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Interview: A Touch of Class

Oliver Stumm and Domie Clausen began their career as A Touch of Class by churning out mixes of off-kilter disco and outlandish electro-rock. Nearly 10 years later, the duo has remixed The Gossip, Scissor Sisters, Le Tigre, and A.R.E. Weapons, and released a hefty catalog of singles along with two full- lengths. All of these releases have blasphemed the beat-defined conventions of the dance-stratosphere. XLR8R sat down with Oliver recently to hear dish the dirt on shitty MySpace bands, the asexual nature of digital DJs, and why no one should remix Bob Marley.

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  • 04/24/2007

Daily Download: !!! "Heart of Hearts"

While the press may classify !!! as a dance-punk outfit, one need only listen to the octet's Warp debut, Myth Takes, to see that these Brooklyn dudes can also make a wild breed of vocal house. Employing funked-out, jangling guitars, live drumming, soulful vocals, repetitive basslines, and percussion from all angles, !!! has become synonymous with the word party, whatever style of music it may play. "Heart of Hearts" is just further proof of this.

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  • 04/24/2007

Video: DJ Vadim “Got to Rock”

Russian-born, London-based Vadim Peare (a.k.a. DJ Vadim) has been sampling and mixing for over a decade, and his recent album, The Sound Catcher, finds him doing more of the same. New to our video section is a track from that album Peare completed with Zion, entitled “Got to Rock.” Vadim’s forward-thinking production and Zion’s lyrical delivery–pleasantly old-school in style–work together in making a party track with a timeless feel.

Cameron Octigan



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  • 04/24/2007

Frank N Dank’s European Vacation

In November 2005, the late J Dilla embarked on a final tour throughout Europe. Fellow Detroit residents and friends Frank N Dank, Phat Kat, and DJ Rhettmatic came along for the trip, which according to sources included "blunts, stunts, jokes, good music, and history in the making." Fortunately for all of us who couldn’t make it, the entire tour was recorded and edited down to one DVD–and now it’s being released. Read more » 

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  • 04/24/2007

XLR8R TV Episode 5: Busdriver

Indie hip-hop’s hyper-articulate MC Regan Farquhar–known to his fans as Busdriver–recently toured cross-country with Deerhoof. XLR8R cornered him on the San Francisco leg of the tour to chat about having fun and playing for the kids on Episode 5 of XLR8R TV. Here, the L.A.-based know-it-all pinballs between serious and silly, with a sober backstage demeanor and some high-energy onstage spazzing.

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  • 04/24/2007

Other Music Opens Digital Store

New York-based record store Other Music–a longtime haven for the city’s crate diggers–recently joined the ranks of the digital music world. The store proper was born in 1995, coincidentally the first year mp3s became more widely available. But, as even the casual music fans know, times are a changin’, and the decision to swing open its digital doors was an effort to prove, according to the store, that "real record stores run by real music fans can still survive and thrive."

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  • 04/24/2007

Girl Talk Quits Day Job, Gets Congressional Love

Pittsburgh-bred Greg Gilles (a.k.a. Girl Talk) had a frantic 2006. The mash-up kingpin juggled life as a biomedical engineer, remixer, and consistently touring party-crusher for the better part of the year, not to mention gave countless interviews for a mass of magazines and probably answered a heap of love letters via Myspace as well.

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  • 04/24/2007

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