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Salem Readies New EP, Covers Alice Deejay

Apart from periodically entrancing/infuriating crowds with a series of live shows, Michigan-based goth/noise outfit Salem has kept a fairly low profile in 2011. It was little more than a year ago that the group graced the cover of XLR8R, and now the trio is ready to unveil the follow-up to its divisive debut album, King Night. Read more » 

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  • 11/15/2011

Download: Time Wharp "(M. Constant's escape from) thedungeon"

Atlanta resident Time Wharp—who you may remember from this recent download, or this not-so-recent one—has released a free collection of remixes for later, an album he dropped earlier in the year. later.rmx, available as a name-your-price download on Time Wharp's Bandcamp, offers 12 reinterpretations of songs from later, including this one from Boston beatmaker M. Constant, who flips "thedungeon" into woozy, head-nodding hip-hop territory.  

Average: 7.7 (57 votes)
 
 

Video: Blondes "Wine"



Throughout 2011, Brooklyn duo Blondes has been releasing a trio of 12" singles through the RVNG label. Today, the third and final chapter of the series, "Wine" b/w "Water," is seeing the light of day, along with this trippy new video. Read more » 

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  • 11/15/2011

Download: Beatwife "Walk on Water"

Beatwife (a.k.a. Planet Mu's Burnkane) recently released Cornbrail Acid (artwork above), a new album on Hyperboloid, a label headed up by Moscow's Pixelord and Acid Mafia. Below, you'll find album cut "Walk on Water", a forceful, tension-filled piece of ravey techno that brings equal portions of uneasiness and danceability to the table. You can hear Cornbrail Acid in its entirety here.  

Average: 7.7 (56 votes)
 
 

Mouse on Mars Preps New Album for Monkeytown

Veteran German duo Mouse On Mars has a new album, its tenth, in the works. Dubbed Parastrophics, the album marks the duo's first full-length in six years, and is scheduled for a February 24 release via Modeselektor's Monkeytown imprint. Read more » 

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  • 11/15/2011

Podcast 224: Samo Sound Boy

Over the past few months, a lot of space on XLR8R has been devoted to the exploits of Los Angeles DJ/producer Samo Sound Boy, a Trouble & Bass-affiliated artist who recently struck out on his own with Body High, a new label he's launched with Jerome Potter of LOL Boys. The pair have also begun producing together under the name DJ Dodger Stadium, a project which delivered the inaugural Body High release in early October. Only six weeks later, the young imprint is humming along nicely, having dropped a second EP from the mysterious DJ Funeral, with several more releases already lined up for the months ahead. As such, we figured now would be a good time to invite Samo Sound Boy to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Download: Raja "Luv (Someone Else)"

The New York City beatsmith formerly known as InfinitiRock, now operating under the guise of Raja, recently unleashed a bevy of new tracks in the form of three beat tapes for the Astro Nautico imprint, respectively titled Red, Witch, and Color. Here, we have a tune from Color (artwork above), a collection of songs which finds the young producer exploring his more abstract and futuristic inklings. "Luv (Someone Else)" is a fine example, pitting a soulful, almost funky, synth progression against a skittering beat and tuned kick drums for a melancholy outing that is still befitting of some solid head-nodding. After giving the tune a listen below, you can head to the Astro Nautico Bandcamp to cop all three Raja beat tapes—which cover everything from dusty slices of instrumental hip-hop to solemn solo piano endeavors—for free. 

Average: 8 (74 votes)
 
 

Review: Marcel Dettmann Conducted

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Label: Music Man

It's been almost four years since Marcel Dettmann released Berghain 02, the scene-defining mix that seemed to totally encapsulate the (then) new sound of Berlin. Since then, Dettmann's kept himself incredibly busy, not only with his residency at Berghain, but also with his own productions (2010 saw the release of his debut LP, Dettmann, on Ostgut Ton). Read more » 

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  • 11/15/2011

Lawrence to Release New Single via Pampa

Dial Records label head Lawrence has a new single due out in December, his first for DJ Koze's Pampa imprint. Slated for a December 12 release, the single will feature two original tracks from Lawrence, each taking inspiration from Japanese culture. Read more » 

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  • 11/15/2011

Download: Michna "Real Hero"

First Listen

At this point, it seems like just about everyone has seen Drive, the hyper-stylized Ryan Gosling flick highlighted by cool driving scenes, gratuitous violence, and a decidedly '80s-influenced soundtrack. The most memorable tune from the movie is undoubtedly "A Real Hero," by French outfit College, with some help from Canadian duo Electric Youth. So how does Brooklyn producer Michna factor in? Apparently, he wanted to make a remix of the track for the club, but without access to the stems, elected to instead just make his own version of the song, minus the (somewhat cheesy) vocals and with a little extra punch on the drums. Even better, he's elected to share the thing with the world as a free download. Put this one on and watch everyone freak out. "Oh my God! It's that song from Drive! Ryan Gosling is soooo hot." Thanks Michna. 

Average: 7.4 (89 votes)
 
 

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