XLR8R http://www.xlr8r.com Accelerating music & culture Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:39:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Iglew "Sleep Lighter" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/04/iglew-sleep-lighter/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/04/iglew-sleep-lighter/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:09:54 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89729 At the end of this month, London label Gobstopper Records will release the Urban Myth Ep by Leeds based newcomer Iglew. Described as "a result of the belated immersion of an outsider into sound system culture," the four track outing will be the producer's first release on Mr. Mitch's grime-focused label and shows that the young producer has surely found his footing. Being introduced to electronic music through podcasts and headphones rather than raves and soundsystems, Iglew's productions focus heavily on harmony, melody, and texture "as opposed to dancefloor hype." This can be heard on EP cut "Sleep Lighter," a highly atmospheric and textural affair; with sliding synth phrases and Iglew's newly found bass knowledge front and centre. You can download "Sleep Lighter" for free below, with the full EP available for pre-order here.

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Hideout Festival Reveals 2015 Boat Party Schedule http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/hideout-festival-reveals-2015-boat-party-schedule/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/hideout-festival-reveals-2015-boat-party-schedule/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:05:35 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89773 Having previously announced a general bill including Scuba, Paul Woolford, and Joy Orbison, Croatia's much-loved Hideout Festival has now announced its full scheudle of boat parties. Billed for the more than two-dozen sea voyages are the likes of Bicep, Citizenn, Dusky, Eats Everything, and Skream. The full line-up can be found below, with passes going onsale from this Thursday via the Hideout website. The festival runs from June 28 to July 2 at Zrce Beach on the island of Pag in Croatia.

June 28
Welcome Boat - People Get Real / The Sonic Emporium / Mike Jones / Grainger
MODA BLACK - Jaymo & Andy George / Tom Trago

June 29
Lobster Boy - Redlight / Mak & Pasteman
Bondax & Friends - Bondax / Starslinger
NoFitState - Simon Baker / Geddes / Matthew Styles
Dusky Presents - Dusky / Citizenn
Kaluki - Patrick Topping / Subb An
Thump - Bicep / Chez Damier

June 30
Street Tracks - Waze & Odyssey / Jonas Rathsman
FRIENDS WITHIN - Friend Within / Jax Jones
20:20 Vision - Ejeca / Ralph Lawson
Temple - Route 94 / Artwork
What Hannah Wants - Hannah Wants / My Nu Leng
I'm A House Gangster - DJ Sneak / PBR Streetgang

July 1
B Traits and Friends - B -Traits / Isaac Tichauer
Metropolis - Wilkinson & MC AD-APT / Dimension
Hypercolour - Huxley / Last Magpie / Ste Roberts
Blase Boys Club - Duke Dumont / Gotsome
SKREAMIZM - Skream / Derrick Carter
Viva Warriors - Steve Lawler / Detlef

July 2
Secondcity Invites - Secondcity / Oliver Dollar / Andrea Oliva
Speakerbox - Sigma / Mistajam / North Base
Monki and Friends - Monki / Mele / MJ Cole
Edible - Eats Everything / Jasper James
Digital Soundboy - Shy FX / Chris Lorenzo
Eton Messy - Blonde / Eton Messy DJs

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Premiere: Listen to Âme's Remix of a New Track by Howling http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/premiere-listen-to-ames-remix-of-a-new-track-by-howling/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/premiere-listen-to-ames-remix-of-a-new-track-by-howling/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:55:32 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89746 Howling, the vocals-heavy house project of RY X from The Acid and Âme's Frank Wiedemann, is to drop its debut LP in May as a joint release on Modeselektor's Monkeytown imprint and the Ninja Tune sub-label Counter. Ahead of that the pair (pictured above) have shared with us the premiere stream of a remix of album track "Stole The Night" by Wiedemann and Kristian Beyer's own long-standing Âme project. Their rework, a typically airy and propulsive take on the low-slung, bass-heavy original, can be heard on the player below, while the album will be released on May 1 and can be pre-ordered here.

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KMS to Release Two Volumes of Mid-90s Chez'n'Trent Remixes http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/kms-to-release-two-volumes-of-mid-90s-chezntrent-remixes/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/kms-to-release-two-volumes-of-mid-90s-chezntrent-remixes/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:04:38 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89753 Kevin Saunderson's Detroit-based KMS imprint has knocked out a host of high-quality reissues in recent years, and its latest offerings are to be two volumes of remixes by Chez'n'Trent. The two volumes will collect together a total of eight reworks by Chez (Damier) and (Ron) Trent, pictured above) recorded between 1993 and 1995. The first 12" collects two versions each of "House Of Love" by Sonya Blade and "Its Going To Be Alright" by Miller/Scott Project, while the second features remixes of tracks by Esser'ay, Kreem, Inner City and Naomi Daniel. The packages will appear sometime during the spring (no more precise date is currently available), and ahead of their release the cover of Volume One and full tracklists for both can be found below.

