XLR8R takes a look at the labels changing the face of independent music. In addition to our Top 25 Labels We Love feature, XLR8R ventures into the world of MP3 labels, oddball dance imprints, the visual artists behind France’s Kitsuné, and 10 young labels to watch in the coming year.Read more »
XLR8R TV's Andrew Smith heads deep into the psychedelic world of S.F.-based visual artist Mario Martinez, a.k.a. MARS-1. Taking cues from music, graffiti, and Heinlein-era science fiction, Martinez makes paintings and toys for psychonauts. Join Andrew as he explores the studio, CD collection, and inner mind of MARS-1.
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L.A.-based MC E Reece shoots some purely positive rhymes out on the title track off his latest full-length, A New Breed. The forthcoming album speaks to his time spent in the hip-hop underground, his jazz training, his many influences (which include everyone from Prince to KRS-1), and his uplifting attitude towards music.Read more »
The indie-folk gods are bestowing another offering on mankind soon, this time from L.A.-based outfit The Deadly Syndrome. The band will release The Ortolan on Dim Mak, and with Steve Aoki’s money backing the project, a new folk resurgence might be imminent.Read more »
Amir Suliman appears to be on a one-man mission to revive posi-hip-hop, one track at a time. This activist, writer and MC is at his most uplifting on "Change Gonna Come," a politically conscious opus that'll have backpackers and nu-soul devotees equally energetic.Read more »
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