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Podcast 189: Salva

Although Salva is an artist who only began showing up on most people's radar during the past few months, we here at XLR8R have actually been monitoring his progression for quite some time, as the producer spent the last several years honing his chops in our San Francisco backyard. Read more » 

Review: Wolf + Lamb vs. Soul Clap DJ-Kicks

Label: !K7

Can four DJs coexist on one mix? DJ-Kicks thinks Brooklyn's Wolf + Lamb and Boston's Soul Clap can. These like-minded duos upturn the sad times promised by their ironically bummed-out cover photos by mixing a big-hearted, slow-tempo house cocktail stirred with vintage techno to transport even the coldest hearts to warmer climes and good times.

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Download: Mike Dehnert "Klartext"

Label: Delsin

On March 21, rising Berlin producer Mike Dehnert will release his first full-length via forward-thinking techno label Delsin. Framework will feature 11 songs (see below for full tracklist and sleeve), including this infectious heater. There is no shortage of analog grit on this one, as the bass pops as hard as the claps and an ominous, infrequent robot growl is raw like exposed wires. All of this may satisfy one's reasonable techno expectations, but a subtle, watery melody makes this track truly dynamic, stealthily putting itself in the foreground as it oscillates in the background.  Read more » 

Average: 7.4 (45 votes)
 
 

Check Out Kode9's Epic 'Essential Mix'

Still weeks away from the release of Kode9's brand-new LP with The Spaceape, Black Sun, the Hyperdub label boss and dubstep visionary dropped an epic two-hour DJ set for BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix series, and you can download it now. Read more » 

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  • 03/15/2011

Download: Rainbow Arabia "Without You (Hard Mix Remix)"

Earlier this month, LA duo Rainbow Arabia (pictured above) released its debut full-length, Boys and Diamonds, and since then, the requisite trickle of bootleg remixes have been coming down the wire. Featured a couple weeks back for his free debut album, South Carolina's Hard Mix gets on Rainbow Arabia single "Without You," transforming it into something only vaguely resembling the original. What Hard Mix leaves out from the original is easily made up by his own heartsick interpretation of how it might feel to be "without you," as he twists and turns the original's vocal into painful, restless contortions. In contrast, Hard Mix grounds the mix in glistening melody and languid slow-mo house worthy of post-rain gardens or spaceship shower music. (via Pitchfork

Average: 8.1 (41 votes)
 
 

Mary Anne Hobbs Returns to North America in April

Now free of her BBC ties, Mary Anne Hobbs has been touring more frequently, bringing her tastemaking crate of bass favorites and occasional exclusives to locales near and far. Read more » 

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  • 03/14/2011

Download: High Powered Boys "Udon"

First Listen

The Parisian party-starters of High Powered Boys just unleashed their latest tune offering to the gods of high-quality club music, the four-track Udon / Work EP. The duo's two original productions are paired with remixes from Julio Bashmore and Tom Trago to flesh out the release, all of which you can preview here. And courtesy of the Sound Pellegrino label, we're giving you a free download of one of those a-sides, the hyperactive, sax-infused "Udon." Now, we're sure everyone is aware of how easily a bleating brass instrument can turn tracks horribly wrong, but producers Bobmo and Surkin made this sax work well for them by keeping it simple and smooth. After the staccato beats, intoxicating sound effects, hyped-up vocal samples, and deep synth pads of "Udon" work out some next-level house grooves, a sultry sax hook descends upon your ears, and offers a short reprieve from the rhythmic assault before High Powered Boys launch the track straight back into the stratosphere. You can sample more of that magic in the duo's awesome Rippin' Off Canvas Mix, below. Read more » 

Average: 8.1 (61 votes)
 
 

Numbers Begins US Tour

If you were in Miami last weekend, or are in Philadelphia tonight, you may already be aware that Glasgow label Numbers is in the midst of its first-ever US tour. Numbers artists Jackmaster, Deadboy, and Redinho will be trekking across the continent, sometimes being joined by select Numbers artists based in the US, including LA-based Low Limit and San Francisco's Ghosts On Tape, who will be supporting in their respective cities. Read more » 

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  • 03/14/2011

SBTRKT Readies New Single and Announces US Tour Dates

South London's preeminent masked post-dubstepper SBTRKT has a busy month ahead of him with a new single and a host of dates scheduled around the US. Read more » 

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  • 03/14/2011

Justice to Return With "Civilization" Single

Nearly four years after the release of their massive debut full-length, , the French duo of Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay (a.k.a. Justice) have finally announced their first follow-up single. Read more » 

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  • 03/14/2011

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