XLR8R http://www.xlr8r.com Accelerating music & culture Thu, 17 Sep 2015 02:07:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ADE Festival Completes 2015 Program http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/ade-festival-completes-2015-program/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/ade-festival-completes-2015-program/#comments Thu, 17 Sep 2015 02:06:54 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=102346 The nighttime program of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is now finalised. Between October 14-18, more than 2,000 artists will be appearing at over 340 events across the 100 clubs and spaces that are participating with ADE.

During the upcoming anniversary year, Amsterdam will be in the international spotlight with over 400 visiting journalists and media, more than 5,000 professionals and an expected 365,000 festival-goers who flock to the city from around the world.

The 2,000 artists visiting Amsterdam to participate in the ADE Festival include:

Adam Beyer (SE), Agoria (FR), Âme (DE), Andrew Weatherall (GB), Andy C (GB), Apollonia (FR), Armin van Buuren (NL), Axwell Λ Ingrosso (SE), Ben Klock (DE), Ben UFO (GB), Bicep (GB), Bingo Players (NL), Black Coffee (ZA), Bondax (GB), Boris Brejcha (DE), Boys Noize (DE), Carl Cox (GB), Chris Liebing (DE), Dâm-FunK (US), Dannic (NL), Dave Clarke (GB), David Guetta (FR), De Sluwe Vos (NL), Derrick May (US), Detroit Swindle (NL), Dixon (DE), DJ Snake (FR), DJ Tennis (IT), Dubfire (US), Dyro (NL), Eats Everything (GB), Fedde Le Grand (NL), Felix Da Housecat (US), Floorplan (US), Four Tet (GB), GANZ (NL), George FitzGerald (GB), Gerd Janson (DE), Goldfish (ZA), Green Velvet (US), Gui Boratto (BR), Guti (AR), Hardwell (NL), Headhunterz (NL), Heidi (DE), Henrik Schwarz (DE), Hernan Cattaneo (AR), Howling (DE), I-F (NL), Ida Engberg (SE), Interstellar Funk (NL), James Zabiela (GB), Jamie Jones (GB), Jeff Mills (US), Jennifer Car-dini (FR), Job Jobse (NL), John Digweed (GB), John Talabot (ES), Joris Voorn (NL), Joseph Capriati (IT), Josh Wink (US), Joy Orbison (GB), Juan Atkins (US), Karenn (GB), Kerri Chandler (US), KiNK (BG), Knife Party (GB), Kölsch (DK), Kraak & Smaak (NL), Laidback Luke (NL), Levon Vincent (US), Loco Dice (DE), Ma-ceo Plex (US), Machinedrum (US), Magda (Poland), Mano Le Tough (IE), Marcel Dettmann (DE), Mark Knight (GB), Martin Garrix (NL), Max Cooper (GB), Maya Jane Coles (GB), Miss Nine (DE), Monika Kruse (DE), Moodymann (US), Motor City Drum Ensemble (DE), Mount Kimbie (GB), Move D (DE), Nervo (Australia), Nicky Romero (NL), Nicole Moudaber (GB), Nina Kraviz (RU), Noisia (NL), Oliver Heldens (NL), Paco Osuna (ES), Palms Trax (DE), Paul Oakenfold (GB), Ricardo Villalobos (CL), Richie Hawtin (CA), ROD (NL), Roger Sanchez (US), Romare (GB), Rødhåd (DE), Sandrien (NL), Secret Cinema (NL), Seth Troxler (US), Showtek (NL), Sjamsoedin (NL), Solomun (DE), Soul Clap (US), Squarepusher (GB), Stimming (DE), Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano (NL), Surgeon (GB), The Black Madonna (US), The Gaslamp Killer (US), The Martinez Broth-ers (US), Todd Terry (US), Tom Trago (NL), Torus (NL), Weval (NL), Yellow Claw (NL)

For the full program and to purchase tickets, click here.

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MIRA 2015 Launches "He", the Second Teaser of their Image http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/mira-2015-launches-he-the-second-teaser-of-their-image/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/mira-2015-launches-he-the-second-teaser-of-their-image/#comments Thu, 17 Sep 2015 01:56:55 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=102340 This year MIRA Live Visual Arts Festival aims to personify the festival into an humanoid form. "Characters with face and eyes addressed to the public through sensuality," in the words of Barcelona’s design studio Device, responsible of MIRA’s graphic campaign for the third consecutive year.

In July, the festival published "She", the birth of an artificial being who appeared from the seabed and proclaimed, "I've been waiting for you. Are you ready?" Today the festival publishes the second teaser image, entitled "He", another mysterious being born from a monolith.

"He" can be streamed in full below, while more information on this year's event, including ticket availability and an exhaustive list of the visual artists who will perform, can be found here. 


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Premiere: Stream EVM128's Debut Album, Nova, in Full http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/premiere-stream-evm128s-debut-album-nova-in-full/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/premiere-stream-evm128s-debut-album-nova-in-full/#comments Thu, 17 Sep 2015 00:40:32 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=102315 Rising UK producer Luke Meads (a.k.a. EVM128) will drop his brilliant debut album, Nova, on Studio Rockers on September 18.

Spread across 12 tracks, Nova—which is named after Meads' daughter—is gorgeous and engrossing amalgamation of jazz, broken beat, funk, soul, and UK garage, with the now London-based producer's Bristol heritage ever present across the bass-heavy LP. The refined and varied sound across the album is a storied outline of Mead's musical journey so far, featuring collaborators he's met along the way, including Evermean, Olmo Cassiba, Daiva, Shyone, and UK legend Omar. It's a first-class, head-nodding debut that will leave you excited, and impatient, for more from the ascendant producer.

Ahead of its release on September 18, you can stream Nova in full via the player below.

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Mule Musiq Will Release Petre Inspirescu's Third LP http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/mule-musiq-will-release-petre-inspirescus-third-lp/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/mule-musiq-will-release-petre-inspirescus-third-lp/#comments Wed, 16 Sep 2015 21:23:14 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=102312 Following two critically acclaimed studio albums on the [a:rpia:r] label—which he runs with Rhadoo and Raresh—Petre Inspirescu will drop his third LP, Vin Ploile, on Tokyo label Mule Musiq.

Inspirescu debuted on the label last year with Talking Waters, a rolling, groove-based 12", and now returns with an album comprised of mostly live instrumentation, a step away from his usual dancefloor-focused sound. The album explores dub and latin influences, with the Romanian artist "using only piano, string & wind instrument elements and analogue electronics to craft a deep and hypnotic arrangement of tones and rhythms."

Vin Ploile will arrive on November 4, with the full tracklisting below.
01 Delir 1
02 Delir 2
03 Delir 3
04 Delir 4
05 Delir 5
06 Delir 6
07 Delir 7
08 Lumiere
09 Pan'la Glezne

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Watch the New Video for 'Full Circle' (ft. Boxed In) by George FitzGerald http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/watch-the-new-video-for-full-circle-ft-boxed-in-by-george-fitzgerald/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/watch-the-new-video-for-full-circle-ft-boxed-in-by-george-fitzgerald/#comments Wed, 16 Sep 2015 16:32:57 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=102283 This morning, George FitzGerald shared a video for "Full Circle." The lush song, featuring Boxed In's Oli Bayston on vocals, was the first single to be released from his debut album Fading Love, released earlier this year on Double Six/Domino. The album documents the disintegration of a romantic relationship, as well as FitzGerald's dwindling enthusiasm for the one-dimensional dance records that ignore the more complicated realities of his own life.

Regarding the video, director Alan Masferrer says:

“Conceptually, the video is an abstract and personal approach to the stages of life: conception, pregnancy, birth, childhood, youth, adultness, oldness and death. This is for me the full circle. Coincidentally the actress, Anna Hierro, one of the most talented contemporary dancers from Spain, was four months pregnant when we asked her to appear in the video. Definitely that fortunate coincidence gave an additional dimension to the essence of the project.”

You can find out more about George FitzGerald by clicking here, and you can catch him on tour at any of the numerous dates listed below.

Sept 16 || Ibiza || Paradise @ DC-10 ||
Sept 19 || Wetherby Racecourse, UK || Mint Festival ||
Sept 26 || Melbourne, AUS || Listen Out Festival ||
Sept 27 || Perth, AUS || Listen Out Festival ||
Oct 3 || Sydney, AUS || Listen Out Festival ||
Oct 4 || Brisbane, AUS || Listen Out Festival ||
Oct 9 || Bristol, UK || Motion ||
Oct 10 || London, UK || The Hydra: Bugged Out XXI Birthday at Studio Spaces ||
Oct 15 || Amsterdam, Netherlands || Melkweg (ADE) ||
Oct 16 || Manchester, UK || The Warehouse Project ||
Oct 29 || San Francisco, CA || Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop ||
Oct 30 || Denver, CO || Bar Standard ||
Oct 31 || Los Angeles, CA || HARD Day Of The Dead ||
Nov 6 || New York, NY ||
Nov 7 || Philadelphia, PA || The Dolphin ||
Nov 12 || Washington, DC || Flash ||
Nov 13 || Chicago, IL || warehouse TBA
Nov 14 || Miami, FL || Story ||
Nov 20 || Medellin, Colombia || Salon Amador ||
Nov 21 || Bogota, Colombia || SOMA Festival ||
Nov 22 || Mexico City, Mexico || Corona Capital Festival ||

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Dark Entries Teases Severed Heads Reissues http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/dark-entries-teases-severed-heads-reissues/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/dark-entries-teases-severed-heads-reissues/#comments Wed, 16 Sep 2015 15:24:55 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=102277 Dark Entries, the West Coast label largely dedicated to obscure and industrial synth-pop, has detailed a run of forthcoming reissues from Australian post-punk pioneers Severed Heads. Clifford Darling, Please Don’t Live in the Past was originally released in 1985 via Ink and combines “live recordings, raw demos, unreleased studio recordings, and solo pieces” from the band’s first five years together. Arriving at the same time—on October 8—is the Petrol EP, which offers multiple versions of the '86 single.

Severed Heads kick off a tour in San Francisco on September 18. To revisit XLR8R’s 2014 profile of Dark Entries, head here, and stream clips of both forthcoming records below.

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Premiere: Stream the Landside Part II EP in Full http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/premiere-stream-the-landside-part-ii-ep-in-full/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/premiere-stream-the-landside-part-ii-ep-in-full/#comments Wed, 16 Sep 2015 13:36:35 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=102042 Following the release of the beautiful Part 1 EP, Landside, the electronic music project consisting of Italian producers Hunter/Game and the Icelandic band Kúra, is set to release the Part II EP this week.

In advance it's release via Hunter/Game's Just This imprint on September 18, the Part II EP can be exclusively streamed in full below.


A1 - Wasteland
A2 - Lost Soul
B1 - Wasteland (Extrawelt Remix)
B2 - Lost Soul (Avatism Remix)

Digital Bonustrack:
Wasteland (Extrawelt Fidgety River Remix)

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Exclusive Q&A: Infrastructure New York Set to Re-release Legendary Trackman Double-EP from 1995 http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/exclusive-qa-infrastructure-new-york-set-to-re-release-trackman-double-ep-from-1995/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/exclusive-qa-infrastructure-new-york-set-to-re-release-trackman-double-ep-from-1995/#comments Wed, 16 Sep 2015 10:43:33 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=102259
Function's Infrastructure New York imprint is set to release a reissue of Mark Archer's first release as Trackman.

The first Trackman EP went out on Ideal Trax in 1995, a six-track, two-vinyl EP spanning trippy, classic acid cuts, Detroit and Chicago influences, Sheffield Bleep and Manchester Hacienda rave era overtones—many of which still get played out regularly by top-tier selectors today.

The EP has now been lovingly remastered and re-issued on Function's Infrastructure label, with a bonus track Paradise included, which featured later on the 1996 "Don’t Stop" EP—also a classic in it’s own right.

Ahead of the EP's September 18 release, XLR8R spoke exclusively with Mark Archer and Function to learn more about the release, with snippets available to stream below.



Back in 1995 when these tracks were originally released, what was the energy? What was your inspiration for these tracks?

Mark Archer:

In 1995 I'd kind of lost touch with the techno scene having gone headlong into the whole UK hardcore thing with Altern 8 and then had been working more of a US house sound with the Slo Moshun project and Dansa records alongside Danny Taurus—so when Neil Macey asked me to record some tracks for the first release on the label I wasn't totally sure what he wanted. I asked for a description of the style that he wanted rather than hearing anything and being influenced that way—he said it was sort of techno with housey drums and jacking acid house so that's just what I did.


