XLR8R http://www.xlr8r.com Accelerating music & culture Fri, 06 Mar 2015 02:16:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Avalon Emerson Drops New Cybernetic Edits Collection http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/avalon-emerson-drops-new-cybernetic-edits-collection/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/avalon-emerson-drops-new-cybernetic-edits-collection/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:53:30 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87665 Avalon Emerson has been on a bit of a tear since relocating from San Francisco to Berlin in 2014, having issued a pair of EPs for the Spring Theory label in recent months, and maintaing a rather busy DJ schedule throughout. Now, the ascendant producer/DJ has returned with a new collection of Cybernetic Edits—DJ-minded reworks of classic tracks that can now be downloaded for free.

Emerson's Cybernetic series planted its roots last summer when the producer let loose a collection of remixes and a handful of custom edits. Now, the Berlin transplant has decided to turn Cybernetic Edits into a more consistent and ongoing series, which will include reworkings from Emerson herself as well as a handful of her contemporaries. Today, a new volume arrives, finding Emerson taking on Technotronic's "Pump Up the Jam" and Friction & Spice's "Groove Me," among others. The collection can be downloaded in AIFF and MP3 form here, where one can also sign up for the Cybernetic Edit subscription service.

1. Technotronic - Pump Up the Jam (Avalon Emerson's Marshmallow ReHEAT)
2. Bananarama - Love in the First Degree (DZ's Fairlight Freakout)
3. Friction & Spice - Groove Me (Avalon Emerson's Truth of Omission Mix)
4. Julie Ruin - A Place Called Won't Be There (Avalon Emerson's Fake Feminist FuckUP)

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Applescal Announces New LP, Shares Track http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/applescal-announces-new-lp-shares-track/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/applescal-announces-new-lp-shares-track/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:44:44 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87658 Applescal has kept himself rather busy in recent months overseeing a steady stream of releases from his Atomnation label (which has included records from Sau Poler, Gidge, and Portable Sunsets, among others), but now the time has come for the Dutchman to once again utilize his skills as a producer for a new full-length effort simply titled For. The 10-track LP is said to find Applescal delving in somewhat "deeper and darker sonic terrains" than on his previous efforts, while still maintaining much of the "organic and buoyant sound" which have characterized his past productions. Serving as our first taste of this new balance is "Airports," appearing towards the end of the forthcoming LP's run, the track is a textured affair that pulses with airy chords and is streaked with restless synthlines.

Applescal's For LP will see its official release on May 18. Before then, the record's full tracklist and a stream of LP cut "Airports" have been included below, where a number of the Dutch producer's upcoming European DJ dates have also been included.

1. Like You Do
2. Matter
3. For Lovers
4. Overseas
5. Moabit
6. Flutes in the Air
7. Japanese Bubbles
8. Where Are You
9. Airports
10. Borrowing The Past (feat. Rhian Sheehan)

March 14 Halle W, Geneva, CH
March 19 Atomnation Night @ PAL, Hamburg, DE
April 2 Sneaky Pates, Edinburgh, UK
April 4 Dance Tunnel, London, UK
April 5 Antwerp Mansions, Manchester, UK
April 10 Atomnation Night @ OT301, Amsterdam, NL
April 17 Atomnation Night @ Toldi, Budapest, HU
April 27 Oranjebloesem, Amsterdam, NL
May 1 Atomnation Night @ Simplon, Groningen, NL
May 9 Trickfilm Festival, Ludwigsburg, DE
May 28 'For' Official Album Release Show @ Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL
June 17 Atomnation Night @ Off Sonar, Barcelona, SP

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Don't Be Afraid Details Upcoming EPs from Herva and The Room Below http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/dont-be-afraid-details-upcoming-eps-from-herva-and-the-room-below/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/dont-be-afraid-details-upcoming-eps-from-herva-and-the-room-below/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:47:36 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87645 The Don't Be Afraid label has outlined its spring release plans, which will include a new EP from rising Italian producer Herva (pictured above) and UK artist The Room Below, as well as a four-track various artists compilation.

Landing on March 30, Herva's Dreamers of Unknown Tales EP follows behind a string of impressive releases for Delsin, Kontra, MOS, and All City and is said to find the young Italian producer presenting "another set of forward-thinking dancefloor bombs... [that] demonstrate his unique interpretation of the past and the future again and again." Also landing on March 30 will be the label's DBA019.5 V/A compilation. The vinyl-only release will incorporate works from four producers new to the Don't Be Afraid fold including Detroit resident Radio Brovold, NYC producer Max McFerren (a.k.a. MCFERRDOG), Parisian talent Ben Cohen, and Finnish producer Halvtrak. The artwork and tracklist for both Herva's Dreamers of Unknown Tales EP and the forthcoming DBA019.5 compilation have been included below.

