After two hotly tipped albums wedged into the grimy alley between dubstep and IDM, German duo Modeselektor emerged in a collaborative mode, teaming up with Apparat, touring with Radiohead, and remixing everyone from Ninjaman to Björk. Now Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary are taking a curatorial turn with Modeselektion Vol. Read more »
There are a handful of ways by which you may know of DJ/producer Oro11 (a.k.a. Gavin Burnett). Whether as co-owner—with XLR8R's Managing Editor, Shawn Reynaldo—of the equatorially inclined Bersa Discos label (a featured imprint in our last Labels We Love issue), head of the LA division of the Tormenta Tropical party (which is celebrating its third birthday in San Francisco this Saturday), or one half of the burgeoning Banana Clipz outfit (the other half being NY-via-Bay Area artist Chief Boima), Burnett's love for the sun-soaked genres of cumbia, reggaeton, tribal guarachero, and other global sounds remains at the core of his work—this exclusive mix he's just assembled for the XLR8R podcast series included. Read more »
It's here: the first official release from Brooklyn-via-Chicago DJ/producer Brenmar, entitled At it Again. As longtime lovers of the talented artist's R&B- and hip-hop-infused house tunes, not to mention good music everywhere, XLR8R is pleased to bring you the first free taste from the six-track EP, the engaging dancefloor bubbler "Taking it Down." If Brenmar's tune is anything, it's evidence that he knows how to turn relatively dubious source material, like, say, Top 40 radio fodder heavy with potential guilty-pleasure vibes, into music with relevance, substance, and new ideas. The producer nabbed snippets from "Clubbin'", the 2003 debut solo single by Marques Houston (of Immature and Sister, Sister fame), for "Taking it Down," and applied the slick vocal melodies to his own fresh, club-ready instrumental—resulting in a stand-out tune that further validates his growing importance in the world of dance music. You can hear what other great tracks Brenmar has to offer by streaming all of At it Again, which also features collaborative remixes from Ikonika & Optimum and DJ Rashad & DJ Earl & DJ BMT, here, or buying the EP here.
Last week, we told you about the latest remix EP presented by on-fire UK bass hub Local Action, which features a load of remixes for R&B starlet Cassie from a few of the biggest names in forward-thinking club music and is now available for free download. Along with DJ/producers Jacques Greene, Altered Natives, Svpreme Fiend, The Blessings, and an undercover Shortstuff (moonlighting as Mickey Pearce), the other Blunted Robots honcho, Brackles, served up this soulful house rendition of Cassie's classic "Me & U" single. The plinking melody of the original's lovable hook never makes an appearance throughout the five-and-a-half-minute version, but those notes are certainly alluded to in the quick stabs that pop up behind the bubbling bassline, skittering dance beat, thick synth pads, and the relatively untouched silken voice of the song's star. "Me & U (Brackles Remix)" easily remains the truest to its source material on the nine-song Skydiver EP while it simultaneously presents a fresh vibe almost as infectious as the hit single itself.
This weekend Natalie Storm touched down in NYC to begin a short stint of shows in New York and San Francisco. And while you bide your time until she plays New York tonight, or later this week for the XLR8R-sponsored Tormenta Tropical, you can listen to Natalie Storm's free mixtape, Song's 2 F@#K and Fight 2, now available for download (which was originally going to be sold on tour, as we had previously posted). Read more »
Montreal's Matthew Hiscock (a.k.a. Hissy Fit) is quickly becoming a producer of note on the post-dubstep side of things; first he released an EP for Scottish blog-turned-label Phuturelabs, and now he's about to drop a 12" from new Canadian label Swing & Skip. Here we have a dub of the a-side, "Berry," in which Hissy Fit pares down the hyper feel of the original track, leaving intact the slow, growling bass and steady beat. As the track lazily rolls along, the melodic elements fade in; some vocoder chirps here, some fuzzy chords there, climaxing around the three-minute mark before beginning to break the pieces back down to where they began. "Berry Dubby Dub" can not be found on the forthcoming 12", but the original and a remix from Submerse can be when it's released on December 13.
Though rendered less retro-flashy as their music video for "Chains", Brooklyn duo Gatekeeper's latest audio/video pairing, for the "Serpent" track, which was also realized by Thunder Horse Video, has its own kind of nostalgic vibes from not too long ago. The footage is certainly a sort of tongue-in-cheek homage to the kinds of low-budget b-movies likely to be found in the old Sci Fi Channel original films series—complete with the slight blur of a greased lens, crappy special effects, and camera work of a less-than-inspired production. Read more »
Toronto-based imprint No. 19 Music—responsible for dropping records for the likes of Jimmy Edgar and label head Jonny White—will soon have the hono(u)r of releasing the first-ever mix album by Boston's disco-, boogie-, and house-lovin' DJ/production duo Soul Clap. The forthcoming album will be the second installment of No. 19's ongoing Social Experiment mix series, and finds the Bostonian party starters throwing down fresh, exclusive, and classic cuts from fellow music makers Jamie Jones, Nightplay, Deniz Kurtel, Benoit & Sergio, Art Department (featuring Seth Troxler), Gadi Mizrahi, and more. Read more »
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