XLR8R http://www.xlr8r.com Accelerating music & culture Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:06:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Cosmin TRG Readies New EP, Shares Previews http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/cosmin-trg-readies-new-ep-shares-previews/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/cosmin-trg-readies-new-ep-shares-previews/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:00:53 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=88490 After nearly a year away from the studio, Cosmin TRG returns with duo of modular techno tracks on his on Fizic label. Said to take its cues from "the foreign north" and Japanese futurism, the EP opens with blistering title track "Uzura," with "Vitriol" on the flip offering churning industrials and twisted acid. The record follows from two previous albums on 50Weapons and a slew of 12"s for Rush Hour and other labels, and will see an official release on April 27. Until then, previews for both tracks can be heard below.

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Submerse Reveals Upcoming EP for Project: Mooncircle; Preview It Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/submerse-reveals-upcoming-ep-for-project-mooncircle-preview-it-now/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/submerse-reveals-upcoming-ep-for-project-mooncircle-preview-it-now/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 19:28:58 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=88434 A former XLR8R podcast contributor and prolific remixer, Submerse will return to the Project: Mooncircle imprint with a new EP in May. Having dropped his debut LP, Slow Waves, via the label last year, the forthcoming Stay Home EP sees Submerse return with a new helping of hazy, R&B-streaked beats which also see the producer toying with some footwork-indebted rhythms for the first time. Said to have partially been inspired by the views of urban life visible from the window of Submerse's ninth-story apartment in the Shibuya neighborhood of Tokyo, Stay Home will offer six new efforts on its vinyl version, while its digital and CD forms will include an additional bonus track.

Set to arrive on May 25, Submerse's forthcoming EP (his first of 2015) can be previewed below, where the upcoming record's full tracklist has also been included.

1. trip
2. take it slower
3. gloom
4. thinking about you
5. bokeh
6. whyarntyou
7. blueprints (Digital Bonus)

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Movement Adds Model 500, Squarepusher, Hudson Mohawke, Joy Orbison, JETS, and more to 2015 Line-Up http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/movement-adds-model-500-squarepusher-hudson-mohawke-joy-orbison-jets-and-more-to-2015-line-up/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/movement-adds-model-500-squarepusher-hudson-mohawke-joy-orbison-jets-and-more-to-2015-line-up/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:24:18 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=88420 Detroit's upcoming Movement festival has unveiled the final additions to its 2015 line-up. Adding to a bill that already includes the likes of Floorplan, Ben UFO, Nina Kraviz, Clark, and Marcel Dettmann, the three-day festival will now also host the likes of Model 500 (a.k.a. Juan Atkins, pictured above), Warp artists Squarepusher and Hudson Mohawke, Joy Orbison, JETS (a.k.a. Jimmy Edgar and Machinedrum), Terrence Parker, Maceo Plex, Paul Woolford, and Jay Daniel, among others. Also revealed in the new line-up announcement are plans for a special B2B set between pioneering Detroit DJs/producers Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May. The full list of new additions to the 2015 edition of Movement—taking place from May 23 - 25—can be found below.


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Podcast 378: Virginia http://www.xlr8r.com/podcasts/2015/03/podcast-378-virginia/ http://www.xlr8r.com/podcasts/2015/03/podcast-378-virginia/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:55:11 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87801 Virginia is far from a neophyte—among other things, she released an LP of sultry, low-key pop, Twisted Mind, way back in 2008. But its safe to say that, in the minds of many, the Berlin-based artist is something of a rising star. In the past few years, she’s become one of the techno/deep-house world’s go-to vocalists and collaborators, having worked in the past few years with a murderer’s row that includes Abe Duque, Steffi, Butch and Steve Bug. She’s also a rapidly ascendant producer; her latest release, the Ostgut Ton label’s My Fantasy, show’s her to be an artist who understands the power of subtle dynamics and melodies. (An album is in the works for a 2016 release.) But most of all, Virginia has become known a superlative DJ—she has the imprimatur of no less than Panorama Bar, where she’s a resident—with a sound that pays homage to dance music’s past while being utterly of the moment.

