XLR8R http://www.xlr8r.com Accelerating music & culture Mon, 16 Feb 2015 18:15:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Watch the Third and Final Episode of Legowelt's and Willie Burns' Oddball Web Series http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/watch-the-third-episode-of-legowelts-and-willie-burns-oddball-web-series/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/watch-the-third-episode-of-legowelts-and-willie-burns-oddball-web-series/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 17:35:39 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86705 Last year, Legowelt and Willie Burns launched Relics of the Past, a bizarre online TV series which followed the pair as they smoked weed, played synthesizers, and embarked on a variety of galactic and spiritual adventures. Today, the third and final episode of Relics of the Past has arrived. Catching up with Legowelt and Burns after they have returned from being abducted by an alien creature of some sort, the oddball series' final episode sees the pair jam out on their synths before heading to the streets to sling "space weed," be chased by an alien robot, and help the series' resident professor/gardner launch an "AI" network.

The third and final episode of Relics of the Past can be watched below; for those who need to catch up, the first two episodes of the series can be watched here and here.

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Check Out New Mixes from Anthony Naples and Palms Trax http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/check-out-new-mixes-from-anthony-naples-and-palms-trax/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/check-out-new-mixes-from-anthony-naples-and-palms-trax/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 17:30:35 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86699 Of the wave of new mixes to be shared in cyberspace today, those from Stateside producer/DJ Anthony Naples (pictured above) and Berlin-based Brit Palms Trax have particularly caught our ear.

First, in anticipation of his forthcoming debut LP for Four Tet's Text label, Body Pill (which is set to arrive tomorrow), Anthony Naples has been enlisted to deliver a new mix for Resident Advisor's ongoing podcast series. Beginning with selections from Led Zepplin and Terry Riley, Naples' effort is said to "build with the crispy house and techno bangers Naples is known for" before dipping into more funky territory as the 75-minute set comes to a close. Naples' full RA mix can be streamed and downloaded here; a complete tracklist has not been shared at this time, though RA's comments section has so far done a pretty good job of filling in the gaps.

Secondly, following closing behind last week's announcement of his upcoming EP for Amsterdam label Dekmantel, rising Berlin producer Palms Trax has been tapped to deliver a new mix for the outpost's fledgling series. An hour-long session, the mix focuses on an array of tropical and soul-burnt dancefloor cuts, keeping the groove steady for most all of its run. Also appearing without a tracklist, Palms Trax's Dekmantel 005 mix can be streamed and downloaded in full below.

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Santiago Salazar Reveals Upcoming Debut LP for Love What You Feel http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/santiago-salazar-reveals-upcoming-debut-lp-for-love-what-you-feel/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/santiago-salazar-reveals-upcoming-debut-lp-for-love-what-you-feel/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:47:02 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86693 Santiago Salazar has revealed details of his first release of the year: the Chicanismo LP. While the LA-based techno veteran and Underground Resistance affiliate has put out numerous 12"s over the years, many of them appearing on his own imprints (he runs Historia y Violencia with Silent Servant, Ican with Esteban Adame, and the Major People label), the forthcoming Chicanismo LP will serve as Salazar's debut full-length release. According to Resident Advisor, the album is based off "the whole life experience of being a Chicano in Los Angeles that's into dance music," and is officially due out on May 19 via Love What You Feel, an imprint under the umbrella of Pittsburgh Track Authority's Machine Age label group. Album previews have yet to surface, but both the record's artwork and tracklist can be found below.

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1. Analog Prayer
2. Brownout
3. UKB to LAX
4. The Farce
5. Sucio Beat #3
6. Future Flashback
7. Mama Paz
8. Ojo Por Ojo
9. Chicanismo
10. Varrio 2 Varrio

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Trulz & Robin "Adventure (Usmev Remix)" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/trulz-robin-adventure-usmev-remix/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/trulz-robin-adventure-usmev-remix/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:00:47 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86616 Next up on the Cymasonic label is Dance Music Therapy Volume 3, the third in a series of compilation EPs featuring artist from the label's inner circle. Amongst Volume 3's efforts is this remix from Barcelona talent Usmev, who takes on longtime Oslo-based production pair Trulz & Robin's "Adventure" (the original version of which is also slated to appear on the compilation EP). A virtually beatless endeavor in its original form, Usmev transforms "Adventure" into a more club-ready affair, keeping the tracks airy atmosphere intact while lacing the production with a stomping kick-drum, lurching bassline, and much more throughout the rework's 7-minute run. The budding Barcelona producer's take on Trulz & Robin's "Adventure" track can be downloaded below, where the forthcoming Dance Music Therapy Volume 3 EP can also be previewed ahead of its release tomorrow, February 17.

