XLR8R http://www.xlr8r.com Accelerating music & culture Fri, 21 Aug 2015 19:20:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Premiere: Hear a Retrospective Mix From Dixon Avenue Basement Jams http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/premiere-hear-a-retrospective-mix-from-dixon-avenue-basement-jams/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/premiere-hear-a-retrospective-mix-from-dixon-avenue-basement-jams/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 19:19:46 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=100038 Glasgow-based imprint Dixon Avenue Basement Jams will be releasing its full catalogue digitally from September 4.

Founded in 2012 by label heads Dan Monox and The Wasp, its grown to be recognised as one of the most consistent and exciting labels in house and techno. Favoring a quality of quantity approach, the label has released brilliant dancefloor-focused cuts from underground stalwarts such as Marquis Hawkes, Denis Sulta, Modini, and Jared Wilson, bringing "real rockin’ raw shit from the street for the clubs".

Now 15 releases deep, the label has put together a retrospective mix of some of its favorite label cuts to celebrate the upcoming digital release of the full back catalogue. Gritty, groovy, and raw, it's a perfect summation of one of house and techno's best underground imprints, and is streaming in full below.

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Premiere: Stream a Track from Tommy Four Seven's New Various Artists EP http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/premiere-stream-track-from-tommy-four-sevens-new-various-artists-ep/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/premiere-stream-track-from-tommy-four-sevens-new-various-artists-ep/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:42:29 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=100046 Tommy Four Seven has announced the latest release in his series of EPs that feature guests from his new regular event, 47. Keeping the focus on the floor, each release will include four original tracks, including one by Tommy himself.

The 47002 EP features tracks from AnD, P.E.A.R.L. and J. Tijn, and is scheduled for September 7 release via Tommy's 47 imprint.

Ahead of the EP's September 7 release, Tommy Four Seven's "X9" track from can be streamed in full below.


A1 Tommy Four Seven - X9
A2 P.E.A.R.L. - Vortex
B1 AnD - Valid Point
B2 J. Tijn - Mr Mime

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Mattlack "43a" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/08/mattlack-43a/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/08/mattlack-43a/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:27:54 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=100034 Collect-Call is an apartment-run vinyl/tape label based out of Montreal. At the start of the month, the Canadian imprint released Mattlack's L.I.F cassette album, an analog-driven collection of left-field house jams. Spread across nine tracks, the album traverses through minimalistic drum workouts, gritty and textural long-form journeys, and other raw oddities, all stamped with Mattlack's machine work. Opening the album perfectly is "43a," a deep and delicate cut that features gorgeous swaying pads, muted, drum-machine percussion, and an STL-like dubby swagger. Mattlack and Collect-Call have offered up "43a" as a free download below, with the full album available over at the Collect-Call Bandcamp page.


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Mistress Recordings Announces EP From ASOK http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/mistress-recordings-announces-ep-from-asok/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/mistress-recordings-announces-ep-from-asok/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:30:35 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99995 Liverpool-based DJ and producer Stu Robinson (a.k.a. ASOK) returns to DVS1's Mistress Recordings with his Count Zero EP.

Following on from his storming cut "Purple Saturn Day," which appeared on Mistress 5.1 (The Blonde EP), Count Zero finds Robinson continuing his live-synth workouts with four cuts taking in swinging, sample-heavy grooves, deep and dubby acid journeys, and trippy, intergalactic synth funk; all echoing his free-flowing production mindset: "The only plan I ever really have when I sit down making stuff is to not have a plan. I’ve tried the plan thing in the past and it never goes to plan, so no plan is the plan. I try to tie things together with technique and vibe rather than making tracks like a jigsaw puzzle."

Count Zero will be released towards the end of next month.

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Veteran Label Compost Records Celebrates 20 Years with Book Release http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/veteran-label-compost-records-celebrates-20-years-with-book-release/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/veteran-label-compost-records-celebrates-20-years-with-book-release/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:44:59 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99896 Founded in October of 1994, Compost Records has been paramount in helping underground electronic music excel on a global scale. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the label has created a 300 page tribute to its many successes that includes a download code with unreleased tracks, hidden gems, and secret weapons that any electronic music enthusiast is bound to enjoy.

Printed in both English and German, the book contains more than 450 pictures, cover artwork, flyers, memorabilia, anecdotes, interviews, and testimonials from over sixty artists, remixers and friends of the label. These artists include Laurent Garnier, Gerd Janson, Danny Krivit, Hans Nieswandt, Giles Peterson, Fat Freddy’s Drop, and many more.

By purchasing this unique and beautifully compiled book, you will receive music from the likes of Todd Terje, John Talbot, Carl Craig, and other fantastic artists that you can check out in the tracklist below. To purchase the book, you can head to the Compost website here.

Compost-3 Kopie


Freshly Composted (Unreleased/Brand New):

  1. Siren - A/Way (Radio Edit)
  2. Bar - White Noise (Shahrokh Dini Remix)
  3. Compost Allstars feat. Robert Owens - Good Day
  4. Indoor Life - Archeology (Mathias Schaffhäuser Club Mix)
  5. Robinn - Duillac (Bedroom Version)
  6. Pawas & Schaffhäuser - Hunt (Rhodes Jam feat. Gregor Schwellenbach)
  7. Marbert Rocel - I Wish I Knew
  8. Felix Laband - Getting Old
  9. SHOW-B - My Contribution (20 Years Mix)
  10. Claudio Ricci & Megablast feat. OG Spiritual Gode - Chyedza
  11. DJ Yellow & Flowers And Sea Creatures - Deep Into Neon (Mark E Remix)
  12. Emilie Nana - I'm Childish, So What!
  13. Marbert Rocel - I Don't Know (Rupert & Mennert's Weird Pigs Remix)

Some Michael Reinboth Favorites:

  1. John Gazoo - What Happened (Vocal)
  2. Les Gammas - See The Sun
  3. Zwicker - Oddity (John Talabot Dub)
  4. Madpac - Angry Nerds (Philipp Stoya Remix)
  5. Jay Shepheard - Pipes 'N' Sneakers
  6. General Elektriks - Facing That Void (Beanfield Remix)
  7. Felix Laband - Whistling In Tongues (Todd Terje Remix)
  8. Ennio Morricone - Amore Come Dolore (Needs Remix)
  9. Beanfield feat. Bajka - Tides (Carl Craig Remix)
  10. Moonstarr - Greed (Moonstarr Remix)
  11. Trüby Trio - Universal Love (Âme Rootdown Round Midnite Mix)
  12. A Forest Mighty Black - Rebirth
  13. Native Force - Rain

Hidden Compost Gems:

  1. Family Tree - Hang On To Your Pride
  2. Beanfield - Freund Clone
  3. Christian Prommer - Where You Gonna Go feat. Kim Sanders
  4. Blimp - 4:30:00 – 4:45:15 AM
  5. Zwicker - I Got My Kicks At Nighttime (Lexx Dub)
  6. Robinn - The Game Is Now Over (Cocolores Dub Mix)
  7. Move D - Hurt Me
  8. Jean-Paul Bondy - Cold Reformer (John Tejada Remix)
  9. Trüby Trio - Galicia (Zero dB Remix)
  10. MCD - Dadawo
  11. Phreek Plus One - Bikini
  12. Wei-Chi - Faces And Places (Henrik Schwarz Remix)
  13. Lukas Bohlender - Club Château
  14. 14. Quintus Project - Night Flight (Psychemagik Remix)
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The Lowdown: This Week's Top Posts with Anja Schneider, Heathered Pearls, and Our Top Ten Downloads of July http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/the-lowdown-this-weeks-top-posts-with-anja-schneider-heathered-pearls-and-our-top-ten-downloads-of-july/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/the-lowdown-this-weeks-top-posts-with-anja-schneider-heathered-pearls-and-our-top-ten-downloads-of-july/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:00:46 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99985 Subscribe to the XLR8R Lowdown

Throughout the week, a whole lot of material gets posted here on XLR8R. And while we know—and love—that some hardcore readers will eagerly pour over every single news story, interview, podcast, video, and MP3 download that appears on the site, we also realize that for most people, it's impossible to see everything. In the interest of making it easier for everyone to catch up, every Friday we present The Lowdown, a weekly wrap-up of the top post from our site. An expanded version of the The Lowdown is also available via a weekly email newsletter.

Podcast 400 - Anja Schneider:
XLR8R marks a milestone with the mistress of Mobilee.

Event Review - Low End Theory Festival:
The beats-and-bass brigade descend upon LA's Shrine Auditorium.

XLR8R's Top 10 Downloads of July:
Check out the 10 most popular tracks to hit our Downloads section last month.

Nils Frahm and Ólafur Arnalds Surprise Fans with New Collaboration:
The latest project is due out August 21 on London based label Erased Tapes Records.

Marcel Dettmann, Function, and Vril to Headline XLR8R After-Hours Party at Decibel Festival:
The party will take place on Friday, September 25 as part of the Decibel 2015 program.

Summer Rain - Eight Things We Learned at DGTL Festival:
We dry ourselves off and collect our abiding impressions of the first edition of Barcelona's DGTL Festival.

Q&A - Siren's Darshan Jesrani and Dennis Kane:
The longtime friends team up to produce sweeping and sophisticated music.

Music Review - Spatial Emergence #1 EP:
Matt Spendlove revives his Infrasonics label for the first installment of a space-bass trilogy.

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Marco Resmann Run EP http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/08/marco-resmann-run-ep/ http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/08/marco-resmann-run-ep/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:00:25 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=100009 Berlin's trademark sound, a blend of house groove and techno integrity, is rich in technical intricacies and sonic finesse—and the Watergate club has always upheld its part. Its affiliated label has as well, through a string of quality EPs from the likes of Henrik Schwarz, Jesse Rose, and Maceo Plex. Now, Marco Resmann returns to the imprint with another set of silken-smooth dance timbres—and he's given us a set of bottom-heavy, warm techno rollers that are fine-tuned for the peak play, and rooted in deeply grounded aesthetics and classic house structures.

Though laying behind a muted bassline, the slow-burning title track's emotionally loaded sound brims with energy as it progresses, with effects and oscillations gradually feeding in before the track's delicate, glassy melody takes center stage on the break. On "Hello Again," Resmann shows his prowess behind the boards: A sonic palette of field recordings gradually unfolds into synthesized electronics, with chirping birds and gusts of wind overtaken by a wild electronic groove. Thundering, mechanistic beats, radiating acid-drop basslines and sub-loaded top lines create a heady, apocalyptic aesthetic that feels like a stark warning in comparison to its calmer start point.

Closing track "Es Vedra" takes the emotive vibe of "Hello Again" to new corners of the soul; it's a cosmic, late-night excursion defined by minor tonal chords, soft pads and pulsing synths. A soft and soothing groove develops atop a starched, marching beat, before radiating basslines seep through the intoxicating rhythm. Resmann's reputation for integrity and soul is in no danger of ruin on Run, as he combines a left-field sound with house music's classic formula.

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AUS Music Preps EP From Timothy Blake http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/aus-music-preps-ep-from-timothy-blake/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/aus-music-preps-ep-from-timothy-blake/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:00:57 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99982 AUS Music's newest signing, Timothy Blake, will drop his The Stormy Search EP on the UK label next month.

The Dublin-born, Berlin-based artist follows up releases on Dirt Crew, Fatty Fatty Phonographics, and Kleine Reise with three funk-filled, sun-drenched house cuts that land backed by a remix from Marquis Hawkes—who turns his deft touch to the EP's title cut, adding driving percussion and his signature rawness to the soon-to-be summer classic.

The Stormy Search will be out September 18 via AUS Music.

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Stream a Track from the Upcoming Moiré EP http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/stream-new-track-from-upcoming-moire-ep/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/stream-new-track-from-upcoming-moire-ep/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 08:30:32 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99920 London-based producer Moiré has teamed up with R&S Records to present his newest EP, Gel, which will be available for purchase on October 9.

