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Review: Walls Coracle

Label: Kompakt

There are some obvious similarities that pop out when comparing Coracle with last year's self-titled debut LP from Walls. First, there's the uncannily similar artwork—a swirling mess of reds, purples, and blues. Then, there's the fact that both releases have a tracklist of exactly the same length, comprised of a mere eight songs (although this LP does run about 10 minutes longer). And let's not forget that both Walls and this, the duo's sophomore LP, represent some of the more adventurously uncharacteristic outings on the venerable Kompakt imprint. But most of all, there's the music, and even that really hasn't changed much, as Alessio Natalizia (perhaps better known as Banjo or Freakout) and Sam Willis are still using their collaborative project to explore the possibilities of richly melodic, indie-tinged techno. The only major difference is that this time around, it all seems even better. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 09/21/2011

Listen to The Rapture's Exclusive Rdio Playlist

Continuing with our celebratory playlist curation on behalf of the first birthday for social music service Rdio, we shoulder-tapped pre-eminent NYC dance-punkers The Rapture to hook us up with a mix of some of their current favorites. Read more » 

Download: Randomer & Fife "Somebody"

First Listen

Yesterday, London-based DJ/producer Rohan Walder (a.k.a. Randomer, pictured above) dropped a fresh 12" via Super, a record that features four original productions from the up-and-coming artist. Though "Somebody" is a joint production that Randomer did with his occasional collaborator Fife, it still boasts the kind of skipping dancefloor beats and revelatory synth melodies that make his solo work so enjoyable. You can check out Walder's new Obtuse EP here

Average: 8.2 (83 votes)

Marcel Dettmann to Release New Mix Album

Berlin techno producer and Berghain resident DJ Marcel Dettmann has just announced Conducted, his second official mix album, which is set for release on Music Man Records. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/20/2011

Elijah & Skilliam to Mix 'Rinse: 17'

Butterz label heads and UK grime know-it-alls (not to mention XLR8R podcast contributors) Elijah & Skilliam have been named as the next in line to offer a DJ set via Rinse FM's ongoing mix series. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/20/2011

XLR8R x Beatport: MK

The Beatport sales charts are often dominated by the latest international club smashes, but its vault of music runs deep and covers a wide variety of artists and sounds, which is why XLR8R has been asked to curate a special two-week series of Beatport charts by some of our favorite DJs and producers. When it comes to old-school NY house and garage, it's hard to think of someone more influential than MK, who remixed everyone in the '90s and is responsible for an impossibly long list of big tunes. After spending the past few years focusing on production for the likes Will Smith and Pitbull (no joke), MK has been moving back toward the dancefloor and DJing lately, and here he's put together a list of 10 of his current favorites. Read more » 

Festival Wrap-Up: XLR8R in Residence at Incubate 2011

A few months back, the Netherlands' Incubate Festival invited XLR8R to curate three nights of parties during its week-long run. Last weekend, those parties—all of which featured almost unbelievably stacked dream lineups—went down at the Midi Theater in the city of Tilburg, located in the Southern part of the country. This is what we saw. Read more » 

Download: Jack Dixon "Out My Window"


London-based artist Jack Dixon dropped this one in our inbox the other day with a note pointing out that "no one has it yet." After hearing the first few moments of straightforward dance rhythms and vocal-sampled soul on "Out My Window," we decided it was time for us to change that. We downloaded the bubblin' house tune onto our computer and noticed it was labeled as part of an EP bearing the same name. We're not entirely sure if that's a forthcoming release or a record that sadly never saw the light of day, but we're entirely pleased to be among the first to hear Dixon's new tune. We think you will be too. 

Average: 7.7 (60 votes)

Podcast 216: Altered Natives

UK producer Altered Natives (a.k.a. Danny Yorke) certainly isn't a shy man. From his candid interviews to his rough-and-tumble house productions, Yorke operates without paying much attention to particular music scenes or worrying about ruffling feathers. Read more » 

Download: Jermaine Soul "Yogyakarta"

First Listen
Label: BLBX

Taken from a forthcoming 12" on London imprint BLBX (out on September 25), "Yogyakarta" is a starry-eyed cut of heavy, beat-driven music from Leeds producer Jermaine Soul. The style of the tune floats somewhere between a frantic kind of hip-hop and a strain of UK bass music that isn't quite so worried about the size of its low end. Sounds strange, we know, but something else about "Yogyakarta" also feels just as familiar. 

Average: 7.2 (36 votes)

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