Adventure (Usmev Remix)

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EPM Details Split EP from Robert Hood and Floorplan http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/epm-details-split-ep-from-robert-hood-and-floorplan/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/epm-details-split-ep-from-robert-hood-and-floorplan/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 14:28:02 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86688 Techno veteran Robert Hood will appear jointly with his soulful house-oriented Floorplan alias on a split EP for the EPM imprint. Hood, who recently supplied XLR8R with an exclusive podcast, has largely kept the two projects separate, although material from both appeared on December's M-Print: 20 Years Of M-Plant Music, a compilation of standout tracks from his own label. While previews for the forthcoming "Shaker" b/w "Ritual" 12" have yet to surface, the record will see an official release on March 30, and its artwork and tracklist are on view below. (via Resident Advisor)

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01. Robert Hood - Shaker
02. Floorplan - Ritual

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Selvy "Calliope's Dream" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/selvy-calliopes-dream/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/selvy-calliopes-dream/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 14:00:40 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86612 After making his debut in XLR8R's Downloads section last week with his remix of Russian producer Kito Jempere, Selvy has quickly returned with a new track of his own. Pulled from the Polish artist's upcoming Compass EP, "Calliope's Dream" is a breezy dancefloor effort, one that folds a tasteful amount of disco touches between its tropical melodies, understated guitar strums, and interwoven layers of lightly brushed percussion. Selvy's "Calliope's Dream" production can be downloaded below, where the burgeoning beatmaker's Compass EP can also be streamed in full before it drops via Poland's fledgling (but so far impressively reliable) Transatlantyk imprint on February 24.

Calliope's Dream

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Stream Future Brown's Debut LP for Warp in Full http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/stream-future-browns-debut-lp-for-warp-in-full/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/stream-future-browns-debut-lp-for-warp-in-full/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:37:53 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86682 After arriving on venerable UK label Warp late last year with the "Wanna Party" b/w "World's Mine" 12", Future Brown—the collaborative project of Fatima Al Qadiri, Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda of Nguzunguzu, and Lit City Trax founder J-Cush—announced that a self-titled album was also in the works. The record features guest MCs and/or vocalists on each track, including Kelela, Chicago MC Tink, Ruff Sqwad members Rapid and Dirty Danger, and Roll Deep affiliates Roachee and Riko Dan, and can now be heard in its entirety here (courtesy of NPR) ahead of its official release on February 24.

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Scuba Preps New Album, Shares Video http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/scuba-preps-new-album-shares-video/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/scuba-preps-new-album-shares-video/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:09:55 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=84889 Scuba (a.k.a. Paul Rose) has revealed details of a forthcoming album, entitled Claustrophobia. According to a press release, the 10-track effort serves as a culmination to all previous outings—most recently the Phenix EP trilogy for Rose's own Hotflush label—which have "zigzagged through bass, techno, and house, at times dark and contemplative, at others bright and anthemic." The album is said to have been inspired by a performance at Japanese techno festival Labyrinth, and will see an official release on March 23 via Hotflush. Until then, a video for LP cut "Why You Feel So Low" can be watched here, and both its artwork and complete tracklist have been posted below.

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1. Levitation
2. Why You Feel So Low
3. Television
4. Drift
5. PCP
6. All I Think About Is Death
7. Needle Phobia
8. Family Entertainment
9. Black on Black
10. Transience

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Hear George FitzGerald Remix Jon Hopkins' "Open Eye Signal" http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/hear-george-fitzgerald-remix-jon-hopkins-open-eye-signal/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/hear-george-fitzgerald-remix-jon-hopkins-open-eye-signal/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 20:13:01 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86638 Jon Hopkins' excellent Immunity LP (which we deemed the best record of 2013) continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. Well over a year on from its release, not only does the album still stand up as a fine listen, but the record has also given way to its own Asleep Versions EP, and provided material for a number of quality remixes, including a new one from UK producer—and recent Domino signing—George FitzGerald (pictured above).