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Volume One
A1 Sonya Blade - House Of Love (Chez N Trent Vox Remix Dub)
A2.Sonya Blade - House Of Love (Chez N Trent Respect Vox Dub)
B1 Miller/Scott Project - Its Going To Be Alright (Chez N Trent Mix 1)
B2 Miller/Scott Project - Its Going To Be Alright (Chez N Trent Mix 2)

Volume Two
A1 Esser'ay - Forces (Chez-N-Trent Alternative Mix)
A2 Kreem - Now Is The Time (Chez N Trent Club Mix)
B1 Inner City - Share My Life (Chez N Trent Mid Dub)
B2 Naomi Daniel - Feel The Fire (Chez N Trent Dub)

(via Resident Advisor)

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Interview: Ben Klock http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/04/interview-ben-klock/ http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/04/interview-ben-klock/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:00:11 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89526 Far in the distance and irreconcilably aloof, he stands. The expectant crowd is hypnotized, entranced in the music as they move in unison to the raw and powerful techno beat. And then it comes: another irresistible bassline, another crescendo of elation—but Klock appears unmoved, wide-eyed yet stone-faced as he conjures up the next chapter in his compelling 13-hour narrative. It's an exquisite scene, the very height of hedonism, but one that depicts Klock as nothing more than a ruthless techno machine incapable of sentiment or emotion. Only by sitting down with him at his beautiful Berlin apartment did I discover a softer, human side to Klock’s character, one that is reflected in the deeper and warmer segments of his infamous DJ sets, but so commonly overshadowed and obscured by their relentless nature.

I meet Klock at the headquarters of his label, Klockworks—a small apartment/office building located towards the east of the city in Friedrichshain. He texts to say he’s running a little late, but arrives with enough time to make some quick decisions over the material for the vinyl cases of the label’s upcoming releases. There is a charming modesty to Klock; there is almost no ego, or one that is at least immediately apparent, despite a great pride in the quality of his work and a clear personal recognition of his artistic prowess. He stores all his productions in  a rather grand corner of his similarly spacious modernist apartment, and carefully reviews each and every prototype presented to him before choosing his favorite.

Photo: Stefan Wolf Lucks

Photo: Stefan Wolf Lucks

“I’m starving,” he says. “Let’s grab some breakfast and then we can do the interview.” He leads me out to his black BMW, and opens the boot to reveal a plethora of miscellaneous household objects, before joking about the personalized ‘BEN’ number-plate: “It only cost me 12 euros!” he says, grinning.

Klock’s underlying motivations for DJing are as strong today as ever. There is an insatiable hunger when he talks, an underlying passion that can stem only from a profound love for what he does. He sits up and smiles as he describes the feeling of "goosebumps" when he "drops the right track at the right time’ and forms a "deep connection with the crowd," before pausing to bask in the moment, as if revisiting it in his own head.

“I still see DJing as about 20 percent as a job, but 80 percent as doing what I love—or trying to achieve a vision,” he says. “Of course, there is a business side to it, but I still need to feel the core of it; I still need to feel the passion for it,” he adds, before reflecting on his answer. “If there are times where I don’t really feel the energy then I have to adjust quickly because then my role as a DJ won’t work. I have to have passion for it otherwise I cannot be good.”

But from where does this underlying motivation originate? Where has he drawn the inspiration to play regular eight-hour marathon DJ sets and travel all over the world almost every single weekend for the best part of a decade? Appreciation for his circumstances is certainly a continuous source. Despite the fortune and fame that has come his way over recent years, there remains an endearing humility deeply engrained in his nature, and Klock himself no doubt recognizes the fortunate position in which he finds himself. But looking at his status today, comfortably positioned amongst the best DJs in the world, it's easy to overlook the numerous doubts and difficulties he has had to overcome to find his place in music. “For me, it has not always been easy," he says. "I have struggled a lot and had a lot of different jobs so I have seen a lot of different things—and I think that makes me appreciate it even more.”

“At many points in my life, I thought I would never get anywhere; I just thought success was not for me,”

Klock knew very early on that he wanted to be a musician, but never felt destined for success. “At many points in my life, I thought I would never get anywhere; I just thought success was not for me,” he says, clearly moved as he reflects on quite how far he has come. “I had to fight very hard to get rid of these thoughts,” he says.

Following a period of small-scale success throughout the late ’90s with a series of residencies at Cookies, WMF and Tresor in Berlin, the prominence of house music and the absence of a residency slot saw him lose the love for music and come "very close" to quitting in the early ’00s. “There was a period where I doubted whether DJing was what I had to do,” he says. “I had no connection to music anymore; I didn’t have anything that really made me a DJ, so it was almost a natural process of moving out of it,” he adds, pausing for thought. “But there was always this thing in the back of my mind that I hadn’t found my right surrounding or my right place yet, which was then coming.”

This thing was Berghain, the launching pad for his career, granting him a residency in 2004 and eventually giving Klock the confidence to quit his freelance graphic design position some three years later. “I would normally say I would never have imagined this, because this, what I am doing now, is just crazy, and I never really felt like I could be a success,” he says. “But there was definitely another part of me that really envisaged exactly this—and maybe this was just the stronger part.”

Photo: Riccardo Malberti

Photo: Riccardo Malberti

Innovation and experimentation, too, continue to play a fundamental role in Klock’s relentless march towards techno immortality. “If techno just repeats itself again and again, then at some point this copy-paste music will become uninteresting,” he says. “So it is important that I keep looking for new ideas, inspiring myself without necessarily changing my direction musically.” It's his marathon sessions, at Berghain or beyond, that provide a testing ground for his latest material, pushing him to ‘"come up with something new" with the intimacy of those sessions providing an important source of inspiration that shorter festival sets cannot offer. “[Small club shows] are not about how much money I earn, but more about giving me a connection to a smaller crowd just to keep myself inspired,” he says.

