While XLR8R makes an effort to cover sounds from across the musical spectrum, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that we have a soft spot for UK bass music. It doesn't help matters that seemingly every week or two, another producer pops up with their own unique permutation of the increasingly nebulous sound. Take Manchester producer xxxy (a.k.a. Rupert Taylor)—who actually moved to London about a month ago—an artist whose relatively short discography sounds fresh and modern while also referencing a myriad of classic sounds: house, techno, 2-step, garage, and even old-school videogames. He's been a busy man in the past few years, dropping records on labels like Fortified Audio and Ten Thousand Yen and remixing artists such as How to Dress Well, The Count and Sinden, Voltron, and Alpines. Just last month, he released the "Open Your Eyes" b/w "You Gotta Do You" single via the Orca imprint, August 22 will see a new split 12" on the Infrasonics label, and in early September his remix of Ghostpoet's "Liiines" will hit the streets. Beyond that, a 12" for All-City and an EP for Well Rounded are also in the works. With such a busy production schedule, it's amazing that xxxy found the time to assemble this exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Far from being just another collection of the latest trendy tunes, Taylor has put together an eclectic session that surveys vintage house, techno, and electro sounds while also splicing in plenty of unreleased gems and, yes, some fashionable cuts from a few of his UK counterparts.
01 Extrawelt "Titelheld (Dexter Remix)" (Cocoon)
02 Konrad Black "Medua Smile/Don't Look Back" (Wagon Repair)
03 2AMFM "Desolate Cities" (M>O>S)
04 Jacques Greene "Sorted"
05 Presk "Devour" (Ten Thousand Yen)
06 West Norwood Cassette Library "Get Lifted (Karenn Remix)" (West Norwood Cassette Library)
07 Midland "Tracker"
08 Teengirl Fantasy "Cheaters" (Hivern)
09 Virgo "In a Vision" (Rush Hour)
10 Actress "Maze" (Honest Jon's)
11 Photek "Mine to Give" (Science)
12 Deadboy "Heartbreaker (Julio Bashmore 2010 Remix)" (Well Rounded)
13 Coni "Luz in Pool" (Clek Clek Boom)
14 Eats Everything "Entrance Song" (Pets)
15 Doc Daneeka "Babylon's Burning"
16 Hashim "Al Naafiysh (The Soul)" (Streetwave)
17 Bobby Dozen "Mill Riddim"
18 Jon Convex "Falling Again" (3024)
19 Spectr "Dance 4 Me" (Roska Kicks and Snares)
20 Unknown "Fuck Yonkers" (white)
21 Benjamin Damage "Doesn't Even Matter Now"
22 xxxy "Kerpow" (All-City)
23 Pangea "Won't Hurt" (Hessle Audio)
24 Lung & Maxx Roach "Booty Call (Randomer Remix)" (Deadplate)
25 xxxy "Everything" (Well Rounded)
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