XLR8R http://www.xlr8r.com Accelerating music & culture Thu, 25 Jun 2015 00:53:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 MELT! Announces Running Order http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/melt-announces-running-order/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/melt-announces-running-order/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 00:53:03 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=94226 Kicking off next month, Berlin's MELT! Festival has announced its running order, which you can check out here.

This years edition will also be completely cashless, with attendees instead topping up scannable wristbands. In a stance against fraud and ticket scalpers, MELT! has also introduced "Festival Accounts," where you manage your purchased tickets and festival wristbands—which can be topped up with money at home, or at "cashless" venders at the festival.

More information on MELT! can be found here.

 

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Download a Free Album From Nicolas Jaar http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/download-a-free-album-from-nicolas-jaar/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/download-a-free-album-from-nicolas-jaar/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 00:09:55 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=94228 Today, Nicolas Jaar surprised fans when he released a 20-track album for free via his Facebook page. The album, titled Pomegranates, was accompanied by a note from Jaar explaining the origins of the tracks on the album and the eerie connections to the film by the same name. Jaar also included artwork and photos in the downloadable package, which you can download for free here.

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Premiere: Hear Zed Bias Remix Jabru and Joel Culpepper's "Church" http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/premiere-hear-zed-bias-remix-jabru-and-joel-culpeppers-church/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/premiere-hear-zed-bias-remix-jabru-and-joel-culpeppers-church/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 19:34:28 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=94136 On June 29, DJ-Kicks will release its next 12" bundle, continuing the tradition to pack up tracks exclusively premiered through their renowned mix series. This time around it will be AUS Music founder Will Saul, who curates a beautiful remix package for Jabru and Joel Culpepper's "Church," and Saul's own collaboration with Komon titled "Two For One."

The 12" follows on from John Talabot’s Without You—which featured remixes from Melchoir Productions Ltd, Oskar Offermann, and Mistakes Are O.K—with reworks from AUS favorite Appleblim and the one in question here from Zed Bias. Bias turn his hand to "Church," outfitting it with a booming 808 groove and deftly layering Culpepper's crooning vocals on top. It's a beautifully rolling cut, topping off a release that further shows Sauls curation skills.

You can stream Zed Bias' remix of "Church" in full below, with the full release available June 29 via DJ-Kicks.

 

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Premiere: Watch a Video for Slam and Gary Beck's "Pressure Lights" http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/premiere-watch-a-video-for-slam-and-gary-becks-pressure-lights/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/premiere-watch-a-video-for-slam-and-gary-becks-pressure-lights/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:39:49 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=94127 On June 29, Glasgow techno duo Slam will release a new compilation called Transmissions: Glasgow, paying tribute to their home city's electronic music scene.

Slam team up with fellow Glasgow techno luminary Gary Beck for the lead single, "Pressure Lights," a further nod to the city and its premier party 'Pressure'—also run by Slam and Soma. The slamming, body-moving "Pressure Lights" has now been cut to equally devilish visuals by visual artist and filmmaker Simone Smith.

You can check out the video for "Pressure Lights" in full below, with Transmissions: Glasgow available for purchase here.

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Aurora Halal to release Shapeshifter EP on Mutual Dreaming Recordings http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/aurora-halal-to-release-shapeshifter-ep-on-mutual-dreaming-recordings/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/aurora-halal-to-release-shapeshifter-ep-on-mutual-dreaming-recordings/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:30:39 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=94060 The Brooklyn-based musician, video artist, and event producer Aurora Halal will release her sophomore EP, Shapeshifter, on June 30 via her own Mutual Dreaming Recordings.

Halal is the creator and curator of the subterranean party series Mutual Dreaming, a raw DIY dance utopia and record label that was birthed out of Aurora's necessity to play her music in front of a more open and discerning audience. Aurora will follow up last year's out-of-stock Passageway EP, with the forthcoming Shapeshifter EP, a release that is full of shimmering waves of dark hypnotic energy, all brought to life by Halal's nuanced and rapidly evolving sound design. The record includes five tracks that will be released on a 140 gram 12" vinyl, and a digital version of the track 'Death of Real' will be available for purchase online as well.

Along with co-creator Zara Wladawsky, the two are also preparing the 2015 edition of Sustain-Release, a 500-person music and arts festival taking place on Camp Lakota in Upstate, NY this September. The communial camping event will include performances by Kassem Mosse, Anthony Parasole, and The Black Madonna.

You can purchase the "Shapeshifter" EP on Juno Records by clicking here, and you can find out more about Sustain-Release by checking out their website.

A1. Shapeshifter
A2. Death of Real
B1. Sunlight
B2. Sleep Distortion
B3. Just Tell Me
Digital Only: Death of Real (Version)

Due June 30, 2015

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Kito Jempere "Monday" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/06/kito-jempere-monday/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/06/kito-jempere-monday/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:00:15 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=94110 Last week, St Petersburg-based producer and DJ Kirill Sergeev (a.k.a. Kito Jempere) made his Let’s Play House debut with his Amended Wonders EP. The four-tracker arrived on the NYC label with three chunky originals from Sergeev, with the digital bonus track "Kiya Kiya" receiving an organic re‐imagining from Lobster Theremin affiliate Palms Trax. In support of the release, XLR8R has been gifted the brilliant B-side cut "Monday," which displays the Russian producers stripped-back, driving production style, with thumping drums and infectious hooks leading the way. "Monday" can be downloaded for free below, with the full EP available over at the Let's Play House Drip FM, or Juno.

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Nachtdigital Preps Compilation with Luke Abbott, Mix Mup, and More http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/nachtdigital-preps-compilation-with-luke-abbott-mix-mup-and-more/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/nachtdigital-preps-compilation-with-luke-abbott-mix-mup-and-more/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 14:28:23 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=94152 German festival Nachtdigital is approaching its 18th anniversary, and this year, organizers have put together a V/A compilation that features just a few of the many artists set to appear. Entitled Super Various, the four-tracker includes exclusives from Border Community fellow Luke Abbott, Kassem Mosse collaborator Mix Mup, Noise Manifesto affiliate rRoxmore, and Polish DJ Chino. Festival attendees can purchase the limited-edition 12" on site the weekend of July 31, and it will also be stocked at select retailers, including the Nachtdigital web store, Clone, and Smallville. Stream samples of the EP's four cuts below, and for details on this year's festival, head here. (via Resident Advisor)

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Get Familiar: Patlac http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/06/get-familiar-patlac/ http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/06/get-familiar-patlac/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:00:55 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=94067 I meet Patlac, one of deep house’s rising talents, on what is perhaps the hottest day of the Berlin summer so far. Fresh off the train from Hamburg—he’s in town for a gig taking place later on that night—we join up in the Kreuzberg neighborhood, where the streets are buzzing with energy and people are basking under the sunlight. Looking for a quiet spot outside to have our chat and to join in on the celebration of summer, we settle on the lawn in front of the famous East Side Gallery by the river, beers and cigarettes in hand.

Born in Berlin and raised in a small town outside of Hamburg, the producer (born Patrick Müller) recalls growing up in a very musical household. “Music was always flowing out of every corner of our home,” he says. “My father used to always have the radio on and would play records by artists like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.” He accounts his taste for electronic music to shows like the Berlin House TV show and the Love Parade: “When I was a bit older, I started watching these shows or listening to radio stations like Radio Fritz," he recalls, "and suddenly I saw myself becoming more and more interested in this music. It was funny because when you saw this Love Parade thing you didn’t really understand what was going on.” It was then that he decided to buy his first records, insisting he remained quite clueless about the underground music scene for a while: “Everything was so removed from us. It was the music from the big cities but we were not educated—we didn’t know what was happening or what the real underground scene in Berlin was.”

Müller’s entry into the scene was far from seamless: “At one point, I met a friend of mine who knew how to mix records and showed me how to do it," he says. "I remember standing there all the time trying to mix two records together—sometimes I would stand for 10 hours—just trying. After that, I just wanted to do it all the time.” A few years later, Müller started DJing house parties alongside other friends, before moving to set up his first DJ collective and throwing regular parties at a neighborhood bar. During this time, he adopted the nickname Patlac—a name that he inherited after a friend drunkenly tried to call out for him and all he could manage to pronounce was the name that Müller would later be professionally known as.

It is a longstanding friendship with fellow DJ and producer Matthias Meyer that led Müller to produce his own tracks. Their first coproduced EP, Salt City Skipper, was released on Hamburg label Liebe*Detail in 2008, sparking an ongoing spree of collaborations. Müller and Meyer's longstanding friendship and natural chemistry unmistakably stands out in their work. “I think it’s nothing special,” he laughs when prompted on his relationship with Meyer. “The first point is that we like the same type of music. When we used to meet more regularly to play together, I didn’t know what records he would bring and he didn’t know mine but somehow it all fit. We understand each other and I think that’s what’s most important, especially when it comes to producing.” Both artists seem to complement each others' efforts, and the synergy has naturally resulted in their success. Remixes, such as Dilo’s "21st Century Fox" track, have garnered the support from the likes of Hamburg heavyweight Solomun. “In our case, I believe Matthias is really the main producer," Müller says. "I’m not the type of guy that can sit there for ten hours straight trying to fix every little detail. Matthias, he’s the complete opposite. He can spend months thinking 'is this the right bass drum?'. In this way I think it’s really cool to work with him—I trust him absolutely in his sound and skill as a producer.” He takes a few cigarette drags, adding: “I’m not trying to say I’m the creative one in this pairing either, but I’m perhaps more on the DJ/listener side. That’s how we bounce ideas off each other.”

It's certainly no secret that some of the best acts in the electronic music scene hai from Hamburg: Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Lawrence and DJ Koze, along with an array of up-and-coming artists, give the city a reputation as a hub for musical talent. Perhaps the reason behind this is Hamburg’s own melancholic beauty. A port city, it is easy to see where these artists draw their inspirations from, with the ocean radiating with its vastness against every backdrop. “I don’t really know what it is about Hamburg, I can’t quite explain it,” Müller says. “Maybe it has to do with the harbor and this melancholic wide open feeling, the north being colder, there’s ‘inside things’ going on with people.” He continues, “Or maybe it’s because there’s less pressure to be somebody there—everything is more relaxed. It’s really easy to live there,” comparing Hamburg to a city like Berlin, with its lurking omnipresence of big-name clubs and artists.

Müller's works possesses a profoundly melodic element, describing his own productions as “forward-moving grooves with a touch of melancholia…but I don’t know exactly! I just like the idea of emotions mixed within the grooves.” It's his sensitive approach to the craft that makes the Hamburg producer's music so compelling; his productions possess a depth that speaks to the soul, but remain vibrant on the dancefloor. The music conveys not only a message, but also have the ability to transport listeners to an emotional and spiritual space, and this delicate approach is perhaps the essence of what makes him such a standout and exceptional producer. “In the beginning of this hard-techno phase, I started noticing guys like Ian Pooley or the whole Poker Flat thing, and I would use their tracks but play them really fast. I liked them because it was different from the super-hard techno stuff—they had different melodies that were less strong or aggressive, and even sunny at times, and I started to really like that. I think that’s when my direction in sound started stirring.”

Patlac 2As a DJ, Müller is inclined to improvise and innovate. “During a set, I play for the people but I also play for me—I don’t want to get bored! I feel more like a DJ—that’s what I’ve always wanted to do, to play records from all these great artists and mix it all together and create something new in the mix, telling a story.” His sets effectively manage to remain vigorous and dance driven, yet find a way to speak to the heart. He says that to this day he can feel his techno background coming back to the surface. “It’s just a familiar sound and environment I’m really comfortable with. I’ve started trying to incorporate that in my sets, always alternating back and forth between that sound and tracks with softer melodies and emotions.”

Besides his own productions, Müller is possibly better known for his remixes, which have been released on labels including Liebe*Detail, Pets Recordings, Musik Gewinnt Freunde, and Noir Music. “I’m a fan of remixes. I’m way more comfortable with getting material from somebody and thinking about what I should do with this material. Maybe that’s my way into the production thing.” Those remixes have certainly earned him a great deal of praise and recognition. Interestingly, he expresses the many obstacles when dealing with original productions: “It’s hard to explain, really," he says. "When I think of all the productions I did, sometimes I just don’t know how I did it. There’s a lot of trial and error,” he continues, before explaining that the mistakes he makes in the studio often end up being part of the final production result once he has allowed them to breathe for a while. “When I’m in the studio I play around—and in the end there’s always 80 percent bullshit, and 20 percent is OK. That’s why I don’t want to call myself a producer, because sometimes it’s really hard for me to express my ideas in my productions.”

