We're pretty sure Gwen Stefani is just about at the top of our list of names we never expected to see on XLR8R (right next to, like, Skrillex), but leave it to UK beat experimentalist Lapalux (pictured above) to change all that—for the better, might we add. The Pictures Music cohort and man behind the wonderfully screwed R&B of Many Faces Out of Focus shared this soulful bootleg of a remix for the pop diva's 2004 single "Luxurious" just the other day, effectively giving Stefani a valid and good-sounding reason to land in our music feed. We expect she's elated.
Seems like a bit of a trend lately that European clothing companies are also getting in on the "Detroit: City on the Ropes vs. Detroit: City of Rebirth" documentary-film argument. This latest entry, though—a part of the Real Scenes series put together by Bench and Resident Advisor—is a pretty solid work that looks a little more to the future of Detroit techno than necessarily revisiting its past (of course, it does that a little bit, too—particularly well with footage of the New Dance Show and interviews with its makers). Read more »
Although Kingdom is often affiliated with the Night Slugs crew and now heads up his own Fade to Mind imprint, the LA-based producer also has ties to the Fool's Gold label, which released his Mind Reader EP and is now putting out his latest single, "Take Me." The track, along with b-side "If You Buck," has been available on Beatport since last week, but drops via iTunes and other retailers today. Perhaps knowing that XLR8R readers are "try before you buy" shoppers, Kingdom has sent along both songs to stream exclusively on our website. Read more »
Here is a slice of smooth, sultry, and deep tech-house from Swiss producer Cavalier (who also produces under the name Agnès) and his forthcoming A Million Horses LP for the Zurich-based Drumpoet Community label. "Uzunyayla (Hallucinatory Narcosis)" is the fifth cut on that 19-track record, and finds the multi-talented artist knee deep in pulsing dance rhythms, laid-back bass grooves, and sparkling melodies, with risque anecdotes and other stories half-audibly uttered underneath it all. You can hear more of the same when Cavalier's full-length album drops on August 26.
While XLR8R makes an effort to cover sounds from across the musical spectrum, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that we have a soft spot for UK bass music. It doesn't help matters that seemingly every week or two, another producer pops up with their own unique permutation of the increasingly nebulous sound. Take Manchester producer xxxy (a.k.a. Rupert Taylor)—who actually moved to London about a month ago—an artist whose relatively short discography sounds fresh and modern while also referencing a myriad of classic sounds: house, techno, 2-step, garage, and even old-school videogames. Read more »
If you remember our review of the Mouves EP by English artist Tropics, we enjoyed it quite a bit, and we're certainly hopeful for the outcome of his full-length debut, Parodia Flare, when Planet Mu drops it on September 20. Thankfully, the remixes of producer Chris Ward's tunes are turning out quite nicely, too, like the latest version of "Mouves" by Texas' Botany. The gauzy, chimerical vibes of the original remain in tact as the American tunesmith injects Ward's song with a bit of bubbly dancefloor energy.
The latest record to come from young California producer Henry Laufer (a.k.a. Shlohmo) follows not long after a handful of EPs and one "mini-album" by the artist, which are full of many fine examples of his kind of off-kilter, bass-centric beat compositions. And yet, Bad Vibes is being touted as the producer's debut full-length. While this new LP is certainly Laufer's longest and possibly his most thought-out release to date, it sounds much more like a new phase in his short history rather than an introduction. Read more »
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