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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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)
New Orleans-by-way-of-San Francisco producer Jim-E Stack (pictured above) passed along this syrupy bootleg of ASAP Rocky's recent Southern-styled homage to all things purple (and intoxicating), appropriately titled "Purple Swag." From the onset, we step into much more futuristic territory than the original, thanks to a handful of slippery chords and club-appropriate drums of the modern garage/2-step ilk. Deftly burying the Harlem rapper's words below his own slow-motion futurism, Stack weaves in and out of a verse and two choruses before ostensibly leaving ASAP Rocky behind, and breaking us off with almost a minute of gloriously sleek garage before the track is out. While waiting for Jim-E Stack's debut EP to drop via the Good Years imprint, this bootleg and his "Lemme" tune will have to whet our bass-hungry appetites.
The up-and-coming LA-based duo of Jerome Potter (of LOL Boys fame) and Samo Sound Boy (who we recently profiled in our Bubblin' Up feature), DJ Dodger Stadium, may not yet have a proper release under its collective belt (we have to wait until the Body High imprint drops that on October 4), but the pair did just drop an excellent DJ set for DIS Magazine. Read more »
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