Having previously released most of his music through Actress’ Werkdiscs imprint, Moiré stepping up to work with R&S Records only seems appropriate. Both labels demonstrate a knack for catering to artists whose sounds are experimental in nature, but that still have a place on the dancefloor. The delirious pace of EP cut “STFN” features sincerely futuristic attributes, with sluggish arpeggios and crumbling patterns ricocheting throughout the track. Needless to say, Moiré continues to impress with his mind-bending sound that delivers an unparalleled ambiance to our dancefloors, car stereos, and headphones.

You can stream “STFN” below and be sure to check out more from Moiré on his soundcloud page and the R&S Records website here.

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Watch a New Video From DJ Dodger Stadium http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/watch-a-new-video-from-dj-dodger-stadium/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/watch-a-new-video-from-dj-dodger-stadium/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 00:49:38 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99966 DJ Dodger Stadium recently dropped a new video for its single "You Don't Have To Be Alone" on the LA-based party and record label Body High.

DJDS (a.k.a. Samo Sound Boy and Jerome LOL) will be performing tomorrow night at The Standard Hotel in Downtown LA as part of a FYF kick-off party. The lineup will also include performances by Todd Edwards and Joaquin Bartra. Tickets to this event can be found here, with the video for "You Don't Have To Be Alone" streaming in full below.

Directors: Daniel Pappas and Nick Walker
Producer: Corey Whitted
Director of Photogoraphy: Deering Regan
Editors: Tyler Ross and Jerome Potter
Colorist: Brandon Chavez
Wrangler: Second Hand Souls Animal Rescue

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Dan Mela & Lady Blacktronika "Drive Me Crazy (Dope Mix)" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/08/dan-mela-lady-blacktronika-drive-me-crazy-dope-mix/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/08/dan-mela-lady-blacktronika-drive-me-crazy-dope-mix/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 00:41:16 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99903 The versatile and seasoned DJ/Producer Dan Mela further demonstrates his musical expertise with the release of his newest EP, Drive Me Crazy. Released through his own imprint, What Ever Not, Mela recruited the help of Lady Blacktronica, true deep house legend, to provide some genuinely stunning and classic sounding vocals for the EP. The coupling of these two adept musicians is a match made in heaven, bringing a serious old school Detroit sound to the production. Using vintage synth drones to pilot the track, "Drive Me Crazy (Dope Mix)" is peppered with Chicago house piano chords and features a profusion of busy percussion and drum patterns. In addition to this, Lady Blacktronica’s vocals are simply sublime and bring the old-school house feel of the track to the forefront. You can download "Drive Me Crazy (Dope Mix)" for free below, and check out the rest of the Dan Mela & Lady Blacktronika Drive Me Crazy EP here.

Drive Me Crazy (Dope_Mix)

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Premiere: Hear Adam Shelton's The Shining Path EP in Full http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/premiere-hear-adam-sheltons-the-shining-path-ep-in-full/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/premiere-hear-adam-sheltons-the-shining-path-ep-in-full/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 23:18:44 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99975 Adam Shelton's latest EP, The Shining Path, will land on the label he co-founded, One Records, next week.

The release will be his first all-solo outing on the label, with three tracks of brilliant club fanfare. Wobbly, driving acid lines run wild on top of chunky, floor-shaking low ends and slicing percussion, making for a collection of club-focused cuts that would fit nicely into any house DJs bag.

With the release of The Shining Path, and label showcases at Fabric, Watergate, and El Row, 2015 is proving to be a stellar year for one of house music's mainstay labels. You can stream all three cuts from The Shining Path exclusively below, with the EP available here on August 24.

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Marcel Dettmann, Function, and Vril to Headline XLR8R After-Hours Party at Decibel Festival http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/marcel-dettmann-function-and-vril-to-headline-xlr8r-after-hours-party-at-decibel-festival/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/marcel-dettmann-function-and-vril-to-headline-xlr8r-after-hours-party-at-decibel-festival/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 21:43:40 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99893 Founded in 2003, Decibel Festival has become a unique platform for exposing attendees to leading-edge multimedia art from around the globe. XLR8R has a long running history of presenting panels and organizing showcases with Decibel during its five day event in Seattle. In the past, XLR8R has hosted artists such as Nosaj Thing, Vessel, and Teengirl Fantasy, and together we have produced co-branded XLR8R/Decibel podcasts from artists including Max Cooper, John Tejada, and Function.

This year, we are proud to present the Official dB After-Hours II party on Friday, September 25. The party will take place at Q Nightclub, and will be headlined by XLR8R favorites Marcel Dettmann, Function (live), and Vril (live). The party is free with a Decibel 2015 festival pass, and you can grab pre-sale tickets right now on the Decibel website.

XLR8R will also be hosting a panel at Decibel that will land on XLR8R TV with the help of CreativeLive, the free online learning website. The panel will take place on the same Friday as our after-hours party, and the panel will include music labels and other media outlets leading a discussion on how artists can work with media to get their music heard. Pre-sale tickets for our party and for Decibel 2015 are on sale now.

22$ presale: bit.ly/dB2015AfterHours2Tix
Decibel 2015 Pass: http://bit.ly/dB2015Tickets



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Summer Rain: Eight Things We Learned at DGTL Festival http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/08/summer-rain-eight-things-we-learned-at-dgtl-festival/ http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/08/summer-rain-eight-things-we-learned-at-dgtl-festival/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 21:35:13 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99878 Last weekend, XLR8R made the journey to one of our favorite cities, Barcelona, to attend the first edition of a new house and techno festival called DGTL. Taking place at the Parc del Forum venue also used by the longstanding Primavera Sound festival, DGTL has clearly been set up to fill what has always been a surprising void in Barcelona's summer. From late May to mid-July the city crackles with activity as Primavera Sound, Sonar, and fabulous weather magnetically attract artists and fans alike to the Catalan capital. But August—a month in which Catalans vacate the city in their droves, and many shops and businesses close down for the whole month—has traditionally been pretty much musical dead time in Barcelona, with underwhelming club and gig lineups and a total lack of electronic festivals. The advent of the now-weekly Piknic Electronik event on Montjuic began to address that in the last few years, and over the last two summers that's been joined by a smattering of one-day events at the stunning El Monasterio venue within the El Poble Espanyol architectural museum.

DGTL looks to be the most serious effort yet to provide the city with something big to look forward to in August, however—and from what I saw last weekend, it has the potential to grow into a cherished yearly institution in its own right. The first edition took place over three stages and featured a reasonably straightforward lineup of crowd-pleasing big-hitters (Dixon, John Talabot, Ben Klock, Maceo Plex, Henrik Schwarz), alongside locals such as Paco Osuna and DJ Fra and the odd (relative) curveball in the shape of Boddika and Pearson Sound. The festival was largely a success despite some bizarrely inclement weather, and below are eight of the strongest impressions I took away from the weekend.

The previous experience of DGTL's team ensured a remarkably smooth first edition for the festival.
The first editions of festivals can be shaky affairs in lots of ways, the promoters thrust into the organizational deep end with inevitable negative results. DGTL was different because the people behind it already have a ton of experience of putting on festivals and events in their native Netherlands, and clearly know what they're doing as a result. In pretty much every way (they couldn't control the weather, so we'll let them off with Saturday's downpour), DGTL ran smoothly, from the queue-free cashless bars and good food options to the provision of a covered stage during the worst of the rain on Saturday night. Aesthetically, the festival also seemed to have hit the ground running, with use of hulking shipping containers, interesting overhead meshing features and some amazing wire sculptures leaving the impression of a festival with an already-complete identity, and its strong recycling ethos went down well in a city with an increasingly strong recycling ethos of its own. It never hurts to send customers away satisfied from the get-go, and DGTL largely managed to do that.

Photo: Kirsten van Santen

Photo: Kirsten van Santen


Parc del Forum can work on a scaled-back basis.
In the form in which it is used for Primavera Sound, the Parc del Forum venue is a sprawling outdoor area taking in a dozen or so stages and a potential ten or 15 minutes' walk from one end of the site to the other. DGTL's use of the area was unsurprisingly far more scaled-back, taking in three stages and no more than two minutes' walk in what Primavera attendees will know as that festival's central hub. While it felt a little strange not to be able to stride off towards Primavera's waterfront Pitchfork Stage, or the much-loved, bowl-like Ray-Ban Stage, DGTL's use of the area was economical and logical. Unlike Primavera, DGTL also positioned a stage underneath Parc del Forum's iconic slanting "roof" feature. Approaching this stage occasionally revealed the echo-related reasons why Primavera avoids placing a stage there, but once you were safely underneath the roof it worked fine, and afforde lovely views out over the Mediterranean. Assuming DGTL intends ultimately to grow into a larger-scale enterprise, it should be able to utilize greater areas of Parc del Forum as it grows, making it a canny as well as visually striking choice of venue.

Ryan Elliott Photo: Kirsten van Santen

Ryan Elliott
Photo: Kirsten van Santen


DJ Koze's “XTC” is one of the year's biggest gifts to DJs.
When it came out in June, it was instantly obvious that "XTC" would be one of the year's standout tunes, but its bubblebath-like shimmer seemed too meditative to make as strong an impression on the dance floor as it does while blissing out on the couch. That was before the cream of Europe's DJs got to work on it, however. This summer I've seen several turn out their own slightly higher-caffeine mixes or edits of the track (Move D's euphoric use of it springs particularly to mind) and each and every time it's been a nailed-on set highlight. So it was with Dixon, who dropped it mid-set on Saturday night, adding a simple extra layer of propulsion to the track's percussive bed, and letting its beautiful chords and tranquilized female spoken-word vocal do the rest. Two months after its release, "XTC" is also now at a level of exposure where a good section of any given crowd is likely to be able to "sing along" when it crops up. The sight of hundreds of people intoning its hypnotic words ("I heard you say once that a lie is sweet in the beginning and bitter in the end, and truth is bitter in the beginning, and sweet in the end. I have been meditating, but I don't have the experiences people report from the drug ecstasy. Is the drug like the lie, and meditation the truth? Or am I missing something that could really help me?") while dancing for joy has to rank as one of the year's more lovely, not to mention bizarre, sights.

Photo: Kirsten van Santen

Photo: Kirsten van Santen


Radio Slave and Thomas Gandey's remix of Aphrohead's “Let's Prance" repeatedly did excellent business.
If "XTC" provided the weekend's most beautiful moment, then Radio Slave and Thomas Gandey's remix of Aphrohead's “Let's Prance" was the track that most commonly got people moving. I heard it played on three separate occasions over the two nights—by Klock, Dixon and an unidentified third DJ—and every time its pounding low-end, flickering piano and wonderfully silly vocal instruction (delivered with perfect, dread-soaked seriousness) did all kinds of damage.


John Talabot was a major highlight, as always.
To say Talabot and Barcelona go together is facile—his talents make him a natural and celebrated presence wherever he goes, not just in his home city. It's always a delight to see him on home turf, however, and once I got over the early devastation of realizing that his Saturday-night show would not be one of the breathtaking disco-only sets that have lit up the last two editions of Primavera Sound, I was able to settle in happily for a typically brilliant two-hour set. Winding, EBM-tinged fare such as Dimitris Kalfas' remix of Gil Berg's "Marine 9" and Nina Kraviz's "Desire" ruled its early stages, and as the weather improved he lightened things a shade with the euphoric, elastic piano chords of Hbng's "Planet Sunday." He didn't put a foot wrong all evening (when does he ever?), and a massive main-stage crowd lapped up every second.

Photo: Kirsten van Santen

Photo: Kirsten van Santen


DGTL was unlucky when it came to the weather, but nobody seemed to mind too much.
"DGTL travels to always-sunny Barcelona for a two-day edition of festival goodness," ran the understandably confident pre-event blurb on DGTL's website. I no longer live in Barcelona, but friends who are still resident there assure me that this has been the hottest and driest summer they can remember, making the heavy rains that beset DGTL on its second night a particularly unlucky break. The festival was well-prepared, however, providing thousands of free ponchos and a covered stage on the second night that ensured a packed captive audience for Ryan Elliott's loose-limbed set of sax-laden house and disco. It would be wrong to say the rains didn't affect the mood at all—the wave of relief when they abated, and finally disappeared entirely, during John Talabot and Dixon's closing main-stage sets was palpable—but most seemed willing to get on with enjoying the night as best they could. The sunset that the conditions created, which bathed the site and city in an extraordinary deep-orange glow for around ten minutes, was also a serious compensation, and not only to those with Instagram profiles to update. Unless DGTL has accidentally set up its offices on the site of an ancient Indian burial ground, then future editions of the festival are bound to be a lot more sun-kissed.

