XLR8R http://www.xlr8r.com Accelerating music & culture Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:38:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Om Unit and Sam Binga Drop New Collaborative EP; Stream It Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/om-unit-and-sam-binga-drop-new-collaborative-ep-stream-it-now/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/om-unit-and-sam-binga-drop-new-collaborative-ep-stream-it-now/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:38:14 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87434 UK artists Om Unit (pictured above) and Sam Binga have combined forces on the Transatlantic EP, a new four-track collaborative effort that drops today. Serving as the Bunit label's inaugural release, Transatlantic finds the production pair fusing together drum & bass, Om Unit's familiar "fast/slow" constructions, and a number of other percussive club music strains to result in a darkly fast-paced affair.

With its limited vinyl run appearing sold out in most online stores, Om Unit's and Sam Binga's Transatlantic EP is still available digitally beginning today, and is also available to stream in full below.

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Check Out a New Remix from Andy Stott http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/check-out-a-new-remix-from-andy-stott/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/check-out-a-new-remix-from-andy-stott/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:26:58 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87425 Pulled from his recent Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper LP for Domino, Panda Bear's "Boys Latin" track has received a remix treatment from Andy Stott (pictured above). On his rework, Stott completely reshapes "Boys Latin," letting the original production's vocal layers only occasionally peek through, and even then while being wrapped in additional ambient layers. The rest of the Manchester producer's six-minute remix digs deep beneath static-lined textures and retooled bits of industrial percussion, making for something that is altogether darker and much more aggressive than Panda Bear's original. Stott's dark-tinted take on "Boys Latin" can be streamed in full below.

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Djinji Brown "Waterfalls in Dub" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/03/djinji-brown-waterfalls-in-dub/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/03/djinji-brown-waterfalls-in-dub/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:00:19 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87378 Today, longstanding house selector Osunlade's Yoruba label has dropped Only to Survive the Diaspora, an 11-track compilation featuring new productions from the likes of Drala, Afefe Iku, and Osunlade himself. Included in the collection is "Waterfalls in Dub," a soul-steeped affair from Djinji Brown which rides a sharp procession of hand-played percussion across the entirety of its six-minute run. Fitted atop Brown's stream of hand drums and shakers are waves of Rhodes chords, fluttering strings, bursts of synth bass (as well as a good deal of live bass), and occasionally, some watery field recordings which give the placid club tune its title. Djinji Brown's "Waterfalls in Dub" can be downloaded below, where a 10-minute preview of Yoruba's new compilation is also available to stream.

Waterfalls in Dub

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Janis Preps New EP for Tasteful Nudes; Preview It Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/janis-preps-new-ep-for-tasteful-nudes-preview-it-now/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/janis-preps-new-ep-for-tasteful-nudes-preview-it-now/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:48:03 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87401 Emergent producer Janis will deliver the seventh release for Argot offshoot Tasteful Nudes later this month. The Frankfurt-based artist dropped two 12"s in 2014—one for Mirau, the other for his own House is OK imprint—but his forthcoming You Can't See Me EP will mark his first release of the new year and his Tasteful Nudes debut. The EP contains three lush, synth-driven deep house outings, and features vocals from Eva Kruijssen and Denise Frickenschmidt as well as samples reportedly collected from around Janis' family cottage.

Before You Can't See Me sees an official release in both vinyl and digital formats on March 23, clips for all three EP tracks can be heard below.

1. You Can't See Me
2. Tender Love
3. Es Neschtle

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Crackazat "Eye Light (Sunset)" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/03/crackazat-eye-light-sunset/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/03/crackazat-eye-light-sunset/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:05:34 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87373 A consistent home for quality house music (often of the jazzy and disco-infused sort), Sweden's Local Talk imprint will soon add the first full-length artist album to its always catalog in the form of the Crescendo LP from Crackazat. A Bristol-bred producer, Crackazat now calls the Swedish city of Uppsala home, which is where he crafted the 13 tracks which make up his debut LP. A Floating Points-esque highlight from the record, Crackazat has given his "Eye Light" production (which can be heard in its original form here) a slight reshaping, deeming the result the "Sunset" version of the track, likely due to the production's warm organ chords and joyously swung rhythms. Crackazat's "Eye Light (Sunset)" tune can be grabbed for free below ahead of the Crescendo LP's official release later this week, on March 6.