In addition to the records outlined above, Don't Be Afraid will also release a new EP from London-based producer The Room Below in April. Entitled the Homemade Waves EP, the four-track effort is said to come streaked with "a mixture of classic and experimental house sounds," and follows behind the artist's appearance on a V/A compilation for the label last year. Set to arrive on April 13, the artwork and complete tracklist for The Room Below's Homemade Waves EP has also been included below.

Herva Dreamers of Unknown Tales EP
A1. Dreamers Of Unknown Tales
A2. From The Inside
B1. Nice And Crisp
B2. Pissed Monitoring

V/A DBA019.5 EP
A1. Radio Brovold – Joel, I Got You Next Time
A2. Halvtrak – String Theory
B1. Max McFerren – Immune Systems
B2. Ben Cohen – Mental Therapy

The Room Below Homemade Waves EP
A1. Trusted
A2. Rainy Friday
B1. Mad Energy
B2. Freedom

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DrumTalk "Everything (Version)" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/03/drumtalk-everything-version/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/03/drumtalk-everything-version/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:00:49 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87604 After dropping his "Time" single via the label last year, DrumTalk is set to return to the Huntleys + Palmers fold with a self-titled EP later this month. Here, the London producer has chosen to reimagine his own "Everything" production—one of four tracks set to arrive on his upcoming EP—sharpening the driving club effort's percussion while stripping away the original tune's ghostly vocal layers away entirely. DrumTalk's "Version" of the track is hardly a sparse affair because of this though; rather, the producer fills the extra space with a rush of soaring synth lines that gradually gain mass as the production rides its full-bodied skip. Ahead of its release on March 16 via Huntleys + Palmers, the record from which DrumTalk's original "Everything" emanates can be previewed below, where the producer's generous free offering can also be grabbed.

Everything (Version)

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Aphex Twin Preps New Single for Warp http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/aphex-twin-preps-new-single-for-warp/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/aphex-twin-preps-new-single-for-warp/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:51:26 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87633 Since returning from a lengthy hiatus with his Syro album late last year, Aphex Twin has appeared to be cleaning out his archives, uploading hours of unreleased material to his SoundCloud page and dropping the Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP via Warp. Now, news of an upcoming white-label 12" has surfaced: a three-track single led by "MARCHROMT30a Edit 2b 96," an effort which originally appeared as a bonus to the Japanese release of Syro. In addition to that production, the upcoming record will also feature updated versions of LP cuts "XMAS_EVET10 [120] (thanaton3 mix)" and "MARCHROMT."

MARCHROMT30a Edit 2b 96 will see a vinyl release via Warp on April 6 in Europe (and a day later in the US and Canada); until then, the upcoming record's artwork and tracklist have been posted below.

1. MARCHROMT30A edit 2b 96
3. MARCHROMT38 fast

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Hear Pearson Sound's Debut Album In Full http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/hear-pearson-sounds-debut-album-in-full/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/hear-pearson-sounds-debut-album-in-full/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:12:54 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87629 Ahead of its official release next week, the long-awaited debut album from Pearson Sound (a.k.a. David Kennedy)  is now available to stream in full online. Titled Pearson Sound, the LP also marks the inaugural full-length from Hessle Audio, the label Kennedy co-founded back in 2007 with Ben UFO and Pangaea. Described as "characteristically minimalist in approach" and comprising "striking contrasts: bold, stark, and visceral, yet also subtle, harmonically complex, and deceptively playful," the album sees an official release on March 9 and can be heard in full here courtesy of NPR.

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Lokiboi "Untitled Tool 1" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/03/lokiboi-untitled-tool-1/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/03/lokiboi-untitled-tool-1/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:00:45 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87608 Moscow-born Londoner Lokiboi will next land on Capital Bass with the Hood Cuts EP, a record which is said to present three ghetto house hybrids from the prolific producer heavy on machine-made rhythms. To get us all ready for the EP's March 9 release, Lokiboi has passed along this plainly titled DJ tool to entice listeners. Stripped and focused, "Untitled Tool 1" digs into drum-machine percussion, lacing its busy kicks and claps with a squirming analog bass line and a handful of generously tweaked hardware squelches. Ahead of the Hood Cuts EP's release next week, the record can be previewed below, where the download of Lokiboi's potent new club tool can also be found.

