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Daily Download: Bumps "Tryplmeade Gorsmatch"

When three percussionists from post-rock behemoth Tortoise make a breakbeat record, the odds are that it's going to be groundbreaking. Bumps' first release for Stones Throw, Beats, Breaks, Raw, Drums, beams with Latin, Jazz, Afroabeat, and yes, a little post-rock rhythm. Is there anything these guys can't accomplish musically? 

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  • 06/05/2007

Kompakt Readies Speicher 3

Fans of all things techno, take note. Cologne-based imprint Kompakt Records is set to unleash the third installment of its Speicher (“Extra”) series, a collection of compilations showcasing the label’s best 12” tracks in a single mix CD.

This time around, labelhead Michael Mayer and Jorg Burger (a.k.a. The Modernist) take the reigns, steering the mix through melodic intros, peak-time dancefloor numbers, and straight into 4 a.m, dropping some of the freshest techno tracks Kompakt has released to date.

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  • 06/04/2007

The XLR8R Office Top Ten Album Picks, June 4

Various Speicher CD3 Kompakt
Kompakt is responsible for some of the most textured, melodic techno ever, and Speicher CD3 follows suit threefold. Featuring melters from DJ Koze, Stardiver, John Dhalback, and mixed by The Modernist and Michael Mayer, Speicher 3 is the peak-time bleep-fest champion of the year!


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Animal Collective Releases Strawberry Jam

Friends since the second grade, Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist, and Deakin (a.k.a. Animal Collective) have been recording tracks together for nearly as long as that, each living in separate time zones, writing individually, yet remaining one of the most intimate acts around. The band has cycled through experimental phases that range from choppy noise to freak-folk to tribal drum escapades, garnering a new army of devout followers with every release. But the Collective’s newest gem, Strawberry Jam, exceeds any experimental expectations–this is pop!

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  • 06/04/2007

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  • 06/04/2007

Daily Download: Amir Sulaiman "I Love You"

Amir Sulaiman is an MC who has merged the fierce raps à la Chuck D and urgent lyrics akin to KRS-1 into a single ball of poetic fire. His latest release, Like A Thief In the Night, summons traditional boom-bap and conscious lyrics that never impede into preachy territory. "I Love You" may be Sulaiman's entrance into the underground elite.

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  • 06/04/2007

The Week In Videos

What would a week in videos be without some serious art-school antics?

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  • Filed under: news
  • 06/03/2007

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