Schlachthofbronx hooked up XLR8R, and all those who peruse its website, with this new jam hand picked off their forthcoming eponymous debut album. "Mad Instrument" is an upbeat exhibition of the Munich outfit's capacity for dousing below-the-equator beats with high-octane German precision. Shlachthofbronx is available in stores Sept. 18.
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The teaming of UK electro-house heads Clavertron and Itchy Feet has birthed something perfectly fitting for the Chicago-based Potty Mouth label, a hyperactive and foul-mouthed club pleaser they've dubbed "Dwarf Porn." On his remix, New Zealand's Magik Johnson has paired his own bass-heavy dance beats with the "weird night gone worse" vocal assault, making a track that sounds something like Major Lazer presents The Streets.
Borrowing equally from dissonant, late-'90s DC punk and more contemporary takes on sprawling indie rock, Tempo No Tempo's "The Rat (Part One)" bounces between tense rhythms and the pitter-patter of relaxed backbeats before resting permanently in tapestries of delayed guitar and crashing cymbals. The trio may wear their influences on their collective sleeve, but it's refreshing to hear this stripped-down and visceral sound coming from the fertile San Francisco underground.
Chunky handclaps, a marimba-like melody line, and some deep, deep kicks are what make this recent collaboration between Tiefschwarz and Seth Troxler really move. Though Troxler's spoken vocals are a bit dubious, Tiefschwarz's production skills are in top form, bringing much more funkiness to his grooves than in recent productions.
Another taste from Vitalic's latest album, the upcoming Flashmob—from which we shared a minimix preview of earlier this month,—"See the Sea (Red)" is distorted, melodic French electro served straight up. If this track is any indication, the seasoned French producer hasn't lost his knack for rave-appropriate soundscapes that never forget the importance of the almighty beat.
Here at XLR8R, we've had our ears blown away by the recent skweee sounds coming from Scandinavia, evidenced by our feature on the genre in issue 127. A new compilation from one of the genre's flagship labels features this monster, a squeaky, anthemic take on dubstep rhythms featuring frenetic synth modulations and acidy flourishes. Watch out for future Sprutbass releases, as his diversity of influences and textures is quickly making him one of the stars of the Oslo scene.
In celebration of the label's second release, LA's Culprit label is giving the world a fantastic slice of music from the artists who populated their first outing. Hot Natured (a.k.a. Lee Foss and Jamie Jones) certainly turned heads with the h.e.a.d.s. EP earlier this year (for more Jones-related goodness, also peep his new album, Don't You Remember the Future), and here they team up again, so if you like what's going down you can go back and grab their EP along with the next Culprit release from Kenneth James Gibson, a.k.a. [a]pendics.shuffle. Gibson's Animals Tonight comes out this week.
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