How do you think the significance of these tracks, and their impact is able to adapt to techno in 2015?

Mark Archer:

Techno has and always will (hopefully) be timeless—a music of the future. A lot of it doesn't date unless it's made for the now. On the odd occasion I've been to techno events I've always heard old tracks dropped in the middle of sets to great effect and hopefully the reissue of the Trackman double-pack will be received in the same way by people who know it and possibly seen as something new by people who have never heard it before.

I was actually recently asked if I was an up and coming breaks/fidget DJ after playing a set of old hardcore classics by someone who was too young to have been born when the tracks were made.

Trackman aka Mark Archer Press Pic


What sparked your decision to re-release Trackman's double-EP from 1995? What significance does this record have to you and your musical career?


I met Mark for the first time at a gig in Edinburgh in 2011 and we quickly connected. We were at the hotel before the show talking about his early days as Nexus 21 and Altern 8 with Chris Peat and his later solo work as Trackman.

IMG_6279Nexus 21 tracks like Self-Hypnosis and Real Love; and Altern 8 tracks like Move My Body, Frequency, Armageddon and Infiltrate 202 had a huge impact on me growing up, circa '90-'92. They were a real sign of the times. Then a few years later Surgeon turned me on to the Trackman double pack—both on Ideal Trax—and said it was one of the guys from Altern 8. I was totally blown away by the record because it was more straight, acid-house, techno and bass and bleep oriented, which I think has helped the record remain timeless. But you can still hear Nexus 21 and Altern 8 in there.

Anyway, as we got into talking, I asked about the Trackman double-pack, he mentioned that he still had all of the original tapes and got the rights back. I asked if he would be up for reissuing it and said he was up for it. It took a while to get it out but we're finally here and think it's the perfect time. The record sounds as fresh as ever and I love how we've added Paradise to the release. More than anything though, Mark's such a lovely guy and I'm such a huge fan—we're honored to be giving the record a second release.

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Fold Preps EP for AUS Music http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/fold-preps-ep-for-aus-music/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/fold-preps-ep-for-aus-music/#comments Wed, 16 Sep 2015 10:06:10 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=102248 Following on from Timothy Blake's The Stormy Search EP, AUS Music will release Fold's Netflix & Chill EP on October 16.

Joining recent new signees such as Timothy Blake, Geeman and Escape, Fold follows releases on Man Make Music and Electric Minds with his debut on Will Saul's revered label. Spread across three hip-hop influenced tracks, and a remix by shadowy Workshop mainstay Kassem Mosse, Netflix & Chill is a gritty and refreshing take on house. As usual, Mosse applies his foggy magic to the aptly title "Dreamscape," rounding out another brilliant notch in the AUS Music belt.


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Q&A: Mr. G http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/09/qa-mr-g/ http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/09/qa-mr-g/#comments Wed, 16 Sep 2015 09:00:46 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=102183 mr g a night on the townLongevity, consistency, and quality don't always go hand-in-hand—but for the U.K.'s Colin McBean, that seemingly comes effortlessly. His career dates back to the early '90s; among other claims to fame, he was the partner of Cisco Ferreira in the British techno outfit the Advent. Working solo for the past decade and a half, mostly under the Mr. G moniker, his signature style—cultivated over 60 releases—has generally been categorized as tech-house. But his new album, Night on the Town? (just released on his own Phoenix G label, also available on DVD with an accompanying video), has a much deeper, left-of center sound. His extensive knowledge of American, British, and Jamaican music is combined with a quick-talking and tangential personality, one that's wholly apparent on his new record.

The city of London is one of the central themes on the album. Can you talk about your relationship to the city?
The album the sound of my perfect night out, that grainy mechanicalness of London. Some of the tracks are hypnotic, some passive, some active, some deep and twisted. It’s all those things happen in nightclubs in and around London. And it’s also an amalgamation of all my influences, whether it’s house, or soul, or techno, or whatever I’m listening to. It’s that musical backbone combined with my love of the city.

Growing up as a small-town Derby boy, I could come down to London for the art, the clothes, sneakers, records…you name it. I’ve seen it all. I walk the same route as I did when I was a kid, I look at the same things. I see buildings and popular art places come and go, new art and new photography spring up. By now I know most of the people in Soho in someway or another, and I love all that. But as I was getting older, I wanted some calm. The madness of the ambulance going by at three in the morning—I don’t want that anymore. I don’t want to hear people coming in from the pub making noise. And that’s a choice a choice you have to make, and I think that’s a choice you make when you get older. I love music, I love sound, I love people, but I also love quiet. Hence my decision to move to the country.

But I still have the ability to get on the train, get off and switch into London mode, running around, talking. And then you get back on your train, and you get your quiet.

mr g 3Can you talk about Derby, the town where you grew up? What were your musical influences in those early years?
I grew up in a really old-fashioned Midlands town, but it had a strong cultural background—a really robust Jamaican community. So you had parties in church halls, or you'd have the local DJ playing in the community center, so there were always great DJs long before me. We had knowledge of the music, because we were given that knowledge as kids from the elders. So what we used to do is save our money for a month, get on the train and head to London to buy records.

But then you come back to Derby, and you’re DJing in the clubs, and at some point you’re like, this isn’t enough for me. Because you can’t play your amazing rare disco gem to your local people. They’re not ready for that. So when you come through, or chose to come through, you’ve got all the knowledge you’ve been given—but then you realize, oh shit, I’m in Derby. How am I gonna get access to the great music, the great second-hand shops and great charity shops that have all these rare records waiting for me? So eventually I decided to leave, got a job in London, and I spent my days scouring every second-hand record shop.

Can you talk about that Jamaican cultural influence you got from Derby?
My mom and dad are from Jamaica, and I speak patois. I’ve been going to the island since I was about eight. When I go to where my parents are from, every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday there’s a sound system. So it’s a trip filled with sound. The cars have sound systems, and you can hear them coming from seven of eight miles away. And you can hear that bass rolling, and then rattling the house. So that’s me stocking up on basslines and juice and energy for my next music.

"What I’ve come out of is that U.K. reggae bass that’s always been distinct to the U.K. That bad-boy bassline, I’m in all day."

Whether it’s Burning Spear, Bob Marley, Studio One, or King Tubby, that bass and analog is in our heritage, and that’s what Jamaica is so important for. What I’ve come out of is that U.K. reggae base that’s always been distinct to the U.K. That bad-boy bassline, I’m in all day. Whether it’s drum & bass, dubstep, garage, that dub is a part of our heritage. And Americans can’t do that bass the way we can. It’s not a part of their heritage. And in the same way, we in the U.K. and Europe don’t have the ability to have that level of emotion—that deep, black emotion that is special to America. Guys like Fred P, Theo Parrish, Moodymann, Masters at Work, Frankie Feliciano, Lil Louis, Joey Anderson…we can’t get that level of emotion on our side. Because our forefathers and backgrounds are different.

So there’s always something to be gleamed in Jamaica, whether you find a new album, a rare record you never heard, or you hear something on the TV, or a car goes passing with the radio. But it really is a tough trip—it’s not a trip for the faint of heart. Jamaica is a tough tonic. So as much as I love going, I’m always slightly nervous. You have to respect what you are, and who you are.

Those Americans that you mentioned, their styles were influenced in some degree by new wave, which was emerging around Derby and the Midlands when you were growing up there. What was your encounterwith those sounds like?
To be fair, I only picked up on that later on in life. Because at the time that all came out, I was a box boy for a sound system, so my life became speaker boxes and late night parties, packing it away and hopefully getting some rum and hearing some great music. There are parts of life that I completely missed because I was wrapped up in the world I was in. But I do remember a club in Derby we used to play called the Blue Note, and we had all of those weird and wonderful groups on Tuesday or Wednesday nights playing, and I would hear them. There are lots of crazy names I remember, but I never thought of it as a specific movement, because the clubs I DJed at played really eclectic mixes of music. That went from left to right without stopping in the middle. So when you talk about new wave, or you talk about punk, or you talk about indie…for me it was also a part of where I was working, where I was DJing, the clubs I played at. Certainly the Blue Note was one of the landmarks in the Midlands for bringing out the unknown left-of-center talent. But it was never about a certain style. It never has been.


Over the course of your career, you’ve released over 60 EPs and singles, but not too many full length LPs. Can you talk about that consistent output, and why you decided this should be a full length album?
I’m a '70s child all day long. When you do an album project, it should be something that you made pretty much around the same time; you only work on that project for a long time. So normally the 12s and the EPs are tracks that might be from last year, the year before, this year, yesterday. But when something is done over a limited period of time, I think, well that’s an album—because that’s a picture, a snapshot of where you were just then.
Some kids are like, man, how do you put out so many records? I don’t see it like that. I say, I’m a music guy, I live to make music, and hear music. If I make it in five hours or I make it in five weeks, I just keep making music. I might write ten or so tracks over a period of time, but then I have to sit down, and sit with my system and listen back to them and pick out which ones I like. So you end up with this bank of music, and you think, well, it’s no good sitting around waiting. Someone might like that, someone might not like that, so just put it out. What sticks, sticks.

So if you’re an artist, and it’s in you, you don’t just release one here, and release one there. You don’t go like that. I might not have anything to say next year. So I get them out. Let people hear where you’re at. If people like it, if they dislike it—get it out there. I’m a firm believer in that. it’s not a competition thing—it’s just, for me, a way of life.

There’s an introspective quality to the new record. Is that something you intended, or is it something that comes with getting older?
I think that’s the environment. Living out in the country, near water, in a quieter old house. Your vibe becomes introspective. I’ll think about the room where I have my studio, and wonder what happened in that room as years went by. You wonder what goes on. All those thoughts, the greenery around you, walking the dog every day…I didn’t have that in London. It feels slightly freer, you just have the room to stop, go outside, get some fresh air, walk the dog, get some nature, talk to someone, say good morning, good afternoon, good-day. It brings out something different in you.

Your last full-length album came as a result of your father passing. Was there a similar catalyst or this record?
With my father’s album, Personal Momentz, I didn’t know what was in me. And then to hear what comes out, and the message you’ve got inside you, is sometimes surprising. All the experience, all the pain, all the newness went into that album. It felt fitting that the experiences of death, and all the pain, and moving outside of London for a change, culminated in something so positive. It means you’ve made the right choice.

And it’s the same thing with the new one—it’s like wow, that’s what’s in there? Shit. This record is a very different side of me, and I’m quite shocked to see that myself. Obviously you know your work, you do what you do, you know your trademarks, and you know the sound of yourself. Sometimes you have to surprise.

"All those years of working for labels and doing remixes for people you didn’t want to do, or maybe shouldn’t have done—all that makes you very clear at one point when you get older. You’re like, right—this is who I am. This is what I want to be. This is how I want to do it"

Was it therapeutic to come out with a record that didn’t have that weight to it?
Yeah, of course—it was therapeutic, because it’s the knowledge that you’re free. This album was just me trying to do something different. And that’s always been my ethos: I’ve tried to do the best I can with the palette that I’ve got. But there’s a massive freedom, because I feel relaxed and I feel confident about what I’ve done—learning more about my art, I understand now there’s something different going on. And this album…I showed it to a few nearest and dearest, and they were like, “Damn, this is left-of-center, Colin, but I loved it. I could hear you in there, but it’s a different you.” So that makes me feel great. It’s all those years of working for labels and doing remixes for people you didn’t want to do, or maybe shouldn’t have done—all that makes you very clear at one point when you get older. You’re like, right—this is who I am. This is what I want to be. This is how I want to do it.” And also, once you see the video aspect, you’ll understand the extra dimension to it.

Can you talk about the video aspect to it?
There was a real visual component to all the tracks, and so it felt fitting to do some sort of visual accompaniment. I started reaching out to friends, and found out that one of my friends has a sister who is a filmmaker. And we went back and forth on it and I sweet-talked her into it, but it turned out fantastic.

For me to do the video aspect, it’s a massive step. I like to be the guy who goes to the club and does what he does. I want to be there listening to a DJ, or be at home making music. That’s it. I don’t really do the interactive side. It’s stressful for me because it’s not music—it’s not what I’ve been doing all this time. If it were about me performing or me DJing, I’d be like yeah, whatever, I’m good with that. With this whole visual thing, it’s out of my control. So it’ll be fascinating for me to release it, let people see it, and find out what others think. It takes it to a level I’ve never been to before, and that means I’m moving forward. It means I am building, I am trying. It’s so easy in this world to say, “Yeah, I’m doing okay” and be fine with where you’ve been. It’s not about that. For me, it’s about always trying to be a leader, rather than a follower. Give the kids something to look to.