In short, we’re fans of Virginia, and we’re psyched to be hosting this great mix from the DJ herself. In a live setting, she’s prone to imbuing her sets with live vocals—and with a voice like hers, why not? But this is a largely instrumental affair, with syncopated rhythms anchoring a sumptuous, melodic collection of tunes that ooze emotion. Full of pinging bleeps and sensuous synth washes, much of the mix comes across as Virginia’s fleshed-out, warmer-and-fuzzier version of electro; it’s a humanized take on what can be a hard-edged sound. Late in the set, the rhythm settles into a four-to-the-floor groove—the fluttering, Detroit-tinged “Tanita ” is a standout—but before the finish, we finally get to hear a bit of Virginia herself, on a collaboration with Steffi and Dexter, “Treasure Seeking” (Deip Version). It’s a graceful, evocative cut, and a beautiful way to end this fine podcast.

Video: Virginia fills us in on her XLR8R podcast

1. Jeremiah R - “The Astral Journey" (Organic Analog Records)
2. Moon B - "Ambassador Crazy" (Peoples Potential Unlimited)
3. Skipson - "Eighto" (Deep Vibe Recordings)
4. K. Hand - "Messenger" (!K7)
5. ERP - "Vox Automaton" (Frustrated Funk)
6. The Trash Company - "The Manchester Stomp" (Thug Records)
7. LFO - "Tied Up" ( Electro mix) (Warp)
8. Matti Turunen - 'Things You Do"  (Muhk)
9. Hardfloor feat. ERP - "You Know The Score" (Morphology Remix) (Hardfloor)
10. LoneLady - "Groove It Out" (LoneLady Michigan Dub) (Warp)
11. Jeremiah R - The New Wave (Organic Analog Records)
12. Casey Tucker - "Tanita" (For Those That Knoe)
13. Steffi feat. Dexter & Virginia - "Treasure Seeking" (Diep Version) (Ostgut Ton)

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Ableton Publishes Book on Music Creation http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/ableton-publishes-book-on-music-creation/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/ableton-publishes-book-on-music-creation/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:23:36 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=88384 Ableton has teamed up with veteran producer/musician Dennis DeSantis to release Making Music—74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers, the first published book from the German software maker. According to DeSantis, the book is intended for people who "make original music using computers" and often find themselves struggling to finish projects. Previously, DeSantis has released electronic music via labels like Third Ear, Kanzleramt, and k2o. With chapters such as "Thinking Like an Amateur," "Dramatic Arc," and "Diminishing Returns," the book is said to guide producers through common issues at every stage in a song's creation. A selection of chapters from Making Music are currently free to read on Ableton's website, and the $30 hardcover book can be purchased here.

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John Barera & Will Martin Announce New EP for Argot, Share Preview http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/john-barera-will-martin-announce-new-ep-for-argot-share-preview/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/john-barera-will-martin-announce-new-ep-for-argot-share-preview/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:34:50 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=88393 Following behind their excellent debut LP, Graceless, from last fall, Boston's John Barera (pictured above) and Will Martin have shared details of their next collaborative release, the four-track 1,2,3 (Feels Right) EP. Again showcasing the duo's idyllic, melody-driven house stylings, the EP is set to venture through slow-burning synth builds, heavy percussive jams, and reflective stompers across its run.

Steve Mizek's Argot label will release the pair's 1,2,3 (Feels Right) on April 13 (with digital release set for April 27); until then, snippets from the upcoming EP can be heard below.

1. 1,2,3 (Feels Right)
2. High Tide
3. Spin Cycle
4. The Bog

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Nils Frahm Shares New Track to Celebrate "Piano Day" http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/nils-frahm-shares-new-track-to-celebrate-piano-day/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/nils-frahm-shares-new-track-to-celebrate-piano-day/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:05:49 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=88382 "Why does the world need a Piano Day?" asks Berlin-based musician Nils Frahm. "For many reasons, but mostly because it doesn't hurt to celebrate the piano and everything around it: performers, composers, piano builders, tuners, movers, and most importantly, the listener." Set for March 29, the world's first Piano Day will feature a "piano-related" surprise from Frahm, while others are encouraged to "create your own piano events with friends or simply share your videos, poems, photos—anything that is piano-inspired."

