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Review: Neon Indian Era Extraña

Label: Mom & Pop / Static Tongues

According to 23-year-old artist Alan Palomo (a.k.a. Neon Indian), the title of his sophomore LP, Era Extraña, can be translated to mean a few different things. Apparently, extraña is both the Spanish word for "strange" and "to miss something." Whether a coincidence or not, the dichotomy makes perfect sense; Palomo's kind of electronic pop music is utterly soaked in nostalgia, and crafted with an off-kilter essence at its core. The genre-defining Psychic Chasms LP effectively married those ideas together in each of its 12 tracks, with a distinct focus on evoking AM radio pastiche and post-high school slackerisms. Now, just a couple of years later, the unwitting king of chillwave seems to have grown up in a sense. Neon Indian's second album is a collection of more serious and straightforward pop tunes that separate his penchants for the past and its oddities, and shed nearly all trademarks of the dubious genre he haphazardly pioneered. Read more » 

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  • 09/20/2011

Demdike Stare Curates Compilation For Finders Keepers

Altered Zones points our attention to a bit of news on The Quietus pertaining to a new series of compilations coming from London label Finders Keepers, called Make Do & Mend, which was apparently started in hopes of helping out the imprint after the PIAS fire that happened during the recent London riots destroyed much of its stock. The series is meant to explore the wealth of "obscure and obsolete" music in Finders Keepers' back catalog, so who better to contribute an album of selections that the two outspoken audiophiles and collectors of sonic oddities in Demdike Stare. Read more » 

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  • 09/20/2011

Download: Deam "Riot"

Before Polish tunesmith Deam drops his glowing Square Love EP on October 3 via his native country's Concrete Cut label, we're treated to "Riot," one of the six vibrant, garage-infused cuts featured therein. The Warsaw-based artist certainly holds his own in the realm of UK bass music, exhibiting a deft use of swinging dancefloor rhythms, deep synth pads, treated vocal samples, and a few sonic bells & whistles. 

Average: 8.3 (94 votes)

Rinse FM Plans to Celebrate 17th Year with Another Crazy Party

The good folks behind the now-legendary UK radio station known as Rinse FM are set to celebrate their 17th birthday with yet another crazy party (remember the gnarly line-up from last year?), this time descending on London's Brixton Academy for an unparalleled night of bass. Read more » 

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  • 09/19/2011

XLR8R x Beatport: Bok Bok

The Beatport sales charts are often dominated by the latest international club smashes, but its vault of music runs deep and covers a wide variety of artists and sounds, which is why XLR8R has been asked to curate a special two-week series of Beatport charts by some of our favorite DJs and producers. Bok Bok not only heads up the white-hot Night Slugs label, but he also turns out upfront, grime-flavored tunes of his own and is widely regarded as one of the best DJs in the UK bass scene. His chart lists of 10 of his favorite tunes of the moment. Read more » 

Video: Four Tet Talks Fabric, Burial, and Thom Yorke

It's absolutely no secret that XLR8R has a particular affinity for Four Tet and pretty much all the work done by DJ/producer Kieran Hebden, so you can imagine how we jumped at the chance to premiere this video interview with the multi-talented artist. Read more » 

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  • 09/19/2011

Download: Kouta "Branches (Lotide Remix)"

First Listen

Kouta's Orinda EP (artwork above) popped up out of seemingly nowhere about halfway though 2011, bestowing its four tracks of tender, detailed electronics on our ears. Now, the Bay Area producer has announced plans for a rerelease of sorts (set to drop sometime this November), gathering remixes of the EP's songs from the likes of WeDidIt cohort D33J, Trifonic, and, featured here, So Cal producer Lotide, who some may recognize as one of the newer names to show up on Svetlana Industries' artist roster. Much in the vein of the original "Branches," the first half of Lotide's rework is mostly an electro-acoustic effort, pairing rich, percussive textures with ghostly, reversed drones. But, of course, Lotide wouldn't just leave us hanging with some aimless rework, so right after the two minute mark, everything comes together when an absolutely gorgeous beat takes shape. The textures and drones remain in the mix, and are rendered into an understandable form as they swirl around a set of glass-like drums that tell us exactly when to nod our heads. We're more than happy to do as they say. 

Average: 8.3 (99 votes)

Video: Salem "King Night"

A weird, brooding music video from Salem? You don't say. Read more » 

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  • 09/19/2011

Review: Kid Creole & The Coconuts I Wake Up Screaming

Label: Strut

Always one to come out of left field, August Darnell's (a.k.a. Kid Creole) I Wake Up Screaming is his first album in six years, and easily one of his best since the early '80s. Full of references to his long musical career and a complete revival of the sound that made early Kid Creole & The Coconuts records so appealing, I Wake Up Screaming contains the kind of fun, Caribbean-influenced madness that only Darnell can deliver. Read more » 

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  • 09/19/2011

Download: Octo Octa "I'm Trying"

Label: 100% Silk

100% Silk seems to have found just the right balance between adventurous disco-tinged house tunes and slightly retro-oriented dance music with a series of impressive releases from the likes of Ital, Magic Touch (both of whom we had chat with each other for a recent feature), Maria Minerva, Innergaze, Cuticle, and more—marking the label's first year of output. Now you can add Octo Octa, the alias of one Michael Morrison, to the list with his recent "Let Me See You" four-track maxi-single (artwork above). Here, we have "I'm Trying," a cut from that record's second side, which presents a crisp take on classic house sensibilities and, in the end, may prove to be one of 100% Silk's most sweat-inducing tracks. With it's chopped vocals, ever-evolving synth blurps, and rolling bassline, it's certainly hard to resist the urge to move. But throw in the sly use of a classic break (think cardboard battles in the park), and Octo Octa pretty much has us shaking from head to toe. The 12" maxi-single is unfortunately already sold out in its physical form, but can still be copped digitally. (via Altered Zones

Average: 8.2 (74 votes)

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