XLR8R http://www.xlr8r.com Accelerating music & culture Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:33:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Braille Details New EP for Friends of Friends, Streams Track http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/braille-details-new-ep-for-friends-of-friends-streams-track/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/braille-details-new-ep-for-friends-of-friends-streams-track/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:49:27 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=84683 As we reported last month, NYC producer Braille (who serves as half of the Sepalcure duo alongside Machinedrum) has signed to LA label Friends of Friends for an upcoming EP and LP. Now, Braille (real name Praveen Sharma) has detailed the first of those forthcoming releases, sharing a new track in the process.

Sharma's Everyone’s Crazy EP will officially land via Friends of Friends on February 10, showcasing six new productions "heavy on 808 kicks and field recordings sourced from deep within his own audio library." Serving as our first taste is "Too Forward," a slow-motion beat flush with watery chords and smoky R&B echoes. Braille's latest tune can be streamed in full below, where the complete tracklist for his Everyone’s Crazy EP can also be found; the producer is expected to follow up the record with his first full-length effort, Mute Swan, in May.

1. Everyone's Crazy
2. Four Hours
3. I Know
3. Small Downs
5. Too Forward
6. I Was Gonna Make It

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FKA Twigs Shares New Video for "Pendulum" http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/fka-shares-new-video-for-pendulum/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/fka-shares-new-video-for-pendulum/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:15:15 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=84671 FKA Twigs has added a new effort to her increasingly singular cannon of music videos, today sharing a clip for LP1 cut "Pendulum." Beginning with a close-up of the London vocalist's face (more accurately, her lips) as she confidently lays into the tune's slow-crawling verse, the camera gradually zooms out to reveal that FKA Twigs is indeed hanging from what appears to be a rather uncomfortable contraption. From there, the video goes on to be just as cooly bizarre and dramatically creative as everything else FKA Twigs has been responsible for so far in her career. The new clip for the artist's "Pendulum" single (pulled from her 2014 debut album on Young Turks), can be watched in full below.


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Premiere: Listen to MCFERRDOG's Upcoming LP for 1080p http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/premiere-listen-to-mcferrdogs-upcoming-lp-for-1080p/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/premiere-listen-to-mcferrdogs-upcoming-lp-for-1080p/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 19:18:08 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=84614 After an incredibly productive 2014, Vancouver's 1080p label does not appear ready to let up at all in the new year. Up next on the fast-growing cassette/digital imprint is Lawd Forgive Me, a release which marks the return of NYC-based producer Max McFerren's MCFERRDOG alias to the fold.

Across 12 tracks, Lawd Forgive Me presents a number of euphoric, at times playful, club hybrids—vibrant synth chords, spacey FX, squiggly melodies, and robotic voices, are all just as likely to appear on any of the record's cuts as hard-edged kicks and snares, precisely chopped samples, and generously manipulated percussion loops. Across the album's hour-long run, McFerren somehow makes sense of it all, never taking himself too seriously (What record really could while also incorporating the chorus of Marky Mark's "Good Vibrations" into one of its tracks?) while still never loosening is grip on the dancefloor. An impressive exercise in production gymnastics, MCFERRDOG's Lawd Forgive Me LP can be streamed in full below ahead of its official release on January 20.

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Nuits Sonores Announces 2015 Festival Line-Up http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/nuits-sonores-announces-2015-festival-line-up/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/nuits-sonores-announces-2015-festival-line-up/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:45:37 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=84649 Heading into its 13th edition, the annual Nuits Sonores festival will return to Lyon, France in the spring. This year, the five-day festival will culminate in a weekend of programming curated by Barcelona's John Talabot, UK producer Jamie xx, and German techno artist Ben Klock, who will each select a day's worth of events.