Linked to this is a desire to test himself as an artist and continue spreading his music. “There are some shows I choose because I want to push myself artistically—it’s good to have a side where I do not feel too comfortable,” he says, before specifically referring to Coachella, a festival absent of any preexisting roots in deep and powerful techno. “This side is challenging, but I love this feedback when somebody tells me that they were never into techno but that that night I changed their idea of it,” he says. “At that beginning, they are just standing there and and after half an hour they are all dancing—and I can see their enjoyment in their faces. It’s an amazing feeling being somebody’s first step into this kind of music.”

As the conversation progresses, it becomes apparent that hidden beneath this gentleness is a self-driven and calculated perfectionist completely dedicated to his art. “Being [at the top] is one thing but staying there is hard, so I have to keep working,” he says. “I get super-frustrated if a show does not go so well, and I have to pick it apart from the technical standpoint to figure out which tracks or which transitions didn’t work,” he adds. “But the bigger side is the emotional side—why didn’t I have the energy that night? What bothered me? What are the circumstances that I have to change to be better again?”

Klock’s vision, ever since his early years, has never been in doubt, and driven by this deep-rooted intuition and desire to succeed he has committed his life’s energies to achieving his goal. Gone are the days of hesitation—Klock has evolved into a stalwart of the Berlin techno scene, an influential symbol of direction and self-belief.

“Criticism is far more common today than it used to be, but I have had to learn to deal with it because if you get too much involved in this it drags your attention away from what is important,” he says. “But I do not doubt my ability to be a DJ because I know that I can be amazing; I have had so many amazing shows and special moments, like magic moments—but there will always be times when it doesn’t click.”

Photo: Stefan Wolf Lucks

Photo: Stefan Wolf Lucks

Even today, he continues to work without a manager, a decision based on a desire to retain control of his artistic endeavors. “It is good to have a really good agent and I work with a few people, but I still want to be the guy to make the decisions and to say the direction we are going in,” he says. “Sometimes I just know but sometimes I have a little bit of doubt, and I will ask for feedback from a few trusted people.”

Away from his DJing, Klock has limited his production output to little more than a few sporadic EPs following the release of his critically acclaimed debut album on Ostgut Ton, 2008's One, a stunning piece of contemporary techno that helped him overcome the tragic death of his mother. However, However, there are now signs that Klock will soon re-enter his "cocoon" of a studio and put an end to this hiatus. “The music production has always been important, and even if I don’t do it for a while, I will always come back to it,” he says.

Klock’s love affair with music production dates back to his early childhood, but his growing reputation as a DJ and a corresponding pressure to re-enter the studio saw this love fade, leading him to focus his energies on DJing. “At that point, I made the conscious decision to make sure that when I did return to the studio, I wanted to be like a beginner again; I just want to go in with no pressure or idea of whether it’s going to be an EP or an album - let’s just see. This studio is now my little bubble and I just want to play around like a kid again,” he says.

"For long periods I have felt much more useful now as a DJ, but now I could be very happy locked in the studio for six months.”

“I have been waiting for the moment until I wanted to go back into the studio. It hasn’t been there for a while, and I didn’t miss it at all, but now it just feels right,” says Klock. “Apart from traveling so much and not having time, I didn’t feel like I had anything new to say.  For long periods I have felt much more useful now as a DJ, but now I could be very happy locked in the studio for six months.”

As I begin to question Klock on his life outside music, he laughs, finding humor in the fact that he doesn’t really have one. “From early morning until late night, music is constantly there,” he says. “I sometimes think that people work nine to five in the week and then they have a weekend—but I don’t have one. In a way, of course I am free and have my own schedule, but I am never really free from that job. I can’t even really watch a movie without being distracted, and this can be hard for me.”

Microphone off and interview over, the conversation continues as Klock describes his love for Berlin and recalls how honored he was that his 75-year-old father once attended his show at Berghain. The character before me is one so undiscovered by the public eye that it is hard to fathom that this is the Ben Klock so infamous for the the aggressive, ferocious nature of his sets.

“There is certainly a hard, powerful side [to my music] but there is also a warm, emotional side to it—and together, this is what gives it a journey,” he says. That description bears equal truth to both his work and the man behind it all.

Ben Klock is currently on tour:

Q Nightclub, Seattle: April 16
Coda, Toronto: April 17
Spy Bar, Chicago: April 18
Coachella: April 19
Crobar, Buenos Aires: May 22
Movement, Detroit: May 24

 

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Podcast 382: John Barera and Will Martin http://www.xlr8r.com/podcasts/2015/04/podcast-382-john-barera-and-will-martin/ http://www.xlr8r.com/podcasts/2015/04/podcast-382-john-barera-and-will-martin/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:31:06 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89714 Some things just go so well together, you almost wonder if they were ever really apart. There’s gin and tonic, for example, or bacon and eggs, or Cheech and Chong, or…well, the list is long. But you can add one more entry to that catalog: Bostonians John Barera and Will Martin. It was just over a year ago that Barera, a cofounder of Supply Records, teamed with Martin for the highly lauded Yen EP on Supply; its two A-side cuts, “Awake” and "Say It Now," both brimmed with luminous house vibes, while the flip, “Unknown Factor,” boasted more of late-night, basement-party feel. All three, though, were obviously the work of two producers who are in love with the ways of classic house. They’ve followed their love (leaving a bit of time for affairs with disco and techno) in the months since, releasing the poised Graceless long-player on Steffi’s Dolly label and, just this month, the fab four-track 1,2,3 (Feels Right) EP on Steve Mizek's Argot. Barera and Martin have also been gracing the decks together on a regular basis, and they’ve just put together this stroll through house-music land (with time out for funky side jaunts from the likes Wally Badarou and Talking Heads) for your listening pleasure. Huzzah!

