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Download: Arandel "Section 12"

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Label: InFiné

Anonymous production project Arandel is set to return to the InFiné label next month with its second full-length record, Solarispellis. A 12-track expedition through various shades of electronic composition, the album is divided into a variety of sections and movements including "Section 12," a slow-building production that coyly laces a loping four-on-the-floor with gaseous synths, floating melodies, and highly detailed bits of percussion and manipulated electronics. Said to consist of "no MIDI, no digital takes, or quantizing... [only] live recordings through analog synthesizers," Arandel's Solarispellis LP officially arrives on November 24. in the meantime, after grabbing "Section 12" below, those interested in heading on another of Arandel's sonic adventures can check out "Section 11" after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.4 (32 votes)
 
 

Gear: Kuvo: What Is It, How Does It Work, and Is It a Good Idea? (a.k.a. an XLR8R Interview with Pioneer About Its Newest Product)

A few weeks ago, Pioneer DJ took advantage of the sprawling Amsterdam Dance Event to announce the launch of Kuvo, a new, cloud-based social platform and app that enables DJs to automatically broadcast a tracklist of what they're playing in the club. (The system also allows users to log in to Kuvo and follow along in real time, or to check out a particular DJ's playlist after the fact.) Although Pioneer primarily framed the product as a new sharing tool and even claimed that Kuvo could be utilized to help artists get paid royalties when their music is played in the club—check the launch video for a more complete rundown about what the system is supposedly designed for and capable of—many people (ourselves included) were left wondering about exactly how Kuvo would work, what its impact on the club environment (and the larger music industry) would be, and what Pioneer's motives were in introducing this product. In search of answers, we headed down to the company's pop-up space at ADE and spoke with Rik Parkinson from the product development team. His answers may not have satisfied all of our concerns about Kuvo, but they did shed a bit more light on what motivated its creation and how Pioneer hopes to implement it, both now and in the future. Read more » 

  • Filed under: gear
  • 10/30/2014

Stream a Track from Steffi's Upcoming LP for Ostgut Ton

As we reported last month, longstanding Panorama Bar resident Steffi has a new album on the way via respected Berlin outpost Ostgut Ton. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 10/30/2014

Gear: Ask the Experts: Vladislav Delay

Over the past few months, Ask the Experts has quickly become one of our most popular series, probably because it gives our readers the chance to speak directly to some of their favorite artists. Even better, it affords them the chance to ask for a bit of insight or just solicit some advice. This month's edition features wise words from Finnish producer Vladislav Delay (a.k.a. Sasu Ripatti), who will soon be releasing Visa, his first ambient album in more than 10 years, via his own Ripatti imprint. While we usually expect our "experts" to answer just a handful of the questions submitted by our audience, Ripatti went the extra mile. He may not have answered them all, but he certainly answered a lot of questions, touching on his studio set-up, mixing and mastering techniques, the role of nature in his music, the difference between natural and urban environments, and much more. Those interested in his live set-up—and based on the inquiries we received, it seems like there are a lot of people in this category—should especially make sure to read all the way to the end, as Ripatti combined several of these questions and delivered an extended answer about how he approaches live performance. Read more » 

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  • 10/30/2014

Download: 2:54 "Blindfold (Ossie Remix)"

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With a single EP to his name this year, 2014 has been somewhat quiet on the release front for London DJ/producer Ossie, who appeared on the Hyperdub label in 2012 and spent most of last year focusing on his Black Orange Juice project. Still, from the sound of his remix for fellow London duo 2:54's (pictured above) recent "Blindfold" single—a track which will appear on the group's forthcoming The Other I LP for Bella Union—the beatmaker's craft is still in fine form. A rock-leaning pop tune, Ossie reshapes "Blindfold" into a bass-fueled club track, one sprinkled with echoed vocals and guitars—as well a good deal of up-swung percussion—but ultimately propelled by its series of deep-tuned bass notes.  

Average: 7.8 (20 votes)
 
 

Watch a New Video for Paula Temple's "Deathvox"

Fresh from catching our attention with a compelling audio-visual performance at ADE 2014 Paula Temple has shared a new video for "Deathvox," the title track from her most recent outing on R&S. Read more » 

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  • 10/30/2014

Check Out Gerd Janson's Mix for Beats in Space

Currently on the last leg of his brief North American tour, Gerd Janson has delivered the latest guest mix for Tim Sweeney's weekly Beats in Space radio show. Read more » 

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  • 10/29/2014

Melé Launches New Label, Preps Inaugural Single

Liverpool-based producer Krissy Peers (a.k.a. Melé) has announced he will launch his own label, Quadrants, next month. Read more » 

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  • 10/29/2014

Download: Roche "Via Portal"

First Listen

A San Francisco artist who has released tracks via Hieroglyphic Being's Mathematics imprint, Los Angeles label 100% Silk, and—most recently—SF's own Icee Hot outpost (a label, we should again point out, is co-run by XLR8R editor Shawn Reynaldo), Roche has passed along a new production for free download. Spanning well over seven minutes, "Via Portal" finds Roche slowly unraveling an array of hardware textures. Led by a hat-heavy rhythm, the tune spends its first two minutes teasing out vibrant synth sequences, which eventually become absorbed by thick, droning chords and further layers of bounding analog notes, ultimately fashioning "Via Portal" into one particularly hypnotic house voyage. 

Average: 7.6 (30 votes)
 
 

Simian Mobile Disco, Emptyset, Alec Empire, and More Announced for 2015 Edition of Berlin's CTM Festival

Taking place early next year, Berlin's experimental-leaning CTM Festival has revealed the first wave of acts slated to perform at its 16th annual gathering. Read more » 

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  • 10/29/2014

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