XLR8R http://www.xlr8r.com Accelerating music & culture Fri, 10 Apr 2015 19:49:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 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.

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.

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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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20 Questions: Scuba http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/04/20-questions-scuba/ http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/04/20-questions-scuba/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 19:15:07 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89541 Over the course of the past eleven years, Scuba's musical output has curved through various spheres of bass, techno, and house. The U.K. artist will release his fourth album, Claustrophobia, on his own Hotflush imprint next month, but before it's arrival he took some time to answer our questions on production process, touring, and life after SUB:STANCE.

1. Where were you born and raised?
North London, I was born just off Highbury Corner and grew up not far from there.

2. Are you still based in Berlin?
I'm splitting my time now between a few different places in Europe. I'm still in Berlin a lot but not all the time.

3. Describe your surroundings right now.
Just now I'm in Copenhagen, where the weather is absolutely miserable but the food is pretty good.

4. You formerly ran the SUB:STANCE night at Berghain, how did that come about and what were some standout moments from the time it existed?
I was new in Berlin and wanted to do something distinctive with the dubstep-techno crossover movement which was happening at the time. Somehow we managed to hook up a meeting with Berghain about it, and to our amazement they were immediately interested in giving us a quarterly Friday night. It was a bit of a risk for them, and I am incredibly grateful to this day that they took a chance on us. Gilles Peterson's Panorama Bar debut was pretty memorable—also a Monolake 5-way surround set, and Mala at the first party where he managed to shatter a window in Berghain.

5. Why did SUB:STANCE come to an end?
We wanted to go out on a high and the fifth birthday seemed a good time to do it. The last one was a really amazing party with people like Shackleton, Dillinja, Marcus Intalex, George FitzGerald and many others playing.

6SCUBA_claustrophobia_digitalcover1. I read that this record arrived after a "period of calm," and that the starting point was the preparation for your set at Labyrinth Festival in Japan. Can you expand on that?
I wouldn't really call it a period of calm—I'd been seriously ill for 2 months before I started writing the record and was on a period of enforced absence from touring. I insisted on making the trip to Japan for Labyrinth though and it was quite a profound experience for me. I was unable to drink or do anything else at the time, or for a few months afterwards, but I did more dancing that weekend than for probably the five previous years combined. When I came home and got back in the studio the album came together within a few weeks.

7. When did you begin making music?
I recorded my first original tune, using a 4-track tape recorder, when I was about 13.

8. What is your starting point when making a track?
It varies, I don't really have a set way of doing it. Sometimes I can hear exactly what I want the track to sound like before I even get to the studio, and sometimes I have no vision whatsoever.

"If you need to ask someone if a track is any good then it's probably not."

9.  How do you know when a track is complete?
It just feels right. If you need to ask someone if a track is any good then it's probably not, and you should spend more time on it. Or just start something else.

10. Can you describe your studio set up?
A computer, a mike, a Dictaphone, a Marshall guitar amp, a controller keyboard, and a very good interface.

11. What is your favorite piece of studio gear currently?
My amp which I've had for about 20 years and sounds absolutely amazing.

12. What have you been listening to so far this year?
Taylor Swift, Paranoid London and Len Faki.

13. What is next in store for Hotflush?
We want to release more albums, and we're working on that. My one is the first we've had out for a couple of years, and hopefully there will be one more this year.

14. You said recently that Hotflush would be "in pretty serious trouble without Spotify right now." Why is that?
Because of the money they pay us.

15. Did your recent break from touring affect your outlook on DJing or production?
It improved both.

16. What is your favorite record of the past five years?
The last Bat For Lashes album.

17. What do you look for when signing new material to Hotflush?
Long-term potential in the artist.

18. Your sound has changed over the years—was that change organic, or a more calculated decision?
I get bored easily, it's really as simple as that.

