A few weeks back, Mad Decent held their second annual block party in Philadelphia, featuring Major Lazer, Blaqstarr, Maluca, and a host of other label stars. With dance contests, local foods, and performances all day, it looks like it came off quite well, judging from the excellent video below. And be sure to watch out for exclusive pics of the party in the next issue of XLR8R!
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Four years since his last album, France's Vitalic returns in November with Flashmob, a 13-track collection of filtered electro-house. One of the pioneers of that certain Gallic house sound, it goes without saying that the latest from the Dijon-based producer is eagerly anticipated. And to whet fans' appetites, a streaming minimix of the record's highlights is available here.
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The monthly series of limited-edition art books published through Brooklyn's Sound Screen Design, Artist Music Journals, will feature the talents of Baltimore's bearded, eccentric, and charismatic singer for Dischord's Lungfish, the insatiably creative Daniel Higgs. Read more »
Italo's new heiress, Sweden's Sally Shapiro, just released her latest record, My Guilty Pleasure, much to the ecstasy of fans and critics alike. We here at XLR8R find nothing guilty about enjoying her album whatsoever, and are pleased to share with you an exclusive mix from Pleasure's producer Johan Agebjörn. The nine-track DJ mix shares some of Johan's personal favorites, his own edits, and future dancefloor classics packaged in 30 minutes of lovely disco tunes. Read more »
Rockstar Games has just released a couple new videos to promote Beaterator, their acclaimed web-based music-making software, which is set to make the leap to mobile for the PSP on September 29, and the iPhone/iPod Touch shortly thereafter. Timbaland, the producer responsible for a lot of the sounds packed into Beaterator, narrates. Check 'em out below!
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- September 24: Decibel Festival with Marcel Dettmann, KiNK, FaltyDL, John Roberts, Steffi, Simian Mobile Disco, and More
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