Oakland beatmaker Matthew Tammariello (pictured above) has been releasing blissful instrumental hip-hop as Shortcircles for the last couple of years now, and is set to release his debut full-length, Between Waves, next month via Plug Research. Before that record sees a release on June 18, the producer today drops a single for album cut "On My Mind," a lushly produced slice of crystalline R&B featuring vocals from fellow Oakland resident Sarah K Melfy. That single also contains a loping remix from LA producer and previous XLR8R podcast contributor Anenon, offered here for download. A stream of "On My Mind" in its original form can be heard after the jump. Read more »
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Rising UK house producer Owen Howells has a history of writing slow-burning tunes, most notably the standout cut "The Door," which was featured at the top of this year as part of Danza Macabra's VA series. A signature of Howells' productions is the patient simmer with which they get going, and "Riding" surely fits that mold. The tune is virtually devoid of melody, favoring an accelerating, tribal rhythm that holds steady over the course of the song's seven-plus minutes, gradually increasing in intensity through sheer repetition which slowly overloads the senses. Howells' Common People EP—the forthcoming release from which "Riding" comes to us—is slated to drop on May 27 via Celestial.
This particular remix had its roots planted last year when nocturnally tinged, Manchester-bred producer Holy Other and London-based house alchemist Fort Romeau (pictured above) embarked on a tour together. After a few months of stewing and retooling, Romeau finally offered his rework up as a free giveaway on his SoundCloud earlier today. Romeau's remix of the title track and standout cut from Holy Other's debut LP for Tri Angle, Held, is clever in all the right ways. Right from the opening kicks—which are paired with only the original's pointed and poignant R&B chops—things proceed in the order one might expect: a fluttering organ, sharp rides, and wind-tunnel synths creep in, gradually expanding outward and filling out the sonic space. Still, for being a relatively straightforward arrangement, Romeau's formula completely works, building up and breaking down beautifully until it ends quite literally where it began.
Hailing from Norfolk, up-and-coming producer Magic Panda is in the midst of readying his debut LP for the Kid606-helmed Tigerbeat6 label. Entitled Temple of a Thousand Lights, the full-length explores a wide range of electronic composition with a keen sense for enveloping arrangements and dense synthwork. One such cut is "Days Are Numbered," a driving, but melodically led effort which appears early on in the forthcoming record's run. Before the Temple of a Thousand Lights LP drops on June 24, Magic Panda has offered a streaming preview of all 12 album tracks (including remixes from Max Cooper and Kid606), which can be heard after the jump. Read more »
Dub-techno veteran Beat Pharmacy (a.k.a. Brendon Moeller) will soon add to his immense discography with the release of a new EP, the aptly titled Tricks of the Trade. Set to drop May 27 via Throne of Blood, the four-track record opens with "Sometimes I'm Happy," a cut that blends standard dancefloor rhythms with off-beat synth licks. As an artist who operates under multiple musical identities, Moeller has certainly retained a unique style for his Beat Pharmacy project, described in the EP's accompanying press release as "analog weirdness designed to move butts and make you think."
Amsterdam resident Patrice Bäumel is a mutli-faceted talent. Not only does Bäumel do time as a resident jock for his city's Trouw nightclub—a venue we particularly enjoyed during our time spent at least year's ADE festival—but the man is also a talented producer as well. To help introduce his work to the XLR8R faithful, the Dutchman has passed along "Trance," a track not named after the grandiose genre of dance music but instead after the floating state this particular nine-minute slice of calming techno is likely to pull listeners down into.
Budding stateside outfits Mirror Kisses and Spazzkid (pictured above) have connected on this new remix, with the latter beatsmith reworking the lead cut from the former's recently self-released Heartbeats LP. In its original form, Mirror Kisses' "Runaways" is a mellow piece of funky synth-pop, but in the hands of Spazzkid, the tune is transformed into a heavenly beat stripped of the original's vocals and filled out by thick synths, distant melodies, and a virtually incalculable amount of drum programming.
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