Furthermore, to mark the announcement, Frahm has shared a chord-heavy piece titled "Wall"; tense and transcendent, "Wall" pairs its many piano layers with lightly brushed rhythms. Until Piano Day arrives later this month, "Wall" can be streamed below, while more information on the upcoming piano celebration can be found here.

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Le Dom "Fresh Out D Oven" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/03/le-dom-fresh-out-d-oven/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/03/le-dom-fresh-out-d-oven/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:00:35 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=88361 Parisian audio/visual artist Domenico Bercelli is set to arrive with a new EP for Liar's Tessier-Ashpool label next week. Operating under the name Le Dom, the Oazis EP is said to find Bercelli "coaxing spectacle out of minimalism," resulting in four tracks of machine-rooted club music (including a remix from Liar). Here, Bercelli gives us a taste of what's to come with EP bonus cut "Fresh Out D Oven," a sluggish club production which booms with deep 808 kicks and rattles with metallic percussion and a slew of otherworldly FX. Set for release on March 23, Le Dom's Oazis EP can be previewed below, where the download of the Parisian beatmaker's "Fresh Out D Oven" cut can also be found.

Fresh Out D Oven

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Dego to Release New EP as 2000black; Preview It Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/dego-to-release-new-ep-as-2000black-preview-it-now/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/dego-to-release-new-ep-as-2000black-preview-it-now/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:31:18 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=88378 Veteran UK producer Dennis McFarlane (a.k.a. Dego, pictured above) is best known for pioneering the broken beat genre with his partner in 4hero, Mark Clair; now, the diverse artist has announced a three-song EP for his other project, 2000black. Featuring talented instrumentalist Keidi Tatham and musical director Akwasi, 2000black's forthcoming Make It Hard EP is set to deliver a shuffling, soulful take on UK house, using laid-back drum & bass rhythms to drive the jazzy cuts forward. Tentatively set for a spring release via Rush Hour Music, preview snippets of the record's three tracks can be heard below.

A1. Make It Hard
B1. Counter Attack
B2. Steady Jam

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Premeire: Stream José Padilla's New 12" for International Feel http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/premeire-stream-jose-padillas-new-single-for-international-feel/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/premeire-stream-jose-padillas-new-single-for-international-feel/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:30:19 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=88367 A master of the Balearic style, longtime DJ—and the man behind the classic Café del Mar compilation series—José Padilla will return to Ibiza's International Feel label with a new single next week, "Day One." Following behind his exceptional Solito EP for Mark Barrott's imprint last year, "Day One" is said to be the first single pulled from a clutch of new material which will eventually see a release as a full-length LP in the months ahead, and serving as Padilla's first album in over 15 years.

Fitting well within the José Padilla cannon, "Day One" brims with sunset vibes, its percussive four-on-the-floor trot bathed in lush strings, blue-streaked marimbas, and airy melodic flairs. On the record's flipside, Norwegian talent Telephones (who was also brought in to work on Padilla's upcoming album alongside Barrott and Australian producer Tornado Wallace) gives "Day One" a more club-ready rework, thickening up the tune's kicks and bringing its bouncing marimbas further to life while sneaking in a few more layers of squiggly synth work down below.

Both Padilla's original version of "Day One" and Telephones' equally enticing remix can be streamed in full below before the Day One 12" drops on March 23; Padilla's forthcoming So Many Colours LP is expected to arrive via the International Feel label in June.