Eye Light (Sunset)

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Seven Davis Jr. Wild Hearts EP http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/03/seven-davis-jr-wild-hearts-ep/ http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/03/seven-davis-jr-wild-hearts-ep/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:00:16 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=86991 Seven Davis Jr. has been on a roll ever since debuting in 2013 with One, one of the best vocal house records in recent memory. He's since showcased the breadth of his production chops and the range of his voice with releases on Classic, Apron, and Ten Thousand Yen—exploring the sounds of frenzied funk, jacking house, raw instrumentals, and experimental R&B. For someone with such a comprehensive sound, an album seems like the obvious next step, and UK label Ninja Tune has snapped up the Texas-born, California-based artist for his debut full-length later in the year. Beforehand, they've served up Wild Hearts, a two-tracker that reminds us of the years Davis spent working in more radio-friendly realms before he sunk into the underground.

His ability to write a catchy hook really stands out on "Wildhearts"; it's perfectly suited for credible clubs, but also sounds like a pop hit. The repeated refrain gets lodged deep in your brain—as a proper pop song should—coming through a mire of fuzz like an ill-tuned radio receiver. Underpinned by elastic bass licks and energized with quick, crunchy claps, it's a bulbous jam that oozes funk, which Davis closes with a tender Rhodes solo. It's a feel-good party jam on the surface, but there's real personal pain underneath. Lines like "As I jump back on the horse, I still think of you regardless" add a genuine emotional resonance that elevates "Wild Hearts" above your average DJ tool.

On the flip, the much shorter and to-the-point "Let Somebody Love You" might be meant for the same person mentioned in "Wildhearts," but after a few drinks. Kinetic and angsty, the b-side's distorted synths gurgle constantly below Davis' crisp vocals as he pleads to be taken back by his lover. Candid and full of palpable energy, both tracks feel like living snapshots of Davis' world rather than coldly calculated computer grooves.

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XLR8R's Top 10 Downloads of February http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/03/xlr8rs-top-10-downloads-of-february/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/03/xlr8rs-top-10-downloads-of-february/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:00:15 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87368 With the calendar now having officially turned to March, it's once again time to reveal the top 10 most popular tracks to hit XLR8R's Downloads section in the month of February. Taking the top spot this time around is UK producer Lxury (pictured above), whose remix of pop outfit All We Are proved to be the most enticing MP3 on offer last month. Lxury's rework is joined by two other remixes in the top 10, with reworks from Russian standout Pixelord and budding Polish producer Selvy showing up here alongside original cuts from the likes of Sau Poler & Pedro Vian, Wax Stag, and Vessels, among others.

February'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. All We Are "Keep Me Alive (Lxury Remix)"
2. Vessels "Echo In"
3. Sau Poler & Pedro Vian "Paral.lel"
4. Oknai "Cloud Forest (Pixelord Remix)"
5. Grey People "Moonstruck"
6. AL-90 "Vectornaya Eyforia"
7. Kito Jempere "Järvi (Selvy Interpretation)"
8. Citymouth "Glowscraps (feat. Gumar)"
9. Wax Stag "Ascension"
10. Orlando Volcano "Worst Night in New York So Far"

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Maya Jane Coles Readies LP as Nocturnal Sunshine, Streams Lead Single http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/maya-jane-coles-readies-lp-as-nocturnal-sunshine/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/maya-jane-coles-readies-lp-as-nocturnal-sunshine/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:51:16 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87392 Maya Jane Coles has revealed details of her debut album as Nocturnal Sunshine, her "dark and dubby, bass-driven alter ego." The British-Japanese producer has kept the alias quiet in recent years, focusing instead on DJing and producing under her own name and piloting her I/AM/ME imprint. The upcoming LP is described as "eminently dark and—at times—menacing," and "a heady journey steeped in dancefloor tradition... that portrays another side of an artist." Coles' own vocals will feature throughout, alongside Chelou and Argentinian singer Catnapp.

