French Producer Pierre-Antoine Grison, better known as Krazy Baldhead of the Ed Banger crew, has collaborated with a group of Malian musicians to form Donso. "Hunters", a track from their recently released self-titled LP, is an exploration into the rhythmic possibilities between modern electronic production and traditional Malian instruments, one that relies heavily on both electronic drums and traditional percussion to move it along. Spurts of loops and live instrumentation add some texture and melody, and eventually, the difference between them gets blurred to the point where you're just lost in the tribal rhythm, getting in touch with your inner hunter.
NY-via-LA-via-Bay Area chanteuse Glasser (a.k.a. Cameron Mesirow) finally unveiled her debut album, Ring, last week and now, as she gets set for a quick October jaunt around the UK and a November US tour, another free offering from the record has fallen from the heavens. "Mirrorage" finds Mesirow employing her vocal acrobatics over a warm electronic pulse and sparkling, chime-based melody. People will undoubtedly compare this to Björk, which isn't off base, but this is much more inviting and less weird, even with the scary robot vocal effects that come in about 2/3 of the way through the song (probably thanks to producers Van Rivers and the Subliminal Kid, who employed similar trickery in their work with Fever Ray). Over the course of three-plus minutes, Glasser spins quite the intoxicating web, and we're thinking that plenty of folks will gladly crawl inside.
For a producer as young, talented, and lauded as Detroit-reared Jimmy Edgar, releasing two albums within four years—not counting his output as part of Plus Device—is simply not enough. To be fair, Edgar wasn't focusing on his music, per se, and instead spent the time exhibiting his photography and honing his video work. So, the man keeps busy, but what has the lengthy gap between Color Strip and XXX, his sophomore full-length, yielded those for those of us anxiously awaiting his new album? Exactly what you'd expect. Read more »
A couple months ago, we shared an Egyptrixx remix of "Just Can't Sleep," by disco-loving Parisian outfit The Aikiu (which includes Pilooski as a member), and now we've got another tasty, housey rework for you, courtesy of Toronto's Azari & III (pictured above). This soulful and deep revision of the tune precedes The Aikiu's US debut at Abracadabra's (record label) and Social Club's (Paris party spot) joint CMJ showcase on Thursday, October 21, in New York. The Aikiu are joined by The Krays (a new project from Yuksek and Brodinski), Mustang, Mikix the Cat, and a solo set from Pilooski. You can check out all the details on the flier for the showcase, here.
Berlin's Apparat is the latest producer/DJ to contribute a mix to the renowned DJ-Kicks series and "Sayulita" one of only three new tracks to make it on said mix. It's perfectly fitting for "Sayulita" to have been named after the Mexican town where he's recently been creating new material, as the track's lush pads and deep bass evoke images of a warm Caribbean afternoon, a beaming sun engulfing the sands of a coastal beach. Underneath the layers of bliss, Apparat delicately places small clicky percussion and driving guitar chops to take the song through its simultaneously danceable and ambient course. We can't wait to hear how Apparat lines up the song alongside selections from Joy Orbison, Oval, Pantha du Prince, Cosmin TRG, Thom Yorke, and others when his installment of DJ-Kicks is released on October 26. For more info on the release and to pre-order, click here.
Last week we sadly reported the passing of Detroit producer/DJ Aaron-Carl on our site. Today we'd like to share with you some nice words our own Walter Wasacz wrote about Aaron's history and impact on electronic music in Detroit and beyond. Read more »
Tell us if we've lost control, but this remix of Holy Fuck's Latin cut "Stay Lit"—from fellow Canadian's Bishop Morocco (pictured above)—speaks to our heart and soul. It's obvious the duo loved Holy Fuck's original version of the song, but sometimes love will make you tear things apart, which is exactly what they did to "Stay Lit." Stripping down the bulk the live electronics and distorted crunch (in some sort of studio ceremony, no doubt), Bishop Morocco effectively brings the song closer to a Factory Records-esque post-punk sound. It kind of reminds us of that one band from Manchester. You know, the one with the depressed guy that killed himself decades ago? There were a couple of movies about it. They had that one song about love doing something or other. Hmm... Well, this song is cool, too.
Roska and Untold are two DJs/producers that have long been points of interest for XLR8R, so news of their collaborative EP for the Numbers label was doubly exciting for us. Now that the Myth EP is out, the two bass-music icons were corralled by the Intruders online TV show for a quick interview.Read more »
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