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Get Familiar: Forbidden Planet http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/03/get-familiar-forbidden-planet/ http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/03/get-familiar-forbidden-planet/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:00:08 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86965 Dance music and science fiction get along famously. From the beginning, techno artists and labels have traded heavily on a lexicon of imagined people, places, and objects—giving club music more than its fair share of dystopian clairvoyants like Jeff Mills, Drexciya, and other pioneering Detroit futurists. The Forbidden Planet label, a recent arrival on the techno scene, references the past as well as the future. It takes its name from a 1956 film starring Walter Pidgeon and Leslie Nielsen, which is essentially a Freudian retelling of Shakespeare's The Tempest set in outer space. Forbidden Planet envisions a world that is both dreamlike and nightmarish—qualities complemented by Bebe and Louis Barron's alien soundtrack of singing circuits.

Jurg Haller's Montreal label also reflects these dual states in its music and artwork, though, as he points out, it takes virtually nothing else from either the Barrons' music or the movie itself. "I didn't want to recreate the subject matter of the film in musical format," says Haller. "I was mulling over different names for the label, and I wasn't satisfied with anything. Forbidden Planet was one of the first electronic productions I was listening to really deeply, and I just thought, What the hell, I'll just call it that."

Breaker 1 2, an alias of Greg Beato, gave Forbidden Planet its highest-selling record to date in 2013, just a few months after the label began. "2" is a bare-bones 909 workout, with double- and triple-time clicks that sound like fluttering insect wings and an unbroken loop of organ notes. It's a beautiful record housed in an unsettling sleeve: a humanoid figure on a stool with a blurred face (which the insert reveals more clearly as a skinless man with a brimmed hat and a maw for a mouth).

Paul Gondry, who does all of the label's artwork, varies the sleeves according to the mood of each release. For instance, the artwork on Dan White's untitled 2014 EP features men on motorcycles riding through a landscape of chalky blues and greys, reflecting the slightly brighter tones of the music (particularly "Death Flutes," which may be the jauntiest track released on Forbidden Planet).danwhiteart_031415 In some ways, Gondry's sketches resemble storyboards for graphic novels, which perhaps isn't too far-fetched. "It's not a concept we talked about," responds Haller, "although we had thought about it, of having almost like one long story between each cover. Paul makes lots of movies, he makes comic books… He produces constantly, and he's really interested in comic books, which is something we bonded over initially as well."

Forbidden Planet began in 2011, first as a party in Montreal under another name. Haller—who had moved from Boston to study art history, cinema, and economics at McGill University—was introduced to the "tight-knit" scene in Montreal by Bowly, a well-connected grime DJ. He showed Haller the ropes, helping him meet the right people to make the party happen. Alongside co-resident Paul Trafford, Haller would often start the night with "some experimental music, some noise," before "slamming together" balearic, Jah Wobble, and M. Zalla records alongside the dark, ravey house and techno that informs the label. D'Marc Cantu was the first DJ that Haller hosted. Buoyed by the success of their party (which was billed as "Booma & ESL present D'Marc Cantu," after the DJ collective Haller had recently joined and Bowly's own crew respectively), he quickly asked Cantu to send him tracks. Soon after, Forbidden Planet issued its first release, D'Marc Cantu's four-track 12" Some Fantasies Are Good.


From Forbidden Planet 17 with Kondaktor, Jurg Haller, and Paul Trafford (Photo: Christopher Honeywell)

Now living in New York and running a gallery full time in the city, Haller threw Montreal's last Forbidden Planet party in January 2014. The label has since released a series of stellar records by Boreal and Lnrdcroy (the latter's fragile breakbeat seance, "Do.ne (Original Altitude Mix)," being the pick of their three offerings); Finnish techno producer Mono Junk, whose "With You" features synths that bubble and chime underneath a parched vocal; the aforementioned Dan White record; the clinical, Armando-ish acid house of Annanan's Lyser EP; and, most recently, a reissue of The Mover's tracks released in the early '90s by Planet Core Productions.