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Cherushii "Everything Is In Color" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/09/cherushii-everything-is-in-color/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/09/cherushii-everything-is-in-color/#comments Wed, 16 Sep 2015 02:29:01 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=102249 Cherushii (a.k.a. Chelsea Faith) is an musician, producer, and live performer based out of San Francisco. Cherushii has been working as a live PA and producer for 10 years, using her gear savvy and innate musicianship to create lush, retro-futurist productions. Her passion for music is evident in her music, which take cues from Detroit techno, Chicago house, and classic rave sounds. Just this past August, Cherushii released her album Memory Of Water on Los Angeles label, 100% Silk. The album was originally released on cassette format, and limited to only 100 physical copies that didn't last very long. The album is now available digitally, and Cherushii has offered up a download of the ambient house track, "Everything Is In Color." The arrangement begins with quick-moving chords that are splattered upon a milky-way foundation. The rhythm keeps you hypnotized for almost two and a half minutes before the deep tempo of the bassline rides a space comet into a muffled snare, before completing its transformation into a deep house chugger that feels complete and satisfying on the dancefloor, as well as the headphones.

Everything Is In Color

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Ticket Giveaway: Win a Full Event Pass to Decibel 2015 http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/ticket-giveaway-win-a-full-event-pass-to-decibel-2015/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/ticket-giveaway-win-a-full-event-pass-to-decibel-2015/#comments Wed, 16 Sep 2015 00:39:35 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=102208 For over a decade now, Decibel Festival has turned Seattle into an electronic music hotspot for one-week out of the year, showcasing some of the most reputable names in the scene at various locations around the city. Acts being featured this year include Marcel Dettmann, Bonobo, Daniel Avery, Dauwd, Nicolas Jaar, John Tejada, DJ Tennis, Lusine, and The Black Madonna, just to name a few. 

Decibel is also known for its meticulously curated showcases, with this year's showcases including Nicolas Jaar, Stimmhalt, IG 88 at Showbox, Studio 4/4: Decibel Edition: Julio Bashmore, andhim, Masha at Q Nightclub, and a Kompakt showcase featuring Agoria, John Tejada, and Dauwd at Neumos.

This year XLR8R will host a panel on Friday, September 25 at 5:30pm in association with dB Conference and CreativeLive, with a secret performance by a Decibel 2015 artist directly afterwards. XLR8R will also be hosting an Official dB after-hours party in association with Decibel Festival at Q Nightclub, featuring performances by Marcel Dettmann, Function (live), and VRIL (live). To celebrate this fact, we are giving away two full event passes to this years Decibel Festival! For your chance to win one full event pass, give us a follow on Instagram and then enter your email below. XLR8R will choose two winners that will be contacted this weekend via the email provided. Terms and Conditions apply.

The festival takes place in Seattle between September 23 - 27, with pre-sale tickets and more information available here.

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Terms and Conditions:
  1. The promoter is, Decibel and agent, XLR8R.com whose registered office is at 837 Traction Ave #304, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA.2. Employees of Decibel / XLR8R.com or their family members or anyone helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.
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  3. Closing date for entry will be Sunday September 20, 2015 at 11:59PM (PST). After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
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  5. The rules of the competition and the prize for each winner are as follows:
    • Only 1 entry per email address accepted
    • Must be 21 years of age or older to enter
    • Prize is for 1 wristband to Decibel 2015 event taking place in Seattle, WA.
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  8. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
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Trevor Jackson Reveals Audio/Visual Mix ‘Science Fiction Dancehall Classics’ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/trevor-jackson-reveals-audiovisual-mix-science-fiction-dancehall-classics/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/trevor-jackson-reveals-audiovisual-mix-science-fiction-dancehall-classics/#comments Tue, 15 Sep 2015 22:31:04 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=102209 With over twenty years of experience under his belt, Trevor Jackson is revered as one of electronic music’s most accomplished and well rounded audio/visuals artists. Some of these accomplishments include the forming of Output Recordings in 1996—which released music from the likes of Four Tet and LCD Soundsystem—as well as receiving numerous awards for his visual campaigns and having his work premiered in museums such as the Guggenheim and the ICA.

Teaming up with Adrian Sheerwood’s label On-U Sound, Trevor Jackson is now set to release the compilation album Science Fiction Dancehall Classics, a 3 x vinyl and 2 x CD release that charts an “alternate history of the label." The mix features a plethora of B-sides and unreleased tracks, with a heavy post-punk, reggae and dub influences. This bizarre and alluring mix is further complimented by the visual aesthetic that accompanies it. The 14-minute black-and-white video mix, produced by Trevor Jackson, uses found footage that has been animated and warped to fit the rare and extraordinary sound of the compilation.

Be sure to check out the video mix of Science Fiction Dancehall Classics below and order your copy of the compilation by going here.

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Hear Philipp Gorbachev's Latest Single, "The Weeping Tune" http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/hear-philipp-gorbachevs-latest-single-the-weeping-tune/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/hear-philipp-gorbachevs-latest-single-the-weeping-tune/#comments Tue, 15 Sep 2015 22:15:33 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=102193 An aspiring diplomat and the son of a Soviet-era Racing Car champion, Philipp Gorbachev is not your average techno producer. Hailing from Russia, Gorbachev splits his time between being a key figure in Moscow’s blossoming club culture and drumming in the studio of the cult avant-garde group Zvuki Mu. Most recently, Gorbachev his single “The Weeping Tune” via his imprint, PG Tune. In a video interview, he explains his reasoning behind the name of the track:

“Before being able to play shows, I was weeping a lot. That’s how I know… that nothing works without love. Weeping is not a dark and tragic state, it's a revelation and sign of upcoming joy. That’s what "The Weeping Tune" is all about.”

You can stream the track below and be sure to check out more from Philipp Gorbachev by going here.

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Premiere: Hear a Track from Lixo's Debut EP http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/premiere-hear-a-track-from-lixos-debut-ep/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/premiere-hear-a-track-from-lixos-debut-ep/#comments Tue, 15 Sep 2015 21:40:14 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=102192 GETME! label head, Alex Hislop (a.k.a. Lixo), will release his debut EP, Gloomer, on September 18.

Although it's a young label, GETME! has already garnered a reputation for its quality output, releasing top-level cuts from
Slime, Becoming Real and Dam Mantle. LIXO's debut follows suit and find the NTS radio host dropping two moody and intimate tracks. EP cut "Not The Answer" is streaming below and is an emotive slice of bass-heavy house, with deep, melodic synth work, soaring pads, and detuned vocal chops, all melding together to create certain dancefloor euphoria.

Ahead of the official release, "Not The Answer" is streaming in full via the player below.

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Podcast 404: Helena Hauff - roBOt Festival 2015 Edition http://www.xlr8r.com/podcasts/2015/09/podcast-404-helena-hauff/ http://www.xlr8r.com/podcasts/2015/09/podcast-404-helena-hauff/#comments Tue, 15 Sep 2015 16:04:14 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=102047 Helena Hauff doesn’t really fit the mold of the modern-day electronic musician. She continues to reside in Hamburg and actively avoids the limelight; she doesn’t self-promote or even attempt to communicate with her ever-expanding fan-base; you can’t even find her on Facebook, never mind Twitter. Outside of a limited number of interviews—where, seemingly reluctantly, she elaborates on her analog-heavy production techniques and penchant for dark and twisted industrial acid techno—her only vehicle of public expression is through her music. In her own words, “I just do the stuff that I wanna do and I don't do the stuff that I don't wanna do.” It’s really that simple.

But for Hauff, this would seem to be enough. The release of her highly anticipated and widely acclaimed debut LP on Werkdiscs/Ninja Tune, Discreet Desires, along with a busy summer touring schedule that included a stunning performance at Dekmantel Festival—one of the best sets of the summer, in our books—has seen the Golden Pudel resident’s reputation rise considerably. Ahead of her performance at Robot Festival early next month, XLR8R contacted Hauff to see if she’d be interested in showcasing her talents with a podcast.

Fortunately for all of us, this is one of the things she did want to do.

How and where was the mix recorded?
At home! All records..…

How long did you think about the mix before you actually started recording?
About a day.

Describe how you selected the tracks you wanted to include? Did you make a fairly concise list before you actually began mixing?
I knew how I wanted the tracks to come together before I started mixing. Sometimes a mix comes together in my head really quickly other times it can take quite a while to gel—this one was easy!

While many artists embrace the celebrity that success in music can offer, you seem reluctant to do so. Why?
I don't know. I haven't really got an attitude towards celebrity, I just do the stuff that I wanna do and I don't do the stuff that I don't wanna do. Plus, it does seem to be a bit of a pain only playing big shitty events. I much prefer small clubs to big festivals.

What else have you got coming up this year?
More gigs and then start playing around with my new synthesizers, can't wait. And a couple more releases on my label!

01 Unit Black Flight "One Hour Before Dawn" (Giallo Disco)
02 Xymox "A Day" (Sneaker Dunkeltier Remix) (Macadam Mambo)
03 Powell "Club Music" (Ancient Methods' Körpersäure '91 Remix) (Diagonal)
04 Broken English Club "Ritual Killing" (Cititrax)
05 Drvg Cvltvre "Crack Spirit Guide" (Pinkman)
06 Philipp Gorbachev ‎"In The Delta" (Cómeme)
07 June "S.A.D.H" (June)
08 Gladio "Gladius Gladius" (Mighty Robot Recordings)
09 Broken Arrows ‎"So Few Truths" (Giallo Disco)
10 The Present Moment "Times Like This" (Something Cold)
11 Amnesia "Boys From London"  (BCM Records)
12 Pankow "Wet" (Contempo Records)
13 Morah "Up In Flames" (Return To Disorder)
14 Lassigue Bendthaus "Lanternslide" (Metropolis Records)

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Daniel Avery and Volte-Face Set to Release New EP Under Rote moniker http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/daniel-avery-and-volte-face-set-to-release-new-ep-under-rote-moniker/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/daniel-avery-and-volte-face-set-to-release-new-ep-under-rote-moniker/#comments Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:21:39 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=102156 British producers Daniel Avery and Volte-Face have announced the release of a new collaborative EP, simply titled: EP 1. The new release is due out next month under the Rote alias via Volte-Face's self-ran imprint BleeD. It will feature two remixes by Semantica Records' founding father, Svreca, and Japanese DJ Nobu.

A1 Rote 1
A2 Rote 1 (DJ Nobu Remix)
B1 Rote 2
B3 Rote 2 (Svreca Remix)

EP 1 will be released via BleeD on October 9.

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Premiere: Stream the New BKR Projekt EP in Full http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/premiere-stream-the-new-bkr-projekt-ep-in-full/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/premiere-stream-the-new-bkr-projekt-ep-in-full/#comments Tue, 15 Sep 2015 08:47:48 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=101454 Fresh of the back of releasing the The Ebony EP, Simon Baker Presents BKR Projekt returns with The Saffron EP, another release that adheres to his more stripped-back techno sound that he discussed in an interview with XLR8R just last month.


01 Saffron
02 Ginger
03 Fuzzy
04 Fuzzy Dub

Ahead of the EP's October 5 release, The Saffron EP can be exclusively streamed in full below.

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Marcel Vogel Celebrates 5 Years of Lumberjacks In Hell With New Compilation LP and Tour http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/marcel-vogel-celebrates-5-years-of-lumberjacks-in-hell-with-new-compilation-lp-and-tour/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/marcel-vogel-celebrates-5-years-of-lumberjacks-in-hell-with-new-compilation-lp-and-tour/#comments Tue, 15 Sep 2015 08:00:24 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=102015 Over two decades ago, Marcel Vogel became musically inspired by one of the four elements of hip-hop while watching turntable DJs scratching rap records. Later on, Marcel began buying drum and bass on vinyl and was heavily influenced by listening to Derrick Carter as he mixed The Many Shades of CajualFast forward to today, where Vogel now celebrates 20 years of DJing while also constantly pushing out new talent from the helm of his two labels, Intimate Friends and Lumberjacks in Hell. Now the German-born, Amsterdam resident will celebrate five years of his Lumberjacks in Hell label with a new 2 x 12" compilation LP titled From Hell with Love, coming out on October 5, as well as a supporting European tour.

