XLR8R http://www.xlr8r.com Accelerating music & culture Tue, 10 Feb 2015 01:35:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 DVS1 Retraces His Roots in New Documentary http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/dvs1-retraces-his-roots-in-new-documentary/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/dvs1-retraces-his-roots-in-new-documentary/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 18:23:55 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86400 Zak Khutoretsky (a.k.a. DVS1) is the subject of the latest installment in Resident Advisor's Origins documentary series (an effort done in partnership with Sonos). Over the course of the 30-minute film, Khutoretsky discusses his early upbringing; the son of Russian immigrants (who split up shortly after landing in Minneapolis), Khutoretsky spent much of his adolescence in and out of trouble, constantly switching schools, and eventually being arrested for some of his activities. Meanwhile, Khutoretsky had begun to steadily increasing his musical efforts, first throwing illegal parties and raves, before eventually moving on to more legitimate efforts and—for a short time—owning a club of his own in Minneapolis.

Containing a number of entertaining, unbelievable, and ultimately inspiring stories from the American artist's early days as a DJ and promoter, RA's Origins profile of DVS1 (who also supplied the first essay in our Real Talk series late last year) can be watched in full below.

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Damu Returns to Keysound with New 12" http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/damu-returns-to-keysound-with-new-12/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/damu-returns-to-keysound-with-new-12/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 17:32:06 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86393 Damu will return to Keysound for the first time in four years with the Holed up in the Hovel EP. Stylistically aligned with "something like grime," the forthcoming effort was reportedly inspired by the UK producer's move to Croydon and its local club scene, and spans four new "sour sound" constructions. "This EP started as war dubs for Keysound nights," explains Damu. "I really like the competitive vibe of the scene in London and I worked on the EP across Manchester, Sheffield, and Croydon from 2013 to 2014."

"Since my debut album my wiring has changed completely," he continues. "It's the sonics of individual sounds that gets me hyped now, and I think this EP reflects a bit more of a mathematical approach to music-making."

Holed up in the Hovel follows from two previous outings for Keysound (2011's Unity LP and the Ridin' 12") and is officially due out on February 23. No previews have been shared as of yet, but the EP's artwork has been included above and its complete tracklist can be found below.

1. iPolice
2. Whirlybird
3. Holed Up In The Hovel
4. No Pain, No Gain

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Kito Jempere "Järvi (Selvy Interpretation)" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/kito-jempere-ja%cc%88rvi-selvy-interpretation/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/kito-jempere-ja%cc%88rvi-selvy-interpretation/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 17:00:19 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86351 In April of last year, Russian producer Kito Jempere (pictured above) released his debut full-length, Objects, via his own Fata Morgana label. Now, Jempere has enlisted a crew of artists to help him revisit Objects for a forthcoming remix EP which will feature the likes of Jacques Renault, HNNY, Inkswel, and Polish newcomer Selvy, whose take on Jempere's "Järvi" is featured here. Billed as an "interpretation," Selvy reshapes the dark and loose track into a much breezier affair, one pushed forward by a light disco bounce and kept afloat by a steady stream of tropical chords and lively percussion hits. Selvy's contribution to the upcoming Objects Remixes collection can be downloaded below, while the rest of the EP (officially out next week) can be previewed via the player included here.

Järvi (Selvy interpretation)

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Download Levon Vincent's Debut Album for Free http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/download-levon-vincents-debut-album-for-free/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/download-levon-vincents-debut-album-for-free/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 16:10:28 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86388 In a surprise move, Levon Vincent has offered up his debut self-titled album as a free download. News of the esteemed Berlin-based DJ/producer's first full-length effort surfaced back in January, with details of the record—released via Vincent's own Novel Sound label—regularly cropping up on his Facebook. This afternoon, Vincent posted a download link to his wall along with a message thanking his many supporters over the years. "This is music for the ugly ducklings of the world. Music for swans," he concludes. "If you're a member of the rat race, climbing around a dumpster with the other rats vying for power, you may of course listen, but know—this is not music for you. This is action against you."

Levon Vincent hits record stores tomorrow, and the LP can be downloaded in its entirety here.