These records—and the label as a whole—are superficially distinctive for their adherence to what we think of as "science fiction": the tangential comic book references, the dystopian vibe, and their techno-centric interests. But in truth, sci-fi is only a small part of Haller's array of aesthetic allusions. When asked to what extent the worlds of music and art he occupies collide in practice, he says, "My artistic tastes run from the Danube school to sculptures by Renaud Jerez and the Swiss pop artist Friedrich Kuhn. Similarly, I'm also interested in acts like Sophie or Kool Keith, but also Yukihiro Takahashi and B12."

Haller later says he "abhors orthodoxy," and considers these disparate artists and interests to be part of the same world. This unlikely convergence would have a hard time impressing itself on a Forbidden Planet release as things stand—the label seems to be a decidedly specific world—but Haller's polymathic tendencies have served his endeavor pretty well so far. Though, as Haller suggests, it hasn't been the fruit of some grand plan. In the same way he asked Cantu to email him music as they took a cab to the airport, many of the decisions he's made since have been more about intuition than design.

"I've just released music I thought that was really good, and I believed in," he says. "It's also obviously a reflection of my own personal tastes and aesthetic sensibilities, but I never had this grand plan about it being futuristic or anything like that. It's interesting to look back at all the releases, because I'm not really so aware of it. But when I talk to my friends, and they talk about the sound of the label and the artwork, it does kind of really comes together. But that was never so much my intention as much a reflection of my sensibilities."

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Ténèbre "Smart City (Antigroove)" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/03/tenebre-smart-city-antigroove/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/03/tenebre-smart-city-antigroove/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:00:29 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=88356 This XLR8R download is not for the faint of heart. A bonus edit of a track from Ténèbre's forthcoming Fonctions Décombres EP (out April 20 via the producer's own Ténèbre Audio label), "Smart City (Antigroove)" is first and foremost focused on constructing dark, pummeling rhythms which are joined only by a sinister set of dense strings. Perhaps even more interesting though is that the track makes use of a 3/4 rhythmic structure, a rarity in the largely 4/4-dominated realm that is our Downloads section. A French-born producer currently based in the Korean city of Seoul, Ténèbre's "Smart City (Antigroove)" production can be grabbed for free below, where a preview stream of the man's upcoming Fonctions Décombres EP has also been included.

Smart City (Antigroove)

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Lakker Announces Upcoming Debut LP for R&S http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/lakker-announces-upcoming-debut-lp-for-rs/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/lakker-announces-upcoming-debut-lp-for-rs/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 19:38:15 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=88334 Following two EPs for R&S over the past 12 months (and a few solo efforts in between), Irish production pair Lakker has announced plans to return to the label to issue its debut full-length, Tundra, this spring. The 10-track LP will find the pair of Ian McDonnell (a.k.a. Eomac) and Dara Smith (a.k.a. Arad) repurposing the title track from one of its previous R&S EPs (Mountain Divide), while continuing to craft productions that meld together both synthetic and organic sound sources, with "field recordings from motorway tunnels in Japan, church bells from Schöneberg, a female choir from Dublin, and Inuit throat singers," all said to be found amongst the record's full-bodied techno excursions.

Set to arrive on May 12 via R&S, the artwork and tracklist for Lakker's Tundra LP can be found below, where a stream of previously released album cut "Mountain Divide" has also been included.

1. Echtrae
2. Milch
3. Mountain Divide
4. Three Songs
5. Ton'neru
6. Halite
7. Tundra
8. Pylon
9. Oktavist
10. Herald

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Function to Deliver Berghain 07 Mix Album http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/function-to-deliver-berghain-07-mix-album/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/function-to-deliver-berghain-07-mix-album/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 18:30:22 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=88324 After converting formats to a free digital mix album series (instead of the traditional CD) with Ryan Elliot's Berghain 06 contribution last year, Ostgut Ton's Berghain mix series is set to return in May with Dave Sumner (a.k.a. Function) at its helm. Sumner's monthly Berghain residency (and, according to a press release, "particularly his extended closing set in February 2015") and recent tour dates are said to have had a significant influence on the upcoming mix album, which will include exclusive tracks from the likes of DVS1, L.B. Dub Corp, Cassegrain & Tin Man, and Inland (with whom Sumner co-runs the Infrastructure New York label), among others. Furthermore, Sumner is said to have made use of Rane's new MP2015 Rotary Mixer during the course of putting the collection together, which "has played a crucial role in [the mix's] overall sound."