Taking on Immunity standout "Open Eye Signal," FitzGerald reshapes Hopkins' original into a more dancefloor-aimed affair, fitting the tune's darker textures between a steady four-on-the-floor while adding an array of pulsing synths and a slightly growling bassline to the procession. FitzGerald's "Open Eye Signal" remix will see a digital release tomorrow (February 14), but can currently be streamed in full via the player below.

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Clone Royal Oak Preps New EP from Sabre; Preview It Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/clone-royal-oak-preps-new-ep-from-sabre-preview-it-now/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/clone-royal-oak-preps-new-ep-from-sabre-preview-it-now/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:37:30 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86646 Clone Royal Oak has revealed plans to issue a new EP from rising Portuguese production pair Sabre, who have in the past placed releases on labels such as Tasteful Nudes and Willie Burns' WT Records imprint. "If you're looking for effective formula club tracks, then please skip through," Clone warns in its description of Sabre's upcomoing Morning Worship EP. Furthermore, the record is said to contain "four playful and emotive tracks without any of the modern club dogmas, [but] however, still strongly rooted in the more than 30-year-long tradition of our musical culture."

From the sound of the EP preview Clone has provided, Sabre's debut for the label appears to be a varied affair, one which ventures into both light and dark dancefloor territory, with plenty of percussion and off-kilter textures strewn throughout. The Portuguese duo's forthcoming Morning Worship EP can be previewed via the player below before it arrives the coming weeks.


1. Cascavel Breeze
2. Ghetto Prophet
3. Vigilante
4. Streets of Love | Blaze

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Kompakt Announces Upcoming LP from Dave DK; Hear a Track Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/kompakt-announces-upcoming-lp-from-dave-dk-hear-a-track-now/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/kompakt-announces-upcoming-lp-from-dave-dk-hear-a-track-now/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:40:47 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86625 Berlin-based producer David Krasemann (a.k.a. Dave DK) will issue his first LP for Cologne's esteemed Kompakt label this spring. Entitled Val Maira, the album follows previous full-lengths for Müller Records and Moodmusic, which dropped in 2000 and 2007, respectively. More recently, Krasemann issued his Palmaille EP via Kompakt in 2013, a record which put the producer's penchant for melodic dance music on display.

Now, Krasemann is in the midst of prepping his first LP for the label for an April 27 release, and has shared a full stream of the record's first single "Halma." Available now as standalone single, the breezy "Halma" can be streamed below before Dave DK's full Val Maira LP lands in the coming months; the forthcoming album's artwork and tracklist have also been included below.

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1. Fade In
2. Halma
3. We Mix at Six
4. Whitehill (feat. Piper Davis)
5. Smukke Lyde
6. Naschi
7. Nueva Cancion
8. Veira
9. Immer Gut
10. Coolette
11. Kronsee

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Kim Ann Foxman Readies Second EP for Firehouse http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/kim-ann-foxman-readies-second-ep-for-firehouse/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/kim-ann-foxman-readies-second-ep-for-firehouse/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:26:40 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86620 Brooklyn-based producer/DJ and former Hercules & Love Affair vocalist Kim Ann Foxman launched her Firehouse label late last year with the appropriately titled ​Firehouse 001 EP. Now, Foxman is set return to the label with a new outing early next month, complete with a pair of remixes from veteran NYC house artist Eli Escobar.

Again, Foxman has chosen to keep the title simple here, deeming the second effort for her fledgling imprint ​Firehouse 002. The upcoming EP is set to feature three new original productions from Foxman, which will sit alongside Escobar's "Super New Yorky" and "DJ Tool" remixes of the record's opening cut, "Open the House." Said to be a "stripped-back and hot" affair, Foxman's forthcoming ​Firehouse 002 EP will see its official release on March 9; in the meantime, the record's artwork and tracklist have been included below.