19. Do you have any pre- or postshow rituals?
Before shows I don't tend to get nervous as such, but I do kind of withdraw into myself and get very concentrated. Afterwards I have about half an hour of adrenaline before crashing out. The adrenaline part can either be positive or negative depending on how many mistakes I made during the show.

20. How do you entertain yourself when touring?
I'm not sure that I do.

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DJ Koze to Head up the 50th Edition of DJ Kicks http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/dj-koze-to-head-up-the-50th-edition-of-dj-kicks/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/dj-koze-to-head-up-the-50th-edition-of-dj-kicks/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 19:03:05 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89569 The 50th edition of the DJ Kicks series will be headed up by Pampa label boss, DJ Koze, and is a sublime presentation of his influences and slightly melancholic take on the world. The landmark release for !K7 steers away from the dance floor with Koze approaching the "mix" format from a different angle: "During the day, I don't need to hear anything that's mixed on the beat. I put the focus on making sure that it works harmoniously – the idea is more to create the impression of a radio show, like people such as John Peel did so uniquely. There is a giant cosmos of music and it runs through my filter".

Koze's instalment features a diverse, multi-genre tracklist, including Boards of Canada, Frank and Tony, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, and Marcel Fengler. As is the case with DJ Kicks, Koze offers up an exclusive track, "I Haven‘t Been Everywhere But It‘s On My List," as well as numerous "kosi" edits.

The compilation will see release on June 15 via !K7 and can be preordered here, with a full tracklisting below.

Tracklist:

01. DJ Koze - I Haven‘t Been Everywhere But It‘s On My List (DJ-KiCKS)
02. Dimlite - Can‘t Get Used To Those? (Kosi Edit) / Efdemin - Ohara
03. cLOUDDEAD - Dead Dogs Two (Boards Of Canada Remix)
04. Strong Arm Steady - Best Of Times (Instrumental)
05. Homeboy Sandman - Holiday (Kosi & Fink‘s Edit)
06. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Shame (Instrumental)
07. Mndsgn - Camelblues (Kosi Edit)
08. Broadcast - Tears In The Typing Pool
09. Daniel Lanois - Carla
10. Hi-Tek / The 2 Bears - Come Get It (Tekstrumental) / Modern Family (Kosi Kos Mélange)
11. William Shatner - It Hasn‘t Happened Yet
12. Marker Starling - In Stride
13. Session Victim - Hyuwee (DJ Koze Remix)
14. Frank & Tony - Bring The Sun feat. Gry (Kosi Edit)
15. Marcel Fengler - Jaz (Kosi Edit)
16. Portable feat. Lcio - Surrender (Kosi Edit)
17. The Gentle People - Superstar

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Watch a Teaser Video for Panoram's New Album, Background Story http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/watch-a-teaser-video-for-panorams-new-album-background-story/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/watch-a-teaser-video-for-panorams-new-album-background-story/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 15:04:51 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89551 Earlier this year, Italian producer and RBMA alum Panoram unveiled plans to inaugurate his Wandering Eye label with a new album in April. Entitled Background Story, the forthcoming effort deals in "spaced-out filter sweeps," otherworldly synthwork, and saturated guitar and strings, and is described as "a meditation on the nature of memories and reality, each song digging deeper into the mind in the search for fragmentary details."

Background Story arrives as the successor to Panoram's diffusive Everyone is a Door LP on Edinburgh imprint Firecracker, and will see an official release this week. For the moment, however, the artist has shared a teaser video that plays with viewpoint and perception and can be watched below, where the album's complete tracklist and preview clips have also been included.

