No matter where you look, Japan and its national crisis is ever-present. The same goes for the opportunities to donate to what is, and will continue to be, a colossal recovery. Among the many music-related fundraising campaigns, this effort from Finland's Top Billin' imprint has intrigued us most, partly for the serendipity of its back-story. Read more »
Once an integral force in helping solidify Montreal as an electronic music hub, and now an expat living in Berlin, minimal dub producer Deadbeat (a.k.a. Scott Monteith) was last in XLR8R's pages for an interview he did with fellow expat and techno-inspired producer Scuba. Nearly a year later, it seems that Berlin's musical hotbed has begun to work its way into a new chapter in Deadbeat's already-illustrious career. Read more »
Although SónarSound Tokyo decided to keep this year's festivities in the aforementioned location despite the recent natural disasters, the 2011 Red Bull Music Academy has gone another route, and will not be hosting its 2011 workshops in Tokyo. Read more »
There is no question that Los Angeles label Hippos In Tanks has emerged as a remarkably consistent supplier of next-generation artists reinventing '80s and '90s synth soundscapes. On April 19, the label will release Dark Bloom, a split 12" shared by Montreal artists d'Eon and Grimes. Each side will contain roughly an EP's worth of material from each artist (the complete tracklist is posted after the jump). On this cut from the d'Eon side, glittering gospel-organ chords introduce what could be '90s-era Brandy, but instead accompany d'Eon's equally captivating and effeminate voice. The rest of the track's production is no less rich, as the song is expertly executed to sound both vintage and disarmingly fresh. If the rest of d'Eon's contibutions are anything like this piece of throwback perfection, the growing contingent of male R&B vocalists will have a serious contender in its ranks. (via Altered Zones) Read more »
On May 13 and 14 at London performing arts venue Roundhouse, iconic record label Mute will partner with the Short Circuit Electronic Music Festival for two days of eclectic live music from a long list of veteran artists and fresh, exciting projects. Read more »
Finding music was different before the Internet: Maybe a receptive record-shop owner let you listen to everything, or you picked up anything related to a good magazine article. Now, imagine your tastes run to experimental electronic music, it's the early 1990s, and—oh, yeah—you live in Sofia, Bulgaria. Read more »
Maryland-based DJ/producer Maxmillion Dunbar has a new three-track 12" ready to drop on the Future Times label, called Max Trax For World Peace, and even though the smooth jam we have to share with you here won't be found on that release, it's still a fine example of the kinds of deeply soulful house music the record will offer. The artist completely takes out the rap vocal on his rework of "Ride" by Alabama hip-hop outfit Dirty, and leaves only the laid-back bass grooves, soft synth pads, guitar strums, chilled-out string melodies, and playfully off-handed mutterings of the background instrumental. It sounds awesome to begin with, though Maxmillion Dunbar takes it another step further—tossing in his own bubbly drum-machine patterns, and turning the whole thing into a definite dancefloor gem.
As juke continues to rip through underground music hubs around the world, more and more interesting interpretations are rising to the surface. Out now on Prague imprint and Czech go-to blog Meanbucket is this bass-buzzing piece of unruly music, an unexpectedly eerie ode to the troubles of finding a worthy female suitor in Los Angeles' Crenshaw neighborhood on a Sunday night. Produced by Meanbucket crew member DJ Tuco, the comedy of this track may perhaps be lost underneath the serious weight of Tuco's bass and handclaps. As such, the song may not illicit laughter, but it will certainly inspire plenty of head bobbing and waist dropping.
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