Untitled Tool 1

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DJ Deep and Roman Poncet Ready New 12" as Sergie Rezza http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/dj-deep-and-roman-poncet-ready-new-12-as-sergie-rezza/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/dj-deep-and-roman-poncet-ready-new-12-as-sergie-rezza/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:59:36 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87623 Veteran producer DJ Deep and fellow Frenchman Roman Poncet have embarked on a new collaborative project under the alias Sergie Rezza. Earlier this year, the pair announced that they'd signed two 12"s to Tresor under the Adventice moniker, the second of which arrives this month. But while previous efforts were said to focus on "modern and classic interpretations" of techno, the upcoming Mist EP reportedly enters more abstract territory, drawing from techno and noise. "What we do together is very different from the Roman Poncet records or from what I would personally produce by myself," DJ Deep says of the collaboration. "In the process of working together, we experimented on sound quite a lot, playing with atmospheres and beats"

Due out on April 20 via French label Desire, Mist reportedly acts as a teaser for an album, which will be released later this spring. In the meantime, the record's complete tracklist is on view below, where lead track "Misterious Shape" can also be streamed in full.

1. Misterious Shape
2. Alternate Dub
3. Misterious Dub
4. Bonus Jam

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Cómeme Readies New Label Compilation http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/comeme-readies-new-label-compilation/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/comeme-readies-new-label-compilation/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:15:37 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87619 Matias Aguayo's Cómeme label has detailed the fourth installment of its One Night in Cómeme series. The upcoming compilation pairs alternate versions of previously released cuts with some unreleased and "surprise" material. Represented contributors from within the Cómeme camp include Argentinian DJ/producer Ana Helder, Barnt (remixing Philipp Gorbachev), and recent XLR8R podcast contributor Lena Willikens, whose debut EP Phantom Delia was issued earlier this year. The compilation also recruits some new faces, among them rRoxymore, Borusiade, and Lord Byron.

One Night in Cómeme Vol. 4 sees a digital release on March 30, and its complete tracklist has been posted below.

1. Ana Helder -Track Con Flute (Borusiade Version)
2. Philipp Gorbachev - Silver Symphony (Barnt's Addit)
3. Lord Byron & Sano - Royal Madness
4. Sano - Boqueron (Capracara Remix)
5. Djs Pareja - Si Señor (Los Mekanikos Remix)
6. Lena Willikens - Howlin Lupus (Aguayo's Drum Mix)
7. Ana Helder - Otra Cosa (Lena Willikens' Version)
8. Carisma - Filoso y Crujiente
9. rRoxymore - D-memory
10. Christian S – Makina

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Lindstrøm Unveils Collaborative LP with Todd Rundgren and Emil Nikolaisen http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/lindstrom-unveils-collaborative-lp-with-todd-rundgren-and-emil-nikolaisen/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/lindstrom-unveils-collaborative-lp-with-todd-rundgren-and-emil-nikolaisen/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 20:04:08 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87587 Billed as a "spiritual magnum opus," Norwegian disco mastermind Hans-Peter Lindstrøm (or simply just Lindstrøm), longtime musician Todd Rundgren, and Emil Nikolaisen (of the Oslo-based Serena-Maneesh outfit) have collaborated on a new album, Runddans, which will see its release this spring via the Smalltown Supersound label. The album will be presented as one single track that spans 39 minutes, and is said to fuse Rundgren's "trippy... blue-eyed soul" with Lindstrøm's "disco epics" and Nikolaisen's "studio trickery" to result in a "cosmic mix of soul, synth, pop, and disco." Furthermore, the collaboration is said to have originated from a wintery 2012 studio session in Oslo, where the three musicians met and began to develop what would become Runddans.

Lindstrøm's, Rundgren's, Nikolaisen's collaborative LP will officially land on May 5 via Smalltown Supersound. Before then, the forthcoming record's artwork can be found below, along with the titles for the elongated musical piece's various movements (which will be split across four sides of vinyl). In addition, Lindstrøm revealed a new solo single, "Home Tonight," just last week, a stream of which can be found here.

Side A:
0:00 - B for Birth
3:10 - Liquid Joy from the Womb of Infinity
9:10 - Oppad, Over Skyene
Side B:
11:28 - Solus
13:09 - Put Your Arms Around Me
17:03 - Altar of Kauaian Six String (Todd’s Solo)
Side C:
18:08 - Out of My Head (Lone Vibes)
20:07 - Rundt Rundt Rundt
25:35 - Wave of Heavy Red (Disko-Nektar)
Side D:
30:56 - T.H.E. Golden Triangle (Dry Mouthed Gargoyles in a Fountain of Fluorescent Shepard Tones)
32:14 - Ravende Gal (Full Circle)
37:25 - Ohr..Um..Am..Amen (Aftermath)