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A1. Open the House
A2. Open the House (Eli Escobar Super New Yorky Remix)
B1. The Lady Is a Vamp
B2. Eye See Me
B3. Open the House (Eli's DJ Tool Mix)

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AL-90 "Vectornaya Eyforia" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/al-90-vectornaya-eyforia/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/al-90-vectornaya-eyforia/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 14:00:37 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86609 Hailing from the Russian city of Murmansk, AL-90 is a budding producer who is set to deliver a new album via the Fuselab label later this month. Entitled CODE-915913, the record is set to feature a sizable collection of the Russian artist's "post/tape-house" constructions, which usually bury a series of '90s-referencing melodies, re-pitched samples, and a sluggish four-on-the-floor beneath a bed of murky textures. One such cut is "Vectornaya Eyforia," a track that fits ping-ponging melodies and a series of chopped vocals beneath its blanket of dark and hazy chords. AL-90's "Vectornaya Eyforia" production can be downloaded below before the beatmaker's full CODE-915913 album lands on February 25.

Vectornaya Eyforia

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Dekmantel Reveals Upcoming EP from Palms Trax; Preview It Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/dekmantel-reveals-upcoming-ep-from-palms-trax-preview-it-now/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/dekmantel-reveals-upcoming-ep-from-palms-trax-preview-it-now/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 20:55:18 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86601 English-born, now Berlin-based producer Jay Donaldson (a.k.a. Palms Trax) appears set to continue adding to his run of quality efforts next month with the imminent release of his In Gold EP. The three-track outing will serve as the artist's debut on the Dekmantel label, with its trio productions said to land "firmly along the Chicago-Detroit axis... pad-driven jams [which make use of] off-kilter drums and hazy synths that shift like a gentle musical tide."

Ahead of In Gold's official release on March 16, Donaldson (who, we should point out, has served as a contributor to XLR8R in the past) has shared a preview stream of his upcoming EP for the Amsterdam label, which we've included below alongside the record's complete tracklist.


A1. In Gold
A2. People of Tusk
B1. Sumo Acid Crew

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Huerco S. Returns to Proibito with New Royal Crown of Sweden EP http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/huerco-s-returns-to-proibito-with-new-royal-crown-of-sweden-ep/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/huerco-s-returns-to-proibito-with-new-royal-crown-of-sweden-ep/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 19:51:06 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86595 Back in 2013, Anthony Naples launched his Proibito with the four-track R.E.G.A.L.I.E.R. EP, which found the then budding Huerco S. operating under the name Royal Crown of Sweden. Now, Huerco S. has returned to Proibito to deliver a (mostly) new EP under the Royal Crown of Sweden alias.

The four-track R.E.G.A.L.I.E.R. (Second Edition) EP contains two tracks from the previous Royal Crown of Sweden outing, "Vänern" and "Mälaren," which are said to have been remastered for the new record. In addition, the EP also includes two new productions in "Fauno Rosso" and "Soft Things," which make up the record's b-side. The R.E.G.A.L.I.E.R. (Second Edition) EP is out now and can currently be previewed here; its artwork and tracklist have been included below.

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A1. Vänern
A2. Mälaren
B1. Fauno Rosso
B2. Soft Things

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Marcel Dettmann's MDR Label Announces Upcoming Compilation Featuring Anthony Parasole, Answer Code Request, and More http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/marcel-dettmanns-mdr-label-announces-upcoming-compilation-featuring-anthony-parasole-answer-code-request-and-more/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/marcel-dettmanns-mdr-label-announces-upcoming-compilation-featuring-anthony-parasole-answer-code-request-and-more/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 18:47:34 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86583 Marcel Dettmann's MDR label has revealed plans to issue an eight-track compilation next month featuring new tracks from a number of artists the seasoned German producer/DJ keeps in his inner circle. Amongst those who are set to contribute to the simply titled MDR Compilation are NYC-based selector and recent XLR8R podcast contributor Anthony Parasole, Ostgut Ton affiliate Answer Code Request, and longtime Berghain resident Norman Nodge.

"What all of these producers have in common is not just a techno sound that challenges the genre's norms," a press release states, "but an artistic affinity and genuine friendship with the man whose initials appear on the record sleeve." Set to drop both as a double-vinyl pack and in digital form, the MDR Compilation will see its official release on March 2.

Coinciding with the record's arrival, Dettmann and a number of his cohorts will take their talents around the globe, stopping in Berlin, London, Paris, and NYC, amongst other locations. The full MDR tour schedule can be peeped below, where the artwork and complete tracklist for the label's forthcoming compilation can also be found.