Beginning on Thursday, May 14, Klock will welcome artists such as Shackleton and the most recent XLR8R podcast contributor Kowton, jungle veteran Goldie, and an interpretation of Steve Reich's iconic Music for 18 Musicians by the Links Ensemble. On Friday, Talabot will enlist DJ sets from the likes of Joy Orbison, Barnt, and recent Bubblin' Up artist Lena Willikens. Finally, Saturday will see Jamie xx bring in Floating Points, a B2B set from Hivern Discs' Mattis With and NTS radio host Jon Rust, and a live set from '70s jazz ensemble Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids. Each of the three curators will also play their own DJ sets on their respective days. Nuits Sonores will be held from May 13 to 17; more information can be found here, while the remainder of the line-up will be shared on February 11. (via Resident Advisor)

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Legowelt Previews Upcoming EP for Crème Organization http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/legowelt-previews-upcoming-ep-for-creme-organization/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/legowelt-previews-upcoming-ep-for-creme-organization/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:07:09 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=84647 The seemingly unstoppable creative force that is Legowelt will release a new EP via Dutch label Crème Organization next month. Entitled Vaporware Tracks Vol.1, the EP will include four new productions from the artist born Danny Wolfers, with the record's opening cut incorporating some jazzy horn samples, while the rest of the release lands on the spacier side of the Legowelt spectrum. Acknowledging that the abundance of Wolfer's catalog mayseem overwhelming to some, the label assures us that "this here selection was made by a team of experts after truly careful consideration and sonically enhanced with a plethora of experimental prototypes," further explaining, "It was chosen for its coherence, depth, otherworldly qualities, and general PIZZAZZ."

Set to arrive sometime next month, Legowelt's Vaporware Tracks Vol.1 EP can be previewed below ahead of its release.

1. Norwegian Crack Dealer
2. Southwest British Airways
3. Satierian Moon Breeze
4. The Sea Is So Silent

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John Tejada Has Signed Up for the First Ask the Experts of 2015; Send Him Your Questions Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/john-tejada-has-signed-up-for-the-first-ask-the-experts-of-2015-send-him-your-questions-now/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/john-tejada-has-signed-up-for-the-first-ask-the-experts-of-2015-send-him-your-questions-now/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:00:18 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=84149 Our monthly Ask the Experts column took a little break during December, but now that the calendar has flipped to 2015, it's once again time to enlist the services of a veteran artist to help enlighten the XLR8R massive. The concept is simple: our readers send in questions about whatever they want (production methods, DJing, gear, travel, artistry, etc.) and the artist selects a handful of their favorites to answer. In the past, the results have often been the best when the artist is someone with a real wealth of experience, and that's something John Tejada has in spades. The LA-based producer has been releasing music since the mid '90s, and he's now got dozens of 12"s and more than 10 albums in his catalog, many of which appeared via his own Palette imprint. Next month, he'll be releasing a new full-length, Signs Under Test, his third for the storied Kompakt label, so we figured that now would be a good time for our audience to pick his brain.

Most of the time, the inquiries we receive tend to focus on production and what happens in the studio, but our readers should feel free to ask about whatever they like. It can be something specific about Tejada's career, or something more general about his influences or artistic approach. All questions should be sent to asktheexperts@xlr8r.com; we'll pass them along to Tejada, and at the end of the month, we'll publish his answers.

(It's also worth noting that a new artist will be tapped for Ask the Experts next month, and every month thereafter. In the meantime though, send in those questions for John Tejada.)

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Watch a Haunting New Video from Flying Lotus http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/watch-a-haunting-new-video-from-flying-lotus/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/watch-a-haunting-new-video-from-flying-lotus/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:04:03 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=84635 Influential LA artist Steven Ellison (a.k.a. Flying Lotus) has shared a music video for his soulful dirge "Coronus, the Terminator," which was a highlight from last year's You're Dead! LP. Directed by Young Replicant (a.k.a. Alex Takacs), the visuals follow a dying man who is visited by three ghosts, including Ellison himself. Previously, Takacs has created work for the likes of Bonobo, Baths, and M83.

Describing the piece, Ellison says, "For me, 'Coronus' is one of the most important moments on You're Dead!, and holds ideas I'm planning to explore in my future work. I'm happy that the visual encapsulates the meaning of the record and this ambition." Flying Lotus' new video can be watched in full below.

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NERKKIRN "Finality (Themostworstwasted Remix)" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/01/nerkkirn-finality-themostworstwasted-remix/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/01/nerkkirn-finality-themostworstwasted-remix/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:00:53 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=84602 This week, Berlin-based producers Benjamin Weiss (a.k.a. Nerk, of Toktok) and Peter Kirn (who heads up the excellent Create Digital Music site) combined forces to deliver their second EP together as NERKKIRN. Titled Obervolt, the new record offers four energetic and overdriven techno constructions, including a pair of remixes from Tallmen.785 and Syntax Error. In addition, a bonus remix from a somewhat shadowy producer by the name of Themostworstwasted accompanies the release, finding the artist reworking NERKKIRN's "Finality" into an even more efficient affair, overlaying an innumerable number of unsettled electronic squelches atop the track's sharp drums and rhythmic glitches. Out now on V-Records, NERKKIRN's Obervolt EP can be streamed in full below, where Themostworstwasted's restless bonus remix can also be downloaded for free.