DGTL festival sunset

Ben Klock was as reliable—and versatile—as ever.
Ben Klock's festival schedule and my own intersect with such unerring regularity that I sometimes feel as if I'm stalking him around Europe. His ability to precisely tailor his sets to the needs of each separate audience means these repeated viewings of the Berghain resident at work never get boring, though, and his show at DGTL was no exception. There was a relatively maximalist levity to a lot of Klock's selections on this occasion, with the jackhammers only broken out in the closing stages of his Friday-night set. Ending with DJ Deeon's "Freak Like Me" was a nice touch as well, and another acknowledgment that this was an outdoor summer festival in Barcelona rather than a dark room in Berlin.

Photo: Kirsten van Santen

Photo: Kirsten van Santen


There is a definite appetite for events like this in Barcelona in August.
DGTL's first Barcelona edition, while suffering a little from the weather, was generally a success, but then that should be no surprise at all to anyone who has been to the city in recent years. While there still may be a strong local element that leaves the city during August, Barcelona is brim-full with residents from other nations, and indeed a lot of young Catalan and Spanish people, for whom the tradition of taking off for the whole of August is a slightly baffling curiosity. Few people come to live in Barcelona for a quiet life, so it follows that any event of this sort, if properly organized and engagingly programmed, should be as resounding a success in August as in any other month. On the evidence of its first edition, there's no reason why DGTL can't fill the void.


Paco Osuna

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Esa "Africa Ni Leo (Behr Remix)" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/08/esa-afrika-ni-leo-behr-remix/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/08/esa-afrika-ni-leo-behr-remix/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 17:04:33 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99887 Huntleys + Palmers Highlife World Series is a three part music series headed up by UK-based Auntie Flo and Esa. Beginning with Cuba, followed by Kenya, and now finishing on the one in question here, Uganda, the Highlife World Series is a collaborative effort with a focus to share emerging sounds and ideas. Pulled from the Uganda release is Johannesburg-based, South African multi-instrumentalist Behr's remix of "Africa Ni Leo"—translated as 'Africa Is Today,' and a response to the patronizing trope that 'Africa is the future.' Beautifully haunting in its delivery, "Africa Ni Leo" trudges along with an abundance of groove-filled instrumentation and swirling vocal lines, with Behr injecting a chunky, acidic bassline as the glue of the track. Behr's philosophy encompasses the idea that music is within all, a medium and outlet for ones expression. You can donwload his remix of "Africa Ni Leo" for free below, with more information on the Highlife World Series available here.

Afrika Ni Leo (Behr Remix)

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Nils Frahm and Ólafur Arnalds Surprise Fans with New Collaboration http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/nils-frahm-and-olafur-arnalds-surprise-fans-with-new-collaboration/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/nils-frahm-and-olafur-arnalds-surprise-fans-with-new-collaboration/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:54:47 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99880 Acclaimed neoclassical composers, Nils Frahm and Ólafur Arnalds, have officially announced today the release of a new collaborative effort titled: Life Story, Love & Glory. The announcement comes after the pair recently launched a joint website in honor of the partnership.

The latest 7" surprise release will feature two piano duets and will be available as of tomorrow for an exclusive two week period in selected record shops.

This marks the duo's first collaboration since the release of their 2012 Stare EP, which got re-issued earlier this year via Erased Tapes.

Frahm and Arnalds first paired up in 2011 and have since garnered a great deal of praise and recognition, both for their collective and independent projects.

Erased Tapes Records will release Life Story, Love & Glory on August 21, 2015.

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Weekly Selections: Sommerøya, Dimensions Festival, Verboten StageONE http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/weekly-selections-sommeroya-dimensions-verboten-stage-one/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/weekly-selections-sommeroya-dimensions-verboten-stage-one/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:00:45 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99795 With Croatia's Sonus Festival and Berlin Atonal off to a start we look at whats next on the calendar.

In Scandinavia, Oslo festival Sommerøya will treat its guests to a day and a half filled with music, art exhibits and work shops, including performances by house and techno acts such as Poker Flat main man Steve Bug, Norway's own Finnebassen, and Italian Life & Death duo Mind Against.
Over on the Brooklyn waterfront, this summer's second edition of Verboten StageONE festival takes place on Sunday featuring Young TurksJamie XX, UK's Maya Jane Coles and others.
Kicking off Wednesday next week is another Croatian extravaganza Dimensions Festival which will take place at the same the location as Outlook Festival at the Fort Punta Christo. Some of this years anticipated performances include UK dubstep and rhythm master Mala, XLR8R favorite Ben Klock, and Underground Resistance presents Timeline live where UR founder Mad Mike teams up with Mark Flash, Galaxy 2 Galaxy saxophonist DeSean Jones, and keyboardist Jon Dixon for a techno and future jazz sound exploration.

As always, for more information, to search events in your city or to submit your own events, visit our events page.


ihc apedrums

IHEARTCOMIX Presents: Club IHC with Ape Drums JSTJR, 2Deep, Goj!ra

Los Globos - Los Angeles, CA, US

Homebody Presents: Homebody Homies'

TBA Brooklyn - Brooklyn, NY, US

No Pants Party featuring Xo Chic, Tommy Raffa, and workout by Soyela

Golden Box - Los Angeles, CA, US

D-UNITY Release Party feat. D-Unity | David Hopper | DJ Suave | Hefty M | TenTen One

Beso Hollywood - Los Angeles, CA, US


Smartbar - Chicago , IL, US

DJ Hannah + Tovar at Cielo

Cielo - New York, NY, US

The Magic Number | Herbert Holler/ mOma in The Panther Room

Output - Brooklyn, NY, US


Studio 80 - Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands



Sommerøya Electronica Festival 2015

Sukkerbiten - Oslo, Norway

Keep it Movin' presents: MONITORS at TBA Brooklyn

TBA Brooklyn - Brooklyn, NY, US


Bar Standard - Denver, CO, US

Evo Ti Pa Slušaj! 2015

Boćalište Krk - Krk, Croatia (Local Name: Hrvatska)

Framework presents Stacey Pullen and Black Coffee

Sound Nightclub - Hollywood, CA, US

Jackmaster/ Roy Davis Jr./ Nikola Baytala at Output

Output - Brooklyn, NY, US


King King - Los Angeles, CA, US

FABRICLIVE 21.8 w/ Ed Rush & Optical, Dillinja & Dubphizix & Strategy's Well Good Do

fabric - London, London, United Kingdom


Studio 80 - Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

DIALOGUE feat :: Bedouin, Deep Jesus & MD / Friday, Aug 21 / ALL NIGHT


Proper Vibes DC Series: Chapter 1 [August 21st]

Zeba Bar - Washington, DC, US


Berghain/Panorama Bar - Berlin, Germany


now serving tba

Now Serving w/ Elon, Dakini9, Burchan, Marco Petrazzi & Brion Vytlacil

TBA Brooklyn - Brooklyn, NY, US

Kyoka (Raster Noton)

Fuse Art Space - Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

TheHundred Presents - Black Coffee

Club Vinyl - Denver, CO, US

Bileebob, Black Echo Zone, Charles Pearson, Curtis Paul & DJ Eric Hinchman

Northern Lights Lounge - Detroit, MI, US

Function/ Silent Servant/ Anthony Parasole/ Sophia Saze at Output

Output - Brooklyn, NY, US

Inception Presents Claude VonStroke | Shiba San | Bones

Exchange LA - Los Angeles, CA, US

Jennifer Cardini [Correspondant / Paris] at Do Not Sit On The Furniture


FORWARD DISCO | Honey Dijon/ Phil Moffa/ Sean Cormac/ Chili Davis

Cielo - New York, NY, US


Studio 80 - Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

fabric 22.8 w/ Joris Voorn, Sebastian Mullaert, Agoria, Clockwork & Extraño

fabric - London, London, United Kingdom


Berghain/Panorama Bar - Berlin, Germany


verboten stage one

Verboten StageONE: Jamie xx / Maya Jane Coles / Andhim / Matador [live] / Nastia / Bedouin

Unnamed Venue - Brooklyn, NY, US

Piknic Électronik Bcn #9 (RBMA) - Derrick May + Midland + Patrice Baumel + TALKTOME

Jardins de Joan Brossa - Barcelona, Spain

Piknic Electronik Montreal - Jackmaster

Parc Jean-Drapeau - Montreal, QC, Canada


Smartbar - Chicago , IL, US

Sundays in The Panther Room | Maayan Nidam/ Nicolas Matar

Output - Brooklyn, NY, US


monday social - davi

Monday Social feat. DAVI b2b Freddy Be | Patricio at SOUND

Sound Nightclub - Hollywood, CA, US


extra dark loopsky

Extra Dark - Loopsky

Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, US


dimensions fest

Dimensions Festival 2015

Fort Punta Christo - Pula, Croatia (Local Name: Hrvatska)

Hazy Vision On The Roof | Borali/ Nathan Kersaint/ Burchan/ Manuel Napoleon

Output - Brooklyn, NY, US

Clinic gets Deep with Marques Wyatt (Deep LA), Big Cee (Deep LA), & Guests

Couture - Hollywood, CA, US

Festival FORTE 2015

Montemor-o-Velho Castle - Montemor-o-Velho, Coimbra, Portugal


Studio 80 - Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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50 Weapons Announces its Grand Finale http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/50-weapons-announces-its-grand-finale/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/50-weapons-announces-its-grand-finale/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 11:20:23 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99751 After a decade of prodigious releases, the lifespan of 50Weapons has expired. It's a sad state of affairs, but this intrepid label has refused to simply fizzle out and disappear: In anticipation for its final eleven releases, the label has announced an "R.I.P 50Weapons" worldwide tour and the creation of a special collector's box set containing the label's final twenty-two tracks which are set to release October through December.

While lineup, dates and specific locations are still to be announced, we know that the tour will include artists and guests from 50Weapons, as well as label heads, Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary of Modeselektor and Moderat. The tour will make its way to London, Paris, New York, Berlin, Amsterdam, Montreal, Manchester, Lyon, Gdansk and Hamburg. To keep yourself updated on the tour, check out the Monkeytown website next week.

The beautifully crafted box set contains eleven colored 12”s with colored sleeves, an "R.I.P 50Weapons" sticker, and a customized USB with all twenty-two digital files on it.

Boiler Room shall be premiering each release one week prior to each record’s release date on Boiler Room TV starting on October 5. In addition to this, Boiler Room has debuted Modeselektor's track “50 Trees,” which can be streamed below, along with a homage created by the label which pays tribute to their previous thirty-nine releases. You can pre-order the beautifully crafted box set at the Monkeytown website here.


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Art Department Announces The Final Remixes EP on No.19 Music http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/art-department-announce-the-final-remixes-ep-on-no-19-music/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/art-department-announce-the-final-remixes-ep-on-no-19-music/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:00:43 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99793 Art Department has just announced that they will finalize the remix series for its second studio album, Natural Selection, by issuing The Final Remixes EP on September 11 on No.19 Music

This release is to be the last of the four Natural Selection remix packages that have come out this year. Past remix EPs include The Walls by Dj Tennis, and Crazy by Jamie Jones and Dennis Ferrer. The EP will include remixes of "The Agent" by both Canadian producer Mathew Jonson, and by No.19 music co-owner and producer, Nitin. The EP also includes a remix of "Cruel Intentions" by Radio Slave in collaboration with Thomas Gandey, and reworking of the track "The Hunt" by Maher Daniel.  

You can listen to the previous remix packages for Natural Selection by clicking on the Soundcloud players below, and you can find full tracklist for The Final Remixes right here on XLR8R.

