Though you may have already heard the music of Welsh artist Ifan Dafydd (possibly here or here), those tracks were bootleg remixes of sorts, borrowing heavily from the music of Usher and Amy Winehouse. The tunes—which some people mistakenly thought were the work of James Blake operating under an alias—were certainly an exciting introduction to the up-and-coming producer, but it won't be until the end of this month that Dafydd drops his first real single. Read more »
The new year is a time when people are naturally inclined to look toward the future, so it's fitting that our first podcast of 2012 comes from an artist we're expecting to hear a lot from in the months ahead. In all honesty, Throwing Snow is a name that already popped up on XLR8R quite a bit in 2011, particularly following the release of his stellar "Shadower" b/w "Sanctum" single. Read more »
"Money Girl," the title track from the forthcoming EP by Freshmore label boss Sines, boasts the two sounds his label is best known for: Southern rap and bass-driven club music. A two-chord melody drives most of the short production, which is paired with a slapping 808 rhythm, preset horn sounds, and plenty of warped vocal samples courtesy of Lil Wayne. The rest of Sines' four-track record will be available on January 30, but you can preview each of its tunes before then, after the jump. Read more »
It's a shame that Peaches was released so late in 2011. Although it's pretty undeniable that Blawan had himself a stellar year, this four-track EP offers some of the young UK producer's best work yet, and probably deserved a spot on some of those "Best of 2011" lists we've all been reading. Read more »
Taken from his forthcoming BLK EP, Time Wharp's "yrLyf" borrows a bit of R&B king R. Kelly's talk-sing-croon from "Real Talk"—chopping the vocals into pieces before sprinkling them into a cosmic sound world full of sitar solos, twinkling melodies, and bouncing bass drums. Grab this one now for free, and look for the rest of the up-and-coming producer's new record when it drops on January 23 via Brooklyn-based label/blog/party Astro Nautico.
UK producer Boddika—one of 2011's Best New Artists—was one of the throngs of music makers who decided to give away some free music over the holidays. As one might expect, "Up and Dance" is a lean, percussion-driven tune with snappy drum sounds, a thick synth melody, and just the right amount of infectious vocal bits. Honestly, it's almost too good to be a free giveaway, as the song is on par with the rest of the producer's top-shelf output. Audiophiles should note that Boddika originally posted the track in AIFF format—you can grab that here—but we've got a 320 MP3 below, which still sounds pretty ace.
Techno pioneer Richie Hawtin has never been afraid to embrace technology, which is why it comes as no surprise that his Minus label has just launched an innovative new mobile application that allows users to remix and rework a select portion of the storied imprint's catalog. Read more »
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