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A1. Answer Code Request - Corps De Ballet
A2. FBK - Past Ownership
B1. Anthony Parasole - 7EVEN
B2. Norman Nodge - Signal Response
C1. Milton Bradley - Assembled
C2. Kobosil - Secede
D1. Lockertmatik - 1st.StmNT
D2. Marcel Dettmann - Forla2

March 6 Rote Sonne, München, DE / Marcel Dettmann, Anthony Parasole, Answer Code Request LIVE
March 7 Fabric London, UK / Marcel Dettmann, Anthony Parasole, Answer Code Request LIVE
March 8 Rex, Paris, FR / Marcel Dettmann, François X, Answer Code Request LIVE
March 13 Rebel Rebel Warehouse, Rome, IT / Marcel Dettmann, Anthony Parasole, Answer Code Request LIVE
March 14 Link, Bologna, IT / Marcel Dettmann, Milton Bradley
March 22 Output, NYC, USA / Marcel Dettmann, Anthony Parasole
March 27 Übel&Gefährlich, Hamburg, DE / Marcel Dettmann, Answer Code Request
March 28 Berghain, Berlin, DE / Marcel Dettmann, Gesloten Cirkel LIVE, Norman Nodge, Answer Code Request, Anthony Parasole, Planetary Assault Systems LIVE, Kobosil

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.smuv x Repeat Pattern "Inside Looking Out" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/smuv-x-repeat-pattern-inside-looking-out/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/smuv-x-repeat-pattern-inside-looking-out/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:00:03 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86545 "Inside Looking Out" finds German producer .smuv and Japan-based beatmaker Repeat Pattern combining forces to craft an intoxicatingly off-kilter effort. At its base, "Inside Looking Out" laces a sparse, stumbling kick-and-rim pattern with woozy chord and a few pitched-down vocal samples. From there, .smuv and Repeat Pattern slyly slip in a number of additional elements into the procession; stringed drones, resonant bells, and even the creek of crickets all come in and out of focus across the brief—but no less head-nod worthy—beat's run.

Inside Looking Out

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Listen to a New Track from Fort Romeau's Upcoming Debut LP http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/listen-to-a-new-track-from-fort-romeaus-upcoming-debut-lp/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/listen-to-a-new-track-from-fort-romeaus-upcoming-debut-lp/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:58:35 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86574 After revealing the details of his forthcoming debut LP for Ghostly last month (and sharing a stream of its title track in the process), Fort Romeau has now unveiled the record's second single, "Not a Word." Featuring the talents of Dublin-based Hivern Discs affiliate New Jackson, "Not a Word," melds Fort Romeau's penchant for dreamy house constructions with a bit of robotic synth pop, complete with layers of gritty vocoder.

Fort Romeau's and New Jackson's collaborative "Not a Word" production can be streamed in full via the player below; the latter producer's debut LP, Insides, is slated to land on March 31 via Ghostly.

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My Panda Shall Fly Preps LP for Project: Mooncircle http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/my-panda-shall-fly-preps-lp-for-project-mooncircle/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/my-panda-shall-fly-preps-lp-for-project-mooncircle/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:10:50 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86566 My Panda Shall Fly has announced that his latest full-length, Too, will arrive via Berlin imprint Project: Mooncircle this spring. The prolific London-based producer born Suren Seneviratne (whose has delivered many tracks and remixes for XLR8R's Downloads section over the years) recently turned out a split 12" with Mau'lin for Project: Mooncircle, not to mention a full-length for Gang of Ducks and numerous other outings. On Too, he reportedly partnered with singers Deptford Goth, Rudi Zygadlo, and Troels Abrahamsen to "explore their subconscious anxieties and fears together," and the record also features creative input from Katherine Joyce, Karen Gwyer, HowAboutBeth, Adi Ulmansky, Henry Wu, and Finn Ryder.

Too sees an official release on April 7, and its complete tracklist can be found below, where a full stream of LP cut "True (feat. Deptford Goth)" can also be heard.