1. Art Department – The Agent (Mathew Jonson Remix)
2. Art Department Feat Seth Troxler – Cruel Intentions (Radio Slave and Thomas Gandey’s Last Communication remix)
3. Art Department – The Hunt (Maher Daniel Remix)
4. Art Department – The Agent (Nitin Remix)

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richard_p "modal_logic" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/08/richard_p-modal-logic/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/08/richard_p-modal-logic/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 23:38:27 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99813 Hailing from New York, covert producer richard_p is an artist who has decided to keep his real name undisclosed for “purely ambiguous reasons.” Releasing his EP Daseinloosely translated as ‘presence’ in German—via the Pastel Void label, this mysterious producer’s techno is heavy, shrouded in mystery, and highly conceptual. EP cut “modal_logic,” contains an atrociously tough 4-by-4 underlining that is accentuated by the wide variety of burgeoning soundscapes and emphatic yet minimal bass tones. The spoken word scattered throughout is either spoken word from richard_p himself or passages taken from the philosophical work of Martin Heidegger, “Being and Time.” You can download “modal_logic” for free below, with Dasein available over at Pastel Voids' bandcamp here.


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Premiere: Hear Klunks' Elastic Forest in Full http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/premiere-hear-klunks-elastic-forrest-in-full/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/premiere-hear-klunks-elastic-forrest-in-full/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 20:30:57 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99747 Norwegian electronic producer Klunks will debut on Seattle's Hush Hush Recordings on August 21 with the release of Elastic Forest.

The seven-track release is a unique and floating assortment of downtempo electronics that transport the listener to Klunks' beautiful maze of sound. Whispered vocal samples converse with organic-tinged synthesis and faint, airy field recordings, all driven along by jazz-like percussion. It's obvious this deep tapestry of sounds is a well thought out process, further highlighted by the Norwegian's insight: "The compositional process is about making already encountered sounds more potent and unfamiliar.  There is something very interesting when materialities unleash there own imperatives towards the body, it's nothing more than a question of following sounds urgencies and what they summon, a sonic directiveness..."

Elastic Forest will be officially released on August 21 via the Hush Hush Bandcamp page, with the full release streaming exclusively below.

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Spatial Emergence #1 EP http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/08/spatial-emergence-1-ep/ http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/08/spatial-emergence-1-ep/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 18:42:57 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99734 For anyone remotely involved in bass music or dubstep, the last few years have no doubt been something of a challenge. Faced with your favorite genre falling out of fashion, you can either carry on regardless, follow the masses back towards straight 4/4, or try something entirely different. Low-key U.K. artist Spatial (a.k.a Matt Spendlove)—who wasn’t strictly dubstep, but certainly operated on its fringes—did none of those things. Instead he slowed his release rate to a crawl, and in two years has put out just one EP on Jimmy Edgar’s Ultramajic label and an experimental 12"/DVD offering on Broken20.

Now that the dust has settled on the dubstep fallout, though, both he and his Infrasonics label are back from hiatus. And for that we should be thankful, because what the occasional Well Rounded and West Norwood Cassette Library alumnus offers up on Emergence #1 (the first of a triptych of new EPs lined up for this year) sounds fresh and compelling. Though his discography is indebted to techno and the so called hardcore continuum, this brace of tracks comes off as punchy, cavernous and floaty-light as the best bass hybrids you could wish to hear.

Perfectly physical opener "HeLa" is the one here: elastic, long-legged beats brush up with elegantly smeared synths to create a perfectly swelling groove that sweeps you up from the start. Every surface is buffed and metallic, which lends the whole thing a certain sense of crisp futurism—but pricks of 303 and more pixelated chords rough things up later on, reminding us that Spatial can do the minutiae as well as he can do the muscle. That is even more obvious on flip-side effort "Referent." Here, the synths are more like twisted stabs than graceful smears, as they cut in and out next to claps full of attack and above loose broken beats. Rising, falling, and threatening to collapse at any moment, barely-there sirens and spaceship reverb add depth and character to what is a zoned-out and brilliantly intergalactic affair. Spatial and his space-bass sounds, then, still offer lots to love.


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Watch a Video from DJ Spinn's Debut EP on Hyperdub http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/dj-spinn-preps-debut-ep-on-hyperdub-shares-video/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/dj-spinn-preps-debut-ep-on-hyperdub-shares-video/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 14:55:03 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99726 DJ Spinn, a founding member of Chicago's Teklife crew, has a new EP on the way for the Hyperdub imprint. Spinn was a frequent collaborator with the late footwork innovator DJ Rashad, but Off That Loud marks his first-ever solo record. Its four tracks are said to "effortlessly consolidate energies from all over into footwork's 160 BPM grid," with closing cut "Dubby" co-produced by Rashad and featuring Detroit rapper Danny Brown. The EP lands on October 2, and until then, the video for "Dubby" (created by Ashes57) is streaming below.

1. Throw It Back feat Taso & Mimosa
2. The Future Is Now
3. Off That Loud
4. Dubby with Rashad & Danny Brown

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Oneohtrix Point Never Details New Album http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/oneohtrix-point-never-details-new-album/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/oneohtrix-point-never-details-new-album/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 13:06:47 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99721 Onetime XLR8R podcast contributor Oneohtrix Point Never has divulged that a new album, entitled Garden of Delete, will see a release in November. In a .pdf uploaded to his website yesterday, the Brooklyn producer (a.k.a. Daniel Lopatin) addresses his fans and tells a tongue-in-cheek version of the LP's inception, which involves an alien collaborator named Ezra. Tentative track titles include "Sticky Drama" (also due for a video), "I Bite Through It," and "Animals," with Lopatin taking influence from "cybernetic rock" and his touring experiences with Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden.

Garden of Delete will arrive via vaunted UK label Warp and follows Lopatin's celebrated 2013 album R Plus Seven. An alleged interview between Lopatin and Ezra is on view here, and the pair's Twitter exchange can be found here. (via Resident Advisor)

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Q&A: Heathered Pearls http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/08/qa-heathered-pearls/ http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/08/qa-heathered-pearls/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:00:29 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99506 "I’m always wanting to make music that I can play when I DJ," Jakub Alexander, the producer better known as Heathered Pearls, says. "And I try. But people are always like, ‘Oh, your music is great! It’s so nice, so repetitive.' I’m like, ‘Oh, thanks.…'" There's a hint of exasperation in his voice, and you can't really blame the Ghostly International recording artist: In the musical world, the term nice often refers to work that exists more for its decorative qualities than for its substance or depth. And while Heathered Pearls' music is undeniably beautiful—he's described the electronic ambience of his first album, Loyal, as "indirect, huge, heavy, slow ocean waves off in the distance at night"—there's always been a bit more than prettiness at play in Alexander's sound. Just maybe, underneath the placid shoals, there are roiling waters, an undercurrent that belies the serenity.

That vague sense of unease comes closer to the surface on the new Heathered Pearls album, Body Complex, just released on Ghostly. Alexander, who cofounded the Moodgadget label and curates Tycho's great ISO50 blog, has replaced some of Loyal's shimmer with something a bit murkier, adding an layer of emotional resonance to the looped swells and drones. Still, Body Complex never strays far from the elegant beauty of Alexander's best songs—this is spine-tingling music of the highest degree.  As for music that he could use in his DJ sets—well, there are a number of tracks, “Sunken Living Area” and “Interior Architecture Software” among them, that could be thought of as "dance music," albeit dance music of a particularly exquisite nature. "I think the next record might actually be more full-on," the Poland-born, Detroit-area–raised, Brooklyn-based producer confides. Perhaps he will—but don't expect Heathered Pearls to ever fully forgo the sumptuous refinement that's gotten him to where he is.

What were your influences? I’ve heard you name-check labels like Dial and Mille Plateaux in the past.
Yes—and early on, Traum had some really good records, and I really liked stuff like Lawrence on Kompakt. I used to DJ with Ryan Elliott and Matthew Dear—this was around 2002—when we had a weekly at this weird place called Goodnight Gracie. Every Tuesday we would go out to Neptune Records, which was this very German-specific store in Royal Oak. It was very odd that there was a store with that kind of specialty round then, but I guess that was when those kinds of records could still sell like six or seven thousand. Anyway, I found myself getting into…I don’t want to say delicate, but the more melodic end of things. There was a lot of that kind of vibe back then, with people like Efdemin and Carsten Jost, and a bit later people like Pantha Du Prince, doing this really cool stuff.

The early-through-mid-’00s were a great time for that kind of pretty-techno material.
Definitely. Kompakt had a lot of the moodier, softer stuff as well. Those were the first things to really grab me after Detroit techno and the harder stuff that was around in the ’90s.

Do you feel that the Detroit techno or the harder stuff, has any bearing on the direction in the direction you took?
They might have been the things that kind of got me into electronic music. When I was really young, in the ’90s, I was getting those X-Mix compilations, and I loved them. But I wouldn’t say I’m really influenced by that—they certainly don’t sound anything like what I make. (laughs) It did open up the doors for everything else, like Dial and Traum, though.

You’ve said in the past that some of that music provided inspiration for your own “visions of interior architecture.” Could you elaborate on that a bit?
My mom’s an artist, and there was always a lot of art around me. I’ve always been into these kinds of minimal, DDR, cold war–design homes and installations. I was born in Poland and had been visiting communist Poland for a lot of my early life, and that kind of brutalism stuck with me—I never thought of it as this dark, stiff kind of architecture, though. I just liked it. And when I would daydream around music, or around designing stuff, it would always lean towards that sort of imagery.

Heathered Pearls Body ComplexWas that the inspiration behind the artwork on the album? You designed that, right?
Yes, that’s mine. I’ve always had the dream of building one of those minimal homes, but with what I’ve chosen for a lifestyle, I don’t see that happening. (laughs). I’ll never have a couple of million dollars. So the next best thing is to create miniature versions, or my own reinterpretation. I’m trying to take what living inside a brutalism-designed home would be like, and make it into something else. You know those people who have like train-station cities in their basement?

You mean model-train obsessives?
Yeah. I always imagine doing something like that—making my own little city of mini-cement homes, which are obviously not meant to be lived in, but are there within the landscape. And I’m lucky enough to be with Ghostly, and they give me a little bit of a budget for album-cover art, so I was able to do a design and have it made by someone. And I want to keep doing it, so this is a good way to start it off. I was actually thinking of doing a bunch of these things and make a cement sculpture garden. Not a Stonehenge—I’m not into anything like that—but just a place of my own.

A place where you can just relax?

Speaking of relaxing, you’ve described Heathered Pearls as a project that enables you to take a break from your personal anxieties.
Well, earplugs are very important to me now.

I guess you better explain that a bit.
When I was about 28, I went to a Gang Gang Dance show with my friend Ben Curtis, who has since passed away. We had had one beer, and I was standing right by the speaker when this high-pitched sound started coming out of it. I remember saying to Ben, “Man, I feel so drunk I can barely walk!” Ben was like, “We’ve had one beer. What are you talking about?” But something about that sound had just hit me. And when I woke up the next morning, the whole room was spinning. I got labyrinthitis, which is damage to the inner ear. There’s this gyroscope that helps you keep your balance, basically, and that got messed up. And ever since that show, for like five years now, I’ve felt like I’m on a boat.

My hearing is fine, but I always feel like I’m going to fall over. When I DJ, it can get really weird when the music gets intense, and I have to hold on to something. It took the doctors three years to figure out what was going on. And now I tell everybody to wear earplugs.


Well, that would explain the anxiety.
Before that happened, I was way more rowdy. Now I am riddled with anxiety. A lot of things can trigger it—but my music actually helps. With the first record I made, I was trying to mimic the feeling I had, using repetition to try and recreate what the ocean feels like, and what anxiety feels like.

I guess it’s surprising, then, that your music can sound so soothing.
Some people tell me it’s soothing—but some people tell me its really intense ambient music. Well, I never wanted the music to be minimalism, and I didn’t want it to sound like field-recording ambient, or sound too digital or dark. I just wanted to make something I could listen to on repeat, and those melodies on that first record are my favorite ones that I make back at that time.

