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On-U Sound Preps New Albums

The early-’80s were an obscure era. New York was getting its first lick of post-punk with now-legendary acts like Suicide, Sonic Youth, PiL, and The Slits, crossbreeding genres from dub to noise. But while the aforementioned acts gave birth to the current wave of that particular genre, legendary producer Adrian Sherwood and The On-U Sound label inspired generation after generation of artistry, from industrial to hip-hop-to electro, and everything in between.

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  • 04/06/2007

Apreludes (In C Sharp Major)

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  • 04/06/2007

Architecture in Helsinki Announces Tour

With the electro scene growing ever more global, Australia’s Architecture in Helsinki gears up to take its indie electro-pop shenanigans around the world–from Moscow to Portland.

The sextet’s newest single, “Heart it” (remixed by dj /rupture and featuring Lee G), is a stomping, dancehall-meets-electro-pop collision. With Lee’s vocal brawn, /rupture’s simple mid-tempo groove, and  melodic electronics, it’s hard to imagine a more ambitious live show. Dancehall? Say goodbye to indie-pop live conventions.

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  • 04/06/2007

Just Beat It!

Instrumental leftfield hip-hop is once again exploding, with tons of new players emerging from online labels and MySpace pages. The abstract sound (also referred to as “headz”)–a combo of hip-hop drum programming, funky loops, strange samples, and intricate, choppy production blended into an often meditative brew–originated in the '90s, with Mo Wax and Ninja Tune artists DJ Krush, The Prunes, Funky Porcini, and DJ Food.

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  • 04/06/2007

Efterklang Preps Mini-Album

Múm is so 2003. 2007 is all about the acoustic-by-way-of-electronic minimalists Efterklang. It’s been six years since the Copenhagen-based quintet (actually, sextet, if one includes its resident filmmaker) formed, and each successive release since their debut, Tripper, finds the moody post-rockers blossoming further.


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  • 04/06/2007

LL Cool DJ Presents “Motor City Slappers”

For the latest installment of the XLR8R Podcast DJ Mix Series, XLR8R resident LL Cool DJ (a.k.a Bryant Rutledge–the raddest Rich Media Editor in the biz, a.k.a. one-half of psych-hip-hop duo Lazer Sword) pays his respects to the always-blossoming Detroit hip-hop scene.

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  • 04/05/2007

The Knife Preps Deluxe Album

With the release of Silent Shout (Mute) in 2006, Swedish brother/sister duo The Knife (known to their folks as Karin and Olof Dreijer) dominated best-of-the-year lists and magazine covers around the globe, not to mention snagging six Swedish Grammis awards (Sweden's Grammy equivalent), including Artist of the Year, Producer of the Year, and Group of the Year. Now the dark electro-pop icons are serving up a three-disc deluxe edition of the lauded album, aptly titled Silent Shout: Deluxe Edition.

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  • 04/05/2007

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