Finality (Themostworstwasted Remix)

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Caribou Has Assembled an Enormous Mixtape; Listen to It Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/caribou-has-assembled-an-enormous-mixtape-listen-to-it-now/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/caribou-has-assembled-an-enormous-mixtape-listen-to-it-now/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:24:48 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=84633 Following the wildly successful release of last year's Our Love LP, it would be hard to fault Caribou (a.k.a. Dan Snaith) if he elected to simply relax and bask in the afterglow. Snaith, however, seems to have other ideas, as the Canadian artist seems determined to keep busy. Just today, he's shared a massive YouTube playlist that he's dubbed The Longest Mixtape: 1000 Songs for You.

Describing the effort via Facebook as a sort of "thank you," Snaith adds, "As you can imagine, music has been a central love of my life since I was a teenager and over the years I've been introduced to a lot that has stayed with me. I've collected the majority of that music here – and I thought sharing it with you seemed like one way I could say thanks."

Ever the pragmatist, he also suggests that people "listen to this on shuffle as I made no attempt to sequence these tracks - I just entered them as I browsed along the shelves in my record collection."

The Longest Mixtape: 1000 Songs for You can be found here.

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Pearson Sound Announces Debut LP http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/pearson-sound-announces-debut-lp/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/pearson-sound-announces-debut-lp/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:08:31 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=84626 After a lengthy stream of 12" singles and EPs, UK producer Pearson Sound (a.k.a. David Kennedy) has finally announced the details of his first full-length album, simply titled Pearson Sound. Dropping in March, the record will serve as the first artist LP to appear on the Hessle Audio imprint, which Kennedy co-founded in 2007 with Kevin McAuley (a.k.a. Pangaea) and Ben Thomson (a.k.a. Ben UFO).

According to the label, Pearson Sound will be "characteristically minimalist in approach," resulting in "striking contrasts: bold, stark, and visceral, yet also subtle, harmonically complex, and deceptively playful." Hessle has elected to not share a single yet, but BBC Radio 1's Benji B will premiere LP cut "Glass Eye" tomorrow at 1 a.m. GMT. Kennedy's debut album will be released on March 9; in the meantime, its full tracklist can be found below.

1. Asphalt Sparkle
2. Glass Eye
3. Gristle
4. Crank Call
5. Swill
6. Six Congas
7. Headless
8. Russet
9. Rubber Tree

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Joey Anderson Readies New EP http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/joey-anderson-readies-new-ep/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/joey-anderson-readies-new-ep/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:07:41 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=84624 Over the past year or so, Joey Anderson has issued music via a variety of labels, but his relationship with Amsterdam's Dekmantel imprint has proven to be especially fruitful. The Dutch outpost already released his Fall Off Face EP and last year's After Forever LP, and next month, it will be bringing a new Anderson effort, the three-track 1974, into the world.

Dekmantel describes the record as being full of "dense melodic structures, intense chord progressions and unique but relentless drum programming and sounds," and will be releasing 1974 on February 15. For now, its artwork has been shared online, along with a streaming preview of its three tracks. Both can be found below, along with the EP's tracklist.

A1. 1974
B1. Under Water
B2. Back Draft

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Real Talk: Jimmy Edgar http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/01/real-talk-jimmy-edgar/ http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/01/real-talk-jimmy-edgar/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:00:58 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=84584 'Real Talk' is a series of artist-penned essays that appears on XLR8R from time to time.

Next week, Jimmy Edgar will issue Fabriclive 79, his contribution to the vaunted mix series and the latest chapter of what's become a rather lengthy career in dance music. Although he certainly got an early start than many of his contemporaries (being raised in Detroit has its advantages), there's nonetheless something to be said for Edgar's ability to stay active—and relevant—for such an extended period. Following a lengthy stint in Berlin, Edgar has now settled in Los Angeles, and continues to operate the Ultramajic label with some help from his friend and collaborator Machinedrum. Even after well over a decade in the game, Edgar shows no signs of slowing down, so we asked him to put together some thoughts on how and why he's managed to stick around so long.