These days he’s a resident DJ at local hotspot Villa Nova in Hamburg and is constantly on the move, with performances around the globe in venues ranging from Berlin’s Watergate to the BPM Festival in Mexico. “It’s a strange situation when people recognize my name everywhere," he says. "I always think to myself, ‘Have we met before?’ My mom asks me all the time what it is that I do. She says ‘But don’t they have DJs in that city where you’re going? Why do you have to go all the way there?' It’s hard to explain what it is that we do. I’m just really proud to be able to do this and to be able to live from the music—it’s a dream! I hope it continues, because everything is just perfect right now.”

In this day and age’s ceaseless expansion of the electronic music scene, the motivations to become ‘someone’ often trump the organic desire to create—but not for Müller. “I’m not the type of guy to have a master plan," he says. I don’t think to myself, maybe if I do a collaboration with so and so, it will help me get ahead. I really want to grow slowly because it’s all still a learning process for me.” His humility and love for his craft are felt throughout his music, and his own ambitions as an artist remain untouched: "The focus has never been to be famous, [but rather] I want to do it and do it well and be proud of myself. It’s a new situation that people know my name in all these countries and cities and have them wanting me to come over and play. It’s a big honor!”

Choosing quality over quantity, he remains happy with the opportunity to perfect his art, one of the reasons why his releases aren’t as frequent as one would expect. Nevertheless, he emphasizes his plans on shifting the focus towards his solo work—which does not go to say that there won’t be any future collaborations involving both old and new friends. Whatever the case, he isn't going unnoticed—and we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for him.

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Watch a Video for Helena Hauff's Debut LP on Werkdiscs http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/watch-a-video-for-helena-hauffs-debut-lp-on-werkdiscs/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/watch-a-video-for-helena-hauffs-debut-lp-on-werkdiscs/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 08:48:14 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=94147 Yesterday, Helena Hauff announced that her first proper full-length, Discreet Desires, would land on Actress' Werkdiscs label in September. The Hamburg-based techno producer and Golden Pudel resident debuted on the imprint two years ago with the Actio Reacto EP, and her hardware-driven, acid-indebted productions have since appeared on Lux Rec, Handmade Birds, Panzerkreuz and PAN as one half of duo Black Sites.

Discreet Desires will see an official release on September 4, and until then, the LP's complete tracklist has been posted below, where a video for lead single "Sworn to Secrecy Part II" is also on view. (via Resident Advisor)

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Shackleton, Varg, and Shed Added to Berlin Atonal Lineup http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/shackleton-varg-and-shed-added-to-berlin-atonal-lineup/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/shackleton-varg-and-shed-added-to-berlin-atonal-lineup/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 22:48:51 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=94096 Berlin Atonal—which takes place at Kraftwerk Berlin, August 19-23—has added a whole host of world premieres and live acts to the 2015 bill.

The new additions include Shackleton, who will be premiering a new live show titled Powerplant, Varg, who will be performing as Ivory Towers with Body Sculptures and Frederikke Hoffmeier, and Shed, who will be premiering an all new live audio/visual show. Also on this years lineup will be Powell, Regis, Clock DVA, and a Northern Electronics showcase.

You can check out the full lineup below, with more information available here.

LINEUP

Shackleton presents: Powerplant [Live] - World Premiere Varg presents: Ivory Towers with Body Sculptures + Frederikke Hoffmeier [Live A/V] Paul Jebanasam + Tarik Barri present Continuum [Live A/V] - World Premiere Clock DVA [Live A/V] Shed [Live A/V] - World Premiere Lustmord [Live A/V] Powell [Live] Skarn [Live] Regis COH & FRANK [Live A/V] Peder Mannerfelt [Live A/V] Head High Talker [Live] Northern Electronics showcase: Abdulla Rashim presents Lundin Oil [Live A/V] Varg [Live A/V] Puce Mary [Live A/V] Acronym [Live A/V] Vit Fana [Live A/V]
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Character "Infidel" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/06/character-infidel/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/06/character-infidel/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 21:27:43 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=94068 At the start of the month, LA-based electronic artist Character released his debut EP via London label Hard Up. The six-track EP traverses a wide range of sounds and moods and is "driven by a frenzied, insulated energy." Instrumental hip-hop beats sit alongside industrial-tinged textures, topped off with thick, ambient soundscapes. Pulled from the EP is "Infidel," a slamming cut driven by tightly wound drum sequences, otherworldly samples and synth work, and a wall-shaking bassline. You can grab "Infidel" for free below, with the limited run vinyl available here. The digital release drops on July 6 and can be preordered here.

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Premiere: Stream Feral Cuts Vol. 2 http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/premiere-stream-feral-cuts-vol-2/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/premiere-stream-feral-cuts-vol-2/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 19:33:12 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93990 Last week, Bad Animal released Feral Cuts Vol. 2, featuring tracks from Xosar, Prof. Delacroix (otherwise known as Deepblak label head, Aybee), Lando, and newcomer Jamaica Suk.

The release is presented as a sampler of "Bay Area to Berlin," with all four artists making the move from California's Bay Area to Berlin. Like its predecessor, Feral Cuts Vol. 2 delivers four tracks of analog-driven funk, with heavy, drum-machine rhythms and fuzz-filled synths being the order of the day.

You can stream Feral Cuts Vol. 2 in full below, with the vinyl available for purchase here and the digital to follow on July 15.

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Adam Beyer and Henrik Schwarz Join Barcelona's DGTL Festival http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/adam-beyer-and-henrik-schwarz-join-barcelonas-dgtl-festival/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/adam-beyer-and-henrik-schwarz-join-barcelonas-dgtl-festival/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 18:46:00 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=94054 Adam Beyer and Henrik Schwarz are the last names to be added to the first edition of DGTL Festival Barcelona. The pair join previously announced headliners Maceo Plex, Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann, Âme, John Talabot, George FitzGerald and Job Jobse.

The festival will take August 14 and August 15 at Parc Del Fòrum, Barcelona, with tickets available here; along with the full lineup below.

LINEUP

Agoria (FR) Adam Beyer (SWE) Alfonso (ES) Âme [DJ] (DE) Awwz (ES) Baldo presents BLD [live] (ES) Begun (ES) Ben Klock (DE) Boddika (UK) Breach (UK) David August [live] (DE) DB (ES) De Sluwe Vos (NL) Diego Gamez (ES) DJ Fra (ES) Dixon (DE) George FitzGerald (UK) Ginebra (ES) Henrik Schwarz (DE) Jade (ES) Job Jobse (NL) John Talabot (ES) Joseph Capriati (IT) Kosmos (ES) Maceo Plex (US) Marcel Dettmann (DE) Miguel Puente (ES) Paco Osuna (ES) Pau Roca (ES) Paul Ritch (FR) Pearson Sound (UK) Ryan Elliot (US) Shall Ocin (ARG) Tom Trago (NL) Undo (ES) Worakls [live] (FR)
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DJ Koze "XTC" http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/06/dj-koze-xtc/ http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/06/dj-koze-xtc/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:52:42 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=94044 The inimitable DJ Koze has followed up his critically acclaimed 2013 album, Amygdala, with the masterful, dreamlike “XTC”, released on his own Pampa Records. As the title of the track suggest, there’s a blissfulness to “XTC”, starting off with airy synth pads wafting over a gentle kick, slowlying intensify and rewarding the listener over the course of the eight-minute sonic journey.

Using the simplest of elements to create a deep entrancing mood, Koze eschews much of the playfulness typical of his productions, instead gradually transitioning the track from a sweet celestial slow-burner into a demanding serotonin come-down. Around the three-minute mark of the track, a pitched-down robotic female voice is introduced with a sedated and deadpan spoken-word snippet, “I heard you say once that a lie is sweet in the beginning and bitter in the end, and truth is bitter in the beginning and sweet in the end.” Sharp hi-hats begin to cut through the haze and the repeating chord progression tightens as the voice continues, “Is the drug like the lie and meditation the truth, or am I missing something that could really help me?”

We don’t get a definitive answer from Koze to the question posed—the Hamburg-based producer has deployed his tactics on the listener by forcing them to turn within and find the answer, with this gorgeous atmospheric track shimmering onwards.

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Blondes Release Rein, a 50-Minute Recording; Stream it Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/blondes-release-rein-a-50-minute-live-recording/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/blondes-release-rein-a-50-minute-live-recording/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:55:40 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93985 NYC duo Sam Haar and Zach Steinman (a.k.a. Blondes) have released a 50 minute "audio collage" titled "Rein," available today as a limited edition cassette via RVNG Intl.

"Rein" is the result of a weekend long studio binge preceding the development of the duo's new 12", Persuasion, which is due to arrive in August and will be the first offering of new tracks since Swisher. The 50 minute "Rein" offers up "aleatory techno and almost gentle jams informed by the relational feedback between Haar and Steinman, Rein samples the elements conjured for Persuasion and shows a blueprint for the EP’s troika of tracks."

You can hear the immersive recording in full via the player below, with the cassette available for purchase here.

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Dam-Funk Preps New Album for Stones Throw, Shares Track http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/dam-funk-preps-new-album-for-stones-throw-shares-track/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/dam-funk-preps-new-album-for-stones-throw-shares-track/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:05:42 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=94028 On September 4, LA's "Ambassador of Boogie Funk" Dam-Funk will return for his first solo album in nearly six years, Invite the Light, out September 4 via Stones Throw.

Invite the Light is, in Dam-Funk's words, his first fully-realized body of work, a “concise, beginning-to-end vision.” According to the accompanying text, Invite the Light is a loose autobiographical concept album centred around "the trials and tribulations of his personal and professional life of the last six years." As always, Dam-Funk has handle all the production, slotting guest artists including including Q-Tip, pop artist Ariel Pink, Snoop Dogg, the father-son duo of Leon Sylvers III & IV, and funk giant Junie Morrison of the Ohio Players.

Invite the Light can be preordered digitally on iTunes—with a free download of "We Continue" included—or the vinyl can be preordered via the Stones Throw website. You can also stream "We Continue" in full below, along with a tracklisting and upcoming tour dates.

Tracklisting:

1. Junie’s Transmission [Feat. Junie Morrison]
2. We Continue
3. Somewhere, Someday
4. I’m Just Tryna’ Survive (In The Big City) [Feat. Q-Tip]
5. Surveilliance Escape
6. Floating On Air
7. HowUGonFu*kAroundAndChooseABusta’?
8. The Hunt & Murder of Lucifer
9. It Didn’t Have To End This Way
10. Missung U
11. Acting [Feat. Ariel Pink]
12. O.B.E.
13. Glyde 2nyte [Feat. Leon Sylvers III & IV
14. Just Ease Your Mind From All Negativity [Feat. Snoop Dogg]
15. Virtuous Progression [Feat. JimiJames, Kid Sister, Nite Jewel, Novena Carmel & Jody Watly]
16. Scatin’ (Toward The Lgiht)
17. Junie’s Re-Transmission [Feat. Junie Morrison]
18. I’m Just Tryna’ Survive (In The Big City) Party Version [Feat. Q-TIp]
19. ‘Kaint Let ‘Em Change Me
20. The Acceptance

Dam-Funk Live Band Tour Dates:

Fri 9/04 || San Diego, CA || The Casbah
Sat 9/05 || Los Angeles, CA || Teragram Ballroom
Sun 9/06 || San Francisco, CA || The Independent
Tues 9/08 || Portland, OR || Doug Fir Lounge
Thurs 9/10 || Vancouver, BC || Venue
Sat 9/12 || Jackson, WY || Pink Garter Theatre
Sun 9/13 || Salt Lake City, UT || Urban Lounge
Tues 9/15 || Denver, CO || Cervantes
Wed 9/16 || Albuquerque, NM || Sister
Fri 9/18 || Las Vegas, NV || Bunkhouse Saloon

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Podcast 392: Youandewan http://www.xlr8r.com/podcasts/2015/06/podcast-392-youandewan/ http://www.xlr8r.com/podcasts/2015/06/podcast-392-youandewan/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:21:05 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93946 Next month, Ewan Smith unleashes his newest clubland opus, the Verloren EP, upon the world via the ever-reliable Aus Music. We can happily report that it's another fine offering from the man known to the world as Youandewan, with its three cuts of depth-charge four-to-the-floor material nicely complimented by a rough-and-ready percussive version of the title track from Ilian Tape's Dario Zenker. The upcoming release gives us a a good excuse to ask the Berlin-based Brit to put a mix together for XLR8R…but, really, one hardly needs a reason when it comes to Youandewan. He's been at the top of his game ever he got in the game in the late '00s, via a series of deep, subdued and often downright sexy house and techno releases for the likes of Lo:Rise, secretsundaze, Hype LTD and, for the past few years, Aus, making nary a wrong move over that time period. Verloren will undoubtedly be another step up the career ladder for the producer, and we feel the same way about this podcast—it's a patiently building set of tunes, with stripped-down rhythms slowly giving way to emotive warmth and gorgeous vibes. Added bonus: You can get a sneak preview of one of the new EP's cuts, "253," about a third of the way through the mix.


