XLR8R http://www.xlr8r.com Accelerating music & culture Wed, 04 Feb 2015 22:08:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Download dBridge's Remix of Machinedrum http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/download-dbridges-remix-of-machinedrum/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/download-dbridges-remix-of-machinedrum/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 21:15:46 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86173 Originally slated to appear on a remix 12" for Machinedrum's (pictured above) 2013 Vapor City LP, a previously unreleased remix of the prolific producer's "Rise N Fall" track by drum & bass veteran dBridge has now been offered as a free download. "This is an unreleased remix of 'Rise N Fall' that dBridge made over a year ago," Machinedrum explains on his SoundCloud. "It was meant to be on a Vapor City remix 12-inch that never happened, unfortunately. Lucky you, you get it for free!"

Titled the "Fall N Rise" remix (perhaps because the track begins in swelling ambience before its full rhythmic force engages), dBridge's rework can be streamed and downloaded below. In addition, the longstanding UK producer and Exit label head's past XLR8R podcast can be revisited here.

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Tri Angle Reveals Upcoming EP from Rabit; Hear a Track Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/tri-angle-reveals-upcoming-ep-from-rabit-hear-a-track-now/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/tri-angle-reveals-upcoming-ep-from-rabit-hear-a-track-now/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 20:05:56 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86181 After announcing it would release a new EP from Janus collective member Lotic last week, the Tri Angle label has today revealed plans to issue a new EP from Houston-based beatmaker Rabit (another producer with associations to Berlin's Janus crew). The forthcoming Baptizm EP will serve as Rabit's debut on the label, and follows behind a steady output of 12"s, mixtapes, and other efforts including a feature on Keysound affiliate Logo's excellent Cold Mission LP (which landed in 2013).

Set to feature four grinding, mechanical grime hybrids, Rabit's Baptizm EP will see its official release on March 17. For now, the record's release is preceded by a full stream of EP cut "Bloody Eye," which can be heard via the player included below.

1. Imp
2. Bloody Eye
3. Hex
4. Straps

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RVNG Readies Upcoming FRKWYS Album from Robert Lowe and Ariel Kalma http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/rvng-readies-upcoming-frkwys-album-from-robert-lowe-and-ariel-kalma/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/rvng-readies-upcoming-frkwys-album-from-robert-lowe-and-ariel-kalma/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 20:00:58 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86188 RVNG has announced that it will release the 12th installment in FRKWYS, the NYC label's ongoing "music, film, and event series celebrating intergenerational collaboration," with a new project from Chicago musician Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (who also works under the name Lichens) and seasoned French ambient artist Ariel Kalma, who has now composed meditative music for over four decades. The pair's We Know Each Other Somehow LP is said to have been recorded just outside of Mullimbimby, a remote community on the eastern Australian coast, where Lowe and Kalma created the "six extended evocations of environmental ambience and entrancing naturalism" that make up the album. To give us all a better idea of where the two artistic minds meet on the forthcoming record, RVNG has shared a full stream of "Mille Voix" a dense, meandering ambient exploration which fuses together sheets of electronic textures, vocal drones, and airy woodwinds; the meditative composition (and its accompanying video) have been included below.

Furthermore, the release of Lowe's and Kalma's FRKWYS album installment will also conicide with the release of Sunshine Soup, a feature-length "exploratory documentary based on the collaboration." Directed by visual artists/designers Misha Hollenbach and Johann Rashid, the visual piece is said to take shape as a "non-linear film... keyed to the outer-boundary music created by Lowe and Kalma." A trailer for Sunshine Soup has also been included below; both it and the Lowe's and Kalma's We Know Each Other Somehow album will see their official release via RVNG on April 13.

