Laurence Matthew Blake (a.k.a. Citizen) appears to be a man of many talents. He's not only responsible for the new Vantity EP, which dropped on Australia's burgeoning Templar imprint earlier this week, but Blake has also released a video for the title track, which he directed himself. Read more »
Bringing to mind the syrupy productions of folks like Holy Other and Balam Acab, Providence, RI's Every shares this quick cut from his recently released Scant Cursory LP. Skittering hi-hat patterns meet punchy hip-hop rhythms and the vogue milieu of all-slowed-down everything on "Cut to the Chase." It may not be the freshest thing you've heard all year, but it should be reason enough for you to check out the rest of Every's 16-track album.
For those of us who follow the moves of Hotflush boss Paul Rose (a.k.a. Scuba a.k.a. SCB) rather closely, the handle of Belgian up-and-comer Locked Groove should look familiar. His track "Drowning" made an appearance in the second half of Rose's recent DJ Kicks contribution and now, that cut, along with two others, will officially see a release early next year through Rose's own label. Read more »
Moscow's Galun builds his productions using only his mouth (well, and a computer). But this fact is much more than just a gimmick, as the singular choice of sound sources makes for some intriguing sonic layers as displayed on "Rainbow," a cut from Galun's recently released EP, appropriately enough titled Meltwith Myvoice (artwork above). Beginning with what almost sounds like an electric razor, "Rainbow" jumps all over the place, reaching almost operatic heights and then plunging to rumbling lows. Over the course of its four-minute runtime, it becomes apparent that even though the the Russian producer is only using his own voice, he's nonetheless able to digitally manipulate quite the sonic arsenal.
XLR8R is inundated with new music every single day. CDs and 12"s come in the mail; upstart producers email links to the latest thing they've posted on their Soundcloud pages; established labels and overzealous PR companies send along elaborate press kits and password-protected downloads. We could go on. And even though you're all probably cueing up the world's tiniest violin right now, to be quite frank, the onslaught of new tunes we receive can be a bit overwhelming. As such, the task of making a list of our 50 favorite tracks from 2011 was incredibly difficult. Read more »
Doctor Jeep passed along this edit of T2's "Heartbroken" in hopes of sharing it for free with the XLR8R faithful—not because he doesn't think it's a valuable piece of work, but because any attempt to sell it would undoubtedly generate some major flack, thanks to his generous sampling of the aforementioned bassline hit. We were happy to oblige. To his credit, the Boston resident does an admirable job of flipping the super-charged jam into a slow, seductive slice of futuristic R&B, but his beat doesn't fully take hold until we move past the pitched-down verse and lock into a shuffling groove about halfway through. On top of this, Doctor Jeep gradually unfurls a number of gorgeous melodies and tantalizingly tuned toms, keeping the whole affair swirling in plenty of what could be best described as, according to the producer himself, "lovey-dovey vibes."
All of the sudden, Maceo Plex is one of the biggest producers on the planet. Although American-born producer Eric Estornel, who now resides in Spain, has been turning out music for a decade, mostly under his Maetrik moniker, the rise of Maceo Plex in 2011 has been downright meteoric, largely thanks to his Life Index album and a series of well-received singles and EPs on the Crosstown Rebels label. He's also started up his own Ellum Audio imprint, and, as if that wasn't enough, he's capping off the year with a one-sided single for Toronto-based No. 19 Music. Read more »
The Crosstown Rebels imprint has dipped into its deep, international artist roster and announced that the label's first release of 2012 will come in the form of a new single from Art Department, the collaboration between Canadians Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White. Read more »
The forward-looking net label and Danish DJ crew known as Sound Escape has tapped one of its own countrymen, Rewolmer, for a free, three-track EP entitled Error Perfect (artwork above). The simply titled opener, "One," kicks off the release on a bit of a somber note with emotive chords, tastefully placed vocal chops, and the most post of post-dubstep rhythms. As the tune lazily rolls along, it picks up a luscious bassline along the way, infusing the track with a reflective sense of soulfulness before a precise melody defines the track's latter half. After downloading "One" below, you can head to Sound Escape's Bandcamp to cop the rest of the EP for the agreeable price of "free."
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