Longevity is one of the most relevant topics today. We are living in extremely fast times; how can an artist manage to keep up with this pace of life? What sacrifices do we have to make to keep up with the times? I can only shed some light from my personal experiences and perhaps a bit from things I have seen, from colleagues of mine.

I find it very curious that it's 2015 and a lot of people are cutting the bullshit out of their lives.
I just turned 31 and this means I have been DJing and producing for over 19 years, traveling internationally as a DJ for 14 years, and working hard for 40 years. I am exaggerating on the last part of course, yet when I joke about that, what I really mean is that I have made a career out of working probably twice as much as any normal job. The only fact I can surmise from this is that I love what I do. I have spent most of my life dedicated to studio production and this is where my heart is. Over the past 10 years, I have concentrated more on the DJ aspect of what I do because I find it challenging, fun, spontaneous, and more relaxed (compared to other kinds of live performances that I once did).


Photos by Vitali Gelwich

Success is all about perspective. I believe to have any sort of success you have to love what you do. If you don’t, then the answer is plain and simple: look for something that gives you chills. As an example, people ask me how I find the time to make music when I am traveling so much. The answer is pretty easy; I miss it so much when I am away that I spend all my off time working on new music. It's good for me to take a break so I can recollect my ideas, because otherwise, I would be in the studio 24/7, literally. Again, success is all about perspective, but if you are achieving realistic goals and believing in yourself, I think you're doing pretty well.

One thing I heard when I was younger was "you can do anything you want if you believe in yourself." That phrase was embedded in my head, and even though I didn’t totally believe it, I still knew there was some kind of truth in it. There is a real disconnect about that phrase that I think most people don't understand initially. It is true though—if you look at "belief," "passion," "dedication," and "focus" as some kind of tetrahedron of manifestation, something you can embody and BECOME, then you are dipping into the metaphysical ideas of making magic happen. I have always been interested in metaphysics and the fundamental ideas of some of these practices make sense to me. For instance, I learned hypnosis and became certified in multiple levels of NLP (neuro-lingustic programming); at the time, I wasn’t aware how much it would apply to my work as an artist. The fact remains that belief is one of the main components in the equation. The question is: how are you able to genuinely believe in yourself? It's something everyone has to discover on their own.

You simply cannot fake it online anymore; the new generations are too keen and clever and can see through it. You have to be yourself and do what you love.
I find it very curious that it's 2015 and a lot of people are cutting the bullshit out of their lives. They're realizing that their time is more deserving of things they love and positive energy. It's interesting how social media has opened this. We are very sensitive to negativity these days, and I think the days of the internet trolls are extremely numbered. We are starting to take more responsibility for the space that we create, even in the virtual world. We are realizing that even the internet domain counts for something. The most common New Years resolution I have been hearing is that my friends are focusing on the things that they love. You simply cannot fake it online anymore; the new generations are too keen and clever and can see through it. You have to be yourself and do what you love.

Think about the reasons why people get burned out and quit doing amazing things. Longevity will only last as long as your own fuel persists, and what is better fuel for the fire than your own love and passion? All you have to do is allow it through. Let it be your meditation.

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Premiere: Stream a Track from D'Marc Cantu's Upcoming 12" for Drone http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/premiere-stream-a-track-from-dmarc-cantus-upcoming-12-for-drone/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/premiere-stream-a-track-from-dmarc-cantus-upcoming-12-for-drone/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:45:23 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=84608 Later this month, the increasingly active D'Marc Cantu will issue the third outing on Richard Fearless' Drone imprint, the "Decay" b/w "Rival" 12". Ahead of its release, the Ann Arbor-based producer has let loose a stream of the record's hardware-driven b-side cut. Said to be the result of an unedited session recorded in one take on Cantu's Volca drum machine, the six-minute "Rival" builds in a methodical fashion, as static-lined hats sneak in behind tuned percussion patterns and deep, pulsing kick drums. As the track pushes along, it begins to grind down further into swelling layers of reverb, though those are eventually reigned back in as "Rival" enters its final phase and Cantu pulls apart the track's analog rhythms.

D'Marc Cantu's hypnotic new rhythmic tool can be streamed in full below before the Michigan producer's "Decay" b/w "Rival" 12" officially lands on January 26 via Drone.

