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J Dilla's Ruff Draft Re-Issued

Originally released in 2003, Ruff Draft proved to be a turning point in the career of late hip-hop producer James Yancey (a.k.a. J Dilla). The sample-heavy nature of the tracks, along with the aggressive synth work on the album gave the record a far more experimental tone in comparison to the minimal beats Yancey created for groups like A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, and The Roots. But taking–and succeeding with–such musical risks only further established Yancey as one of the foremost producers in hip-hop.

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  • 01/30/2007

Chrome Children 2 Available For Free

Stones Throw fans, take note! It seems the label is out to make everyone's day, as Chrome Children 2–the highly-anticipated follow-up to Peanut Butter Wolf's handpicked first compilation–is now available for free download on stonesthrow.com.

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  • 01/29/2007

The XLR8R Office Top Ten Album Picks, Jan 29

Papercuts Can't Go Back Gnomonsong
San Francisco has a range of talent from all spectra of the indie realm, but Jason Robert Quever's Papercuts moniker is in a league of its own. Can't Go Back rifles through '60s-style pop melodies and sustained, shoegazing guitars that are undeniably the shit.


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  • 01/29/2007

Sascha Funke Gets a Tan, Produces New Tracks

Thanks to BPitch Control's Sascha Funke, we now know that minimal techno DJs are in fact capable of making music in places where the sun shines and the climate calls for smiles and relaxation. The producer and remixer headed off to the South of France recently–a highly publicized decision, it seems–with labelmate Paul Kalkbrenner in tow, and caught both sunshine and inspiration. The result is a great tan for Funke, and a new 12" for fans to enjoy.

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  • 01/29/2007

XLR8R's Video Section Gets A Redesign

We love our music videos so much we decided to go a little nutty this month and redesign our entire Videos Section.

Now you can view the hundreds of videos from your favorite XLR8R-approved artists–everything from Warp Records classics to brand new videos from Klaxons and Chrome Children–on our custom-made video player, leave comments about what you loved (or hated), and see who's been added to the list of recent artists during the week.



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  • 01/29/2007

Mando Diao Releases Ode to Ochrasy

Given that the name of their band came to them in a dream, it comes as no surprise that the title of Swedish group Mando Diao’s third album, Ode to Ochrasy, similarly refers to dreamlike states. "Ochrasy” denotes the grey area between dream and reality, specifically, the time experienced after the after-party and before the next day.

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  • 01/28/2007

Now Playing At Peepshow: XLR8R Does NAMM

You last saw the Dankman and Ken Taylor causing mischief at the Consumer Electronics tradeshow in Las Vegas. From there the duo went to Anaheim, CA, to the annual NAMM conference, where they checked out the latest music gear, the freaks, and the hot ladies mingling around the convention center.

See it now, only at Peepshow.



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  • 01/26/2007

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