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Stream and Download New Sessions from The Black Madonna and Mood Hut http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/stream-and-download-new-sessions-from-the-black-madonna-and-mood-hut/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/stream-and-download-new-sessions-from-the-black-madonna-and-mood-hut/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 15:50:08 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86381 The Black Madonna has turned out the latest mix in Dutch label Dekmantel's recently launched podcast series. The Chicago DJ/producer and Smart Bar booker has released her signature sample-heavy disco-house via Argot, Stripped & Chewed, and The Nite Owl Diner, in addition to logging frequent DJ appearances throughout Europe and the US. This latest session is described as a "kinetic and athletic mix that goes from deep and heady to jump-up and jacking, from diva vocals to dazzling disco… that both starts and ends with a fat-bottomed reggae swagger." No tracklist is provided, but the nearly 70-minute recording can be streamed and downloaded below.

The interest generated around Vancouver's apparent house renaissance over the past year has been hard to ignore, with party-turned-label collective Mood Hut among its primary ambassadors. Local retailer Pacific Rhythm has championed output from Mood Hut's members first as an online supplier, and more recently as an imprint, with Cloudface and Hashman Deejay appearing on its  inaugural compilation. Earlier this month, Pacific Rhythm announced it would also be opening a physical outlet (located at 441 Gore Avenue), which launched yesterday with an in-store party featuring Mood Hut fixtures Hashman Deejay, XLR8R favorites Pender Street Steppers, and Neo Image. The six-hour session was broadcast live and can be streamed in its entirety below.

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Venuq "Pixação" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/venuq-pixacao/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/venuq-pixacao/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 14:00:03 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86347 The low-rumbling "Pixação" serves as our first introduction to Venuq, a Leeds-based newcomer who also contributes to the Rhodo Dendron project alongside fellow UK producer Bambooman. A gloomy production, "Pixação" teeters on a heavy-handed stomp, adding a growling bassline and a continuous supply of textured field recordings and dubby chords to the mix across the track's five-minute run. "Pixação," the budding Venuq's introduction to the XLR8R faithful, can be downloaded in full below.


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Kyle Hall Launches New Label; Stream a Track from K15's Inaugural Release http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/kyle-hall-launches-new-label-stream-a-track-from-k15s-inaugural-release/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/kyle-hall-launches-new-label-stream-a-track-from-k15s-inaugural-release/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 12:43:05 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86375 Kyle Hall has launched a sister label to Wild Oats called No Room for Air, with the first record coming from K15 (a.k.a. Kieron Ifill). The London producer—who we profiled as part of our Get Familiar series back in October—held down a six-year residency at Jazz Café and issued EPs via WotNot and Wild Oats proper before arriving on No Room for Air. His upcoming Mist 7" for the fledgling Detroit imprint comprises three soulful house originals, and while some copies have already turned up at select retailers, the EP (tracklist below) is officially due out on February 16. Until then, its a-side title track can be streamed in full below, courtesy of Boiler Room Debuts.

01 Mist
02 Twilight
03 Crush

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Shcaa Debuts on Blank Slate; Hear Previews Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/shcaa-debuts-on-blank-slate-hear-previews-now/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/shcaa-debuts-on-blank-slate-hear-previews-now/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 11:33:45 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86370 The ninth release from young Berlin-based label Blank Slate will arrive in the form of a two-track EP from Parisian upstart Shcaa. The vinyl-only imprint was founded in New York by Kamal Naeem and Soren Jahan, who now co-heads the Supply label and partners with John Barera as B-Tracks. Described as "not for the impatient, the submissive, or the unadventurous," Blank Slate 009 includes two minimalist, nuanced collages built from field samples, nodding toward the Villalobos-inspired material released on the label under Jahan's Düve and René Audiard aliases.

Blank Slate 009 follows from previous label offerings from the likes of Michal Wolski, Arnaldo, and White Visitation (who XLR8R singled out as one to watch during Bubblin' Up week 2015) and is officially due out on 12" vinyl on March 1. Until then, both tracks from the EP can be previewed below.