 

Video: John Barera and Will Martin discuss their XLR8R podcast

01 Aaron Carl "Crucified" (vocal mix) (Millions of Moments)
02 Kai Alce "Be-Bop" (Kolour LTD) 05:42
03 Nu Klass A "The Rhythm" (S Gurley Remix) (Public Demand) 9:13
04 Konstantin Sibold & Telly "I’m In Need" (Oracy’s Ancient Technology Dub) (Mojuba) 14:10
05 Delano Smith "Feel This" (Mixmode Recordings) 19:23
06 Glenn Underground "Afro Gente" (Superb Entertainment Records) 24:13
07 Jon Cutler feat. E-Man "It’s Yours" (Chez Music) 32:25
08 Pig & Dan "Doing It For Yourself" (Soma Quality Recordings) 35:41
09 Nina Kraviz "Taxi Talk" (Urban Tribe Don’t Lie To Nina Remix) (Rekids) 41:58
10 ERP "Vox Automation" (Frustrated Funk) 46:10
11 K15 "The Story Of Her Life" (Wild Oats) 51:45
12 Wally Badarou "One Day, Won’t Give it Away" (Riviera LM Recoding Systems) 1:00:15
13 Moon Runner "Interactive Track" (Toy Tonics) 1:04:46
14 Talking Heads "Pull Up The Roots" (Sire) 1:08:25
15 Kim Ann Foxman "Eye See Me" (Firehouse) 1:11:45
16 Strategy "The Mink" (100% Silk) 1:16:25
17 Ali Berger "Eve" (unreleased) 1:22:43

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FIBER Festival Returns With The Subterranean http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/fiber-festival-returns-with-the-subterranean/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/fiber-festival-returns-with-the-subterranean/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 21:48:19 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89703 After a three year hiatus, Amsterdam's FIBER Festival will return May 15 and 16 with The Subterranean, which aims to act as a meeting point for creators and admirers of audiovisual art, digital design and electronic music. With the theme "The Subterranean: Exploring Networked Tools and Matter", FIBER will investigate the use of digital tools with which automatic technologies and alternative networks are made and manipulated. The festival takes place at two key venues; A Lab (symposium, meet-up, and exhibition) and the industrial club venue RADION (performances and club nights), with RADION featuring AV and music performances by Felix K, London Modular Alliance, John Osborn, and Neel, among others. Also offered are interesting speakers and day courses including workshops on how to build a radio station and use as a data transmitting station, designing entities in an online world, and projecting visual worlds on human bodies.

For more information, including the complete program and tickets, head to the FIBER Festival event page here.

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Kyodai Marea EP http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/04/kyodai-marea-ep/ http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/04/kyodai-marea-ep/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:56:35 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89691 It’s been a busy few years for Kyodai, the Spanish sibling duo that first burst onto the scene via 2011’s Mi Rhumba EP on Freerange. It was a release that established the pair as players to watch—but in reality, it’s been a long trip to get where the pair are today: They spent the ’00s crafting Latin-tinged, jazz-drenched, and occasionally disco- and funk-flecked tunes under the Wagon Cookin’ moniker, with albums popping up on labels like Compost, Om and their own Appetizers. But by the time of the Mi Rhumba, the brothers had settled on deep house as their genre of choice, with the Latin influence manifesting itself more subtly; it was party music, alright, but party music with a exquisitely restrained edge.

Since then, via a steady output of EPs on Poker Flat, the aforementioned Freerange and, especially, Local Talk, the duo has largely continued in that mode—though the percussion-led Latinisms have largely receded, that feeling of restraint has usually held steady, with the occasional burst of sonic energy providing that feeling of beautiful release that deep-house aficionados know and love. But with the title track of Kyodai’s latest, out on Andre Crom’s OFF Recordings (the label's 111th release), the brothers let loose: “Marea” is a tidal wave of a tune, with a driving rhythm, growling minor-key synths runs, and cavernous effects all working to give the cut a relentless, dark, near-epic feel. It’s perhaps the biggest-sounding number we’ve heard yet from Kyodai.

It’s not only a big number, it’s a hot one too—albeit of a sort we don’t usually hear from the producers. As if to reassure their devotees that they haven’t abandoned their deep-house ways, flip-side number “Palma” sees Kyodai reverting to build-release form. It’s still more propulsive than what we’ve come to expect from Kyodai, but while “Marea” grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let got, “Palma” slowly amps the tension, gradually building to a glorious shimmer, then pulling back before hitting its crescendo—twice, for good measure. It’s a gem of a track, one that should satisfy their fans while attracting a few new ones as well.

