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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

The Week in Tours

With winter safely behind us and countless artists emerging from their respective hibernations, it’s safe to say ears (and livers) across the globe will be working overtime this spring. Here’s a taste of the musical goodness set to travel across the globe.

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  • 04/05/2007

Fridge Releases New Album

Kieran Hebden, Adem Ilhan, and Sam Jeffers, collectively known as Fridge, will break six years of silence with The Sun, a collection of tracks culled from the last three years, appropriately set for release in the summertime. Variety reigns supreme here, with elements ranging from punchy, rumbling basslines to mellow, acoustic lullabies, hints of glitchy beats, and IDM-influenced pop to remind listeners of the trio’s individual music endeavors.

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  • 04/05/2007

Joakim and The Ectoplasms Announce Mini-Tour

It’s been an intense few months for French producer/DJ Joakim. On top of interviewing with a host of music and lifestyle mags (on a global scale), his tracks have been pounding dancefloors and finding their way onto mixtapes and comps, from JDG & Dave P’s Go Commando to Kitsuné’s Compilation 2. Add to that litany the recent release of his latest album, Monsters and Silly Songs, a playful journey into the world of musical oddities.

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  • 04/04/2007

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