London grime specialist and 502 Recordings label head Oneman is among the throngs of UK residents getting ready for this weekend's Notting Hill Carnival, albeit in a completely different way than most. Read more »
Japanese minimal techno outpost Mule Musiq has quite the endeavor set to be unveiled at the tail end of 2011, a seven-track collaborative "jam" LP by producers Koss, Minilogue, and Sebastian Mullaert. Read more »
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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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