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Deadboy Reveals Upcoming Single for Crazylegs http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/deadboy-reveals-upcoming-single-for-crazylegs/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/deadboy-reveals-upcoming-single-for-crazylegs/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 19:25:53 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86340 After recently sharing a free EP of edits via his SoundCloud, London producer Deadboy gas revealed plans to deliver his first official release of the year later this month in the form of the "It Did Not Feel Right" single. Set to arrive via Bristol outpost Crazylegs, the single follows behind last year's Return EP for Numbers and is said to take shape as a "shimmering new-age vocal cut," with thick chords and sparse percussion serving as the bed to a series of re-pitched R&B vocals. Set to drop on February 16, the artwork for Deadboy's forthcoming digital single has been included below.

1. It Did Not Feel Right

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Software Readies Debut EP from Tairiq & Garfield; Hear a Track Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/software-readies-debut-ep-from-tairiq-garfield/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/software-readies-debut-ep-from-tairiq-garfield/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 18:41:42 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86302 Oneohtrix Point Never's Software label has announced plans to issue the debut EP from Tairiq & Garfield, Childhood Swing. Twins born and raised in Pasadena, California, Tairiq & Garfield make up two-thirds of the Renaissance Music Group production crew alongside Software labelmate Napolian. The twins come from a very musical background, with their father being a founding member of the R&B group Shai, and their mother forermly a rapper on Eazy-E's Ruthless Records imprint. The two look to have taken full advantage of their studio-bound early years, forging a textured cyberfunk sound that in some ways echoes the likes of Egyptian Lover, Legowelt, and Drexciya, and that has earned the pair an imminent release on Software.

Childhood Swing will officially drop on February 23. Before then, Australian producer/visual artist Dro Carey has put together a memorable clip for EP Cut "Hood Low," which can be watched in full below, where we have also included the artwork and tracklist for Tairiq & Garfield's forthcoming Software debut.

2. The Treatment
3. Talking II
4. Swept Over The Rug
5. By The Bay
6. Childhood Swing

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DJ Haus Drops a New Video for "Acid Bleep" http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/dj-haus-drops-a-new-video-for-acid-bleep/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/dj-haus-drops-a-new-video-for-acid-bleep/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 18:04:27 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86306 Unknown to the Unknown/Hot Haus label boss DJ Haus recently added to his prolific run with the Helta Skelta EP for Clone Jack For Daze. Now, EP cut "Acid Bleep" has received a video treatment. The production's title really tells us all we need to know about the effort, while Sabrina Ratte's vivid, shape-shifting clip goes on to make for the perfect visual accompaniment, as one can see below.

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Mite "Horn Anthem" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/mite-horn-anthem/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/mite-horn-anthem/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 17:44:42 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86296 Atlanta-based producer and co-founder of the Embassy label (alongside Distal), Mite will soon drop his Locker Code EP via the imprint. A five-track endeavor which nimbly dissects the worlds of bass-fueled beatwork, techno, and grime, Locker Code will include the half-time roll of "Horn Anthem" in its run. Built atop booming kicks, snapping snares and rims, and a steady stream of off-kilter hats, the appropriately titled track goes on to drape a series of punchy horn lines (or at least synths that sound a lot like horns) and glowing synthwork atop the track's 808-made frame. Mite (whose "Cemetery Seance" production is set to appear early on in Mumdance's upcoming Fabric mix) will drop his Locker Code EP via Embassy later this month; in the meantime, "Horn Anthem" can be downloaded below, where a preview stream of Mite's upcoming record has also been included.

Horn Anthem

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Listen to Nathan Fake's New EP for Cambria Instruments http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/listen-to-nathan-fakes-new-ep-for-cambria-instruments/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/listen-to-nathan-fakes-new-ep-for-cambria-instruments/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 16:48:23 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86310 Having inaugurated their Cambia Instruments label last summer with the collaborative Black Drift EP, Nathan Fake and Wesley Matsell's new imprint has now turned loose its second release: the five-track Glaive EP from Fake himself. As we reported when we previewed EP track "Nuuk" back in December, Glaive was reportedly made at home using the decidedly low-tech tools of "a millennium-era copy of Cubase 5 and a hardly glamorous Roland SH-09."

