XLR8R http://www.xlr8r.com Accelerating music & culture Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:23:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 George FitzGerald Reveals Upcoming Debut LP; Hear the First Single Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/george-fitzgerald-reveals-upcoming-debut-lp-hear-the-first-single-now/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/george-fitzgerald-reveals-upcoming-debut-lp-hear-the-first-single-now/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:09:50 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87221 British-born, now Berlin-based producer/DJ George FitzGerald has revealed the details of his forthcoming debut artist album, Fading Love. A 10-track affair, FitzGerald's debut LP is said to mark a "new chapter" for the producer as it touches on "the more emotive and tactile spectrum of electronic music, while keeping one foot firmly planted on the dance floor."

Leading the charge for Fading Love is "Full Circle," the record's first single which features the talents of UK vocalist Boxed In. A melancholic endeavor, the track laces its icy skip with pulsing chords and a myriad of melodic touches that sit just beneath Boxed In's subtle crooning. FitzGerald's "Full Circle" single can be heard below ahead of his Fading Love LP's full release on April 28 via Double Six/Domino; the forthcoming record's complete tracklist and FitzGerald's upcoming DJ dates have also been included below.


1. About Time
2. Full Circle
3. Knife To The Heart
4. Call It Love (If You Want To)
5. Beginning At The End
6. Shards
7. Your Two Faces
8. Crystalize
9. Frank Is Sleeping
10. The Waiting

February 26 Stereobar, Montreal
February 27 Trade, Miami
February 28 Spybar, Chicago
March 5 Middlesex Lounge, Boston
March 6 U Hall, Washington DC
March 7 Verboten, Brooklyn
March 13 Stealth, Nottingham
March 14 Chibuku, Liverpool
March 20 Sankeys, Manchester
March 21 Switch, Southampton
March 27 Button Factory, Dublin
March 28 The Forum, Aberdeen
April 2 Sub Club, Glasgow
April 4 Digital Festival, Amsterdam
April 5 Pacha, Barcelona
April 11 Greentech Festival, Pisa

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Sónar Adds Squarepusher, Mumdance & Novelist, Xosar, and More to 2015 Line-Up http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/sonar-adds-squarepusher-mumdance-novelist-xosar-and-more-to-2015-line-up/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/sonar-adds-squarepusher-mumdance-novelist-xosar-and-more-to-2015-line-up/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:36:36 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87217 Adding to a bill that already includes Autechre, Flying Lotus, Arca, FKA Twigs, Roman Flügel, Jamie xx, The Bug, and Vessel, among others, Barcelona's annual Sónar festival has added a number of new names to its 2015 line-up. Amongst the new additions are Warp stalwart Squarepusher (pictured above), UK grime pair Mumdance & Novelist, the prolific Xosar, Hotflush label head Scuba, and German selector DJ Tennis, all of who will perform through the three days of Sónar festivities beginning on June 18.

Today's full new line-up announcement can be found here, while the list of new additions can also be watched via the video below; the complete bill of artist set to perform at this year's edition of Sónar can be found here.

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Numbers to Reissue Classic DJ Deeon Tracks on Upcoming EP http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/numbers-to-reissue-classic-dj-deeon-tracks-on-upcoming-ep/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/numbers-to-reissue-classic-dj-deeon-tracks-on-upcoming-ep/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:49:34 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87194 Raised in Chicago's Southside, DJ Deeon released a long list of ghetto house classics on the pioneering Dance Mania label over the course of his career, amassing a worldwide following with his raw call-and-response style. To celebrate his legacy, Glasgow's Numbers label have selected their favorite DJ Deeon cuts for a greatest hits EP, titled Deeon Doez Deeon!. Sourced and remastered from the original DAT tapes, the EP includes slinky vocal jam "2 B Free", spastic favorite "House-O-Matic", the erotically charged "Freak Like Me", and redline drum workout "The 604". Deeon Doez Deeon! drops via Numbers on March 23; until then, "Freak Like Me" can be streamed below. In addiiton, DJ Deeon's recent contribution to XLR8R's Artist Tips series can be read here.