Before Nocturnal Sunshine arrives on May 26 via I/AM/ME, album single "Take Me There" (streaming below) sees a digital release today, with a 12" version that includes bonus cut "Never Too Late" becoming available on Record Store Day on April 18.

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Stream a New Mix from Max Cooper http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/stream-a-new-mix-from-max-cooper/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/03/stream-a-new-mix-from-max-cooper/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 09:19:34 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87389 Max Cooper delivered the latest installment of BBC Radio 1's long-running Essential Mix series over the weekend, and now the two-hour session is available to stream in full online. "I wanted to make this mix a fusion of everything that I love most about music, without any restraints," says the London producer, whose most recent EP, Kindred, was released on UK imprint Fields back in November. "As a result it plays a little like a trip through the inside of my head." The mix, which includes unreleased tracks from the likes of Nils Frahm, Lusine, Rob Clouth, Tim Hecker, and Cooper himself, can be streamed in full here, and a complete tracklist is on view below.

Roska "NDOW"
Max Cooper "4D Wave Interference" (White Label)
A Winged Victory for the Sullen "Atomos VI" (Erased Tapes)
Max Cooper "Untitled" (White Label)
Vaetxh "List of Lists" (Detroit Underground)
L’usine "Arterial" (Ghostly International)
Kimyan Law "Eclairage" (Blu Mar Ten Music)
Fran Seven "At Least" (Atomnation)
Isaac Delusion "Pandora’s Box" (Lusine Remix) (White Label)
Burial "Rough Sleeper" (Hyperdub)
Gidge "Huldra" (Atomnation)
Kiasmos "Looped" (Erased Tapes)
Samu.l "Beach" (Surface)
Fennesz "Before I Leave" (Mego)
Rob Clouth "Untitled" (White Label)
Tessela "C’mon Lets Slow Dance" (R&S)
JoeFarr "Tape 7 (Tessela Remix)" (DSNT)
The Future Sound of London "Papua New Guinea" (Jumpin’ & Pumpin’)
Faib "Inhale" (Smoking Sessions)
Nils Frahm "Peter (Max Cooper Remix Edit)" (White Label)
Tom Hodge "Teotihuacan (Part 1)" (Quotient Series)
Rob Clouth "The Smallest Possible Space" (Leisure System)
Alberto Ruiz "Haze" (Be One Records)
Rrose "23 Lashes" (Eaux)
Dyad "From Another Place" (Dyad)
Pfirter "Supraventricular" (Stroboscopic Artefacts)
Rival Consoles "Haunt" (Erased Tapes)
OneohtrixPointNever "Rush" (Warp)
Rob Clouth "Deep Field" (Leisure System)
Little Joey Farr "Mormon Shuffle" (Leisure System)
Satirist "Untitled" (White Label)
Dorian Concept "The Sky Opposite (Tim Hecker Remix)" (Ninja Tune)
Tom Hodge "Remnants" (Fields)
Kimyan Law "Daimyo" (Blu Mar Ten Music)
Rival Consoles "Recovery" (Erased Tapes)
Boards of Canada "Dayvan Cowboy" (Warp)
Rockwell "Full Circle" (Shogun Audio)
Cirrus "Shiver Shrapnel (Woulg Remix)" (Terra Null)
Vaetxh "List of Lists" (Detroit Underground)
The Rustle of the Stars "Sleeping Land (Part 1) (Max Cooper Remix)" (Quotient Series)
Nils Frahm "Them" (White Label)

