Mano Le Tough (a.k.a. Niall Mannion) doesn't seem like the prototypical Berlin producer. His most recent releases, the Stories EP and "In My Arms" (video below), offer a disco-tinged and techno-informed brand of house that's both sun-soaked and slighty melancholy. More notably, the tunes also feature Mannion getting behind the mic and recording some undeniably earnest pop vocals. It's a far cry from the techno his adopted home is known for, but the 28-year-old producer doesn't see that as an issue. "Berlin, for me, has totally changed in the nearly five years that I've lived here," he says. "It used to be way more techno, and so minimal... People are way more open now. I feel like it's getting more musical." Read more »
Because nothing says "Christmas" quite like free downloads of forward-thinking dance music, the good people at Glasgow's LuckyMe imprint have put an advent calendar on the label's site which will count down the days until December 25 with a free MP3 each day. Read more »
We only heard about London duo Maribou State a few days ago when we caught wind of this remix of "Got Me Down" by Cleveland garage fiend Jason Burns. As it turns out, the pair's own productions are nothing to sneeze at either, as this dark, churning remix they did for fellow UK duo The 2 Bears (pictured above) illustrates. "Work (Maribou State Remix)" grabs its source material from the forthcoming Be Strong LP, and is reworked into something a bit more appropriate for your next dusk-til-dawn escapade.
Let's face it. The use of pitch-shifted R&B vocals is, without a doubt, one of 2011's most overdone musical tricks. Here at XLR8R, the amount of emails saying something along the lines of, "Hey, would you like to post my remix/refix/rework of (fill in the blank generic R&B cut)?" has absolutely reached critical mass. As such, the timing of Numbers' latest release, "I'm Sorry" from Montreal duo Sibian & Faun, itself a refashioning of Ashanti's "Hey Baby," is unfortunate. This record could have very easily been a groan-worthy cliché, but, somehow, it's actually quite good. Read more »
Hailing from Southwest London, Fybe:one (a.k.a. Greg Haynes) is apparently a man of many talents. In addition to crafting understated-yet-infectious tunes, such as the lush "Irenidae," he's also an accomplished illustrator (that's a bit of his work up top), graphic designer, DJ, and co-head of the Shades of Grey imprint. He's recently teamed up with the Raised By Records label, who plan on dropping his tunes via 12" singles and compilations throughout 2012. In the meantime, make sure to nab this track, and check out a little Q&A Fybe:one did with RBR, here.
Ghostly's resident jazzy beatsmith Shigeto has announced plans to drop a new mini-LP, Lineage (artwork above), which will serve as the first batch of original material to surface from the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Ann Arbor producer since his 2010 debut LP, Full Circle. Here, we have the title track off the forthcoming release, a cut which finds Shigeto existing in the familiar territory of contemplative beats with layers of detailed percussion, swirling pads, and some solid, soulful low end. But it is really the jazzy keys which allow "Lineage" to drift along so pleasantly, as a number of dusty electric piano chords and laid-back melodies make their way to the forefront, only to fade back into the steady current thanks to a liberal dose of stoney delay. Lineage doesn't officially drop until January 31, but in the meantime, you can peep the full tracklist after the jump. (via Pitchfork) Read more »
The half-SF, half-LA duo operating as 5kinAndBone5 (pictured above) has taken a turn at reworking the opening track from MikeQ's recent—and, might we add, excellent—Let It All Out EP. 5kinAndBone5 has decided to pull out much of the original tune's modern ballroom/vogue house roots in order to toss "Master Blaster" into space-age dubstep territory, complete with futuristic drum sounds, rumbling bass, and a touch of ghostly atmosphere. But don't let the "Faster" portion added to the beginning of track's title fool you, there's certainly nothing sped up about this mix. This is a stark, spacious rework that fully reimagines "Master Blaster" outside the sweaty New York ballrooms MikeQ reigns over in exchange for the dark basement clubs of the bass-hungry masses.
It's not often that we post something from the prolific bedroom popster known as Blackbird Blackbird. Usually, his tunes lean a bit too heavily on the guitars for our taste, but "Tear" just happened to hit the perfect balance for our palate. It didn't hurt that it came packaged with this lovely video, too. Read more »
The freshly-minted Australian label Templar is set to follow up its earlier releases from Dro Carey and Grown Folk with Vanity (artwork above), the debut EP from London resident Laurence Matthew Blake (a.k.a. Citizen), which is set to drop on December 12. Here, we have "Love Is a Human Topic," a cut which is not found on the EP, but serves as a fine example of Blake's darker dancefloor leanings, finding him burying a number of ravey stabs and FX beneath a demonically gliding bassline and crunchy drums, which have been heavily compressed well beyond the point of distortion. After giving the tune a listen below, you can stream all five tracks of the Vanity EP (including remixes from Helix and Darling Farah) after the jump. Read more »
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