1. Magick Creek
2. Mille Voix
3. Gongmo Kalma Lowe
4. Strange Dreams
5. Wasp Happening
6. Miracle Mile
Palo Alter Reality (Bonus Track)
Mille Voix (Infinite Version) (Bonus Track)

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Dorian Concept Preps Remix EP for Ninja Tune; Stream Tim Hecker's Contribution Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/dorian-concept-preps-remix-ep-for-ninja-tune-stream-tim-heckers-contribution-now/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/dorian-concept-preps-remix-ep-for-ninja-tune-stream-tim-heckers-contribution-now/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:56:35 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86148 Austrian artist Oliver Thomas Johnson (a.k.a. Dorian Concept, pictured above) released his critically acclaimed Joined Ends LP last October on veteran London label Ninja Tune. Now, the Vienna-based producer has announced a follow-up remix EP called Joined Ends Remixes. Featuring dystopian juke artist Kuedo, ambient composer Tim Hecker, modular aficionado Nathan Fake, rootsy beatsmith/guitarist Bibio, and Numbers affiliate Redinho, the record's five remixes are said to "cover both the experimental and the dancefloor." Before the EP is released on April 6, Tim Hecker's feedback-driven rework of "The Sky Opposite" can be heard below, where the upcoming record's full tracklist can also be found.

1. Ann River, Mn (Kuedo Remix)
2. Draft Culture (Nathan Fake Remix)
3. The Sky Opposite (Tim Hecker Remix)
4. Ann River, Mn (Bibio Remix)
5. Clap Track 4 (Redinho Remix)

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Donky Pitch Releases Free Remix Compilation http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/donky-pitch-releases-free-remix-compilation/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/donky-pitch-releases-free-remix-compilation/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:25:32 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86116 More than five years ago, vibrant UK imprint Donky Pitch began as a club night in Brighton, hosting artists from around the world and building a strong local sound in the process. Now, the label has quietly released a free remix collection on their Bandcamp page. Featuring contributions from Scottish producer Lockah, New York-based artist The Range, London affiliate Slugabed, and label newcomer Mount Bank (who will be releasing a new EP via the label in the coming weeks), Remixes is currently being offered as a name-your-price download. Like the Donky Pitch: Five collection that preceded it in October, this remix record condenses the history of Donky Pitch with previously released standouts as well as a few exclusive new efforts. The new Remixes collection can be streamed in full below and downloaded here.

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Listen to the B-Side Cut from Seven Davis Jr.'s Upcoming 12" for Ninja Tune http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/listen-to-the-b-side-from-seven-davis-jr-s-upcoming-12-for-ninja-tune/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/listen-to-the-b-side-from-seven-davis-jr-s-upcoming-12-for-ninja-tune/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:04:11 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86138 Rising LA artist Seven Davis Jr. made waves last year with releases for the Classic and Apron imprints (as well as garnering a spot in XLR8R's Best New Artists of 2014 list), culminating in a deal with Ninja Tune. After announcing his first effort for the label last month (and sharing a stream of the record's lead track), the gifted vocalist/producer has now shared the b-side cut to his imminent new single, Wild Hearts. "Let Somebody Love You" holds its own with the a-side, upping the funky house quotient with generous layers of Davis Jr.'s falsetto harmonies and some ping-ponging organ stabs. Before Wild Hearts drops on February 9, the record's b-side cut can be streamed in full below.

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Prefuse 73 Details Upcoming LP, Shares New Track http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/prefuse-73-details-upcoming-lp-shares-new-track/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/prefuse-73-details-upcoming-lp-shares-new-track/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 17:36:56 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86137 After first revealing plans to issue a three-part release series via the Temporary Residence label last month, veteran beatmaker Prefuse 73 has now shared the full details of his forthcoming LP for the label, Rivington Não Rio. The 11-track record is billed somewhat as a return to form for the veteran producer, whose Vocal Studies + Uprock Narratives and One Word Extinguisher LPs still stand as seminal releases in the world of electronic beats. "I've come back to hyper focusing, immersing myself in the sounds, rhythms, and formations that created Prefuse 73 in the first place," the artist born Guillermo S. Herren explains in a press release. "Recently, I've found a new life in the whole process of refining what I've created over the years as Prefuse. Right now I'm at my most confident and comfortable since '05/'06."