What’s the Heathered Pearls production process like?
I’m mostly all Reason. Com Truise and Shigeto work that way, too. We sample into Reason, but then that’s the main tool. I use guitar pedals a little; I like to create really nice swells. I love the Space Echo, too— I only used it on one track, but I use it a lot when I play live. And I always want more pads—the deep, warm kind of pads. And the great thing about Reason is that the pad library is huge, and that’s really the main reason that I use it, I think. I love adjusting the pads through the VSTs that they have.

Repetition plays a large role in your music. What’s your theory on why repetition is such a powerful force?
I don’t know…but I know there is a lot of bad repetition. It’s hard to pin down exactly what makes good repetition good. But when I think of good repetition, I think of the kind of music I’d want to hear for 20 minutes, or for 45 minutes. I think of the the kind of music that someone like William Basinski might make, though I don’t know if I could explain why I like it. I actually have on a track on the last album, which is one four-second loop without one adjustment for six minutes. I think it’s the longest track on the album. I was just trying to prove the point that “this is my favorite loop, and I think it can go on forever.” Repetition is so important to me, but its hard to say why.

You just plain old enjoy it, maybe?
I do…but I want to try and tell you why I enjoy it. When I find a repetitive piece that I love, it’s a really special feeling. I guess I can’t really explain why I enjoy it so much.

Perhaps it’s simply the meditative nature of repetition.
The funny thing is, when I first started making music, I was like, “This is all meditative! Everything I make is meditative!” But people who I knew who were really into meditation said, “Well, usually people just meditate in silence. I don’t know what you’re talking about.” (laughs). But I think it is meditiative—though with my anxiety, I can never clear my head. So for all I know, maybe silence is more meditative than repetition for other people.

The Field

The Field

Are there any contemporaries who you feel a real affinity towards? I see you are playing with the Field in October, for instance.
Oh, man, yeah—when I do a remix, especially a remix of a band, I try to make it like a Field track. I don’t want to say this because it sounds so goofy, but it would be amazing to be considered the American version of the Field. He has a very specific way of sequencing samples that I can really relate to. Him and Terrence Dixon—my music isn’t nearly as digital or dark speedy as the stuff that Dixon does, but I love him. Those are the two guys…along with Markus Guentner. There are a bunch of other people, too, but we’ll just leave it at that.

Both of your albums have come out on Ghostly International, and you serve as the label's A&R guy. A lot of people who have worked with Ghostly seem to have a real reverence for the label—do you feel the same way?
Yeah, I think so. Sam [Valenti IV, the head of Ghostly] is one of my best friends, and I just really believe in the label. When I met Sam, when I was maybe 20, I was just this guy doing these little events in Ann Arbor, and I started interning there full-time, for free. I dropped out of school! Ghostly isn’t this cooperate kind of thing—it’s a beautiful home for moody electronic music. And there’s a focus on design and art—Ghostly exposes all these great visual artists. It’s such a good home for me that I couldn’t even imagine leaving. And Sam keeps pushing forward, so why would I?

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Premiere: Hear the Title Track From Walter Ego's Radio Bits EP http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/premiere-hear-the-title-track-from-walter-egos-radio-bits-ep/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/premiere-hear-the-title-track-from-walter-egos-radio-bits-ep/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 05:43:21 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99705 Bad Taste mainstay Walter Ego is set to release his newest EP, Radio Bits, on September 25.

Walter Ego hails from Sheffield in the UK, but all you have to do is listen to his tunes for you to tell that this producer is distinctly British. The release is an assemblage of tracks which are loaded with laudable rhythms and colorful percussion, while the deeply rooted sub bass propels each track further and further onto the dancefloor—where it belongs. It is clear that Ego borrows from all of the UK’s best native genres (UK Garage, Bass, Grime) making Radio Bits a true-blue British club joint that is bound to shake floors across the country and beyond.

You can listen to the title track “Radio Bits” below and check out more tunes from Walter Ego and Bad Taste here.

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Regis and KUBORAUM Present The Immortal Eye http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/regis-and-kuboraum-present-the-immortal-eye/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/regis-and-kuboraum-present-the-immortal-eye/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 00:58:46 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99618 Veteran techno producer Regis and artisanal eyewear company KUBORAUM have come together to curate a limited edition CD of unreleased tracks, melding a sound and style that strikes at the very heart of the Berlin techno scene.

Hailing from Birmingham, Downwards label head and mainstay of the late Sandwell District collective, Karl O’Connor (aka. Regis), has played an instrumental role in shaping the underground techno scene since the early 1990s. Despite this fact, he has largely kept to the shadows. The release of The Immortal Eye, which features five rigid and industrial soundscapes handpicked by Regis, is shrouded in darkness, featuring tracks from Oake, Autumns, Talker, Grebenstien_Bauner and Antonym, all who seem to possess a knack for the dark and the experimental. The release of the album coexists with KUBORAUM "mask C7" (which can be seen below).

Regis and KUBORAUM will also be premiering a sound installation at Berlin Atonal Festival at the KUBORAUM flagship store. The exhibition, "where sounds and masks share a unique space and vision,” will run from 5:30 - 7:30 on August 21. You can check out some snippets of the album below and take a look at the radically modish and unique masks made by KUBORAUM here.



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Wisdom Water "Tremble" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/08/wisdom-water-tremble/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/08/wisdom-water-tremble/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 00:54:35 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99678 Ivan Sokolenko (a.k.a Wisdom Water) is a 20 year old artist originally hailing from the Ukraine. His passion for music started when his parents enrolled him in a classical piano training program from the age of six years old. As he grew into his own creative space, he started experimenting with different musical genres and was particularly drawn to dub and deep techno. "Tremble" personifies this perfectly, with beautiful, melodic synth work, tightly wound percussion, and a deep and rolling low-end. Being a multi-talented artist, he does most of the artworks for his tracks himself. You can find more artwork and tracks over on the Wisdom Water Facebook page, with "Tremble" available as a free download below.


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Adam Beyer Announces Drumcode Halloween; Win a Trip for Two to London to Attend http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/adam-beyer-announces-drumcode-halloween-win-a-trip-for-two-to-london-to-attend/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/adam-beyer-announces-drumcode-halloween-win-a-trip-for-two-to-london-to-attend/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 00:29:47 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99680 Following last year's highly successful halloween event at Tobacco Dock, Adam Beyer's Drumcode will once again return to London for a massive lineup of techno and house.

Spread across three rooms, this year's soiree will be headed up by a cast of Drumcode regulars—Alan Fitzpatrick, Ida Engberg, Nicole Moudaber, Dubspeeka and Reset Robot—alongside friends of the label such as Dense & Pika, Boddika, Maetrik, and Trevino. Also on the lineup, Pan Pot will be celebrating the release of its new album, The Others, which is out on September 24 on the duo's label Second State.

In addition, XLR8R has partnered with Drumcode Halloween and Beatport Guest list to offer one lucky punter two VIP tickets to the event, accommodation, and two return flights to London for the event. The prize is open to residents of United States, the United Kingdom & Ireland, Germany-Austria-Switzerland, Denmark, The Netherlands and Italy.



VIP tickets include:

- Fast track entry

- VIP rooms with comfy sofas and bean bags (in association with Jukely)

- VIP cash bar with cocktails, champagne & premium spirits

- VIP lockers / cloakroom

- VIP toilets with no queues

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High Tides High Tides http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/08/high-tides-high-tides/ http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/08/high-tides-high-tides/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 22:09:59 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99658 Despite being from sun-soaked Malibu, California, dream-pop duo High Tides bear close sonic resemblance to chilly Scotland’s Boards of Canada, with both pairs creating densely saturated synth melancholia. But if Boards music were a color palette, its hues would be cold cobalt blues and greys—High Tides’ music, on the other hand, glitters like warm red, orange and yellow sunset beams resting on ocean waves, almost too bright and beautiful to stare at for long.

Warren Kroll and Steven Lutes have chosen appropriately-dated vintage synth and drum-machine gear to produce what feels like the soundtrack to a lost '80s surf movie shot on a cheap camcorder. Their distressed gear seems to be laboring and overheating as it creates golden chords and simple, brittle drum rhythms—but this production approach suits this clever Balearic/chillwave fantasy, steeped as it is in nostalgia and gossamer melodies. Tracks like “7 Mile Beach,” “Sunware” and “Blurring My Day” seem to be explicit references to the mood here: long, hot days spent drifting in and out of daydreams, lying on baking sands, cooled by gentle trade winds from the west.

That’s not to say High Tides’ compositions lack any mystery. The vocals on “Psychic Love Damage” evoke loss and longing, but are utterly buried under undulating synth pads and eerie vocal effects. A bit less elusive but still intriguing, “Ripped Tide” uses filters to a nearly psychedelic degree, pulling and shaping the instrumental analog waves into a voluminous churn, just listening feels a bit like being pulled effortlessly out to sea.

“Coastal Cruise ‘86” is a bit more obvious, the title hinting at a top-down-convertible-Karmann Ghia ode to John Hughes high-school days. Only “Face Breakout” takes the sun-exposure, summer-break concept a little too far—t’s an awkwardly arranged synth-pop melange with a saccharine aftertaste. But that’s only a minor detour in this otherwise smooth and satisfying journey.

It’s hard to ever imagine Boards of Canada putting out a romantic album. But we don’t have to imagine it, because High Tides have made it. Their conceptual self-titled album perfectly evokes teenagers in the throes of love on an endless summer afternoon. Who wouldn’t want to be there?

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Mumdance Celebrates One Year Anniversary of Rinse FM Residency http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/mumdance-celebrates-one-year-anniversary-of-rinse-fm-residency/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/mumdance-celebrates-one-year-anniversary-of-rinse-fm-residency/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 21:30:25 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99592 After officially gaining a residency at the pioneering radio station Rinse FM in August of 2014, Jack Adams (aka. Mumdance) celebrates his one year anniversary and announces a North American tour this coming September and October.

Grime to Carribean Calypso, Acid House to Afro Beat, the sounds utilized by Mumdance in his mixes borrow from every corner of the earth. Drawing his power from the boundless sonic repertoire he has built over the years, his residency slot at Rinse FM highlights music that is fresh and dancefloor ready while also premiering tracks that are both vanguard and contemplative. Mumdance’s stylistic approach to his show and the culture he has created around it makes it clear that radio has had a large impact on his life and states that “it has been a pleasure to build my own little corner of it.”

Finishing up his summer residency in Dalston, Mumdance packs up and heads across the pond for his North American tour in the U.S. and Canada September through October. You can view the tour dates below and check out some of his previous Rinse FM shows here.

Mumdance US & Canada Tour 2015
10 Sep - Hopscotch Festival - Raleigh
11 Sep - The Works - Detroit
12 Sep - Grinnell College - Grinnell
17 Sep - Symbiosis Gathering Festival - Oakdale
18 Sep - Warehouse Party w/ Fine Time LA - Los Angeles
19 Sep - Rifflandia Festival - Victoria
22 Sep - Cervantes - Denver
23 Sep - Beauty Bar - Dallas
25 Sep - Oberlin University - Oberlin
26 Sep - Mint Gallery - Columbus
01 Oct - Newspeak - Montreal
02 Oct - Basement Movement Loft Party - Boston
03 Oct - Trans Pecos - New York
08 Oct - F8 - San Francisco
09 Oct - Venue TBA - Vancouver
10 Oct - VIA CHI Warehouse Party -  Chicago

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Premiere: Stream the Debut Landside EP in Full http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/premiere-stream-the-debut-landside-ep-in-full/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/premiere-stream-the-debut-landside-ep-in-full/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 18:40:59 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99432 The Italian duo Hunter/Game have recently announced the Landside collaboration with the popular Icelandic band Kúra.

Kúra’s electronic dub work and Hunter/Game’s techno and house roots form deep, melancholic ambient music with an intense central groove, as Fanney Osk’s vocals interweave with melodic synths.

The Landside Part 1 EP is a visionary journey into ranges of uncharted soundscapes, merging abstract atmosphere with boundless emotion. Max Cooper’s remix of “Still There” is an eclectic vision of a deep flow, with vocals floating over a strong, dark baseline. Benjamin Damage’s remix of “Silence Before the Storm” is a straight techno tool, digging groove lines into ambient melodies and mellow vocals.

