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James Blake Reveals Upcoming Single for 1-800-Dinosaur; Preview It Now

James Blake has revealed plans to issue a new single next month via his 1-800-Dinosaur imprint. Read more » 

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  • 11/25/2014

Download: Trap Door "Gravity Break"

Label: B.YRSLF

"I dont make Trap," reads the SoundCloud profile of Manchester-based producer Trap Door, keen to stop any preconceptions about his chosen alias in their tracks. In fact, Trap Door's latest effort, the Emerald Dove EP (out today via B.YRSLF), sees the budding talent presenting sharp and propulsive club hybrids, including "Gravity Break," a track focused on precise, booming rhythms and glowing swaths of space-age chords. Set to be joined by four other original tracks as well as remixes from Dreams, Mike G, and Grandivaa on the Emerald Dove EP, Trap Door's "Gravity Break" can be downloaded below, while the rest of his new record can be streamed after the jump.  Read more » 

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Check Out Julio Bashmore's and Hyetal's New Remix as Velour

Following the release of their second 12" together ("The Tower" b/w "Plato's Retreat") as Velour earlier this year, Bristol-based producers Julio Bashmore (pictured above) and Hyetal have again combined forces on a new remix for Ekkah. Read more » 

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  • 11/25/2014

Hear the New Collaborative 12" from Bicep and Midland

Working together for the first time on record, Bicep and Midland yesterday issued their collaborative D-Mil (Club & Dub) 12", a two-track affair that has now become available to stream in full. Read more » 

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  • 11/25/2014

Download: Craig Bratley "Analogue Dreams"

Label: Tsuba

This week sees UK producer Craig Bratley issue his debut LP, Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride, a 10-track effort which showcases the man's propensity for tweaking disco formulas into any number of shapes and sizes. One such track is "Analogue Dreams," a production driven by cascading hardware tones and some light percussion (which is anchored by deep-tuned kick drums). Atop this bed, Bratley effortlessly floats in a number of interlocked arpeggio melodies, which are hand-tweaked as they glide across the track before eventually being joined by a procession of bouncing piano chords and fast-moving digital strings. Out now in vinyl form (and set to see a digital release on December 15) via the Tsuba label, Bratley's Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride LP can be further previewed after the jump.  Read more » 

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Jackie's House: Steffi

Given XLR8R's San Francisco roots, Jackie House (a.k.a. Honey Soundsystem co-founder Jacob Sperber) is someone we've known for quite some time. Besides throwing some of the city's best parties, Jackie can always be counted upon to deliver whip-smart (and often hilarious) commentary about the electronic music sphere without relying upon the stuffy sensibilities and bland dialogue that often governs such discourse. As such, we felt she'd be the perfect addition to the XLR8R team, and have created a new column, 'Jackie's House,' in which she can banter with artists in her own unique way. Read more » 

Download a New Mix from Jackmaster

In what's becoming an annual tradition, Jackmaster (a.k.a. Jack Revill) has shared the 2014 edition of his "Mastermix" series for stream and download. Read more » 

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  • 11/25/2014

Review: Lawrence A Day in the Life

Label: Mule Musiq

Anyone who has followed Lawrence (a.k.a. Peter M. Kersten) over the course of his career will know that the Dial boss has a passion for ambient and modern classical. All his albums to date have been infused with beatless, rippling segues, and even his kick-driven house tracks have often been riddled with ambient details, proper chords, and supple synths. As such, his sixth full length—and second on Mule—A Day In The Life, is surely the one he has been working towards since day one, because it's an immersive, fully ambient affair with nary a kick drum in sight. Read more » 

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  • 11/25/2014

Watch a Video from Mr. Mitch's Debut LP

Mr. Mitch has unveiled a video in support of his forthcoming debut album on Planet Mu. Read more » 

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  • 11/25/2014

Podcast 370: Shifted

Over the past few years, Shifted (a.k.a. Guy Brewer) has quickly built a following on the back of two albums and an impressive series of 12"s, most of which showcase a bleak and ominous strain of richly textured techno. Though the Berlin-based producer has worked with esteemed imprints such as Sigha's Our Circula Sound, Dominick Fernow's Bed of Nails, and Luke Slater's Mote-Evolver, his new double EP, Arrangements in Monochrome, is slated to arrive next week on Avian, the excellent label Brewer heads up alongside fellow UK producer Ventress. His work doesn't stop there, either, as Brewer has also produced under the aliases Relay, Covered in Sand, Alexander Lewis, delete_everything, and Pacific Blue, and occasionally teams up with Sigha in the collaborative A Model Authority project, amongst other endeavors. Throughout all of this, his output has occasionally popped up on XLR8R, but with the new Shifted record set to drop, we figured it was finally time to put Brewer properly in the spotlight via the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 


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