As 2011 comes to a close and we finish up our year-end list making, we also start looking forward to what the start of 2012 will bring. It seems like Hyperdub is doing the same, as it has already unleashed some of the details of its first three releases for next year. Read more »
Amsterdam-based record label Rwina is getting into the holiday spirit this week by giving away an EP by Krampfhaft, with remixes by Desto, Presk, and our most recent XLR8R podcast creator, Om Unit. Rwina has had a busy 2011, releasing material from the likes of Eprom, NastyNasty, Taz, and Doshy, and has a busy 2012 planned already, beginning with a label night in Amsterdam on January 21. Read more »
Over the past few months, XLR8R has been curating a special set of charts for Beatport. The final offering of 2010 comes from none other than Deadboy, the London-based Numbers stalwart. The producer actually kept things relatively quiet this year, releasing only the Here EP and a 12" of Julio Bashmore remixes of his now-classic "Heartbreaker" single. Even with his lower profile, we remain partial to Deadboy's uncanny ability to combine garage, bassline, house, and other sounds in fresh ways. His chart—which is not ranked in any particular order—is similarly varied, somehow finding room for Kate Bush, Basic Channel, DJ Rashad, Vybz Kartel, and other diverse selections. We're certainly not complaining. Read more »
Bi-coastal American collaborators Dev79 & Thrills, who have actively been remixing other artists since last year, have dropped their debut EP of originals, Loose Joints and Blunt Objects, which includes this uptempo, bass-loaded piece of garage. The broken beats, chopped vocals, and heavy sub-bass are solidly executed in the track, and, combined with the ascending and descending synth pads and bleeps, make for a solid dancefloor banger. The rest of the new EP (artwork above) draws more heavily from grime and dancehall than "Between Your Legs," and includes the previously released "Off In a Minute" featuring Welsh MC Skamma.
In case you haven't heard, Vince Clarke and Martin Gore, who last worked together 30 years ago during the early days of Depeche Mode, have unexpectedly reunited to create minimal techno under the name VCMG. We're just as surprised as you are, although the shock stems more from questions of "why now?" than any sort of bewilderment about the pair's stylistic shift. In reality, it's not that huge of a leap from the pair's various synth-heavy endeavors to the world of techno. Nevertheless, that's also no guarantee that the music cooked up by VCMG will actually be any good. Read more »
In advance of Siberian producer Aleph's new EP coming out in January on the King Deluxe imprint, here we have a video for the first track on the record, "Omerta." The video takes scenes from the 1985 French film Gwen, or the Book of Sand, by Jean-François Laguionie, in which a young girl journeys through a post-apocalyptic wasteland to relocate an abducted companion. Read more »
AGORA, the debut full-length from New England-based producer Derek Piotr (pictured above), slipped beneath our radar when it was released by Bitsquare earlier this year, but the reworked version of the album, which features remixes from Steinbrüchel, Scanner, Blevin Blectum, and others, caught our attention with its experimentation and otherworldly vocal manipulation. The Twenty Knives remix of "Overtaker" is rather unusual, its heavily effected vocals providing stimulating (and mostly unintelligible) melodies while the drums, which for much of the song resemble a typical rock pattern, eventually deviate dramatically from typical percussive arrangements. The remixed album, AGORA Regathered, can be streamed in full—and purchased—on the artist's Bandcamp.
As if the guys that run UK label Hypercolour weren't busy enough already with all of its releases and sublabels, we've just found out that two-thirds of that prolific team have started yet another endeavor, an imprint called Initials. Read more »
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