Expanding on the point, Fake explains, "I've always been totally turned off by the idea of owning expensive/high-end equipment, I just want to go on stage with a Dell laptop running Windows 95." The results of the no-frills approach used on Glaive (which is out now) can be heard using the player below.

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Youandewan Spiral Arms EP http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/02/youandewan-spiral-arms-ep/ http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/02/youandewan-spiral-arms-ep/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:00:54 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86194 Ever since he relocated to Berlin a year or so ago, something has been changing in the music that Youandewan (a.k.a. Ewan Smith) both makes and plays. The early years of the Englishman's career saw him roaming around in the nether regions of cuddly, humid deep house, a place where rueful pads and insular rhythms always bubbled below the surface without ever boiling over. There was a shyness and loneliness to his output that made it perfect for warm up-sets or cozy back rooms, but at the same time, his music's low-key nature has led to Smith largely remaining underneath the radar, especially when compared to Aus and Hypercolour labelmates like Bicep or Huxley.

Yet on Spiral Arms, Youandewan's latest record for Aus Music, he seems to come out of his shell. In the same way that his recent DJ sets have suggested a newfound passion for darker, harder-hitting sounds, his productions here are also a touch more menacing and pronounced. Actually, the first track, "Stak Poly Looms," sounds like Smith shaking off the last vestiges of his mopey old self once and for all—it's a warm house track with pumping, punchy kick drums, airy cymbals, and smeared chords, the whole thing topped off by a delightfully light-footed and spiritually uplifting female coo. The mood shifts dramatically on "Isabel," however, as the track sounds less inspired by a sunny day in the park than a somber walk through Berlin's deserted streets late at night. Relying upon the same sort of shadowy dungeon darkness one might find in a Joey Anderson or Levon Vincent track, it's a slithering, horizontal bit of icy and zoned out-house where poignant chord progressions offset a much more gritty and dirty bassline riff. Analog, atmospheric, and grainy, it's Youandewan's most spare, but most accomplished, cut to date.

"Fool Be Cool" sits somewhere between the two, its golden chords intermingling with an ephemeral bit of soulful female ad libbing atop a squelchy and degraded acid line. It's the sort of beautifully haunting track that swirls about in the listener's brain for ages after hearing it, but it's also sure to take care of business on the dancefloor, thanks to the renewed bite of Smith's drums. Remixing the song is Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, Clone, and Houndstooth affiliate Marquis Hawkes, whose no-nonsense rework offers crisp hits, barreling rubber kicks, and sweaty ghetto vibes. High impact and irresistibly rough and ready, it rounds out one of Aus Music's most excellent recent EPs.

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Premiere: Stream the Title Track from Jon Convex's Upcoming Anger Levels EP http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/premiere-stream-the-title-track-from-jon-convexs-upcoming-anger-levels-ep/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/premiere-stream-the-title-track-from-jon-convexs-upcoming-anger-levels-ep/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 14:30:15 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86289 As we reported earlier this week, time-tested UK artist Jon Convex will soon release his Anger Levels EP via the Boysnoize Records label. Now, ahead of the four-track record's arrival, we have gotten our hands on a full stream of the effort's charging title track.

A strong-armed endeavor, Convex's experience as a fearless bass manipulator (both as a solo artist and as half of the Instra:mental duo alongside Boddika) shows here, as he takes his time to build a fortified rhythmic base before lunging ahead with a series of bouncing acid sequences that seem to barely be contained by the track's forceful kicks and crunchy snares. The full "Anger Levels" production can be streamed below before Convex's digital EP of the same title lands on February 9 as a Beatport exclusive, and everywhere else on February 23.

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Prins Thomas Reveals Upcoming 12" for Endless Flight; Preview It Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/prins-thomas-reveals-upcoming-12-for-endless-flight-preview-it-now/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/prins-thomas-reveals-upcoming-12-for-endless-flight-preview-it-now/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 21:34:44 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86282 After inaugurating the Rainbow Disco Club mix album series for Endless Flight last year (an effort allied with the annual Rainbow Disco Club festival in Tokyo), Norwegian disco mainstay Prins Thomas will return to the Mule Musiq sub-label next month with a new 12" of the same title. A two-track affair, the record will pair Thomas' original "Rainbow Disco Club" production with a remix from disco-loving Japanese duo Force of Nature, an outfit Thomas has supported and remixed in the past.

