When it comes down to it, Zomby isn't really an artist concerned with albums, or—we should say—the kind of flow that helps make a strong album. But that's exactly part of what defines the anonymous producer's records: Even the consistent UK hardcore revivalism of Where Were U in '92 is marked by abrupt starts and stops, and Dedication, one of the strongest LPs of 2011, sounds more like the leaked beat tape of a frantic insomniac than a calculated artist statement. So, it's no surprise that the Nothing EP sounds like nothing more than a requisite follow-up release to help promote Zomby's new 4AD album, which it likely is. Thankfully, his leftovers deserve about as much attention as his main courses. Read more »
Download: Jazzanova "Look What You're Doin To Me feat. Phonte (Motor City Drum Ensemble Remix - Morid and Hifi3000 Dub Edit)"
It's been over eight years since German production collective Jazzanova (pictured above) released their first full-length compilation of remixes and, incidentally, it's been just about as long since XLR8R has actively covered the group. But with a new remix compilation, Upside Down, due out in January, we felt like it was a good time to revisit the crew, if not based on its own merits, then for the quality of remixes from the likes of Mr. Scruff and Motor City Drum Ensemble. As a teaser before the 16-track compilation is released, Jazzanova let slip a couple of 12"s featuring alternative remixes of some of the more promising cuts, including this edit of the MCDE remix by Morid and Hifi3000, which takes the rather mediocre original and transforms it into a jazzy slice of dancefloor-ready, disco-tinged house.
For the third installment of its Universus compilation series, Miami's Circuitree imprint is focusing on music that can vaguely be described as dubstep, or at least as music that draws inspiration from the European dubstep of the recent past. The compilation, Universus Vol. III - A Post Dubstep Affair (artwork pictured above), contains cuts from 13 different producers from five different countries, including this one from the Netherlands' Fedbymachines. "Reflections" draws from the more subdued elements of dubstep, veering away from the hyperactive wobble bass the genre is frequently associated with and instead focusing on laid-back, 2-stepping rhythms. The entire compilation can be downloaded for free here.
When we spoke with Essex-based producer Stuart Howard (a.k.a. Lapalux) a few months back for our Bubblin' Up feature, he told us he had an album in the works for Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder imprint. And while we're sure he has every intention of releasing that record in due time, we're having a hard time fathoming how exactly he'll do that, as the artist has been churning out an evergrowing mass of remixes these days. This rework for UK synth-pop duo AlunaGeorge (pictured above) is one of the latest, and finds Lapalux turning the infectious "You Know You Like It" single into a patently disjointed, electronic soul jam. If it's even just a hint of what to expect from his forthcoming original tunes, we're sure they'll be worth the wait.
While attending a portion of this year's Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid, it would have been easy to only pay attention to the bigger artists that proliferated the ranks of the Academy's parties, lectures, and even the participants. But only shining a light on the more well-known folks would be contrary to the spirit of the entire RBMA, which brings artists—many of them unknown—from all over the world for an exchange of ideas, cultures, and, of course, music. As such, we wanted wrap XLR8R's coverage of RBMA Madrid by getting to know a few of the participants whose names haven't regularly appeared on XLR8R—at least not yet. Although profiling all 60 participants, or even just those attending the second term when XLR8R was in attendance, would have been just about impossible, here are three very different artists that definitely caught our attention. Read more »
Taken from the recently released Mysterious EP by Copenhagen's ELOQ, "Why Don't You? (Lazer Sword Remix)" is a typically disorienting production from the multinational duo of Low Limit and Lando Kal. While the punch-drunk synth melody wafts over a spastic bassline and broken drum pattern, atonal sound effects fire off in the distance alongside chilly iterations of the track's title. It creates the kind of loosely robotic tension that we've come to love from Lazer Sword, which provides an ideal counterpart to the glowing neon of ELOQ's original track. You can hear the rest of the Mysterious EP after the jump. Read more »
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