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Tom Trago Readies New Single for Voyage Direct, Announces Upcoming Label Compilation and Tour http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/tom-trago-readies-new-single-for-voyage-direct-announces-upcoming-label-compilation-and-tour/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/tom-trago-readies-new-single-for-voyage-direct-announces-upcoming-label-compilation-and-tour/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:56:47 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87360 Tom Trago's Voyage Direct imprint appears set to be keep itself rather busy over the next few months, with the upcoming release of Trago's first solo single since 2013 and a double-disc label compilation soon on the way.

First, Trago will issue his Hidden Heart of Gold 12" on March 9. A two-track affair, the single is set to be led by its 12-plus-minute title track (streaming below), which will also be accompanied by an "ambient mix" of the sprawling production on its b-side.

The following month, Trago's Voyage Direct label will issue First Mission, a double-disc compilation that will collect new productions as well as material from the label's existing catalog, including artists such as Legowelt (as House of Jezebel), Carl Craig (on remix duties), Awanto 3, Maxi Mill, and—of course—Trago himself amongst its 22 tracks. The compilation's April 27 release will also coincide with a First Mission tour which will find many of the record's contributors coming together for a number of shows around Europe. The complete details of that upcoming tour and the artwork and tracklist for First Mission have been included below, where a full stream of Trago's forthcoming "Hidden Heart of Gold" single has also been included.

1. Ebokai - Metae
2. Efdé & Tom Ruijg - The Slightly
3. Magnesii - Want Need
4. House of Jezebel - Quantum Fawn
5. Maxi Mill - Do You Want It?
6. Simon Weiss - Tele–vision
7. Overlast - Nipples
8. Awanto 3 - The Girl Is Hot
9. Tom Trago - Only Believe
10. William Kouam Djoko - Hold Me Close
11. Melon - Raw Funk

1. William Djoko - Intro
2. Dexter - Junofest
3. Interstellar Funk - House Train
4. Tom Trago - Use Me Again (Carl Craig rework)
5. House Of Jezebel - Love & Happiness
6. Boris Werner - Acid Casino
7. Elias Mazian - Future Times
8. William Djoko - Deflourished
9. Overlast - Range Rover
10. Benny Rodrigues - Master French
11. Maxi Mill - Lost and Found

March 20 Bazaar, Brussels (BEL) - w/ Tom Trago & William Djoko
March 21 Radion, Amsterdam (NL) - w/ Tom Trago, Dexter, Awanto 3, Elias Manzian & Overlast
March 27 Pravda, Moscow (RUS) - w/ Tom Trago & Makam
April 3 Transbordeur, Lyon (FR) - w/ Tom Trago, Boris Werner & Maxi Mill
April 4 - Paradigm, Gronigen (NL) - w/ Tom Trago, Legowelt & Interstellar Funk
April 10 Village Underground, London (UK) - w/ Tom Trago, Boris Werner & William Djoko
April 11 St Judges, Glasgow (UK) - w/ Tom Trago, Benny Rodrigues & Dexter
April 17 MMA, Munich (GER) - w/ Tom Trago & Awanto 3
April 18 Nitsa, Barcelona (ESP) - w/ Tom Trago, Awanto 3 & Makam
April 24 Chalet, Berlin (GER) - w/ Tom Trago, Elias Mazian, Interstellar Funk & Maxi Mill
April 30 Le Machine, Paris (FR) - w/ Tom Trago, Awanto 3 (Live) & Makam
May 1 Basis, Utrecht (NL) - w/ Tom Trago, Elias Mazian & Interstellar Funk
May 2 PIP, The Hague (NL) - TBA
May 8 Smederij, Tilburg (NL) - w/ Tom Trago, Boris Werner & Awanto 3
May 9 Toffler, Rotterdam (NL) - w/ Tom Trago, Interstellar Funk & Maxi Mill