Set to arrive on March 2, both the original "Rainbow Disco Club" and Force of Nature's driving remix of the track can be previewed below before the upcoming 12" lands next month via Endless Flight.

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Download New Mixes from Joey Anderson and Sherwood & Pinch http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/download-new-mixes-from-joey-anderson-and-sherwood-pinch/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/download-new-mixes-from-joey-anderson-and-sherwood-pinch/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 21:00:27 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86274 Amongst the slew of new mixes to hit the internet today, those from New Jersey producer/DJ Joey Anderson (pictured above) and UK pair Sherwood & Pinch (a.k.a. veteran artist Adrian Sherwood and Tectonic boss Pinch) have particularly piqued our interest.

First, Anderson has delivered a new mix for Crack Magazine's ongoing series. Spanning over 70 minutes, the set covers a wide swath of mood-streaked club music, essentially presenting a taste of what the East Coast selector is likely to do when he is at the helm of a dancefloor. Anderson's contribution to Crack's mix series can be streamed and downloaded below; no tracklist has been made available at this time.

Secondly, ahead of the impending release of their Late Night Endless LP for ON-U/Tectonic (a record which can currently be streamed in full here), Sherwood & Pinch have turned in a new mix for Mixmag. An adventurous set which incorporates more traditional and electronic dub tracks along with an array of bass music mutations, the pair's hour-long In Session mix can be streamed below and downloaded here; the set's full tracklist has also been included below.

1. Lee Perry & Adrian Sherwood "Elixir Of Life"
2. Sherwood & Pinch "Africa 138"
3. Dub Syndicate "The Show Is Coming"
4. Nurve "Clik Clak"
5. Mumdance & Logos "Chaos Engine"
6. Walton "Wrench"
7. Acre "Blue Moon"
8. Kinzy "3Style"
9. Higher Authorities "Phase Recording"
10. Dub Syndicate "Night Train"
11. RSD "Dr Woh!"
12. Illumsphere "Dreamstealin'"
13. 2562 "Vibedoctor"
14. Disrupt "Secret Laboratory (Lee Perry/Disrupt Unreleased Remix)"
15. Adrian Sherwood w/ Little Roy "A Piece of the Earth"
16. Kode 9 & Spaceape "Abeng"
17. Moving Ninja "Uranium"
18. Sherwood & Pinch "Wild Birds"
19. Dub Syndicate "Stoned Immaculate"
20. Los Gaiteros De San Jucinto "Truna Cumbia Bien"
21. Dub Syndicate "Hey Ho"
22. Scientist vs King Midas Sound "U Dub (Part 2)"
23. "Mind Control"
24. Adrian Sherwood ""Programme You"

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Mr. G Readies New EP Featuring a Remix from Seven Davis Jr. http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/mr-g-readies-new-ep-featuring-a-remix-from-seven-davis-jr/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/mr-g-readies-new-ep-featuring-a-remix-from-seven-davis-jr/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 20:09:59 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86253 Longstanding London producer/DJ Mr. G will next land on Bristol's Just Jack label with the four-track Resonate EP. Following closely behind the artist's solid Personal Momentz LP (which dropped in November of last year), the upcoming effort is said to focus on "late night rawness designed for the dancefloor," and furthermore, was originally mastered to tape before being pressed to vinyl in order to give the tracks "that extra bit of juice." Resonate will also be closed out by a remix from in-demand LA vocalist/producer Seven Davis Jr., who himself has an upcoming 12" for Ninja Tune on the way.

Planned for a vinyl-only release, Mr. G's Resonate EP will drop on March 7; in the meantime the forthcoming record's artwork and tracklist have been included below.

A1. TT Rum Bar
A2. What They Think
B1. Yo...
B2. TT Rum Bar (Seven Davis Jr. Remix)

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Time No Place to Release Debut LP from Pazes http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/time-no-place-to-release-debut-lp-from-pazes/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/time-no-place-to-release-debut-lp-from-pazes/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 19:32:39 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86098 Los Angeles label Time No Place has revealed plans to issue the debut LP from Pazes, a Brazilian-born producer who currently resides in Berlin (the artist has also appeared in our Downloads section on numerable occasions in the past). Hosting 11 tracks, Pazes' Induced LP is said to "curiously exude an uncommon sense of mystery and melancholy," with its productions incorporating elements of "menacing starkness, wistful ambience, creeping bass groans, and the exploration of textures ranging from almost-weightless to gritty."

