On the latest leak from their forthcoming debut album Romborama, Italian rave-aholics The Bloody Beetroots have morphed their sound just slightly to fit the verses from Chicago alt-rappers The Cool Kids. A sinister hip-hop beat drives "Awesome" while percussive synths and Chuck and Mikey's style-centric rhymes hang on for the ride.
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Could someone please make Har Mar Superstar famous? His tour opening for Weezer didn't do it, and neither did his cameo in the Starsky and Hutch re-make. The tracks he wrote for J. Lo or Kelly Osborne went nowhere, and we have a feeling that his new single, "Tall Boy," originally intended for Britney Spears before her management turned it down, won't be changing his fortunes either. The paint-by-numbers pop tune leans far more '03 than '09, and Har Mar has made the, um, interesting decision to keep the original lyrics, leaving him looking for a "tall boy" to "get inside" of him. Good luck with that one.
The Tres stable has been owning the hip-hop landscape as of late and this exclusive, never-heard-before instrumental joint from the Blu & Mainframe alliance is no joke. A hash of old-school hip-hop, funk, and bass amplitude, let's just say that Johnson & Jonson are about to blow this party up.
Originally crafted by Austrailan trio Digital Manges, this buzzing, Greek-language bass tune has been assaulting eardrums courtesy of globetrotting DJs like Diplo, Sinden, Laidback Luke, and Drop the Lime. Now Sharkslayer of Helsinki DJ crew Top Billin' (who recently showed XLR8R around their hometown) has passed along his hyperactive take on the track for exclusive download. Proceed with caution—this one sounds like Sharkslayer turned up the insanity knob all the way up.
Take Junior Boys' arpeggiating synths, The Rapture's disco-funk basslines, and Daft Punk's vocoded guitar from "Robot Rock" and you've got "Daddy Long Legs," one of two new singles from Brooklyn's Sensual Harassment. The propulsive track builds slowly before introducing a reverberated vocal chant and distorted synth that ushers back in the song's initial groove. The dancefloor has just found a new hero.
What at first sounds like a new song by African likembé group Konono N°1 is in fact a remix from German tech-house producer Butch, an artist recently featured in XLR8R. Butch's re-work of the collaborative track "Seven Lives" by Martin Eyerer, Namito, and Stephan Hinz is a subtle-but-strong tech-house experience that relies heavily on it's repetitive percussion loop and the occasional dip into a bath of filtered synths. The track was pulled from Namito's new Eleven Remixed EP—go here to check out the rest, including remixes from Marc Romboy, Daniele Papini, and more.
On this remix of "Sinister Skies," the opening track from noisy beat-smith Pollination's forthcoming Inca Orange EP, Southern California's Zoomzip brings the tempo down with a style reminiscent of the kaleidoscopic tracks found in Boards of Canada's catalog. A head-nodding beat and floating flute loop act as the centerpiece for Zoomzip's hazy remix, while indiscernible field recordings fill the gaps in the rhythm.
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