Prefuse 73's Rivington Não Rio LP will see its official release on May 12, to be preceded and followed by a pair of EPs which will also see their release via the Temporary Residence imprint. In the meantime, album cut "Infrared" (which features the vocals of one Sam Dew) can be streamed in full below, where the full tracklist for Prefuse 73's forthcoming album has also been included.

1. Señora 95 (Intro)
2. Applauded Assumptions
3. Quiet One (feat. Rob Crow)
4. Through A Lit And Darkened Path (Pts. 1+2)
5. Inside
6. Infrared (feat. Sam Dew)
7. Jacinto Lyric Range
8. 140 Jabs Interlude (feat. Milo & Busdriver)
9. See More Than Just Stars (feat. Helado Negro)
10. Mojav Mating Call
11. Open Nerve Farewells

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Akra "Warm & Pretty" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/akra-warm-pretty/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/akra-warm-pretty/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 17:00:05 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86101 Later this month, London's Teng label will launch the digital arm of its efforts with the Sonnox Reworked EP, a five-track effort which will find a handful of remixers (and the artist himself) reworking Akra's "Sonnox" production. To help spread word of the digital EP's forthcoming release, the budding London producer has passed along a bonus original cut, "Warm & Pretty." Spanning seven minutes, the appropriately titled production is a peaceful dancefloor excursion, one heavy on atmosphere and occasionally touched by light piano melodies. "Warm & Pretty" can be grabbed below before the Sonnox Reworked EP—featuring contributions from Gnork, Owain K, and Yard One—sees its official relase on February 16.

Warm & Pretty

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Aphex Twin Shares Over 40 Unreleased Tracks http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/aphex-twin-shares-over-40-unreleased-tracks/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/aphex-twin-shares-over-40-unreleased-tracks/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 16:32:07 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86122 Though the details still remain somewhat hazy, it appears that last week Richard D. James (a.k.a Aphex Twin) shared 110 previously unreleased tracks on SoundCloud under the member name "user48736353001." Today, the unpredictable British artist appears to have uploaded 42 more demos, short ideas, and alternate takes, which can be streamed and downloaded for free via the "user48736353001" SoundCloud account. The new batch features the breezy acid jam "Cottage4 Af 1," skittish rhythmic test "T08+4," and a Selected Ambient Works-era cut called "bob Morgan" that samples dialogue from Robocop. The latest deluge of Aphex Twin tracks can be heard here, while a playlist of his first 110 uploads can be found below.

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Premiere: Listen to a New Remix from Matias Aguayo http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/premiere-listen-to-a-new-remix-from-matias-aguayo/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/premiere-listen-to-a-new-remix-from-matias-aguayo/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 16:25:10 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86113 Chilean-born, now Germany-based man of many talents Matias Aguayo has been tapped to rework "Condor," a cut from French outfit Turzi's forthcoming C LP for the Record Makers label. Originally a five-minute jaunt through futuristic psych territory, Aguayo reshapes "Condor" into an altogether bouncier affair, lacing the track with infectious layers of percussion while taming the wild sonic spurts of Turzi's original into more controlled rises in momentum (which are further enhanced by the string of woozy synth lines that appear in the production's second half).

Aguayo's downright fun remix of "Condor" can be streamed in full below before the French group's C LP (the third in a trilogy of full-length releases) sees its official release on March 16. Aguayo's refix will be available via on Turzi's Condor EP—alongside the original track and an additional remix—out on February 16 via Record Makers.

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Pev & Kowton Announce Upcoming 12"; Preview It Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/pev-kowton-announce-upcoming-12/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/pev-kowton-announce-upcoming-12/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 16:16:49 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86118 In recent years, Bristol producers Peverelist (pictured above) and Kowton (a recent XLR8R podcast contributor) have kept plenty busy with their Livity Sound imprint, issuing a range of solo singles, a collective LP, and the Livity Sound Remixes compilation, but the two have not put out collaborative material as Pev & Kowton since 2013. Today, the two artists have shared details of a new collaborative 12", "Signal 3" b/w "Low Strobe<" which their label will release next month. So far, the duo has only shared snippets of the record's two cuts—"Signal 3" appears to assemble a delicate, yet punishing techno rhythm from stuttering synths, while "Low Strobe" rides slinky percussion as phased pads lap the stereo field. Until Pev & Kowton's new 12" drops on March 16, both tracks can be previewed via the player below. (via Resident Advisor)