1. 2 B Free
2. House-O-Matic
3. Freak Like Me
4. The 604

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Helena Hauff Details New EP for Werkdiscs; Hear a Track Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/helena-hauff-details-new-ep-for-werkdiscs-hear-a-track-now/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/helena-hauff-details-new-ep-for-werkdiscs-hear-a-track-now/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:43:19 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87175 Following a prolific year in 2014 with releases on Panzerkreuz, Solar One Music, PAN, and Lux Rec, Hamburg producer Helena Hauff has already announced her second record of 2015, set to arrive closely behind her recent cassette release for Texas label Handmade Birds.

In 2013, Darren Cunningham's (a.k.a. Actress) Werkdiscs imprint released Hauff's first original music, the Action Reactio EP; since then, the Golden Pudel resident has kept remarkably busy with solo singles, her collaborative Black Sites project with F#x, and Peter Weiss's Hypnobeat show. Now, she will return to Werkdsics with the five-track Lex Tertia EP next month, and has shared a music video for "The First Time He Thought, He Died," the upcoming record's closing cut which rides vintage drum machines through a noxious haze. Hauff's Lex Tertia will drop on March 30; in the meantime, the EP's closing effort can be streamed/watched below. (via Resident Advisor)


1. Drowning Demons
2. The Bean Field And The Gods
3. Reaktion I
4. Reaktion II
5. The First Time He Thought, He Died

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Listen to Lindstrøm's New Single, "Home Tonight" http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/listen-to-lindstroms-new-single-home-tonight/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/listen-to-lindstroms-new-single-home-tonight/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:05:14 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87184 Norwegian disco mastermind Lindstrøm has today shared a full stream of "Home Tonight," a new track which will kick off a forthcoming single series from the artist's own Feedelity label. A soaring disco affair that stretches across nine minutes, "Home Tonight" is flush with lively percussion, punchy piano chords, and bright arpeggios, while also featuring the vocal efforts of Grace Hall, a Los Angeles-based singer and member of the Skin Town outfit.

Lindstrøm's and Grace Hall's "Home Tonight" outing is set to see its official release on April 6, when it will launch an ongoing series of Lindstrøm-produced singles that will land on his Feedelity label throughout 2015. In the meantime, that endeavor's first offering can be streamed in full below.

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Gordon "Bleu Merle" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/gordon-bleu-merle/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/gordon-bleu-merle/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:00:46 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87160 Earlier this week, the Infiné label dropped the Bleu Merle EP, a four-track collection of electronic constructions from French producer Gordon. Serving as the artist's debut release for the label—though he is said to have been involved with the inner workings of Infiné since its beginning—the record is led off by its title track, a dense production which has been offered here for free download. Spanning seven minutes, "Bleu Merle" endlessly lurches forward, liberally piling thick layers of buzzing synths, wobbly low-end, and refracted ambient textures to its slightly off-kilter stomp throughout the course of the track's elongated run.

Bleu Merle

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Premiere: Hear Seven Davis Jr. Remix Mr. G http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/premiere-hear-seven-davis-jr-remix-mr-g/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/premiere-hear-seven-davis-jr-remix-mr-g/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:30:21 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87153 Set to close out the forthcoming Resonate EP from longstanding London house head Mr. G, a new remix from rising Los Angeles-based producer/vocalist Seven Davis Jr. is now available to stream in full. As is his speciality, Davis Jr.'s rework laces its stripped rhythms with raw flashes of funk and soul. Aside from making use of the original tune's funk-referencing vocal samples, the remix also piles a number of organ stabs and sliding slabs of molten bass atop its sunken skip; the resulting productions comes equipped with the kind of potent groove we've come to expect from Davis Jr.'s efforts.

Set to appear alongside three original Mr. G productions when the veteran producer's vinyl-only Resonate EP lands via Bristol's Just Jack label on March 7, Seven Davis Jr.'s rework of "TT Rum Bar" is streaming in its entirety below.