The record will feature eight tracks from producers like Mahogani Music's Dan Shake, Borrowed Identity, and Marcel Vogel himself. The record is touted as the ultimate package, and selections from it have recently been heard in sets by Patrick Luca, Jacques Renault, and Tooli. You can stream snippets of all the songs from the record right now on XLR8R, and you can catch Marcel Vogel on the From Hell With Love tour in Amsterdam during ADE.


A1. Giovanni Damico - "The Break Down"
A2. Marcel Vogel - "Come On"
B1. Borrowed Identity - "Queens Bridge"
B2. Boogie Nite - "Funk Dr Boogie"
C1. Tim Jules - "Slap beat"
C2. Hoshiana Anniversary - "Duke"
D1. Dan Shake - "To The Love"
D2. FYI Chris - "Banana Bread"

Tour Dates:

3 October | Storm Club. Juicy Boogie invites LIH. Lineup: Marcel Vogel, Schwa, Mr. Ultrafino, Biodan & Tazz
16 October Chalet: From Hell With Love / OYE Records. Lineup: Marcel Vogel, Mr Mendel
17 October Golem: From Hell With Love. Marcel Vogel, Mr Mendel.
30 October DJOON: From Hell With Love. Lineup: TBA
7 November Studio 80: Cheetah - 5 years Lumberjacks in Hell. Maurice Fulton, Rahaan, Marcel Vogel, Mr Mendel and Dikkens


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Stream Konrad Black's Latest EP in Full http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/stream-konrad-blacks-latest-ep-in-full/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/stream-konrad-blacks-latest-ep-in-full/#comments Tue, 15 Sep 2015 02:38:40 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=102137 At the end of last month, Canadian artist Konrad Black released The Scorched Earth EP, his first solo release in 10 years, via Meander.

The EP is influenced by "our vast universe, deep space, spirit and consciousness," and "the recent earth-bound meteorites and the blinding light that follows," and is Black's debut on Meander, the label run by DeWalta. Featuring three highly textural and atmospheric cuts, The Scorched Earth is very welcome return from the Wagon Repair co-founder.

Following The Scorched Earth, Black has an upcoming audio visual album project with Jeremy Shaw called There In Spirit, as well as remixes of Lopazz' "HiTime" and Mathew Jonson's "Decompression," all scheduled for release in 2016.

The Scorched Earth is available now on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl over at Juno, with the digital set to arrive on September 17. All three tracks are streaming in full via the player below.

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krakaur "Rinse (DAVEM Remix)" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/09/krakaur-rinse-davem-remix/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/09/krakaur-rinse-davem-remix/#comments Mon, 14 Sep 2015 23:15:48 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=102122 We last heard from Italian painter and electronic music producer DAVEM when he gifted us his track "Some Day in The Dark Side," a cut from his album My Grand Rose Is An Angel, which landed at number 10 in XLR8R's top 10 downloads of May. Now, the experimental artist returns, this time reworking New York producer krakaur's "Rinse" into a slow-burning, atmospheric slice of detailed sonics. The remix is part of a krakaur's Bleak EP, an 11-track collection full of ambient soundscapes and beautiful organic textures. The EP also features remixes from JAKOBY, Suplington, Kallie Lampel, and the one in question here from DAVEM. Bleak is out now on NYC/LA-based label Youngbloods, with DAVEM's remix of "Rinse" available as a free download below.

Rinse (DAVEM Remix)

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Watch a Video from Guilty Simpson's New Album, Detroit's Son http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/watch-a-video-from-guilty-simpsons-new-album-detroits-son/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/watch-a-video-from-guilty-simpsons-new-album-detroits-son/#comments Mon, 14 Sep 2015 21:18:14 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=102104

Guilty Simpson will forever be known as one of the best rappers to ever come out of Detroit, and less than an hour ago he dropped a new video for his track "The D," from his latest album, Detroit's Son, on Stones Throw Records. The video follows Simpson through the streets of Detroit as he paints the picture of what the city means to him, showcasing famous landmarks such as the Motown Museum and the Michigan Central Station.

For more info on Guilty's latest album, head on over to the Stones Throw Records website and visit their official store.


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Breaking News: Kode9 Announces Album Tour Dates for USA http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/breaking-news-kode9-announces-album-tour-dates-for-usa/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/breaking-news-kode9-announces-album-tour-dates-for-usa/#comments Mon, 14 Sep 2015 20:16:27 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=102093 September has been an exciting month for news surrounding Kode9 and his first solo album, Nothing, that is slated for release on November 2. Now, XLR8R is back with more breaking news about Kode9, and this time it is to announce that along with the album release will come a US tour with stops in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. The Hyperdub label boss will also be making a special appearance at Low End Theory in Los Angeles.

You can find out more about Kode9 and his album release and tour dates by checking out the Hyperdub website.

November 11: Bassdrive / Le Belmont, MONTREAL, Canada
November 12: Blueprint / Fortune Sound, VANCOUVER, Canada
November 12: Parameter / f8, SAN FRANCISCO, USA
November 14: 1833 / East Room, CHICAGO, USA
November 16: Deep Space / Cielo, NEW YORK, USA
November 18: Low End Theory / Airliner, LOS ANGELES, USA
November 20: Ad Hoc Presents / Palisades, BROOKLYN, USA



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Premiere: Hear a Track from Shlømo's New EP for Wolfskuil Limited http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/premiere-hear-a-track-from-shlomos-new-ep-for-wolfskuil-limited/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/premiere-hear-a-track-from-shlomos-new-ep-for-wolfskuil-limited/#comments Mon, 14 Sep 2015 17:42:31 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=102006 Taapion Records co-founder Shlømo will make his debut on Wolfskuil Limited this month with his latest EP, Avadon.

Avadon features two originals from Shlømo, "Avadon (Part 1)" and "Avadon (Part 2)," with a remix of Part 1 by Token Records mainstay Antigone—who evidently featured on Taapion's second release. Both originals show Shlømo's textural expertise: tightly wound layers of ambience and noise overlap and swirl underneath the Paris-based producer's razor-edged percussion. Antigone's remix is much more subdued, focusing on intricate layers and percussive nuances, the Parisian producer provides a masterclass in restraint and, in turn, shows how beautiful techno can be.

Avadon will be released on 12" vinyl and digitally on September 25, with "Avadon (Part 2)" streaming in full below.

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Q&A: Dâm-Funk http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/09/qa-dam-funk/ http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/09/qa-dam-funk/#comments Mon, 14 Sep 2015 17:11:55 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=101973 The spoken-word intro that leads off Invite the Light, the latest full-length missive from Dâm-Funk, comes with a proclamation: "If we invite the light, it will surely come to us," a processed, distorted voice informs us; "if we invite the funk, it will never let us down." The words themselves tell of the pure positivity that funk holds for the man born Damon Riddick—but its the source of that voice that truly shows how serious a matter funk is for the LA producer. It belongs to Junie Morrison, the near-legendary producer, musician and songwriter of the Ohio Players, who later served as the music director of  George Clinton's P-Funk ensemble.

Dam-Funk Invite the LightIt's a sign, one of many embedded in Invite the Light, that funk is more than just another rhythmic option for Riddick. The album, released on Stones Throw, references the likes of Prince, Parliament-Funkadelic, Jam & Lewis, the Zapp Band, Brass Construction and countless funk and and R&B artists from days gone by, but it doesn't exactly copy any of them—this is funk filtered through Riddick's slightly skewed vision, one that puts a unique stamp on the genre while still paying homage to what's come before. It's also an incredibly heartfelt album, forgoing the depressingly-common tendency to treat funk as a period piece—or worse, to treat it as a prop of sorts, something to use as an aural punchline to a stale joke. Instead, he's fully internalized the funk: It's a part of his ethos and his life, something that infuses everything about him—especially his music.

Invite the Light—a 20-track, 80-minute, years-in-the-making groove machine—is something of an all-star funk affair. Besides Morrison, the album features contributions from Leon Sylvers III, the in-house producer for the vastly influential SOLAR label who also served time as a member of family funk combo the Sylvers ("Hot Line," "Boogie Fever," et.al.); his son, Leon Sylver IV, also appears. There are hip-hop icons Snoop Dogg, who worked with Riddick on 2013's 7 Days of Funk LP, and Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest; R&B chanteuse Jody Watley and rapper Kid Sister; and a slew of slightly more left-field guest spots, from the likes of Flea, Ariel Pink, Computer Jay, Novena Carmel (Sly Stone's daughter, among other claims to fame) and Nite Jewel. Riddick is currently in the midst of a tour that's taking him from Denver to Tokyo (with stops throughout Europe and the Middle East in between), but he had enough time to stop and chat with XLR8R at Brooklyn's Wythe Hotel.

Can you explain the significance of the album’s title, Invite the Light?
It’s based on inviting good energy—positive energy—into your life. We all go through a lot of things in life, ups and downs and peaks and valleys. But in the end, if you invite the light inside of your mind, body and soul, you’ll be okay.

The album kicks off with a funk manifesto of sorts, voiced by Junie Morrison.
Yeah, he came up with all that. I had invited him to be on the record, and he was like, “I got something for you, man.” Of course, I said, “Cool, send it over.” And it just fit so perfectly. He actually did another song, with this great solo that we didn’t put on the album. I’m gonna save that for a b-side. He's shredding.

He’s one of the all-time kings of funk.
Definitely. People don’t even know that this guy is still destroying it, but he has this underground monk status with the people who do know. Just to have him on the record is such an honor, and I thought it would be something for the funk purists. Maybe if they see that Junie Morrison is aboard, they’ll be like, “Oh, this Dâm-Funk dude is real," and its not just some funk fan-boy type situation—that there’s some real shit going on.

Well, you’ve been living the funk life yourself for quite a while. You basically grew up with this music, right?
Yeah, that’s true, and this really is my life.

"To me, funk is like a smile with a tear—and that’s the kind of funk that I make."

It seems like that throughout your career, you’ve been moving closer and closer towards what your own vision of funk is.
That sounds right. I mean, I respect all the funk that came before me—but for a while, it almost got sort of comedy-based, like “shake your booty” type stuff all the time. And there’s so much more to funk. Funk is sadness, it’s happiness, and it’s everything in between. It’s not just a party. What I was trying to do with this record, and with my career so far, is to bring in all these different moods, and not just have it be a “get on the good foot” vibe. To me, funk is like a smile with a tear—and that’s the kind of funk that I make.

When you think of the great funk songwriters and performers, they do manage to combine all the emotions, from ecstasy to pathos.
Definitely, and the main thing that’s disappointed me in the past few years in regards to funk are things like the Dave Chappelle skits—“I’m Rick James, bitch.” I mean, that was cool—and I love Dave—but that kind of mockery tends to lessen the respect for funk. “Cocaine’s a hell of a drug”…eh, that’s not quite really what funk is. I’m just trying to give a facelift to the visuals and the sound of funk, and continue the tradition more progressive-type funk. Mtume, Change, Loose Ends…the kind of stuff before hip-hop kind of took over what people’s ideas of funk was, and before the labels started releasing only that one expression of funk, that one black expression of art. Other than jazz—and that got watered down, too! Anyway, I’m trying to make sure that people of all backgrounds and races know that funk is still alive, and you can still experiment with it and do new things with it. That’s why I came up with the term “modern funk” to describe what I do.


In past interviews, you’ve cited Funkadelic’s "(Not Just) Knee Deep" as one of your formative songs. Are there any others that really stood out for you?
Well, there’s Prince’s whole catalog. [laughs] The 1999 album is what made me start doing my own music. Slave’s “Just a Touch of Love”; Change’s “Paradise”; Mtume’s “Prime Time”; Loose Ends’ “Gonna Make You Mine”—that kind of stuff. These aren’t necessarily well-known songs, but they really resonated with me and helped me develop my sound.

You can definitely hear a bit of Mtume in that song with the Sylvers, “Glyde 2nyte.”
Yeah, for sure. That’s exactly the vibe I was trying to create—that kind of two-step vibe that would get Chicago cats doing that couples-dance thing. And you can just glide to it.

Hence the name.
Exactly. The spelling’s a little weird, of course. [laughs] I have to tell you, Leon is just incredible.