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Preview Black Jazz Consortium's Upcoming RECODED EP http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/preview-black-jazz-consortiums-upcoming-recoded-ep/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/preview-black-jazz-consortiums-upcoming-recoded-ep/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:08:22 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87354 Longstanding NYC producer/DJ and head of the Soul People Music imprint, Black Jazz Consortium (a.k.a. Fred P) will soon release the first volume of his RECODED EP series, which will focus on "outtakes, alternate versions, and embellishments" of tracks from his Codes and Metaphors LP. Released in 2013, the Codes and Metaphors album began as a three-part EP series before eventually being compiled into a full-length effort; it appears the artist's RECODED series may be on a similar path, with Part 1 set to drop soon, to be followed by a number of additional volumes, though Black Jazz Consortium is yet to share the exact details of those.

In the meantime, the respected East Coast selector—and former XLR8R podcast contributor—has shared a preview of RECODED's first installment; featuring four hypnotically soulful house constructions, the EP can be previewed below. At this point, no exact release date has been set for the record, but it is expected to land sometime in the coming weeks.

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Michał Lewicki "One" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/michal-lewicki-one/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/michal-lewicki-one/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:00:12 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87317 Michał Lewicki's upcoming Ton album for Project: Mooncircle is the result of an uncoventional production process. A Polish artist who is said to have "always been searching for new ways to implement mathematics into his music," Lewicki (who also produces under the name Deam) initially began building his LP by making use of a variety of MIDI generators, MIDI delays, polyrhythms, pitch shifters, scales, and more in order to create generative sequences that would supply different results with every pass. From that base, Lewicki edited and arranged the results, adding extra instrumentation as his mathematically rooted pieces began to take shape. "One" is, well, one of the 11 resulting productions which Lewicki has deemed fit for Ton (out on March 3), and—as we suspect the rest of his LP is too—the track is not bogged down by its technically minded beginnings, instead the somewhat somber tune is instilled with the kind of unpredictable movement that gently begs for the listener's attention, keeping us leaning ever closer in to see if there are in fact any patterns we can actually wrap our heads around.


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KiNK Preps New EP for Running Back http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/kink-preps-new-ep-for-running-back/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/kink-preps-new-ep-for-running-back/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:48:51 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87334 Bulgarian hardware maestro Strahil Velchev (a.k.a. KiNK) will release a new four-track EP on Gerd Janson's Running Back label next month. Entitled Cloud Generator, Janson says the EP will be comprised of "computer nerd symphonies and cyberpunk melodies for clubs, roofless raves, and virtual racing games." No previews of the release are available as of yet, but we've included the forthcoming record's tracklist below; no exact release date has been set for KiNK's Cloud Generator EP, though the record is expected to land sometime in March. (via Resident Advisor)

Cloud Generator EP
1. Cloud Generator
2. Diversion
3. Pocket Piano (Breakbeat Mix)
4. Pocket Piano

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Barnt Announces Upcoming Remix 12"; Preview It Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/barnt-announces-upcoming-remix-12-preview-it-now/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/barnt-announces-upcoming-remix-12-preview-it-now/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:21:13 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87331 Apparently, Barnt (pictured above) wasn't planning to release any remixes of his 2014 album Magazine 13, a record which we placed in the top 10 of our releases of the year list. It seems, though, that the combined talents of Tale of Us, Recondite, and Jens-Uwe Beyer have been enough to change that, with the Cologne-based Barnt having just announced plans to drop a two-track remix 12" by the name of Magazine 131.

According to Barnt, neither of the two remixes were officially commissioned, rather being the result of the artists taking it on themselves to rework the album track "Cherry Red" for use in their own sets. Both new versions subsequently made it into Barnt's sets too, and eventually prompted this release. Now, the resulting collaborative remix from Tale of Us and Recondite, and Jens-Uwe Beyer's solo retooling of "Cherry Red" can be previewed below before the remix package sees its official release on April 13 via Magazine.

