Although we're obviously proud of our weekly XLR8R Podcast series, we also spend time scouring the internet for high-quality offerings that appear on other websites. OPP is a monthly round-up of our favorites.
Mike Shannon, one of the most consistently awesome techno/house DJs in North America, put together a great mix for our buddies over at FACT, showcasing the releases from his Cynosure label. Featuring gems from Deadbeat, Akufen's Horror Inc. alias, and Shannon himself. Essential!
Every month, Maurice Fulton gives a gift to the world—BubbleTease-roughly half an hour of unreleased (maybe "never-to-be-released" is more appropriate) material. Each installment is a new mutation, with different dubs, mixed-and-matched rhythms and basslines, and transposed vocal tracks. The podcast always offers an insight into the disco/house/boogie mastermind's process, and this month's installment is particularly great, as he intersplices many BubbleTease favorites with some new gems featuring East African vocal stylings from Mim Suleiman.
RIP Dress2Sweat! The original UK-bass-ified-ghettohouse-B-more-booty label is consolidating into Numbers (along with Wireblock and Stuffrecords). To celebrate, label head Jackmaster has dropped an epic mix showcasing Dress2Sweat's mighty 12" back catalog. Great after that afternoon coffee.
In September of this year, sound artist and ethnomusicologist (and Sublime Frequencies contributor) Laurent Jeanneau traveled to the volatile region of Xinjiang ("new frontier" in Chinese) or Eastern Turkestan, a massive province marked by ethnic tension and militaristic paranoia that stretches from Mongolia to Afghanistan. Jeanneau put together this mmesmerizing mix of processed field recordings, acoustic recordings, and sound collages from his journey.
LA's favorite summertime BBQ and party spot, The Do-Over, just made Theo Parrish's live set available for download. The Detroit house legend lays down a signature deep set perfect for drinking sangria on a warm Los Angeles evening. Check out their blog where you can find lots of other great stuff, like archived live sets from Jneiro Jarel and Bullion.
London's Hotflush label has been straight-up killing it with releases from artists like Untold and Joy Orbison, but they've also been doing a series of high-quality podcasts. The latest offering comes from San Francisco producer Jus Wan, who assembled a smoldering mix of leftfield dubstep, 2-step, garage, and a nice dab of vintage ~scape.