Mano Le Tough (a.k.a. Niall Mannion) is a name that popped up on XLR8R's radar in a major way last year, particularly following the release of his Stories EP and the "In My Arms" 12". Both records found the Irish-born producer exploring the incorporation of a new element—his own voice—into his musical palette, a shift which found his already melodic style moving into increasingly compelling and, yes, pop-oriented territory. This process was explored at length when Mano Le Tough was featured in our Bubblin' Up series, and since then, the Berlin-based producer has continued work on his forthcoming debut full-length, which is set to drop later this year via Permanent Vacation. In the meantime, we convinced Mannion to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
Last week, the folks behind the annual Outlook Festival in Croatia announced the lineup for their newly christened Dimensions Festival, which offered an impressive array of artists, largely from the realms of house and techno. Yesterday, Outlook itself announced its 2012 lineup, and the festival is once again drawing from some of the biggest names in bass. Read more »
It was way back in September of last year that we posted a remix from Zoltan of Graphics' "D-Transition," a tune from his EP for the Granholme imprint. Now, the label is again hosting a remix exchange, with Graphics flexing some rework muscle this time around on "When I'm," a cut from—you guessed it—Zoltan's forthcoming Pluton EP (artwork above). And although this remix does not appear alongside the three Zoltan originals which will make up the effort when it drops on February 12, it is still very much a worthwhile listen, one that finds the rising UK producer squashing his Amsterdam counterpart's track into a chiseled, percussion-laden excursion that ends up somewhere between textured house and half-time bass. After giving the tune a listen below, you can stream a preview of the rest of the Pluton EP, along with clips from Graphics' upcoming effort for Made to Play, the Mama Grizzlies EP, after the jump. Read more »
London-based producer Sei A (a.k.a. Andy Graham) has had a brief, albeit prolific career spanning back to 2008. In that time, he's put out two albums and a handful of singles that riff on the darker side of electronic dance music. Flux, his latest release, is no different, offering four densely rhythmic tracks that explore a characteristically bleak industrial soundscape. Read more »
Veteran Japanese sound artist Susumu Yokata resurfaces with yet another sonic transformation on "Animiam of the Airy," a cut from his forthcoming LP Dreamer (artwork above). The song finds the shape-shifting producer utilizing his decades-honed talent for creating distinct aural landscapes to craft a piece of dubby, spacious techno. Floating atop the proceedings, squelching wind instruments fire at will throughout the song's six-minute run, rarely acknowledging the tune's other elements—namely the deep, rolling synth chords and steady beat chugging below. Wherever else Yokata is prepared to take us on his latest full-length endeavor will have to wait to be seen when Dreamer sees a release on February 6.
The last twelve months have been revelatory for Gerry Read; the 19-year-old Brit released a slew of fine EPs to great acclaim and most recently put together our latest podcast. The hot streak continues into 2012, and the precocious producer will take his talents to Delsin, the home of Peter Van Hoesen, Shed, Morphosis, and many, many more members of techno's current illuminati. Read more »
This stripped-down and melodic production arrives courtesy of Copenhagen's CHLLNGR and his forthcoming EP for Time No Place, Datter. We've already heard the cosmic dub of "Change" from that record, and "Well, Good" takes the same spacious sound palette down further into the territory of slow grooves and deep synth tones. Look for the rest of CHLLNGR's Datter EP to drop on February 7.
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