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Tyondai Braxton Announces New Album, Shares Track http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/tyondai-braxton-announces-new-album-shares-track/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/tyondai-braxton-announces-new-album-shares-track/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:25:11 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87170 Six years have passed since Tyondai Braxton released Central Market, his first solo LP after leaving the experimental rock group Battles. Now, Braxton has finally shared details of a follow-up, HIVE1, which will see the artist transition from longtime label home Warp to the Nonesuch imprint. Based on performances at New York's Guggenheim Museum, the Sydney Opera House, the MONA FOMA festival in Tasmania, and London's Barbican Centre, the album was originally an ensemble piece and architectural installation titled HIVE, which has now been reinterpreted and reprocessed to fit into an album format.

To celebrate the announcement, Braxton has shared the LP's closing cut, "Scout1", a long-form composition that adopts ancient rhythms on futuristic hardware. Leading up to the LP, Braxton will also be playing a three-day "HIVE Residency" at Knoxville's Museum of Art on March 27, 28, and 29. Nonesuch will release HIVE1 on May 12; until then, "Scout1" can be found below, along with the upcoming record's full tracklist.


1. Gracka
2. Boids
3. Outpost
4. Studio Mariacha
5. Amlochley
6. Galaveda
7. K2
8. Scout1

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Weird Magic Announces New Imprint, Shares Inaugural Compilation Featuring Huerco S., Terekke, Aurora Halal, and More http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/weird-magic-announces-new-imprint-shares-inaugural-compilation-featuring-huerco-s-terekke-aurora-halal-and-more/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/weird-magic-announces-new-imprint-shares-inaugural-compilation-featuring-huerco-s-terekke-aurora-halal-and-more/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:13:33 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87167 Weird Magic party promoter and photographer Erez Avissar has announced plans to launch a new label, Purple Trax, and has shared the imprint's inaugural compilation of unreleased music. According to the founder, Purple Trax will feature "independent, experimental music that wouldn't otherwise get properly released." To that end, the label's first endeavor, Purple Trax Vol. 1, features new work from the likes of Huerco S., Aurora Halal, Terekke, Logan Takahashi (of Teengirl Fantasy), and Traxman. The entire compilation is currently streaming on SoundCloud, but Purple Trax hopes to press the music on vinyl with help from fans on Kickstarter. The label also has plans to release 12" singles from Wabi Sabi, Far Out Far Out, and Joe Jones, along with an extensive singles series. To donate money to the Purple Trax Kickstarter, visit here; the entire Vol. 1 compilation can currently be streamed below.

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Zenker Brothers Immersion http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/02/zenker-brothers-immersion/ http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/02/zenker-brothers-immersion/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:00:10 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86993 Although they had been consistent producers on their own for years, when Munich’s Zenker Brothers (a.k.a. Marco and Dario Zenker) teamed up in 2011, their sound coalesced into something special. The four years since have seen the Ilian Tape bosses release just as many EPs, with each one making its mark on the modern techno landscape. Their sound is playful, bouncy, and boisterous, and those qualities help make their debut full-length, Immersion, a dauntless techno album.

Immersion's foggy stoner techno trades off dancefloor experiences, and does so in a dynamic and cohesive way. Most tracks are powered by thrumming kick drums, but the Zenkers can also move effortlessly from oppressive jungle atmospheres to E-fueled rave highs with a sense of journey. And along the way, they avoid monochrome hues by adding the warm rush of a smeared synth, pensive and celestial chords, or the distorted glow of an apocalyptic laser.

Atmosphere is king in the Zenker Brothers’ world. Even sparse, beatless tracks like “Erbquake” and “Outark” envelope the listener with their gurgling analog landscapes. The broken techno of “Ebbman” and “High Club”'s rubbery churn are intense and all-consuming; despite its reserved tempo, “Innef Runs” is an undulating roller with thunderous power; and “TSV WB” sounds like early, strobe-lit drum & bass. So it’s fair to say the aptly titled Immersion is a heady, heavy album that never lets listeners come up from the smoke and bass to catch their breath.