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Roland Tings Roland Tings http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/02/roland-tings-roland-tings/ http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/02/roland-tings-roland-tings/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 15:00:53 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86066 Roland Tings (a.k.a. Rohan Newman) is a producer whose music is every bit as sunny as the climate in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia. His debut 12" on 100% Silk, released in 2012, was splashed in sharp primary colors and full of expressive shapes ("Roland's Beat," with its flaring digital chords and Sega-ish synths, sounded like a James Ferraro track ironed into a more wearable form), and his music has carried on in the same vein since, becoming a little more daring and carefree with each release.

The key to Roland Tings' appeal is the combination of his natural enthusiasm with an intuitive, well-practiced discipline to rein in—and, sometimes, let loose on—a song when it feels right. His tracks have a certain sugar-rush quality about them, sure, but Roland Tings is no major-key, vocal-stuffed confection (only the hearty '90s piano jam "Who U Love" actually has one). After a few listens, the mirage of this album's candied gloss and smooth topography dissolves, exposing a complex array of cogs, levers, folds, and enzymes that prop up what initially feels like a polished, easygoing house record.

On "Observatory," a number of deep house motifs converge; there's an airy string of piano keys, an aqueous sequence of chords, and a bevy of happily skipping hi-hats. Bookended by a purring arp bassline and melodies that extend and flare like kids' party horns, "Observatory"'s familiar pieces congeal into nebulous layers of melody, which glow with a joy often ascribed to Todd Terje's ineffably happy singles.

Another one of Roland Tings' strengths lies in its references—none of them particularly reverent—to music that shares its willfully naive outlook. "Endless Race" is a dance record made out of bits of library music—the sort one sometimes comes across in bygone educational science shows—and a whimsical marimba riff that recalls Steve Reich at his most fun. "Cultural Canal"'s reedy, ascending flute notes and processed utterances ("oohs," "aahs," and some digitized, mouth-born clicks) gesture to similar contexts, but its slippery bassline—twisting and coiling just beneath the surface—makes the song's natural function readily apparent.

Some tracks on Roland Tings will remind listeners of the sweetened grooves of a Nick Höppner record; others bear elements of Roman Flügel's bucolic melodies ("Pala," for example, sounds like a stiffened, slightly harried holdover from the German producer's Fatty Folders LP). In this respect, Roland Tings can occasionally feel like a sophisticated refurbishment of familiar sounds—as opposed to a ground-up creation of its own—but its presentation is so enthusiastic that it's otherwise hard to fault. More importantly though, Roland Tings is a spirited and endlessly likeable record; that's mostly down to Newman's tidy yet dense arrangements, and an eye that glances at the experimental even as it generally keeps its gaze firmly locked on the dancefloor.

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Clip! "Storm" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/clip-storm/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/clip-storm/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 14:00:57 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86106 Today, Barcelona's Clip! has released the Storm/Untitled digital single, a record comprised of two tracks that the burgeoning producer recorded live in his studio. Serving as the single's virtual a-side is "Storm," a pulsing exercise in hardware construction which piles layers of squirming synth tones atop a steady stream of tough rhythmic elements. A freeform jam of sorts, Clip! has not only elected to give away both "Storm" and the accompanying "Untitled" production, but has gone one step further and provided videos of the live jam sessions which resulted in the pair of new tracks, giving us all a chance to see how the tune was pieced together and to ogle at the artist's enviable arsenal of gear. Clip!'s "Storm" track can be grabbed for free below, where the videos for both of the digital single's efforts have also been included. Those interested can also pick up the man's "Untitled" track by heading here.