While no tracklist has been shared for Function's Berghain 07 mix as of yet, the details of its accompanying EPs of exclusive material have been shared, with both records' respective artwork and tracklists having been included below; both EPs and the full Berghain 07 mix album are slated to arrive on May 18.

A1. Steve Bicknell - Odyssey #1
A2. Post Scriptum - Human Timescales
B1. L.B. Dub Corp - So Much
B2. Blue Hour - Parallels

A1. Cassegrain & Tin Man - Oxide
A2. Inland - Sca Fell
B1. DVS1 - Electric
B2. Steve Bicknell - Odyssey #2

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Squarepusher Shares New Track from Upcoming Damogen Furies LP http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/squarepusher-shares-new-track-from-upcoming-damogen-furies-lp/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/squarepusher-shares-new-track-from-upcoming-damogen-furies-lp/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 17:20:47 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=88317 Set to drop late next month, a new single from Squarepusher's forthcoming Damogen Furies LP has surfaced. A characteristically multi-layered and restless electronic production, "Stor Eiglass" is set to serve as the opening cut on the longtime Warp producer's latest full-length effort, which—according to Squarepusher himself—will explore "the hallucinatory, the nightmarish, and the brutally visceral capacities of electronic music."

Serving as the latest taste of what's to come on Damogen Furies, "Stor Eiglass" can be streamed in full below before Squarepusher's new LP arrives on April 21 via Warp.

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Premiere: Hear the B-Side Cut from Geeneus' Upcoming 12" for Rinse http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/premiere-hear-the-b-side-cut-from-geeneus-upcoming-12/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/premiere-hear-the-b-side-cut-from-geeneus-upcoming-12/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:38:20 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=88307 After revealing plans to issue his first solo release in six years last month, seasoned UK producer and Rinse co-founder Geeneus has shared a full stream of the b-side cut from his forthcoming 12". Set to accompany the record's rolling a-side, "Ele," is "Red Velvet," a sleek club track which briskly moves across its five-minute run, lacing its hi-hat-heavy strut with ravey stabs and a stream of space-age synthlines and matching FX. The full "Red Velvet" production can be streamed below before Geeneus' new 12" arrives via Rinse on March 30.

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Recondite Preps New 12" for Life & Death http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/recondite-preps-new-12-for-life-death/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/recondite-preps-new-12-for-life-death/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:08:40 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=88285 Bavarian producer Recondite and Italian label Life & Death seem such a natural match for each other that it's pretty surprising that they have not worked together before. All that is set to change in April though, when Life & Death will drop a two-track 12" by the German artist, entitled Think Twice, that'll doubtless find Recondite turning out more of the humming, beautifully crafted techno with which he has become synonymous. No audio previews are currently available, but the artwork and tracklist for the upcoming record can be found below ahead of its April 20 release date. (via Resident Advisor)

A1. Think Twice
B1. Serak

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LTD Colours "In Between" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/03/ltd-colours-in-between/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/03/ltd-colours-in-between/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:00:00 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=88268 Hailing from Milan, Italy, the LTD Colours pair are responsible for the next release in the Infinite Machine label's fast-growing catalog. The outfit's upcoming In Between EP is set to take shape as a five-track affair chocked full of heavy-handed club hybrids, with the upcoming record's title track seeing LTD Colours flex its 130-bpm jungle muscles. Fortunately, that is territory where the pair sounds more than comfortable, splicing chopped breaks, biting percussion, and what sounds like the banging of massive metals sheets between the production's spacey chords and tasteful sample chops. Out on March 23, LTD Colours' In Between EP can be previewed using the player below, where the forthcoming record's title cut can also be grabbed as a free download.

