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Podcast 215: Sully

UK producer Sully (a.k.a. Jack Stevens) is a bit of a mysterious figure. When his tracks first began surfacing three or four years ago, Sully was praised for his infusion of melancholy 2-step-garage sensibilities into thicker, bass-heavy rhythms. While this now seems commonplace in today's post-everything UK bass spectrum, Sully was undeniably ahead of his time, yet was never properly celebrated for his boundary-pushing ways. Read more » 

Download: Ben Butler & Mousepad "Mag Mag (Shigeto Remix)"

First Listen

Taken from Ben Butler & Mousepad's Gif N Run EP (pictured above), which dropped just yesterday via French label Musique Large, this lovely, shuffling remix comes to us courtesy of Brooklyn-based producer Shigeto. The Ghostly acolyte reformats "Mag Mag" into a mixture of plinking harp melodies, swelling synth tones, and bouncing rhythms for his contribution to the EP. You can hear bits of what the rest of Ben Butler & Mousepad's new record sounds like in the teaser video after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.3 (76 votes)

Review: Ben Westbeech There’s More to Life Than This

Let’s just get it out of the way: Ben Westbeech can sing. It’s something he’s proven before, whether on his own tracks or in the fruitful collaborations (like this one with Soul Clap) that display his soulful crooning. But Mr. Westbeech can produce, too. He's done his time crafting drum & bass as Lean, and, more recently, penning one of 2010’s most massive tunes, “Fatherless,” under the Breach pseudonym. That said, it's a bit disappointing that Westbeech’s vocal talents are so much of the focus throughout There’s More to Life Than This, an album for which the multi-talented Brit enlists a slew of producers to "co-produce" (whatever that exactly means) 11 uneven and rather bland tracks. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 09/13/2011

Sound Pellegrino Announces New Series of Collaborative EPs

The online imprint helmed by French producers Teki Latex and Orgasmic, Sound Pellegrino, has announced it will soon release the first in a series of collaborative EPs, which was produced by Night Slugs co-owner Bok Bok and Swedish space-disco patron Tom Trago over "one week session [of] total experimentation." Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/13/2011

Download: Active Child "Playing House feat. How to Dress Well (Chad Valley Remix)"

At the risk of allowing How to Dress Well and Chad Valley (pictured above) to effectively commandeer a sizable portion of XLR8R's online real estate, here's a remix of "Playing House," a collaborative track from Active Child and singer Tom Krell, by the UK producer. Hugo Manuel strips down the instrumentation to a bare piano adorned by two plaintive vocal performances, and eventually adds in layers of synths and percussion—lifting the tune just a few inches above the ground before dropping it back down again. (via Pitchfork

Average: 6.2 (38 votes)

Download: How to Dress Well "Suicide Dream 3 (Solar Bears Remix)"

Just last month, the internet appropriately lost its shit over a breathtaking remix of How to Dress Well's "Suicide Dream 2" by the producer known only as Holy Other, and today we get this treated version of lo-fi R&B crooner Tom Krell's latest track, "Suicide Dream 3." The Irish synth explorers of Solar Bears give the tune a lush, slow-pulsing rework that calls to mind some of the more somber and engrossing moments in Air's discography. 

Average: 8.3 (63 votes)

Listen to Jamie xx's FACT Mix

One of the UK's biggest producers at the moment, Jamie xx, just relinquished an exclusive mix to FACT as the music hub's latest podcast. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/12/2011

New Forms Festival 2011 Wrap-Up

This past weekend, XLR8R attended the annual New Forms Festival in Vancouver, Canada. Here's what we saw... Read more » 

Radio Slave to Release Retrospective Remix Compilation

With a long and varied career that stretches back to 2005, Matt Edwards (a.k.a. Radio Slave, Rekid, and Quiet Village) has built a formidable discography of original material and remixes. It's actually so sizable that Rekids, his label, has decided to compile an unmixed, 22-song, three-disc anthology entitled Works (Remixes 2005-2010). Read more » 

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  • 09/12/2011

Download: Cardopusher "Reinforce"

First Listen
Label: Frijsfo

Fans of Venezuelan-born producer Cardopusher have a lot to look forward to in the coming months. The artist has announced the release of not one, but two upcoming EPs that showcase his constantly evolving sound. Of the two releases, the first one to come out is the Instant Loving EP (artwork above) on Frijsfo. As a teaser, the folks at the UK-based label have sent us "Reinforce," a bonus cut that won't be on the EP. A fine example of his musical evolution, "Reinforce" sees Cardopusher moving away from his tropical past toward a more straightforward bass-music sound that, uniquely, takes cues from '80s electro, rave, and modern boogie. Imagine a snare-led drum pattern combined with a Dam-Funk bassline, FM chimes, and blaring rave stabs, and you've got "Reinforce." Instant Loving is out now, and is available for purchase through Boomkat. Fans of Cardopusher should also take note of his next release, the even more '80s-leaning Goldo State EP—out October 3 on 12" and October 17 digitally—on Iberian Records. Check below the jump for the Goldo State artwork, and click here for a full stream of Goldo State on Iberian's Soundcloud.  Read more » 

Average: 7.7 (58 votes)

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