Much like the artwork for its upcoming Solid EP, Claude's productions are deceivingly clean and simple. The result of a partnership between French beatmakers Fulgeance and Darius Broobecker, Claude takes a rather direct route to combining bits of classic disco and house with the sonic weight of UK bass—all of which comes wrapped together with an undeniably French touch. "In Love," the closing effort from the pair's upcoming debut EP, fits finely chiseled slices of soul between sharp and efficient drum programming, resulting in a track that smacks and pops while also maintaing a cool air about it. Available to grab for free below, "In Love" will be joined by six other original productions from Claude when the duo's Solid EP lands on October 6 via Musique Large.
The rise of Pional (a.k.a. Miguel Barros) has been a gradual one over the past few years, but 2014 feels like the year in which the Madrid producer has properly stepped into the spotlight. He's long been associated with John Talabot and his Hivern Discs label, and though Barros has been issuing solo work since 2010, including efforts for both Hivern and Permanent Vacation, he was for a long time best known as the "other guy" in Talabot's live show and the man behind the poppy vocal hook on "Destiny." That began to change in late 2013, when Barros signed on with Young Turks to issue the Invisible/Amenaza EP. Combined with an increased presence on the DJ circuit as a solo artist, the record garnered Pional plenty of new attention, and his latest effort, an official release of the hotly tipped "It's All Over" (one of the star tracks from Talabot's stellar DJ-Kicks mix album), is arguably even bigger. As such, we felt the time was right to ask Barros to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
Illum Sphere has been tapped to mix the 78th edition of the Fabriclive series. The Mancunian DJ and producer born Ryan Hunn is noted for previous releases on Tectonic and Martyn's 3024 label—not to mention his debut full-length for Ninja Tune—and has honed his skills as a diverse selector through the night he co-founded, Hoya:Hoya, which recently began staging takeovers at the London club. Read more »
Wild Highways is the project of Toronto's Cody Dyck, a guitarist who began crafting beats after relocating from the "Canadian prairies" to his current, more urban surroundings. At the moment, Wild Highways appears to be in its beginning stages, with only a handful of tracks on SoundCloud (all of which come accompanied by self-made videos) to its credit so far. One such effort is "Enter the Neu!," a synth-streaked production which places swimming chords, lopsided arpeggios, and an array of angelic R&B vocal chops atop its active rhythmic base. A restless electronic hybrid, "Enter the Neu!" serves as a welcome first peek into what the budding Toronto talent may have up his sleeve as he continues to hone his craft.
Kicking off later this week, the 11th edition of Seattle's Decibel Festival boasts a diverse range of electronic acts, with artists such as Marcel Dettmann, KiNK, Andy Stott, Richie Hawtin, Prefuse 73, FaltyDL, John Roberts, Max Cooper, Steffi, Simian Mobile Disco, Oneohtrix Point Never, Kode9, and Martyn (just to name a few) set to perform throughout the five-day gathering. Now, XLR8R readers have an opportunity to win a pair of festival passes before Decibel 2014 gets underway this Wednesday. Read more »
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