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. When it comes to old-school NY house and garage, it's hard to think of someone more influential than MK, who remixed everyone in the '90s and is responsible for an impossibly long list of big tunes. After spending the past few years focusing on production for the likes Will Smith and Pitbull (no joke), MK has been moving back toward the dancefloor and DJing lately, and here he's put together a list of 10 of his current favorites. Read more »
A few months back, the Netherlands' Incubate Festival invited XLR8R to curate three nights of parties during its week-long run. Last weekend, those parties—all of which featured almost unbelievably stacked dream lineups—went down at the Midi Theater in the city of Tilburg, located in the Southern part of the country. This is what we saw. Read more »
London-based artist Jack Dixon dropped this one in our inbox the other day with a note pointing out that "no one has it yet." After hearing the first few moments of straightforward dance rhythms and vocal-sampled soul on "Out My Window," we decided it was time for us to change that. We downloaded the bubblin' house tune onto our computer and noticed it was labeled as part of an EP bearing the same name. We're not entirely sure if that's a forthcoming release or a record that sadly never saw the light of day, but we're entirely pleased to be among the first to hear Dixon's new tune. We think you will be too.
Taken from a forthcoming 12" on London imprint BLBX (out on September 25), "Yogyakarta" is a starry-eyed cut of heavy, beat-driven music from Leeds producer Jermaine Soul. The style of the tune floats somewhere between a frantic kind of hip-hop and a strain of UK bass music that isn't quite so worried about the size of its low end. Sounds strange, we know, but something else about "Yogyakarta" also feels just as familiar.
According to 23-year-old artist Alan Palomo (a.k.a. Neon Indian), the title of his sophomore LP, Era Extraña, can be translated to mean a few different things. Apparently, extraña is both the Spanish word for "strange" and "to miss something." Whether a coincidence or not, the dichotomy makes perfect sense; Palomo's kind of electronic pop music is utterly soaked in nostalgia, and crafted with an off-kilter essence at its core. The genre-defining Psychic Chasms LP effectively married those ideas together in each of its 12 tracks, with a distinct focus on evoking AM radio pastiche and post-high school slackerisms. Now, just a couple of years later, the unwitting king of chillwave seems to have grown up in a sense. Neon Indian's second album is a collection of more serious and straightforward pop tunes that separate his penchants for the past and its oddities, and shed nearly all trademarks of the dubious genre he haphazardly pioneered. Read more »
Altered Zones points our attention to a bit of news on The Quietus pertaining to a new series of compilations coming from London label Finders Keepers, called Make Do & Mend, which was apparently started in hopes of helping out the imprint after the PIAS fire that happened during the recent London riots destroyed much of its stock. The series is meant to explore the wealth of "obscure and obsolete" music in Finders Keepers' back catalog, so who better to contribute an album of selections that the two outspoken audiophiles and collectors of sonic oddities in Demdike Stare. Read more »
Before Polish tunesmith Deam drops his glowing Square Love EP on October 3 via his native country's Concrete Cut label, we're treated to "Riot," one of the six vibrant, garage-infused cuts featured therein. The Warsaw-based artist certainly holds his own in the realm of UK bass music, exhibiting a deft use of swinging dancefloor rhythms, deep synth pads, treated vocal samples, and a few sonic bells & whistles.
The good folks behind the now-legendary UK radio station known as Rinse FM are set to celebrate their 17th birthday with yet another crazy party (remember the gnarly line-up from last year?), this time descending on London's Brixton Academy for an unparalleled night of bass. Read more »
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