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Forrest "Manhattan (VAM Remix)" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/forrest-manhattan-vam-remix/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/forrest-manhattan-vam-remix/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:00:43 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87312 Montreal-born, now London-based producer and vocalist Zach Joss (a.k.a. Forrest) is set to land on Ralph Lawson's 2020Vision label late next month with the Manhattan EP. Joining Joss' breathy house production of the same title on the upcoming record will be additional remixes from Christian Nielsen, and the rework featured here from budding UK talent VAM. A more bubbly, melody-strewn affair in its original form, VAM infuses "Manhattan" with plenty of warehouse-ready vibes, as the full-bodied remix focuses on reverberant rhythmic thrusts and dark synthetic textures across its six-minute run. Set to land as part of Forrest's larger Manhattan EP package (artwork above) on March 30, VAM's rework can be grabbed below.

Manhattan (VAM Remix)

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Genius of Time's Nils Krogh to Drop Solo EP as Arkajo; Stream the Full Record Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/genius-of-times-nils-krogh-to-drop-solo-ep-as-arkajo-stream-the-full-record-now/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/genius-of-times-nils-krogh-to-drop-solo-ep-as-arkajo-stream-the-full-record-now/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:21:40 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87305 A member of the hardware-obsessed Genius of Time duo, Swedish producer Nils Krogh will break off for a solo EP under the name Arkajo. Appearing via respected Swedish label Aniara, the forthcoming Altavista EP (artwork above) is set to offer three—as the label puts it—"pristine, club-minded sound sculptures" from Krogh, all of which stretch well past the six-minute mark. Set to begin landing in stores next week, Krogh's new EP as Arkajo can be streamed in full below.

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DJ Qu Readies New EP for Secretsundaze http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/dj-qu-readies-new-ep-for-secretsundaze/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/dj-qu-readies-new-ep-for-secretsundaze/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:47:24 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87296 New Jersey-based producer/DJ and former XLR8R podcast contributor DJ Qu has revealed the details of his upcoming SS1 EP, which will arrive via the Secretsundaze label in March. A three-track effort, SS1 will serve as DJ Qu's first outing on the UK imprint, though—as Resident Advisor reports—the NJ artist has played many Secretsundaze events over the years.

The SS1 EP will see its official release on March 30. In the meantime, the record's artwork and tracklist can be peeped below, and SS1's three low-slung house efforts can be previewed here.

1. SS1
2. Fearless
3. Loveboxx

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L.I.E.S. Preps New EP from Gavin Russom; Hear a Track Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/l-i-e-s-preps-new-ep-from-gavin-russom-hear-a-track-now/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/l-i-e-s-preps-new-ep-from-gavin-russom-hear-a-track-now/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:21:37 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87273 NYC synth specialist Gavin Russom will next land on the L.I.E.S. imprint with the three-track The Telstar File EP. Serving as Russom's debut outing for the label, The Telstar File is said to find the seasoned artist "going for the throat" with a trio of "functional club tracks that teeter on the edge of the deepest psychedelic realm."

Serving as our first taste of the record, the EP's title track certainly fits that description, as it wraps a dark, twisted bassline around crisp hardware-form rhythms, and using its seven-plus minute runtime to gradually tweak its various synth lines out into the "psychedelic realm" alluded to above. Set to drop sometime in March, the complete tracklist for Russom's The Telstar File EP has been included below along with a full stream of the record's title track.

1. Mantle of the Stars
2. Brood Queen
3. The Telstar File

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Rinse Announces Upcoming EPs from Geeneus and XXXY http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/rinse-announces-upcoming-eps-from-geeneus-and-xxxy/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/rinse-announces-upcoming-eps-from-geeneus-and-xxxy/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:04:30 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87269 London radio station-turned-imprint Rinse has detailed two upcoming EPs from XXXY and Rinse FM founder Geeneus (pictured above).

