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Video: Com Truise "Brokendate"

We've certainly seen plenty of new music videos that reappropriate VHS footage from '80s sci-fi flicks, but on this slick clip for Com Truise's "Brokendate" tune, the New Jersey-based bedroom producer ups the ante by creating his very own nostalgic sci-fi thriller. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/26/2011

Download: Gun Selectah "Villa Ghetto (LOL Boys Remix)"

First Listen

By now, you're surely aware of the collaborative tunes on the way from Texan producer Mexicans with Guns and Mexico's Toy Selectah, which are set to be released on the aptly named Gun Selectah EP. We have one of the six eclectic remixes from that forthcoming record here, a frantically percussive, rave-indebted version of "Villa Ghetto" by LOL Boys. Look for the rest of the Gun Selectah EP when it drops tomorrow. 

Average: 7.6 (40 votes)

Review: Apparat The Devil's Walk

Label: Mute

The music of Sascha Ring (a.k.a. Apparat) has reached a diverse audience through a number of projects over the years. Whether you know the name from his collaboration with BPitch label boss Ellen Allien, his work with fellow German production duo Modeselektor (known collectively as Moderat), or just for his own solo productions, it's clear that the German producer has had no trouble finding his way into a variety of artistic circles, usually with impressive results. Now focusing again on his individual compositions, Ring presents an LP that fully dives into what he seems to have been after all along: lush, textural techno-pop hybrids. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 09/26/2011

Download: Visions of Trees "Sirens (Novocaine) (The Voyeurist Remix)"

It's still a little too early for talk of Halloween, but we really can't help but feel the spooky vibes emanating from The Voyeurist's take on fellow Londoners Visions of Trees' (pictured above) latest tune, "Sirens." Given the growling bass, harrowing vocal glitches, and ghostly pads (not to mention a Michael Myers-reminiscent piano riff), perhaps only a Vincent Price narration could make this rework any creepier. But all Thriller-related jokes aside, The Voyeurist really does pull off an impressive feat here, taking the quasi-futuristic pop original into a much darker place and shape-shifting it into a brooding slice of evil electro. 

Average: 7.9 (51 votes)

Download: Vadoinmessico "Pepita Queen of the Animals (Lapalux Remix)"

The London-based, self-proclaimed "psychedelic folk-pop" group known as Vadoinmessico has done pretty much the only thing they could to end up on our site, enlisting a rework from Bubblin' Up artist and recent Brainfeeder signee Lapalux (pictured above). The Essex producer works his off-kilter magic on "Pepita Queen of the Animals," spinning the track from a Latin-infused number into a consuming piece of otherworldly beat music with pitched vocal layers, dusty keys, and Lapalux's usual touch of impossibly fluid percussion. Yes, it's another quality rework from the young producer to add to the other, oh, 10 or so remixes he's cranked out in less than a year's time. 

Average: 8.4 (68 votes)

Brenmar Preps New EP

Brooklyn-based producer Brenmar has just announced the release of Let's Pretend, his latest EP. The release features three R&B-flavored originals and one remix by New Jersey-based vogue producer DJ MikeQ (who did a podcast for XLR8R earlier this year). Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/23/2011

Watch an Interview With Floating Points in São Paulo

London-based DJ/producer/musician and Eglo label head Sam Shepherd (a.k.a. Floating Points) recently took a trip to South America, and spent some time record shopping in São Paulo. During his excursion, Shepherd did an interview with a local film crew, in which he talks about his musical education, the origin of his production name, and his appreciation of diverse sounds from around the world. Read more » 

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  • 09/23/2011

FaltyDL to Drop New EP Via Ninja Tune

Just after Brooklyn garage experimentalist FaltyDL gave us his XLR8R x Beatport DJ chart, the producer born Drew Lustman has announced he will be switching record labels for his next record, releasing the Atlantis EP (pictured above) via another venerable electronic imprint, Ninja Tune. The four-track EP is said to juggle an array of genres—including classic rave, UK hardcore, house, and 2-step—and will be available on November 14. Read more » 

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  • 09/23/2011

XLR8R x Beatport: Matías Aguayo

The Beatport sales charts are often dominated by the latest international club smashes, but its vault of music runs deep and covers a wide variety of artists and sounds, which is why XLR8R has been asked to curate a special two-week series of Beatport charts by some of our favorite DJs and producers. Continent-hopping DJ/producer Matías Aguayo has undertaken quite an expansion of his sonic palette in recent years, pushing the boundaries of techno with a variety of Latin sounds and building his Comeme imprint into one of the most inventive labels on the planet. Here, he lists some of his favorite gems to unleash on the dancefloor. Read more » 

Kink, Kim Ann Foxman, and Neville Watson to Release Collaborative Single

Bulgarian house DJ/producer Kink, UK tunesmith Neville Watson, and NYC vocalist/DJ/Hercules & Love Affair collaborator Kim Ann Foxman are all joining forces on a single, which is set to drop via Rush Hour sub-label Hour House Is Your Rush. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/23/2011

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