1. Mind Puncture
2. There Was A Hole Here
3. Black Milk Shower
4. Background Story
5. Fog
6. Dead Plastic
7. The Persistent Image Of The Left Eye
8. Anamnesis
9. Hyperuranion
10. You Are Correctly Lost

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Pajaro Dune "A Sudden Desire (Zadig Remix)" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/04/pajaro-dune-a-sudden-desire-zadig-remix/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/04/pajaro-dune-a-sudden-desire-zadig-remix/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 15:00:12 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89523 Barcelona based imprint The Monkey Bar Records will release the upcoming EP by left field house act Pajaro Dune, which, to quote the label, will be "pure obscure deepness with a scent of house." The four track EP will be limited to 300 records and will feature a "Cosmic Remix" by French techno producer Zadig, who turns in a psychedelic rework of "A Sudden Desire." Not included on the vinyl release is the epic track we've been gifted here, "A Sudden Desire (Zadig Remix)," a two stepping, pad drenched cut with classic Detroit influences. You can download "A Sudden Desire (Zadig Remix)" for free below, with a full preview of the EP also included.

A Sudden Desire (Zadig Remix)

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RIP Barron Machat http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/rip-barron-machat/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/rip-barron-machat/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 13:24:16 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89546 Word has come that Barron Machat, of LA-based label Hippos in Tanks, has died at the age of 27. As reported by Resident Advisor this morning, Machat served as founder and operating CEO of the imprint, which has released leftfield electronic, pop, and R&B from the likes of Autre Ne Veut, Nguzunguzu, Laurel Halo, Hype Williams and Dean Blunt, James Ferraro, and more. News began circulating via tweets from Machat's colleagues, Tri Angle head Robin Carolan and Oneohtrix Point Never, although no cause of death has been shared as of yet.

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Premiere: Hear Shackleton Remix ALSO's "Ashford Swaiths" http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/premiere-hear-shackleton-remix-alsos-ashford-swaiths/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/premiere-hear-shackleton-remix-alsos-ashford-swaiths/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 19:40:00 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89487 Following on from their trilogy of EP's for the peerless R&S Records, Appleblim and Second Storey (a.k.a. ALSO) released their debut self titled LP this week to great acclaim.  Featured as a standalone digital release is a remix by the always enigmatic UK producer Shackleton. The Skull Disco co-founder (alongside Appleblim) has turned in an atmospheric, otherworldly rework; twisting the original into layers of evolving soundscapes and sci-fi like bleeps. The remix can be streamed in full below, and keep an eye on R&S for the digital release.

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Q&A: Ableton's Dennis DeSantis http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/04/qa-abletons-dennis-desantis/ http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/04/qa-abletons-dennis-desantis/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 19:23:59 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89508 Dennis DeSantis is a composer, sound designer and percussionist based in New York City. His background in music is deep: He received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition from the Eastman School of Music, and also holds degrees from Yale and Western Michigan University. And his day job is writing the technical documentation for Ableton’s products, including the sprawling, ever-expanding beast that is Ableton Live.

Dennis DeSantis

Dennis DeSantis

DeSantis’ new book, Making Music: A Book of Creative Strategies, is published by Ableton but it’s not Ableton-specific. Instead, the beautiful hardback tome is a DAW-agnostic tool, aimed at music producers looking for help beyond the technical variety; sections have names like “Programming Beats 1: On Looseness” and “Dramatic Arc”. We spoke to Dennis about how he compiled and organized his techniques to keep the creative juices flowing.

How did this book originally come together?
I’ve been thinking about doing a book in this direction for a long time. This was based on seeing lots of artists and musicians struggle with the same kinds of problems, regardless of what their skill level was. And these problems had nothing to do with technology—they really had to do with getting over creative blocks, or being musical, or taking a small pile of ideas and turning them into a finished song. When I started looking around to see who had addressed this, I found more and more tutorials about sidechain compression.

Why did you decide to have Ableton publish the book, as opposed to a traditional music book publisher?
I’d originally planned to do it as my own recreational project, on my own time, and shop it around to the kinds of publishers that deal with music tech stuff in general. I mentioned it one day to our CEO, Gerhard Behles, and he was like, “Well, why don’t we publish it?” I thought that was kinda crazy at first—what business do we have going into the publishing business? But the more I talked to him and thought about it, the more I realized that it totally made sense. Our company goal is to help people become better musicians, and one way that we’ve been able to do that is by inventing technology products, but another way is through education—trying to help people become better musicians. It sold out in two minutes, which was crazy—so now we have to print more. Good problem to have.