Serving as out first taste of Induced is "Remnants," a sinking effort which features airy layers of rising vocalist Andrea Balency in its run. Set to close out Pazes' debut LP when it lands on April 27, "Remnants" can be streamed in full below, where the complete tracklist for Induced has also been included.

1. Be Told
2. Poltergeist
3. Left & Right
4. Sion (feat. Biblo)
5. Wall Five
6. Astir
7. Everyone One (feat. Biblo)
8. Grace
9. Induced
10. Guest
11. Remnants (feat. Andrea Balency)

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Citymouth "Glowscraps (feat. Gumar)" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/citymouth-glowscraps-feat-gumar/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/citymouth-glowscraps-feat-gumar/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 18:38:45 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86203 Portland's Dropping Gems label/collective will kick off its 2015 run with the Astrocentric LP from Citymouth, a core member of the Pacific Northwest crew who has appeared on many of the imprint's well-received Gem Drops compilations. Said to have been recorded over the past several years, Citymouth's upcoming album is stacked with features from fellow beatmakers, with the likes of Stones Throw affiliate MNDSGN, DJAO (who released his debut LP via Dropping Gems last year), yuk., and Ages all making appearances on the record. Ahead of Astrocentric's release next month, Citymouth has elected to give away LP cut "Glowscraps," which features Portland's Gumar, a producer who helped found Dropping Gems in its earliest stages and has also been known to make tracks under the names Break Mode and IBQT. Together, the two craftsman piece together a woozy excursion, one that begins amidst clouds of swirling chords before pieces of slightly broken percussion and sweetly plucked bass break through the fog. "Glowscraps" can be downloaded in full below where the artwork and tracklist for Citymouth's upcoming LP have also been included; Astrocentric officially drops on March 3.

1. Singlecycles (feat. People's Palms)
2 Neighborhoodcults (feat. Bone Rock)
3 Glowscraps (feat. Gumar)
4 Circuits Circuits
5 Searchesbirches (feat. Mndsgn)
6 At the Gemplex Live (feat. yuk. & DJAO) (Cassette Only)
7 How2hoodryte (feat. Bone Rock)
8 Holodecker (Brownbear Rmx)
9 Reshine for Devonwho (feat. Teeko)
10 A D Werk for yuk. (feat. Rap Class)
11 Teenagebownzen
12. Broke Jam Live (feat. Bone Rock) (Cassette Only)
13. Michael's Bounce (feat. Ages) (Cassette Only)

Glowscraps (feat. Gumar)

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Preview Lawrence's Upcoming Manhattan EP for Smallville http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/preview-lawrences-upcoming-manhattan-ep-for-smallville/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/preview-lawrences-upcoming-manhattan-ep-for-smallville/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 17:13:09 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86242 Hamburg-based producer (and force behind many reputable labels) Peter M. Kersten will release a new EP as Lawrence via his own Smallville imprint next month. Titled Manhattan, the record appears to find Lawrence continuing to trade in the crisp and focused strain of house-meets-techno-meets-ambient productions with which he has built up his following over the years. While no exact release date has been set for Manhattan, the record is set to arrive sometime in March. In the meantime, Smallville has provided preview streams of all three EP tracks, which can be heard below.

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Tom Demac Preps New EP for Aus http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/tom-demac-preps-new-ep-for-aus/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/tom-demac-preps-new-ep-for-aus/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 16:58:29 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86240 Tom Demac will reappear on Aus next month with the Smoke Stained Ivories EP. Demac is no stranger to Will Saul's ever-active label; in addition to last year's Linda's Theme 12", his past collaborations with Glimpse and Will Samson have also seen a release via the imprint in recent years. Demac's latest solo effort is said to show off the London producer's versatility, as he employs an arsenal of hardware to create "rattling club tracks peppered with armored kicks and luminescent textures."

