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 »
Electronic music pioneer and UK mainstay Gerald Simpson (a.k.a. A Guy Called Gerald) presumably needs no introduction. Simpson has made a large impact on multiple facets of dance music throughout his career, beginning with acid house (where he enjoyed a role in the 808 State trio), jungle and drum & bass, and then back to techno and house. We saw a glimpse of this most recent transition as part of his MUTEK podcast for XLR8R last year, and yesterday the producer unveiled a sprawling new, three-volume mix. Read more »
Budding stateside outfits Mirror Kisses and Spazzkid (pictured above) have connected on this new remix, with the latter beatsmith reworking the lead cut from the former's recently self-released Heartbeats LP. In its original form, Mirror Kisses' "Runaways" is a mellow piece of funky synth-pop, but in the hands of Spazzkid, the tune is transformed into a heavenly beat stripped of the original's vocals and filled out by thick synths, distant melodies, and a virtually incalculable amount of drum programming.
100% Silk is already having a rather busy year, with no less than six releases in the books so far, including efforts from Maria Minerva, Coyote Clean Up, Bobby Browser, and Pharoahs. Just yesterday, XLR8R premiered a full stream of Shams' Piano Cloud EP for the imprint, and now with that out in the open, 100% Silk has unveiled its next release, a four track effort from Alex Burkat. Read more »
Much of the forward momentum for Vondelpark's new Seabed LP comes from the strength of its standout tune, "California Analog Dream," whose maudlin take on 2-step and inside-out R&B makes it an enticing cut. Eventually, the song caught the ear of Pampa boss DJ Koze, who then appointed techno alchemist Robag Wruhme (pictured above) to take the tune—as the press release puts it—"out of the bedroom and onto the dancefloor." Read more »
Next week, Portuguese producer Shcuro will drop his Ignis Fatuus EP via the Circus Maximus imprint (also a Portugal-based outfit). Along with the pair of original tunes slated to appear on the forthcoming EP are a number of remixes including this one from burgeoning producer Daniel Guijarro (a.k.a. Headbirds). On his remix, Guijarro injects the original tune with a healthy dose of extra synthwork, which comes balanced by bits of precise drum programming. Preview streams of all five tracks which make up the forthcoming Ignis Fatuus EP—out on May 20—can be heard after the jump. Read more »
Last month, we reported that Jimmy Edgar and Machinedrum (a.k.a. Travis Stewart)—who together operate as Jets—had launched the Ultramajic imprint, and would issue Edgar's Hot Inside EP as its inaugural release on June 10. Today, a Yours Truly-curated clip of the pair has surfaced, one which finds Edgar and Stewart discussing the genesis of their collaborative project and the new label, while also taking the time to play a few cuts from a forthcoming Jets release. Read more »
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