We gave the original version of this tune by German trio Saroos (composed of members of Lali Puna and The Notwist) a "First Listen" a while back, and posted a more dance-oriented refix by producer/remixer Populous earlier this year. Now, we're back with a third permutation of the slow and serene track, this time with a remix that's sparser and even more laid back than the original. This glitchy edit comes courtesy of veteran electronic musician and composer Opiate (a.k.a Thomas Knak, pictured above), who strips away the lush, indie-rock feel of the original and replaces it with a dreamy and textured tone.
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 »
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.
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.
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 »
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.
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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