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Braille Readies Full-Length Album for Friends of Friends, Streams New Track http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/braille-readies-full-length-album-for-friends-of-friends-streams-new-track/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/braille-readies-full-length-album-for-friends-of-friends-streams-new-track/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:32:44 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87577 Praveen Sharma (a.k.a. Braille) has never shied away from a collaboration, teaming up on projects like Sepalcure (with Machinedrum), Praveen and Benoît (with Benoît Pioulard), and most recently Rights (alongside Seafloor). Now, the New York-based artist has chosen to focus on his longstanding solo moniker, Braille, for the upcoming Mute Swan LP, which follows closely behind his Everyone’s Crazy EP that dropped via LA's Friends of Friends label earlier this year. Returning to the imprint, Sharma's upcoming record features appearances from Angelica Bess, Throwing Snow, Seafloor, Jesse Boykins III, and Olivia Sholler—all of whom are said to help Braille "invert hip-hop and house music influences into a deeply humanist, guest-vocal filled journey."

In addition to the announcement, Sharma has shared a stream of "Better Than Nothing," an LP cut which pairs Angelica Bess' murky coos with jazzy waves of percussion. Mute Swan will be released via Friends of Friends on May 5; until then, the forthcoming record's full tracklist and a stream of "Better Than Nothing" can be found below.

1. Weight
2. The Cat’s Gone Nuts (feat. Seafloor)
3. Better Than Nothing (feat. Angelica Bess)
4. Insider Out
5. Ports (feat. Angelica Bess)
6. Ended Up In NY
7. It's All Right (feat. Angelica Bess)
8. I Assume (feat. Jesse Boykins III & Throwing Snow)
9. Stop Drop & Roll
10. Everyone’s Crazy
11. Shhhh
12. An Oceanic Escape (feat. Olivia Sholler)
13. Gee Whiz

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Nosaj Thing Details New LP; Hear a Track Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/nosaj-thing-details-new-lp-hear-a-track-now/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/nosaj-thing-details-new-lp-hear-a-track-now/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:38:37 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87563 Jason Chung (a.k.a. Nosaj Thing) has been contributing to LA's electronic landscape for more than six years now, largely being affiliated with the city's longstanding beat scene centered around the Low End Theory club night. On his forthcoming third full-length record, Fated, Chung appears ready to branch out a bit beyond his beat scene roots; describing the production process behind his new record, Chung says "I just tried to escape really, and escape even what's going on in the music world." Featuring guest contributions from Chicago rap talent Chance the Rapper and Sacramento artist Whoarei, Fated is also said to focus on a stripped-down approach and "a perpetual feeling of déjà vu."

Along with the announcement of Fated, Nosaj Thing has shared lead single "Cold Stares," a minimal R&B cut that finds Chance the Rapper delivering a humble verse over forlorn, swelling pads. Until Innovative Leisure releases Fated on May 5, "Cold Stares" can be streamed in full below; the upcoming record's artwork can also be seen above, and its complete tracklist can be found below.

1. Sci
2. Don't Mind Me (feat. Whoarei)
3. Realize
4. Varius
5. Cold Stares (feat. Chance the Rapper)
6. Watch
7. UV3
8. Let You
9. Moon
10. Erase
11. Medic
12. A
13. Phase IV
14. Light #5
15. 2K

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BNJMN Launches BRACK Label, Preps New EP http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/bnjmn-launches-brack-label-preps-new-ep/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/bnjmn-launches-brack-label-preps-new-ep/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:26:11 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87540 In recent years, Berlin-based English producer Ben Thomas (a.k.a. BNJMN) has consistently crafted his own brand of atmospheric techno tools, releasing with an impressive list of labels including Delsin, Rush Hour, Svetlana Industries, and Stolen Kisses, among others. Now, Thomas has announced plans to launch an imprint of his own, BRACK, which will debut next month with a new BNJMN EP simply titled BRACK 001.

Ahead of the record's relaese, the producer has shared a full stream of EP cut "Penumbra," a skittering drum workout with operatic samples and slow-burning pads; before the EP drops on April 6, "Penumbra" can be heard using the player below. (via Resident Advisor)

A1. Luster
B1. Penumbra
B2. Keel

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Funkstörung Reunites, Announces New LP http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/funkstorung-reunites-announces-new-lp/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/funkstorung-reunites-announces-new-lp/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:01:08 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87550 Nearly a decade has passed since Funkstörung released its last studio album, The Return to Acid Planet, but German producers Christian de Luca and Michael Fakesch have finally emerged with news of a forthcoming, self-titled LP which will arrive via Monkeytown this summer. Describing the production process for Funkstörung, the veteran duo explains, "By now we don't have to prove to anyone that we know how to program complex beats, breaks, and glitches (which became obsolete with new technology anyway)... to us it was more important to write good songs." In addition to the announcement, the producers have shared a free download of edited album cut "Laid Out," which features a breathy vocal contribution from Funkstörung's "good friend" Anothr — a mysterious artist from the duo's hometown of Rosenheim, Germany.

