About six years after French electro-house weirdo Mr. Oizo released his sophomore album, Moustache (Half a Scissor) (pictured above), via F Communications, and went on to join the ranks of the elite Ed Banger Records crew, that second LP is about to see a re-release. Steven Ellison (a.k.a. Flying Lotus)—who, incidentally, did a great remix of the "Stunt" track from Moustache a few years back—will be issuing a fresh edition of 1000 vinyl copies of that record through his own Brainfeeder imprint on January 10. Read more »
A while back, we shared news about New York global-bass hub Dutty Artz dropping a new compilation, appropriately titled New York Tropical, which featured the likes of Nguzunguzu, Matt Shadetek, DJ/rupture, Maga Bo, and more. Well, that thing has been out for a month now, but we just came across this free tune taken from the release, and thought you'd like to get your hands on it, too. It's a remix by Brooklyn DJ/producer Kingdom of "Los Poderes," which was originally by Dominican singer Rita Indiana (pictured above). Underneath and around Indiana's colorful voice, Kingdom keeps things moving in a slick fashion; synths swell and rise with intensity, bass frequencies drop in intermittent bursts, and a plethora of percussive sounds propel the remix further into the bass-music spectrum. (via Pitchfork)
The members of party-starting Portuguese outfit Buraka Som Sistema may have inadvertently become the poster children for kuduro, but even they openly admit that they're putting their own spin on the energetic Angolan sound. In that same spirit, last year the band's Enchufada label tweaked its Hard Ass Sessions series and began inviting producers from around the globe to cook up their own version of kuduro. Read more »
As one of the owners of the monumental music download hub Beatport, Brad Roulier works with tunes made by the world's top electronic producers and DJs on a regular basis. As owner of the Denver, CO, nightlife hotspot Beta Nightclub, Roulier regularly brings some of those same acts to his hometown, but now, one rival club owner claims Roulier's business practices are unfair and monopolistic. Regas Christou, owner of Denver nightclubs like The Church, Vinyl, and Bar Standard, has filed a suit against Roulier, claiming more than $1 million in losses as a result of Roulier's practices. Read more »
Here, London's Max Cooper (pictured above) translates "Careless," a song by fellow countrymen Get People, into a hypnotic bit of ambient micro-techno, reminding us immediately of The Field or even the new Gold Panda album. But while the production's swelling synth tones, thick filter washes, incessant bass pulses, and ultra-chopped vocal bits may seem completely on loan, Cooper does treat the sounds with care and respect, as any artist should. This new version of "Careless" builds slowly and subtly with an inherent shimmer that shines throughout from its bustling core. It shows that even when toying with the tools, tricks, and sounds of others, Cooper can infuse a song with the necessary soul to stand out among his peers.
We imagine this is what Alexis Taylor (and probably the rest of the Hot Chip bunch) would look and sound like if he was about 20 years younger and kept making tortured white-boy dance-pop tunes. That's not necessarily a dig at Taylor or Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (a.k.a. Orlando Higginbottom), though the comparison remains even in the kind of precious imagery—such as funny hats, sullen looks, and brightly colored shapes—used in this piece for "Household Goods." Read more »
It should probably be done at least once a year: share a little bit of seasonal spirit in our not-so-holiday-friendly download feed. It's not that we're Grinches or anything, but really, when was the last time you heard a Christmas song that was anything but barely tolerable? That's probably why we're totally okay with posting this jam from UK tunesmith Nathan Fake; it hardly sounds like a holiday song. The only thing somewhat related to Christamas—other than the title—on "Xmas Rush (Dub)" is the tweaked vocal loop that Fake plays with throughout most of his track. And while that age-old voice goes on about "greeting cards," the rest of the production fires off wonky noise experiments, blown-out bass frequencies, and flitting dance rhythms—sounding like some sort of traditional Christmas carol for footworkers. And if you're still in the mood for more "Xmas Rush," check out the original track on the split single that Fake shared with Pampa boss DJ Koze, which came out earlier this week on Pampa. (via Pitchfork)
"Yesterday's Tomorrow" is a long-winded way of saying "today," and Strategy is a shorthand way of spelling out "amorphous ambient compositions hailing from the Pacific Northwest for the betterment of your mind, body, and soul," or something along those lines. Put those things together and you have this touching remix of Signaldrift's Krauty synth-pop tune, the original of which we posted earlier this year, rendered beatless and sublime by Portland producer Paul Dickow. As Strategy, Dickow explores the swirling synth moods, bubbling aural textures, and finger-plucked guitar sounds of the Signaldrift track, though he delivers those sounds with the freedom to waft about in his expansive soundscape.
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 »
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