Cocktail d'Amore, the Berlin party and label founded by veteran DJ/production duo Discodromo, Berghain resident Boris, and visual director Pindar (a.k.a. GoldNSour), will mark five years next month with an anniversary compilation, Nothing Matters When We're Dancing. Read more »
Last month, Locked Groove announced plans to debut on Permanent Vacation with the Thesseus EP, following from a pair of records released earlier this year via We Play House and his own eponymous label. Ahead of its arrival, the Berlin-based producer has shared a stream of b-side track "Meditations in an Emergency," an introspective, end-of-the-night effort that nods to early Motor City electro while maintaining the polished aesthetic found throughout Permanent Vacation's catalog. Read 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 »
Over the summer, XLR8R debuted a new feature called Ask the Experts, which centered around a simple idea: letting our readers directly ask established artists for advice. So far, the monthly series has been a smashing success. The debut installment featured the German giants of Modeselektor, while the second round was piloted by UK bass manipulator Om Unit. Now that the calendar has flipped once again, it's time to sign up another expert, and we're happy to report that Daedelus has stepped up to the plate. Read more »
Boston-based producers Max Lewis and Mirza Ramic will again combine their talents as Arms and Sleepers on the forthcoming Swim Team LP, an 11-track effort which will see its release via the Fake Chapter label late next month. Appearing early on in the record is "Tiger Tempo," a thickly textured production which pairs a handful of sludgy samples with loose-stomping rhythms. Though it begins on the more moody side of the beat spectrum, "Tiger Tempo" eventually shifts its aims, unfolding into a more uplifting affair—one where bubbly melodies, reversed strings, and choice vocal samples help reshape the tune into a more heavenly endeavor. The pair's Swim Team LP (its first in over three years) is set to see an official release on October 28.
Dublin-based beatmaker Cignol has taken to his Dr. Nol alias to drop Ear Music Vol. 1, a collection of "retro-acid and Italo-influenced hardware jams." Here we have "Blue Box," one of Ear Music's more driving affairs which stacks space-age chords and an array of filter-tweaked synth melodies atop a steady Italo beat, adding layers of classic-sounding percussion throughout the course of the track's nearly five-minute run. The Irish producer's seven-tack Ear Music Vol. 1 outing can currently be grabbed as a name-your-price download over on Bandcamp.
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