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Roman Flügel Preps New EP for Dial http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/roman-flugel-preps-new-ep-for-dial/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/roman-flugel-preps-new-ep-for-dial/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 22:00:28 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86019 German producer/DJ Roman Flügel has announced he will release a new EP in March. The three-track Sliced Africa EP is said to find Flügel further exploring the rich brand of stretched-out house music (the record's lead track clocks in at over 11 minutes) that he has made his own in recent years. The record is also set to appear on Dial, the same imprint that released the seasoned producer's sophomore LP, Happiness Is Happening, in September of last year.

The Sliced Africa EP will see its official release on March 2; ahead of its arrival, we've posted the forthcoming record's artwork and tracklist below. While we await the EP's imminent release, Flügel's recent contribution to the XLR8R podcast series can still be streamed and downloaded here.

dial69Cover 300x300
1. Black Towers
2. Sliced Africa
3. Spiritual Enhancer

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T. Williams Launches Label, Shares New Single http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/t-williams-launches-label-shares-new-single/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/t-williams-launches-label-shares-new-single/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 21:17:38 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86082 London DJ/producer T. Williams (who delivered an XLR8R podcast back in 2011) has revealed plans to launch a new label of his own, Today, Tomorrow. The imprint will kick off with the release of Williams' Acoustic Treatment EP, with the label's second effort to follow shortly thereafter in the form of a vinyl-only outing from grime artist Jon E Cash. Beyond that, the label has stated that it will aim to "seek out innovation and new movements, bridging and bending genre, history and territorial boundaries" as it builds its catalog.

In addition to the label announcement, T. Williams has today shared a new production, "Days End." A rolling, soul-swept club effort which features some smooth guitar licks and sax solos across its five-minute run, "Days End" can be streamed below; full details on T. Williams' forthcoming Acoustic Treatment EP are expected to arrive soon.

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PAN to Reissue 1998 Hip-Hop Mixtape from Spectre http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/pan-to-reissue-1998-hip-hop-mixtape-from-spectre/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/pan-to-reissue-1998-hip-hop-mixtape-from-spectre/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 20:28:32 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86068 Originally released in 1998 as an extremely limited cassette, WordSound label founder Skiz Fernando Jr.'s (a.k.a. Spectre) Ruff Kutz mixtape will serve as the first release from Bill Kouligas' PAN label in 2015. A 90-minute affair, the mixtape is said to feature "hits and remixes, previously unreleased tracks, and dub-plate specials featuring Sensational, Mr Dead, Bill Laswell, Jungle Brothers, Kevin Martin/Techno Animal, and many more." The collection in many ways serves as a snapshot of the kind of hip-hop experimentation which was taking place in Brooklyn at the time, with Spectre's WordSound label leading the way for the "illbient" scene which combined elements of dub, hip-hop, and ambient together into a unique brand of foggy boom-bap.

PAN's reissue of the Ruff Kutz mixtape will be available as a double-140g vinyl pack, as well as in digital form, beginning March 9. At this time, no audio previews have been made available for the upcoming release.

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RIP Dust La Rock http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/rip-dust-la-rock/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/rip-dust-la-rock/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 19:48:51 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86061 Word has come that Joshua Prince (a.k.a. Dust La Rock) has unexpectedly passed away at the age of 38. Prince was the co-founder of the Fool's Gold record label and also served as the imprint's creative director and chief designer since its launch in 2007.

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of original Fool's Gold co-founder and art director Joshua Prince, a.k.a. Dust La Rock," the label writes on its website. "His singular talent and uncompromising vision set a foundation for our label as a beacon for artists. He will be missed dearly by the Fool's Gold family and the creative community at large."

XLR8R spoke with Prince about his design work and artistic inspirations in a 2009 Vis-Ed feature for our print magazine, an article which can still be read here.

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Lando Readies New EP for Myth Music; Preview It Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/lando-readies-new-ep-for-myth-music-preview-it-now/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/lando-readies-new-ep-for-myth-music-preview-it-now/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 18:42:50 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86034 Late last year, Berlin-based American producer Lando (formerly Lando Kal, pictured above) and Boiler Room's Baron Castle launched the Myth Music label with Lando's own I Can See It in You EP. Now Lando—an alumni of the Hotflush and Rush Hour imprints—has revealed plans to release Myth Music's second record, which is to be known simply as MYTH002 and will find the producer further exploring the primitive, hypnotic grooves with which he is synonymous.