What kind of research did you do for the project?
I had a few casual conversations with a few artists—mostly my friends and some who are classical composers, because that’s the world I came from—just to ask them questions in general about where they get stuck and how they get out of it. And through talking to these people, I started to develop the idea to organize it into three big sections: Problems of Beginning, Problems of Progressing, and Problems of Finishing. But the rest of it is mostly out of my head—it’s the things that I do myself. I think if I were to do another volume, I’d want to get more people’s opinions.

There are two big threads of the type of stuff in here: there’s the chapters that have to do with psychological and philosophical approaches to music-making, and then the ones that are sort of raw music theory. With those, the idea was to distill what I learned from classical education down to the absolute bare minimum that you’d need to make sense of these concepts, without 800 years of music history and examples from Mozart. What do you need to know how harmony works? When I learned harmony, it was part of a very structured musical process that made the topic seem really big, and I think it’s actually not that big.

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From your vantage point at Ableton, roughly what percentage of the electronic music producers you encounter come from a classically-trained background?
It’s not very common that I meet people who went through a university curriculum studying classical composition or something. That seems to be the minority. There are a lot of people out there who took piano lessons as a kid, and try to bring some of that to what they do as an electronic musician. There are probably more people—especially with the explosion in the last few years of electronic producers in America—coming at this for the first time. This is their first exposure to musicianship at all, and in the 70s they would have bought a guitar, and now they’re buying Ableton Live…or pirating it. This is their first attempt at musical expression in any way, and they have a huge mountain to climb because they have the technical hurdles to get over, as well as the musical ones.

I see a lot of comments on YouTube videos or Internet forums where people really just appear to be completely lost. They feel helpless, like they’re looking into this void, and some of the hope between this and what I do on the technical side, is to kind of demystify this process a little bit.

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Man Power Announces Debut Album on Correspondant Records, Shares Video http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/man-power-announces-debut-album-on-correspondent-records-shares-video/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/man-power-announces-debut-album-on-correspondent-records-shares-video/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 16:11:02 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89504 The incognito and elusive artist Man Power has announced his self titled debut which will land on Correspondant Records May 25. Having previously released on Hivern Discs, rumours are abound that it may be label head, John Talabot himself. Whoever it is, Man Power has a genre bending, eclectic approach, which will be reinforced with the new full length. “The best way I can describe the process of making this album is like doing a jigsaw puzzle, in the dark, but you have to cut out the pieces yourself.” Man Power says. You can check out the video for "Inside" below, with a full track listing, ahead of the May release.

Tracklist:
01. A Start Of Sorts
02. Boys Beware
03. Bielsteiner feat. M.Rolfe
04. French Basic
05. Forget To Remember
06. Lude
07. Hunting Swan
08. Tofu ist der Teufel
09. Inside
10. TEN
11. Fin

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Fred P's Boards Announces Album by J.C., Shares Preview http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/fred-ps-boards-announces-album-by-j-c-shares-preview/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/fred-ps-boards-announces-album-by-j-c-shares-preview/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:13:31 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89500 Fred P's Soul People offshoot, Boards, have announced it's first full length release in the form of Portrait of the Falling Sky by Spanish producer, DJ, and A Harmless Deed label head Jose Cabrera (a.k.a. J.C.). It will be the first full length from Cabrera, who has previously released a split EP with Fred on Soul People, as well as cuts on Deeply Rooted House. Portrait of the Falling Sky is a heady mix of deep, hypnotic, techno with a list of collaborators including Illian Tape boss Dario Zenker, Psynote, and Tadeo. Boards will release the album June 1 and in the meantime you can preview the full release, including tracklisting, below.

