It was only last month that we tipped you to Murlo's futuristic, soca-infused remix of BD1982's "Calenture." Now, the UK-based beatmaker is back with a funky bashment version of Mr. Vegas' (pictured above) ode to manly values, "Certain Law." Taking the original's rapid-fire vocal delivery and stripping it of its instrumental (a composite of "Barbwire" riddim and Harry Toddler's "Bad Man Nuh Dress Like Girl"), Murlo rides the vocal over a twisted, detuned, and beefed-up take on Rebound X's grimey "Rhythm and Gash." We're not sure if there's some implied alternative meaning there, but who cares when a track bangs this hard?
As you may have noticed, we like to collate the amount of traffic and numbers of downloads the tracks posted on XLR8R generate, and then make a list of the top-ranking tunes from the past month. Sometimes the results are a bit surprising, sometimes they're painfully obvious, sometimes (like this time) they're dominated by one or two hard-working producers, but no matter what, the music is always great. Let's see what you guys were grabbing from our Downloads section this August. Read more »
With the magnitude of the names and backstory attached to Solvent's RDJCS5 EP, analogophile Jason Amm's new 12" has quite a legacy to live up to. The tale goes: "In April 2006, a Yamaha CS5 monosynth, having been owned by Richard D. James (a.k.a. Aphex Twin), with the actual liner notes for his landmark Selected Ambient Works Vol. II etched into the bottom, was sold at a VEMIA auction for approximately $1200, a bargain in retrospect. The winning bidder was, in fact, a friend of Solvent's, and the synth resides not in a display case but in Solvent's studio, on generous long-term loan." Luckily, this enviable piece of electronic-music history is in the hands of a veteran producer, one who uses it to craft four excellent additions to the annals of the genre. Read more »
Canonical house label Rush Hour has just announced the start of the "Tracks From the Vault" series, an outlet for the Dutch label to go deep and release previously sat-on tracks (and remixes) from its archive. The series kicks off with the strong opening statement of Tracks From the Vault Vol. Read more »
Earlier this month, we tipped you to Ghostpoet's forthcoming single, "Liiines," the latest to be released from his debut LP, Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Soul. Eager fans will be happy to know that the London-based MC (and former Bubblin' subject) has slipped us a teaser in the form of "Liiines (xxxy's remix)." Overseeing a complete overhaul, London-based producer xxxy—who just a few weeks ago turned in a stellar XLR8R podcast—removes the Springsteen-esque guitar opera of the original and places Ghostpoet's vocal track over a clubby, UK funky rhythm, complete with a snare-led drum pattern, dubby bassline, and pitched-up vocals. Ghostpoet's "Liiines" comes out September 5 on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood imprint.
Leading up to the release of Samo Sound Boy's Shuffle Code EP earlier this week, it's safe to say we were caught in a little bit of a Samo Sound Boy-induced frenzy of sorts. Between premiering a stream of the EP a week before its release (which you can still listen to, in full, here) and sharing the mind-bogglingly awesome 16-bit odyssey of a video for the EP's title track shortly thereafter, we've definitely had the LA producer's dripping dancefloor tunes on our mind. And again, we find ourselves gleefully sharing more Shuffle Code-related goodness with a remix from London's Ikonika (pictured above), who, for said EP's final track, skillfully leads "Shuffle Code" into slightly darker and vastly more epic territory. (via Discobelle)
Two Lovepump labelmates go head-to-head here, as LA noise quartet Health hands over a slow-bouncing cover of "Goth Star" by Denver-based dance experimentalist Pictureplane. The Fleetwood Mac-sampling tune is reformatted to make room for some booming live drums, ethereal vocal melodies, and just a touch of jangly guitar. It's not a far cry from producer Travis Egedy's original Dark Rift cut, but it's nonetheless a fine update of the already stellar song. (via Stereogum)
Last week, London DJ extraordinaire Oneman put together a special Skanking Session in advance of this year's Notting Hill Carnival festivities. At the carnival itself, he got behind the decks on the main stage with Jackmaster. Read more »
The heavenly "Too Much to Loose" (the video for which you can watch here) seems to be the Sun Glitters song of choice for tender beatmeakers to show off their remixing chops. Case in point, we have this rework from Brighton-based outfit Regal Safari (pictured above, kind of), which follows closely on the heels of Halls' blissful reimagining of the very same tune just last week. Whereas Halls took the opportunity to take "Too Much to Lose" further into the ether, Regal Safari sharpens things up a bit, implementing some precise drum work to push the otherwise cloud-like outing farther into more head-nodding territory than ever before. And in other blissful beatmaker news, all of the aforementioned parties will be appearing at London's Binnacle festival, which will be taking place October 15 and 16 with a rather stacked list of performers that includes Seams, Essay, Taragana Pyjarama, Phanes, Tropics, and many more. You'll find the full details and line-up after the jump. Read more »
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