Landside recently announced two forthcoming EPs (released August 28 and September 11) debuting on Hunter/Game’s label, Just This, with incredible remixes by Max Cooper and Benjamin Damage on the first EP, Avatism and Extrawelt remixes on the following EP.

In advance of the collaboration's stunning Landside Part 1 EP release on August 28, XLR8R spoke with Hunter/Game to learn more about the project, with the EP streamable in full below.

Talk to me about the background behind the Landside Project. Where did you guys all meet and when did you decide to start up the Landside Music project together? 

We actually first discovered Kúra through YouTube. We were a big fans of Lulu Rouge's work, and we heard their remix for the band. We wrote on Kúra's fan page and we just started chatting. It looks like nordic people are really open-minded.

We then went to Copenhagen for a gig and met eachother face to face. It was the start of an amazing friendship. Since then, we have been working together on lots of things as Brynjar (one half of Kúra) actually has his own project Primal project  on our Just/This Label.

What’s the motivation behind the project?

It started out as just a collaboration between Hunter/Game and Kúra, but than we spent a long time in studio together in Copenhagen. We were just so inspired by what each of us were doing; we loved their their nordic sounds and they appreciated our techno roots. The result is something new for both of us, so we decided to start a new band project together.

Is there any particular reason for the name Landside?

Simply by spending a lot of time in Denmark and Iceland, we got really inspired by nordic atmospheres and Icelandic landscapes. The Landside sound is really coming through the nature, and that is why we came up with this name.

As a collaboration, you’ve already produced two EPs. How long have you been working on this material?

Producing in a band project is a completely different than for techno. You have to sit down and take your time to get inspired to write down the Lyrics, record the vocals and sing on the track, and then you have to arrange it.  It is also important to find the right mixing/mastering approach, and so everything takes literally ages. Plus we have been working between Italy, Denmark and Iceland. We actually almost have the album ready. It took around two years to have everything done properly.

You’ve got some wonderful remixers working on the project, including Max Cooper, Benjamin Damage, Extrawelt and Avatism. How did you choose which remixers to work with?

We were big fans to all of these amazing producers, and we really have been looking to them for the remixes. Every single track have its own vibe, and so we tried to select the originals for each producer to get more closer to their mood. The result is really more than what we could ever have expected. Everyone made something really special.

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Grischa Lichtenberger Returns to Raster-Noton with New Album Project http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/grischa-lichtenberger-returns-to-raster-noton-with-new-album-project/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/grischa-lichtenberger-returns-to-raster-noton-with-new-album-project/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:04:47 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99545 Electronic music producer, visual and installation artist, Grischa Lichtenberger, will be releasing a new album project on the German label founded by Olaf Bender and Frank Bretschneider.

This new project will be titled: la demeure; il y a péril en la demeure, and will be released in two separate parts. As reported by Resident Advisor, the first part of the release will focus on the concept of "la demeure" translating to "the joy of being withdrawn from economic, temporal or social restraints in the confinement of a home" and will be getting released as a CD and 3 vinyl EPs this coming fall.

1. 1 b palcamp rm
2. sf rect
3. bre 41306
4. mmcr vngr
5. keys t
6. degrid skt
7. 134p78
8. 614 12
9. cl vb 2_v2
10. verl
11. 713 2
12. arct 1

Raster-Noton will release la demeure; il y a péril en la demeure on September 25, 2015.

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Podcast 400: Anja Schneider http://www.xlr8r.com/podcasts/2015/08/podcast-400-anja-schneider/ http://www.xlr8r.com/podcasts/2015/08/podcast-400-anja-schneider/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:30:17 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99357 Pop the cork! Strike up the band! But most importantly, strap on your headphones—XLR8R is celebrating its 400th podcast. And we’re pretty darn proud of the series, too. Our very first installment, from 2006, came courtesy of the Plug Research label—and we haven’t let up since, with mixes coming courtesy of everyone from Ellen Allien, Kevin Saunderson, Laurent Garnier and Anthony Parasole to Untold, the Orb, Mr. Scruff and Anti-Pop Consortium. (And exactly 391 other labels and artists, too.) For this milestone, we’re more than happy to host a great set from a clubland stalwart, one who's got something to celebrate herself: Mobilee’s Anja Schneider. Founded by Schneider and partner Ralf Kollmann in 2005, the Mobilee label—known for its steady output of solid-steel, four-to-the-floor material, much of it from a core production group that counts Rodriguez Jr., Pan-Pot, Sebo K, And.Id and Schneider herself among its members—is in the midst of it’s tenth-anniversary celebrations, no easy task in today’s trend-driven, financially-iffy music-business world. (To what does Schneider attribute it’s staying power? “Don’t take yourself too seriously,” she explains.) Her mix is a beauty, heavy on tracks from the Mobilee discography (including a few newies), weaving from driving to deep, from tough to emotive, and back again. If you’re into teched-up house (or is that housed-up techno?), we think you’ll love it as much as we do. And stick around—with any luck we’ll be bringing you another 400 podcasts, if not more, in the coming years. And we can’t wait.

VIDEO: Anja Schneider discusses her XLR8R podcast.

01 Mirko Loko "Kolor" (Carl Craig remix) (Cadenza)
02 Geddes “On The Streets" (Truesoul)
03 Ben Aus “Circus Dub" (Alphahouse)
04 Jey Kurmis “Hodgeheg" (Red Lunar Records)
05 Burnski “Divison" (Mobilee)
06 Clio “Brotherhood" (Red Lunar Records)
07 Gel Abril "Carpet Sneak' (Mobilee)
08 Anja Schneider “The Squaring" (Mobilee)
09 Kevin Over “Face Off" (Mobilee)
10 Rodriguez Jr. “Etoile Du Nord" (Mobilee)

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Stream a Track from the Debut Blond:ish Album http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/stream-a-track-from-the-debut-blondish-album/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/stream-a-track-from-the-debut-blondish-album/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:31:24 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99560 After having established their rule over the 12" format and turning the run-of-the-mill dance EP into a miniature opera in its own right, Blond:ish have now announced plans for their debut album, entitled Welcome to the Present.

Flexing the psychedelic and spiritual influences that already informed their previous works, this new material presents itself not so much as the collection of DJ-ready peak-time bangers that some would have expected, but more of an adventure. It sees the duo embark on a universal journey, departing from the club comfort zone and exploring the deeper shades of world electronica. Here, each track is part of a bigger story, accomplishing its role in a vibrant, colourful mix of electronic moods, field recordings, traditional instruments and polyglot vocals.

In advance of the album's October 23 release, a club version of lead track "Endless Games" can be streamed in full below.


01. Shy Grass
02. Los Pensamientos
03. Lucy's Affair (Album Version)
04. Endless Games (Album Version)
05. Nada Brahma
06. Moonvalley
07. Velvet Wave (Album Version)
08. Myein Caravan
09. Jupiter & Jaguar
10. Inner Jungle
11. It Starts Now

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Event Review: Low End Theory Festival http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/08/event-review-low-end-theory-festival/ http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/08/event-review-low-end-theory-festival/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:00:56 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99312

Video & Photos by Chris Nelson

It’s hard to get much more Los Angeles than being in the thick of the Low End Theory Festival, held on August 8 at the Shrine in Los Angeles. For years, the Oscars were held in these hallowed halls at the northeastern tip of the University of Southern California. Some old-school ravers may remember Sasha & Digweed played a monumental Fourth of July party there in the summer of 2000. But when Flying Lotus took the stage somewhere around 1am for his headlining festival set and the words “You’re Dead” flashed on the screen, he just may have been addressing any of those past relics—and proclaiming himself the future. Five thousand head-nodders roared in agreement.

It's been a slow burn for the weekly Lincoln Heights party that grants its name to this festival of Los Angeles-based artists, now in its second year. Produced in partnership with Goldenvoice—the Goliath behind Coachella and many, many other shows in the LA area—it’s  clear that after nine years, the surrealist, psychedelic and highly experimental aesthetic honed by Low End co-founders and residents Daddy Kev, the Gaslamp Killer, Nocando, Nobody and D-Styles, and propagated far and wide by the likes of Flying Lotus, Daedelus, Thundercat and the Odd Future collective, has struck a nerve.


Free the Robots performing at the outdoor stage

Of course, in the big moments, that's easy to see when like FlyLo gets decapitated by his own accompanying visuals, or when Earl Sweatshirt, mid-performance, somberly pays respects to a friend who had just passed mere hours ago, or when Nosaj Thing demonstrates his utter mastery of the crowd. But the Low End crew is known for their jokes and anecdotes during set changeovers, and one from the night stood out.

After his set, the Gaslamp Killer took to the microphone while the equipment for Thundercat’s performance was being set up. Gaslamp regaled the crowd with a story about the legendary bassist’s recent travels: Having flown in that same day, the airport staff (not knowing the importance of this divine instrument) insisted that Thundercat check his bass. To his horror, when he opened up the case, his bass had been utterly disrespected, mishandled and straight-up broken.

While many musicians would have replaced the instrument, Thundercat’s instrument is one of a kind—and therefore irreplaceable. So he had his bass repaired that same day, and came out on stage to execute his customary musical spectacle, involving sweeping arpeggios that gracefully complement his distinctive piping vocals.

As expected, both musically and emotionally, the big guns delivered. But as the crowd discovered, the cult of Low End Theory filters down to all of the small moments and details as well.

Daedelus on stage kicking off the workshop portion

Daedelus on stage kicking off the workshop portion

Although the festival officially began at 4pm, the doors opened several hours earlier for a series of technical workshops. Longtime Low End stalwart Daedelus, looking like a grown Oliver Twist holding a TR-8, gave a brief overview of alternative beat structures to the standard 4/4. Dr. Strangeloop walked through some of the software he uses for visuals, and Daddy Kev gave a truly down-in-the-weeds Ableton tutorial. The crowd was captivated. That's the norm for any Low End Theory Wednesday, however, not just the festival. These guys enjoy interacting with their community and it has cultivated a dedicated following that made it standing room only not too long after the workshops began.

The large early crowd made for some huge smiles and earnest moments, as each of six hand-picked winners of a “beat invitational” were invited to play five or six minutes of original music for their peers after an introduction from Nocando. They were all genuinely geeked. Whereas most DJs and electronic music performers create more barriers between themselves and fans as they gain notoriety, the Low End crew is hanging out on stage spouting good-natured barbs to the up-and-comers, a group that may very well contain the next Flying Lotus.


This cultivation shone through in a chance conversation outside with Cazal Organism, one of the early-afternoon undercards playing on the outdoor stage. He spoke with glowingly about the Low End core crew for believing in him and giving him the chance to play his music. He said it with reverence—as if he was describing a meeting with the Dalai Lama. This was his world, his life and he was at his temple of worship. This was serious.

Seriousness abounds, actually. There isn’t a ton of dancing as much as there is varied head movements. You won’t find any glow sticks, or candy-raver light-glove nonsense, in the corners. The V.I.P. area was strictly for press to get a good vantage point for pictures. There was no bottle service.


That’s not to say that people weren’t having fun, as there were plenty of grins outside in the pitch-perfect LA weather. But by allowing an 18-and-up crowd, Low End's engendered a level of musical fanaticism that only a foundation of teenage fans can bring. Any one of them, man or woman, would probably kick the shit out of Justin Bieber if they saw him walking down the street. By this measure, they’re not self-serious as much as they just take this music and their scene seriously—which is an interesting contrast to the looseness and general stage antics of the residents.

As for the music, the hip-hop leaning sets from Nocando and Daddy Kev, and the sheer force of nature that is the Gaslamp Killer, were personal favorites. Alix Perex & Eprom still had an obvious rawness to their evolving collaborative live show, but it’s clear that the two are professionals with a clean, defined sound that stretched the wall of subs to their limits, finding that perfect head-bobbing half-tempo groove with plenty of production flare (check the song in the above video for a sample of their new EP).