Myth Music will release MYTH002 on March 2; before then, snippets of the record can be streamed below, where we've also included the EP's full tracklist. In addition, around the time of I Can See It in You's original release, Lando graced us with a contribution to the XLR8R podcast series, which can still be streamed and downloaded here.

A1. No Matter (Where You Are)
A2. Posse Form
B1. Insyde
B2. Abaraxas II

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Jon Convex Reveals Upcoming Anger Levels EP http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/jon-convex-reveals-upcoming-anger-levels-ep/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/jon-convex-reveals-upcoming-anger-levels-ep/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 18:01:26 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86042 UK producer—and half of the Instra:mental duo alongside Boddika—Damon Kirkham will release a new solo EP under his Jon Convex alias later this month. Entitled Anger Levels, the record will consist of four new productions from the genre-defying, bass-focused artist and will be available as a digital-only collection via the Boys Noize Records label. Set to hit Beatport on February 9, with a full release planned for February 23, the artwork and tracklist for Convex's forthcoming Anger Levels EP can be peeped below.

1. A Good Woman
2. Disconnect YRSLF
3. Anger Levels
4. Transient

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Grey People "Moonstruck" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/grey-people-moonstruck/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/grey-people-moonstruck/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 17:30:45 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=85986 Atlanta's fledgling CGI label is prepared to continue growing in 2015, with its first release of the year landing this week in the form of the Trench Foot EP from Grey People, an artist raised in Chicago who now calls Nashville, Tennessee home. On his new effort, the artist-born Alex Michalski delivers a helping of raw, machine-made funk, of which the slithering "Moonstruck" is perhaps its catchiest endeavor. Fueled by the stomp of a red-lined drum machine, the track focuses on a new-wave indebted synth sequence which bends and twists as Michalski generously manipulates a slew of background textures. The second of four cuts on Grey People's new release, "Moonstruck" can be downloaded below, where a full stream of the Nashville producer's Trench Foot EP has also been included.


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Dimensions Festival Announces First Acts of 2015 Line-Up http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/dimensions-festival-announces-first-acts-of-2015-line-up/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/dimensions-festival-announces-first-acts-of-2015-line-up/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 16:34:21 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86015 Croatia's Dimensions Festival has announced the first tranche of acts who will appear at its upcoming fourth edition, which will take place from August 27 - 30 at Fort Punta Christo in Pula. The standout names on the initial bill include Moodymann, Ben Klock, Motor City Drum Ensemble, John Talabot, Mount Kimbie (DJ set), Rødhåd, Surgeon, Lee Gamble, Lil' Louis, Daniel Avery, Goldie, and Hessle Audio's Ben UFO, Pearson Sound, and Pangaea. Two label showcases have also been announced, with Konstantin, Vril, Edward, and Dustin lined up for the Giegling label's event, while Tenderlonius, Al Dobson Jr, Henry Wu will be on hand for the 22a Records showcase. In addition, an opening concert will take place at the 2000-year old amphitheater in Pula on August 26, with the line-up for that event still yet to be revealed.

The full list of acts announced so far for the 2015 edition of Dimensions can be found on the flier below, while more info on the upcoming festival can be found here.

Dimensions 2015 - flyer 800

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John Carpenter Lost Themes http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/02/john-carpenter-lost-themes/ http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/02/john-carpenter-lost-themes/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 16:00:06 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=85998 Lost Themes is something of a post-modern marvel. After all, John Carpenter is one of America's most beloved filmmakers (amongst a certain cadre of viewer, at least), a figure who's responsible for a spate of the best horror, action, and dark comedy films of the '70s, '80s, and '90s. Essential to his films' success were their soundtracks—sparse, simple, all-synthesizer affairs rife with tension, dread, and drama, all of which were composed by Carpenter himself (occasionally in concert with Alan Howarth, a frequent collaborator). Over the years, these soundtracks have proven to be so effective that they've inspired legions of imitators, including a bevy of electronic musicians who hew so close to the Carpenter blueprint that they blur the line between homage and appropriation (see Umberto, Xander Harris, and Cliff Martinez's soundtrack to Drive for glaring examples). Surfacing after a long period of relative quiet, Lost Themes is Carpenter's first non-soundtrack album, and was written with no accompanying images to score to. It is, essentially, John Carpenter performing as John Carpenter, a slightly surreal situation in which the auteur has become so notorious that he riffs on his own notoriety—a musical .