Leon Sylvers III’s been something of a mentor to you, hasn’t he?
He took me under his wing right when I got out of high school, talking to me about the business and everything he went through. A lot of people don’t realize that SOLAR was the precursor to Death Row Records. SOLAR was Dick Griffey and Leon Sylvers; then it was Suge Knight and Doctor Dre. It was all out of the same building and everything. Anyway, Leon told me the kinds of things I should watch out for—and a lot of studio techniques, too. Of course, I wasn’t in a big studio like he was, but I would take the things I would learn from him and take them to my bedroom studio. That’s how the bedroom recording and the big-production thing meshed for me. After that, I just kind of struck out on my own. Instead of going apeshit over sports, I really delved into music and started working with a lot of West Coast G-Funk kinds of things.

Speaking of G-Funk…you’ve worked with Snoop before, and he appears on the new album. How is he to work with?
Oh, man, he’s a great guy. I wouldn’t bullshit you—he’s really cool and laid-back. And he’s very smart, but he makes himself relatable, so you don’t even always notice what a smart guy he is. He’s got a really positive energy. We have a lot of respect for each other. When he came over to my house to do “Hit Da Pavement," the first song from 7 Days of Funk, he just pulled up to my house with his cousin, and we were just jammin’ in my bedroom. He just put the microphone up to his mouth and just did it. He’s so down to earth, and he abides by the G code. He’s just a good guy.

I’ve heard you DJ, and I get the feeling that you’re definition of funk is a pretty wide-open one.
Yeah, cats like Larry Heard and Theo Parrish will always be in the mix. Larry Heard…he is just so good! I’m into a lot of styles, really—that’s why my music sounds the way it does, and isn’t just straight slap-funk. I try to mix in beautiful chords, interesting drum machines, and all kinds of stuff.

That range shows in your choice of guests on the new album. Somewhere between the Q-Tip and Snoop cuts, you have a song with Ariel Pink, for instance.
Ariel Pink is one of my favorite new artists—really. And there’s Nite Jewel, and Computer Jay, too. These are all people I know. I operate on a pretty organic vibe. Like Q-Tip…I just know him from seeing him backstage, saying, “Hey, what’s up man.” I had this song called “I’m Just Tryna Survive (In the Big City),” and I thought of him—and I had his number, so I just hit him up. I sent him the music—and he sent it back the very next day.

"I’m comfortable with what I have—being able to make music, getting it to people with like minds, and having that music become part of their lives."

Yeah, that’s what I said. Sometimes I wonder if people are paying attention to me, or even know who I am. But when things like that happen, it shows me that I must be doing something right.

I don’t think you have to worry about that; there seems to be a lot of respect for you among your peers.

Photo: Matthew Scott

Photo: Matthew Scott

I’ve based my career on trying to keep my integrity and not selling out. And for someone like Q-Tip to do something that fast and that good for me, it does show that the respect is there. I guess it’s like with Larry Heard—some of us know and respect this guy, but he might never know, because there’s no easy way for me or you to express it to him. So I just have to sit and believe that there are people out there, even though I’m walking around wondering if people even know who I am. But once in a while, I’m reminded that people know my music, and that the most important thing. That’s what makes me happy. I’m comfortable with what I have—being able to make music, getting it to people with like minds, and having that music become part of their lives.

Dâm-Funk's Invite the Light is available now through Stones Throw Records.

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Medlar Returns to Wolf Music http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/medlar-returns-to-wolf-music/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/medlar-returns-to-wolf-music/#comments Mon, 14 Sep 2015 16:36:28 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=101999 Medlar returns to Wolf Music in October for his first solo release since his debut album, Sleep.

WOLFEP030 follows a collaboration on Delusions of Grandeur with Dan Shake, and a remix of Andreya Triana for Ninja Tune, with four intricate and varied cuts. The rolling, sci-fi synth work of "Loon" kicks off the EP, before rolling into the beautifully organic "Paradise," the jazz-tinged "Dawn Chorus," and the EP closer "Angel Race," a gorgeous, almost ambient cut.

WOLFEP030 will be out via Wolf Music on October 5.


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Blank Slate Teases New 12" from Michal Wolski http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/blank-slate-teases-new-12-from-michal-wolski/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/blank-slate-teases-new-12-from-michal-wolski/#comments Mon, 14 Sep 2015 10:57:02 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=102057 Michal Wolski rejoins the Blank Slate syndicate next month with issue no. 11. The Warsaw veteran debuted on Kamal Naeem's specialist techno label—which has also overseen releases from Arnaldo, White Visitation, and Shcaa—last year, and his forthcoming 011 promises to extend his signature take on dubby, minimalist techno. Opening with the airy "Midnight Train," which was originally released on cassette via Wolski’s own Minicromusic imprint, all four tracks are said to play off their creators' patience, subtlety, and ability to "summon thick, hypnotic ambience." Stream snippets below before Blank Slate 011 lands on October 3.

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Stream a Track from INIT's Debut Album on Hivern Discs http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/stream-a-track-from-inits-debut-album-on-hivern-discs/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/stream-a-track-from-inits-debut-album-on-hivern-discs/#comments Mon, 14 Sep 2015 09:32:47 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=102033 John Talabot’s Hivern Discs label starts afresh in 2015 by announcing the release of its first full length LP, coming from the duo known as INIT and entitled Two Pole Resonance.

Hailing from Frankfurt's Rhein-Main region, INIT is comprised of Nadia D’Alò and Benedikt Frey, both of whom were featured on the title track of Massimiliano Pagliara’s 2014 LP on Live At Robert Johnson.

To mark today's album release, Shake Off Dust can be streamed in full below.

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Premiere: Hear a Track From Trust Image's New Album for 1080p http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/premiere-hear-a-track-from-trust-images-new-album-for-1080p/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/premiere-hear-a-track-from-trust-images-new-album-for-1080p/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 22:51:36 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=101344 Later this month, Canadian imprint 1080p will release Trust Image's Rory's World.

The nine-track album follows on from Trust Images's previous "Metalheadz-inspired" cassette, with the NYC producer expanding his palette and taking the listener on a journey through old-school breaks, rave-tinged warehouse jams, and raw, lo-fi house. Raw, multi-colored, and packed full of good vibes, Rory's World feels like you've just stumbled across an old dust-covered gem, one that somehow flew under the radar.

Rory's World will be out digitally, and on cassette, on September 18 via 1080p. Ahead of the release, you can stream the soon-to-classic cut "Doing You Wrong" in full below.


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Review: Novation Launchpad and Launchkey 61 http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/09/review-novation-launchpad-and-launchkey-61/ http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/09/review-novation-launchpad-and-launchkey-61/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 20:28:39 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=101398 Novation’s Launchpad—which has now expanded to Pro, Mini, and app versions—has been a staple in the Ableton world (and the rest of the DAW world, for that matter) for many years now. Aiming at Ableton’s session view, and with a simplistic approach to clip launching, control, and integration, the unit quickly became a must-have device for producers and live performers; the very modest retail price was the icing on the cake. In 2013, Novation then introduced its Launchkey range, featuring a Mini version, as well as the 25, 49, and 61-key units. The Launchkeys are a hybrid of sorts, fusing pads, keys, knobs, and faders for an altogether more complete unit. This year, Novation decided to give them all a revamp, with all the previously mentioned units now featuring RGB LED backlit pads.

How they Look

Upon unboxing, I noticed that both the Launchpad and the Launchkey 61 are made of a quite sturdy, albeit very light, plastic—the Launchpad weighs in at 1.5 pounds, with the Launchkey 61 at around 20 pounds. Both units feel right at home sitting on a desk, they both have molded rubber bottoms which sit perfectly flat and stick to most surfaces, causing very minimal movement when in use. One problem with the Launchkey—and this would relate to most bedroom producers—was its length. At nearly 40 inches, the unit didn’t leave much room for anything else on a standard size desk. The Launchpad, on the other hand, sits at a very portable and small, 9.5 x 9.5 inches, allowing for easy transportation and storage.

Once plugged in via the USB bus powers, you’ll immediately notice that both unit’s eye-catching RGB LEDs light up, giving a glimpse into the possibilities available when playing live. The Launchpad features an 8x8 grid of pads, which can be used to launch clips, play drum racks and instruments, and control mixer settings, and with the RGB update, the pads now match, color for color, the clips in your Ableton session. This also applies to the Launchkey’s 16 pads, taking the both unit’s integration with Ableton even further and allowing for easy experimentation with arrangements and instruments—the RGB update, when color coded correctly, is a godsend when playing live, drastically minimizing the risk of hitting the wrong clip, not to mention allowing for a more engrossing show for the audience.


How they work

Both units are completely class-compliant, which means that you can just “plug and play” with no installation necessary on any Mac or Windows—the units also work seamlessly with iOS, although a powered USB hub is needed, as well as a camera connection kit or a lightning to USB camera adapter. The Launchpad and Launchkey are also exclusively connected and powered by USB. This definitely isn’t a deal breaker, but it would be a nice inclusion for the units to include five-pin MIDI sockets for the possibility of controlling hardware.

Although the two units do share overlapping functions, there are clear areas where each stand out. The Launchpad’s 8 non-assignable function buttons running horizontally across the top of the unit act as its control center, allowing for fast, responsive, and easy access to the session view, mixer controls, and the two user modes. Its primary use, and where it really excels, is in Ableton’s session view launching clips. In mixer mode, the Launchpad allows you to control volume, panning, and sends and returns—although, when controlling the volume, it’s not as accurate as a fader would be, with the volume taking rather large steps up or down. The Launchpad's two user modes feature the most flexibility, sending MIDI data and allowing you to play drum racks and instruments, MIDI-map to control effects, and sequence and control mostly any Max4Live device. The only gripe in regards to the user modes is that the pads are not velocity sensitive, but again, it’s not definitely not a deal breaker.

The very small downfalls of the Launchpad were made completely irrelevant when used in conjunction with the Launchkey, its main functions stepping in to create a true production hub. The 16 pads on the Launchkey are velocity sensitive and, like the Launchpad, are used for instrument control or launching clips. Novation’s “InControl” feature takes the Launchkey’s functionality much deeper. When on, “InControl” automatically maps its pads, faders, and knobs to the corresponding clips, track volume faders, and the selected instrument/effect controls, respectively. When “InControl” is off, the pads, faders, and knobs can be mapped to whatever you see fit. It can also be toggled on or off mid recording, which essentially doubles the control features available at any one time. The synth-style keyboard’s action is light and fast, and the semi-weighted keys are also velocity sensitive, but with no aftertouch. The knobs and faders feel solid and smooth, and a small LED display shows the value of the current parameter being controlled.

Both units come bundled with extras, including Ableton Live Lite, Novation’s Bass Station and V-Station VSTs, and a good chunk of samples from Loopmasters.

The Bottom Line

Both units are well made, well thought-out controllers for modern DAWS and the update to RGB pads only accentuates this. It’s hard to go past the Launchpad for its price, ease of use, and functionality in the live space. And if you’re looking for the perfect all-in-one production hub, the Launchkey is a safe and sure bet although, in my opinion, the 61 is too long to be compatible for most home-studio set ups. The Launchkey 41 has exactly the same features—and at 10 inches shorter, is much more practical.

Launchpad MSRP $219.99

Launchkey 61 MSRP $299.99

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Pioneer Introduces First Hardware Controllers for Rekordbox http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/pioneer-introduces-first-controllers-for-rekordbox-for-rekordbox/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/pioneer-introduces-first-controllers-for-rekordbox-for-rekordbox/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 18:00:55 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=101915

Today, Pioneer announced the launch of the DDJ-RZ and DDJ-RX controllers – the first hardware to deliver native control of rekordbox dj performance software. The controllers give rekordbox DJs the ability to prepare tracks in Rekordbox and then get plug-and-play performance with the software, directly from a laptop. The DDJ-RZ and DDJ-RX mirror the layout of the software precisely to enable intuitive creative performances. The controller also features low latency jog wheels with On Jog Display, multi-coloured Performance Pads and a four-channel mixer to deliver highly responsive control. New to these controllers are the beat parameter buttons, Sampler Cue mode, and the Sequencer mode – which lets you record and loop sample sequences on the fly.

The DDJ-RZ shares all the features of the DDJ-RX, plus a club-quality magnetic crossfader and large jog wheels inherited from the top-flight CDJ-2000NXS. The OSC Sampler gives you the freedom to trigger and manipulate pre-set oscillator samples—or load your own in rekordbox dj. Two USB sound cards and ports with a top-loaded input switcher enable smooth DJ transitions.

For more information on these two brand new controllers from Pioneer, check out the video they just released over on their website.