Smoke Stained Ivories is officially due out on March 16, and while no previews have been shared as of yet, the EP's artwork and tracklist have been included below.

1. Smoke Stained Ivories
2. Guilty Measures
3. RIP Vogel
4. Beckett's Racket

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Claude Speeed Sun Czar Temple http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/02/claude-speeed-sun-czar-temple/ http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/02/claude-speeed-sun-czar-temple/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 16:00:57 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86071 Claude Speeed's music is something of a study in contradictions. Though he's been involved in several projects over the years, most listeners first came into contact with the Scotsman during his time as part of the band American Men, which released a drifting debut EP on Glasgow label LuckyMe (an imprint more often known for its beat-oriented offerings). In 2014, Speeed stepped out on his own, returning to LuckyMe with a solo album largely made of similarly shifting textures. Now, he's followed it up with a new 12" for Planet Mu, Sun Czar Temple. It's a short but sweet listen that, like his work on LuckyMe, initially seems a bit out of step with its record label's ethos; on subsequent listens, however, the EP unfurls, and its pieces begin to fit into place.

The first track, "Traumzeuge," is the record's finest. It begins simply, with soft piano notes lurking underneath a corroded layer of digital hiss. The digital treatments give the piano an ominous feel, and it builds in intensity until it fades away altogether, revealing a gentle guitar melody with an accompanying vocal. It's the EP's most human moment, and the brief shift into post-rock after the heavyweight tenor of the first couple of minutes makes for a tender, touching contrast.

The EP's remaining four tracks feature digital soundscapes that vary in tone and character. "Dr. Liz Wilson," the second track, consists of coruscating, chirping electronics that could pass for an outtake from a recent Autechre album, in the best possible way. "Vin" is woefully short, clocking in at only 90 seconds; it presents what is perhaps the record's most soothing, comforting moment, and is something that could have gone on far longer without prompting complaints. On "Fret," the scattered and stochastic elements of "Dr. Liz Wilson" return, set against a synthesizer background that gives way to disembodied vocals. "R U Sorry?" ends the EP on a melancholy note, featuring the same digital corrosion that the record opens with.

When all is said and done, Sun Czar Temple offers up one fantastic standout composition and a series of secondary pieces that, while compelling, don't quite measure up to the caliber of the first track. Claude Speeed has a real knack for blurring the edges between digital composition and traditional rock songwriting, but there are a lot of ideas at play here, and the EP might have benefited from a sharper focus.

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Hear Brassfoot's New 12" for Apron http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/hear-brassfoots-new-12-for-apron/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/hear-brassfoots-new-12-for-apron/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 16:00:10 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86233 Funkineven's Apron label—which XLR8R ranked among 2014's strongest imprints—has rolled out a 12" from Brassfoot as its first issue of the new year. The London producer's four-track Apron EP follows from a split 12" with Lord Tusk released last May, and marks his first proper solo outing. Largely dealing in hardware-driven, Chicago-inspired acid, Apron is out now and the first three tracks (B-side cut "Senzo Nome" excluded) can be streamed in full below.

A1 Quad by Quad
A2 Sepentinas Lust
B1 Dogenzaka
B2 Senzo Nome

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20 Questions: Nina Kraviz http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/02/20-questions-nina-kraviz/ http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/02/20-questions-nina-kraviz/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 15:00:56 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86209 At this point, the Nina Kraviz story is well known to just about anyone who's been paying even a modicum of attention to dance music over the past few years. Born in Siberia and trained as a dentist, Kraviz worked her way into the electronic music circuit and eventually became one of the world's most recognizable DJs. She's prompted plenty of conversation (some might say controversy) along the way, but most of the recent chatter has been squarely focused on her music, namely her excellent recent entry in the esteemed DJ-Kicks mix series. In hopes of unearthing a few new facts about Kraviz, we asked the Russian artist to withstand a barrage of queries for the latest edition of 20 Questions. As it turns out, she was more than up to the task.

1. Where were you born and raised?
In Siberia, 50 miles away from the deepest lake in the world.

2. Where do you now call home and how do you like it?
Berlin. I love it.

3. Who or what do you miss most when you are on the road, and why?
I miss the routine of my everyday life, martial arts and German classes.

