Germany's house- and techno-loving Traum sub-label Trapez is just over a month away from dropping its 100th release, a two-part, 17-track 12" series featuring remixes from the likes of Butch, Keno, Remerc, Italoboyz (pictured above), Worthy, Blind Minded, Lucio Aquilina, Crowdkillers, Marcus Sur, and many others. Read more »
The fourth release to come from Southern California's My Hollow Drum crew/label—which, incidentally, boasts the talented beatmaker and XLR8R fave Teebs as a member—is an eight-track LP by LA producer Co.Fee, called Easy Listening (pictured above). As you might have imagined, the record is anything but, which is evidenced here by the hyped-up "Spark Plug." The song is a bit grimy and distorted, a bit ramshackle, and, truth be told, a little harsh on the ears, but those rough aesthetics suit Co.Fee's brash drum-machine beats and overblown synth tones to a T. You can check out more of the young artist's sounds when his record drops on April 12.
On April 12, the excellent NY-based imprint Dutty Artz will release a limited-run 12" on behalf of Austin bass patron Dubbel Dutch. The producer's white-label record will feature two completely original productions, called "Fem Pressure" and "MadLoopz," along with three refixes of hotly tipped R&B jams by R. Kelly, Ciara, and Deborah Cox. Read more »
Southern Californian beat maestro Daedelus recently took a trip to a certain Room 205 to record a live performance for the ongoing series curated by Incase. Donning his finest Victorian garb, producer Alfred Darlington performs with his custom-made controllers a new version of his 2004 track, "Scaling Snowdon." Read more »
If there's one thing NYC's Brenmar can do with the utmost style and grace, it's find a perfect vocal sample (usually from a choice vintage R&B cut, like, say, Shai's "If I Ever Fall in Love") and make it completely his own. Luckily, the DJ/producer also crafts excellent club sounds, and deftly pairs those punchy dance beats and skittering rhythmic noises with his expertly retooled vocal bits. "Be the One" bounces and booms with an enviable 808 drum pattern, and boasts no other melody outside of the quartet's sampled croons—giving Brenmar's track a strangely thuggish soul that we think suits today's dancefloors quite well. You can watch him try out more of those sounds at any of his upcoming tour dates, listed after the jump. Read more »
First of all, yes, you are reading that headline correctly; Paula Abdul has officially made it onto XLR8R.com (she must be so excited). Secondly, the famous pop star makes a surprise appearance on the brand-new single by Finnish duo Shine 2009, "So Free" (pictured above), which was just released by the burgeoning Cascine label. Read more »
Something awesome is happening at Public Assembly in Brooklyn this Friday: The ambitious event planners behind Unsound Festival New York will host live performances by a lengthy list of excellent DJs and producers from around the globe—including Lone, Appleblim, Kink, Kode9, and, featured here, Sepalcure (pictured above). The duo of Praveen Sharma and Travis Stewart (a.k.a. Machinedrum) give School of Seven Bells' "Babelonia" a deep house rinse for their remix, one that relies as much on atmosphere and texture as it does overwhelming sub frequencies, upbeat dancefloor grooves, and subtly tweaked vocal melodies. We eagerly anticipate hearing more of those same kinds of smooth and bouyant sounds when Sepalcure takes the stage as part of Unsound on April 8.
The longstanding Mute label has just taken German sound artist Apparat under its wing, announcing that it will release his fourth full-length album late this summer. This track, "Ash/Black Veil," comes from that as-yet-untitled LP, and exhibits the kind of vocal-driven, ambient pop that has come to define producer Sascha Ring's sound. Plucked string instruments skitter from left to right, broken piano melodies plink away in the distance, and a slow-growing swell of electronics rises from underneath the composition to join Ring's airy croon. More live instruments gradually fill out the remaining space in Apparat's driving single, which gives "Ash/Black Veil" an air of UK radio rock without ever feeling like a half-baked pastiche. The artist will soon be hitting the road for a tour with his full live band, the dates of which you can check out after the jump. Read more »
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