Brooklyn-based experimental hip-hop artist Kotchy recently released his fun, R&B-inflected I’d Have to Be High EP, which features remixes from The Chap, Dev79, and Hrdvsion, among others. Here, Parisian Dj dÉbruit remixes “Check Out My Keychain” as his bump-hop alter ego KeeCLAC. I'd Have to Be High is out now.
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Chicago avant-rap duo Serengeti & Polyphonic are set to release their sophomore album, and if "My Patriotism" is any indication, they've once again paired Geti's socially aware, stream-of-consciousness rhymes with Polyphonic's skittery, IDM-flavored beats that often recall the late '90s Warp catalog.
Terradactyl is out June 23.
A.M. Architect is the San Antonio-based experimental side project of Daniel Stanush (a.k.a. Magic Note, the lead guitarist for Panic Division) and Diego Chavez (a.k.a. Aether216). This Ernest Gonzales remix of their track “Next of Kin” blends ambient outdoor sounds with the din of distant conversation, giving the impression of a garden party interrupted by a complex instrumental of buzzy bottom synths, light interwoven electric guitar, and sped-up bongo and electronic hand claps.
Krazy Baldhead’s forthcoming album, The B-Suite, will feature four movements and 49 minutes of music from the playful Ed Banger vet. This club remix of “Sweet Night,” off the new album, features the jazzy vocals of Outlines on top of a funky electro beat punctuated with tinny accents and robotic back-up vocals. Halfway through the song, the pulse trips into driving, choppy, polyrhythmic layers that speed to a serene close. Catch Mr. Baldhead on tour in Europe this spring with fellow Banger buddy, DJ Mehdi. The B Suite comes out on April 27.
Kate Simko used her love of techno, her background in classical music, and her admiration for scalar elementary particles to form her latest release, the soundtrack to PBS science documentary The Atom Smashers. The film follows a group of physicists on their search for the Higgs Boson particle, otherwise known as "The God Particle" (if physics wasn't your major, the Higgs Boson would, if found, help determine the origins of the universe). Ponder that theory while listening to Simko's minimal-driven soundtrack. Music from The Atom Smashers is out now.
Julian Carnrite and Kevin Schmidt, of Vancouver-based synth-pop group Christine, will release their debut EP, Good Ideas, next week on Moodgadget, but we at XLR8R are bringing you an exclusive Cassettes Won’t Listen remix of the EP’s single, “Cool Your Shoes,” to enjoy in the meantime. This remix gives Carnrite and Schmidt’s decidedly give-a-shit vocal delivery and straightforward pop hooks a shot of grainy bass and oscillating top synths. Good Ideas is out April 21.
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