Tracklist: 
A1 Caliban
A2 Endorphinas (feat. Kastil)
B1 Human Behavior
B2 Hydra
B3 King of the Wild Frontier
C1 Nebula 584 (feat. Dario Zenker)
C2 Nereid
D1 Hyperion (feat. Tadeo)
D2 Titania
D3 Dementia (feat. Psynote)
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Derek Piotr "Day Residue" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/04/derek-piotr-day-residue/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/04/derek-piotr-day-residue/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:00:55 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89462 We last heard from Polish born, New England-based sound architect Derek Piotr in 2013 when he offered up "Intersection of Rivers," a track from his brilliant Tempatempat LP, which was released in 2014. On May 5, Piotr will return to the long player format with his new solo album, Bahar, which roughly translates as "spring" in Turkish, or "sea" in Maltese. The album was entirely self produced and showcases Piotr's classical training for the first time in his solo career. We've been gifted "Day Residue", a beautiful amalgamation of sound design and nostalgic-feeling found sounds; unfolding more and more with each listen. Bahar will be released via bit-phalanx and you can grab "Day Residue" for free below.

Day Residue

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Q&A: Fort Romeau http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/04/qa-fort-romeau/ http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/04/qa-fort-romeau/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89464 “That album name came kind of last minute,” Mike Greene says as he sits in a Williamsburg, Brooklyn hotel room, relaxing before a late-night gig at New York’s club of the moment, Good Room. “I had the track “Insides,” but I didn’t have a name for the whole thing yet. I ended up choosing it because I like the way it implied the guts, or the texture, or the meat of it. When I was making the album, I was interested in crafting the sounds—really building it up from scratch. It’s really about getting deep into it.”

It’s safe to say that on Insides, just released on Ghostly International, the London-based artist better known as Fort Romeau does get deep into it. By turns somber and celebratory, restrained and exuberant, it’s perhaps his strongest work yet—which, considering the immense appeal of his 2012 debut, Kingdoms (on the 100% Silk label) and a string of EPs for Ghostly, is saying quite a bit. His music (mostly) slots into the “deep house” category, but it’s an highly textured sort of house, much of it boasting a hazy, dreamlike aura that’s more bliss than bump. Which is not so say Greene doesn’t know his way around a jacking beat, as a listen to the second half of his recent XLR8R podcast will attest.

You’ve been quoted as saying that that you’re a fan of “slow listening,” that we should pay more attention to the music we consume. Are you also an acolyte of slow producing?
I’m actually really fast, at least compared to the producers that I know. I’m pretty disciplined with the work. Everyday that I’m not traveling, I’ll be doing nine hours in the studio. That inevitably means I’ll be making a fair amount of music, and then it’s just a case of distilling it down—cutting the wheat from the chaff, really.

How much material did you have to distill from for this album?
If you were to include every half-finished idea—every start and stop—it would probably be about a hundred. But that’s including things that I might have worked on for two hours, and then abandoned. I think that when you are working on a track for two hours, and it hasn’t got a sense of identity yet, it usually isn’t going to work out. That’s not to say I can finish a track in two hours, because I certainly couldn’t. But if the kernel isn’t there yet, I’ll feel like I’m going down the wrong path.

"I’ve  branched out in terms of references—referencing other music and other genres, basically broadening the scope of the sound."

This is your second LP, and you’ve released a number of well-received EPs. How do you think you’ve progressed as a producer over that time?
I feel like there’s been an evolution since Kingdoms. I do still like Kingdoms, and definitely think that it had lots of good ideas; a lot of the themes of the records and the sounds of Kingdoms and Insides are related. But I’ve really focused on the craft side of putting music together since then. I’ve also branched out in terms of references—referencing other music and other genres, basically broadening the scope of the sound.

I think you can hear that in the new record, and your recent music in general. It seems a bit more fleshed out than your earlier material.
It’s important for me to feel that my music is growing. To knock out identical carbon copies…it’s hard for me to see the point in doing that.

