It's still a little too early for talk of Halloween, but we really can't help but feel the spooky vibes emanating from The Voyeurist's take on fellow Londoners Visions of Trees' (pictured above) latest tune, "Sirens." Given the growling bass, harrowing vocal glitches, and ghostly pads (not to mention a Michael Myers-reminiscent piano riff), perhaps only a Vincent Price narration could make this rework any creepier. But all Thriller-related jokes aside, The Voyeurist really does pull off an impressive feat here, taking the quasi-futuristic pop original into a much darker place and shape-shifting it into a brooding slice of evil electro.
The music of Sascha Ring (a.k.a. Apparat) has reached a diverse audience through a number of projects over the years. Whether you know the name from his collaboration with BPitch label boss Ellen Allien, his work with fellow German production duo Modeselektor (known collectively as Moderat), or just for his own solo productions, it's clear that the German producer has had no trouble finding his way into a variety of artistic circles, usually with impressive results. Now focusing again on his individual compositions, Ring presents an LP that fully dives into what he seems to have been after all along: lush, textural techno-pop hybrids. Read more »
The London-based, self-proclaimed "psychedelic folk-pop" group known as Vadoinmessico has done pretty much the only thing they could to end up on our site, enlisting a rework from Bubblin' Up artist and recent Brainfeeder signee Lapalux (pictured above). The Essex producer works his off-kilter magic on "Pepita Queen of the Animals," spinning the track from a Latin-infused number into a consuming piece of otherworldly beat music with pitched vocal layers, dusty keys, and Lapalux's usual touch of impossibly fluid percussion. Yes, it's another quality rework from the young producer to add to the other, oh, 10 or so remixes he's cranked out in less than a year's time.
London-based DJ/producer/musician and Eglo label head Sam Shepherd (a.k.a. Floating Points) recently took a trip to South America, and spent some time record shopping in São Paulo. During his excursion, Shepherd did an interview with a local film crew, in which he talks about his musical education, the origin of his production name, and his appreciation of diverse sounds from around the world. Read more »
Just after Brooklyn garage experimentalist FaltyDL gave us his XLR8R x Beatport DJ chart, the producer born Drew Lustman has announced he will be switching record labels for his next record, releasing the Atlantis EP (pictured above) via another venerable electronic imprint, Ninja Tune. The four-track EP is said to juggle an array of genres—including classic rave, UK hardcore, house, and 2-step—and will be available on November 14. Read more »
The Beatport sales charts are often dominated by the latest international club smashes, but its vault of music runs deep and covers a wide variety of artists and sounds, which is why XLR8R has been asked to curate a special two-week series of Beatport charts by some of our favorite DJs and producers. Continent-hopping DJ/producer Matías Aguayo has undertaken quite an expansion of his sonic palette in recent years, pushing the boundaries of techno with a variety of Latin sounds and building his Comeme imprint into one of the most inventive labels on the planet. Here, he lists some of his favorite gems to unleash on the dancefloor. Read more »
Bulgarian house DJ/producer Kink, UK tunesmith Neville Watson, and NYC vocalist/DJ/Hercules & Love Affair collaborator Kim Ann Foxman are all joining forces on a single, which is set to drop via Rush Hour sub-label Hour House Is Your Rush. Read more »
East Coast house legend Dennis Ferrer (pictured above) has just announced "No Difference," his latest single and the first since last year's dancefloor smash "The Red Room." For this release, Ferrer's teamed up with his long-time touring partner, Dusseldorf-based DJ André Hommen, to drop a slab of stripped-down and funked-out deep house. Read more »
Back at the beginning of September, we had a lengthy chat with LA DJ/producer Samo Sound Boy, and he told us—among many other things—about his fresh side project with Jerome Potter of production duo LOL Boys, which they've named DJ Dodger Stadium (pictured above). Though we have yet to hear the pair's self-titled debut EP (dropping October 4 via their newly minted Body High label), we have here the first official DJ Dodger Stadium to surface, a glowing edit of "Marvin's Room" by Drake. This version does away with the original's vocal and beat, and builds straightforward dance rhythms around the song's sweeping strings and anthemic melodies to make for a shimmering, filter-heavy club jam.
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