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Awesome Tapes From Africa Launches New Label

That's right—Brian Shimkovitz, the man responsible for the, uh, awesome Awesome Tapes From Africa blog, and also this XLR8R podcast from way back, has just announced that he's about to launch a label. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/02/2011

Download: Great Skies "Festival"

Label: Cut

Does anyone else remember the relaxed stylings of indie outfits like Tristeza or Sea and Cake? Imagine if those bands were still operating today, only with drum machines instead of traditional "rock" percussion, and you might get something pretty close to the sounds being created by Great Skies. The London artist recently released the Summer Moments EP on the increasingly impressive Cut label, an effort that makes us wonder if 2011 might be the year when chillwave grows up a bit. Sure, a song like "Festival" features some vaguely Balearic melodies paired with some fairly simple drum-machine beats, but it also displays a real level of refinement that's often absent from the dreck often being turned out by the legions of bedroom beatmakers operating with a similar sound palette. The entire four-song EP is available for free download here

Average: 8.4 (68 votes)

Decibel Festival 2011 Program Revealed

A few weeks back, we compiled a list of the 2011 Decibel Festival headliners that had been announced to date. Earlier this morning, the Seattle-based event, which has become one of the premiere electronic music events in the US each year, unveiled a more complete program. Read more » 

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  • 08/01/2011

Check Out Tokimonsta's Resident Advisor Mix

Ms. Jennifer Lee, better known to her fans as LA-based beat queen Tokimonsta, put together today's Resident Advisor mix with Ableton, she says, at a local Starbucks. Naturally, though, a quick listen indicates that it's better suited to an LA dancefloor, with tracks from Gonjasufi, Flying Lotus, Africa Hitech, and Samiyam finding their way into the tracklist. Read more » 

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  • 08/01/2011

BBE and Mr. Peabody Records Ready Compilation of Rare Dance Tracks From Chicago and Beyond

Connoisseurs of forgotten dance music treasures will be happy to hear that London's BBE imprint has teamed up with the good folks at Chicago's Mr. Peabody Records (pictured above) to present a double-disc comp of lost and/or untapped gems from past Chicago and Chicago-influenced disco and boogie artists. Read more » 

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  • 08/01/2011

Regal Safari Offers Debut EP for Free

Brighton-based up-and-comers Regal Safari have gone ahead and made their tender six-song debut EP available for free download. Read more » 

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  • 08/01/2011

Download: Capac "See the Young (Buffalo Tide Valve Edit)"

Here we have a meeting of the minds between a handful of emerging UK artists with up-and-comer Buffalo Tide (of the half-London, half-Brighton-based BLBX collective) taking on a track from Liverpool purveyors of soulful dubstep (and the derivatives thereof) Capac (pictured above). Whereas the original "See the Young" is a more propulsive undertaking, Buffalo Tide considerably tones down the momentum of the tune in favor of spinning it into a well-paced, even-tempered outing. Characterized by momentary washes of noise and vocal glitches, along with a slew of melodious arpeggiators, the remix floats gingerly along with the aimlessness of an ambient synthscape anchored down by an array of steady, hypnotic drum patterns. 

Average: 7.9 (39 votes)

Video: Grown Folk "Droptop"

Here at XLR8R, we're glad to see that—for the most part—the makers of music videos no longer feel the need to weave some pointless narrative into every song, because sometimes we just want to watch some cool shit go down while listening to a good track. Such is the case with this video put together by Skunch for "Droptop," the title track from Canadian duo Grown Folk' newest EP for the Silverback imprint. Read more » 

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  • 08/01/2011

Download: Obey City "Snickers"

Obey City's debut EP, Melted Magic (artwork above), saw its release last week via the Brooklyn beatsmith's own blog/imprint, Astro Nautico, and here we have one of its standout tracks, a smooth piece of future-bass work called "Snickers." Beginning with a few choice chords and some unassuming percussion, "Snickers" gradually rolls into an intoxicating rhythm, pushing forward while flashes of hand percussion and sparkling bell sounds appear at its edges. The hypnotic beat eventually finds its way to heavier drum sounds, with an array of snares and claps (and some deliciously pitched rolls) taking this one into summer party vibes territory. This tune, along with the three others found on Melted Magic, can be had for free over on the project's Bandcamp, and a video for "Snickers," full of psychedelic images and chopped footage, can be found here

Average: 8.2 (65 votes)

Review: Martyn "Masks" b/w "Viper"

Although the full extent of his latest transformation won't be revealed until Martyn's Ghost People album is released in October, the "Masks" b/w "Viper" single does provide an interesting glimpse into the shape-shifting Dutchman's current musical inclinations. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 08/01/2011

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