For a label that's only been around for a year, Night Slugs already feels like a proud institution of London-centric dance music. Not content with being London's rave kingpins, the collective headed up by Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990 made its own entire scene. Taking the splintered ends of dubstep, bassline, and UK funky, they soldered the frayed wires together for a powerful charge that revived the corpse of early grime. Mated with the spirit of classic '80s and '90s house, Night Slugs was born. Read more »
Delivered quite unassumingly on his Tumblr page, "Callers" is a fresh, beat-centric single from South Carolina producer Noah Smith (a.k.a. Hard Mix), which apparently won't be featured on the forthcoming split 7" he's dropping with fellow beat maker Star Slinger via Double Denim. Not unlike his partner-in-crime-to-be, Smith's tune appropriates some uncredited source material—mostly vocal clips, which are promptly warped into oblivion—and applies those sounds to skittering hip-hop beats that are simultaneously head-knocking and poignant. And he does it well, too, so if "Callers" won't be found on Hard Mix's first physical release, we can only imagine the caliber of the tracks he's saving for his auspicious first record. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
Most people know Will Wiesenfeld as Baths, one of the litany of young scamps that emerged from LA's exploding beat scene in 2010. But Wiesenfeld is a man of many talents and many projects, including a more ambient outing known as Geotic. Over the weekend, a new Geotic album, Mend, was made available for free download. Read more »
Normally we'd put some witty banter in this space, but it's our first morning back in the office after more than a week off and things are getting off to a sluggish start at XLR8R HQ. Let's just keep this simple. We like Roska. We like cartoons. That makes posting this animated clip for his song "Jackpot" a real no-brainer. Read more »
Labels We Love: Honest Jon's—A Portobello Road hipster haven's in-house label has its best year yet.
Whenever brick-and-mortar record shops resemble endangered, tusk-less elephants displayed in zoo cages for hipsters and mourners to feed handfuls of peanuts to every National Record Store Day, and whenever indie labels seem to be nothing more than cute names attached to stolen downloads, Honest Jon's is there to smack one upside the head. Read more »
London's West Norwood Cassette Library (a.k.a. Bob Bhamra) isn't a producer that we shined a big light on in 2010, but we couldn't help but notice that his tracks kept popping up in the sets of many of our favorite DJs, most notably the stellar XLR8R podcast from Ben UFO. Read more »
A few weeks back, we previewed "Days," the long-awaited first single from spooky Brooklyn duo CREEP, which happens to feature vocals from Romy Madley-Croft of The xx. The single came out earlier this week and was backed by remixes from Deadboy and Azari & III, but now Lauren Dillard and Lauren Flax have made another remix available, this one courtesy of Boston duo Soul Clap. As one would expect, Soul Clap pick up the pace and throw in some mellow house beats while keeping the original's dark and dour vibes largely intact. No word yet on when CREEP's album is going to drop, but in the meantime, we're going to do our best to have a black Christmas by putting this one on repeat and indulging in the gothy splendor of the band's fancy new website.
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