00 Intro
01 Vermittelnde-Elemente "Moledom" (Ricardo Villalobos mix) (Lo-Fi Stereo)
02 Mark Ambrose "Greetings From Madame Dominique" (Mosaic)
03 Jean Caffeine "Jean's Afterthought" (Classic)
04 S. Moreira "Late Dawn" (Slow Life)
05 Youandewan "253" (Decent Mix) (Aus)
06. Nick Holder - "Swimming" (instrumental mix) (NRK)
07 Crustation "Flame" (Mood II Swing Borderline Insanity Dub Mix) (Jive)
08 Herbert featuring Dani Siciliano "Never Give Up" (Phonography)
09 Moodymann featuring Bilal "Restart" (KDJ)
10 Steve Huerta & Gene Arthur "Damn Shame" (dub)
11 Needs "Brother" (Original Vibe) (Needs Music)

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Premiere: Watch Green Velvet's Stay True Scotland Boiler Room Set http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/premiere-watch-green-velvets-stay-true-scotland-boiler-room-set/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/premiere-watch-green-velvets-stay-true-scotland-boiler-room-set/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:19:51 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93993 At the start of the month, Boiler Room and Ballantine's teamed up for Stay True Scotland, a four venue extravaganza—and Edinburgh's Boiler Room debut—featuring performances by Nina Kraviz, Len Faki, Speedy J, Blawan, Planetary Assault Systems, Gary Beck, Optimo, Underground Resistance presents: Timeline, and the one in question here by Green Velvet.

Stay True Scotland was Boiler Room's biggest show to date, with 16 artists performing across four venues, simultaneously. Green Velvet's set—which took place alongside Underground Resistance presents: Timeline, Optimo, and Neil Landstrumm—can be streamed in full below.


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Hudson Alexander "So Many Things (Perfume Advert Remix)" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/06/hudson-alexander-so-many-things-perfume-advert-remix/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/06/hudson-alexander-so-many-things-perfume-advert-remix/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:00:28 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93996 We last heard from Hush Hush Records at the start of the month when we offered up Banku's "Mothball." Now, the fast-rising imprint is back with the latest EP by Toronto-via-Winnipeg electronic music producer Hudson Alexander. The two originals on offer—"Needs" and "So Many Things"—find Alexander steering away from his downtempo past into more dancefloor-focused territory, replacing the mellow soundscapes with crisp, club-ready beats. The EP also includes three diverse reworks from London’s Keenya, Wisconsin-based Chants, and the one in question here from 1080p affiliates Perfume Advert, who provide a groovy, stripped-back rework of "So Many Things." You can download Perfume Advert's remix below, with the full EP available on July 10.

Hudson Alexander - So Many Things (Perfume Advert Remix)

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Full Moon Fest Details Announced http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/full-moon-fest-details-announced/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/full-moon-fest-details-announced/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:50:46 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=94007 Crew Love, headed up by the Wolf + Lamb and Soul Clap duos, are back on Saturday, August 1 with the fifth edition of the annual Full Moon Fest—and far from running out of steam after a half decade of groovesome fun, the shindig looks to be stronger than ever. Teaming up with MATTE Projects, the crew is moving the affair to a great-sounding new locale, the lush pop-up party space Brooklyn Mirage, complete with tropical flora, cloud misters, a selection of food vendors and, apparently, beach sand imported from the South of France. But as always, it's the music that makes these kinds of get-togethers work, and this year's Full Moon Fest doesn't disappoint, with Tensnake and Yelle leading the way on the main stage, which also features sets from RÜFÜS DU SOL, Oliver Nelson, MOTHXR, and the Kite String Tangle. Then there's the Crew Love stage itself, which—besides Wolf & Lamb and Soul Clap themselves—sees tunes coming courtesy of PillowTalk, No Regular Play, Slow Hands, Nick Monaco, Navid Izadi, and Life On Planets. The party runs from 3pm till late; you can purchase advance tickets here. And don't sleep—Full Moon Fest has sold out all four previous years, and early-bird tickets are already gone.

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Phuture Remaster 'Acid Tracks' for Vinyl Re-Issue on Trax Records http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/phuture-remaster-acid-tracks-for-vinyl-re-issue-on-trax-records/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/phuture-remaster-acid-tracks-for-vinyl-re-issue-on-trax-records/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:52:14 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93952 DJ Pierre, Spanky, and Herb J of the Chicago-based acid-house group Phuture have remastered the trio's seminal record "Acid Tracks" for re-issue on vinyl available now via Juno Records.

Trax Records—the Chicago-based house music label that played a major part in the development of house music during the mid 80's—has just released a new repressing of "Acid Tracks" by influential acid-house pioneers.  Identified by numerous different artists as the first acid house record ever produced, the release features the then uncharacteristic bass lines from the Roland TB-303 bass synthesizer that the acid house genre was built upon. This squelchy bass line was the sound that gave the group it's identity, and from that identity a whole style of house music would be born. The members of Phuture have also been credited with pioneering and developing the Chicago acid-house sound with their other releases on Trax Records, including the club EP "We Are Phuture." The vinyl was originally mastered by Marshall Jefferson and includes all three original tracks from the first pressing, including the unmistakable B side combination of 'Phuture Jacks' and the cocaine addiction warning message 'Your Only Friend'. Check out Phuture on Facebook for more info and buy the record directly from Juno Records here.

You can also catch DJ Pierre and Phuture on tour this year, with a live date this Saturday at the Twisted Pepper in Dublin, or next month on July 27 at SummerDance in Grant Park, IL.

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NY*AK "Laid" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/06/nyak-laid/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/06/nyak-laid/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 18:06:57 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93958 Following on from its inaugural release—the Stark Champagne EP from Omar Santis—Swedish label Karakul return with the Laid EP from UK producer Andy Scott  (a.k.a. NY*AK). Employing an all hardware setup including an MPC, a Juno 106, and various Roland drum machines, Scott presents four warm, soulful cuts with swung rhythms reminiscent of hip-hop's golden era. Pulled from the EP is the title cut, "Laid," a sample-heavy slow burner with an undeniably infectious groove. The full EP—with artwork by Callum Mclean—is available now over at Phonica Records, with "Laid" available as a free download below.

Laid

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Premiere: Hear a Track From BNJMN's Latest EP, Chromed http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/premiere-hear-a-track-from-bnjmns-latest-ep/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/premiere-hear-a-track-from-bnjmns-latest-ep/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:29:02 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93949 On July 6, UK-born Berlin-based producer BNJMN will follow up his brilliant Luster EP with the release of Chrome, a four-tracker set for arrival on his own Brack imprint.

Chrome continues down the darker and grittier path BNJMN first started delving into with Luster: deep, low-end thuds bookend the tracks, with murky, hypnotising synth work and scraping percussion slicing around on top. The analog drenched sounds and textures run wild throughout the EP, creating nuances and subtle shifts that only become apparent after repeated listens.

EP cut "Rattled" can be streamed in full below, with the full release available for preorder here.

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Apple Music Changes Policy on Royalties http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/apple-music-changes-policy-on-royalties/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/apple-music-changes-policy-on-royalties/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:06:21 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93941 Earlier this month, Apple unveiled details of Apple Music, a new service launching at the end of June. Paid subscribers will have access to unlimited music streaming for $9.99 per month, plus a three-month free trial period. However, the company's original policy, which stated that music labels and publishers would not receive any royalties from plays during the 90-day trial, sparked controversy. Siding with independent labels such as Beggars Group (home to the XL and Rough Trade labels) and the Association of Independent Music, pop star Taylor Swift penned an open letter to Apple over the weekend explaining why her 1989 LP would not be available on the service, and calling on the company to change its policy. "Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing," she wrote. "We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation."

As a result, Apple's Eddy Cue announced the reversal of the policy this morning via Twitter, stating: "Apple will always make sure that artist are paid. #AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer's free trial period. We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple." A 'per-stream' royalty system will be out into place instead. (via Resident Advisor)

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Stream and Download Four Tet's New Album http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/stream-and-download-four-tets-new-album/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/stream-and-download-four-tets-new-album/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 07:16:47 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93938 Last month, Four Tet (a.k.a. Kieran Hebden) revealed that he'd be releasing a new album via his own Text label in early July, entitled Morning/Evening. Over the weekend, however, the two-track LP saw a surprise release in celebration of the summer solstice, and is available to stream and download via Bandcamp now. According to the accompanying description, "This music was created on a laptop computer using the Ableton Live software to control and mix VST synthesizers and manipulations of found audio recordings." A physical release will land on July 10. (via Resident Advisor)

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B2B: Phil Weeks and D'Julz http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/06/b2b-phil-weeks-djulz-rex-club/ http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/06/b2b-phil-weeks-djulz-rex-club/#comments Sat, 20 Jun 2015 13:00:15 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93785 London's Fabric launched its eponymous label in 2001, a mere two years the famed club began packing its three rooms with the U.K. capital's discerning revelers; Berghain opened its doors in 2004, and its associated label, Ostgut Ton, began releasing the kind of rarefied techno that defines the Berlin nitery in 2006. But the Rex Club decided to let things simmer a little longer: The Parisian boîte originally began packing 'em in during the late ’80s, becoming a haven for the city's electronic sounds in the early ’90s—but it wasn't until last month that Rex Club Music burst finally upon the scene. But the two-decade-plus wait was worth it, as the label has sprung to life with a near-literal bang, tapping a pair of the club's top residents—Julien "D'Julz" Veniel and Phil Weeks—to kick things off by combining their considerable talents for the inaugural single. As you might be able to guess, the result, the Second Hand Smoke EP (released last month), is a monster of an EP, with the "Break 4 Love"–referencing "Ligne B" (complete with tough Trus'me remix) backed with the hard-charging, evocative "2 Miles Away." Hooking up via Skype, the two French vets discussed the new label, the making of the EP, the burgeoning Paris scene and, of course, the beloved club they call home.

D'Julz, you’ve been involved with Rex Club almost since the beginning, right?

D'Julz: Not the beginning, but almost forever. I think the first time I played there was around ’95 or ’96, for a party called Temple that some rave promoters had moved to the club. At that time, it was becoming very hard to do raves, because the police were shutting them all down—and the Rex was one of the only clubs that thought that it would be interesting to work with these new promoters and this new crowd. The club gave all the Saturdays to Temple, and I had one night a month with them. After a year or two, the promoters had moved on to something else and the night was done, but the Rex decided to give the DJs their own nights. And that’s how Bass Culture was born in 1997.

And that party still lives on—that’s quite a run.

D'Julz: Yes, it is! It was a monthly for the first four years, but then I started playing abroad more and more, so I changed it to every other month. It’s still doing great…and I still love doing it.

Would it be fair to say that both you and Bass Culture helped to define the direction of the club in those day?
D’Julz: Oh, I don’t know about that. There have been so many local artists who have been doing great nights there—starting, of course, with Laurent Garnier. He was there a few years before I started. The thing that did happen was that, in the very early days, the Rex had rock nights and hip-hop nights, and after a while, it was only electronic music. But it had all the electronic styles—there were big drum & bass nights, and Fridays were always big techno nights. And Phil’s nights were centered more around Chicago house; he can tell you more about that.

Weeks: Julien started way before me—I think the Rex is now totally associated with him and his night. I can remember going to his nights just to dance. He’s really been there since the beginning of our time—of Paris time. For me, it was different. I didn’t start playing there till 2001. It was not my night, but it was the first time I got booked at the club. It was something that I been waiting for, of course—everyone was like, “You have to play at the Rex Club!” We had that old mixer—do you remember that, Julien?

D’Julz: Yeah! It was of French mixer—a really nice one, but one that I never saw outside of France.

Weeks: I was only playing once in a while at first, maybe only once a year. I got my own night, and started getting more involved with the club, in 2008 or 2009. It’s the night I still do with my partner, Didier Allyne. He’s more on the techno side than I am, but we are good friends in live, so we decided to join up.

And now, finally, there’s a label, Rex Club Music.
D’Julz: Yes, finally! It’s Molly’s project—she’s an up-and-coming French talent who has been working at the Rex Club for many years, first doing promotions and later doing he own nights there. The boss of the Rex decided it was about time to start a label, and we’re all really happy that she’s the one who did it—she has a wide range in taste.