Playing week in and week out has given all of these guys a noticeable mastery of their craft, despite the playful and deep-crate origins of their musical selections. It’s remarkable, actually, what the residents and the regulars have been able to accomplish by championing music that's anything but 4/4 and accessible. Some of the earlier sets didn’t quite translate—but that’s to be expected from a culture that encourages experimentation. Laptops are the weapon of choice and no one expects smooth transitions. There’s not much vinyl-purist snobbery to be found among the Low End crowd.



So many scenesters claim to be “all about the music” as they pile on the drugs. If it’s not that, they criticize every single minute technical error, to the point of making how well someone can ride a fader the singular focus, as opposed to what’s coming out of the speakers.

But that's not what Low End Theory is all about. Even with 5,000 plus in attendance at the festival, there was plenty of  camaraderie, greetings and commiserating that was borne of a familiarity that existed long before Low End was doing events of this size. The incredible, singular novelty about Low End Theory is that they just really fucking like each other, and love the music they all make. In this respect, they are LA’s standard bearers.

gaslamp killer

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Mutek.MX 2015 Expands Lineup http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/mutek-mx-2015-expands-lineup/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/mutek-mx-2015-expands-lineup/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 00:30:12 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99488 Widely recognized as one of the world’s most cutting edge music festivals, Mutek travels down to Mexico for its 12th edition of Mutek.Mx, set to take place in Mexico City between October 21 – 25.

Featuring a plethora of artistic performances and educational activities, Mutek.Mx provides an ideal atmosphere for digital creativity. With each passing year, the festivals experimental mentality and the astonishing display of both visual and sonic performances continue to attract some of electronic music’s most formidable artists. This year’s edition will feature acts from Ben UFO, Allesandro Cortini, AR-P, Atom & Tobias, Vatican Shadow, Clark, DJ Koze and more.

This year, XLR8R traveled to Mutek Montreal to bring you an in-depth look at one of electronic music’s most forward-thinking festivals. You can watch the video below or check it out on XLR8R TV. For more information regarding venues, schedule, and tickets for this years edition of Mutek.Mx, head here.

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XLR8R's Top 10 Downloads of July http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/08/xlr8rs-top-10-downloads-of-july/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/08/xlr8rs-top-10-downloads-of-july/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 20:23:09 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99456 The month of July again saw a healthy chunk of free tracks land in XLR8R's downloads section, and once again, it's time to announce the 10 most popular tracks from the past month. Taking the top spot this time is June's second place artist MANIK, who's "JJ" summer edit series seem to be hitting all the right buttons, "JJ02 (MANIK Acid Reflux)" was followed closely by Denver-based artist Bollywood Life and his original cut "Clear." Also landing in the top 10 were cuts by UK collective The Cleer Consortium, squareglass member Bunki, Nerve Leak and Taylor Barrow, among others.

July's top 10 XLR8R downloads have been assembled below and can be grabbed for free by following their respective links. In addition, all 10 tracks have been compiled into one convenient playlist, which can also be found below.

1. MANIK "JJ02 (MANIK Acid Reflux)"
2. Bollywood Life "Clear"
3. Ballerino "Love (Bunki Remix)"
4. Taylor Barrow "Krustiq Bits"
5. Nerve Leak "Hurt You"
6. TOYS "Golden Line (A Theory Remix)"
7. AntiAlias "Self Encounter"
8. The Cleer Consortium "Cleerly Jazz"
9. Jack Wickham "Oxhot"
10. Jenifa Mayanja "What A Strange Dream"

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Premiere: Hear the New EP From The Cleer Consortium & Friends http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/premiere-hear-the-new-ep-from-the-cleer-consortium-friends/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/premiere-hear-the-new-ep-from-the-cleer-consortium-friends/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 18:25:55 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99446 Following on from its sold out first release, The Cleer Consortium return for the second release on Eye Shadow—the label run by the quartet of producers behind The Cleer Consortium.

With an aim to spotlight the underground techno scene in Newcastle Upon Tyne and the surrounding postcodes of Middlesbrough, Sunderland, and beyond, The Consortium are joined on Eye Shadow 002 by an assortment of friends—Ruthit, Jason Wright, Steve Legget, and Matthew Sogorski—for another belting techno release. The EP beautifully operates in the nether regions between house and techno, with four brilliant cuts of deep, dub-tinged club beats from the rising collective.

Eye Shadow 002 can be preordered over at Juno, with the EP streaming in full via the player below.

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Derrick Carter, Michael Serafini, Garrett David Headline Queen! at Smart Bar Chicago http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/derrick-carter-michael-serafini-garrett-david-headline-queen-at-smart-bar-chicago/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/derrick-carter-michael-serafini-garrett-david-headline-queen-at-smart-bar-chicago/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:34:40 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99419 House music will always have its roots firmly planted in the underground gay dance scene, with parties like A Club Called Rhonda in LA and Hot Mass in PGH producing some of the most liberating and unique events in the USA. 

Another name with strong ties to the LGBT dance community is Chicago music institution, Smart Bar. Having more than 20 years under its belt as a strong curator of weekly dance nights and residencies, the club is announcing that it has now remodelled its long-running gay dance party, Queen!Known for his lineage of club nights, head organizer and Smart Bar resident Michael Serafini has taken the task of assembling some of house music’s most cherished and respected DJs for the rebirth of Queen!, including Derrick Carter, Mystic Bill, and Jacob Meehan. This night is not only about having the best house DJs in the world as its weekly residents, but also about its cast of characters and hosts, like Sissy Spastik and Jojo Baby, who give their heart and soul to the scene and make everyone feel at home.

Check out the event details for the next couple of weeks at Queen!, and check out this live recording of Derrick Carter at the opening party. 

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Elektron Release First Record on New Label http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/elektron-release-first-record-on-new-label/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/elektron-release-first-record-on-new-label/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:29:21 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99434 Elektron has become increasingly well known throughout the years from manufacturing some of the most sought after drum machines and synthesizers currently on the market, including Analog RYTM, Octatrack, and the Overbridge Software. Now the company has debuted a new record label that will focus on releasing music made with its flagship analog equipment. 

The first artist chosen to release on EGR is non other than post-techno duo Plaid. The project is made up by producers Andy Turner and Ed Handley, and the two have been active in electronic music since the 90’s, collaborating with artists and filmmakers for over 20 years. The 12” vinyl will be limited to only 300 copies, and all of the proceeds from the sale of the records will go directly to the Macmillian Cancer Support charity. 

You can order the limited-edition record which comes out today directly from the Elektron website.

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Premiere: Stream the New Nuage EP in Full http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/premiere-stream-the-new-nuage-ep-in-full/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/premiere-stream-the-new-nuage-ep-in-full/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:39:36 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99407 Project:Mooncircle is set the release the Neida EP, the beautiful new release from Nuage which features eight floaty, mysterious and elegant songs.

Inspired by a long lost tale from dark and cold northern lands, Neida is the story of a young boy who one day noticed an eerie call, so peculiar and odd that he could not resist but to follow it.

While it resonated through remnants of ancient settlings, the boy had to overcome many obstacles and solve numerous quests, journey through mystical forests, foggy mountains and ghostly villages, battle the forces of nature and lose himself in this adventure. Finally reaching the ocean after an exhausting voyage, a mysterious invisible force drew him closer and closer to it, suddenly entranced in a state between consciousness, floating underwater, lured by the siren of the sea.

Ahead of the its August 18 release date, via limited vinyl (including download code), the full EP can be streamed in full below.

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Surgeon, Levon Vincent, Andy Stott, and More Booked for Unsound 2015 http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/surgeon-levon-vincent-andy-stott-and-more-booked-for-unsound-2015/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/surgeon-levon-vincent-andy-stott-and-more-booked-for-unsound-2015/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:02:26 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99400 When experimental music festival Unsound made its first announcements earlier this year, it opted to omit some crucial information: its line-up. By way of explanation, organizers asked,"How do our expectations affect the value we place on music as an art form?" Now, with a start date of October 11 fast approaching, a substantive chunk of acts booked for this year has been revealed in one. The 2015 edition will showcase a number of high-profile pairings, including Birmingham techno veteran Surgeon with Gaga collaborator Lady Starlight, Shackleton and Japanese trio Nisennenmodai, and Rabit and Kuedo. Other highlights include The Black Madonna, Helena Hauff, Charles Cohen and Rabih Beaini, Holly Herndon, footwork originator RP Boo, and "new-age legend" Laraaji. More club-oriented offerings will come from Andy Stott, Zenker Brothers, Levon Vincent, Aurora Halal, Galcher Lustwerk, and Low Jack.

Still, as a press release notes, nearly half of the line-up remains under wraps, "establishing tension between the known and the unknown whilst playing with preconceptions we bring to the act of listening, especially within a festival context." For full details, head here.

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Berlin Atonal Relaunches Imprint with Cabaret Voltaire, Abdullah Rashim, and More http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/berlin-atonal-relaunches-imprint-with-cabaret-voltaire-abdullah-rashim-and-more/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/berlin-atonal-relaunches-imprint-with-cabaret-voltaire-abdullah-rashim-and-more/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 10:35:32 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99394 Last week, XLR8R named the upcoming edition of Berlin Atonal as one of this week's don't-miss events, but the storied experimental music festival has also shared some news of its own. On August 31, after 31 years, Atonal is relaunching its eponymous imprint. As Resident Advisor reported on Friday, Berlin Atonal Vol. 3 marks the festival's first release since 1984, and features recordings from the 2014 edition with Cabaret Voltaire (who appeared live for the first time in 20 years), Abdullah Rashim, Miles Whittaker, and Fis. Previous installments in the series collected tracks from the likes of Psychic TV, La Loora and Z'EV.

Berlin Atonal Vol. 3 is due for a triple-vinyl release limited to 700 copies, and its complete tracklist can be found below.

01. Cabaret Voltaire – Microscopic Flesh Fragment
02. Cabaret Voltaire – Universal Energy (Live Version)
02. Miles Whittaker – Vagabond No7
04. Fis – Dist CL (Atonal Version)
05. Abdulla Rashim - Untitled
06. Abdulla Rashim - Untitled

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Ipman Announces Debut LP, Depatterning http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/ipman-announces-debut-lp-depatterning/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/ipman-announces-debut-lp-depatterning/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 18:54:15 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99327 After two years of recording, Jack Gibbons (aka. Ipman) is ready to release his debut LP, Depatterning, via the Bristol-based label Tectonic.

Unlike a lot of electronic producers, Ipman has decided against living in an urban environment and resides in his rural hometown of Herefordshire where he managed to craft the LP while “embracing the luxury of isolation.” Heavily influenced by jungle and techno, Gibbons forged his unique sound by staying true to his experimental mindset and relentlessly modifying the synths, drum machines, and various pieces of hardware that reside in his sonic laboratory.

The various sounds, textures, and colors of the album run wild but come together in a harmonious fashion to create a truly noteworthy release. You can view the track "Gravity" from his forthcoming LP below, and order a copy of Depatterning on Tectonic’s website here.

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Tone Of Arc Announces New Album on Om Records; Stream Lead Single Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/tone-of-arc-announces-new-album-on-om-records-stream-lead-single-now/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/tone-of-arc-announces-new-album-on-om-records-stream-lead-single-now/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 17:14:05 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99326 Tone Of Arc make its Om Records debut with "The Best Place to Fall," the lead single from the duo's upcoming full length, 'Urgent Turquoise'—which will see release in the fall.

Rooted in Tone Of Arc's signature punk funk style, "The Best Place to Fall" is a beautiful slice of dub-infused electronics, complete with Derrick Boyd's famous, crooning vocals and the pair's infectious vibes. The single also lands with a cover of Spandau Ballet’s "Chant No. 1" on the b-side, capping off a brilliant debut single for Om records.

You can stream both sides of the single in full below.

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Premiere: Hear a Track From North Lake's Two Headed Beast EP http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/premiere-hear-a-track-from-north-lakes-two-headed-beast-ep/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/08/premiere-hear-a-track-from-north-lakes-two-headed-beast-ep/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 16:29:08 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99314 Michigan DJ and producer Isaac Delongchamp (a.k.a. North Lake) has dropped a new four-track EP on Romanian imprint Origami Sound.