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Ruff Cherry "Endless World" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/09/ruff-cherry-endless-world/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/09/ruff-cherry-endless-world/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 17:49:01 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=101976 Launched in April 2014, Midgar Records is a Berlin-based label pushing a deep and texturally rich techno sound. Its influences are evident in the latest release from Ruff Cherry, whose Ritual EP presents a sound that is as indebted to deep ambient tones as it is to dancefloor-focused techno. Ritual is the first EP from the Irish producer since 2013, when he released his Section 31 EP on A Sagittariun’s imprint Elastic Dreams. In support of the EP, Ruff Cherry and Midgar have passed along the exclusive cut "Endless World," which, like its name, features an endless world of textures to get lost in. Wrapping itself around a syncopated rhythm, the track winds its way through dub-tinged bass tones, skittering percussion and haunting ambience, gathering momentum throughout, before slowing to a crawl at the end. Ritual is out this month, and "Endless World" can be download for free below.

Endless World

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XLR8R's Top 10 Downloads of August http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/top-10-august-2015/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/top-10-august-2015/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 17:00:48 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=101782 Now that the calendar has ticked over into September, and the final downloads of last month have had time to work their magic, it's once again time to announce our top 10 most popular tracks to land in XLR8R's downloads section in August. Like July, this month was mostly made up of original productions with London-based producer Poté taking the top spot with his body-moving cut "Oryx." Poté was joined in the top 10 by Mark Karmill, Chaos In The CBD & Archie Pelago, Bendejo, and Tecs Evergreen, among others.

August's 10 most popular XLR8R downloads have been assembled into a list below and can be grabbed for free by following their respective links. In addition, all 10 tracks have been compiled into one convenient file, which can be downloaded via WeTransfer below.

1. Poté "Oryx"
2. Ishivu "Gryning (Matt Karmil Remix)"
3. Chaos In The CBD ft. Archie Pelago "Common Unity"
4. Bendejo "Unravel"
5. Luc Angenehm & Christian Bachmann "Golden Road (Original Mix)"
6. Tecs Evergreen "Skyline Drive"
7. Roscius "Petrol"
8. Vessels "Vertical (Jinjé remix)"
9. Flare x Buffa "Process"
10. Ghost Feet "Doom"

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Helios Yume http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/09/helios-yume/ http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/09/helios-yume/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 16:27:49 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=101962 For a little over a decade, Keith Kenniff’s output as Helios has taken us into calm and pastoral surroundings. Since 2004, the Berklee College of Music percussion major and Portland, Oregon resident’s albums have been consistently soundtracking listeners’ cozy mornings as they watch sunbeams stream through curtains, stroll in the woods after a fresh rain, and take part in similarly contemplative moments. But Kenniff’’s work is far from new-age muzak or Buddha Bar chill-out drivel. Rather, it’s a serenely unpretentious mix of intricate electronic compositions accented by acoustic instrumentation—folktronica by another name—a sound that Kenniff unwittingly pioneered.

Although that awkward genre term (which encompass anything from folky IDM, to artists like Four Tet, Bibio or Caribou and postrock bands Mice Parade or The Album Leaf) hardly seems apt to describe Kenniff’s music these days, it does hint at the depth and craft that he applies on this album. Kenniff, who also moonlights in neoclassical project Goldmund and as half of shoegaze pop duo Mint Julep, delivers a tremendously satisfying creation—all instrumentals, all saturated with blissful notes and chords.

Each piece on Yume (Japanese for “dream”) is delicately stitched together, like silk through a weaving loom, producing soft and colorfully patterned songs. Throughout, Kenniff’s frequent but unobtrusive use of guitars and piano add a distinctly human touch to the gentle and melodic synth atmospherics. Additionally, cellist Amos Cochran and violist Ben Davis add nuance to songs like “Skies Minus” and “The Roots”; their strings sit in the background, shimmering through the waves ever so subtly. Thankfully, there are no melodramatic orchestral flourishes; instead, the instrumentation, including some unexpected sonic sources, is blended and arranged to lead from one complementary section to the next.

While bird songs, creaking floors and other environmental “found sounds” have been incorporated in previous works, they’re more thoroughly integrated on Yume. You hear these sampled elements notably on “Sonora Lac,” where they form an evocative percussive backdrop that scrapes and rattles along like a mule pulling a wagon along a dirt road. Songs like “Pearls” and “Every Passing Hour,” which recalls the placid majesty of “The Toy Garden” from ‘06 release Eingya, feature more traditional drum loops and percussion.

Balancing the proceedings are gorgeous percussion-free, ambient numbers “Again” and “Embrace,” which feel like being drenched in rose petals or floating through clouds. In the end, Kenniff’s compositions journey out into natural green landscapes, and bring us back to wherever we call home. The world is a hectic place. It’s nice to know you can retreat to Yume for refuge and restoration.

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Premiere: Hear Audion remix Ghost Culture's "Lucky" http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/premiere-hear-audion-remix-ghost-cultures-lucky/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/premiere-hear-audion-remix-ghost-cultures-lucky/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 16:05:50 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=101907 The third single from Ghost Culture's self-titled debut, featuring a remix from Audion, is out today on Phantasy Sound.

The critically acclaimed debut album was released back in January on Phantasy. The haunting, vocal-led cut "Lucky" now gets the remix treatment by none other than Matthew Dear's Audion, who twists the vocals and analog-driven sounds of the original into a swirling, dancefloor bomb.

The remix is available today via the Phantasy webstore, with the track also streaming in full below; along with upcoming tour dates.

Sept 11 Bestival – Jagerhouse, Isle of White, UK
Oct 08 Le Sucre – Lyon, FR
Oct 09 Paloma – Nimes, FR
Oct 10 Le Confort Moderne – Poitiers, FR
Oct 17 XOYO – London, UK (DJ)
Nov 07 MIRA Festival – Barcelona, ES
Nov 13 Les Inrocks at Le Grand Mix – Lille, FR
Nov 14 Les Inrocks at La Cigale – Paris, FR
Nov 15 Les Inrocks at Stereolux – Nantes, FR
Nov 17 Les Inrocks at Le Bikini – Toulouse, FR
Nov 19 I.boat – Bordeaux, FR
Nov 20 L'Ubu – Rennes, FR
Nov 21 Le 106 – Rouen, FR
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Sub Club Launches Label, Nautilus Rising http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/sub-club-launches-label-nautilus-rising/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/sub-club-launches-label-nautilus-rising/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 10:40:15 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=101887 Glasgow's renowned clubbing institution Sub Club is launching a label, Nautilus Rising.

Known for its world class residents, a dedication to quality and longevity, and, not to mention, having its Subculture Saturday night be known as the world's longest running house and techno night, Sub Club has long cemented its reputation in the clubbing world. The label further cements that reputation with the launch of its first record label, which will kick off with NR001, an EP stacked with world class cuts from an all-Scottish cast. Three of the artists on the EP, Alex Smoke, Vince Watson, and Lord of the Isles, helped launch the label at a Boiler Room showcase yesterday, alongside Harri & Domenic. Stephen Hopkin is the fourth artist on the inaugural EP.

The record is set for a limited run vinyl release on October 15, with the digital release following in November. In the meantime, Nautilus Rising has shared previews of all four cuts, which you can stream via the players below.

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Eagles and Butterflies Announces New Album http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/eagles-and-butterflies-announces-new-album/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/eagles-and-butterflies-announces-new-album/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 10:27:24 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=101949 Eagles & Butterflies the English-born artist who has been showing up on radars and gaining support from the likes of Dixon, Âme, John Digweed, Tale Of Us and many more, has just completed his second studio album, an 11-track work titled Abstract.

Abstract is scheduled for release October 26 release via Beatport, and will be available for pre-order on November 13. Release via all other shops will be on November 20.


01 We Get High feat. J.U.D.G.E
02 Colours Of Arps
03 Black & White
04 Same Place Same Time
05 Colours
06 Welcome To The Jungle
07. Textures
08. The Secret Garden
09. Sounds Of Colours
10.  So Long feat. J.U.D.G.E
11.  Black Canvas


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The Lowdown: This Week's Top Posts with Kangding Ray, Nils Frahm and Olafur Arnalds, and Konstantin Sibold http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/the-lowdown-this-weeks-top-posts-with-kangding-ray-nils-frahm-and-olafur-arnalds-and-konstantin-sibold/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/the-lowdown-this-weeks-top-posts-with-kangding-ray-nils-frahm-and-olafur-arnalds-and-konstantin-sibold/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 09:00:24 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=101900 Subscribe to the XLR8R Lowdown

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

Podcast: Konstantin Sibold


With a string of further releases on Caramelo, Kompakt and Snork Enterprises under his belt, it came as no surprise when he was voted Newcomer of the Year 2013 by the readers of Groove, an award that was accompanied by the #2 slot for Remix of the Year 2013 for his version of "No One Gets Left Behind", from DJ Yellow and Flowers and Sea Creatures. Sibold’s output to date reflects an artist with an ability to blend genres like few others, and that's what he done on this week’s XLR8R podcast.

Downloads: Top 10 of August


Now that the calendar has ticked over into September, and the final downloads of last month have had time to work their magic, it's once again time to announce our top 10 most popular tracks to land in XLR8R's downloads section in August.

Q&A: Planet Mu's Mike Paradinas


His pioneering, still-vital electronic-music label marks its 20th anniversary with a sprawling retrospective.

B2B: Josh Wink and Steve Bug

Photo: Ana Ruiz de Villota

Photo: Ana Ruiz de Villota

When they're not in Ibiza or otherwise jet-setting around the world, Wink spends time in his Philadelphia home, while Bug resides in Berlin—but XLR8R recently had the opportunity to get the two together on Skype for a chat about tag-teaming, podium dancers, and awkward energy at EDM stages, among other topics.

Interview: Synkro


Manchester, U.K. producer Synkro (a.k.a. Joe McBride) has gone through some big changes in the last few years. If his sound was once in tune with the prevailing deeper resonances of dubstep and the fringes of drum & bass, he’s dancing to a different rhythm now. But while his outlook has altered, this transfiguration is something he’s embraced.

Q&A: Nils Frahm

Photograph: Michael O'Neal

Photograph: Michael O'Neal

As the phone clicks and a soft-spoken Nils Frahm gives a greeting, it’s hard to imagine how he even has time for an interview, let alone a new project. Now, in the midst of an extensive touring period, he's found time to deliver his edition of the Late Night Tales series, drawn from his extensive music collection which occupies his home in Berlin

News: Stream Track fromNils Frahm and Olafur Arnalds EP

01 O?lafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm - p ress photo by Tonje Thilesen_WEB

Nils Frahm and Ólafur Arnalds have launched a new site which features a brand new, 45 minute documentary video of the two artists hanging out in the studio together creating new music. Additionally, there are three releases - two 12”s and a 7” - of Nils & Olafur’s works available for sale now, the newest being Loon, which features new, unreleased music.

Premiere: Hear Kenton Slash Deamons “Syko”


Opening with twisted, almost unrecognizable vocal samples and swelling waves of noise, the nostalgic-tinged "Syko" is a beautiful, organic slice of house music reminiscent of the likes DJ Koze and his Pampa label. It's the slightly darker, low-slung brother to the previously released "Harpe," perfect for getting lost on the dancefloor in the early hours of the morning.

Weekly Selections: Horst Festival, Sustain Release, Percolate


Sustain-Release returns for its second year this weekend Sep 11-13 to Camp Lakota in the Catskill mountains of upstate New York featuring acts like The Black Madonna, Mike Servito, Veronica Vasicka, Paula Temple, and Beautiful Swimmers. Belgium's Horst Arts and Music Festival takes place also for its second year this Friday and Saturday, located in the surroundings of a castle in the green valley of the Hageland hills, and boasting a stellar musical lineup with acts Gerd Janson, FaltyDL / Waajeed - live, Palms Trax, and others, plus visual interactive art curation by architect duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh. Over in the U.K. on Saturday, XLR8R podcast alumni Leon Vynehall is set to play an eight hour all night set for Percolate at the intimate 200 capacity Studio Spaces E2 loft in Shoreditch.

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Premiere: Hear a Track off Alixander III’s Upcoming EP http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/premiere-hear-a-track-off-alixander-iiis-upcoming-ep/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/premiere-hear-a-track-off-alixander-iiis-upcoming-ep/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 01:26:20 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=101897 Alixander III of the duo Azari & III is set to release his newest EP, Heavy Friends Pt. II, via Toy Tonics.