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Erosion Flow - Aiir http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/01/erosion-flow-aiir/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/01/erosion-flow-aiir/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:00:31 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=84595 Danish producer Henrik Koefod (a.k.a. Erosion Flow) arrived on the scene in April of last year with a debut self-titled EP for George FitzGerald's ManMakeMusic label. Now, Koefod is gearing up for an active 2015, a run which today begins with the offering of a free new track, "Aiir." Similar to the productions heard on the artist's debut outing (which is still available to stream in full here), "Aiir" is a gritty house number which injects layers of potent soul—and a bouncing synth melody—between its many shuffling rhythmic textures.


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Check Out a New Mix from Knxwledge http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/check-out-a-new-mix-from-knxwledge/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/check-out-a-new-mix-from-knxwledge/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 21:51:48 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=84580 Prolific beatmaker Knxwledge (a.k.a. KNX) has stepped up to deliver a new installment of the Stones Throw label's ongoing podcast series. Originally intended to serve as episode 88 (the year of the producer's birth), Knxwledge's 45-minute StrwbrryMomnts mix arrived a bit late, and so has instead been christened episode "88.8" of the series. From the sound of the mix though, it was certainly worth the wait, finding Knxwledge quickly flipping through a slew of sludgy, jazzy beats and soul-rich hip-hop and R&B refixes. Furthermore, it comes with a note to "expect a Stones Throw release [from Knxwledge] in 2015." In the meantime, StrwbrryMomnts should hold us over nicely; the mix can be streamed in full below and downloaded from Stones Throw here. And for those who may have missed it the first time around, our 2013 profile of Knxwledge can be read here.

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Florian Kupfer Drops New EP via Willie Burns' WT Records http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/florian-kupfer-drops-new-ep-via-willie-burns-wt-records/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/florian-kupfer-drops-new-ep-via-willie-burns-wt-records/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 21:30:48 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=84571 Helmed by NYC producer/DJ and former XLR8R podcast contributor William T. Burnett (a.k.a. Willie Burns), the WT Records label has released a new EP from Berlin-based artist Florian Kupfer (pictured above). With many of his past releases landing on the consistently active L.I.E.S. imprint, the four-track WT 21 EP marks Kupfer's debut on WT Records. The new record will sound somewhat familiar to those who have followed Kupfer's rise, with the EP "starting in familiar territory with his trademarked, blue-eyed-freaky-soul vocals and rough beats" apparing on its a-side, while later on the record finds the producer exploring "strangely sad, blown-out drum workouts and hip-hop-styled beat tracks."

Out now in both vinyl and digital formats, Kupfer's new EP for WT Records can be streamed in full below.

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Phantasy Sound Readies Daniel Avery Remix Compilation http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/phantasy-sound-readies-daniel-avery-remix-compilation/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/phantasy-sound-readies-daniel-avery-remix-compilation/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 20:31:34 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=84502 Erol Alkan's Phantasy Sound label has announced that it will release New Energy, a two-disc compilation of Daniel Avery remixes, in early March. Remix 12"s of Avery's material have been a recurring theme of Phantasy's release schedule ever since his debut album, Drone Logic, landed in October 2013. Now, the forthcoming package will gather together a number of previously released reworks, including the particularly eye-catching Roman Flügel remix of "All I Need" and Perc's pounding take on "Reception," which sit alongside others from Factory Floor, Silent Servant, KiNK, Audion, Special Request, Danny Daze, and Rødhåd, among others.

The New Energy package will see an official release on March 2; in the meantime, the album's artwork and full tracklist have been included below.

1. Drone Logic (Factory Floor Remix)
2. All I Need (Roman Flügel Remix)
3. Platform Zero (Volte-Face Remix)
4. Naive Response (Ø [Phase] Remix)
5. Spring 27 (Silent Servant Remix)
6. Free Floating (Matt Walsh Remix)
7. Knowing We'll Be Here (KiNK Remix)
8. New Energy (Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve Re-Animation)

1. Drone Logic (Rødhåd Remix)
2. Need Electric (Audion Remix)
3. Reception (Perc Remix)
4. These Nights Never End (Ricardo Tobar Remix)
6. Simulrec (Conforce Remix)
7. Water Jump (Powell Remix)
8. Taste (Special Request Remix)
9. Naive Response (Danny Daze Remix)

Image by Steve Gullick

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Girl Unit Returns to Night Slugs with Hysterics EP, Streams New Track http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/girl-unit-returns-to-night-slugs-with-hysterics-ep-streams-new-track/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/girl-unit-returns-to-night-slugs-with-hysterics-ep-streams-new-track/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:49:51 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=84558 A staple of the Night Slugs arsenal, Girl Unit will return to the label early next month with a new EP under his Hysterics alias. After delivering some of Night Slugs' biggest early tunes—the anthemic "Wut" in particular—Girl Unit launched the Hysterics project in 2013 with a three-track installment for the label's Club Constructions EP series. Now, the UK producer will return to the alias for a four-track, self-titled EP which will land on February 3.