While we await for the full details of the upcoming Funkstörung LP to arrive, and ahead of the record's official release on July 31, an edit of the pair's "Laid Out" production can be streamed and downloaded below.

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Ozy "Alltaf Eins (El Fog Remix)" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/03/ozy-alltaf-eins-el-fog-remix/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/03/ozy-alltaf-eins-el-fog-remix/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:00:18 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87530 A seasoned dub-techno producer who has been releasing music since the late '90s, Icelandic artist Örnólfur Thorlacius (a.k.a. Ozy) has landed with a new LP via the nothings66 imprint. Incorporating a number of cold, textured originals alongside remixes from the likes of Laurel Halo and Miles Whittaker, Thorlacius' new Distant Present LP serves as the producer's first full-length effort since 2002. To celebrate the record's release (it is out now in Japan and officially arrives in the US, UK, and Europe on March 25), Ozy and nothings66 have gathered a few additional remixes such as this one from Berlin-based sound artist and vibraphonist El Fog. Taking on "Alltaf Eins"—a cut from Ozy's 2002 LP, Gray Area—El Fog creates an hypnotically immersive expedition, burying precise sub-bass pulses and bits of microscopic percussion beneath richly detailed layers of electronic abstraction. El Fog's rework of "Alltaf Eins" is available to grab for free below, where a sampler of Ozy's new Distant Present album has also been included.

Alltaf Eins (El Fog Remix)

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Drew Lustman Announces Upcoming Album for Planet Mu http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/drew-lustman-announces-upcoming-album-for-planet-mu/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/drew-lustman-announces-upcoming-album-for-planet-mu/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:35:47 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87544 After releasing a follow-up EP to his notable 2014 album as FaltyDL, In the Wild, a few months back, prolific Brooklyn producer Drew Lustman has today shared details of another project which will soon release a new LP via Planet Mu. Operating under his given name, Lustman says the forthcoming album will focus on music that he "would DJ with or play to friends without the pressure of the conceptual weighing him down," and with a genre palette that spans hardcore and soul. Titled The Crystal Cowboy, the LP will see Lustman returning to his early label home with 11 new tracks, and with New York rapper Le1f serving as the record's sole guest vocalist on "Onyx."

Lustman's The Crystal Cowboy LP will sees its official release on April 20; in the meantine, the record's artwork and complete tracklist can be found below. (via FACT)

1. Watch a Man Die
2. Time Machine
3. Angel Flesh
4. Green Technique
5. Wolves
6. Hyena
7. The Crystal Cowboy
8. Onyx (feat. Le1f)
9. The Hatchet
10. Blueberry Fields
11. Sykle

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Wallwork & RZR "Ibada Funk" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/03/wallwork-rzr/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/03/wallwork-rzr/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:00:37 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87520 Over the past eight months, the UK pair of Wallwork & RZR have maintained a regular presence in XLR8R's Downloads section, and right on schedule, the duo has returned to the fold with "Ibada Funk," a bonus cut from the group's upcoming Don't Panic EP. Slated to arrive via newly launched East London label Nervous Horizon, the record appears set to find Wallwork & RZR continuing to craft mangled pieces of full-bodied club music, an artistic aim "Ibada Funk" certainly signals is alive and well for the pair. Riding a heavy-handed skip for most all of its five-minute run, the production laces its booming kicks and sharpened snares with layers of more cosmic sonics: slowly revolving pads, spacey chords, and distant FX fill the spaces left empty between the track's formidable rhythmic structures. In addition to offering "Ibada Funk" here, Wallwork & RZR have also shared a preview stream of its forthcoming Don't Panic EP (which features a remix from Deft) below; the record will serve as the Nervous Horizon imprint's inaugural vinyl release when it lands on March 16.

Ibada Funk

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Kid606 to Release Ambient Album http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/kid606-to-release-ambient-album/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/kid606-to-release-ambient-album/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:55:57 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87467 Longstanding sonic experimenter Kid606 has announced plans to release an album's worth of ambient material via his own Tigerbeat6 imprint in the coming months. Over his career, the Venezuela-born producer has often been associated with hyperactive breakcore, glitch, and gabber-influenced fare, but his forthcoming Recollected Ambient Works Vol. 1: Bored of Excitement album is said to be inspired by the Berlin School of electronic music, taking cues from masters of atmospheric compositions such as Manuel Gottsching and Tangerine Dream.