In addition to recently celebrating the radio station's 20th anniversary and continuing to helm the label arm of Rinse, Geeneus has been keeping busy producing and collaborating with Katy B, among other artists. His upcoming single—which marks his first solo release in six years—is said to comprise two tough club cuts: "sparse and rolling" title track "Ele" takes its cues from grime and UK funky, while "Red Velvet" is "denser and more immersive, escalating to a dizzying whirl of harmonies and rave stabs." The record is officially due out on March 30, and kicks off a string of Geeneus releases planned to arrive throughout the year. In the meantime, the record's a-side can be streamed in full below.


Also arriving today is news of XXXY's Last Dance EP, which will see its release via Rinse on March 16. The EP is the first in a planned trio from the UK producer that are said to extend the "tripped-out, wistful style he;s increasingly come to make distinctly his own, with clouds of arpeggiated synth notes and vaporized voice rolling atop pillow-soft, droning bass." The complete tracklist for XXXY's upcoming record can be found below along with a stream of EP cut "Lately."

1. Last Dance
2. Lately
3. Close the Door Behind You

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Portable Sunsets "Sisters" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/portable-sunsets-sisters/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/portable-sunsets-sisters/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:00:41 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87252 "Sisters" is the first cut to surface from Bless, the forthcoming second LP from Brooklyn-based producer Portable Sunsets (artwork above). Having issued his debut LP via Deadelus' Magical Properties label in 2012, the artist's sophomore album is set to arrive via the Atomnation imprint, who also released Portable Sunsets' Rental EP last year. A patiently piano-streaked outing, "Sisters" seems a suitable introduction to the producer's forthcoming effort, which is said to spend equal time exploring pillowy ambient territory as it does trading in the kind of heady, subtly evolving club music on display here. Portable Sunsets' "Sisters" production can be downloaded below, where the complete tracklist for his upcoming full-length effort (which will see its official release on March 17) has also been included.


1. Bless
2. Crosby
3. Ledges
4. rm-R
5. Straylight
6. Pearl
7. Islander (Version)
8. Conversion
9. Sisters
10. Cloakmode
11. Screen Presence

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Clark Preps New EP for Warp, Streams Track http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/clark-preps-new-ep-for-warp-streams-track/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/clark-preps-new-ep-for-warp-streams-track/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:32:11 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87265 Longstanding Warp affiliate Clark will return to the esteemed UK label next month with a new EP. Entitled Flame Rave, the record is said to extend the "majestic explorations" initiated throughout his recent full-length, Clark, and comprises two alternate versions of tracks found on the album and some fresh material.

"I started making these ravey tunes to play out at gigs, but they gathered a momentum and gradually formed this EP," Clark says . "I came back to it again and again—it seemed to work in clubs but also as a sneaky, immersive headphone listen. I love the feel of an almost overwhelming percussive violence being suddenly flooded with heartache and melody. I find that dynamic exhilarating."

Flame Rave sees an official release in both 12" and digital formats on March 23. Until then, EP cut "Silver Sun" can be heard below, where we've also included a complete tracklist. (via FACT)

01. Silver Sun
02. To Live And Die In Grantham
03. Springtime Linn
04. Unfurla Cremated

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Will & Held "Atom" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/will-held-atom/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/02/will-held-atom/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:00:05 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87138 Today Leeds-based producers Will Berridge and Richard Meller (a.k.a. Held) drop their first EP together as Will & Held. Entitled Ours, the four-track record is a vinyl-only affair that includes a remix from Trus'Me and also serves as the inaugural release of the newly launched Spinning Plates imprint. Accompanying the new release is bonus cut "Atom," a initially jittery production that gradually gathers up a formidable collection of static-laden textures that twist and turn amongst the track's fast-evolving synth tones and bed of subtly morphing keys. Will & Held's "Atom" production can be grabbed below where a preview stream of the pair's new Ours EP can also be found.


