It's quite possible that Ben Thomas has had the most quietly productive 2011 of any burgeoning electronic artist, dropping his debut LP as BNJMN, Plastic World, on Rush Hour earlier this year and following it up with an impressive EP for the Svetlana imprint shortly thereafter. On Black Square, the young producer from Southern England continues to move further into a world of his own making, presenting nine more expertly crafted slices of dreamy house—with a heavy emphasis on the music's dreamy aspect. Read more »
Earlier this week, ghettotech protagonist DJ Godfather unveiled the Detroit Booty Callin' EP, an expectedly raunchy and fast-paced four-song digital release. The EP finds DJ Godfather (a.k.a. Brian Jeffries) collaborating with fellow Motor City residents Lil Mz 313 and Good Money, as well as Chicago footwork specialist DJ Rashad. Yet "Make That M.F." is DJ Godfather all on his own, laying down charging booty bass with vocals urgently exhorting listeners to shake what they've got.
Although it's been several months since the release of 93 Million Miles, the duo of Mark Pritchard and Steve Spacek has yet to visit North American shores in support of its debut album. Next month, Africa Hitech will be remedying the situation with an extensive trek across the US and Canda that's set to last for more than three weeks. Read more »
The City of Angels is the next stop for Tiga side-project ZZT, whose first LP, Partys Over Earth, will be released on November 7 via the Turbo imprint. "Partys Over Los Angeles" is the album's second single, and this remix from UK producer Jon Convex (pictured above) finds the Canadian man-diva getting upstaged by Convex—who also happens to be one half of Instra:mental—as the low-end- and vintage-electro-loving beatmaker smelts the hyperactive original in a crucible of vintage bass. The "Partys Over Los Angeles" single also includes reworks from Duke Dumont and TWR 72, and will be released on October 25.
Burgeoning Londoner Jack Dixon has contributed a couple of tunes to the XLR8R Downloads section over the past two months (first here and then here), but never with word of a proper release in the works. Now, we're pleased to pass on the news that Dixon has a new EP on the way, Knowledge (artwork above), and we're even more happy that he's decided to share another of his bubbling house tunes with us. Although "Clear" does not come from the aforementioned EP, the track does serve as a fine example of the smooth, percussion-filled endeavors one can expect to hear when the Knowledge EP drops at the end of the month via Losing Suki.
It's no wonder why M83's music videos are basically full-fledged film productions: Only a real cinematic experience could properly match the French artist's widescreen pop music. The fact is truer than ever with this clip for the lead single from the breathtaking, XLR8R Pick'ed Hurry Up, We're Dreaming double LP, "Midnight City." Read more »
Brooklyn producer Mux Mool (a.k.a. Brian Lindgren) is offering a free download, the first real sampling of his upcoming album, Planet High School, which is slated for release on February 7, 2012 via Midwestern stalwart Ghostly. "Palace Chalice" is a glimmering cut of electro-tinged instrumental hip-hop that pairs a relaxed, old-school vibe with lurching bass tones and summery synth melodies. Grab the track below, and check out the Planet High School artwork and complete tracklist after the jump. (via Pitchfork) Read more »
The news hit last week that two iconic UK acts in their own right, Massive Attack and Burial, had collaborated on a two-song 12" (pictured above). We first heard the a-side, "Four Walls," and now we can stream the record's other tune. Read more »
In the wake of new albums from both Martyn and Modeselektor, we here at XLR8R thought it might be fun to initiate a conversation between the veteran artists. What began as a casual chat pretty quickly became a lengthy discussion, so we've elected to run the whole thing as a five-part series throughout the week. Read more »
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