Kid606's seven-track Recollected Ambient Works Vol. 1: Bored of Excitement LP is currently scheduled to arrive on May 19; in the meantime the forthcoming record's tracklist has been included below. (via Resident Advisor)

Recollected Ambient Works Vol. 1: Bored of Excitement
1. A Minor
2. B Minor
3. C Minor
4. D Minor
5. E Minor
6. F Minor
7. G Minor

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DIVA and Iron Galaxy Prep New 12" as N / Y / X http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/diva-and-iron-galaxy-prep-new-12-as-n-y-x/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/diva-and-iron-galaxy-prep-new-12-as-n-y-x/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:06:57 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87472 The Obsession label has announced the debut release from a new collaborative project between Matt Didemus (a.k.a. former XLR8R podcast contributor DIVA, who also serve as one half of Junior Boys, the proprietor of the aforementioned imprint, and is also pictured above) and his fellow Canadian Adam Hodgins (a.k.a. Iron Galaxy), a former Bubblin' Up artist.

Operating together as N / Y / X, the two-track "Love Haze" b/w "Kalamazoo" 12"—which was apparently "the result of a 10-day jam session in Utrecht"—finds the pair firstly turning out a strain of techno that skillfully blends heavy rhythmic elements with linear, propulsive grooves, and then hitting on more restrained, pastoral territory on the record's b-side. Preview clips of the 12" can currently be heard below, while the record's artwork and tracklist has been included below ahead of the effort's March 23 release date.

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Kelela Reveals Upcoming 'Hallucinogen' EP; Hear a Track Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/kelela-reveals-upcoming-hallucinogen-ep-hear-a-track-now/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/kelela-reveals-upcoming-hallucinogen-ep-hear-a-track-now/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:04:19 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87481 Ascendant Los Angeles-based vocalist and Fade to Mind affiliate Kelela has quickly followed up news of the forthcoming deluxe edition of her Cut 4 Me mixtape with details of a new EP, Hallucinogen. The upcoming six-track effort is said to be made up of tracks originally recorded for Kelela's imminent debut LP, but which ultimately "found a natural synergy with one another." Furthermore, the record is said to explore "the light and darkness of love and sexuality," with each song representing different stages in a relationship.

Leading the EP will be "A Message," a track produced by Arca which can be heard in full now via the video below. Kelela's Hallucinogen EP is set to drop on May 5, with her proper debut solo album slated follow this fall. In addition to the video for "A Message" and the forthcoming EP's tracklist, Kelela's upcoming European tour dates have also been included below.

1. A Message
2. Gomenasai
3. Swoop
4. All the Way Down
5. Hallucinogen
6. The High

May 14 - Brighton, United Kingdom @ Great Escape
May 15 - Lyon, France @ Nuits Sonores
May 16 - Rome, Italy @ Spring Attitude
May 18 - Helsinki, Finland @ Keedes Linja
May 19 - Prague, Czech Republic @ MeetFactory
May 20 - Ljubljana, Slovenia @ Kino Siska
May 22 - Paris, France @ Point Ephemere
May 24 - Bristol, United Kingdom @ Love Saves the Day
May 26 - London, United Kingdom @ XOYO
May 28 - Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound (Vice Stage)
May 30 - Dublin, Ireland @ Forbidden Fruit
May 31 - Berlin, Germany @ Berlin Festival

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Teleskop "WMAP (Kask Remix)" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/03/teleskop-wmap-kask-remix/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/03/teleskop-wmap-kask-remix/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:00:53 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87454 Amsterdam label Legendary Sound Research will drop a new EP from Croatian artist Teleskop next week (March 9, to be precise). Joining two originals from the budding talent on Entropolis will be a pair of remixes from Dutch producer Magensii and Estonian talent Kask, whose take on Teleskop's "WMAP" production is featured here. A swinging, soulful affair streaked with bubbling arpeggios in its original from, Kask buries "WMAP" beneath layers of warm analog distortion and moody, wide-spanning pads, making the track more suited for the dark corners of the dancefloor than Teleskop may have originally intended. Having already contributed an EP to the Dutch label's growing catalog, Kask is set to return to Legendary Sound Research on the imprint's next outing; in the meantime, the producer's remix of "WMAP" can be grabbed for free below.

WMAP (Kask Remix)

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Actress Announces Upcoming DJ-Kicks Mix Album http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/actress-announces-upcoming-dj-kicks-mix-album/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/actress-announces-upcoming-dj-kicks-mix-album/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:55:33 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87478 !K7 has announced that the 49th edition of its venerable DJ-Kicks mix series will come from revered UK artist Darren Cunningham (a.k.a. Actress). Though XLR8R did manage to enlist Cunningham for a rare podcast a year ago, the producer's DJ-Kicks outing will serve as the London artist's first official commercially available mix.