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Truss Readies Solo EP for Perc Trax http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/truss-readies-solo-ep-for-perc-trax/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/truss-readies-solo-ep-for-perc-trax/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:43:40 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87260 Truss has revealed that his first solo EP since 2012, Kymin Lea, will see release via Perc Trax this spring. The UK producer (given name Tom Russell) has been sighted in a number of collaborative projects over the past few years, working with Perc and as TR\\ER with younger brother Tessela. This latest record is said to move from "sweeping melodic experiments to a new deeper take on his trademark acid sound," and also kicks off a new series of EPs from the label that has artists work with resident designer Jonny Costello "to create a visual identity for their release that perfectly matches their music."

Kymin Lea is officially out on April 13 and a preview of the EP's title track can be heard below, where both its artwork and a complete tracklist have also been included.


A1. Kymin Lea
B1. Clawdd Du
B2. Wyefield

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George FitzGerald Reveals Upcoming Debut LP; Hear the First Single Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/george-fitzgerald-reveals-upcoming-debut-lp-hear-the-first-single-now/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/george-fitzgerald-reveals-upcoming-debut-lp-hear-the-first-single-now/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:09:50 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87221 British-born, now Berlin-based producer/DJ George FitzGerald has revealed the details of his forthcoming debut artist album, Fading Love. A 10-track affair, FitzGerald's debut LP is said to mark a "new chapter" for the producer as it touches on "the more emotive and tactile spectrum of electronic music, while keeping one foot firmly planted on the dance floor."

Leading the charge for Fading Love is "Full Circle," the record's first single which features the talents of UK vocalist Boxed In. A melancholic endeavor, the track laces its icy skip with pulsing chords and a myriad of melodic touches that sit just beneath Boxed In's subtle crooning. FitzGerald's "Full Circle" single can be heard below ahead of his Fading Love LP's full release on April 28 via Double Six/Domino; the forthcoming record's complete tracklist and FitzGerald's upcoming DJ dates have also been included below.

1. About Time
2. Full Circle
3. Knife To The Heart
4. Call It Love (If You Want To)
5. Beginning At The End
6. Shards
7. Your Two Faces
8. Crystalize
9. Frank Is Sleeping
10. The Waiting

February 26 Stereobar, Montreal
February 27 Trade, Miami
February 28 Spybar, Chicago
March 5 Middlesex Lounge, Boston
March 6 U Hall, Washington DC
March 7 Verboten, Brooklyn
March 13 Stealth, Nottingham
March 14 Chibuku, Liverpool
March 20 Sankeys, Manchester
March 21 Switch, Southampton
March 27 Button Factory, Dublin
March 28 The Forum, Aberdeen
April 2 Sub Club, Glasgow
April 4 Digital Festival, Amsterdam
April 5 Pacha, Barcelona
April 11 Greentech Festival, Pisa

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Sónar Adds Squarepusher, Mumdance & Novelist, Xosar, and More to 2015 Line-Up http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/sonar-adds-squarepusher-mumdance-novelist-xosar-and-more-to-2015-line-up/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/02/sonar-adds-squarepusher-mumdance-novelist-xosar-and-more-to-2015-line-up/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:36:36 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=87217 Adding to a bill that already includes Autechre, Flying Lotus, Arca, FKA Twigs, Roman Flügel, Jamie xx, The Bug, and Vessel, among others, Barcelona's annual Sónar festival has added a number of new names to its 2015 line-up. Amongst the new additions are Warp stalwart Squarepusher (pictured above), UK grime pair Mumdance & Novelist, the prolific Xosar, Hotflush label head Scuba, and German selector DJ Tennis, all of who will perform through the three days of Sónar festivities beginning on June 18.

Today's full new line-up announcement can be found here, while the list of new additions can also be watched via the video below; the complete bill of artist set to perform at this year's edition of Sónar can be found here.

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