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The XLR8R Office Top Ten Album Picks, May 21

To My Boy Messages XL
First of all, James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco) helped produce this piece of gold. Second, Messages is the best thing to happen to pop music since Tears for Fears. Possessed by the spirit of MTV circa 1989, To My Boy has manipulated the synthesizer into a tool of mass destruction. Andrew WK is tame compared to this pop action.


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Mer du Japan

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  • Filed under: video
  • 05/21/2007

Minus Releases New Comp

Berlin-based techno imprint Minus is set to release Nothing Much, the first collection of the label’s work since last year’s exceptional min2MAX.

Label founder and minimal progenitor Richie Hawtin started Minus back in 1998, but recently decided the time to re-brand the label's image had arrived. Nothing Else acts as something of a document that tracks the label’s progress since inception. In a literal sense, it’s a sort of greatest hits compilation.



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  • 05/21/2007

Kitsuné Maison 4: Crystal Castles, Feist, The Whip

With its fourth label sampler about to drop, Paris-based imprint Kitsuné still looks to be, as stated in a review of the label's third compilation (XLR8R 105), "campaigning for party label of 2007."

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  • 05/21/2007

Daily Download: Vladislav Delay "I Saw a Polysexual"

It's been ten years, and Finnish-born, Berlin-based Vladislav Delay is still cranking out experimental dance destruction. "I Saw a Polysexual" is a dub-heavy sound collage that could light up any soundlab or club-ready crowd in seconds. Responsible for an array of monikers, including Uusitalo, Luomo, Conoco, and Sistol, this guy has done it all–house, noise, glitch, and collaborations with the likes of Black Dice and Massive Attack. Whistleblower is another nice treat from an always challenging production kingpin.

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  • 05/21/2007

The Week in Videos

We kicked off the week with Rhymesayers’ Latin representatives Los Nativos taking hip-hop into their own hands, with authentic live footage. Bonde Do Role hit the streets with its twisted breed of baile-punk, Trans Am cranked more psychotic (and colorful) visuals and exceeded its already arty reputation, and Trentemøller got sentimental with a dark-house hit regarding a dog’s ascent into space.

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  • 05/20/2007

The Week In Downloads

San Francisco-based duo ellul gave us a taste of dissonant shoegaze music to start the week off, before New Young Pony Club assaulted our ears with energetic disco and synth radiation. Then, 21-year old Rollie Pemberton (a.k.a. Cadence Weapon) showed off his hip-hop production chops. A-Plus proved the whole world hasn’t gone hyphy, and Deejay OM gave us boom-bap with an exotic Eastern flair. 

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  • Filed under: news
  • 05/19/2007

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