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Scientific Dreamz of U "Sacred Fractal Geometry" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/scientific-dreamz-of-u-sacred-fractal-geometry/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/scientific-dreamz-of-u-sacred-fractal-geometry/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:00:07 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87142 The co-hosts of NTS Radio's monthly Kestrel Explorations show, London producers Scientific Dreamz of U and Junior Loves will add their joint The Dreamcode album to Vancouver label 1080p's ever-expanding catalog early next month. Pulled from Scientific Dreamz of U's side of the split affair is "Sacred Fractal Geometry," a spacious endeavor that hovers just below 110 BPM, unrolling a steady stream of celestial chords and cosmic synth streaks across its languid seven-minute run. One of five original Scientific Dreamz of U productions intended to "entreat you to relax [and] listen with an alpha-wave mindstate" alongside Junior Loves' six astral contributions to The Dreamcode, "Sacred Fractal Geometry" can be downloaded below before 1080p officially releases the UK artists' split album in both cassette and digital form on March 10.

Sacred Fractal Geometry

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Ableton Releases Live 9.2 Update http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/ableton-releases-live-9-2-update/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/ableton-releases-live-9-2-update/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:39:29 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87132 Berlin-based software developer Ableton has today released a public beta version of a new update to its flagship DAW, Live. The 9.2 update boasts a handful of improvements including "punchier transients" for clips warped using Complex and Complex Pro modes, improved fixed-tempo audio detection and more accurate warping, lower latency for Live sets using Max for Live devices and other third-party plug-ins, full latency-compensated automation, and a new Tuner device which is "not only for instrumentalists." In addition, the 9.2 update brings some additional features to Ableton's Push controller, including a new 64-pad drum mode, modulation wheel control and pitch bend via the controller's touchstrip, and improved aftertouch pad response.

The public beta of Live 9.2 is free to existing Ableton Live 9 users, and can be downloaded here. In addition to today's announcement, Ableton has also shared a new performance video for its Push controller which features Mad Zach and can be watched in full below.

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Samo Sound Boy Reveals Upcoming Debut LP for Body High; Hear a Track Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/samo-sound-boy-reveals-upcoming-debut-lp-for-body-high-hear-a-track-now/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/samo-sound-boy-reveals-upcoming-debut-lp-for-body-high-hear-a-track-now/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:24:13 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87120 LA-based producer/DJ and Body High label co-head Samo Sound Boy has revealed plans to issue his debut long-player, Begging Please, in late April. The forthcoming 10-track effort follows behind the producer's 2014 LP alongside Jerome LOL as DJ Dodger Stadium (XLR8R visited the pair's studio around that record's release for an in-depth In the Studio feature), and is said to be "an honest and unguarded story about love... [an] autobiographical account of a relationship slowly breaking down and falling apart," according to a press release. Furthermore, the press release goes on to describe Samo Sound Boy's Begging Please LP as a record focused that is focused on "lush synth work, jagged percussion, and hauntingly soulful samples" across its run.

Ahead of Begging Please's April 28 release, a full stream of album cut "Baby Don't Stop" has surfaced. Serving as our first taste of the SoCal producer's debut album, "Baby Don't Stop" can be heard using the player below, where the complete tracklist for Samo Sound Boy's forthcoming LP can also be found.


1. Introduction
2. Baby Don't Stop
3. Feel Something
4. The Only Thing
5. Save Wait Time
6. Got It Bad
7. What Can I Do
8. Begging Please
9. Lost It
10. You Come For Me

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Tornado Wallace Drops New Single for Beats In Space, Shares Video for Lead Track http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/tornado-wallace-drops-new-single-for-beats-in-space-shares-video-for-lead-track/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/tornado-wallace-drops-new-single-for-beats-in-space-shares-video-for-lead-track/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:54:41 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87096 Tornado Wallace caught the attention of Beats In Space aficionados in 2013 with his debut release for the label, the languorous, tropical-sounding Desperate Pleasures EP. Now, the Melbourne-based producer (real name Lewis Day) will drop a second release for Tim Sweeney's celebrated New York label, the Kangaroo Ground/Ferntree Gully 12" which finds Day adding a distinctly acidic tint to his humid, midsummer aesthetic on the first track, while the flip sparks and fizzes with Italo-evoking energy. Tornado Wallace's Kangaroo Ground/Ferntree Gully is out today as a limited-edition 12", with a digital release set for March 10. Before then, the kaleidoscopic video for the record's a-side effort, "Kangaroo Ground," can be watched below.