The club itself features a fairly wide swathe of music, so it will probably be difficult for the label to fully represent what the club is about.

D’Julz: Yes, that is true. The first release is house, of course, but the label has to show more than house. At some point, there will be techno and other things, for sure. But she is the right person to do it. She’ll be getting a lot of people who are residents of the club, and also guests from all over the world—and she wanted to start with something from me, which is great. But when she asked me if I had any new music, I said no! [laughs] That’s happened to be just when I started working with Phil on a project, and we didn’t know what to do with the project. We weren’t even sure if we were going to use our own names—the only thing we knew was that we didn’t want to put it out on our own labels. When we knew about the label, we realized it would be perfect, so we told Molly that we have this project, and if she likes it, maybe it would be perfect for the first release. She liked the tracks…and there you go!

Had you two worked in the studio together before this project?
Weeks: That was the first time, even though we’ve known each other since late ’90s. It was my idea to do this. Julien was sending me some music, and I was impressed by the sound quality, which is very important to me—everything always sounds so digital. So I was like, “Shit, man—we should make some music together!”

It’s kind of amazing that it never happened before.

Weeks: Yeah. We’re both at the club, I appreciate his work, he’s always playing my music—finally it was, okay, let’s do it! That’s how it started. Then Molly called while we were in the studio, and said “I would like something from you and Julien!” She already knew from you that we were working together, no?

D’Julz: Yeah, she did know. But it was perfect timing, really.

Weeks: We didn’t even think about it. We weren’t like, “Oh, we will be the first release on the new label.” We just said yes. But we are kind of proud to be the first release.

How did you two actually work—were you in the studio together for this, or were you sending files back and forth?

D'Julz: We were working in Phil’s studio—and Phil definitely has his own way of working. I usually use a mix of analog hardware and the computer—depending on the project, it might be more with synths, or it might be more with Ableton, but it’s a mix. Phil has his own way of working, which is almost 100 percent in the MPC3000, with just a couple of other things like the 909. Writing everything in the MPC is quite unique and makes things sound very special, and I was very curious to work this way. I just brought a couple of records to sample, and after that, it was just basically us jamming.

Do you think the results mesh your two sounds together, or does it sound like neither of you?

D’Julz: We finished the first track, “2 Miles Away,” really quickly, and I think that one sound different than what either one of us would sound like on our own. That was actually what we were aiming for.

Weeks: I would never have done that track by myself, for sure. It’s us working together, but it doesn’t sound like us, I don’t think.

D’Julz: But the second one, “Ligne B," the sound of us together. The bass and beats are definitely Phil’s style—and the loop on top is maybe me. It’s the perfect combination of the both of us, and I think the EP is quite rich because of this.

Weeks: I feel exactly the same. That second track, the one with the bass, is the one that I’m playing the most in my sets.

D’Julz: Me, too! [laughs] But a lot of people have been playing the first one, so we are happy.

I know a lot of people really love that Trus’me mix of “Ligne B” as well.

Weeks: So do I!

D’Julz: We actually had a few names in mind for the remix, but I’ve really been liking what Trus’me’s been doing lately. It’s a bit more techno, but always with a nice groove. There’s something quite different about his music, and I really like that. Anyway, we submitted his name and a few others to Molly, and she knows Trus’me quite well and bumped into him when he was playing at Concrete a few months ago, and it just went from there. He did a great job—it’s stripped down and more focused on the bass.

Weeks: It’s that 303 bass. We made it with the original TB-303, and I think that’s why he liked it—the sound of it is huge.

Do you two have any more plans to work together?

Weeks: We haven’t even talked about that yet, I don’t think. Are we, Julien?

D’Jules: We had a lot of fun working together, and we are both happy with the result. But right now, I really need to start focusing on my own material, because I was doing a lot of collaborations before. I know Phil is a workaholic—he does like two tracks a day or something—but I’m a lot slower, so that’s why I have to set time aside to work on my own stuff. Eventually, I’d love to do something else with Phil.

Weeks: And I’m working on my next album, so at the moment I’m focused on that. I’m not even doing very much remix work right now. But we’ll do something again, for sure.

Do you both see yourself staying at the Rex Club for as long as you're DJing?

D’Julz: Well, both of our nights have never been doing as well as they are now, I have to say. The Paris scene in general has exploded in the past three years.

Weeks: I think it is the best in the world now. Before, I would have said London and Berlin—but I think Paris is taking over, at least in Europe.

D’Julz: And that’s something that we did not see coming! But it’s at another level right now, with new clubs, new parties and new festivals. With the Rex in the middle of this, you might think it might suffer from having all this new competition—but that’s not the case at all. The club is doing better than ever, and so there is no plan to ever move on.

Weeks: I am the same way. It’s so funny—when I’m playing there now, there are all these kids looking at the CDJ trying to see what you are playing. They all want the music! People aren’t there just to party and get fucked up. They really want to know about the music, and you can feel that. And Paris wasn’t always like that.

D’Julz: This new generation is just fantastic. They are very open-minded, and they are very educated about things. They are the best crowd that you can imagine.

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Event Review: The Black Madonna at Dig Deeper http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/06/event-review-the-black-madonna-at-dig-deeper/ http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/06/event-review-the-black-madonna-at-dig-deeper/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 21:51:01 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93889 If you told a crowd of seasoned LA promoters that two twenty-something LA chicks had crafted a formula for late night events that was simply both of them opening for a single headliner for the entirety of the night, and that within 9 months that formula would have people literally climbing up the walls as though they were possessed by the Holy Ghost, you’d probably get a healthy dose of skepticism. It takes years of experience and toiling away in anonymity to break through, right?

It seems Alison Swing and Masha Mar have little respect for tradition. Even they are in awe of what their party thrown under the moniker “Dig Deeper” has become in such a short period of time. When the duo aren’t opening up for for the likes of Max Graef, Jay Daniel, and Iron Curtis in the comforting shadows of the LA subterranean scene, they are throwing events at The Standard Rooftop in Downtown LA or at The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. Their names can also be seen on a vast array of lineups around town as they perfect their craft and expand their outreach. Don’t think that their impressive early returns have come without hustle; these ladies work hard.

DD1

Alison Swing

But when they are behind the decks, they are flashing Cheshire smiles in the darkness, serving up forward-thinking house music and hugging awe-struck revellers from across the DJ-booth divide. They have stumbled into a certain kind of magic that is all their own and unlike most other LA parties happening right now.

Some of that is at least due in part to the younger crowd that has embraced vinyl as a medium all over again, and who freak out when Swing—who exclusively plays vinyl—drops a well-timed cut of LCD Soundsystem’s “Get Innocuous” as an ice cube into a stiff 4/4 cocktail.

Credit their artistry as well, such as Masha’s prophetic suggestion that they adorn their DJ booth with madonna figurines and other religious paraphernalia as an homage to the legendary Chicago-based DJ, vinyl cult purveyor and personal hero of theirs. Marea (Black's real name) would later tag the two on Instagram for the ornate altar placed in the middle of the dancefloor—Boiler Room style—from which she graciously administered her sermon.

Masha opened up the night with some divine selections of her own blend of soulful deep house, which draws heavy influence from Detroit and the likes of Omar S, that would serve as communion to the first devotees who arrived.

“I believe in the art of the opening DJ," said Masha when speaking to XLR8R afterwards. "I set the tone by starting off with Avalon Emmerson’sChurch of Soma’ (HNNY remix) and then moved into the shamanic Red Axes ‘Me and Abra In Ruanda’ (Hivern Discs).” Repping your talents as an opening DJ is a bold move, but it legitimately was the perfect scene-setter. By the time she played her last track, the crowd in front of the booth was already thicker than the King James Version of The Bible, with little-to no-chance of mercy anticipated from The Black Madonna.

Once Alison went on, dancers had overtaken the back of the DJ booth as well. Not missing a beat, she transitioned into Axel Boman’s new track, “Something Bad on my Mind” from Junk Yard Connection’s ‘Back Yard Impressions Vol. II.’ By then, the party was locked into a groove with their hands waving and, judging by their faces and yelps, clearly feeling like the music was the perfect soundtrack for their life at that very moment.

Before delivering her sermon, The Black Madonna arrived early with her record bag in-tow to take in the party, mingling with her friends and hanging around the pulpit to hear the majority of Swing’s set.

"Marea is someone I really look up to, not only as a DJ, but as another woman in the music industry. Her viewpoints have been a huge source of inspiration for me,” said Swing with obvious reverence.

And lo and behold, The Black Madonna came down from heaven, playing a set straight out of the Book of Revelations that featured Chicago house, rare disco edits, Berghain-style techno, and everything in between. Adding one more bullet point to their resume for the night, Masha and Alison had to take on the role of security enforcement to keep the heaving crowd from bumping into The Black Madonna as she preached. For lack of a better metaphor, seeing her navigate so many genres so fluidly was a religious experience and the party was primed for the Rapture that, appropriately, finished late on a Sunday morning.

DD2

Dig Deeper maintains a brand that, at its core, is asking the dance community to try new ideas when it comes to partying. House music was built on the fundamental belief that no matter who you are, where you come from, or where you’re going, at the very least, you deserve a place where you will be accepted. Dig Deeper is a place to confess your sins, and a place to wash away the shames of atonement.

Masha & Alison have work lined up all over town for the next couple of months. Catch them at one of their dates in Los Angeles, and check out Dig Deeper for more information on their next event. You can also check out The Black Madonna in New York during Pride Weekend for The Bunker & Wrecked Pride present: Honey Soundsystem, The Black Madonna, Carlos Souffront, Mike Servito, and Honcho.

6.19 Transit w/ Hashman & Masha @ Venue TBA

6.20 Sunblock w/ Joakim, Secret Guest TBA, Lovefingers & Masha @ Standard Rooftop

6.26 Dickslap w/ Victor Rodriguez & Alison Swing @ Precinct

7.11 Sunblock w/ Detroit Swindle, Alison Swing, Masha more TBA @ Standard Rooftop

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Premiere: Watch a Video for JoeFarr's "Mormon Shuffle" http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/premiere-watch-a-video-for-joefarrs-morman-shuffle/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/premiere-watch-a-video-for-joefarrs-morman-shuffle/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 17:43:16 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93822 Back in April, JoeFarr's Longanimity EP kicked off Leisure System’s GRIDLOCK 12” series, which represents the labels "ongoing interest in melding the freaky and the functional on the dance floor." Now, EP cut "Mormon Shuffle" gets a weird and wonderful new video from the Old Rope Films camp.

The video is a twisted, hallucinogenic, and quite humorous three-and-a-half minutes which arrived with very little planning: "With barely any time, we instinctively decided the most natural visual accompaniment for JoeFarr's writhing mechanical atmospheres would be this funked up fashion shoot stuck in a Möbius strip in time," director Theo Watkins says. "It came to us like a whisper from another dimension."

You can watch the full video for JoeFarr's "Mormon Shuffle" below, with the full EP available here.

Mormon Shuffle from Jamie Harding on Vimeo.

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Ghostface Killah + MF DOOM, Nicolas Jaar, and Panda Bear Announced for III Points in Florida http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/ghostface-killah-mf-doom-nicolas-jaar-and-panda-bear-announced-for-iii-points-in-florida/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/ghostface-killah-mf-doom-nicolas-jaar-and-panda-bear-announced-for-iii-points-in-florida/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 17:38:32 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93856 III Points has released the initial lineup for their 2015 festival, taking place in the Wynwood Art District area of Miami during the second weekend of October. One of the acts on the bill that has attracted the interest of Hip-Hop heads all over the internet, is the collaborative performance between Ghostface Killah and MF DOOM, titled "Live From The Other Side Of Time." The two story-teller MCs are set to present an exclusive audio/visual show that will have the performers transported to the stage via a "Star Trek-style" live screen. The DOOMSTARKS album was reported to drop in 2015 by Ghostface himself in a reddit AMA thread back in December of 2014, but rumors surrounding the release of the mysterious album have been circulating for over 8 years. Other artists on the lineup include The Martinez Brothers, Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons, and Animal Collective's own, Panda Bear.

The three-day event will showcase Miami’s local performers, vendors, artists, and musicians, and will include panels, lectures, gallery shows, and a fully immersive 4 stage main-grounds. Early bird tickets are sold out, but the next wave of tickets can be purchased on the III Points website.

