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The Lowdown: This Week's XLR8R Top 10 with Flying Lotus, Hard Wax, SBTRKT and More

Throughout the week, a whole lot of material gets posted here on XLR8R. And while we know—and love—that some hardcore readers will eagerly pour over every single news story, interview, podcast, video, and MP3 download that appears on the site, we also realize that for most people, it's impossible to see everything, which means that some quality XLR8R content is likely to get missed in the hustle and bustle of everyone's daily lives. In the interest of making it easier for everyone to catch up, every Friday we present The Lowdown, a weekly wrap-up of the top 10 tidbits from our site. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 07/25/2014

Download: Brian Ellis "All I Know, All I See"

First Listen
Label: Voltaire

Hailing from the Southern California city of Escondido, funk specialist Brian Ellis will issue his Reflection EP via San Francisco's Voltaire label next week. Billed as a record that pushes Ellis' brand of "drum machine-synthesizer funk to the livest, rawest level" (and complete with a feature from The Egyptian Lover), Reflection is an expectedly keyboard-laden affair, for which "All I Know, All I See" serves as our first taste. Beginning with the snap of a lightly processed drum machine rhythm, the track initially finds Ellis whispering lyrics about the power of "the funk" over the laid-back procession, before showing off his skills across a number of synth-soaked chord structures and flowing solos. Ellis' six-track Reflection EP will be available in 12" vinyl form beginning July 29. 

Average: 8.2 (13 votes)

Gidge Announces Upcoming Debut LP for Atomnation

Swedish duo Gidge (consisting of members Ludvig Stolterman and Jonatan Nilsson) have revealed plans to issue its debut LP this Fall via Applescal's growing Atomnation imprint. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 07/25/2014

Cardopusher Details New EP for Classicworks

Barcelona-based producer Cardopusher is set to deliver another EP for his own Classicworks, which has previously played host to releases from label co-head and frequent collaborator Nehuen, Matrixxman, and Vin Sol. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 07/25/2014

Download: Slam Skillet "Keratin"

First Listen
Label: Ounce.

NYC producer Slam Skillet first appeared on our radar late last month, when the budding talent offered up his club-minded "Impala" production for free download. Now, Slam Skillet returns to XLR8R with "Keratin," a sci-fi cut from his upcoming Linear Motif EP (artwork above), which drops on July 28 via the Ounce. digital label. Bolstered by space-age percussion, "Keratin" offers a bevy of futuristic synth tones, which come lined with just a touch of funk, helping the tune find an intriguing balance between dancefloor readiness and adventurous sonic exploration. 

Average: 9.1 (12 votes)

Stream 'Gem Drops Four' Featuring The Range, Pixelord, Natasha Kmeto, Anenon, and More


The first edition of the Gem Drops compilation appeared in 2011, an extension of the Portland-based Dropping Gems crew, who tapped an impressive network of beat savvy friends and cohorts to contribute to the digital compilation. Three years on, the North West collective is set to drop the fourth edition of its annual comp, next week offering exclusive new tracks from The Range, Pixelord, Natasha Kmeto, Anenon, Marley Carroll, Devonwho, and others. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 07/25/2014

Record Store Week: Pearson Sound, Matias Aguayo, Leon Vynehall, and Gerd Share Their Favorite Shops

All week long, XLR8R will be taking a closer look at some of our favorite record shops from around the globe. Check out the entire 'Record Store Week' series here.

Following several days of our own selections, we figured that it was only right to close out this year's Record Store Week by letting a few other people weigh in with their favorite haunts. In that spirit, we've enlisted some artists that have appeared regularly on XLR8R in recent years—Pearson Sound, Matias Aguayo, Leon Vynehall, and Gerd—to tell us about their top spots to do some digging and fatten up their record collections. Read more » 

Watch Eprom's Menacing New Video for "Center of the Sun"

Pulled from West Coast beatmaker Eprom's Halflife LP (released late last year via Rwina), "Center of the Sun" has received a colorfully menacing video treatment. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 07/25/2014

Download: Aashton "I've Had Enough"

First Listen

Aashton is a burgeoning artist who has placed a number of quality tunes in our Downloads section in recent months. Now, the UK producer has elected to give away two tracks via a new digital EP, one of which is "I've Had Enough." Steeped in soulful chords, "I've Had Enough" is a sharp piece of low-swung club music which utilizes a good deal of playful percussion, tasteful vocal chops, juicy piano stabs, and a precise bassline during the course of its run. While this selection from Aashton's free EP can be download below, the tune's virtual flipside counterpart, "Status Ain't Crooked," can be heard after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.2 (14 votes)

FaltyDL to Release New 12" as Drew Lustman

With his In the Wild LP on its way for Ninja Tune, NYC producer FaltyDL has revealed that he will soon release a new 12" under his given name, Drew Lustman. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 07/24/2014

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