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20/20 Vision Inaugurates New Look With Premiesku's Latest EP http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/2020-vision-inaugurates-new-look-with-premeiskus-latest-ep/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/2020-vision-inaugurates-new-look-with-premeiskus-latest-ep/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:01:09 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89685 Last year, Ralph Lawson's 20/20 Vision celebrated 20 years in the game. Alway's pushing forward, the label decided it was time for a new look and went through an artistic overhaul, enlisting Leads based agency Golden to update the design, logo and artwork of the label. Kicking off this new look will be Romanian trio Premiesku (Livio & Roby and George G), who turn in a typically groovy EP, which also features remixes from two of house music's hottest acts in French producer Djebali and Argentinean virtuoso Guti.

The Jojoman EP opens with the title track, a chunky bass-driven house affair which has already been on heavy rotation by the likes of Apollonia since their BPM party in January. "Voice Game" ventures into more breakbeat territory with it's low slung groove and playful vocal samples. The full tracklist for the Jojoman EP can be found below, along with the new artwork, and you can catch Premiesku and their 'Analog Sound' live show at the 20/20 Vision showcase at Fabric on April 11 alongside Sven Tasnadi and Ralph Lawson.

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Tracklist:

A1. Jojoman

A2. Voice Game

B1. Jojoman (Djebali Remix)

B2. Voice Game (Guti Remix)

Life Tool (Digital Exclusive)

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Candide "See You Believe Me" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/04/candide-see-you-believe-me/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/04/candide-see-you-believe-me/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:00:14 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89654 Candide is a project that was conceived by Adam Brodsky and Candice Strongwater on a summer trip to Berlin in 2012. With Candice living in Berlin and Brodsky in Brooklyn, the project turned into an intercontinental affair with the two sending live percussion, stems, and vocal cuts to each other digitally and in turn giving their sound a collaborative life of its own. Their newest EP, Detract, will be self released via the group's Bandcamp page and is the follow up to last years, Don't You Go EP, on French label Zappruder Records. Pulled from the EP is "See You Believe Me," a vocal led production with a solid percussive backbone, sweeping synth phrases, and a deep, modulated bassline. The full EP will be available May 19 here, with "See You Believe Me" available for free download below.

See You Believe Me

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Prefuse 73 Details Forsyth Gardens EP, Shares Track http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/prefuse-73-details-forsyth-gardens-ep-shares-track/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/prefuse-73-details-forsyth-gardens-ep-shares-track/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 14:02:19 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89669 Nearly four years have elapsed since veteran beatsmith and Warp affiliate Guillermo S. Herren last released under his best-known moniker, Prefuse 73. That's set to change, however, with two EPs and one long-player due out over the next few months via Brooklyn-based imprint Temporary Residence Ltd. "I've come back to hyper focusing, immersing myself in the sounds, rhythms, and formations that created Prefuse 73 in the first place," Herren says. "Recently, I've found a new life in the whole process of refining what I've created over the years as Prefuse. Right now I'm at my most confident and comfortable since '05/'06."

Herren first hinted at the run of new material back in January, and now, full details of the first EP in the series—Forsynth Gardens—have surfaced. Set to arrive on April 28, a press release describes the record, stating: "The prismatic textures that have long been a staple of Prefuse 73 are bound to beats and melodies with the spirit of hip-hop and the subtlety of modern minimalism."

The release of Forsyth Gardens will be followed by the Rivington Não Rio LP on May 12 (complete details here) and the Every Color of Darkness EP on July 14. Until then, the premiere of EP cut "Ages Upon Ages Upon You" can be heard below, where a complete tracklist has also been included.

1. Hustle (Intro)
2. Infrared Remix (feat. Sam Dew)
3. You Are Now Poison
4. Ages Upon Ages Upon You
5. Genderations
6. Still Pretending
7. Sunday Service
8. What They Got?
9. Sará Teflón

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Lnrdcroy Readies New EP for Unthank http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/lnrdcroy-readies-new-ep-for-unthank/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/lnrdcroy-readies-new-ep-for-unthank/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:59:44 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89676 Upstart Vancouver producer Lnrdcroy (given name Leon Campbell) is set to debut on Firecracker sublabel Unthank next month with the first of two anticipated EPs. Campbell's inaugural solo effort arrived last year in the form of a cassette long-player for 1080p, and was subsequently picked up for a vinyl reissue by Firecracker. However, apart from a contribution to local imprint Pacific Rhythm's various-artist EP and a couple of split 12"s, Campbell has largely kept quiet until now. His forthcoming 10" comprises three new characteristically diffuse cuts and is expected to arrive in May; previews of the EP can be streamed below. (via Juno Plus)

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Setaoc Mass Inaugurates SK_Eleven Label http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/setaoc-mass-inaugurates-sk_eleven-label/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/setaoc-mass-inaugurates-sk_eleven-label/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:37:50 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89681 Manchester-bred, Berlin-based producer Setaoc Mass (a.k.a. Sam Coates) launches the SK_Eleven imprint today with the surprise release of its inaugural record, Codes. Produced by Coates himself, the three-track EP sets the bar for the label's self-described commitment to showcasing "old and new dancefloor techno in its purest trippy form." Coates recently appeared on a compilation EP from the Initial imprint alongside UVB, Patrick Skoog, and Echologist (the project of Brendon Moeller), and has also been sighted on Glaswegian outpost Animal Farm.

Codes is out in both vinyl and digital formats now, and clips for all three EP tracks can be streamed below.

