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Download: The Album Leaf "D Day (Sister Crayon Remix)"

Apparently, The Album Leaf is still alive and kicking. Although we admittedly lost track of the project's woozy, electronic-leaning soundscapes several years ago, we have no qualms with this remix of "D Day" from Sacramento-based trio Sister Crayon (pictured above). The two groups are about to wrap up a string of joint US tour dates, and elected to remix one another to mark the occasion. "D Day (Sister Crayon Remix)" won't shock anyone, but its gently soaring melodies, plinking laptop percussion, and twee vibe all combine to form a nice piece of ear candy. Sister Crayon's upcoming tour dates can be found after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.4 (63 votes)
 
 

Mathew Jonson to Release New EP on Crosstown Rebels

Berlin-based producer Mathew Jonson has announced that he will be releasing a new EP, Dayz, through Damian Lazarus’ Crosstown Rebels label. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 10/05/2011

Download: Samoyed "Maybe Yes (Lukid Remix)"

This piece of astral beat work is taken off the forthcoming Spit EP by Samoyed, which will drop via Astro:Dynamics on October 17. UK producer Lukid warps "Maybe Yes" into a shimmering-but-somber cut that should work quite nicely closing out this forthcoming four-track record. 

Average: 8.3 (93 votes)
 
 

Review: Blawan "What You Do With What You Have" b/w "Vibe Decorum"

Label: R&S

At this point, it's beyond cliché to talk about the merger of dubstep, garage, house, and techno, as we've moved past the point of collision into entirely new hybrid territory. For instance, take "What You Do With What You Have" b/w "Vibe Decorum," the latest release by Jamie Roberts (a.k.a. Blawan). Standing in stark contrast to the material he made even a year ago, Roberts has dropped a veritable manifesto for the new sound of UK dance music in 2011. Read more » 

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  • 10/05/2011

Hyperdub to Release to Cooly G 12" Featuring Karizma and Simbad

On November 7, bass hub Hyperdub will release a two-song 12" by UK funky queen Cooly G that features appearances from producers Karizma and Simbad. Read more » 

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  • 10/05/2011

Download: Washed Out "You'll See It (Midland Re-Edit)"

First Listen

UK producer Midland has a real knack for transforming dreamy pieces of psychedelic pop music into extended house jams. Remember his ace re-edit of Caribou's "Sun" from last year? Now, he's dissected and reassembled the spacey "You'll See It" from quintessential chillwave act Washed Out. The floating sonic textures from the original remain, but Midland adds a steady, driving pulse throughout, resulting in something a bit more suitable for the dancefloor.  

Average: 8.2 (106 votes)
 
 

Maceo Plex to Drop New Single

Quickly following up his Sweating Tears EP for Crosstown Rebels, American-born DJ/producer Maceo Plex (who's currently based in Spain) has announced his latest release, a 12" single for No. 19 Music. Read more » 

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  • 10/04/2011

Vybz Kartel Charged With Murder

This shocking news story hit today via Billboard: Contemporary dancehall icon Vybz Kartel (a.k.a. Adidja Palmer) has been charged with murder. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 10/04/2011

XLR8R's Top 20 Downloads of September

Here it is: our monthly list of the top-ranking tunes offered as free downloads on XLR8R. Read more » 

Download: DJ Dodger Stadium "Stadium Status"

Label: Body High

Last month, we profiled up-and-coming LA producer Samo Sound Boy as part of our Bubblin' Up series. During the interview, Samo spoke of his forthcoming projects with fellow Angeleno Jerome Potter from LOL Boys. The first? A new label called Body High. The second? A collaborative production venture the guys are calling DJ Dodger Stadium. As of today, both entities officially exist, as the label and the project are officially introducing themselves with the release of the five-track Stadium Status EP, which can be purchased here. Unlike the relatively mellow Drake remix the boys sent over a couple weeks back, "Stadium Status" is a high-energy, acid-heavy banger that largely takes its cues from Chicago, pulling both from classic acid and '90s ghetto house. Body High appears to be hitting the ground hustling; the young imprint's second release, a four-track EP from the mysterious DJ Funeral, should see the light of day in a matter of weeks. In the meantime, listen to the rest of the Stadium Status EP after the jump, and also take a look at the "Stadium Status" video, which utilizes footage from the LA Riots, the O.J. Simpson Bronco chase, and other LA-centric events.  Read more » 

Average: 6.5 (54 votes)
 
 

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