LA's femme-filled lo-fi-pop quartet Warpaint is gearing up to release its debut album, The Fool, on October 26 via Rough Trade, and this dreamy number is that record's first single. "Undertow" evokes many feelings and sounds in its four minutes. The song starts with a subdued drum beat, reverberated bass strums, and softly cooed vocals, bringing to mind the likes of early tunes from indie vets Mirah or Julie Doiron, but eventually turns into something more grandiose and cathartic like Warpaint's contemporaries Glasser or even Beach House. (Incidentally, that "What's a matter? / You hurt yourself?" lyric reminds us of Nirvana's "Polly" every time we hear it.) The comparisons may be simple and straightforward, but so is the music—and it should be. Warpaint exercises its right to employ a small number of instruments, play a handful of simple chords, and craft a song with four basic movements because it can do so and still fill "Undertow" to the brim with an emotion and immediacy that surpasses most acts attempting the same feat. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
Carl Craig is going on tour. What else can we say? The iconic DJ/producer is taking his classic tunes and fresh productions around the world throughout fall, kicking off tomorrow in LA with a free show (with RSVP) alongside hotly tipped newcomer Kyle Hall. Read more »
A veritable institution in Berlin's experimental scene, Einstürzende Neubauten has been carrying the torch of leftfield industrial and avant-garde music for 30 years now, and this December, they will celebrate those three decades with a string of performances in five North American cities. Read more »
It seems like ages ago, but it has only been a year since we put Cooly G on the cover of XLR8R and began exploring the mutant strain of UK funky being turned out by a select crew of UK producers. A big part of that article was focused around DVA (a.k.a. Scratcha DVA a.k.a. Leon Smart). Read more »
Listen: We are absolutely tired of wobble bass. That particular treatment to low-end melodies has been so overdone, it's now a running joke of sorts here at XLR8R HQ. That being said, Barcelona's My Dry Wet Mess has somehow breathed new life into the sound on this first leak from his forthcoming debut full-length for Magical Properties, Irrational Alphabet. But it's only because he doesn't use his 'wobble wobble wobble' to incite bro-steppers; the audio/visual artist instead treats the bassline like a smooth, soulful rhythm for this R&B-infused track. "Yours Truly" is bolstered further with ethereal bits of lilting atmosphere, subtle synth melodies, and an eventual flip that transforms the number from 'bedroom booty music' into a four-on-the-floor dance tune and back again. You can catch more My Dry Wet Mess pre-release goodness in the form of a mixtape and album trailer. (via Yours Truly) Irrational Alphabet will be released on October 26.
The multinational Ghetto Bassquake blog has been doing its world-bass-music-posting thing for plenty of years, but now it's ready to expand into the world of releasing music with a brand-new single for UK-based Afro-disco sextet A.J. Holmes & The Hackney Empire. Read more »
For its fifth anniversary and 50th release, Daniel Haaksman's Man Recordings label will drop a 12-track compilation, featuring new and exclusive tunes from artists the likes of Schlachthofbronx, Zombie Disco Squad, Crookers, Edu K, and here, UK tunesmith Seiji. His contribution to the celebratory release, "Basslips," is a slamming assault of bouncing house rhythms, atonal noise candy, and one consistent, diiiiirrrrty bassline. It certainly illustrates how far the Berlin-based Man Recordings has come since its beginnings as a bastion of baile funk and how it has since blossomed into a premiere outlet for the varied sounds of global bass. As Seiji's club-ready number demonstrates, the Valeu compilation is an eclectic record that any self-respecting party-starter ought to have on hand for appropriate DJ sets. If you'd like to celebrate Man Recordings' five-year anniversary further, you can listen to and download a retrospective mix that DJ Beware put together on behalf of the label, here.
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