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Voices from the Lake Details Live Album for Editions Mego http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/voices-from-the-lake-details-live-album-for-editions-mego/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/voices-from-the-lake-details-live-album-for-editions-mego/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:11:35 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89672 Voices from the Lake—the joint project of Italian techno experimentalists Donato Dozzy and Neel—will release a live recording via the esteemed Editions Mego label this summer. As Resident Advisor reports, the forthcoming Live at Maxxi LP was recorded on October 24, 2014 at the Open Museum Open City exhibition in Rome. While both Dozzy and Neel have appeared on Mego subsidiary Spectrum Spools previously—Neel with 2014's Phobos album; Dozzy most recently in collaboration with vocalist Anna Caragnano and with a collection of Bee Mask remixes—the forthcoming effort marks their collaborative debut on Editions Mego proper.

Ahead of the official release of Live at Maxxi on June 22, LP cut "Max" (which reinterprets Paolo Conte's song of the same name with arrangements from Brando Lupi) can be streamed below, where the album's complete tracklist has also been included.

01. Intro
02. Sonia Danza
03. Dreamscape Generation
04. Richiami e Oscillazioni
05. Orange Steps
06. Scintille
07. Max

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Premiere: Hear Dave DK's "Whitehill Feat. Piper Davis" http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/premiere-hear-dave-dks-whitehill-feat-piper-davis/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/premiere-hear-dave-dks-whitehill-feat-piper-davis/#comments Sat, 11 Apr 2015 15:29:14 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89656 German DJ and producer Dave DK has been on the scene for quite some time now, releasing music for over 15 years on highly regarded labels such as Moodmusic, Pampa, and most recently, Cologne based institution Kompakt. At the end of this month, Dave will release his latest LP, Val Maira, an epic sonic journey traversing styles and genres, from pop-ambient to more tuneful house and techno. The album spans 11 tracks, including the one below titled, "Whitehill," which features the vocals of frequent Stimming collaborator Piper Davis.

"Whitehill" unfolds beautifully across it's 6 minute run, opening with deep, muted rhythms and layers that unroll themselves into more melodic territory. Davis adds her silky vocal touch to top things off, made all the more effective with Dave's deft production touch. You can hear "Whitehill" in full below, with more album info and a pre-order option here, ahead of the April 27 release date.

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Premiere: Hear Audion Remix Leftfield's "Universal Everything" http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/premiere-hear-audion-remix-leftfields-universal-everything/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/premiere-hear-audion-remix-leftfields-universal-everything/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 19:45:34 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89643 May 4 will see the release of a new single from pioneering British act Leftfield, now the solo project of Neil Barnes. "Universal Everything" will available in digital and limited edition vinyl formats and will come with remixes from Dutch wizard Legowelt, Bristol's Hodge, and Matthew Dear's alter-ego, Audion. The single will precede Leftfield's new album, and their third, Alternative Light Source, which will be released June 8 via Infectious Music.

Matthew Dear's always shifting Audion project has twisted "Universal Everything" into a heads down, atmospheric, dancefloor cut in true Audion style. The single can be pre-ordered here, with the Audion remix of "Universal Everything" streaming for the first time below; along with the previously heard original and Leftfield's upcoming tour dates.

Tour dates:

June 11 - Bristol, 02 Academy

June 12 - London, The Forum (SOLD OUT)

June 13 - London, The Forum

June 18 - Manchester, Albert Hall (SOLD OUT)

June 19 - Glasgow, Barrowland (SOLD OUT)

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L.E.V. Will Host Cabaret Voltaire, Ben Frost, and Blanck Mass on April 30 http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/l-e-v-will-host-cabaret-voltaire-ben-frost-and-blanck-mass-on-april-30/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/l-e-v-will-host-cabaret-voltaire-ben-frost-and-blanck-mass-on-april-30/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 19:38:45 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89650 The Laboratory of Visual Electronics (L.E.V.) will take place in Gijón from April 30 to May 2 and will occupy different venues of the Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura ( Laboral City of Culture ) and Gijón's Atlantic Botanical Gardens. Focusing on audio-visual creation, L.E.V. will host some of the most interesting and forward-thinking artists in the experimental realm including Cabaret Voltaire Live AV, Bren Frost's AURORA with MFO, Blanck Mass, Senking, and Akkord.

For more information, including tickets and full lineup, head here and you can check out a trailer for a short film on the 2014 edition below.

LEV Festival 2014 - Docu Trailer from LEVFestival on Vimeo.

 

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Harriet Brown "Stop Think (Cooper Saver Remix)" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/04/harriet-brown-stop-think-cooper-saver-remix/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/04/harriet-brown-stop-think-cooper-saver-remix/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:11:00 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89636 LA based singer, songwriter, and producer Harriet Brown released his debut EP, New Era, last October on LA imprint Feel So Real. On April 20, EP cut "Stop Think" will get a remix package in the form of Stop Think Remixes, featuring a cast of rising Los Angeles musicians including Sage Caswell (who XLR8R featured in Bubblin' Up last year), Suzanne Kraft, Coolwater and the man in question here, Cooper Saver. Heading up LA based party FAR AWAY, Saver has hosted the likes of Tim Sweeney, Permanent Vacation, Beautiful Swimmers, and Museum of Love, all playing at his monthly, DIY, event. For "Stop Think," Saver has turned in an acid soaked, dancefloor focused, rework of the original; complete with entrancing, floating, vocals and sharp pads. It's easy to imagine this track feeling right at home at one of his FAR AWAY events, sitting pretty amongst the crew of high level artists he hosts. You can grab "Stop Think (Cooper Saver Remix)" below, before the remix package sees full release April 20, which can be preordered here.