1. Intro
2. True (feat. Deptford Goth)
3. Backwards
4. Suddenly!
5. Light Under the Door (feat. Troels Abrahamsen)
6. Overcast (feat. Karen Gwyer)
7. Interlude I
8. ∞
9. Adhesive (feat. Rudi Zygadlo)
10. Asylum (feat. Katherine Joyce)
11. Squeeze (feat. HowAboutBeth)
12. No Reason (feat. Adi Ulmansky)
13. Interlude II
14. An Angel (feat. Henry Wu)
15. Nice (feat. Finn Ryder)

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M.E.S.H. Infra-Dusk/Infra-Dawn http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/02/m-e-s-h-infra-duskinfra-dawn/ http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/02/m-e-s-h-infra-duskinfra-dawn/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:00:48 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86083 With no prior context, M.E.S.H.'s new two-track EP for Black Ocean, Infra-Dusk/Infra-Dawn, is a bewildering listen. Its two tracks clock in at five minutes each, but both feel much longer, as they've been packed to the gills with percussion, polyrhythms, and ghostly, repeating melodies. Based on the drum patterns alone, the songs could be classified as "instrumental grime" or even "bass music," but the sound palette bears no real resemblance to either of those worlds. With its industrial whirs, thumps, and crashes, the music sounds like something alien and not of this world. In comparison, last year's Scythian EP (on PAN) was a relatively easy, smooth listen, not to mention a more humanistic and recognizable effort.

With the right context, however, what M.E.S.H. is doing with these two tracks becomes apparent. A member and resident of Berlin's Janus club night and artist collective, M.E.S.H.—alongside fellow residents Lotic and Kablam—has a very specific aesthetic and sound in mind. In an illuminating recent interview with biannual "contemporary culture magazine" 032c, the Janus crew explained its ethos: "... we're searching for a sound that doesn't exist," said founder Dan DeNorch, likening the group's approach to the post-everything, anything-goes aesthetic of DJs like Total Freedom. M.E.S.H. himself went on to explain that contrary to the way traditional club music (house, techno, and the like) is designed to be mixed together to the point where the end of one track is indistinguishable from the beginning of the next, "start[ing] and stop[ping] is a part of what we do."

"Starting and stopping" plays a central role in both "Infra-Dusk" and "Infra-Dawn," as each track has been constructed from a seemingly endless number of distinct, ever-so-slightly-different phrases. Admittedly, this makes them somewhat exhausting to listen to, but by the same token, also makes them endlessly fascinating. Like a puzzle box, the productions seem to reveal themselves anew with each listen; that being said, despite all their rhythmic complexity, the two tracks do lack somewhat, coming across more like technical or conceptual exercises rather than well-rounded listens. M.E.S.H. is clearly a talented producer with a novel vision, albeit one that is still in the process of evolving. Nevertheless, Infra-Dusk/Infra-Dawn is sure to appeal to the adventurous listener and, perhaps, to the even-more-adventurous DJ.

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Watch a New Video from Shlohmo http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/watch-a-new-video-from-shlohmo/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/watch-a-new-video-from-shlohmo/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:54:33 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86569 Last month, Shlohmo announced that he would be releasing a new album, Dark Red, via True Panther/Wedidit, sharing a stream of lead single "Buried" in the process. Now, the LA beatmaker has unveiled the visual accompaniment to the production, which (as we reported) finds wobbly melodies, scattered drums, and distorted, hand-played basslines rise from a bed of electronic noise. The forthcoming record was deliberately crafted to be both violent and unsettling—an intention realized in director Lance Drake's video for "Buried." The seven-minute affair is described as a "surreal, bloody, and complicated nightmare that takes place on the gritty, blacker than black, abandoned, and desperate streets of Los Angeles, the artist’'s hometown."

The video for "Buried" can be watched in full below, where we've also included an updated list of Shlohmo's forthcoming European tour dates. Dark Red is officially due out on April 7.

