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Podcast 204: Lindstrøm

After running a podcast from fellow Norwegian space-disco maverick Diskjokke just two weeks ago, it might seem like it's a little soon to post an exclusive mix from Lindstrøm. However, while Diskjokke put together a solid, dancefloor-oriented DJ session, Lindstrøm has gone in a completely different direction. Read more » 

Download: LOL Boys "Porteils"

Label: Scion A/V

Genre-hopping duo LOL Boys always seems to find new styles and sounds to explore, and "Porteil" is no different. It's a laid-back number built around mellow percussion and a simple synth-pop melody, then bathed in a thick glaze of hazy, sunkissed pads. The song may not be peak-time dancefloor material, but it is well-suited to the compilation it's taken from, SharkWaves Vol. 1. Commissioned by Scion in conjunction with the poolside Swimming with Sharks party series—which is happening all summer in both LA and NY—the collection also features contributions from Cosmic Kids, Pools, and Poolside. (We swear, there really are multiple groups with the word "pool" in their name.) The complete SharkWaves Vol. 1 tracklist and artwork is posted after the jump, as is the calendar of upcoming Swimming with Sharks events.  Read more » 

Average: 7.8 (51 votes)



When a producer comes out of the gate with a series of impressive singles and then elects to create a proper full-length, it comes with lofty expectations and a certain amount of trepidation as to how the artist can translate his previous success to the long-player format. Such is the case with South London's SBTRKT. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 06/28/2011

Grab Oneman's Set From WNYU's Table Tennis Show

Last Friday, the XLR8R-approved TURRBOTAX® party brought London DJ Oneman down to WNYU's studio for a live-to-air session on the Table Tennis radio show. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 06/28/2011

Download: Murphy Jax "Time to Bump"

Label: Turbo

After dropping a couple of head-turning singles on the esteemed Clone imprint, Berlin producer Murphy Jax has now released his first 12" on Canada's Turbo label. The We Dance EP offers four tracks of '80s acid-house and Detroit-techno revivalism, and "Time to Bump" is a prime example. Marrying lush strings with a slightly saucy vocal and some tweaky 303 riffs, Murphy Jax creates a vintage vibe without sounding trite or hackneyed. This is the sort of tune that can tide you over until that Azari & III full-length comes out later in the summer. The We Dance EP is available now. 

Average: 6.9 (31 votes)

Ricardo Villalobos Talks About His New ECM Project

Today, FACT posted a comprehensive interview with the minimal giant, Ricardo Villalobos, about his new project with Max Loderbauer in which the pair remixes classics from the traditionally untraditional ECM label. Apparently, the Chilean producer/DJ has long been a fan of ECM's out-jazz and experimental recordings, purchasing his first at age 15, and with the release of Re:ECM, it's about to come full circle. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 06/27/2011

Video Premiere: Anika "No One's There"

Although XLR8R's fare usually consists of experimental electronic sounds and next-shit dance music, we've long had a love affair with the late-'70s/early-'80s post-punk and no-wave scenes, too. This throwback from Geoff Barrow protege Anika, "No One's There," from her recently released self-titled debut on Stones Throw/Invada, perfectly fits that bill, as the singer (along with Portishead producer Barrow) combines Delta 5-meets-Nico-style vocals and rude-boy dub rhythms for something that's as joyously energizing as it is nostalgic. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 06/27/2011

Download: HTRK "Eat Yr Heart"

Label: Ghostly

If we were cheeseball music industry marketing people, we might say that Australian trio HTRK sounded like a screwed version of Suicide fronted by Nico and produced by James Lavelle. Thankfully, we're smart enough to realize that those sorts of comparisons are completely idiotic. HTRK makes gritty electronic pop that is simultaneously dirgey and dreamy, and "Eat Yr Heart" finds Jonnine Standish's detached vocals floating over the band's lurching electronics and eerie synths. Sadly, the group lost founding member and bass player Sean Stewart to suicide last year, but the remaining members elected to complete and release new album Work (work, work) anyways. The LP is slated to drop on September 6, and the artwork and complete tracklist can be found after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.4 (54 votes)

Listen to a New Track From Motor City Drum Ensemble

With only a matter of days left before the latest installment of the renowned DJ-Kicks series is unleashed on the world, the German producer/DJ behind the forthcoming mix, Danilo Plessow (a.k.a Motor City Drum Ensemble) has offered up his sole original contribution to the effort for your streaming pleasure. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 06/27/2011

Download: Blacktee "Plasmid"

It's pretty safe to say that Blacktee is one of those producers who is absolutely obsessed with the sounds of the future. For instance, take this cut from his newly released EP, Tek Yu Time, which serves as the first offering from the freshly minted No Stranger to Danger imprint (run by the folks over at the Can of Thought blog). "Plasmid" is just dripping with a dazzling array of sonics sure to please any lazer-sound fiend—there's the whirling opening seconds full of buzzing pads and distant celestial melodies, and then there's the ever-evolving arpeggiator which dips, dives, and modulates at every turn. But before you write the Romanian producer off as just another spacey beat head, listen closely as he takes us for a few unexpected twists with "Plasmid," even touching down in a tastefully triumphant build-up before unleashing his heavy, skittering beat to its full effect. 

Average: 7.3 (58 votes)

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