Tommy Guerrero is something of an icon in the Bay Area. The producer is known for his soulful and atmospheric recordings, as well as his abilities as a multi-instrumentalist. The recently released Return of the Bastard finds him playing bass, guitar, percussion, and other instruments throughout the album's fifteen tracks.
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Stephen Gardner and Ben Bailes, along with their army of gutiars, drums, synths, organs, and horns, traverse every genre known to man on their fourth full-length under the Chessie moniker. Manifest comes six years after the highly praised Overnight (named of of the best albums of the year by New York Times), and the duo's sound has changed considerably since, to a rawer, subtler one that's less dance and more pensive–in the best possible way.
Hailed by many as one of the best live acts in the Bay Area, the four members of Triclops! make acid-punk packed with quivering basslines, thrashing guitar riffs, and distorted vocals. The band's forthcoming debut, Out of Africa, was recorded by the Melvins' engineer Kurt Schlegal, and has ensured their place among modern acts like Comets on Fire, The Locust, and others.
Does this guy really need an introduction at this point? Okay, for those not in the know, Flying Lotus is Steven Ellison, L.A.-based producer and one of the leaders of that city's IDM-via-hip-hop noise scene. His Reset EP firmly established his place in the Warp Records family, and now, Ellison has furnished XLR8R with a remix of "Tea Leaf Dancers." Here he slows the tempo down and turns up the soul elements, for a slinky, crooning rework.
Under his Siriusmo guise, Berlin-based wonder-kid Moritz Friedrich has produced for the likes of Boys Noize's label, remixed Simian Mobile Disco, Yelle, and Kool Keith, and contributed to compilations like Shir Khan's Maximize. "All the Girls" has been in the record bags of every cool kid on the block, from A-Trak to that idiot behind the decks at your local dive bar. Bag this one.
In this month of mad dubstep coverage on XLR8R.com, Croydon, U.K.-based Beni "Benga" Uthman delivers the latest banger. The 21-year old producer is known for mixing electro rhythms with brooding basslines, and here he adds tribal drums and manipulated vocals that enhances the track's suspenseful mood. Photo by Derek Djons.
Argentina-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Leonardo Martinelli (a.k.a. Tremor) is known for his film scores, TV show soundtracks, and his pairing of traditional folk music with synthesizers, glitchy breaks, and IDM flavors. His skills have earned him a coveted spot on the U.S. tour hosted by Zizek, the weekly Buenos Aires party aimed at bringing its blend of cumbia, hip-hop, reggaeton, and grime to the masses.
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