Ahead of the record's release, Girl Unit has shared a full stream of the Hysterics EP's lead track, "Club Life," which can be heard below, where the forthcoming record's complete tracklist has also been included.

1. Club Life
2. HTRX9
3. Eye Mask
4. Empty

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Seven Davis Jr. Preps New 12" for Ninja Tune; Stream It Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/seven-davis-jr-preps-new-12-for-ninja-tune-stream-it-now/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/seven-davis-jr-preps-new-12-for-ninja-tune-stream-it-now/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 18:47:20 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=84548 Los Angeles-based producer and vocalist Seven Davis Jr. is set to follow his impressive 2014 run (which landed him on our year-end Best New Aritsts list) with a new single for Ninja Tune, which will eventually be followed by the man's debut full-length album later this year.

First, the Davis Jr.'s "Wild Hearts" b/w "Let Somebody Love You" single will land on February 9 via the label, offering two "delightfully disheveled, groove-ridden, catchy-as-hell nuggets" from the SoCal artist; ahead of its release, the record's a-side cut can be streamed in full below. Along with news of the 12", Ninja Tune has promised that Seven Davis Jr.'s debut LP will alo arrive sometime later this year, though no other details have been shared so far. In the meantime, the LA talent has a slew of UK and European tour dates lined up, all of which can be peeped beneath the player below.

January 17 Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards 2015, Koko, London, UK
January 23 Tunnel, Mllan, Italy
January 24 Trädgården Under Bron, Stockholm, Sweden
January 30 Kerk, Ghent, Belgium
February 06 Abandon Silence, Manchester, UK
February 13 Kong, Munich, Germany
February 20 Cosmic Ballroom, Newcastle, UK
February 21 Corsica Studios, London, UK

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Levon Vincent Teases Upcoming Debut Full-Length http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/levon-vincent-teases-upcoming-full-length-album/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/levon-vincent-teases-upcoming-full-length-album/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 18:07:42 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=84542 New York-bred and currently Berlin-based producer/DJ Levon Vincent has teased plans to release his debut full-length album "very soon." Sharing the news via a Facebook post, Vincent revealed that the forthcoming LP will see its release via his own Novel Sound label. In addition, Vincent shared a brief teaser video for the upcoming record which can be watched here. No exact release date has been shared for Vincent's debut LP (which at this point appears to still be untitled) but, if the artist's post is any indication, the record will be arriving sooner rather than later.

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Asusu Announces New Label, Previews Upcoming EP http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/asusu-announces-new-label-previews-upcoming-ep/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/asusu-announces-new-label-previews-upcoming-ep/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:26:23 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=84527 Bristol-based producer Craig Stennett (a.k.a. Asusu) serves as one-third of the Livity Sound crew, and since 2011 has racked up seven releases on the celebrated label (which he runs alongside Peverelist and the most recent XLR8R podcast contributor Kowton). Not content with that, Stennett has just announced the creation of his own new label, Impasse, which he has established to "offer a platform for experimentation, both within the framework of techno and house as well as music that falls outside these constraints."

The label's first effort will come in the form of the Serra EP from Asusu himself, and will land on February 16. Ahead of its release, the record's four tracks can be previewed via the player below.

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Jon Hopkins Readies 'Late Night Tales' Mix Album http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/jon-hopkins-readies-late-night-tales-mix-album/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/jon-hopkins-readies-late-night-tales-mix-album/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:18:16 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=84528 Jon Hopkins has been tapped to deliver the next Late Night Tales mix CD. Set to arrive in March, Hopkins' contribution to the long-running series will incorporate tracks from Four Tet, Teebs, Nils Frahm, Holy Other, Bibio, School of Seven Bells, and others as the mix weaves its way through a "beautiful and hypnotic sequence of songs, instrumentals, and cinematic electronics."