You’ve said in past interviews that “the serendipity of working with certain machines shape the sounds you use and the way tracks become formulated.” Do you still find that to be true?
That’s particularly applicable to the approach I had while making Insides. There was a lot of sample-based material in Kingdoms, whether that was vocal samples, loops, repitched sounds or whatever. With this one, I wanted to make it as much as possible from scratch. Obviously, when you’re working with any kind of machinery, system or medium, that medium imparts its own influence on the way in which you work, and on the music itself. Certain machines steer you into working certain ways. Using a sequencer that’s step-sequence–based will have a different outcome than working with something that’s played with a keyboard, for example. I think it’s important to acknowledge that, and to utilize that in a way that is considerate of the instruments that you are using. That way, you deepen the relationship with those instruments.

"If you think about all of the engineers at Roland or Korg, all of the people who develop the sounds of these classic machines, they’re as responsible as anyone is for the sound world that we inhabit in electronic music."

That’s probably true of all producers, particularly in electronic music—but one rarely hears it articulated.
There’s an element of accreditation within electronic music. If you think about all of the engineers at Roland or Korg, all of the people who develop the sounds of these classic machines, they’re as responsible as anyone is for the sound world that we inhabit in electronic music. I didn’t develop the sound of the 707 kick drum or the 909 snare drum; they’re sounds that predate me, and permeate so much electronic music. It’s interesting to consider authorship in relationship to the people who made the machines. It’s almost an unspoken thing, but it’s worth noting.

Your music has generally been recognizable as house music, but it’s always been a particularly warm, intimate form of house. Is that something that comes naturally to you? Is it a reflection of your personality?
I think it really is. There are occasions where I’ve tried to make things a bit more aggressive or harder, but every time I do it…I don’t know. The music of mine that I’m most happy with is music that feels really honest. It’s funny—I can listen to really pummeling Berghain techno, or really stripped-down jacking house tracks, and love it. But I feel that if I were to actually make really aggressive music, it would be something of a pastiche. It wouldn’t be me. And if I’m going to put something out into the world, it has to represent where I’m coming from. Otherwise, it would feel inauthentic.

Perhaps you could use another pseudonym if you ever do want to put out some pummeling techno.
Yeah, perhaps one that people could pronounce this time. [laughs]

Speaking of that, where did you get the name Fort Romeau?
There’s not a lot to it. When I did the 100% Silk record, I still didn’t have a name, and it was going to be coming out soon. I was on holiday with my wife in the south of France, and we were driving around, talking about what to call this. We drove through this town called Font-Romeu, and said, “Well, why don’t you just take that name and change it a little?” So that’s what I did. It sounded a little moody and a little exotic, and maybe a little sexy, so we like, “Yeah!”

There actually are a few tougher moments on Insides, perhaps some of the toughest music you’ve released. Is that the influence of having DJed a lot over the past few years?
I think the reason that some of the tracks are a little harder hitting and punchier is that when you DJ a lot, you get a sense of how to reduce things down to just the elements that you need. I suppose the clubbiest track on the record is “All I Want,” and that one is really quite pared down. I think that having that kind of simplicity and directness tends to lead you to that kind of sound. So it is informed by playing out a lot, but it’s not just from the desire to make something that’s tough. It’s a byproduct of reductionism as well.

So what’s next for Fort Romeau?
Well, we've already gotten some remixes from the album done, so there’s going to be a remix EP. That’s already mastered. And I’m already planning some new 12-inches for later this year; I feel like there’s still a trajectory of things that I’d like to try as Fort Romeau, things from the sound world of Fort Romeau and its references. I actually struggle to make music that strays very far from that. I’m working on that, but it’s okay—I think I still have plenty of steam as Fort Romeau.