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Premiere: Hear Sinfol's Unstable Remixes EP http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/premiere-hear-sinfols-unstable-remixes-ep/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/premiere-hear-sinfols-unstable-remixes-ep/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 15:51:47 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93828 On June 23, Anagram records will release Sinfol's Unstable Remixes EP, features reworks by two French producers: Francois X and In Aeternam Vale.

Rising Parisian DJ, producer, and Demant3d records co-founder Francois X kicks things off with his rework of "Unstable," twisting the bright mix of the original into a typically dark, driving, and hypnotic cut, with a wall-shaking low end and tightly wound textures riding up front. Up next, pioneering electronic musician In Aeternam Vale turns his hand to "The Fields," reconstructing the original sounds into drawn out drones and acid textures that are bookended by chunky drum-machine rhythms.

You can hear Unstable Remixes in full below, with the EP available on June 23.

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Deceptikon "From Time From Time" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/06/deceptikon-from-time-from-time/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/06/deceptikon-from-time-from-time/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 15:00:20 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93805 SF veteran Zack Wright (a.k.a. Deceptikon) will release his latest LP, Presido, on July 7 via Project: Mooncircle. Wright is a true pioneer in the electronic music scene, having previously released on the highly influential but now defunct American label Merck Records—the same label that introduced Machinedrum, Tycho, and Jimmy Edgar to the world—as well as his own Deceptikon Industries label and Daly City Records. His new LP is a return to his roots of "introspective, mellow, instrumental electronic music, a home listening record instead of a club or dance record." In support of the release, XLR8R has been gifted "From Time From Time," a beautiful, guitar-lead outing that will perfectly soundstrack the summer months ahead. "From Time From Time" can be grabbed for free below, with the full album for preorder here.

From Time From Time

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Q&A: Prins Thomas http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/06/qa-prins-thomas/ http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/06/qa-prins-thomas/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 13:04:10 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93826 In the off chance that you have been in a long deep sleep, or simply residing in another realm, here are a few things to know about Thomas Moen Hermansen, better known as the Norwegian DJ-producer Prins Thomas. A major force in the field of nu-disco/contemporary dance music since the early years of the millennium, he's often grouped with fellow Oslo, Sweden collaborators Hans-Peter Lindstrøm (with whom he has co-authored two LPs), Todd Terje, and Blackbelt Anderson; he's produced, remixed, and performed an amazingly varied body of work in the last dozen years or so; and he released his most recent LP, Prins Thomas III, in 2014, rendering him in a less discofied, funkier incarnation. The album's songs seem like casual sketches or experiments that go off in all sorts of unexpected directions,  yielding some very rich results. Like his DJ sets, Thomas’s production palate has always been wildly varied: The former aspiring breakdancer and sometimes-bass player has had touches of funk, old school hip-hop, punk, electro, symphonic, and even country elements woven into his work. On Prins Thomas III, the more relaxed song structures allow his depth and breadth of interests to emerge in a fluid conversational way. Thomas recently sat down with his friend Dennis Kane (of Disques Sinthomme and Siren fame), to discuss life on the road, production versus DJing, and life in general.

How was this past weekend's travel? On the phone earlier, you seemed slightly anxious about the night-to-day turnaround from Italy to the Netherlands.
Thomas: The airport in Rome burned, so getting from the gig in Pescara to Amsterdam got more complicated. I took a train to Bologna and then direct to playing in Amsterdam. I’m not complaining, but there was definitely some comedy there.

The dynamics of travel are always part of the job. The American standup comedian Dom Irrera once said “I do the gig for free, you pay me for the travel.”
Thomas: It’s true, as long as I make the gig it’s cool, and I am only going out every other weekend these days.

prinsthomasart_031714Your most recent release was Prins Thomas III—does going out doing gigs feel different when you have an new album?
Thomas: It’s hard to say. Most of the time I don’t make music with the idea that I am going to feature it, or worry if it goes over. Really, I make music to have fun in the studio. I do it and that’s that, and this time around I made sort of an ambient album…not really ambient, but it doesn’t have conventional beats. I like being alone in the studio and working, and then I shift modes and get ready to go out and entertain.

You have a strong history as a DJ, a sensibility that’s accrued and developed, and a reputation that's not based on one song or particular release. Things have changed—lately you see people who mainly make records to get themselves gigs. Production becomes something of a PR campaign.
Thomas: Things have changed a lot in the past five years. I mean, I’m happy things changed from when I was a kid—I never thought I would get to do this for a living. I have been able to do all of these different projects, DJing, remixing, my own production, running a bunch of labels—and soon some more. I mean, I juggle all
of these things, and really the synergy of that makes it possible, even if it sometimes feels chaotic. I have learned to use my time well and to get things done quickly.

prinsthomas_090512Well, your output in total —all of it —has established your reputation, so you aren’t dependent on any one aspect of your practice.
Thomas: Right. My approach has always been organic, and it’s not that tactic-driven. I don’t need to be the biggest DJ in the world. Of course, I want to be known and appreciated for what I do, but mostly I want to be able to continue doing it for a long time. In the early days my agent was concerned that I was doing so many different things, but this wide-road approach has sustained a lot, and it has always felt like the right path intuitively.

It also leaves the door open for growth. If you want to make a folk-based record next, you can, or if a very strong techno track comes down the pike.… People don’t have singular expectations of you.
Thomas: Yes, but I want to stay relevant, so it is a balancing act.  And there are always new people on the scene…I don’t want to ever use the word “teach," but it is good to see people new to the music become intrigued by variety and some history and complexity—as opposed to a manipulative sameness or some dumbing-down. You need the energy of new people always. I like when they tell me I have schooled them a bit…especially when they are sweaty from dancing!

"I like exploring new genres of music, things I know nothing about, trying new approaches to playing."

New people equals new energy—you want to keep it fresh,  keep your own curiosity engaged, and not ossify.
Thomas: Totally. I like exploring new genres of music, things I know nothing about, trying new approaches to playing. It’s always saddening when you meet someone after a gig who is disappointed because you didn’t play the way you “used to” or how they thought you should play. To me, it is so boring to stay in a fixed routine.

Definitely. A lot of DJs get trapped by other's expectations—and it doesn’t end up well, even if they keep a fan base. So what’s next on the horizon for you?
Thomas: I just finished an LP for Smalltown Supersound. It's going to be a double LP. I’ve done the Ying portion of it, now I am working on the Yang. LP One will be beatless, ambient sound, then the other portion will have beats. I’m also doing a triple CD mix —how’s that for a dinosaur project!?. There is a new double-pack 12-inch on Full Pupp to celebrate our label's 50th release, and then there’s a new label called Horizontal Mambo coming up as well as some new edit and techno stuff.

That’s an amazing output. It's been a great chat—I don’t want to hold you up, you should probably be getting back to work!
Thomas: Cool. I’m sending you a recipe for Norwegan style pancakes—see if your son likes them!

Dennis Kane's "five jams I like from the world of Prins Thomas"

1. Lindstrom and Prins Thomas "Claudja" (Eskimo. 2005)
A jewel from their collaborative efforts, "Claudja" is a haunting, deeply atmospheric track
with some lovely progressions and so much mood. This. on a great sound system early in the evening—boom!


2. Prins Thomas "Atter En Trall" (Full Pupp, 2010)

A great jam. Opening with acoustic guitar, in comes the fuzzy synths and bass, a terrific groove—and then it takes off, building toward the cosmic. Woodstock disco!


3. Todd Terje "Bodies" (Prins Thomas Orgasmatron mix) (Bear Funk, 2004)

A nasty remix that I had forgotten about —time to dust it off. Konk-style grooves here, funky bass, some Robert Plant vocals flanged in and out—party time.


4. Prins Thomas "Fehrara" (Full Pupp, 2006)

A big jam late nite styles—dark, dirty and floor moving. The strobe is on and I have lost all track of time.


5. Prins Thomas "Hans Majestet" (Long Version) (Full Pupp, 2014)

From the PTIII LP—funky, winding, slow-building, Marakesh grooving. A great trip, especially the long version.

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Weekly Event Selections http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/weekly-event-selections/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/weekly-event-selections/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 10:00:53 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93838 Barcelona's Sonar Festival has finally arrived with XLR8R on the grounds, look forward to recap stories from the festival itself as well as from the city's many Off-week events in the coming weeks. On Friday, the Klockworks showcase looks particularly interesting to us with Ben Klock, Sterac, and Jeroen Search; and so does the Stroboscopic Artefacts Showcase with Lucy and James Ruskin among others.
On Saturday in XLR8R hq Los Angeles, Sunblock returns to The Standard hotel in downtown for an afternoon-into-evening rooftop fest with Joakim and a special secret guest from Detroit, while Dialogue holds down the LA fort at night with XLR8R alumni and recent podcast artist John Tejada.
Sunday is not at all a rest day for Brooklyn's Output with this weeks' on The Roof guests Chaim, Mikey Khoury, plus Ataxia, Jimmy P and Andrew Vogt in The Panther Room all night. Montreal's Piknic Electronik continues under Calder with Jacques Greene, and Vilify.

FRIDAY JUNE 19

Sonar Festival 2015, Barcelona, Spain   |   June 18 – 20
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Today during Sonar By Day some hi-lights include Kiasmos and Squarepusher at SonarHall, Teengirl Fantasy and Floating Points at SonarDome, and Voices From The Lake at SonarComplex.
Among the guests Sonar By Night offers are Totally Enourmour Extinct Dinosaurs, Daniel Avery, Seth Troxler at SonarPub, Maya Jane Coles at SonarLab, and Paranoid London, DJ Tennis and Roman Flugel at SonarCar.

Klockworks Showcase – Ben Klock, Sterac, Jeroen Search, Barcelona, Spain
Ben Klock, Sterac, Jeroen Search…

Stroboscopic Artefacts Showcase, Barcelona, Spain
Lucy, James Ruskin, Rrose, Kangding Ray…

Noise Manifesto presents Decon/Recon with Aquarian Jugs, Jaguar Woman, Oni Ayhun and Rroxymore at Arena Club, Berlin, Germany
Aquarian Jugs, Jaguar Woman, Oni Ayhun, Rroxymore…

Finest Friday, Berlin, Germany
Dasha Rush, Diamond Version, Kyoka, DJ Dustin…

Have a Killer Time | Justin Miller/John Barera & Will Martin/Kellam Matthews on The Roof, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Justin Miller, John Barera & Will Martin…

Parties4Peace | Gemini Birthday Celebration at Stilton House, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Carlos Chiesa, Michael Christopher b2b Francisco Ruiz-Tagle…

James Murphy b2b Eric Duncan at Output and Punch Drunk Love with Frank & Tony in the Panther Room, Brooklyn, NY, USA
James Murphy, Eric Duncan, Frank & Tony…

What The Festival 2015, Dufur, OR, USA   |   June 19 - 22
Nordic Soul, Griz, Keys N Krates…

Francesca Lombardo, Washington, DC, USA
Francesca Lombardo, Jimmy B…

SATURDAY JUNE 20

Sunblock 002 w/ Joakim, Secret Guest (Detroit), Los Angeles, CA, USA
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The Standard hotel in downtown Los Angeles probably has the most popular rooftop for house music parties in town. This Saturday, Paris' Joakim, alongside Lovefingers and Masha, and with a secret guest from Detroit, will take over the recently renovated space which boasts a new Function One sound system.

Dialogue feat. John Tejada, David Scuba, Jeniluv & MD, Los Angeles, CA, USA
John Tejada, David Scuba, Jeniluv…

Sonar Festival 2015, Barcelona, Spain   |   June 18 – 20
Henrik Schwarz, Holly Herndon, FKA Twigs, Flying Lotus…

Argumento Night with Echoplex, Steven Tang, Stojche, Mechaniker, Berlin, Germany
Echoplex, Steven Tang, Mechaniker, Stojche…

KLUBNACHT, Berlin, Germany
Answer Code Request, Dinky, Len Faki, Ben Klock…

Forever Michael | DJ Spinna on The Roof, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Thesis at Stilton House, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Francisco Figeroa, Gil K, Jessie & Emre…

What The Festival 2015, Dufur, OR, USA   |   June 19 - 22
Big Gigantic, Tokimonsta, Rob Garza…

Alex Niggemann, Washington, DC, USA
Alex Niggemann, Jus Nowhere, Jackson Ryland…

SUNDAY JUNE 21

What The Festival 2015, Dufur, OR, USA   |   June 19 - 22
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Oregon's 'What The Festival' offers a lot more than just music including interactive sculpture art, wood installations, glowing colossal puppets, movement classes, a hookah lounge and other fun things. This Sunday we can explore all this along side sets by Odesza and Slow Magic on the main stage; Eats Everything on the Effen stage; and a pool party set by Justin Jay.

