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XLR8R's Ultimate Burning Man Survival Guide

Next Monday, the annual Burning Man festival kicks off in the middle of the Nevada desert. Free spirits and playa warriors from around the globe have already begun to descend on Black Rock City, but we here at XLR8R wanted to weigh in before the festivities got started. After scouring the web, checking out the various camps, and perusing the litany of party lineups, we've put together this can't-miss guide on how best to revel in the majesty and magic of Burning Man. Read more » 

Download: Beaty Heart "2Good (Jam City Remix)"

Label: Loose Lips

This strangely deep slow jam here is a characteristically sparse and bright remix from Night Slugs champion Jam City for the boys of Peckham-based art-pop outfit Beaty Heart (pictured above). Before that noisy rock band hits the road for a few dates with The Rapture in September, the UK DJ/producer turned over this version of "2Good," which gradually morphs from an exhibition of half-time rhythms and slow-swelling synths into a lushly melodic tune full of piano refrains and gauzy atmospheres.  

Average: 8.1 (59 votes)

Review: Contakt & Mayster Korak EP

Label: Dutty Artz

On one hand, the Korak EP is a completely sensible release, the latest salvo from global-bass hub Dutty Artz, here electing to shine a light on some tunes from fellow New Yorkers Contakt and Mayster, two of the folks behind the monthly TURRBOTAX® party in Brooklyn, which just so happens to be celebrating its two-year anniversary tonight. Then again, it's a bit of a head scratcher, as Dutty Artz releases—most of which focus on beats and rhythms either emanating from or strongly influenced by Latin America and Africa—are rarely this straightforward in terms of their dancefloor prowess. Read more » 

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  • 08/26/2011

2562 to Drop 'Fever Addendum' 12"

Dub-technoist 2562 (a.k.a. A Made Up Sound a.k.a. Dave Huismans) will follow the release of his Fever LP from earlier this year (not to mention the pretty rad podcast he did for XLR8R) with a half-reissue, half-remix 12". Read more » 

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  • 08/26/2011

Download: Ambassadeurs "Rössler"

Brighton's Mark Dobson is Ambassadeurs, a moniker with which he explores the possibilities of neon-soaked, soundsystem-specific music production. "Rössler," from Dobson's forthcoming Come a Little Closer EP, exhibits the artist's strong points within that medium, as lazer-tinged bass tones, skittering hip-hop beats, 8-bit synth noises, steel-drum melodies, and flurries of sliced-and-diced samples interplay within the track's syrupy groove. Look for the rest of this business when it's available on October 10 via Jalapeño Records. 

Average: 8.3 (132 votes)

Damu Announces Debut LP, Shares New Track

London's Keysound imprint has announced that it will soon release the debut album by the Bubblin' Manchester-based producer known as Damu. Read more » 

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  • 08/25/2011

Video: L-Vis 1990 "Lost in Love"

Neon Dreams, the debut full-length from L-Vis 1990, is still more than a month away, but the album's first video was unveiled today. Read more » 

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  • 08/25/2011

Incubate Festival Announces Full Line-Up

Remember when we dropped the news a few months back that XLR8R had been tasked with curating three nights of The Netherlands' Incubate festival? Well, we did, and we're happy to say we've put together a line-up full of top-notch, forward thinking DJs and producers including Theo Parrish, Julio Bashmore, Motor City Drum Ensemble (pictured above) and a whole lot more. Now, with the seven-day festival less than a month away, the full list of Incubate's scheduled acts is finally here. Read more » 

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  • 08/25/2011

Champion Readies New EP

Hard-edged UK funky artist Champion, whose low-end heavy, drum-filled productions are often favorably compared with those turned out by people like Roska, Cooly G, and Lil Silva, has a new record on the way, the three-track Lighter EP. Read more » 

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  • 08/25/2011

Download: Sun Glitters "Too Much To Lose (Halls Remix)"

The combination of Sun Glitters and Halls seems almost too obvious a pairing, but the two burgeoning producers have in fact joined forces for a new, four-track EP entitled Swan / There (artwork above). This heavenly remix of Sun Glitters' "Too Much To Lose" (the video for which we posted earlier this week) serves as the closing number on said EP, and finds Halls stretching the tune into even more blissed-out territory with a seemingly never ending supply of ghostly pads which float around the song's skittering beat. The collaborative EP also gives Sun Glitters a chance to return the favor with a remix of Halls' "Chakra Drums," alongside one new original track from each artist. You can stream/purchase the whole affair here

Average: 8.2 (40 votes)

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