Set to feature cuts from the likes of Autechre, John Beltran, and Gherkin Jerks, Cunningham has this to say about the hour-long offering: "When I'm selecting music I'm not always thinking about the music alone. I'm thinking about the names of the artists, tracks, and labels, and what they mean to me. I often base my tracklisting purely on how well the track titles work together in a poetic sense. I've tried to keep space between tracks, allowing them to speak. I tried not to force BPM shifts and to let the programming remain choppy and quick."

Actress' DJ Kicks mix will be available in both digital and CD format, while nine of the mix's tracks will also be available in unmixed form on a vinyl release. As is traditional with DJ-Kicks mixes, Actress' installment will also feature an unreleased track by the artist himself; entitled "Bird Matrix," the production was apparently recorded just after the completion of Cunningham's fourth album, Ghettoville. The artwork and tracklists for both the mix and the companion vinyl can be found below ahead of their May 1 release date.

K7319-2 300x300
1. Breaker 1 2 – 2
2. Lorenzo Senni – Elegant, and Never Tiring
3. Reel by Real – Look At Me
4. Autechre – Pen Expers
5. Chameleon – Thought 2
6. Beneath – Stress 1
7. Simbiosi – Impari
8. Zennor – Tin
9. John Beltran – Anticipation
10. Moon B – Those Moments
11. STL – Psychelicious
12. Snakepiss – Toil
13. Shit and Shine – Pearl Drop
14. Chez n Trent – Windy City Club
15. Mark Fell – Section 1-7
16. GNESIS – Pear
17. Shxcxchcxsh – LDWGWTT
18. Hank Jackson – Track 3
19. Actress – Bird Matrix (DJ-Kicks)
20. Gherkin Jerks – Red Planet

Vinyl Tracklist:
A1. Lorenzo Senni – Elegant, and Never Tiring
A2. Reel by Real – Look At Me
A3. Simbiosi – Impari
B1. John Beltran – Anticipation
B2. Shit and Shine – Pearl Drop
C1. Chez n Trent – Windy City Club
C2. Mark Fell – Section 1-7
D1. Actress – Bird Matrix (DJ-Kicks)
D2. Gherkin Jerks – Red Planet

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Premiere: Watch a New Video for Sam Prekop's "Weather Vane" http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/premiere-watch-a-new-video-for-sam-prekops-weather-vane/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/premiere-watch-a-new-video-for-sam-prekops-weather-vane/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:45:24 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87456 Last month Sam Prekop returned to Thrill Jockey with The Republic, his second LP of sprawling modular constructions for the label. With nine of the record's (mostly) ambient expeditions having been originally crafted to serve as the score for a video installation by David Hartt (also titled The Republic), the visual artist has here returned the favor, stitching together a number of disparate pieces of video to serve as the visual accompaniment to Prekop's "Weather Vane" composition. A bubbly, meandering endeavor, "Weather Vane" twists and turns for just under four minutes as a sequence of black-and-white images join the track's hypnotically unhurried run.

The video for Prekop's "Weather Vane" production can be watched in full below. In addition, Prekop has also passed along the details for a slew of upcoming tour dates which will find him bringing his modular constructions to life alongside fellow The Sea and Cake member Archer Prewitt; those dates have also been included below.

April 24 Indianapolis, IN - The Hi-Fi
April 25 Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
May 8 Columbus, OH - Rumba Cafe
May 9 Rochester, NY - The Club at Water Street Music Hall
May 10 Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount
May 11 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
May 12 Brooklyn, NY - The Wick
May 14 Philadelphia, PA - MilkBoy
May 15 Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
May 17 Nashville, TN - Exit In
May 18 Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
May 19 St. Louis, MO - The Luminary Center for the Arts
June 1 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's
June 2 San Antonio, TX - 502 Bar
June 3 Austin, TX - Red 7
June 4 Dallas, TX - Club Dada
June 6 Phoenix, AZ - Last Exit Live
June 7 San Diego, CA - Casbah
June 8 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
June 9 San Francisco, CA - Slims
June 11 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
June 12 Seattle, WA - Barboza

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Podcast 377: DJ Haus http://www.xlr8r.com/podcasts/2015/03/podcast-377-dj-haus/ http://www.xlr8r.com/podcasts/2015/03/podcast-377-dj-haus/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:00:30 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87240 DJ Haus is a master of excess, and anyone familiar with the DJ/producer/label boss/YouTube profligate likely knows this all too well. Heading up both Unknown to the Unknown and the Hot Haus imprint, the London resident has issued a seemingly endless string of reliable house, techno, and UK garage records via his labels, all with an insatiable taste for cheeky bombast and dancefloor theatrics. His own production output is no less unstoppable; both as DJ Haus and in his Trumpet & Badman project with DJ Q (not to mention the now-defunct Hot City duo), the consistently prolific artist has built a sizable body of jacking, bass-loaded club music with an ear for classic sounds, all of which reaches as far back as 2008. (Hot City did its XLR8R podcast back in 2010, too.) Just about every solo entry DJ Haus makes in that extensive catalog arrives via one of his labels or some quasi-official digital avenue, but his latest release, the four-track Helta Skelta EP, just dropped courtesy of Clone's busy Jack for Daze imprint (one of our 2014 favorites, naturally). Suffice it to say that we don't need any more of a reason to ask a seasoned pro like DJ Haus to contribute a session for the XLR8R podcast series.

