Manhattan's multi-purpose art/music/etc. venue Santos Party House has an exciting new series of art installations premiering this Friday, February 26, interestingly titled Somebody Arted in Here!. Among the artists involved in the inaugural event is Gang Gang Dance vocalist Lizzie Bougatsos (pictured above), who will be transforming the venue's storefront with an installation made collaboratively with Rita Ackermann. Read more »
Although it's something we rarely indulge in the pages of XLR8R, it's somewhat of an open secret that at least half of our staff is in love with Ciara... and her music, of course. So we owe Finnish duo Femme En Fourrure a big 'thank you' for sending along this bootleg re-work of Ciara's "Gimme Dat," as it not only gave us an excuse to spend 20-plus minutes scrolling through Ciara photos online, but it also offers an interesting new spin on a track that we already liked to begin with. Apparently, Femme En Fourrure wasn't so keen on Ciara's vocals, so they began by stripping them out entirely before stepping up the 808-ish drums and putting the synths front and center. It's not a radical overhaul, but it works. Plus, it's Ciara! We'll go back to quietly swooning now.
One of the UK's emerging secret weapons, Ben Westbeech (who also drops tunes as Breach), is just over a month away from sharing his debut album made under his given name, There's More to Life Than This, through the Strictly Rhythm label. The un-Googleable Jam Factory outfit hooked us up with this dub of Westbeech's first single from that record, "Falling," in which it nabs a small section of the artist's white-boy-soul croon to loop over a deep, vintage-inspired house production. The dark bassline grooves in, out, and around the bouncing, bare-bones beat and vocal samples; it's only after four minutes of pushing those sounds through the speakers that Jam Factory starts to embellish on its track—giving us more reason to dance for another two minutes or so.
Chrissy Murderbot's 2010 was all about his somewhat-insane My Year of Mixtapes project, but it's looking like the Chicago-based artist wants to make 2011 all about establishing himself as a producer. Read more »
UK-based DJ/producer/label head Danny Yorke (a.k.a. Altered Natives) has brought together a crew of like-minded tunesmiths to contribute songs to his label's first CD release, a compilation called The Guild of Synchronists. On April 4, the Eye4Eye imprint will drop the 12-song disc, which, as Yorke puts it, is "a showcase of some of the artists
soon to be featured on Eye4Eye." Read more »
After years of domination in Oslo, skweee label Dødpop and its stable of producers will be making their UK debut at fellow wonky beat-genre label Donky Pitch's club night in Brighton on Saturday, March 5. The full lineup and all the details are here, but in tow will be Dødpop producer Beatbully, whose debut album Kosmik Regn coming at the end of the month. To celebrate both the release and Dødpop's first time in the UK, the label is offering Beatbully's title track for a free download. The song's undercurrent of fat, bloated synths are barely a match for the plethora of spry and dazzling synth melodies that crackle in and out, yet lackadaisical kickdrums and handclaps stickily hold it all together.
DJ MikeQ may not be a name that rings familiar for many XLR8R readers, but we have a pretty strong intuition that's about to change. His name has been popping up in mixes from the likes of Kingdom and Bok Bok for awhile now, but a little digging has shown DJ MikeQ to be one of the leading figures of the East Coast's long-running (but still largely underground) ballroom/vogue-house scene. Read more »
Venturing out from his beatmaking work as one third of international indie darlings The xx, here Jamie xx (né Jamie Smith) gets to fully indulge his own predilection for the sparest of dubstep/post-dubstep via the fantastic and fantastically unclassifiable post-everything comeback record of OG of OGs Gil Scott-Heron. Read more »
Here, we have a one-off remix from recent Punch Drunk signee Kahn (whose first 12" for the label drops February 28 and is pictured above). He's taken aim at Superisk's "Find Your Way," which first appeared last year on that artist's own single for the excellent dubstep label. As FACT pointed out in its write-up of the grimy tune, Kahn's version was aptly described as "fucking rude" by Superisk, a statement which is driven home by the song's intensely overwhelming bass frequencies, its wince-inducing riddim, and those sparse sample drops of an MC in the thick of some guttural "boh! boh!"-ing. But that's not all we have at work on "Find Your Way (Kahn Remix)"; the producer evens out his rudeness with eerie string melodies and 8-bit synth riffs that offer a touching yin to the rest of the track's ominous yang.
Dominic Maker and Kai Campos, those two guys behind the band that created our 16th favorite album from 2010, Mount Kimbie's Crooks & Lovers, will soon be embarking on yet another tour together, this time traversing the North American continent between dates at the SXSW and Coachella festivals. Read more »
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