deliver a three-track EP (artwork above), for which "Nothing Changes" serves as the closing cut. Much in the vein of the producer's recent Motions EP, Sleepyhead appears interested in continuing his genre-melding explorations here, combining sleek R&B, percussive garage, and space-age beat work—all draped in some silky smooth synth tones. The forthcoming record drops on Monday, April 9. 

Average: 8.1 (77 votes)

XLR8R's Top 20 Downloads of March

You guys should consider yourselves lucky that April 1 fell on a Sunday this year. We've got quite a soft spot for using April Fool's Day as an excuse to play pranks on XLR8R's readership, so much so that we just about named Lana Del Rey "Video Games (Skrillex Remix)" our number one download of the month. But alas, we restrained ourselves. Read more » 

Podcast 241: Tomas Barfod

Last month, Danish producer Tomas Barfod released the Broken Glass EP, officially making him the newest member of the increasingly eclectic Friends of Friends roster. While his music may not have much in common with that of labelmates Shlohmo or Salva, it's certainly of the same caliber, something Barfod will be showcasing more thoroughly when his next full-length, Salton Sea, drops on May 21. In the meantime, we've invited the WhoMadeWho drummer to display his curatorial chops behind the decks, as he's put together this exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Download: Nehuen "Hotel"

First Listen

Nehuen is another producer to rise out of last year's Red Bull Music Academy class—one we even featured in our 'Fresh Faces' piece after seeing him in action in Madrid. Now, we've gotten our hands on "Hotel," a tune the Barcelona-by-way-of-Buenos Aires beatsmith cooked up while in the midst of his two-week session at RBMA, turning out a refreshingly smooth take on the territory between deep house and juke. Even better, he's managed to fold in some elements that are pleasantly reminiscent of Art of Love's seminal "Moments In Love," resulting in a production that not only highlights the burgeoning producer's talents but also reminds us how fresh "Moments In Love" still sounds to this day. 

Average: 7.8 (76 votes)

Stream Schlachthofbronx's Latest Album Right Now

Munich duo Schlachthofbronx has just dropped its sophomore LP, Dirty Dancing (artwork above), on Disko B, and has shared a free stream of the entire album in celebration. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 04/03/2012

Download: John Daly "Sunburst"

Hailing from Galway, Ireland, John Daly—a producer who's been crafting tracks for the better part of the past seven years—is set to drop his newest LP, Sunburst (artwork above), later this month. Here, we have the effort's title track (which also serves as the opening cut), a fine example of the territory Daly has concerned himself with as of late, "somewhere between house music, techno, disco, and dub." There's an extra layer of space at play in the Irishman's tunes, as he incorporates some real instrumentation into his productions—albeit with a generous dose of processing—most noticeable here in the adventurous bass guitar licks that move along with the slow-burning track. Over the course of the song's six-plus minute run, enough syncopated synth lines and lush chords pile up to propel this one into cosmic-techno-jam territory, an aesthetic choice we have a sneaking suspicion makes a few more appearances on Daly's forthcoming LP, set to drop April 27. 

Average: 6.7 (53 votes)

Review: Photek DJ-Kicks

Label: !K7

The latest installation in !K7's venerable DJ-Kicks series sees veteran producer Rupert Parkes (a.k.a. Photek) navigating territory outside of his norm. Mostly known for his iconic productions during the golden years of jungle, the mix is a departure to the grey areas between dance music's various subgenres. In the end though, it doesn't feel as groundbreaking or surprising as it should, instead coming off more like a concerted effort to keep abreast of contemporary trends in UK-centric dance music. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 04/03/2012

Video: Addison Groove "Bad Things feat. Spank Rock"

Addison Groove's debut LP, Transistor Rhythm, just dropped via 50 Weapons, and the Bristol producer has shared a video for that album's "Bad Things," which features guest work from Spank Rock. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 04/02/2012

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