Sundays on The Roof | Chaim/Mike Khoury/Nico Kass, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Chaim, Mike Khoury, Nico Kass…

Sundays in The Panther Room | Ataxia/Jimmy P/Andrew Vogt, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Ataxia, Jimmy P, Andrew Vogt…

Piknic Electronik, Montreal, Canada
Jacques Greene, Vilify…

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B.O.M "Walk" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/06/b-o-m-walk/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/06/b-o-m-walk/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 21:28:57 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93790 A few days ago, Romania's Clubwerks imprint released young Swiss producer B.O.M's latest EP, Abracadabra. The six-track EP focuses heavily on slow-building drum tracks, with clever vocal hooks and instrumentation interspersed throughout. B.O.M's music draws on ghetto-tech and stripped back bass music, with club functionality ever present. Pulled from the EP is "Walk," a groovy, atmospheric techno cut, with a warehouse-ready sound. Industrial-tinged textures roll around underneath ping-ponging bleeps, slicing percussion, and a rolling kick and bass combo. You can download "Walk" for free below, with the full EP available now via Clubwerks.

Walk

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Q&A: C. Andrew Rohrmann and the Galak-Z soundtrack http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/06/qa-c-andrew-rohrmann-and-the-galak-z-soundtrack/ http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/06/qa-c-andrew-rohrmann-and-the-galak-z-soundtrack/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 18:25:23 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93712 scntfc

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Based in Seattle, Washington, C. Andrew Rohrmann is the electronic musician and sound designer known as Scientific American, a.k.a. scntfc. After getting his start as a live performer, Rohrmann moved into work for film, television and interactive, with clients ranging from Adidas and Microsoft to Lionsgate Films and Volkswagen. As his horizons expanded, Rohrmann began to migrate into creating music and sound design for videogames; his work has graced the main menu screens on Xbox 360, as well as the soundscapes for titles from Superbrothers, DeNA, Funktronic Labs, PopCap, and Night School Games. His most recent work is the soundtrack for Galak-Z, an upcoming space shooter from indie development studio 17-Bit. We sat down with Rohrmann to chat about his work on Galak-Z, and getting into the world of interactive music for games.

Before getting into composing music for screens, you started as a  performer, right?
I started out playing drums in a few post-whatever—rock? punk?—bands in Seattle, veered into DJing hip hop and ’60s soul. As I got into sampling and more esoteric electronic music—Warp, Schematic, Ghostly in the IDM heyday—I started performing a sort of hybrid live-DJ set using Ableton Live.

"I settled on the idea of the music for Galak-Z sounding like, 'If John Carpenter made beat tapes.'"

What was your introduction into the world of music for games?
The audio director for Microsoft Game Studios had seen me perform live, and introduced himself while at our local coffee shop. Turns out he’s my neighbor. He has since moved on to PopCap, but he brought me in to Microsoft to do the remixes of Seven Seconds, Johnny Cash, and Bob Dylan for Crackdown 2. At around the same time I got a random message from Brandon Boyer of Venus Patrol, who connected me to Superbrothers for doing a bit of work on Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery.

How did you initially get involved with the Galak-Z project?
I was introduced to Jake Kazdal by our mutual friend Craig Adams, a.k.a. Superbrothers. Even though at the time Jake and I lived in the same city—and the 17-Bit office is only two train stops away from my studio—we had never actually met. Craig was in town, Jake had picked him up at the airport, and I went to the 17-bit offices to meet up. It just so happened that it was at the exact time that they were thinking about composers for what would become Galak-Z.

A corner of scntfc's studio

A corner of scntfc's studio

What were some of the first music-game–anything else influences you guys vibed on?
I think the first big connection was Star Blazers. Jake and I both grew up in the Seattle area around the same time, and we both remember waking up early to watch the latest episode of Star Blazers (aka Space Battleship Yamato) on KSTW. So it was really amazing to come in and see the Galak-Z prototype and be reminded of this thing from childhood, and surprising to learn of that early-a.m. ’80s Seattle connection…how many American kids were waking up at 6:00 AM to catch an episodic Japanese animated series?
The other thing we vibed on was musical influences. ’70s and early-’80s Japanese animation scores are a total grab bag of musical styles, so there’s not something you can really call “anime music” to draw inspiration from. In lieu of that, we both connected on synth scores being emblematic of the era—John Carpenter, Italian horror films, etc.—as well as contemporary bands who pull from those influences, like Boards of Canada, Zombi, Com Truise, Pilotpriest, etc. I think that’s how I settled on the idea of the music for Galak-Z sounding like, “If John Carpenter made beat tapes.”

You gave a Game Developers Conference talk about creating adaptive soundtracks with Galak-Z. How tough was that for you, from a compositional point of view? Did you learn a lot from the experience, and/or did you know a lot going in?
It’s been challenging, but in a good way. As was stated in the talk, my previous lives as a DJ and performer—as well as always loving sample based/collage music—lent itself well to the concepts of modular/adaptive music. I just have to keep in mind the “song-ness” of a track, while simultaneously keeping track of all the different ways the constituent elements snap together. It’s basically music as Legos. So long as you make sure that all the grids—tempo, key, and musical phrasing—line up correctly, you can take things apart and put them back together as much as needed. It’s not totally open-ended, however, and the options given to the player are carefully curated in order to keep the end result as musical as possible.

What were some of the main instruments you relied on for the project?
I generally work about 50-50 between hardware and software, but Galak-Z employed more hardware than usual. Synths: Roland Juno 60, Moog Voyager, Spectrasonics Omnisphere, Arturia Minibrute, Alesis Ion, Korg EX-800, Sequential Circuits Pro-One, and a few more miscellaneous bits and pieces. I know a lot of people worship old analog gear, but I really don’t care. If it sounds good and is fun to play, I’m in. Most everything is written and assembled in Ableton Live prior to being dropped into Audio17, which is an adaptive music system that 17-bit developed alongside Galak-Z. It makes it really easy to drop music loops into a game setting, hook them up to various game parameters, and have it all play back in sync and matched to the game action.
I also incorporated a lot of vintage recording techniques in order to help get things sounding right for the game. TEAC reel-to-reel, BIC cassette deck, re-amping synths, old delay boxes and whatnot. Basically just a bunch of stuff to help trash the sound quality.

"I spent a lot of quarters on Xevious and Tempest, but to be honest I’ve probably spent a lot more money on pinball: Addams Family, Twilight Zone, Funhouse, etc."

What are some of your favorite games of all time?
From the arcade days: I spent a lot of quarters on Xevious and Tempest, but to be honest I’ve probably spent a lot more money on pinball: Addams Family, Twilight Zone, Funhouse, etc. On PC and console in recent years, I’d say Eufloria, Osmos, Ico, Halo 1 and 2, and like a lot of other people I’ve been really into Bloodborne lately.

Are there any that particularly influenced the Galak-Z soundtrack?
Not really! I feel like the influences on the Galak-Z music are mostly from outside of the videogame world. I don’t think I have the same nostalgia for videogame music that a lot of people do, so it’s easier for me to pull from the non-game world for inspiration.

Was it difficult wrapping your head around Audio17?
I helped with the concept for Audio17, which is in turn heavily influenced by Ableton Live, so it was actually very easy to grasp. I also can’t stress enough how good a job Paul Schreiber at 17-Bit did with its design and development. He did a great job of making making something easy to grasp for music makers who might not have much development experience.

What would you say to aspiring electronic musicians looking to get into the games space? How can they acquire those skills and expertise?
Work hard on your own music. Make music constantly. Put in some more work. Sharpen sound-design skills, as being able to tackle anything game audio-related is increasingly a necessity for getting jobs. Make more tracks. Try writing in styles that are outside of your comfort zone. Work harder. Be lucky. Learn Audiokinetic’s Wwise. Don’t work for free! Unpaid internships are 90 percent bullshit—even getting coffee for your favorite composer is a job that deserves compensation. Work. Do some game jams—but get a cut if the project goes commercial! Don’t be an asshole—no one wants to work with an asshole. I’m probably forgetting something.

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J Dilla's Ruff Draft LP Re-issued On Stones Throw Records http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/j-dillas-ruff-draft-lp-re-issued-on-stones-throw-records/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/j-dillas-ruff-draft-lp-re-issued-on-stones-throw-records/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 18:22:40 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93735 J Dilla's 2003 EP "Ruff Draft" was reissued on vinyl yesterday for the first time in eight years via Stones Throw Records.

The album was originally released in 2003 as the second official release on Dilla's own label, Mummy Records. The tracks were eventually remastered and then re-released in 2007 by Stones Throw Records as Dilla's third official solo album. Now, the album is available to purchase online in 12" LP and digital formats via the Stones Throw web store.  The label also released the track "Wild" as a 12" single with a stellar B side of the song "Make'em NV", and a 10 song instrumental version of the album titled "Ruff Draft Beats." All tracks were orginally produced by Dilla in late 2002 and engineered by Dave Cooley & Kelly Hibbert from the original master tapes from 2007. The vinyl release includes original cover sleeve artwork by Jeff Jank.

You can hear snippets of the album and buy individual mp3s, or cop the entire vinyl collection, here.

 

 

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Premiere: Stream DJAO's Remixes EP http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/premiere-stream-djaos-remixes-ep/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/premiere-stream-djaos-remixes-ep/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 15:47:23 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93709 Seattle producer and vocalist Alex Osuch (a.k.a. DJAO) released his self-titled LP in October laster year. The album now returns in the form of a remix EP featuring reworks from Sage Caswell, TAPES, yuk., Magical Mistakes, and Philip Grass.

Not being bound by genre, the EP traverses a wide range of sounds, but does so without sounding disjointed. TAPES' beat-driven, melodic remix of “Depressing Jog Ends Well” flows gracefully into the beautiful, atmospheric Magical Mistakes rework of "The Last Time," before hitting more club-focused territory when Philip Grass turns his hand to "Tan Jacket." From there, the EP rolls into Sage Caswell's hazy-house rework of "Foreign Heart," before finishing on yuk.'s lo-fi remix of "Basement."

The DJAO Remix EP can be streamed in full below before it's released as a free download via Dropping Gems on June 23.

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Dekmantel Release Steve Rachmad Sole Selector Documentary; Watch it Now http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/dekmantel-release-steve-rachmad-sole-selector-documentary-watch-it-now/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/dekmantel-release-steve-rachmad-sole-selector-documentary-watch-it-now/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 10:05:10 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93722 Dekmantel and Warsteiner have released the newest instalment in the Sole Selector series featuring Dutch electronic music pioneer Steve Rachmad. The short documentary will be the first of two in the lead up to this years edition, with the videos focusing on artists playing on the Sole Selectors stage.

The clip delves into the mind of Steve Rachmad, touching on his early history with electronic music, the artists he was and is inspired by, his upcoming performance at Dekmantel, and his thoughts on DJing. Rachmad will be performing as Sterac Electronics on the Sole Selectors stage, focusing on "80s disco and electronics."

You can watch the Steve Rachmad Sole Selectors video in full below.

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Coney Art Walls Sundays Kicks Off This Weekend http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/coney-art-walls-sundays-kicks-off-this-weekend/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/coney-art-walls-sundays-kicks-off-this-weekend/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 23:45:05 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93688 Tony HumpriesConey Art Walls is a pretty awe-inspiring project on its own: It's a series of plus-size murals along the Brooklyn seaside—specifically, 1320 Bowery Street in Coney Island (right behind Nathan's Famous, for those who know the hood)—featuring work from the graffiti-era notables like Lee Quiñones, Lady Pink, Crash, Daze, Futura and Kenny Scharf, slightly newer entities along the lines of as Shepard Fairey, Maya Hayuk and How & Nosm, and emerging artists such as Tatyana Fazlalizadeh and Lauren Halsey. But for lovers of house, disco and techno, the real appeal—at least on Sundays throughout the summer—is a series of throwdowns presented by Rong Music, with help from NYC promotion vet Benny Soto and longtime Nervous Records leader Michael Weiss. Curated by Rong's own Jason "DJ Spun" Drummond, who performed the same duties for MoMA PS1's epic Warm Up series for many years, the series kicks off this Sunday, June 21, with sets coming courtesy of the fabled Zanzibar resident Tony Humphries (pictured), Drummond, and the Discovery party's Faso & Free Magic, along with the always-intriguing "special surprise guest." Below, find a few more of the season's highlights.

