Jason Swinscoe, mastermind behind The Cinematic Orchestra, literally hasn’t stopped moving since the group released its first record, Everyday, in 2002. The production process behind their newest effort, Ma Fleur, had Swinscoe jetting between London, Paris, and New York, where, between unpacking boxes and catching flights, the concept for this album flowered into existence.Read more »
For the cold months of winter we warmed you with mix after mix of upbeat techno on the XLR8R Podcast DJ Mix Series. Now that spring is upon us and the rain is falling, we turn towards the slower, melancholic strains arriving these days from Bay Area label/collective anticon.
Zealous Records has commissioned DJ and writer Oliver Wang to curate a second compilation named after his Soul Sides website. The concept of the series–a music blog writer as opposed to a DJ gathering and arranging the tracks–speaks not only to Wang's excellent musical ear of, but also the ever-increasing influence and viability of blogs. The success of Soul Sides Volume One bore the idea for a second compilation, the latter featuring rare tracks of soul artists covering pop standards.Read more »
Ferndale, MI-based company Paxahau assumes promotion duties a second year in a row for Movement: Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival, the eighth annual techno-centric festival with an ever-changing name. It seems the unsure future of the festival, after swapping hands nearly every year since its inception, has finally been resolved.
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Peepshow’s latest offering takes a snapshot look at our inaugural edition of XLR8R TV, hosted by Revision3.com. Ken Taylor chats with French laptop punks DAT Politics, we journey to the East Bay and into the studio with Zion I, and we get down with S.F. clubgoers for a slice of nightlife.Read more »
Snag a copy of the latest compilation from New York's Go Commando series, this time from JDH and Dave P, masterminds behind the city’s FIXED parties. Like James F!@#$%^ Friedman’s inaugural Go Commando comp, JDH and Dave P crank out a mix of house and techno bangers that will cause asses around the world to wiggle, with The Knife, Michael Mayer, Four Tet, and Vitalic making appearances.Read more »
Ready for a new beat? With the alt-rock and club-techno scenes taking up the major share of music headlines these days it would be easy to overlook the abundance of nu-soul, future jazz, and broken beat music that’s arriving on record-store shelves and download sites. Three famous labels in particular, renowned for their consistency, don’t let our thirsty ears down with these full schedules of new releases.
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