Set to release on September 14, each of the EP’s four tracks feature guest vocalists and producers, all of whom are Toronto natives, like Alixander himself. The release represents the city adequately, proving that Toronto is very much in tune when it comes to its display of classic and soulful techno. The track “Go On And Touch Me,” which is featured as an exclusive premiere on XLR8R before its release, is a joint production effort from Alixander III and Tuxxedo, who together create a dark, wavering techno cut with a compelling Detroit influence.

You can stream the track below and order your copy of Heavy Friends Pt. II by going here.

1. Alixander III & Marsupials - Broken Promises
2. Alixander III, Saytek & Dave DeValera - Don't Trust Me
3. Alixander III & Tuxxedo - Go On Use Me
4. Alixander III feat. Kim E and Gingy - (She's So) Young

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Gordon "What You Want" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/09/gordon-what-you-want/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/09/gordon-what-you-want/#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2015 22:12:43 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=101865 Founded in 2006, the eclectic French record label InFiné has over one-hundred-fifty releases under its belt from a large array of well-respected artists including Apparat, Oxia, Rone, and label co-founder, Agoria. To celebrate its ninth anniversary, InFiné released the eleven track compilation album Explorer #1 on August 28. The multifarious compilation refuses to stick to a single genre and features tracks that are strictly classical and atmospheric, while others have a rigorous, dance-oriented attitude.

French DJ and producer Gordon, who has been a central component of the label’s success, has offered up his cut "What You Want" as an exclusive download on XLR8R. The track is an unshakeable and rousing house jam with a spruce demeanour, using a multitude of sensuous vocal samples on top of lush drums that give the song its fashionable warmth and style. This is the second Gordon track that we have featured in our download section, you can download his previous cut, "MK Ultra," off his debut EP, Bleu Merleby going here.

Be sure to download the track below and check out the rest of the compilation Explorer #1 by going here.

What you Want

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Bob Moses Kicks Off LP and North American Tour at Symbiosis Gathering http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/bob-moses-kicks-off-lp-debut-and-north-american-tour-at-symbiosis/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/bob-moses-kicks-off-lp-debut-and-north-american-tour-at-symbiosis/#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2015 21:25:34 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=101849 The deeply contemplative sounds of Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance, known as the duo Bob Moses, have successfully created a middling and brooding sonic landscape that teeters between the organic and the electronic in a wholly unique fashion. The Vancouver-born, New York-based duo is set to release its debut album, Days Gone By, via Domino Records on September 18 before embarking on a two month North America Tour.

To start off its tour, Bob Moses will be performing its Days Gone By LP live for the first time at this year’s Symbiosis Gathering in Oakdale, CA on September 19th—just a day after the release of the album. The festival is hosting a great deal of talented artists this year including Nicolas Jaar, Gaiser, Justin Martin, Pantha Du Prince, fellow Domino signee Four Tet and many, many more.

You can watch the music video of the Bob Moses cut “Talk” in the video above, and be sure to check out all the various shenanigans and festivities that Symbiosis has to offer this year by going here.


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Dates for Debut Tour of David August & Ensemble Announced http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/dates-for-debut-tour-of-david-august-ensemble-announced/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/dates-for-debut-tour-of-david-august-ensemble-announced/#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2015 20:10:59 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=101827 Twenty-four year old composer, musician, and Hamburg native David August has experienced a wild rise to fame this year, being named one of Resident Advisor's top five live acts in the world and also selling out his most recent North American Tour. August has now decided to evolve his live performance by throwing four new musicians into the mix. His ensemble consists of three musicians: vocalist and harpist Sissi Rada, guitarist Max Trieder, and Marcel Braun on percussion and vocals. Having previously performed with the group at XJazz Festival in Berlin and Electronic Beats festival in Cologne, David August & Ensemble will take to the road this year for a month long PROLOG tour for the very first time.

Be sure to check out the tour dates posted below as well as a video of David August & Ensemble's performance at the Electronic Beats festival.

Tour Dates:

10/16 - Melkweg - Amsterdam

10/18 - Mousonturm - Frankfurt

10/19 - Strom - Munich

10/20 - Liederhalle - Stuttgart

10/21 - Divan Du Monde - Paris

10/22 - Piaf - Antwerp

10/23 - Kulturkirche - Cologne

10/25 - Kampnagel - Hamburg

11/7 - Volksbühne - Berlin

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Various Artists: The Nite Owl Buffet Vol. 1 http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/09/various-artists-the-nite-owl-buffet-vol-1/ http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/09/various-artists-the-nite-owl-buffet-vol-1/#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2015 20:04:14 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=101829 When you've had a great night at the club, you just may end up at a diner with your friends afterwards—at least according to Alex Burkat. While the Philly/NYC–based producer does indeed love a good plate of pancakes, there’s more to his love of diners than just breakfast classics served by a waitress calling you "toots": “Talk to your average person and say you like techno, they’ll start to imagine some Ibiza-looking kind of guy," he says. "But house and techno are as American as diners and apple pie, and those are things from the U.S. that I’m actually proud of.”

It’s with the same pride and diner-booth-camaraderie that Burkat and Chicago's Chrissy run The Nite Owl Diner, an imprint as focused on showcasing the talent of their musical friends as it is pushing the breadth and sound of modern house music. Now four releases in, the Nite Owl Diner has caught the ears of DJs across the globe, with records from the Black Madonna and Nautiluss quickly demanding represses. Last week brought on the young imprint’s first mini-compilation, The Nite Owl Buffet Vol 1 four-tracker.

Burkat himself leads off the release with “Out2C”, a cut that he says was originally conceived of as a dubstep tune, before he slowed it down and smoothing out the rhythm into a driving house number. “We’re not putting out just bangers," he says.  "Sometimes, we’re deliberately putting out records that will be good for early in the night or winding down late at night with friends.” The track falls somewhere between those two extremes, using a pressurized thudding bass and shuffling beat to hypnotize your head and move your feet. The next tune, "Work," keeps the Chicago vibes going, with Smart Bar and Argot affiliate Savile teaming up with fresh-faced Chicago producer JKnochel. Imbued with equal parts pysche and jack, the number is built around an arpeggiated synth riff, just the right amount of snare, and the classic "work me, god damn it" vocal sample..

Boston music maker Ali Berger takes the driving momentum from those two numbers, hits the gas, and never turns back with his club burner “WKL,” a Dance Mania–esque club banger that rides a simple yet addictive groove, one that shifts ever so slightly while pounding the drums at 130 bpm. Finally, keeping it all in the family , sthe snappy low-end infused “Sup” from Olin—another Smart Bar/Argot affiliate, and a frequent collaborator with Savile—sticking to the Chicago-style vibes.

Whatever’s in the coffee over at the Nite Owl Diner seems to be working brilliantly, as Burkat and Shively build serious momentum for their young imprint while playing to their strengths in showcasing the Chicago house-influenced work of friends. For club play or winding down the night, The Nite Owl Buffet Vol. 1 will have you asking for a refill. Check, please!

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Mountain Range "Circles" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/09/mountain-range-circles/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/09/mountain-range-circles/#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2015 19:31:32 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=101824 Leads-based artist Stuart Thomas (a.k.a. Mountain Range) last landed in XLR8R's downloads section back in 2013 with his track "A Silence of Three Parts," which featured on his Adjustments EP on Bad Panda. Now, Thomas returns with his debut full-length album, A Thousand Times Troubles, to be released via his own label, Left Haunted. From the album is "Circles," a gorgeous and intricately woven piece of melodic house. Held together by beautiful synths and low-key, muted drums, "Circles" is a patient cut that rewards the listener sonically, and emotionally. A Thousand Times Troubles will be released on October 16, and in the meantime, you can download "Circles" for free below.


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HORST Announces Artist Schedule, Shares Videos http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/horst-announces-artist-schedule-shares-videos/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/horst-announces-artist-schedule-shares-videos/#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2015 16:29:11 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=101818 HORST music and arts festival has released its 2015 artist schedule, along with three videos and the announcement that DJ Waajeed will replace Lapalux—who had to pull out due to unforeseen circumstances.

HORST takes place in and around the beautiful castle of Horst in Holsbeek, Belgium on Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12. You can find the full artist schedule below, along with three videos which detail a special stage at HORST, information about the food area, and details about a highlighted artwork, respectively.

18.00: Exalt b2b Eklektiker
20.00: Innershades
22.00: Palms Trax – live
23.00: Tom Trago
00.30: Marcellus Pittman
02.00: Gerd Janson
03.30: Job Jobse

Red Bull Music Academy Stage
designed by Robbrecht and Daem
18.00: Poldoore
22.00: Throwing Snow - live
23.00: Sinjin Hawke b2b Zora Jones
00.30: Benji B
02.30: DJ EZ
04.00: LTGL

14.00: Kiani & His Legion
15.30: Glenn Astro
17.00: Hashman Deejay
18.30: Midland
20.30: San Soda
22.30: Tama Sumo b2b Lakuti
00.30: Jeremy Underground

Red Bull Music Academy Stage
designed by Robbrecht and Daem
14.00: Sokoto
15.00: Day Fly
16.30: YellowStraps
17.15: Nickodemus
18.45: Lefto
20.30: Drew Lustman aka FaltyDL
22.00: Romare - live
23.00: Waajeed
00.30: Oneman

Robbrecht & Daem Architects - Castra from ONKRUID on Vimeo.

ONKRUID Kitchen from ONKRUID on Vimeo.

Kaspar Hamacher - Black Tree Das "unlebbar" gewordene Leben from ONKRUID on Vimeo.


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Weekly Selections: Sustain-Release, Horst Festival, Percolate pres. Leon Vynehall http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/weekly-selections-sustain-release-horst-festival-percolate-pres-leon-vynehall/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/weekly-selections-sustain-release-horst-festival-percolate-pres-leon-vynehall/#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2015 16:00:21 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=101784 Sustain-Release returns for its second year this weekend Sep 11-13 to Camp Lakota in the Catskill mountains of upstate New York featuring acts like The Black Madonna, Mike ServitoVeronica Vasicka, Paula Temple, and Beautiful Swimmers.

Belgium's Horst Arts and Music Festival takes place also for its second year this Friday and Saturday, located in the surroundings of a castle in the green valley of the Hageland hills, and boasting a stellar musical lineup with acts Gerd Janson, FaltyDL / Waajeed - live, Palms Trax, and others, plus visual interactive art curation by architect duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh.

Over in the U.K. on Saturday, XLR8R podcast alumni Leon Vynehall is set to play an eight hour all night set for Percolate at the intimate 200 capacity Studio Spaces E2 loft in Shoreditch.

Each Thursday we highlight a selection of events taking place in the U.S., Europe and beyond and welcome our readers to submit events for consideration. To submit a new event or to search events in your city visit our events page.


output three

Living The Dream | DJ Three/ Grumptronix + Special Guest on The Roof
Output - Brooklyn, NY, US
Sensory Night w/ Agent Orange, Angelo Scalici, Illegal Lizard & More
TBA Brooklyn - Brooklyn, NY, US
Teengirl Fantasy (live) * Jeremiah Meece * Teen Witch Fan Club
Smartbar - Chicago , IL, US
Built By MeanRed & GHB | Darude (DJ Set)
Cielo - New York, NY, US
INPUT | TÂCHES/ Joakim at Output
Studio 80 - Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands



