Leave it to Tobacco to curate a mix of tracks for the XLR8R Podcast and name the collection Songs to Get Killed in the Woods To. We told the Black Moth Super Rainbow head honcho and lover of mini-golf, whose Fucked Up Friends album will release on anticon. next month, to choose whatever tracks he wanted for this exclusive, hour-long podcast. Read more »
Thanks to Dre Skull, XLR8R.com readers will get a little lesson in the history of bounce music with this exclusive podcast. The Brooklyn-based DJ and producer compiled tracks from the sissy rap genre, a New Orleans phenomena that rose to fame in the late '90s when a cross-dressing MC named Katey Red came to fame on the Southern rap scene. Here, Dre Skull shows off some of her tracks, as well as those of veteran Big Freedia and up-and-coming star Sissy Nobby.
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While 2007 saw the release of both their Happy Birthday full-length and Boogy Bytes Vol.3 mix, Berlin duo Modeselektor has been relatively quiet in 2008. Well, that's about to change, as the pair is planning to take their distinct brand of noisy, chopped-up techno on the road as part of the Jetlag Tour 2008 with Ellen Allien.
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Their friendship formed over a mutual love for a Stevie Wonder tune, and Dusk + Blackdown have been DJing and producing music together ever since, rolling out the dubstep and grime beats and generally causing havoc on the dancefloor. Based in London, they also run Keysound Recordings (which is to release the duo's debut long-player Margins Music on August 18), and capture the dark environment of their city through their music. Read more »
For the next installment of the XLR8R podcast, we turn our attention towards the inventive and at times quite bizarre roster over at Sufjan Stevens' Asthmatic Kitty imprint. Founded in 1999 by a collective of like-minded musicians from Michigan, the label has since risen to prominence thanks to the likes of Rafter, Shapes and Sizes, Cryptacize, I Heart Lung, and Stevens himself. Musically diverse and always impossible to pin into one genre, this mix is a good indication of what's in store for the label over the coming months. Read more »
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