Stop Think (Cooper Saver remix)

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Jordan GCZ Lushlyfe EP http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/04/jordan-gcz-lushlyfe-ep/ http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/04/jordan-gcz-lushlyfe-ep/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:00:51 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89587 Jordan GCZ (a.k.a. Jordan Czamanski) is a busy man. Not only is he part of two freewheeling and experimental live outfits (one with Gal Aner as Juju & Jordash, another with Gal and deep-house darling Move D as Magic Mountain High) but so too does he run his own label. Sure, producers of just about any standing run their own outlets nowadays, but Czamanski’s Off Minor, in the space of just two years and after only a handful of releases, already stands proud of the rest because of its refreshingly different, gently challenging output.

And it’s the same story with Czamanski the solo producer. He has branched out only twice since 2013, but on both occasions he managed to do so with a rare sense of melodic intensity and subtle experimentalism that made for some of the best house tracks of the year. Following those efforts on his own label as well as Future Times, Rush Hour’s No 'Label' series have tapped him up for a third solo release, and once again the results confound expectation.

This EP finds the Amsterdam-based man in his most reflective, pensive mood yet. And if you follow him on Twitter, you will know that is saying something, because he is a notorious stoner, (over)thinker, and worrier. "Lushlyfe Slap," though, is the sort of track that encourages you to forget your worldly woes. Proceeding nowhere in particular with golden chords, pixel-thin synth lines and blurts of bass guitar, it is cosmic and jazzy, retro but futuristic, and evokes the superbly sumptuous instrumentals of David Axelrod. "Lushlyfe" then starts as a sparse and worldly bit of ambient with bird calls and menacing drones. Eventually, it evolves oh-so slowly into a transcendental bit of jungle-tinged, bubbly synth work that is weird and wonderful but, most pleasingly of all, seems to serve no real purpose. Casting himself further free of any sense of conformity, closer "Lushlyfe Birds" is a cavernous and atmospheric affair that drifts and floats on a number of different chords and pads. There's a subtle sense of eastern charm and yet more soothing bird calls here, but far from coming over like some whack-ass Enya tackle, this is prime mind music executed in eqsuite fashion. For Czamanski, then, it seems there really are no rules.

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Recondite Announces a New Album; Shares a Track http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/recondite-announces-a-new-album-shares-a-track/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/recondite-announces-a-new-album-shares-a-track/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:44:39 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89629 As pointed up over on Resident Advisor's Feed section, prolific Bavarian producer Recondite has quietly announced that he has a new album in the works, this one for Absurd Recordings / Acid Test. The announcement comes less than half a year after his last full-length effort, Iffy, dropped on Innervisions. It seems the new album, named Placid, won't be out for a while—very sparing notes on Recondite's Soundcloud mention that it will appear sometime in the fall—but in the meantime the slow-mo atmospherics of a track from it called "Pass Up" can be streamed on the player below.

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Monki To Helm Fabriclive 81 http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/monki-helms-fabriclive-81/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/monki-helms-fabriclive-81/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:03:37 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89621 London jock Lucy Monkman (a.k.a. Monki) has been tapped to mix Fabriclive 81. Monkman initially made her name on radio rather than in clubs, moving up the ranks of local and online stations to a three-year residency on Rinse FM and now her own show on BBC Radio 1. Her Fabriclive mix is bookended by old-school classics by FPI Project and Golden Girls, features exclusives from bass music producers Mella Dee and Bot & Tony Quattro, and gets a housey tint via tracks from the likes of Danny Daze & 214, DJ Haus and Adesse Versions. "Fabriclive 81 definitely represents my style," she explains. "High energy with some breaks in there to catch your breath. Everything has a groove."

Track snippets can be heard over at the Fabric website now, and there will be a launch party at the London club on May 1, for which Monki will be joined by Melé, Cause & Affect, Mickey Pearce, Mella Dee, Champion and Toyc B2B Zulu. Fabriclive 81 will get its full release on May 18; ahead of that we've included the artwork and full tracklist below.

Monki Fabric 300x300
01) FPI Project - Rich In Paradise (Going Back To My Roots) [Just Entertainment]
02) Arma - Vex [Quadrants]
03) Deapmash & Raito - Stop (Strip Steve Remix) [Clubwerks]
04) DJ Dealer & Groove Junkies feat. Chezere - My Day Has Come (DJ Dealer Prime Time Vocal) [MoreHouse]
05) DJ Haus - I Can Feel It [Unknown To The Unknown]
06) Bot & Tony Quattro - Guess Who [unreleased]
07) Doctor Jeep feat. TT The Artist - Bang [unreleased]
08)Sly One - Cowbell [Black Butter]
09) Melé - Angorra [Quadrants] + Additional vocals by Chimpo
10) DJ Spen presents DJ Technic - Gabryelle [Defected]
11) FCL - It’s You (San Soda’s Panorama Bar Acca Version) [Defected] / Adesse Versions - Pride (Dub) [Numbers]
12) Eddie Mercury - A Lo Mejor [Nervous]
13) Floorplan - Baby, Baby [M-Plant]
14) DJ Haus - Helta Skelta [Clone Jack For Daze Series]
15) Kalyde - Infected Ear [Zoo Music]
16) Melé and Mak & Pasteman - Do You Rex [Quadrants]
17) Mella Dee - Rude & Deadly [unreleased]
18) Callahan - Fallacy [Quadrants]
19) Tony Quattro - Zulu Carnival [Enchufada]
20) Gage - Telo (Sudanim Remix) [Crazylegs] + Additional vocals by Slick Don
21) Danny Daze & 214 - Las Caderas [Omnidisc]
22) Golden Girls - Kinetic (Frank De Wulf Remix) [Kudos]

