This could be the biggest electronic music festival we've ever heard of. Starting Tuesday, September 23, the massive, 13-week event known as The Warehouse Project will present its fifth annual festival—monopolizing Manchester nightlife every weekend leading up to New Year's Day. Read more »
This fuzzy, funky piece of vintage disco comes to us courtesy of The Fatback Band's 1976 chart-topping hit "(Do the) Spanish Hustle)" and the man who saw fit to rework it to his liking, NYC's master editor Danny Krivit (pictured above). This number is part of Krivit's forthcoming second volume of upbeat soul, funk, and disco edits for Strut, which will see the light of day come September 14. Along with this lengthy version of "Spanish Hustle," the renowned veteran and proclaimed King of Edits includes his own takes on Chairmen of the Board's "Life & Death," Patrice Rushen's "Music of the Earth," and Black Blood's "Chicano," among others, on Edits by Mr. K Vol. 2. You can check out more about the forthcoming compilation and watch Krivit tell the story of his DJ/production career here.
We've got a pretty sizable weak spot over here at XLR8R for pitch-shifted vocals. Whether you're tweaking them up or down, and especially if they've got some obvious flavor to them, it'll score you a few points in our book. So, for NastyNasty's new track, "Bleeding," the well-sampled and soulful vocal clips that litter its three minutes are more of an icing on the cake. The San Francisco producer closes his forthcoming Puke Paint EP (that's the cover up top) with this relatively stripped-down dubstep beat—making sure to precisely color in its edges with bits of space noise, a handful of wobbly bass tones, and, of course, those infectiously warped croons. It's no new idea, but dammit if NastyNasty doesn't work it with aplomb. The Puke Paint EP is out on September 14 via Frite Nite.
Funky dance-tune producer Munk (a.k.a. Gomma label head Mathias Modica) has a brand-new EP coming down the pipeline, following the release of the La Musica 12" in June. The new record, Mondo Vagabondo, is said to be five tracks of "sunny, romantic" house music flavored with bits of psychedelic rock, disco, electro, and other culturally rich genres. Read more »
Battle Cats: From the rise of house in the '80s to today's juke and footwork scenes, Chicago's circle keeps expanding
"It's so fucking hot in here!" is the cry heard from almost everybody in the building. That includes the DJs, the spectators recording video with their iPods, the girlfriends sitting on stray chairs and buckets, and the kids with red plastic cups full of liquor—but rarely from the individuals doing the actual moving. That is, until one of them passes out from exhaustion. It's Sunday night in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago's south side, and I'm fighting through a circle of spectators to get a good view of the action at an event called Da War Zone. Read more »
Earlier this year, both Seattle's curator of sublime ambiance, Rafael Anton Irisarri (a.k.a. The Sight Below, pictured above), and Berlin's heir to the minimal techno throne, Hendrik Weber (a.k.a. Pantha du Prince), released albums loved by those of us at XLR8R HQ. Read more »
This fresh new tune from LA beat scene icon Daedelus not only turns the Men Without Hats classic "Safety Dance" into a quasi-anagram for its title, but also seems to sample a few other bits of the '80s hit. Along with the female voice spelling out nothing in particular, producer Alfred Darlington tosses in a snippet of the original's bassline and some huge vintage-sounding claps with his own staccato synth melody and herky-jerky percussion. Catch this track on vinyl, with five others by Daedelus and four from fellow LA beatsmith Teebs, when Dublin's All City label drops its sixth installment of the ongoing LA 10" series later this month.
Next week, Barcelona pop wizard El Guincho (a.k.a. Pablo Díaz-Reixa) will be unveiling his sophomore full-length, Pop Negro, on the Young Turks label. While his 2008 debut, Alegranza!, found Díaz-Reixa liberally sampling vintage tropicalia and Latin music, this time around he's crafting his own sounds, but his penchant for pop songwriting hasn't suffered in the least. Look for an in-depth conversation with El Guincho to appear on XLR8R in the weeks ahead, but in the meantime, Pop Negro will be streaming right here for the next two weeks. Read more »
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