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Roots Manuva Preps New Album

Rodney Smith will return this fall with his fourth studio full-length under the Roots Manuva moniker.

Slime and Reason finds the Stockwell, London-based rapper drawing inspiration from the music of his past, namely with old Channel One and Studio One cuts. "Lord knows what they were drinking, smoking, or eating, or what they were doing or what was on their mind, but to me, that was a special period in music," Smith remarks.

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  • 07/22/2008

Again & Again

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  • 07/22/2008

Train on the Brain

In Issue 119 of XLR8R, we looked at America's hidden train-hopping subculture through the eyes of two new DVDs, Sarah George's Catching Out and British director Alison Murray's Train on the Brain. The latter focuses on the physical experience of train-hopping, as well as the highs and frequent hells that go along with a two-month, cross-continental ride. Here, we bring you a clip from Murray's film.

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  • 07/21/2008

Dungen, Valet on New Vinyl/Digital Label

Ever notice how more and more artists are making their releases available in two formats, digital and vinyl, leaving out the CD package entirely? Anthology Recordings' Keith Abrahamsson has turned this trend into a business enterprise with the inception of Mexican Summer, a new label set to kick off in September that will feature releases in strictly vinyl and digital formats.

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  • 07/21/2008

Cut Copy and The Presets Announce Tour

After a tsunami of hype and press releases this year, Modular Records is set to unleash two of its biggest acts onto U.S. soil this fall.

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  • 07/21/2008

Faunts Plan Innagural West Coast Tour

As XLR8R's Tomas Palermo said of the band Faunts in a 2006 article, "the term 'ambient' doesn't do justice to these artists.'" After the release of their debut album, as well as their M4 EP more recently, the five bandmembers from Edmonton, Canada truly do seem masters of crafting lush, cinematic indie rock that takes its cue from shoegaze and dream-pop.

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  • 07/21/2008

R.I.P. K-Swift

Female DJ K K-Swift (a.k.a. Khia Edgerton) died this morning due to a swimming pool accident in her hometown of Baltimore, MD, it has been reported.

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  • Filed under: news
  • 07/21/2008

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