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Video: Walls "Sunporch"

UK duo Walls dropped its sophomore album at the end of last month via Kompakt, and has just followed up the release of Coracle with this clip of digitally tweaked footage for lead single "Sunporch." Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/14/2011

Download: AK Kids & 1000 Names "Pop Girl"

Edinburgh-based eclectic bass producers AK Kids will soon be releasing a series of collaborative EPs on Rotterdam-based label Lowriders Collective. Kicking things off is the GassAKu EP, which features guest spots from 1000 Names, Argyle Pimps, Slugabed, and Coco Bryce. As a teaser for the release, the label slipped us the mind-warping "Pop Girl," a collaborative track from AK Kids and 1000 Names. The tune features an insane broken rhythm that broaches on sounding like a tasteful trainwreck, and twists through bizarre synthesizer modulations, moebius strip-like melodies, and ghostly vocal samples. The GassAKu EP comes out on October 7 as both a limited-edition vinyl 10" and digital download. 

Average: 7.7 (38 votes)

Review: Gui Boratto III

Label: Kompakt

Do you like Gui Boratto? If so, then you're going to like III, as the Brazilian producer hasn't modified his musical formulas much on his third album. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 09/14/2011

Listen to Plaid's Exclusive Rdio Playlist

Continuing with our celebratory playlist curation on behalf of social music service Rdio's first birthday, we've got some track selections from seminal IDM duo Plaid. Read more » 

Download: Tycho "Hours (Teen Daze Remix)"

Full disclosure: We've been spinning Tycho's forthcoming LP, Dive, in the XLR8R office more or less every day since it was sent over to us by releasing label Ghostly. And while we still can't seem to get enough of its sun-bleached synth melodies and buoyant drum rhythms, we don't mind hearing another take of the stellar "Hours" single from Canadian producer Teen Daze. It seems that the remixing artist might feel the same way we do about his tune's source material, as this unofficial rework of Tycho's track doesn't stray too far from its original state. (via Pitchfork

Average: 8.4 (70 votes)

Download: Flowers and Sea Creatures "The Sitting Room (Mano Le Tough Remix)"

Berlin-based producer Mano Le Tough is an artist we've been seeing a lot of lately. With a few releases in the bag and a record on Buzzin' Fly in the works, Tough's just been tapped to provide a remix for Montreal-based alt-rock trio—and fellow Buzzin' Fly signees—Flower and Sea Creatures. "The Sitting Room (Mano Le Tough Remix)" sees the producer moving into moodier territory than we've previously heard from him, with a dark soundscape evoked by atmospheric drones, digital chimes, echoy tech-house clicks, and a percussive bassline made of detuned toms. The track hits its stride halfway through, gaining momentum with the addition of a deep kick drum and the spooky vocals of Flower and Sea Creatures' singer, Graham Baxter. Mano Le Tough's Stories EP is out on September 19, and Flower and Sea Creatures' Flower and Sea Creatures LP is set to follow on September 26. 

Average: 8.3 (87 votes)

Sepalcure Announces Debut Album

The Brooklyn-based duo of Travis Stewart (a.k.a. Machinedrum) and Praveen Sharma (a.k.a. Braille), Sepalcure, has announced it will soon follow up two previous EPs with its self-titled debut LP. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/13/2011

Gold Panda to Mix Final 'DJ-Kicks' of 2011

Hitting us like a one-two punch, !K7 follows its announcement that Scuba will contribute the next installment of DJ-Kicks with news that UK beatmaker Gold Panda is the artist behind the series' final release of 2011. Read more » 

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  • 09/13/2011

XLR8R x Beatport: Lazer Sword

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. Today's offering comes from the boys of bicontinental bass duo Lazer Sword, who took time out from working on a new album—and their respective solo work as Lando Kal and Low Limit—to compile this list of 10 of their favorite jams, both new and old. Read more » 

Surkin Announces New Single, Debut LP

Parisian party starter Benoit Heitz (a.k.a. Surkin) has a couple releases coming down the pipeline via his Marble imprint before the year's end, a three-track 12" and his debut long-player. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/13/2011

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