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Check Out a New Mini-Mix from Rustie http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/check-out-a-new-mini-mix-from-rustie/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/check-out-a-new-mini-mix-from-rustie/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:35:19 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87105 Ahead of his upcoming European tour, Glaswegian Warp staple Rustie has shared a new mini-mix which is said to be equipped with "loads of new music." The 21-minute session lands without an official tracklist but does come complete with some flashy visuals that pulse along with the bombastic sonics Rustie strings together across the course of the new set. The full Mini-Mix 2015 can be streamed below, where the dates for Rustie's upcoming EU tour have also been included.

rustietour_022415

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PAN Announces Collaborative 12" from Florian Hecker and Mark Leckey http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/pan-announces-collaborative-12-from-florian-hecker-and-mark-leckey/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/pan-announces-collaborative-12-from-florian-hecker-and-mark-leckey/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:02:38 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87091 German sound experimentalist Florian Hecker and multidisciplinary artist and 2008 Turner Prize-winner Mark Leckey have announced a forthcoming collaborative release for Bill Kouligas' PAN imprint. According to a press release, the Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera 12" sees Hecker "decompose, modulate, and re-synthesize the vocal track from Leckey's 2010 performance piece GreenScreenRefrigeratorAction (for which Leckey intoned the inner monologue of a black Samsung fridge) and his own 3 Channel Chronics installation from that same year, where distinct sounds from three speakers telescoping down from the ceiling were combined and altered by visitors' movements." The resulting productions are said to take shape as hybrid compositions in which "heavily distorted fragments of Leckey's narrative intersperse Hecker's synthetic textures and fidgety tonal patterns."

The unsurprisingly abstract, elongated results of Hecker's and Leckey's combined efforts can be heard in full when Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera sees its release on March 21 as a two-track 12", as well as on digital formats with an additional third bonus track. Ahead of the records' release, the artwork for PAN's forthcoming release is on display above, while its tracklist has been included below.

1. I (17:32)
2. II (17:32)
3. Down (17:31) (Bonus on Digital Release Only)

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Graze "WoodF" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/graze-woodf/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/graze-woodf/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:00:01 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87064 The pairing of Adam Marshall and Christian Andersen has proven to be a fruitful one over the past two years. Debuting as Graze with a standout self-titled EP in 2013, the two producers have gone on to issue two LPs and a number of additional 12"s together since then, with each of the project's various efforts landing via Marshall's own New Kanada imprint. "WoodF" is not directly tied to any one release, but instead is a track the pair had "been sitting on for a while" and have elected to give away to XLR8R readers while Marshall and Andersen continue to diligently work on new material. Featuring the snapping, full-bodied rhythms and sweeping, sun-kissed arrangements which helped make its debut EP so effective, Graze's latest outing is a pleasant reminder of why the duo's prolific run has been such a rewarding one to follow since it began two years ago.

WoodF

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Listen to a New Track from Lapalux's Upcoming Sophomore LP http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/listen-to-a-new-track-from-lapaluxs-upcoming-sophomore-lp/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/listen-to-a-new-track-from-lapaluxs-upcoming-sophomore-lp/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:46:20 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87082 Back in January, UK beatmaker Stuart Howard (a.k.a. Lapalux) announced that he had a new album in the works for Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label, sharing the LP's slow-burning lead single, "Closure," in the process. Now, with the Lustmore LP's release date fast approaching, Howard has shared a second single from the album in "Don't Mean a Thing," a more beat-driven, floor-ready iteration of Lapalux's craft that still retains all of the sultry, textured atmosphere of the previous single.

The Lustmore LP will arrive on April 7; in the meantime, Lapalux's "Don't Mean a Thing" production can be streamed in full using the player below.