Once again, it'll be no surprise to the initiated that what DJ Haus has turned in to us goes big on everything. His mix is 35 tracks of high-octane dancefloor energy: an hour and a half chock full of twitchy ghettotech, restless house grooves, and nasty bassline monsters—plus a handful of unheard dubplates for good measure. Most of the podcast features material from contemporary producers (save for a couple trusty standards, like Paul Johnson's "I'm a Freak"), but it all nonetheless pushes a classic aesthetic with rugged hardware workouts and blippy, adrenaline-hungry tempos. DJ Haus appears to have no trouble showcasing the crowded rosters of his label pool and other like-minded outposts, while also dropping his own productions into the whirlwind affair. Those ADD sensibilities can seem a bit fickle here, and yet they're methods which pay off with striking regularity. In that sense, DJ Haus' exclusive mix for XLR8R might actually be the perfect analog for his career on the whole.

01 Crystal Bandito - Work_It - Ultramajic
02 Palace - CODEX - Hot Shit Recs In Effekt
03 Trumpet & Badman - Body Ache - Hot Haus Recs In Effekt
04 Catz 'N Dogz - Brock Landers - Steps Recs
05 DJ Octopus - Day By Day - Hot Haus Recs In Effekt
06 Arun Verone - Queen Of Hearts - Dubplate special
07 DJ Haus - Feelin' Reel - Unknown To The Unknown
08 DJ Fett Burger & Luca Lozano - Totally Tangerine - Sex Tags
09 Steve_Lawler - House Record - hot Creations
10 DJ Emanuel - Untitled 3 - Zippy Records
11 Anil Aras - Shake Dat Ass - Dubplate special
12 Mak & Pasteman - Oh Baby - Digital Soundboy
13 Hugo Massien - Kontrol - Dubplate special
14 Innershades - A World That Matters (Raw mix) - Unknown To The Unknown
15 Merimell - Workout - Hot Haus Recs In Effekt
16 U KNow The Drill - Off The Chain - Hot Haus Recs In Effekt
17 Kraftwerk - Home Computer (Night Owl remix) - Hot Shit Recs In Effekt
18 Chambray - Work That - Ultramajic
19 Felix! - Again (Embryo Remix) - Unknown
20 DJ Haus - Coming On (Arun Verone MR2 Rework) - Dubplate special
21 AR - Dolla Tella (Doctor_dub) - Zephron
23 Trumpet & Badman - Only U - Hot Haus Recs In Effekt
24 DJ Haus - Another Place - Rinse FM
25 Rushmore - Throwback - Hot Haus Recs In Effekt
26 Steve Murphy - Movida - Hot Haus Recs In Effekt
27 Headcore - In & Out - Lazare Hoche
28 Paul Johnson - Im a Freak - Music Is Love
29 House Gang - Old Skool Confusion - Dance Mania
30 Vin Sol - off the chain - Clone
31 DJ Haus - Helta Skelta - Clone
32 Palace - Solstice - Hot Haus Recs In Effekt
33 Daze - Lips ('94 Original DAT Dub) - Lobster Theremin
34 Photonz - Resurrected - Palms Trax Remix - Hot Haus Recs In Effekt
35 DJ Octopus - Hangover - Hot Haus Recs In Effekt

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Maurice Puls "Sly Simon" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/03/maurice-puls-sly-simon/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/03/maurice-puls-sly-simon/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:00:21 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87444 Last year a London transplant by the name of Terrell dropped a pair impressive productions via our Downloads section, first sharing the closing cut from an untitled EP for the First Second label and then offering a rolling house endeavor for download a few months later. Now, Terrell has returned to the XLR8R pages under a new guise, Maurice Puls, with "Sly Simon," one of three tracks set to appear on a forthcoming EP from his new alias. Set to again see the producer releasing with All City offshoot First Second, the untitled record and "Sly Simon" appear to find the budding artist adding a more mechanical edge to his club constructions, as the six-minute track fits plenty of clattering sheets of metal and industrial hits between its full-bodied kicks and snares. Along with the download of "Sly Simon" below, the rest of Maurice Puls' upcoming EP can be previewed below before its official release later this month.

Sly Simon

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