In Between

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Listen to Jam City's Forthcoming LP for Night Slugs in Full http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/listen-to-jam-citys-forthcoming-lp-for-night-slugs/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/listen-to-jam-citys-forthcoming-lp-for-night-slugs/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 15:26:30 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=88290 Night Slugs is set to release the second album by UK producer Jam City, Dream A Garden, later this month. In conjunction with with The Hype Machine, the UK label has let loose a full stream of the LP ahead of its March 23 release. A frequently beautiful nine tracks of warped, refracted pop, Jam City's new album can heard in its entirety using the player below.

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Houndstooth Preps New EP from Marquis Hawkes; Stream a Track Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/houndstooth-preps-new-ep-from-marquis-hawkes-stream-a-track-now/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/houndstooth-preps-new-ep-from-marquis-hawkes-stream-a-track-now/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 14:30:44 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=88261 After debuting on the label in September of last year with the Fifty Fathoms Deep EP, Marquis Hawkes is set to return to the Houndstooth fold with Raw Materials, a three-track EP focused on "primitive house rhythms." The Berlin-based producer—and former XLR8R podcast contributor—is said to have been heavily influenced by the sounds of house originators such as Ron Hardy, Gene Hunt, and Roy Davis Jr. on his new EP, resulting in a record keenly focused on the dancefloor with its rhythms front and center.

Such is the case with "'Ave That," the percussive, FX-streaked EP cut which serves as our first taste of Raw Materials. Ahead of the EP's official release on April 27, "'Ave That" can be streamed in full below, while the rest of Hawkes' forthcoming effort can be previewed here.

1. Raw Materials
2. 'Ave That
3. Jerk U Later

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Love Business "Your Love Is Like the Ocean (Uffe Edit)" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/03/love-business-your-love-is-like-the-ocean-uffe-edit/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/03/love-business-your-love-is-like-the-ocean-uffe-edit/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=88257 According to our sources, Love Business was a short-lived disco project that operated in the city of Copenhagen from 1978 to 1980, and released only one single, "Your Love Is Like the Ocean." As luck would have it, Amsterdam-based Danish producer Uffe Christensen (or simply Uffe, pictured above) was able—through a complicated string of connections—to get his hands on the original tape for the instrumental version of "Your Love Is Like the Ocean," and like any good producer would do, he's made an edit of the lost single and—best yet—presented it here for free download. A cosmic disco excursion, the edit presents the single's original elements in a loose, almost jumbled form, as laid-back percussion and hesitant claps keep the beat atop twirling keys, crisp guitar strums, and some intoxicatingly active basslines. Set to eventually see a vinyl release, the digital version of Uffe's "Your Love Is Like the Ocean" can be grabbed below before the producer's debut long-player, Radio Days, lands on March 23 via Tartelet (that record is available to preview here).

Your Love Is Like the Ocean (Uffe Edit)

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Matthewdavid Launches New Age Cassette Series and Vinyl LP Project http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/matthewdavid-launches-new-age-cassette-series-and-vinyl-lp-project/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/matthewdavid-launches-new-age-cassette-series-and-vinyl-lp-project/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 18:59:08 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=88252 Leaving Records head Matthewdavid has announced the launch of Matthewdavid's Mindflight, a project focused on new age compositions. The new endeavor will officially take hold when the first release of an ongoing cassette series arrives in the spring, followed by an eventual Matthewdavid's Mindflight LP in the fall. The forthcoming releases appear set to include solo productions alongside a number of collaborative efforts, with the likes of Jimmy Tamborello (a.k.a. Dntel), LA artist/musician Mitchell Brown, and cosmic soundscaper Diva Dompe, and Stones Throw affiliate Mndsgn having added their talents to a handful of efforts.

Further details of the Matthewdavid's Mindflight project's release plans are expected to arrive in the coming weeks; in the meantime Matthewdavid's 10-minute collaboration with Mndsgn, "Mindflight 2," can be heard below, while the solo "Mindflight 1" can be streamed here. In addition, Matthewdavid's Leaving label released a three-hour collection of productions from SP-MOLD over the weekend, which can be downloaded for free here.