But that's all somewhat beside the point—is Lost Themes a good record? Yes—with a few reservations. The LP contains nine tracks, averaging about five and a half minutes in length, all of which have evocative one-word titles plucked straight from the Carpenter oeuvre. They're more accurately described as suites or medleys, each one consisting of short pieces stitched together, giving the album a true "soundtrack" feel. The sound palette is classic Carpenter, with some haunting, spooky bits ("Fallen," "Night") and a good deal of gloriously cheesy guitar riffs and rockin' drums during the uptempo pieces ("Domain," "Abyss"). The album is relentlessly cinematic, almost oppressively so, which makes listening to Lost Themes from start to finish a bizarrely visual experience; whereas a great deal of electronic music is remarkably open to interpretation (this being one of the genre's greatest strengths, arguably), it's difficult to listen to Lost Themes without imagining a burly action hero bursting out of a burning building or a masked murderer silently stalking his prey. Granted, this may or may not be to the listener's taste.

The digital edition of the album includes six remixes from a well-selected collection of artists who were clearly influenced by Carpenter: Zola Jesus with Dean Hurley, ohGr, Silent Servant, Blanck Mass (a.k.a. Benjamin John Power, half of Bristol duo Fuck Buttons), J.G. Thirlwell, and PAN boss Bill Kouligas. Their efforts range from good to excellent; Zola Jesus' contribution, in which she lends her searing voice to the throb of "Night," is a standout, as is Blanck Mass's rework of "Fallen," which transforms the original into a slow-burning psychedelic drum track that builds toward an explosive climax.

In the press material accompanying the record, Carpenter says "Lost Themes was all about having fun," and it shows. It's suffused with a particular kind of glee, the kind that comes from having mastered one's craft inside and out. At the same time, that kind of mastery comes with its own kind of limitations—there are no surprises here, for better or worse. Furthermore, the fact that Carpenter's studio has expanded significantly since the Halloween days means that the incisive, cutting simplicity of his early work is nowhere to be found. In the end though, none of this matters too much, because Lost Themes is a still blast to listen to.

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Premiere: Stream a New Track from Danny Daze's Upcoming Collaborative EP http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/premiere-stream-a-new-track-from-danny-dazes-upcoming-collaborative-ep/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/premiere-stream-a-new-track-from-danny-dazes-upcoming-collaborative-ep/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 15:58:40 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=85988 Just before 2014 came to a close, Miami-based DJ/producer and former XLR8R podcast contributor Danny Daze announced that his upcoming Four EP would serve as the newly launched Omnidisc label's inaugural effort when it arrived in February. Featuring four collaborative tracks between Daze and four seperate producers, Daze's effort for the EP alongside Miami newcomer Deroboter, "Drowning," is now streaming in full on XLR8R.

Spanning six minutes, "Drowning" gradually builds into a driving dancefloor effort, one which drapes new-age pads and sharply rising melodic leads over a skeletal rhythmic structure. Set to sit alongside further collaborations with 214 (a.k.a. J.Alvarez), Philipp Gorbachev, and Drvg Cvltvre on the upcoming Four EP (out on February 16), Daze's and Deroboter's "Drowning" can be heard in its entirety via the player below. In addition, Daze also launched a new monthly podcast series, Sunday Morning, earlier this week, the first episode of which can be streamed and downloaded here.