May 20 - Music Box - Lisbon, PT
May 21 - Oval Space - London, UK
May 22 - Bitterzoet - Amsterdam, NL
May 23 - Razzmatazz – Barcelona, ES
May 24 - VK - Brussels, BE
May 27 - L'Amalgane - Yverdon-Les-Bains, CH
May 28 - Plaza - Zurich, CH
May 29 - Pratersauna - Vienna, AT
May 30 - We Love Green Festival - Paris, FR
May 31 - Berlin Festival - Berlin, DE
June 01 - Quirinetta Theatre - Rome, IT

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Premiere: Stream SCNTST's Upcoming Sophomore LP http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/premiere-stream-scntsts-upcoming-sophomore-lp/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/premiere-stream-scntsts-upcoming-sophomore-lp/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:15:12 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86537 After delivering his debut LP via the label in 2013, Munich-based producer Bryan Müller (a.k.a. SCNTST) is set to return to the Boysnoize Records fold with Puffer, his sophomore LP, next week. Ahead of the 15-track record's release, SCNTST's upcoming album is now streaming in full exclusively on XLR8R.

SCNTST's second long-player takes shape as a considerably ambitious effort, with Puffer's 15 hazy tracks appearing hesitant to tie themselves to any one genre. In fact, across the entire LP, SCNTST sounds equally at home crafting subdued dub techno as he does building dense ambient compositions, while also finding time to explore some broken rhythms, futuristic beatwork, and dreamy house constructions along the way. Spanning over an hour, SCNTST's second LP is a confident, patient, and deeply immersive listen, and—best yet—one that XLR8R readers can enjoy using the player below before Puffer sees its official release on February 16.

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Wax Stag "Ascension" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/wax-stag-ascension/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/wax-stag-ascension/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:00:45 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86541 Wax Stag is the solo alias of Rob Lee, an English producer and multi-instrumentalist who has served as a hired hand for an impressive list of musical endeavors over the years. Having released his debut LP as Wax Stag back in 2008, Lee is set to issue his second LP under the name later this month via the fledgling Old Habits label. With the simple title of II, the record is said to find Lee exploring his "infatuation with slower house tempos, dreamy synth sounds, and vintage style drums all awash with melody and hooks," a description which seems fitting for the LP bonus cut offered here, "Ascension." Spanning just under five minutes, the track is built on a steady drum machine pulse which keeps "Ascension" driving forward as playful melodic bursts engage in a bit of call and response before being absorbed by an array of elongated synth tones and arpeggiated melodies. Wax Stag's "Ascension" production can be downloaded below before the UK artist's new album lands on February 16.

Ascension

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Luke Vibert Readies New Album as Kerrier District http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/luke-vibert-readies-new-album-as-kerrier-district/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/luke-vibert-readies-new-album-as-kerrier-district/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 13:46:49 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86561 Luke Vibert will break out his rarely sighted Kerrier District alias on an upcoming full-length for Hypercolour. The veteran UK producer debuted on the label with the Ridmik LP (released under his own name) in 2014, which marked one of his most active years to date. But while Vibert's penchant for acid is well-known, his output as Kerrier District tends more toward funk and disco, as seen on two previous EPs and a self-titled album for Rephlex. His forthcoming 4 LP was reportedly inspired by Black Devil's 1978 cult classic—the Disco Club LP—and comprises "a glorious collage of samples, old skool drum loops, and large doses of acid funk and deep electronic disco."

4 is officially due out on April 6, and a complete tracklist can be found below. (via Resident Advisor)

01. Discogram
02. It's the Disco
03. Techno Disco
04. London Groove
05. Funky Train
06. Treacle Tits
07. Brush the Bush
08. Discotron
09. Discuntek
10. Sexspurt
11. Live Disco
12. Come On Kerrier

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Knxwledge Unveils New Collaborative Project for Stones Throw; Hear a Track Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/knxwledge-unveils-new-collaborative-project-for-stones-throw-hear-a-track-now/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/knxwledge-unveils-new-collaborative-project-for-stones-throw-hear-a-track-now/#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2015 20:22:24 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86529 The ever-active LA producer known as Knxwledge (a.k.a. KNX) has unveiled a new project for Stones Throw, NxWorries, which will find the prolific beatmaker collaborating with burgeoning R&B vocalist Anderson.Paak. While no official release plans for the pair have surfaced, Knxwledge and Anderson.Paak have today shared a full stream of their first single together, "Suede." Featuring the brand of effortlessly loose and soulful beatwork Knxwledge has consistently delivered over the years, NxWorries' debut single can be heard via the player below. Furthermore, the new track comes again with word that Knxwledge is currently working on a solo full-length album for Stones Throw; his recent (and quite excellent) contribution to the label's ongoing podcast series can still be streamed in full here.

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