Two Headed Beast follows releases on Ellum, Permanent Vacation, and Phonica, and finds Delongchamp trading in the kind of deep and eerie sounds he has made his name on. B-side cut "White Lodge" personifies this sound perfectly; driven by razor-sharp percussion, Delongchamp using otherworldy pads to glue things together, slowing melting the pads in and out of each other, creating an engrossing, ghostly atmosphere for the listener to explore.

Two Headed Beast was released on vinyl on July 20, with the digital set to drop on August 24. Ahead of that digital release, "White Lodge" can be streamed in full below.


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Tecs Evergreen “Skyline Drive” http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/08/tecs-evergreen-skyline-drive/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/08/tecs-evergreen-skyline-drive/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 15:07:18 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99278 Hailing from NYC, Tecs Evergreen is set to release his second full length LP, If Only Then, via San Francisco based imprint Dusty International. In anticipation of this release, the Brooklyn-based producer has offered XLR8R LP cut “Skyline Drive” as an exclusive download. Kicking off with a repetitive, feathered guitar riff, the track rolls beautifully into an outburst of rich textures, rolling percussion, and stirring bass tones. The LP itself is exceptionally fluid, emitting a cloudy downtempo vibe that builds and dissipates in a unique and unrestrained fashion. “Skyline Drive” can be downloaded for free below and be sure to check out other releases from Tecs Evergreen and Dusty International here.

Skyline Drive

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Q&A: Siren's Darshan Jesrani and Dennis Kane http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/08/qa-sirens-darshan-jesrani-and-dennis-kane/ http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/08/qa-sirens-darshan-jesrani-and-dennis-kane/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 13:00:51 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=99245 Want to peruse a couple of great curricula vitae? Here you go: Darshan Jesrani is one half of Metro Area, the hugely influential duo that, back in the late '90s and early '00s, did as much as any other entity to muscle the concept of electronic-disco revivalism into clubbers' consciousness via such still-vibrant tracks as "Miura" and "Orange Alert." He's a fabulous spinner, too, as well as a talented solo artist, most recently working under the Cylinder moniker for his own Startree label. Dennis Kane, meanwhile, has been an integral part of NYC’s nightlife since the mid-'90s, when the Philly transplant hit town and established himself in the scene as one of its most knowledgeable DJs and producers. He’s also established a pair of respected record labels in Disques Sinthomme, which has released a wide range of work featuring the likes of Max Essa, the Beat Broker and Richard “Padded Cell” Sen, and an edit imprint, Ghost Town, which has seen contributions from Brennan Green and Bicep, among many other notables.

Given all that, you'd figure that if Jesrani and Kane teamed up, the results would be killer. Even so, not many people were prepared for "Gauntlet," produced by the duo under the Siren name and released late last year on the venerable German label Compost Records. Compost is most known for its jazzy inclinations—it's released music from the likes of Trüby Trio and Beanfield over the years, and counts Jazzanova Compost Records among its sublabels—but "Gauntlet" was a different beast entirely: The song, infused with live musicianship, was epic in scope, a windswept and dramatic tune that conjured up images of sun-baked adventures and infinite vistas. (Its slightly-more-housey Ray Mang remix was pretty nifty, too.) And now, there's "A/Way," an equally ambitious tune coming out on August 28; a radio edit, which led off Compost's recent 20th-anniversary compilation, is already in the digital shops. And the two aren't done yet: There are more singles on the way, along with a remix for Galaxians and another for pairing of In Flagranti and Jonny Sender—and there's full-on Siren album in the pipeline as well. XLR8R recently had the chance to chat with Jesrani and Kane as they took a break in the studio, where they talked about their history, their musical ethos…and knee socks.

You two started DJing together long before you started producing together, right?
I met Darshan when they installed the Funktion-One sound system at [the long-since closed] APT, and he and I came in to EQ it. We started playing records to test the system, and ended up going to lunch afterwards and hit it off. Someone suggested we do a night together at [the also defunct] Opus 22—which we did, and it was a really good night.
Jesrani: And then the second time there wasn’t. (laughs)

Despite that second night, you obviously must have enjoyed playing together, since you've continued to do so over the years.
Jesrani: For sure. After that, we started playing at Love. The sound system there was great.
Kane: But we were frustrated with the club itself, so we finally just said, “Why don’t we throw our own party?” Those were the Strobe Lodge parties. The first one we did was on Canal Street around 2007, and that was a pretty memorable party.
Jesrani: Dennis actually bought an AC for the place and installed it. Otherwise, it would have been hell! I was coming in from Belgium that day—and I came straight from the airport, took a shower in the place’s bathroom, and then started the party and played.
Kane: Even with that air conditioner, steam was coming off of people’s bodies. It was packed.

Sounds like a great party.
Jesrani: Yes, that was a good one.

How would you describe the music that you were playing then?
Jesrani: I would say it was the template for what we still do now. Dennis, in the beginning of the night, would play all this really sweet and easy stuff—really slow, sometimes beatless music.
Kane: We’d take our time building the night by using a sophisticated palette. We’d let the room warm up, and then slowly build to a really intense period. We were mixing everything, but in an order that made sense.
Jesrani: And it ended up really, really nice.

You ended up doing Strobe Lodge in a few different venues, right?
Kane: We did it in a variety of places. We did it in a ballroom-dance studio on Mott Street; we did it in an old burlesque place; we did it in an onetime printing place in Bushwick; we did a couple at a nice poolside in Long Island; and we did one on the main floor of Santos Party House.

That’s a lot of places!
Kane: It helped that we had a crew of people who really worked hard with us. A lot of them are still with us. We were able to craft something that was really warm and complex, musically, and that was a great thing.

Photo: Anastasia Crisis

Photo: Anastasia Crisis

While you were doing Strobe Lodge, were you thinking about producing together as well?
Jesrani: That just kind of happened. We’d always talk about music and about production ideals. Dennis would always send me clips of music, and we’d sort of take it apart and talk about what we liked in it. We started doing some edit stuff, but we didn’t really go fully into the studio, composing from scratch, till a little later. It took some time to germinate, but I think it helped to let it just let it develop organically rather than to force it. Siren has grown out of a musical rapport.

Kane: After I started Disques Sinthomme, Dar gave me an edit for the label, and then we did an edit together for Ghost Town. And somehow from that, it just became, hey, why don’t we start a few things? I came in with a couple of melodies, and we started fleshing them out. And we’ve been at it ever since.

The Siren tracks so far seem to have an epic, windswept feel to them. Is that something that you’ve been striving for, or is it just the natural result of your work process?
Jesrani: I couldn’t really tell you! That sort of feeling isn’t really part of my usual wheelhouse, as you can tell from my solo work. I think it might be that something that Dennis brings to the table…or something that arises from the two of us working together. It’s probably a mix of Dennis’s contributions, the work of our session players, and then maybe my synthesizer stuff.

Kane: I can definitely see in that cinematic intensity in tracks like “Ledger” and “Night Fever.” But I think the main thing with Siren is that we started working with really good players, which kind of opened up that intensity.

Was it your intention to work with live musicians from the start, or is that something you decided on once you got more fully into the process?
Jesrani: We knew we wanted to work with musicians from the start. Dennis would be sending me clips off of 45s or whatever, songs that had real songwriting and real musicianship, saying that “I want to do that. And, of course, there’d be no way to simulate that.

Dennis, can you recall any of that music that you sent his way?
Kane: I remember one very clearly: It was the bass part off of a Petulia Clark record. We did try to work on that ourselves, but because we know a great bass player, Mark Dann, we went to him.

Jesrani: Our records would not be the same without him.

Sal Principato from Liquid Liquid plays percussion, right?
Kane: He’s a friend, but the first time I really worked with him was on the remix of Cosmic Metal Mother. He came in, had rehearsed already, came in and finished his parts in one take. It’s very easy to work with him. And there’s Daniel Chavis, who sings on “Guantlet”—I had put out a track from his band, Apollo Heights, on Disques Sinthomme. I remember being so impressed the first time I heard him sing with the band. Darshan, I can remember telling you that right away.

His vocals on that song are amazing.
Kane: There was a point where we actually thought it was done, and then our friend Brennan Green said, “Hey, why don’t you add a vocal?”

Jesrani: That was a real eleventh-hour change. We almost had the song mastered at that point.

Kane: We had definitely done the final mixdown. But the amazing thing was that Daniel just came in and just nailed it.

Jesrani: It was another one-take situation. He was perfect.

What’s the story with Mr. Reed, the vocalist on “A/Way”?
Kane: We had originally written it with a more established singer in mind, but there were some scheduling issues with that. But then I was in the subway and heard this man singing—it was Mr. Reed. I sent Dar a not the next day, saying “We’ve got a singer.” He’s terrific, and his vocals on “A/Way” are stunning.

I read a review of “Gauntlet” which described it as “macho acid disco sleaze.” Would you agree with that description of the Siren sound?
Jesrani: (laughs) Actually, that’s cool. We want the music to be visceral, and it should have layers of enjoyment. We want people to be able to enjoy it on a sophisticated muso level, and we want them to be able to enjoy it in other ways as well.

How did you end up on Compost? It’s not an odd choice of labels, but perhaps a bit of surprising one.
Kane: It was in 2011, and we were in Miami. Tomas (Ceddia) from Aquabooty asked us to play this epic party. It was DJ Harvey, Aeroplane, a bunch of other people—and then we closed it out.

Jesrani: We were hanging with (Compost founder) Michael Reinboth.

Kane: And he just said, “If you guys ever do anything, let us know.

Jesrani: He was really into what we were playing. Then, when we were getting started with Siren, we were wondering who to shop the project to. We realized Compost might be a good fit.

Kane: So far, it’s been very good. They’ve been supportive, and they’ve been behind the music a great deal. They’re professionals, and we have a great working relationship—it’s nice to send them an e-mail and actually get an e-mail right back, for instance. And they like and are supportive of the idea that we’re working towards an album. I think it’s a case of we’re what they need, and they are what we need, so it works.

"There’s a glut of stuff that all sounds the same nowadays—it seems like there’s a certain paradigm that ‘s kind of taken over—and we think it’s time for music with some nuance and some complexity."

Who do you envision your audience to be? Your tunes have a bit more of mature edge than your average club banger has.
Kane: I’m thinking 16-year-old skater girls and guys in muscle shirts!

Jesrani: Or girls that wear knee socks.

Kane: Yeah, that’s our music in a nutshell. (laughs). But really, it’s hard to say—it’s hard to make songs that are dance songs, that will bump on the floor, but also have strength of songs.

I’m guessing it’s a difficult balance to get right.
Yeah, totally. I’ve always like clubby music that you can enjoy as a stand-alone piece of music outside of the club environment, and that’s what we’re trying to shoot for.

Kane: We look at people like Don Ray is a good example of the kind of thing we’re shooting for. But the other thing is that there’s a glut of stuff that all sounds the same nowadays—it seems like there’s a certain paradigm that ‘s kind of taken over—and we think it’s time for music with some nuance and some complexity.

Jesrani: People keep repeating the same forms of loop-based music. For instance, right now were in the third or fourth iteration of acid. (laughs) But we feel like you have to at least try to grow, try to do something new.

Kane: There’s been a real period of contentment with these tropes—the sound palettes, the attack, the build-ups and all that. It’s all pretty much the same. Sometimes it can be tasteful, some of it’s well-made, but in the end, it doesn’t feel very urgent or essential.

And Siren’s goal is to make music that is essential and has some staying power?
Jesrani: Absolutely. We’d actually feel bad about committing all the resources we have for Siren, just to make something that people might play a couple of times and then just shelve.

Kane: We don’t want to have that kind of manipulative with an audience, either as DJs or producers. I was somewhere the other day, and there was this DJ, and I felt like going up to him and asking, “Why even bother? You’re playing all these clichéd records—none of which are bad, exactly, but it seems like your only motivation is to make yourself famous.” Fuck that! Give people art. But still make it something that girls in knee socks can get down with.

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