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Podcast 376: Lena Willikens http://www.xlr8r.com/podcasts/2015/02/podcast-376-lena-willikens/ http://www.xlr8r.com/podcasts/2015/02/podcast-376-lena-willikens/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 15:00:19 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86004 Just last month, XLR8R profiled Lena Willikens as part of our annual Bubblin' Up Week series. The article highlighted the Cologne selector's love of unusual sounds, and her ability to make them work on the dancefloor. Her eclectic tastes have most recently been on display via Phantom Delia, Willikens' debut EP, which saw the light of day just a few weeks ago on the Cómeme label. Still, as promising as that record is, it's as a DJ that Willikens really shines; her monthly Sentimental Flashback program, which airs as part of the Radio Cómeme podcast series, continues to be a revelation, and her 2014 mix for Resident Advisor was undoubtedly one of last year's most compelling listens. Given that, we jumped at the chance to have her put together an exclusive XLR8R podcast.

True to form, what Willikens has assembled isn't something for people in search of a polished session of neatly constructed dance music. Her selections come from all over the map—both musically and geographically—as cuts from her Cómeme cohorts sit alongside bizarre slices of post-punk, jagged electro, stripped-down house, and assorted electronic oddities. In truth, it's quite unlike most of the mixes that appear in this space, but the podcast is ultimately as thrilling as it is strange. That being said, a cohesive thread has been woven throughout the mix's nearly 70-minute runtime; its seams might not be taut, but the music's looseness and Willikens' remarkably open-minded outlook is all part of the fun.

01 Louise Huebner ­"The Demons Spell for Energy" (Warner Bros. – ­Seven Arts)
02 I­–F ­"Torment" (Disco B)
03 Red Axes ­"Shin Shim"
04 BWL ­"Coro Delle V3" (BWL)
05 Rumanians "­Vos Sos Dios (Carisma Remix)" (Dengue Dancing)
06 Zombie Zombie "L'Esprit Du Cimetière Part 2 (Thème Principal)" (Versatile)
07 Lucas Croon & Carsten Dämbkes "Ecke Rolandstrasse" (TFGC)
08 Jan Pravda ­"Stompd Galaxy" (DMD)
09 Kotai ­"Luxury" (WMF)
10 Matias Aguayo ­"ELEFANTE ­123 BPM" (Cómeme)
11 Cowboy Rhythmbox ­"Rattle" (Phantasy Sound)
12 Shitcluster "Doop 3" (SD)
13 Acid Arab ­"Zahr" (Versatile)
14 Unit Moebius ­"World Turns Around" (Clone Classic Cuts)
15 Vessel ­"Red Sex" (Tri Angle)
16 Ana Helder ­"Chabond" (Cómeme)
17 Dreamweapon ­"Moonland" (Holger)
18 Christoph Haberer ­"Give My Best to G.!" (Jazz Haus Musik)

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Vessels "Echo In" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/vessels-echo-in/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/vessels-echo-in/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 14:00:18 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=85982 After turning in a remix of Rival Consoles' "Recovery" for our Downloads section a few weeks back (a rework which made for one of the site's Top 10 Downloads of January), Vessels returns to XLR8R with "Echo In," a new single from the Leeds-based group's upcoming Dilate LP (artwork above). Scheduled for a release via the Bias label in March, Dilate is set to see the five-piece outfit shedding their roots as a guitar-oriented endeavor in order to fully embrace their electronic side. "Echo In" is a fine example of Vessels' evolving sound—streaked with spiraling synth lines and buzzing chords, the track takes shaped as a fast-moving electronic hybrid, one which is quick to weave live drums in with skittering hats, pulsing melodic samples, and sneaking Moog-like leads. "Echo In" can be downloaded below before Vessels' new full-length record arrives next month; the group's upcoming UK tour dates have also been included below.

March 12 Convergence 2015, Village Underground, London (with Clark, Rival Consoles & Luke Abbott)
March 13 Convergence 2015, St. John At Hackney (DJ set with Kiasmos and Rival Consoles)
March 14 Start The Bus, Bristol
March 15 Rainbow, Birmingham
March 16 Soup Kitchen, Manchester
March 17 Nice n Sleazy, Glasgow
March 18 Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, Leeds
April 25 Opium Rooms, Dublin (with Jack J)

Echo In

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