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Eomac to Release New EP on Inner Surface Music http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/eomac-to-release-new-ep-on-inner-surface-music/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/eomac-to-release-new-ep-on-inner-surface-music/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 10:00:02 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89457 Irish producer, and one half of Lakker, Ian McDonnell (a.k.a. Eomac) will release his latest EP, Frozen Souls via the Inner Surface Music imprint May 12. Following on from his release on Stroboscopic Artefacts Five Years series, the four track EP is a dusty and hypnotic outing and will also feature a remix from Serbian techno duo Ontal, who turn in a typically dark and powerful rework of the title cut. "Frozen Souls" opens the EP with it's static drenched pads and buried kick drums before "Heretic" drives things forward with distorted, dance floor focused precision. The machine-like "Charon" rounds out proceedings, showing Eomac's Warp and IDM influences and a more experimental touch. You can check out full tracklist below, with the EP arriving May 12.

Tracklist:

A1) Frozen Souls

A2) Heretic

B1) Frozen Souls (Ontal Remix)

B2) Charon

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Lee Burridge, Loco Dice, and Jamie xx to Play Haciendays http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/lee-burridge-loco-dice-and-jamie-xx-to-play-haciendays/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/lee-burridge-loco-dice-and-jamie-xx-to-play-haciendays/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 23:16:04 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89478 Kicking off this weekend, Hacienda Beach Club will host a series of pool parties running in conjunction with Coachella. The daytime series will be curated by a different host each day and features a big list of heavy hitters from the electronic music world including Loco Dice, Jamie Jones, tINI, Jamie xx, and Lee Burridge. You can check the full lineup below, with tickets available here.

Lineup

Weekend 1
4/10 - Special Guest
4/11 - All Day I Dream : Lee Burridge, Matthew Dekay, and Hoj
4/12 - Hot Creations : Jamie Jones, Lee Foss, Luna Cazal, and Lauren Lane
Weekend 2
4/17 - Bromance : Brodinski & Friends
4/18 - Annie Mac Presents : Annie Mac, Duke Dumont, Jamie XX, Kaytranada, and Redlight
4/19 - Used & Abused : Loco Dice, MK, and tINI
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Kölsch Announces New Album, Previews Track http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/kolsch-announces-new-album-preview-a-track/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/kolsch-announces-new-album-preview-a-track/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 18:46:13 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89445 Highly regarded Danish producer and live performer, Kölsch will release his new album 1983 on June 8, via Kompakt. The new full length from Kölsch is inspired by travel and the long trips he would take with his family as a young boy, "When I was a kid in 1983, we used to drive through Europe every summer on the way to the south of France", he explains. "A lot of my early music memories stem from these long travels, as we would listen to all my father's favorite records on the cassette deck. After getting a walkman, I would make up my own soundtrack for travelling, with early electro and hip hop creeping into my life. My father of course did not like it, and it never grace the official cassette deck of the car, obviously."

These symbolic memories form the basis of the album and manifest themselves into a melancholic melange of explosive techno and beatless excursions which Kölsch, and Kompakt for that matter, have made their names on. The album also features a cast of revered collaborators including Talbot, Gregor Schwellenbach, and Tomas Høffding of WHOMADEWHO1983 will be released as 2xLP, CD, and digital on June 8, with album cuts "Two Birds" and "DerDieDas", which can be previewed below, appearing on Speicher 84 out April 20.

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Don't Be Afraid Release Eecee's Latest Album, Cosmic Trigger http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/dont-be-afraid-release-eecees-cosmic-trigger/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/04/dont-be-afraid-release-eecees-cosmic-trigger/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 16:57:32 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=89435 Today, UK label Don't Be Afraid have released the latest album from US based artist Eecee (a.k.a. Doubt), called Cosmic Trigger. The album has been released as a cassette and free download via Don't Be Afraid's Bandcamp page and as expected, it's an experimental leaning affair and a beautiful, mostly ambient journey through mesmerising textures and atmospheres. Both sides of the cassette can be streamed below, with the full album available here.

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