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Rights "Cold in the B" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/rights-cold-in-the-b/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/rights-cold-in-the-b/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:00:09 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87059 "Cold in the B" is the sleek opening cut from The Meaning, the debut EP from Rights, a new collaborative project from Brooklyn producers Braille (who recently dropped a solo EP via Friends of Friends) and Seafloor. Beginning with a series of rich piano chords and delicately stretched vocal samples, "Cold in the B" builds into a bass-fueled hybrid, one drenched in a multitude of machine-made chords, striped with detailed percussion, and—eventually—boosted from the bottom by a deep, resonant bassline. One of seven tracks set to appear on The Meaning (which includes a remix from fellow NYC artist Photay), Rights' "Cold in the B" can be downloaded below; Braille's and Seafloor's collaborative EP is out today via the Montreal-based Infinite Machine label.

Cold in the B

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Kompakt Announces Pop Ambient LP Series, Details First Record from Leandro Fresco http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/kompakt-announces-pop-ambient-lp-series-details-first-record-from-leandro-fresco/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/kompakt-announces-pop-ambient-lp-series-details-first-record-from-leandro-fresco/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:53:15 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87054 Launched in 2001, Kompakt's annual Pop Ambient compilations have showcased a wide range of beatless compositions over the years, focusing on experimental field recordings, lush synth pop, and meandering new-age pieces all with a slight eye towards the pop end of the spectrum (and hand-picked by Kompakt co-founder Wolfgang Voigt). In recent years, the amount of submissions for the collections have been "overflowing" according to the label, who has in turn decided to launch a Pop Ambient LP series featuring music from artists whose work fits within the cannon of the long-running compilation series' unique take on ambient composition.

Launching the album series' run will be the El Reino Invisible LP, a 10-track record from Buenos Aires-bred artist Leandro Fresco. Fresco first appeared on Kompakt in 2002 with the Amor International 12", which followed behind outings for German label Traum Schallplatten and the short-lived Argentinian imprint Fragil Discos. Said to have furthered mastered his craft since first appearing on the label, Fresco's El Reino Invisible LP is described as "an enticing and sophisticated narrative wrapped in gorgeous synth explorations—a slowly evolving wall of synthesized textures that certainly knows its way around pop-infused catchiness, but also operates as a collection of profoundly personal mnemonics."

Fresco's forthcoming album will launch Kompakt's Pop Ambient LP series when it lands on March 2; the record's artwork has been included above, while its tracklist can be found below. Furthermore, the El Reino Invisible LP is currently available to preview here.

1. La Edad De Oro
2. Los Años Que Vivimos En Peligro
3. La Herida Del Soldado
4. La Nueva Orden
5. Los Pasos Vacilantes De Los Reyes
6. El Salto Del Angel
7. Sol De Medianoche
8. El Valle
9. Principe De Viento
10. El Reino Invisible

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Actress Shares New Track http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/actress-shares-new-track/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/actress-shares-new-track/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:42:17 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87049 Late last week, UK producer—and former XLR8R podcast contributor—Actress and British visual artist William Stein presented Half/Living, a joint art exhibition at London’s Slade Research Centre. Now, a piece of Actress' audio contribution to the effort, "NMMG," can be streamed in full.

Following its broadcast of the full hour-long sound piece composed by Actress for Half/Living, NTS Radio has uploaded one seven-minute component of the installation's audio portion to its SoundCloud. A meandering techno composition streaked with ghostly textures and retuned samples, Actress' "NMMG" production can be heard in its entirety below.

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Hivern Discs Preps Debut EP from INIT; Preview It Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/hivern-discs-preps-debut-ep-from-init-preview-it-now/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/hivern-discs-preps-debut-ep-from-init-preview-it-now/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:43:59 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87042 John Talabot's Hivern Discs label has tapped Frankfurt duo INIT to deliver its debut EP for the imprint next month, to be followed later in the year by a debut full-length album from the new production project. Consisting of Frankfurt artists Benedikt Frey (whose has released with labels such as Mule Musiq and Live at Robert Johnson in the past) and Nadia D'Alo, INIT's first release will land in the form of a five-track untitled EP which will feature two original works from the pair alongside remixes from C.P.I., Willie Burns, and Cliff Lothar.

