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Review: MikeQ Let It All Out

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When XLR8R took a closer look at modern ballroom and vogue house earlier this year, the music appeared prime to break out in a major way. Largely built upon raw, upfront drum sounds, recycled snippets of hip-hop and R&B, and, most importantly, the ever-present "Ha" (itself a repurposed Masters at Work sample), vogue house seemingly offered the sort of sound that tastemaking and blog-reading DJs would snap up with aplomb. Hell, even Diplo championed the ballroom scene. Yet, for whatever reason, the expected vogue-house explosion hasn't really happened. While a handful of non-ballroom producers and DJs (most coming from the world of bass music) have experimented with the genre, the music essentially continues to hum along in the underground. Read more » 

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  • 11/22/2011

Stream Shlohmo's Re-Issued 'Shlo-Fi' EP

You may remember a recent download we posted from Glaswegian producer Soosh, who offered a delicate and subdued take on Shlohmo's "Couch" that was snagged from the California beatsmith's forthcoming re-issue of his debut effort, the Shlo-Fi EP. Now, you can stream the entirety of the new deluxe edition of that record. Read more » 

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  • 11/22/2011

Download: White Ring "Felt U"

Brooklyn duo White Ring recently released a new 12" via Texas-based label Handmade Birds. The single features a cover of Neil Young's "Hey Hey, My My" alongside original track "Felt U," the latter of which is of particular importance to White Ring, both as a favorite track amongst fans and as the closer to the outfit's live sets. Placing an emphasis on space, "Felt U" finds White Ring working in a style similar to that of spacey hip-hop producer Clams Casino—or just about any other Tri Angle-signed artists, for that matter—as echoing claps and soaring synths contrast with a hi-hat pattern that would just as easily be at home in the world of Southern rap music.  

Average: 7.6 (44 votes)
 
 

Download: M.E.S.H. "On My Body"

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Label: Dyssembler

James Whipple (a.k.a. M.E.S.H.) has put forth a handful of remixes for the likes of Teengirl Fantasy, Amerie, and o F F Love, and now the Berlin-based producer has focused his talents toward the realm of original productions with the recent release of his Share The Blame EP (pictured above) via German label Dyssembler. "On My Body" is taken from that record, and blends a brooding rhythm with a tense, ravey synth melody—seemingly drawing inspiration from both hip-hop and the R&B-saturated current that runs through much of contemporary electronic music. Share The Blame is available as a digital download or on 12" vinyl at Dyssembler's webstore; the 12" features three M.E.S.H. originals and a remix from Teengirl Fantasy, while the digital version includes additional remixes from Craxxxmurf and Arca. You can listen to the full release after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7 (64 votes)
 
 

Kompakt Preps 'Pop Ambient 2012' Compilation

Kompakt's Pop Ambient compilation series has already spanned over a decade of music, with 11 releases so far. Pop Ambient 2012 (pictured above) marks the latest installment, and is slated to drop on January 31. Read more » 

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  • 11/21/2011

Shed to Release Equalized Label Retrospective

Multi-faceted techno producer Rene Pawlowitz (a.k.a. Shed) has announced he is preparing to drop a retrospective of music he released under the name EQD via his Equalized imprint, called Equalized #111. Read more » 

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  • 11/21/2011

Download: Funk Butcher "Up and Down"

Kwame Safo is the Londoner behind Funk Butcher, the moniker he's used for his various producer/DJ endeavors, which includes running his Sunday night Rinse FM show, Houseology 101 (you can tune in 6-9 p.m. GMT), and helming his very own Houseology imprint. Here, we have a track from the man himself. "Up and Down" employs rolling low-end, tasty percussion, and an unexpected-though-welcome amount of jazzy flutes, which results in—you guessed it—an infectious and funky house number.  

Average: 7.5 (73 votes)
 
 

Gear: Sol Republic Tracks On Headphones

While Sol Republic (a relative newcomer to the audio electronics game) has built a considerably solid and rich-sounding pair of headphones with its Tracks On series, the most impressive part is no doubt the price point—selling for a mere $100 at most retailers. Read more » 

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  • 11/21/2011

Behind the Scenes at RBMA Madrid, Part 1

Last week, XLR8R was invited to Madrid for a few days to get a behind-the-scenes look at this year's Red Bull Music Academy. The annual summit is currently in the midst of its second term, and upon his arrival, our editor Shawn Reynaldo was thrust right into the thick of things. Here are some of the highlights of what he saw. Read more » 

Download: Lucid "Shh (Sam Tiba Remix)"

Melbourne producer Lucid recently released a new EP, entitled The New Reprise, via Nightshifters. The record showcases four originals from Lucid, alongside a handful of remixes—including this one from Club Cheval's Sam Tiba. Preserving some of the lunacy of Lucid's production, Tiba's remix explores a thunderous low-end that was only hinted at on the original. Nightshifters has also offered a video from the new EP: you'll find Mark Brown's hectic visual interpretation of "Closed Eye" below.  Read more » 

Average: 7.7 (46 votes)
 
 

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