While many artists slow their touring schedule to a dead halt in the winter months, French tunesmiths Canblaster, Myd, Sam Tiba, and Panteros666 (a.k.a. the Club Cheval posse) will be bringing their varied club-ready sounds across the United States throughout January. Read more »
The UK's Nightwave isn't an artist who's shy about goofing around. After all, her latest EP, Festivus, takes its name from an invented holiday that was first introduced to the masses via Seinfeld. That being said, its four tracks, while playful and upbeat, do display some real production chops. Read more »
The Sacramento-based Waaga label is starting the year off right by delivering 24 Beats, a free record from Greek producer Larry Gus (a.k.a. Panagiotis Melidis). As all of Melidis' biographical information appears to be in Greek, and XLR8R's in-house Greek-to-English translator is still out for the holiday vacation, we know very little about the artist other than that he is currently based in Milan, Italy, and that he appears as a remixer on Yacht's recent DFA single, "I Walked Alone." "The Written Word" is a short and pretty piece of instrumental hip-hop punctuated by some oddly sweet pitched vocal snippets. The song is taken from the expansive 24 Beats, which can be downloaded in its entirety on Waaga's Facebook page for the price of a simple "like."
Though you may have already heard the music of Welsh artist Ifan Dafydd (possibly here or here), those tracks were bootleg remixes of sorts, borrowing heavily from the music of Usher and Amy Winehouse. The tunes—which some people mistakenly thought were the work of James Blake operating under an alias—were certainly an exciting introduction to the up-and-coming producer, but it won't be until the end of this month that Dafydd drops his first real single. Read more »
The new year is a time when people are naturally inclined to look toward the future, so it's fitting that our first podcast of 2012 comes from an artist we're expecting to hear a lot from in the months ahead. In all honesty, Throwing Snow is a name that already popped up on XLR8R quite a bit in 2011, particularly following the release of his stellar "Shadower" b/w "Sanctum" single. Read more »
"Money Girl," the title track from the forthcoming EP by Freshmore label boss Sines, boasts the two sounds his label is best known for: Southern rap and bass-driven club music. A two-chord melody drives most of the short production, which is paired with a slapping 808 rhythm, preset horn sounds, and plenty of warped vocal samples courtesy of Lil Wayne. The rest of Sines' four-track record will be available on January 30, but you can preview each of its tunes before then, after the jump. Read more »
It's a shame that Peaches was released so late in 2011. Although it's pretty undeniable that Blawan had himself a stellar year, this four-track EP offers some of the young UK producer's best work yet, and probably deserved a spot on some of those "Best of 2011" lists we've all been reading. Read more »
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