June 28 (Gay Pride weekend)
François K (Body & Soul, Deep Space)
Kim Ann Foxman (Firehouse, Mr. INTL)
Gavin Russom (The Crystal Ark, DFA)

July 5
Maurice Fulton (Running Back, DFA)
The Loose Control Band (LIVE, Golf Channel Recordings)
Alex From Tokyo (Tokyo Black Star, World Famous)
Sunshine Jones (Dubtribe, DJ Set)

July 27
718 Sessions with Danny Krivit

August 2
Dubtribe Sound System (LIVE)

August 16
Kenny Dope (Masters at Work)
Todd Terry (X-Mix)
Justin Vandervolgen (My Rules, Golf Channel Recordings)

August 23
MK
Kevin Saunderson
Dantiez Saunderson

August 30
Intruder (Murk Records)

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Miles Otto "Yaw (2015 Duke Slammer Edit)" http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/06/miles-otto-duke-slammer/ http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2015/06/miles-otto-duke-slammer/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 23:31:44 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93700 On June 8, young UK producer Miles Otto released his brilliant debut EP, Phos, on Ishiki Recordings. The two tracker captures the essence of his live performances with driving 303 acid lines, moaning synth textures, and drum-machine rhythms all featuring prominently. In support of the EP, XLR8R has been offered "Duke Slammer," a beautiful, synth-heavy workout that struts along filled with glistening pads, piano stabs, and tight percussion. You can download "Duke Slammer" for free below, with Phos available for purchase here.

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Hi-Five: Fur Coat http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/06/hi-five-fur-coat/ http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/06/hi-five-fur-coat/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:15:45 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93655 Individually, Sergio Muñoz and Israel Sunshine have been on the scene since the early ’00s—but together as Fur Coat, the pair are of more recent vintage, their big break coming in 2010 when Damian Lazarus plucked the Venezuela-born, Barcelona-based duo's Space Ballad EP from the house-and-techno ether for release on Crosstown Rebels. But in the relatively short time since, Sergio Muñoz and Israel Sunshine have insinuated themselves so deeply into clubland's fabric that it comes as something of a shock that the just-released Balance presents Fur Coat is actually their first official compilation. As you'd expect, it's a set of deep, moody, occasionally dark-hued but always groovy tunes, from the likes of Francesca Lombardo, Tokyo Black Star, Roman Flügel, Âme, Luke Slater, DJ Koze and the boys themselves. As you'd also expect, its a damn addictive set, and should garner lots of play at those late, late–night back-to-mine affairs that some of us seem to end up at on a regular basis. We figured this might be a good time to ask Fur Coat about some of their favorite tunes to spin, and…well, we'll let Muñoz and Sunshine take over from here: "Together we have over 15 years of experience behind the decks, and over that time we have come to appreciate and be influenced by many different genres and artists. Our studio processes and our DJing have a depth and journey within them, similar to our own journeys as artists. We really hope that these five selections show the different aspects of our influences. This are our top five tracks from the other side!"


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"Volta Cobby" (Pampa Records)

We have always loved Robag´s work. He has this unique sound which sits somewhere between melodic and techno. You instantly know it’s a track from him—it’s the sounds of his beats and his percussion. Another aspect to his music is that he has this really crisp sound that extracts from the minimal era, but he always manages to present something fresh and interesting. This is the case with "Volta Cobby," one of the tracks from his new EP on Pampa. The track has this great main bassline synth that goes on throughout it, some subtle melodies playing alongside some crazy delayed vocals, and then finishes with a truly majestic touch.


Mind Against & Somne "Vertere" (Life and Death)

Mind Against has been doing a great job. In most our of our sets at the moment, a track of theirs is included. We know Alex Fognini, one of the Mind Against brothers, and we are always exchanging music, that’s how we heard "Vertere." It’s a track with precise, pitched melodies which make up the main hook of the track—these melodies come and go throughout the track, but the bassline offers the perfect platform to allow it it come back again. It also has this repetitive techno influence within the structure giving it a really modern twist, showing their production skill.


Magit Cacoon "Love Express" (Upon You Records)

This is a pure techno track, and we love playing it when the set is building up. It leads to amazing tension on the dance floor with repetitive voices that say "the beautiful…the beautiful," alongside a kick which has a drop but still allows the bassline to keep rolling. It then builds up again even stronger, and really makes the crowd go off!


Daniel Avery "Drone Logic" (Rødhåd Remix) (Phantasy)

Rødhåds music, especially his remixes, have been ever-present in our sets since last year. This remix has a very techno essence to it, with some subtle voices going through the track which are melded with some kind of pads. Really tight percussion and a feeling of raw bass with a slight distortion makes for a perfect combination, and is an amazing crowd awakener.


Linkwood "Object" (Firecracker Recordings)

We have played several tracks from Linkwood over the past few years. This time we have selected a track from his latest LP, "Object." It's another techno track with a very powerful driving feel, the kind that never stops. The main percussion gives an amazing energy to the track, and works really well with the deep pads that roll on through it. "Object" is definitely one of our secret weapons on the dancefloor.

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Premiere: Hear Henrik Schwarz Remix of Weisz2's Latest Single http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/premiere-hear-henrik-schwarz-remix-of-weisz2s-latest-single/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/premiere-hear-henrik-schwarz-remix-of-weisz2s-latest-single/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 18:44:22 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93648 Weisz2's latest single "Ko Si Eda To Mola" Ft Aladin Anyebe will arrive on June 22 via Luv Lite Recordings.

Following on from its excellent first release, El Vagabundo, "Ko Si Eda To Mola" Ft Aladin Anyebe finds Weisz2—made up of brothers Sascha Weisz and Andreas Weisz—fusing electronic production with elements of world music, with the track coming about after the pair moved to Ibiza and took up a weekly radio show on Ibiza Global Radio with label mate Claudio Ricci. Innervisions affiliate Henrik Schwarz puts his masterful touch on the track, reworking it into more club-focused territory, with a low slung bassline and tightly wound synth lines.

You can hear Henrik Schwarz's remix of "Ko Si Eda To Mola" Ft Aladin Anyebe in full below, with the full release available here.

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Evian Christ Joins Warp, Preps Installation http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/evian-christ-joins-warp-preps-installation/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/evian-christ-joins-warp-preps-installation/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:48:49 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93637 Evian Christ is the latest artist to be added to pioneering UK label Warp's roster. Christ first made a name for himself with an outing on Tri Angle, scoring production credits on Kanye West's Yeezus album not long after. Instead of a record, his first project for Warp will take the form of a collaborative installation at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. Working with Warp's David Rudnick, Christ will reportedly assemble and present archival materials related to the so-called Trance War, said to have begun in Europe in 1998 and continuing through today. The installation (image below) is described as a memorial to the 30,000 dogs that died in the war, and runs from July 23 for three days; more complete information can be found here. (via FACT)

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Premiere: Hear a New Track from Carlson's Debut LP, Never Easy Never Been Easier http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/premiere-hear-a-new-track-from-carlsons-debut-lp-never-easy-never-been-easier/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/premiere-hear-a-new-track-from-carlsons-debut-lp-never-easy-never-been-easier/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 15:36:42 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93618 June 23 will see the release of Carlson's debut album, Never Easy Never Been Easier. 

Carlson is a Brooklyn studio engineer and producer who’s worked with dozens of groundbreaking artists including Cat Stevens, Autre Ne Veut, Tim Hecker, and Ariel Pink. His debut full-length is a 40 minute continuous set, easy enough for a casual listen, but big enough for the dance floor.

Although the majority of this album was tracked with in the confines of his Greenpoint studio, the initial backbone of the project was constructed while working abroad in Nicaragua:

"The sonic palette for this album was created during a surf/recording project I recently had the chance to work on. Every day there was a smooth-boogie / jazzy house party going on at the beach where we surfed. Spending about two weeks there, surfing daily, I got those tones in my head. So I would spend nights in our cabana actually sequencing beats I was hearing all day. At the end of the trip I had hours of free form beats and grooves."

Ahead its June 23 release via Driftless Recordings, track four from the album can be streamed in full below.

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The Analogue Cops Return to Hypercolour http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/the-analogue-cops-return-to-hypercolour/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/the-analogue-cops-return-to-hypercolour/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 14:25:57 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93633 Italian hardware specialists The Analogue Cops will return to Hypercolour later this month with a new, four-track EP. The duo of Lucretio and Marieu have released two 12"s on the label's HypeLTD subsidiary, and also collaborates with recently profiled producer/DJ Steffi as Third Side. Their upcoming Monkey Suits EP, due out on July 17, reportedly packs "bit-crushed techno and loopy Chicago House"; a press release describes opener "Vampire Killer" as "135-plus beats per minute of face-melting, drum-machine funk," while on the flip, "deep, sine-wave bass, impeccably mixed drums, and a vocal lick" characterize b-side cut "Corona." No clips have been shared as of yet, but the EP's tracklist can be found below.

A1. Vampire Killer
A2. Shinobi
B1. Corona
B2. McGraw

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Say Nice Things About Detroit: Eight Takeaways from Movement 2015 http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/06/say-nice-things-about-detroit-8-takeaways-from-movement-2015/ http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2015/06/say-nice-things-about-detroit-8-takeaways-from-movement-2015/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:00:04 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93547 For the past 15 years over 400,000 burgeoning Jewish adults age 18 to 26 have received a ten-day “heritage trip” to the motherland of Israel to discover its culture, find new meaning in their faith and establish a connection with history—and thanks to the lovely folks at Taglit-Birthright, it's all free. For those same 15 years, over four million dance musically-inclined adults (mostly age 18 to 26) have received a three-day “heritage trip” to the motherland of Detroit to discover its culture, find new meaning in their music and establish a connection with their musical history and possibly some “party supplies;” and thanks to the lovely folks at Movement Electronic Music Festival, it can all be had for the not-quite-free-but-still-more-than-reasonable price of $150 ($260 VIP). Both trips are rumspringas of a very different variety, but the end result is the same: You forge a stronger bond with your beliefs, or you find a new religion. I can’t speak for the Jews, but here in Detroit, everyone chooses the former.

The collection of local and international talent for the downtown festival is a who’s-who list of the world’s best and most innovative DJs and producers. There's 140 performances over the (now) six stages, and that's not even counting an intense after-party circuit, which picks up as the festival closes and goes well until the next day for a massive-24-hour-cycle of raging and music. Save for some mid-aughts wilderness years of low attendance and high drama, Movement and the grande dame city that birthed it are rising up for the taglit (discovery) of a new generation. It’s hard not to see quasi-religious undertones in the  symbiosis of a city that shaped a new kind of music, leading—years later—to that same music helping that ailing city back up. So put your hands together, not up, for the perfectly timed resurrection of Detroit and Movement.

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Shigeto PHOTO: Steven Pham

1. Sunday’s Ghostly International Showcase at the Made in Detroit/THUMP Stage
The local heroes of Ghostly International were wisely charged with curating the lineup all day Sunday on the Made in Detroit/THUMP stage for what was one of the longest and strongest runs of any stage on any day. From Shigeto’s amazing live-percussion set to a spectacular closing set by label workhorse Matthew Dear (who was often hard to hear through the yelps of Dog Blood), the day also featured stand-out sets from Mike Servito, Miguel Senquiz, Fort Romeau, Derek Plaslaiko. But no one could have predicted the best performance that day come from Derek Plaslaiko’s toddler son, whose dancing stole the show. (Look out for his all-vinyl set in 2022 on the Beatport Stage.)

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Mike Servito PHOTO: Steven Pham

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Mathew Dear PHOTO: Steven Pham

2. Missing Ten Walls set
We heard he played a "good ’90s" set with tracks from Frankie Knuckles, Derrick Carter, Danny Tenaglia, Superstar DJ Keoki, Larry Tee, Junior Vasquez, DJ Dan, Peter Rauhofer and DJ Irene.  And for his finale brought out Neil Patrick Harris, the Indigo Girls, former Brooklyn Nets star Jason Collins, Nathan Lane and the entire cast of Glee to sing along to Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Relax." Seemingly nothing can stop this guy from having a really long career.

3. The unofficial Berghain reunion on the Underground Stage
True to its name, the Underground Stage not only showcases dark and heavy beats, but was literally underground as well. At times, it became a claustrophobic sweatbox, but that didn’t seem to stop the ardent fans from going off in what resembled a parking garage. It was easy to lose track of time down there with a lack of light, making it feel like an all-night warehouse party inside of a perfectly bright and sunny day. Highlights included Paula Temple on Saturday, Matador’s live set and Nina Kraviz on Monday, and an unofficial recreation of eight hours in Berghain (minus, you know, the sex) with Anthony Parasole, Steffi, Rødhad, Marcel Dettmann and Ben Klock on Sunday.

