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Review: Tony Lionni Higher Ground EP

Label: Freerange

With the abundance of collaboration, crossover, experimentation, and ceaseless genre subdivision in modern music, it's sometimes nice to know exactly what your going to get. Since 2008, Englishman and Berlin resident Tony Lionni has delivered a stream of steadfastly straightforward cuts on the deeper side of techno and house, and his latest EP, Higher Ground, is no exception. Like many of the 12"s Lionni has released, Higher Ground is essentially a record for DJs, especially those catering to crowds gathered at the after-afterparty. His tunes are perfect for house heads looking for a steady beat and simple melody, professional partiers pacing themselves for hours of revelry, and those whose late-night affairs with MDMA have rendered more complex music entirely too overwhelming. The mix-friendly tracks may not make for ideal home listening, but their lengthiness and predictability are ideal for a resident selector settled in for a long night behind the decks. Read more » 

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  • 01/25/2012

Chief Boima Readies New Album for Dutty Artz

Chief Boima's initial splash on Dutty Artz came in the form of African by the Bay, a 2009 remix EP of mainstream rap tunes, including one from Bay Area heavyweights The Jacka and Andre Nickatina. Since then, he's relocated from Oakland to the Big Apple, and will be unveiling his newest release, fittingly titled African in New York, on February 21. Read more » 

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  • 01/25/2012

Download: Trusty & Freezer "Massage Creep (DJ Sliink Remix)"

Label: Meanbucket

Before its new Massage Creep EP arrives on Feburary 7 via Prague-based imprint Meanbucket, the duo of Trusty & Freezer has shared this booming remix of the record's title track by New Jersey's DJ Sliink. The hotly tipped producer bolsters the original tune from a bulbous, half-time cut to a high-octane club jam rife with neon synths, breakbeats, and stuttering kick patterns. Download this version, then make sure to check out the rest of the Massage Creep record after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 6.6 (57 votes)

RBMA Comes to San Francisco This Week with Masters at Work and More

It was only a couple weeks ago that the folks from Red Bull Music Academy made the announcement that this year's festivities would be taking place in New York City. Apparently, the RBMA camp doesn't want to waste any time getting a foothold in the US, as it's hosting a short run of events in San Francisco this week, including a rare live performance from legendary house duo Masters at Work. Read more » 

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  • 01/24/2012

Sonic Router Announces Record Label, First Release

Online electronic music hub Sonic Router announced yesterday that it has formed a record label, and will unveil its first release in March. Read more » 

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  • 01/24/2012

Download: Lucky Paul "I'd Rather Go Blind (Etta James Rework)"

First Listen

Before he releases his "Elephant Island" single via somethinksounds, New Zealand-based producer Lucky Paul (whom you may remember from this or this) has delivered a timely rework of Etta James' classic "I'd Rather Go Blind." This tribute of a production preserves much of the song's original structure, keeping the swaying pace nice and slow, but toys with its overall arrangement—adding in bits of synthesizer, subtle bass tones, and beefy percussion before dipping the whole tune into a lush reverb chamber. Look for Lucky Paul's new 12", which also features remixes from the likes of Midland and Ossie, on Feburary 13. 

Average: 8.1 (142 votes)

Video Premiere: Iron Curtis "O'Hare"

Berlin's Iron Curtis—who we once tabbed as a Bubblin' artist—has continued putting out a steady stream of quality deep-house tracks over the past few years. The producer is currently readying a full-length for Mirau for late Spring, and he has shared with us an advance offering from that LP in the form of a music video for a new song, "O'Hare." Read more » 

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  • 01/24/2012

Download: Hong Kong in the 60s "You Can Take a Heart (Diskotopia Dub)"

First Listen
Label: Diskotopia

Tokyo bass imprint Diskotopia has sent over an advance cut from its upcoming label compilation, Diskotopia Various Artists Volume 1, due February 6. Here, Hong Kong in the 60s, a London-based dream-pop trio, has its pretty, Stereolab-esque "You Can Take a Heart But You Cannot Make it Beat" ripped into a bassy two-stepper by Diskotopia's label bosses, A Taut Line (pictured above) and BD1982. The warm, twee vocal line of the original is processed into a schizophrenic array of phrases that gives the remix an uneasy sense of urgency. Readers in Japan can catch the men behind this remix this weekend, as they'll be playing on January 27 at the compilation's release party in Osaka, and again on January 28 in Tokyo, where the two will be spinning in support of Modeselektor

Average: 7.8 (59 votes)

Outlook Festival Announces 2012 Lineup

Last week, the folks behind the annual Outlook Festival in Croatia announced the lineup for their newly christened Dimensions Festival, which offered an impressive array of artists, largely from the realms of house and techno. Yesterday, Outlook itself announced its 2012 lineup, and the festival is once again drawing from some of the biggest names in bass. Read more » 

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  • 01/24/2012

Podcast 231: Mano Le Tough

Mano Le Tough (a.k.a. Niall Mannion) is a name that popped up on XLR8R's radar in a major way last year, particularly following the release of his Stories EP and the "In My Arms" 12". Both records found the Irish-born producer exploring the incorporation of a new element—his own voice—into his musical palette, a shift which found his already melodic style moving into increasingly compelling and, yes, pop-oriented territory. This process was explored at length when Mano Le Tough was featured in our Bubblin' Up series, and since then, the Berlin-based producer has continued work on his forthcoming debut full-length, which is set to drop later this year via Permanent Vacation. In the meantime, we convinced Mannion to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

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