4. What is the hardest thing you have learned since becoming a full-time artist?
To stay awake when I should have been in bed a long time ago.


5. You post lots of pictures of you doing stuff while on tour. Do you stay extra long in places to do tourist things? Or do you just force yourself to go out when you might rather sleep?
My job is the perfect chance to explore new countries and integrate into different cultures. I am very curious and excited to meet new people, enjoy local food, and learn the basics of their language. I find this experience truly inspiring.

6. What is the one thing everyone gets wrong about you?
Everyone is clever enough and gets it right about me.

7. What was the last thing that made you really laugh and why?
My boyfriend's refusal to marry me. It's hilarious.

8. What was the last book you read?
Hiromi Shinya's The Enzyme Factor.

9. You have a clear affinity for acid. Why is that and can you describe what it does to you when you hear it?
It just feels right. Every time I listen to it, it's like aliens have landed and are talking to me.

10. When writing music, do you always start with a specific idea, or do you just experiment until you find something you like?
It comes across in a very unpredictable, spontaneous way, with my inspiration as a central point. Normally I feel like my muse comes to me, then I connect everything quickly, hit the "record" button, and start fooling around with a melody or an idea in my head. Then my synth will suddenly do something crazy and I deviate into a totally different direction. In the end, out of an hour of live recording, I only leave the best mistakes, authentic-sounding sporadic moments in between wonky harmonies that sound the most interesting.


11. Tell us about the new label, трип, and why you have decided to start one now. What is the main reason for starting one up?
I have reached the point where I have developed a certain musical sense and I didn't see a place where this kind of sound would be presented in a proper way. So I thought it was time for me to create an independent platform where this aesthetic could find its home. Every трип release has a story, a trip behind it. They are not just random various artists. That's not the point. All of the music is connected and is visualized graphically and sonically according to a concrete narrative.

12. Will you release music by anyone, or must you know and have a relationship with artists before they appear on трип?
The most important thing is to find great music that will resonate with my musical vision in the sense of groove, texture, and spirit. It can be a legend or a total stranger.

13. What is the best trip—of any sort—you have ever been on?
When I played Coachella, I went to Joshua Tree park and got lost there counting cacti.

14. About the DJ Kicks—did you set out to represent yourself or a certain side of you, or did you just put together a club-style mix?
I recorded a mix inspired by some of my musical background. Psychedelic rock, dreamy '90s techno from Detroit, New York, Stockholm, and Reykjavik. Dusty house from Chicago. IDM and Italo disco. This music seems perfectly connected to me. When I was thinking about the right concept for my mix, Goldie's track ["Truth"] suddenly popped up in my memory and I realized that the murky way David Bowie's voice dilutes into the trancey atmosphere is exactly the way I feel right now. This is exactly my vibe at the moment, at home and in the club. Trippy, repetitive, going nowhere patches of words or just a voice that appears for a second and never comes back again... deviating harmonies and a very specific groove that I built in my mix around Goldie's track. There is a particular story behind it, but I wanted it to be little untold to give more space for the listener to dream their own dream inside the atmosphere I prepared.


15. For you, is the dancefloor a lonely place where you lose yourself in music or a communal place where you feel connected to everyone?
Normally, it's this magic place where I relax my mind and truly enjoy the music that opens up a certain channel. I call it reaching a state of flow. Once it happens, everything connects into a perfect voodoo sequence. The DJ, the people, and the room become one.

16. You lead a very intense life; how long do you think you can keep it up at the current rate?
I hope I can release another 10 albums before I even start to think about it...

17. Would you describe yourself as a feminist? Do you feel some sense of responsibility towards other women in the scene, or the world at large?
Every time I play music publicly, I feel responsibility for my listeners. Both women and men, yes.

18. How would you like to be remembered?
I'd rather answer this question next time...

19. Have you made any New Years resolutions?
I will compose new music, keep on developing my трип label, hopefully start a new label, assemble my own modular synthesizer, and eat fewer carrot cakes then usual.

20. What's the first thing you'll do after answering these questions?
I'm going to invite you for a cup of coffee and play you this song:

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