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Nina Kraviz PHOTO: Bryan Mitchell

4. Grandma Techno
72-year old artist and photographer Patricia Lay-Dorsey started going to dance music festivals in 2005 with her friend Pat and 10 years later calls herself "kind of a fixture" at Movement. Diagnosed with MS , she uses a motorized scooter with a “Grandma Techno Hustles Harder” sticker affixed to the front to get around—but that does not stop her from ripping shit up. We watched her bop along to Dubfire's entire 90-minute set, her VIP–wristbanded hands never dropping below her head as she constantly paused for pictures and danced with her "kids and grandkids,” all the while accompanied by a festival staffer and an entourage larger than Vincent Chase's.

5. “DJ” Snoopadelic
You can't really begrudge the organizers a chance to book big name guests and expanding into non-techno-specific genres. Method Man, !!!, Danny Brown and Skrillex all worked out just fine and probably moved their share of ticket units. And while it was probably the most packed the main stage has ever been, most people rightfully questioned the organizer's decision to book him at a festival specifically celebrating dance music. Having Snoop Dogg "DJ" at a festival instead of perform live seems akin to asking Richie Hawtin to do an all “ballroom dance set” (which actually would have been way more interesting). He closed out the festival on Monday night, and for a moment, as he took to the stage to the strains of “Tha Next Episode” it seemed like it could be a genius move. That is until you realized that he apparently forgot headphones (and mixer), as everyone was treated to iTunes shuffle-curated "set" including House of Pain, Joan Jett, Black Eyed Peas and Journey. You’d imagine that if you booked Snoop and he was playing this kind of "party-music" set, he might bring a mic out and you know, actually sing along to his own tracks. But no. Waving his hands over his head was the best he could do—and even that wasn’t as energetic as Grandma Techno’s routine, and she’s got him by thirty years and probably had just as many photos taken. Although it is probably the first time Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May, spinning nearby, got drowned out by Icona Pop’s “I Love It”. And hopefully the last.

6. After-parties
At this point the after-hours parties have become a cottage industry unto themselves. One of our faves were the aptly-named Club Toilet, an Avengers supersquad of "gay partying' U.S.A.'s finest giving you their worst." The night saw great sets from Chris Cruse (LA), Ryan Smith (NY) and the Black Madonna (Chicago)—while some people, like those in the Gloryhole Room, didn't see much at all. There was also a rumor that three people got locked in their Toilet Room (that’s Toilet-speak for what you and I might call an "F Shack”) for days after the party ended and, we like to think, had to F their way out. Way less salacious—but way more funktastic—was another stacked 24-hour edition of Soul Clap's House of EFUNK with Metro Area, Stacey Pullen, Alexander Robotnick, Flashin' Eddie Fowlkes, Scott Grooves, Catz 'N Dogz, the Clap themselves, and live performances from Mathew Jonson and ’80s electro act Newcleus. The one-two punch of Paradigm Presents, held on two nights amid the crumbling beauty of the Leland Hotel, featured parties from Innervisions and Visionquest/No.19 Music, with all of the superstars those labels typically bring. The Detroit-via-N.Y.-via-Detroit vinyl-lovefest of ANTHOLOGY's Bunker showcase, the old-school analog hum of No Way Back (both of which hosted sets from the formerly local/currently unescapable Mike Servito and Derek Plaslaiko) and the tenth annual Old Miami day jam Need I Say More, which we actually do need to say more on.

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7. Fest best set: Carl Craig b2b Stacey Pullen at Old Miami for Need I Say More

With no guestlist to speak of, $10 entry all day long, cheap drinks, no bullshit and a 7am start time (with no end time), the Visionquest daytime vibefest was already well on its way to passing into local mythology But for their tenth anniversary, they created something truly special. Packing the bill with a strict adherence to locals who have influenced the Visionquest crew (rumor had it that Joseph Capriati wanted to play but could not), the foursome—who didn't even play themselves—booked old-school talent including Norm Talley, Mike Clark, Mike Servito, Carlos Souffront and Daniel Bell. But the party belonged to Carl Craig and Stacey Pullen, who hustled harder than anyone in the D—without ever breaking a sweat—in a multi-hour b2b aural history lesson, seamlessly mixing acid, disco, techno and house in what was easily the best set of this year's festival, and maybe any year…of any festival…ever.

8.  Fest worst set: GRiZ tooting his own horn
GRiZ’s set truly accomplished a near impossible feat; it somehow managed to be insulting to both EDM and smooth jazz. Between singing along to his tracks on the microphone, playing hypeman to himself (at least get a Bez or Flavor Flav flunky to do that for you!), and his frequent live-sax interludes, it really is a wonder he had time to locate so many of those huge drops. But hey, the young Southfield native seems like a nice enough kid who loves performing in his home city—the crowd definitely ate it up and it was the perfect lead-in for DJ Snoopadelic, so maybe we're just old and crotchety. If we were nineteen and our parents raised us on a steady diet of Tupac's Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z., FruityLoops and George Winston's December. then we'd probably love this too.

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GRiZ PHOTO: Joshua Hanford

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Raster-Noton Announces Atom™ Remix EP http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/raster-noton-announces-atom-remix-ep/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/raster-noton-announces-atom-remix-ep/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:00:19 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93603 At the end of next month, Raster-Noton will release Atom™'s remix EP Riding the Void, featuring reworks by Atom™, Scuba, and Hanno Leichtmann.

As with his previous release, Ich bin meine maschine, the EP is aimed squarely at club use. First up, Scuba turns the track into a techno steamroller, with rolling percussion and a hard-hitting low end. Atom™'s reworks strip things back with crisp drums riding on top of intricate layers and rolling basslines. A dub-tinged remix by Hanno Leichtmann will also be available on the digital release.

Riding the Void will be preceded by Atom™'s data DVD, HD+, and joins the DVD as the "conclusion of his critical yet delightful examination of pop music and culture on raster-noton." The EP will be available in a bundle with the DVD, and also separately, on July 25 via Raster-Noton. You can check out a trailer for HD+ below, along with Riding the Void's tracklisting.

Tracklisting:
A1. Riding the Void (Album version)
A2. Riding the Void (Scuba's Pulse Mix)
B1. Riding the Void (Nought Mix)
B2. Riding the Void (Tool)
5. (Digital only) Riding the Void (Hanno Leichtmann's Consumed Remix)

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XLR8R Heads To Outline http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/xlr8r-heads-to-outline/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/xlr8r-heads-to-outline/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 11:05:29 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93617 In a couple weeks' time, XLR8R will be making the journey to Moscow to take in the second annual Outline Festival. The festival, which runs over July 4 and 5, takes place in the east of the city in what is tantalisingly described as "a soon-to-be-demolished mechanical plant known for producing distinctive objects for architecture icons of Post–World War II Moscow."

Outline recently finalised the bill for the five stages of electronic music and art that will comprise its 2015 edition. Top names on it include Atom™'s Double Vision live, Ricardo Villalobos, Pharmakon, Nina Kraviz, Pender Street Steppers, Ben UFO, and Daniel Avery, while a healthy list of local DJs and producers are also slated to appear.

As was the case last year, the festival will also feature a heavy visual and sound-art side, with work appearing by artists and art crews from Russia as well as Germany, Poland, the US, Australia, Spain, and Japan. A video looking back at last year's edition can be viewed below, while tickets for this year's edition are available here.

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Fachwerk Announce Eight Year Compilation http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/fachwerk-announce-eight-year-compilation/ http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2015/06/fachwerk-announce-eight-year-compilation/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 00:47:59 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=93589 Mike Dehnert's Fachwerk label will celebrate eight years with an album featuring Dehnert and label mainstays Sascha Rydell and Roman Lindau—which will see release on September 4.

Joining forces for the first time in three years, the German trio present 15 tracks of the label's signature techno sound, interspersed with interludes "embracing the banter of daily life running a label." The album flows, and sounds, like a solo album, which is testament to the label and the three artists presented on the album.

The label has also announced a series of Fachwerk anniversary shows to run alongside the album, with more information available on the flyer below; along with a album teaser video and tracklisting.

Tracklisting:
01. Intro
02. Roman Lindau – Staccato
03. Roman Lindau – Owner
04. Mike Dehnert – 8 Years Fachwerk
05. Roman Lindau – Dark Purple
06. Label Dinner
07. Roman Lindau – Give Up
08. Mike Dehnert – Beiwerk
09. Sascha Rydell – Idyllique
10. Sascha Rydell – Casserole
11. Sascha Rydell – Believe
12. Studio Chaos
13. Mike Dehnert – Rewerk
14. Outro

8 YEARS Fachwerk upcoming Teaser from Fachwerk Records on Vimeo.

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Event Review: Svengalisghost and Santiago Salazar at Gold Bar http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/06/event-review-svengalisghost-and-santiago-salazar-at-gold-bar/ http://www.xlr8r.com/reviews/2015/06/event-review-svengalisghost-and-santiago-salazar-at-gold-bar/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 00:09:58 +0000 http://www.xlr8r.com/?p=92913 Travelling to Los Angeles last week was L.I.E.S. records cohort and supernatural sound summoner, Svengalisghost. The trip would mark the first time in nearly two years that the Paris-based Marques Cooper has traveled across the border into America, and it would be the first time in his career that he performs live in Los Angeles. Other stops on this tour included dates in San Francisco, New York, and an appearance at Smart Bar in Chicago—where Cooper is originally from.

This first stop on the tour was secured by The Black Lodge and Moony Habits; two different promoters that have put together some unique lineups in the last couple of months, including a show at Complex in Glendale with FaltyDL and Mono/Poly. The promoters also curated a roster of supporting acts that included OCD & J3M5, JoJo Armani, kosmik, Sage Caswell, and Underground Resistance associate Santiago Salazar.

The past two years have seen Svengalisghost play some head turning gigs, including an infamous performance at Concrete in Paris in 2013, and recently at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal during the 16th edition of Mutek. The Los Angeles show took place on a Thursday, in a lowly lit downstairs bar called the "Gold Bar," which is part of the larger 333 Live venue. 333 Live has hosted many influential club nights in the past, including the notorious heyday parties of NOX Illusio and a slew of monstrous events hosted by A Club Called Rhonda back in 2012. Once inside the Gold Bar, we were quickly welcomed by the sounds of Planet-E producer and Ican label co-founder, Santiago Salazar.

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Salazar's been riding a wave of media exposure, some of it surrounding his new album, Chicanismo, due out on September 7 via Love What You Feel, and more of it due to his popularity as an East Los Angeles musician turned Underground Resistance protege. His performance proved a bit difficult due to sound issues he was having with one of the turntables. He continued to work the mix as best he could with the technical difficulties he was facing, and dealing with these issues in the heat of a mix is definitely a test of artist's ability to keep their cool. After Salazar faded off his set with an uplifting techno track, the soundboard cables were disconnected from Salazar's mixer and plugged directly into metaphysical melody of Svengalisghost.

Svengalisghost quickly showed the crowd that he has more energy on a Thursday night than most people have all weekend. Svengali strangles the microphone with both hands and wraps them around the mic's windscreen like a old-school beat-boxer. The sparse crowd slowly closed in on him as he stacked layer upon layer of distortion over intense and haunting sequencer patterns. The fluorescent black light that covered him during his performance fit the supernatural aura of the militant beats that were accentuated by his haunting vocals.

Svengali performed a set that was overflowing with raw hardware arrangements and effects, and the crowd reactions could barely be deciphered from the screams coming from the souls inside his machines. He managed to deliver a brutal and punishing set with ease, all the while keeping the focus on creating that connection with the crowd that has made his live performances so prominent.

It's exciting to see these types of Thursday night lineups happening in Los Angeles, and you can't help but appreciate a group of promoters who can curate lineups that are pushing the idea of interesting pairings when it comes to their headliners and supporting acts. It’s also good to know that these promoters have even more forward thinking lineups coming up in the next couple of weeks. Moony Habits have their next event on June 19 at the Gold Bar @ 333, with Andrés of Black Mahogany, and London Jazz figurehead Mark de Clive-Lowe with his full band, CHURCH. The Black Lodge will host an Independence Day party in July with Derek Michael and Sage Caswell. The party is free and will be held at Hyperion Tavern in Silverlake. Follow The Black Lodge and Moony Habits to find out more.

https://www.facebook.com/theblacklodgeLA

https://www.facebook.com/moonyhabits

https://www.facebook.com/events/817774624968215/

Moony Habits June 19 w/ Andrés & Mark de Clive-Lowe

https://www.facebook.com/events/716484965151711/

The Black Lodge July 4 w/ Derek Michael, Sage Caswell, Run Run Shaw

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