Chicago's shape-shifting trio A Lull creates a vast sound far more massive than the sum of its parts. Their beat-heavy brand of post-rock relies equally on instrumental rhythms as it does melodic vocal percussion, a fact showcased fluidly on the XLR8R exclusive "Weapons For War." Ripped from their current sessions for next year's forthcoming debut album, Confetti, A Lull's song inhales as much as it exhales—trading in swirling electronics and tribal beats for acoustic rhythms and harmonized vocal hooks as it breathes. A Lull's Ice Cream Bones EP is out now on Lujo.
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Part Netherlands and part Colorado, the elusive Brim Liski is a collective of underground producers who remain "happily depressed." Their collective output sounds something like M83 covering Depeche Mode remixing a Three 6 Mafia beat, and "Fight" is a great example of the group's ability to balance a head-nodding beat with poignant atmospherics and hushed vocal work.
Taken from the Blu Jemz-curated Beat Machine compilation, "Tetris" is a slinky slice of instrumental synth-funk put together by Waajeed. Best known as an original member of Slum Village and a founder of Platinum Pied Pipers, Wajeed will be hitting the road as part of the Beat Machine tour that kicks off tonight.
What makes this piece interesting isn't really the music itself, which falls squarely into the shiny indie-electro category, but the method of dissemination: the new Friends of Friends label sells unique t-shirts commissioned by a specific musical artist, and every t-shirt contains a download code to a release by that artist as well as a musical compatriot. On the label's second release, Swiss duo Larytta tapped their countryman Bauchamp to share the release and artist Tatiana Rihs to design the t-shirt. With shirt and download code in hand, one can not only hear the six-track release itself, but remixes by Lazer Sword, Hecuba, and more.
Matias Aguayo never does what is expected of him, so it is no surprise that the first single from his upcoming Kompakt album sounds like a bit like an outtake from an early TV on the Radio session—though a slow beat forms the track's backbone, much of the remaining sonic texture comes from multi-layered vocal elements reminiscent of a barbershop quartet. Of course, Aguayo's sexy croon is on full display throughout, though the track can't hold a candle to anything from the Closer Musik discography. With this piece as a teaser, let's hope the rest of Ay Ay Ay is as equally puzzling and pleasing.
The team of Tignino and Leo pair up with Mark Kerr to create a bouncy tech-house track displaying wet handclaps, a dubby mid-frequency synth stab, and an apex that leads into a creepy, sexual vocal element. Somewhat reminiscent of Glimpse's or Itamar Sagi's recent work, and an ass-shaker for sure, this piece is bound to end up getting some major props during earlier club sets. "Into the World" is culled from Great Stuff's Munich Disco Tech Vol. 5, which also features Juan Sanchez, Denis Horvat, and a remix by Oliver Klein.
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