Sustain Release 2015
Unnamed Venue - Wurtsboro, NY, US
Horst Festival 2015
Horst Castle - Holsbeek, Belgium
Get On Down
Studio 80 - Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Oasis Festival
Fellah hotel - Morocco
Fixed on The Roof | Aeroplane/ JDH & Dave P
Output - Brooklyn, NY, US
Fiction Side Show w/ Mathias Matthew, Pony, Gilles Wasserman, Joe Foxton, Steve Graham
TBA Brooklyn - Brooklyn, NY, US
Vibracathedral Orchestra
Fuse Art Space - Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Bar Standard - Denver, CO, US
Opulent Temple: Dust Off w/ Crystal Method (DJ Set) & Deekline (UK)
Public Works SF - San Francisco, CA, US
Resonate Presents: Nick Curly (8 Bit, Trust)
Jet Lounge - Houston, TX, US
Fur Coat/ Maksim/ Carlos Alkalina
Output - Brooklyn, NY, US
Framework presents Danny Tenaglia | Heidi Lawden
Sound Nightclub - Hollywood, CA, US
Brooklyn Mirage - Brooklyn, NY, US
Awsum Kulture #MOMENTUM
TBA - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
FABRICLIVE 11.9 w/ Ben Pearce, Jesse Rose, Metalheadz, Goldie
fabric - London, London, United Kingdom
Berghain/Panorama Bar - Berlin, Germany
§§03: Samsara Sessions Invites The Gods Planet
Arena Club - Berlin, Germany
Paula Temple, Morgan Louis
Baby's All Right - Brooklyn, NY, US


tba sep 12

TBA Night w/ Sierra Sam, Pascal Hetzel, Gil K
TBA Brooklyn - Brooklyn, NY, US
TheHundred Presents - Yolanda Be Cool
Club Vinyl - Denver, CO, US
Post Playa Dreams w/ Rodriguez Jr., Bedouin, Mikey Lion, Jon Charnis & MORE
Public Works SF - San Francisco, CA, US
Sleaze with JKriv * Chrissy
Smartbar - Chicago , IL, US
The Shakedown: Residents Night w Rob Paine & Willyum + The Truth DJs Upstairs
The Barbary - Philadelphia, PA, US
Art Department/ DJ Qu/ Nitin + Nikola & Friends: Ray Zuniga/ Guada FK/ Alex Graham/ Chico Abreu in The Panther Room
Output - Brooklyn, NY, US
Inception Presents Umek | Huxley | Josh Billings & Nonfiction
Exchange LA - Los Angeles, CA, US
Percolate pres. Leon Vynehall All Night Long at Studio Spaces E2
Studio Spaces E2 - London, London, United Kingdom
fabric 12.9 w/ Richie Hawtin, Julian Jeweil & Nonplus with Boddika, Eduardo de la Calle
fabric - London, London, United Kingdom
Studio 80 - Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Berghain/Panorama Bar - Berlin, Germany


ur art sep 13

UR Art Festival - M.A.N.D.Y / Rob Garza / Mia Lucci / John Wander at Bergamot Station - Writers Bootcamp
Bergamot Station - Santa Monica, CA, US
Piknic Électronik Bcn #12 (Showcase: B4 All Stars) - Paco Osuna b2b Matthew Dear + Paul Ritch Live + Robert Dietz + Rablo Luque & Luca Fabiani
Jardins de Joan Brossa - Barcelona, Spain
Piknic Electronik Montreal - DJ Three
Parc Jean-Drapeau - Montreal, QC, Canada
WERD. | Nikita (Listed / NYC)
Monarch - San Francisco, CA, US



Berghain/Panorama Bar - Berlin, Germany
Anti-Social Tuesdays w/ Jules, Kevin Giraldo and Simon Heyliger's BDay
TBA Brooklyn - Brooklyn, NY, US
Extra Dark
Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, US



Clinic with Patrice Baumel (Kompakt) & Guests
Couture - Hollywood, CA, US
DJ Japancakes/ Yoo Q/ NASASEASONS/ SoSmartYourStupid/ J Hype/ Rugby + Special Guest in The Panther Room
Output - Brooklyn, NY, US
Studio 80 - Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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Premiere: Listen to Locked Groove’s latest track, “Namibia” http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/premiere-listen-to-locked-grooves-latest-track-nambia/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/premiere-listen-to-locked-grooves-latest-track-nambia/#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2015 15:31:27 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=101765 When it comes to house and techno, Belgian producer Tim Van de Meutter (aka Locked Groove) has an intrinsic knack for wistful grooves and convoluted rhythms. Teaming up with the Something Happening Somewhere (SoHaSo) imprint, Meutter has crafted “Namibia,” a cut that will land on the label's dual compilation release Somewhere Compilations I & II. The track is stormy, confident, hasty, and minimal; a perfect industrial club aide that is an embodiment of Locked Groove’s individual style of production.

Somewhere Compilations I & II features fifteen dedicated artists, including Kid Culture, Malbetrieb, Polynation, Sigward, and label head, Nuno Dos Santos. The profusion of singles that are included on both compilations are strung together splendidly and create an angelic electronic journey that is bound to end up in clubs everywhere.

Be sure to check out Locked Groove’s track “Namibia” below and check out more from SoHaSo by going here.

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Interview: Synkro http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/09/interview-synkro/ http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/09/interview-synkro/#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2015 13:00:41 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=101752 Manchester, U.K. producer Synkro (a.k.a. Joe McBride) has gone through some big changes in the last few years. If his sound was once in tune with the prevailing deeper resonances of dubstep and the fringes of drum & bass, he’s dancing to a different rhythm now. But while his outlook has altered, this transfiguration is something he’s embraced.

Evolving tastes have been the catalyst for his long-awaited debut album Changes, dropping this September on R&S ambient offshoot Apollo Records. It’s a monumental slab soaked in atmosphere; rich with crackle, field-recording hiss and panoramic, galactic synths. It’s a big record, and belongs in the rarefied company of genre shirkers like Burial or Machinedrum. It’s the kind of album that gets an artist noticed.

Though it hints at his many previous singles and EPs for Exit, Mindset, Box Clever and Apollo, Changes is for the most part a more melancholy, bittersweet ambient affair, resplendent with the analog synths that McBride’s become obsessed with. As one half of techno team Akkord with Liam Blackburn—the pair recently made big waves with their releases for the Houndstooth label—he’s become more in hock to that music, both in its darker vibes and its use of audio hardware. That, in turn, has impacted on his Synkro material.

“Working on the Akkord stuff, it opened me up to a lot of stuff that I had overlooked,” he says. “I got obsessed with dark ambient and drone, people like Emptyset and the Haxan Cloak; I got into Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV. Going through all the industrial raw stuff I missed out on previously, that’s all rubbed off onto my Synkro work a bit—that doomier, melancholy vibe, rather than everything being all happy and stuff. It’s still quite light, but it has a sad undertone.”


Changes is a deep listen. Tracks like "Harbour" hint at the ambient masters, with its submerged voices, fragments of found sound and incandescent chords echoing through the fug. "Midnight Sun" snaps with a hip-hop crunch, and garbled synth-work reminiscent of Boards of Canada. "Your Heart" is like Zomby via the Resident Evil 2 soundtrack: eerie, menacing and beautiful at once. All are united by Synkro’s use of analog synths, the newest addition to his artillery. Where once he would sample old Krautrock records, now he’s more likely to make the keyboard sounds himself.

“The hardware I’ve chosen is really old and really simple,” he admits. “When you look at a Juno 6 or a 101, there’s no hidden features—it’s all there right in front of you. After working on Ableton, you’re re-teaching yourself how to make the sounds you want with such basic parameters. You have to think more about the process, rather than getting up a preset on an Ableton synth. I’ve never drawn from presets anyway; my main source of sounds is samples. That’s how I got into it. The early drum & bass guys were just sampling shit. If you listen to a Bukem tune, it’s just five other records put together; it’s how I learned. That’s where I came from, production-wise.”

It’s Synkro’s captivation with the roots of electronic music that led him to the earliest pioneers of the form. Heading way back into time, listening to Krautrock and new age music from the ’70s and ’80s—and how it was often jacked for samples — led him to try to recreate those sounds he loves the most. “I’m delving more into early synth works,” he enthuses. “I’m obsessed with Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze. I’m coming from the music that I was drawing to sample from, in my early work. I’ve gone back to be like, ‘What gear did they use? How did they make that sound?’ I’m going back, trying to learn the ways of the early synth masters, work it into my music without trying to rip it off, although everybody has. When you start delving into the early electronic stuff, it blows your mind, because you’re like, ‘Oh shit, they were doing this 30 years ago and people see this as a new sound.’ It’s amazing how much you find when you’re looking.”

Still, elements of Synkro’s earlier incarnation as a drum & bass artist crop up all over Changes, just in a more fractured form. "Shoreline," with its big male vocal, is one of the poppier tracks on the record, but its beats are a barely-there, spare smear of bass drum thump and intermittent drum chatter, that vanish into the gloom as quickly as they appear. The title cut hints at the work of dBridge, in its crisp two-step beat, but it’s a textural effect more than one designed to move a dancefloor. McBride admits it’s still a key influence, but doesn’t see his music in a particular genre pigeonhole.

“Nothing I’ve done as Synkro is really made for a club at all,” he says. “I play the tracks sometimes in sets—but they’re not made for mixing, really. I don’t listen to drum & bass in my spare time; it’s more something that’s stuck with me since I was younger, because it was one of the first genres that got me into electronic music. It’s always there as the backbone. I love breakbeats and stuff like that, I’ll always have a soft spot for drum & bass, but I don’t really class myself as a drum & bass artist. It’s a weird one!”

Synkro’s gift for adding touches of field recordings and found sound to his tracks gives the music a greater immersive quality, an edge over his few competitors. Recording bits of interesting audio wherever he goes, those hisses, rattles and grainy effects are all over Changes. “I use my iPhone a lot. I have several techniques to create stereo effects from really basic iPhone recordings when I’m out and about. If I’m at a train station or in a park, I get my iPhone out. I don’t have a proper field recorder.”

It’s all there to evoke atmosphere. That juxtaposition between the rural outskirts of Greater Manchester where McBride lives, and traveling into the brick and metal of the industrial heart of the city; contrasts of beauty and harshness that are evident all over his tunes and in the work of his techno act Akkord.

synkro_6802“Both me and Liam [from Akkord] come from the outskirts, and always traveled into the city. We’d always meet each other at club nights, and we spent a good few years in the center, building our DJ careers. But because we come from the outskirts, the influence of traveling into the center has always been more of an influence than the city itself—the kind of sprawl, industrial meets countryside, rural northern England. It plays a big part on the influence of our sound, I think.”

Changes is a big deal for Synkro, but he’s already lining up the next raft of records under his host of names. There’s some remixes mooted, plus new stuff from Akkord, and his project alongside Bering Strait, Kiyoko. “Akkord have got something lined up for this year, we’ve got one release coming up on Houndstooth—two new tracks no one’s heard. We’ve sat on them for a while, and they’re gonna come out of the blue, hopefully.” He’s also excited about his label Electro Magnetic Fields (EMF) that he runs alongside Blackburn. “It’s heavily linked to Akkord. It’s basically the dubs we play in our sets by people who are unsigned, where nobody knows who they are. We’ll give them a digital release to give them a bit of exposure, and from that they’ll go on to bigger things. Caski, Troy Gunner, Edmondson…they’ve all had their first release on EMF. I know Caski is doing really well now; I think he has something on Blackdown’s label. Edmondson has just started his own label. It’s to help support up-and-coming artists that send us tunes that we like, and play them in our sets.”

Looks like change is doing Synkro good.

Changes will be released on Apollo Records on September 19.

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Petwo Evans “LOA” http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/09/petwo-evans-loa/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/09/petwo-evans-loa/#comments Wed, 09 Sep 2015 23:30:15 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=101720 Hailing from Wales, the somewhat mysterious musical duo known as Petwo Evans has released its second EP via Huntleys + Palmers, XOX Part 1. In an admittedly compelling approach to its production, the four-track EP uses a great deal of field recording from found objects on a farm in West Wales. Taking these sounds and running them through its equipment, the duo creates “music that seems to reflect the landscape - age-old continental drifts, abandoned industrial quarries and the Blade Runner-thrill of driving through Port Talbot (Wales) at night.”

EP cut “LOA,” combines a remote and distant piano sound, tribal chanting, and creates great contrast in its drums and percussion by combining the totemic rhythms with the precise underlying beat that gives the song such unique movement. 

Be sure to download the track below and check out more from Petwo Evans by going here.


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Native Instruments Releases Reaktor 6 http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/native-instruments-releases-reaktor-6/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/09/native-instruments-releases-reaktor-6/#comments Wed, 09 Sep 2015 20:42:03 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=101724 Today, Native Instruments released Reaktor 6, the latest version of its acclaimed modular music software.

Native Instruments reports that Reaktor 6 was built from the ground up, updating its user interface for its most approachable version yet. Arguably the biggest and most interesting new feature is Blocks, a new framework that provides "the speed and flexibility of modular synth patching combined with the benefits of working in the digital domain." REAKTOR 6 comes bundled with 30 Blocks in several categories, which include Bento Box Blocks, which are "the core components of a modular synth setup"; Boutique Blocks, which takes inspiration from custom modular hardware; Digilog Blocks, which "create complex rhythms, process notes, and provide structure in patches"; and NI All-Star Blocks, which incorporate Native Instruments synths such as ROUNDS and MONARK.

Reaktor 6 is available now via Native Instruments for $199, or $99 for an upgrade.

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