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Premiere: Watch the Video For Oscar Mulero's 'Mentally Induced Action' http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/premiere-watch-the-video-for-oscar-muleros-mentally-induced-action/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/premiere-watch-the-video-for-oscar-muleros-mentally-induced-action/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 10:51:04 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89615 As we reported in January, Spanish techno producer Oscar Mulero is due to release his fourth album, Muscle and Mind, through his own PoleGroup label later this month. Ahead of that, Mulero has graced XLR8R with the premiere of the video for album track "Mentally Induced Action," a Stanislav Tolkachev remix of which also appeared on Mulero's Dualistic Concept EP in March. The video, which was made by Greek director Andreas Miro, is a rushing, monochrome array of fast-motion scenes from cities and countryside that fits in well with the track's balance of subtle base ingredients and booming techno thump. The video for "Mentally Induced Action" can be viewed on the player below ahead of Muscle and Mind's full release on PoleGroup on April 20.

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Sónar+D Announces Key Names and Events http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/sonard-announces-key-names-and-events/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/sonard-announces-key-names-and-events/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 22:59:46 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89609 Sónar+D is the international conference for creativity and technology, which aims to act as a catalyst for interaction between the two. In it's third year, the 2015 program will focus on the role of the creators in the context of technological innovation, as well as the rise of digital platforms as key tools in the generation and distribution of content. The conference is divided into four areas—Exhibition, Congress, Networking, and Live Performance—with an exhibition space, an auditorium for conferences and workshops, plus zones for product demonstration, hands-on interaction, and networking.

Already confirmed for this years event are Kickstarter, Vimeo, Pinterest, littleBits, and Arduino, as well as a master class by Indy Saha on Google Creative Lab, the Google ideas incubator. Sónar+D will also take over Sónar stages and spaces, showcasing 14 shows that are relevant for their dialogue between music, audiovisual creation and technological aspirations. Some of the acts already named include Arca & Jesse Kanda, Flying Lotus, Evian Christ, Holly Herndon, Nyloïd by Cod.Act, Squarepusher or The Chemical Brothers. For more information, including tickets and venues, head here and check out the Sónar+D video below.

Sónar+D 2015 from Sónar on Vimeo.

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Watch a Colorful New Video From Matias Aguayo http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/watch-a-colourful-new-video-from-matias-aguayo/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/watch-a-colourful-new-video-from-matias-aguayo/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 20:51:35 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89598 Released in March, "Round One" of the El Rudo Del House 12" series from Matias Aguayo and Cómeme returns with this colorful, dance-laden, video for one of the series standout tracks "Bay A Sali Bolando 121 BPM." Matias describes El Rudo as "a series of dancer and dj friendly rhythms that consciously trigger different elements of your body mechanics and are accompanied by masks, costumes, and videos featuring special choreography,” and this is manifested perfectly in this latest video from the master of the weird and wonderful.

Round two of El Rudo is set to drop imminently, with three and four in May and June. The four "Rounds" will total 16 tracks altogether, including locked grooves of El Rudo field recordings and life-size El Rudo masks. You can check out the video for "Bay A Sali Bolando 121 BPM" below.

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Premiere: Hear Agoria Remix Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons' "Vermillion" http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/premiere-hear-agoria-remix-damian-lazarus-the-ancient-moons-vermillion/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/premiere-hear-agoria-remix-damian-lazarus-the-ancient-moons-vermillion/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 20:00:27 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89554 "Vermillion" is the lead single off the forthcoming album by Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons, Message From the Other Side. The album is said to be inspired by a career spent DJing across the globe and the famous sunrise parties the pioneering artist is known for. Channelling those sunrise sets and the globetrotting influence of Message From the Other Side, "Vermillion" will be released with a huge remix package, seeing reworks from some of the house scene's biggest names including Agoria, Jamie Jones and Deniz Kurtel.

In his remix, Agoria focuses heavily on the vocals, propping them up with a deep, minimal inclined, backbone. The track throbs and grows in waves throughout it's six and a half minute runtime and crescendos with soaring, bass heavy, synths. "I’m doing very few remixes at the moment, but when Damian sent me “Vermillion" just before christmas I immediately fell in love with the vocals," Agoria says. "I had no other choice but to cut my holiday short to make this remix.  We exchanged a few tracks and ideas in the past but the timing never fit.  I’m happy that we finally found the time to collaborate with each other.”

The "Vermillion" single and remix package will see release April 27 via Crosstown Rebels, with the full album landing May 18. You  can pre-order Message From the Other Side here, with a full stream of the Agoria remix of "Vermillion" below.

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