"Putting this album together was a unique opportunity for me to present music that I have been listening to for years, free from the constraints of a club setting or from trying to stick to one genre," Hopkins explains in a press release. "I chose tracks not just because they have been important to me but because of how they sit together, putting as much thought into the transitions and overall narrative as I did into the track choices," he continues, "I mixed by key and by texture more than anything else, using original sound design, pivot notes, and often recording new synth or piano parts to link things together in a way that flows as naturally as possible."

Hopkins' resulting hybrid contribution to the reflective Late Night Tales series will see its official release on March 1. In the meantime, the record's artwork and complete tracklist have been included below.

1. Ben Lukas Boysen "Sleepers Beat Theme (Unreleased)"
2. Darkstar "Hold Me Down"
3. Holy Other­ "YrLove"
4. Teebs ­"Verbena Tea (with Rebekah Raff)"
5. Nils Frahm ­"More"
6. Songs of Green Pheasant ­"I am Daylights"
7. Jonsi & Alex Daniell "In the Sea"
8. Evenings ­"Babe"
9. Letherette ­ "After Dawn"
10. Jon Hopkins ­"I Remember (Yeasayer Cover Version)"
11. David Holmes "Hey Maggy"
12. Alela Diane ­"Lady Divinev"
13. Four Tet ­"Gillie Amma I Love You"
14. School of Seven Bells ­"Connjur"
15. Peter Broderick ­"And It's Alright (Nils Frahm Remix)"
16. Health ­"Before Tigers (Gold Panda Remix)"
17. Last Days ­"Missing Photos"
18. Bibio ­"Down to the Sound"
19. A Winged Victory for the Sullen ­"Requiem For The Static King 1"
20. Helios ­"Emancipation"
21. Rick Holland ­"I Remember (Exclusive Spoken Word Piece)"

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Archivist "Trophic" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/01/archivist-trophic/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/01/archivist-trophic/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:00:08 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=84477 An established DJ and event promoter in the Seattle scene—and a member of the city's Secondnature collective—Alex Markey (a.k.a. Archivist) will release his debut EP as a producer later this month via the burgeoning Blankstairs label. Titled the Migration EP, the record will offer four dense efforts from Markey (as well as a remix from Secondnature cohort Josef Gaard), including the elongated "Trophic." Stretching out past the seven-minute mark, "Trophic" is an efficient techno production, one which allows only pieces of effected percussion and a sparse bass sequence to peak out above its bleak, hazy atmospheres. Archivist's "Trophic" track can be downloaded in full below before his Migration EP sees an official release on January 27 via Blankstairs.


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Four Tet Compiles Percussions 12"s on New Album http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/four-tet-compiles-percussions-12s-on-new-album/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/four-tet-compiles-percussions-12s-on-new-album/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:27:49 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=84508 Four Tet's Percussions alias first appeared on the London producer's 2011 Fabriclive 59 mix album, where he included the project's appropriately titled first track, "Percussions One." Since then, Four Tet has issued three 12"s under the name via his own Text label, releases which have been compiled onto a new full-length Percussions album simply titled 2011-2014. Available through Bandcamp, the digital LP is "made from all the Percussions 12" releases on Text Records and some other tracks made during the same time period from 2011 until 2014," according to the description there. Out now, the full album can be streamed via the player below.

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Premiere: Watch the New Video for Lena Willikens' "Howlin Lupus" http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/premiere-watch-the-new-video-for-lena-willikens-howlin-lupus/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/01/premiere-watch-the-new-video-for-lena-willikens-howlin-lupus/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:15:22 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=84464 After being spotlighted during the course of our recent Bubblin Up' Week 2015 series, Cologone-based DJ/producer Lena Willikens has now shared a new video for "Howlin Lupus," the lead cut from her debut EP for Matias Aguayo's Cómeme label.

The video for the humming production takes a tight focus on a collage of images by Cologne painter and visual artist Sarah Szczesny, who specifically made the piece to accompany Willikens' Phantom Delia EP. As "Howlin Lupus" grinds and twists across its five-minute run, the video follows the coarse details of Szczesny's collage, gliding along the edges of its many layers and flashing bits and pieces of its patterns. Said to be the first chapter of an ongoing Phantom Delia video series, the full clip for Lena Willikens' "Howlin Lupus" can be watched below.

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