Said to find Frey taking his "cosmic, plodding, and house-related analogue experimentations... and penchant for moody kraut-influenced psychedelia and atmospheric synth explorations" into new territory with the help of D'Alo, INIT's debut EP can be previewed below before it sees its official release on March 9 via the steadily growing Hivern Discs outpost.


A1. Talking About Talking
A2. Talking About Talking (C.P.I. Remix)
B1. Blackbird
B2. Blackbird (Willie Burns Remix)
B3. Blackbird (Cliff Lothar Remix)

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Sinerise "Calling (Submerse Remix)" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/sinerise-calling-submerse-remix/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/sinerise-calling-submerse-remix/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:00:44 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87001 For its third release, the NYC/LA-based Youngbloods label has tapped Vancouver singer and producer Sinerise to deliver the four-track Calling EP. Built around Sinerise's skipping song of the same title, the record is also set to feature remixes from Brooklyn's Archie Pelago trio as well as former XLR8R podcast contributor Submerse, whose take on "Calling' is offered here. As we've come to expect from the prolific beatmaker, Submerse has delivered another high quality rework, transforming Sinerise's original into an effortless head-nodder with plenty of rich Rhodes chords, twinkling arpeggios, and swung percussion pieces to go around. Submerse's new remix can be grabbed below where a full stream of the forthcoming Calling EP can also be heard ahead of the record's official release (in both vinyl and digital formats) tomorrow.

Calling (Submerse Remix)

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Premiere: Listen to a New Remix from Beautiful Swimmers http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/premiere-listen-to-a-new-remix-from-beautiful-swimmers/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/premiere-listen-to-a-new-remix-from-beautiful-swimmers/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:34:52 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87011 Late last year DC's fledgling 1432 R imprint issued the Qen Sew EP, a five-track digital record from E.R. (a.k.a. Ethiopian Records), a producer based in the Ethiopian city of Addis Ababa. Now, the label has repackaged E.R.'s Qen Sew EP for an upcoming vinyl release, which will include a new remix of the record's title track from the pairing of Future Times co-head Maxmillion Dunbar and Ari Goldman together under their Beautiful Swimmers moniker.

In its original form, "Qen Sew" is a ghostly track which comes streaked with reverberant chords and snippets of traditional Ethiopian music. Now placed in the hands of the Beautiful Swimmers pair, E.R.'s production is reshaped into an altogether more buoyant affair; wrapped in aqua-hued chords, the rework lurches forward with an off-kilter stomp, adding various pieces of stumbling percussion to the remix's rhythmic base as long-winded pads and warm synth chords streak across its six-minute run.

Officially set to land on the vinyl edition of E.R.'s Qen Sew EP tomorrow, Beautiful Swimmers' new remix can be streamed in full below, where the upcoming record's complete tracklist has also been included.


A1. Qen Sew (For My Father)
A2. Qen Sew (For My Father) (Beautiful Swimmers Head Up Mix)
B1. Feluha
B2. Lela Lela (feat. Zion Rebels)

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Xosar Preps New EP, Shares Previews http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/xosar-preps-new-ep-shares-previews/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/xosar-preps-new-ep-shares-previews/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:54:38 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87033 Sheela Rahman (a.k.a. Xosar) is set to debut on Rotterdam-based outpost Pinkman this spring with a two-track 12". The prolific US-born producer's upcoming World of Illusion EP is billed as "mystic techno" and slated for release in early April, around the same time as her full-length for Opal Tapes offshoot Black Opal. As Juno Plus reports, Xosar performed the record's a-side during a live set on Tim Sweeney's Beats in Space radio show, while b-side offering "Phasers of Eden" first aired on a podcast for Clubbing Spain back in 2013. Both tracks can be previewed below before World of Illusion officially lands in a few months.

A1. World of Illusion
B1. Phasers of Eden

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