Berlin-based producer Robot Koch (a.k.a. Robert Koch) is back with his third full-length LP, The Other Side. This comes following a recent collaborative album with New Jersey-based MC John Robinson, Robot Robinson, and last year's sophmore LP, Songs for Trees and Cyborgs. To get us prepared for The Other Side's release on October 7, Koch slipped XLR8R a teaser in the form of leftfield-leaning album cut "Lights." Continuing in the vein of poppy experimentation that has marked previous Koch releases, "Lights" explores a wobbly dub soundscape of Asiatic arpeggiations, reverbed-out synth washes, and percussive glitches. The resulting product finds an approachable middle ground between the far-out experimentation of Brainfeeder and the futuristic pop of artists like Jamie Lidell, The xx, and Jimmy Edgar.
Started in 2007 as a platform for Roska's own tracks, London-based imprint Kicks & Snares has since done its part in promoting the new talent of the burgeoning UK bass scene. That trend continues with the release of Call 4 Backup, the latest EP from British producer Tickles. Read more »
Ever get the sneaking suspicion that Brenmar's sound is really just an update of classic Latin house? Such thoughts might have more weight than you'd think, as the Brooklyn-based DJ has just released a remix of Ralphi Rosario's 1987 classic, "You Used To Hold Me." Yet, while the original record was emblematic of the sparse vibe characteristic of house music in the '80s, Brenmar's remix pushes the song towards the more spastic sound of the present. "You Used 2 Hold Me (Brenmar Remix)" flips the track from druggy, freestyle-leaning house into hypnotic (and druggy) hi-NRG, complete with arpeggiated bassline, dubbed-out synth stabs, and a straightforward four-on-the-floor.
From the third LP by Stockholm's resident ambient-technoist, The Field, we get this entrancing piece of loop-based music as our first taste of its sounds. It's somewhat odd that this is our introduction to Looping State of Mind—"Then It's White" could very well be the mellowest and most dissimilar of its seven tracks—but seeing as how the album is available digitally now (exclusively through Bleep), you could easily discover for yourself how this somber, piano-heavy composition fits into the rest of the tracklist.
Here, we have yet another fine installment of Resident Advisor's ongoing documentary shorts series, Real Scenes, in which they continue to investigate the many fertile music hotspots around the world, this time focusing their lenses on the bustling techno epicenter of Berlin, Germany. Read more »
Plainly said, this exclusive mix from Marcellus Pittman is probably the deepest, most soulful DJ session in the history of the XLR8R podcast series. The Detroit veteran, who will be headlining Body on the second night of this weekend's New Forms Festival in Vancouver, certainly dug deep when assembling this all-vinyl mix. Read more »
If you recall from a few weeks back, we shared the news that Salva's Frite Nite imprint was readying a compilation of "tribal-influenced, spacey dance grooves, progressive footwork, modern electro-funk, and UK-centric dubstep rhythms" for an early October release (full details can be found here). Now we've gotten our first taste of Surreal Estate (artwork above) in the form of this contribution from Atlanta-based purveyor of futuristic club music Distal. Anchored by a constantly evolving beat of the most intricately skittering nature, "Mamanimal" begins as R&B-infused, half-steppin' house before locking into a ridiculously enticing funked-out synth riff and bursting into absolute space-age club music gold. Mark this one somewhere between the "tribal-influenced" and "spacey dance grooves," with just the right touch of "modern electro-funk." We can't wait to see what the "progressive footwork" and "UK-centric dubstep rhythms" have in store for us when Surreal Estate drops October 4.
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