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Premiere: Hear Avalon Emerson Remix HNNY http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/premiere-hear-avalon-emerson-remix-hnny/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/premiere-hear-avalon-emerson-remix-hnny/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 17:09:47 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=88243 Increasingly active Swedish producer HNNY will return to New York's Let's Play House imprint next month with the Solsidan/Alby EP, a four-track effort that will include a remix from rising Berlin-via-San Francisco artist Avalon Emerson (pictured above). Set to appear alongside two HNNY originals (and an additional remix from Cómeme affiliate Ana Helder), Emerson's rework of lead EP cut "Solsidan" sees the producer/DJ refitting the breezy, jazz-flecked track into a more heavy-handed affair, chopping the tune's breezy guitar strums and wordless vocals to fit between a clutch of thumping kicks and charging rhythmic assemblages.

Avalon Emerson's "Second System Mix" of "Solsidan" is streaming in its entirety below ahead of the Solsidan/Alby EP's full release on April 20 via Let's Play House.

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Octave One Readies New Album, Burn It Down http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/octave-one-readies-new-album-burn-it-down/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/octave-one-readies-new-album-burn-it-down/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:18:08 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=88230 Detroit's Octave One—the partnership of brothers Lenny Burden and Lawrence Burden—has revealed details of an upcoming album. In 2012, the two techno veterans issued a retrospective compilation, and 12"s from the pair have flowed steadily via labels such as Tresor and their own 430 West since the early '90s— but it's been almost a decade since their last proper full-length. The new album, entitled Burn It Down, reportedly arrives at a point where the two artists are "searching out new forms," and assembles material aired during live shows in recent years. "As individuals and as musicians, we have grown with time and through our travels," Octave One says. "Our music reflects that. Our work this time around has taken a lot longer to produce, but we feel it represents, more than anything else we have done to this point, our complete idea as an album project."

Burn It Down is described as a hardware-heavy affair that encompasses everything from "triumphant diva house" to "sci-fi, slo-mo techno," and is due out via 430 West on May 26. Until then, the record's artwork and complete tracklist are on view below, where an updated list of Octave One tour dates has also been included.

1. Eighth Wonder
2. Jazzo/Lose Myself (featuring Ann Saunderson)
3. Afterglow
4. A Better Tomorrow (O1 Remake) (featuring Random Noise Generation)
5. Believer (featuring Ann Saunderson)
6. Whatever She Wants (featuring Random Noise Generation)
7. New Life (Album vocal mix) (featuring Afrika Pratt-Ansa)
8. The Forgotten
9. Return Of Juno
10. After The Afterglow
11. Jazzo (Album Mix)

March 21 – Tresor Club, Berlin, Germany
March 27 – Perron, Rotterdam, Netherlands
March 28 – Tunnels , Aberdeen, United Kingdom
May 13 – Chateau De Keriolet, Concarneau, France
May 16 – Chateau Techno Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands
June 06 – Motion Carpark, Bristol, United Kingdom
July 09 – Exit Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia
July 20 – Holy Pink Festival, Tilburg, Netherlands
August 1 – 3rd Wave Festival, Arena, Berlin, Germany
August 7 – Festival, Playa Villaricos, Spain
August 30 – Krankbrother@Shapes, Hackney Wick, London, United Kingdom
September 19 – Detroit Love@StageOne Festival, Brooklyn, United States

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M/D/G "Wah Fruits" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/03/mdg-wah-fruits/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/03/mdg-wah-fruits/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:00:54 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=88198 Earlier this year, Japanese label Flau launched a vinyl-only sister imprint, raum, with a 12" from Stefan Jós. Now, the new label is set to drop its second effort later this month in the form of a self-titled EP from M/D/G, a Kyoto-based artist also known to operate as Madegg. Pulled from the record is the lop-sided soul of "Wah Fruits," a collaged—at times sputtering—piece of refracted house music which serves as an intriguing first taste to the collection of raw, twisted productions M/D/G will have on offer when his new record drops on March 23.

Wah Fruits

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