Of all the monikers belonging to techno veteran Luke Slater, Planetary Assault Systems boasts the longest shelf life, and arguably the most success. The music he produces as PAS fits the name well—it's otherworldly and atonal, as if the scattered pitches were attacking all preconceived musical sensibilities. In "Human Like Us," a track from The Messenger (released last week via Ostgut Ton), Slater stacks noises that would be at home as Twilight Zone background music on top of heaps of percussion for a dark, anxiety-inducing space-techno journey.
Brooyln's Daniel Lopatin (a.k.a. Oneohtrix Point Never) announced some months ago that he would soon release Replica, the follow-up album to last year's excellent Returnal. As that release date continues to inch closer, we can whet our appetites for the synth-loving experimentalist's latest with a stream of the full LP. Read more »
One of the many collaborative tracks featured on veteran tunesmith Zed Bias' new LP for Tru Thoughts, Biasonic Hotsauce - Birth of the Nanocloud (out today), is a surprising cut that finds the artist working alongside Toddla T and Mark de Clive-Lowe. We use the word surprising because instead of the soulful garage or skittering 2-step productions we're used to hearing from Bias (or his Maddslinky moniker), "Koolade" is a squelching, '80s-funk-indebted jam that we'd expect from a few DFA affiliates or a more disco-centric Dâm-Funk.
Last month, Berlin duo Modeselektor released Monkeytown, its third LP and just one of many things the pair discussed in its lengthy recent conversation with fellow electronic-music veteran Martyn. Now, the guys have unveiled the album's first video. Read more »
Of all the leftield Southern California beatmakers, Teebs is unquestionably one of the best, and now he's ready to follow up his stellar debut full-length, Ardour, with a new set of songs he's calling Collections 01 (artwork above). It's not an album in the strictest sense of the word, but instead the first chapter in a series Teebs describes as, "Just mini collections of ideas... I hope to release them randomly through my life as if they were paintings in a drawn-out series." The song "Cook, Clean, Pay the Rent (New House Version)" surfaced yesterday on Pitchfork, and now the Brainfeeder camp has sent along "Pretty Poly," a hazily gorgeous slice of loping beat work. Collections 01 will be released on November 8. The complete 10-song tracklist can be found after the jump. Read more »
Word of enticing lectures and events continues to trickle in from this year's Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid, but we haven't forgotten the litany of cool stuff that made up the RBMA World Tour in the months prior to the Academy's official launch in the Spanish capital. We've been premiering each part of the video series summarizing that global trek right here on XLR8R, and the latest chapter comes from Rome, where the RBMA braintrust celebrated Italy's storied history with film soundtracks. Read more »
Damu (a.k.a. Sam Schorb) sure hasn't wasted any time while working his way into the UK bass conversation. In less than a year, the Manchester-based producer—and one-time subject of our Bubblin' series—has released an impressive series of EPs, including offerings on the Local Action, Silverback, and Keysound labels. Read more »
London duo Royalty is getting set to release a new EP, the five-track Purple Nights. The EP, which includes a remix from Jimmy Edgar, drops November 21 on vinyl, with a digital release a week later, but the pair has let slip "Heart Strings" in the meantime. Although the boy-girl duo hails from London and rubs elbows with the local house/garage/post-everything crowd, its music takes more cues from '80s electro-funk than the so-called hardcore continuum. With its slappy basslines, vintage synths, and generally funky vibe, "Heart Strings" is a perfect example of what Royalty has on offer. Check the Purple Nights EP artwork and tracklist, along with an audio preview, after the jump. Read more »
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