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Stream Massimiliano Pagliara's New LP for Live at Robert Johnson

Profiled in the most recent edition of our Get Familiar feature series last week, Italian producer Massimiliano Pagliara's new LP for Live at Robert Johnson is now streaming in full. Read more » 

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  • 09/15/2014

Dropping Gems Preps Debut LP from DJAO; Hear a Track Now

Portland's Dropping Gems collective/label will issue the debut LP from Seattle's DJAO next month. Read more » 

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  • 09/15/2014

Mr. G Announces Upcoming 'Personal Momentz' LP

Longstanding London producer Mr. G has revealed plans to drop a new LP, Personal Momentz, via his own Phoenix G label in November. Read more » 

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  • 09/15/2014

Download: Rhythm Operator "Mind Wave"

Label: Axe on Wax

Los Angeles producer Calvin James today releases his latest effort as Rhythm Operator, the four-track Illuminate Your Soul EP. Appearing via the fledgling Axe on Wax label, the record presents three original tracks from James along with a remix by UK up-and-comer Liam Geddes. To spread word of the release, James has passed along EP cut "Mind Wave," which takes a methodical path to crafting a piano-rich slice of skipping house. Peppered with tasteful vocal samples and layers of hand percussion, "Mind Wave" lands itself on the jazzier and more subdued end of the club music spectrum. Out today, the rest of Rhythm Operator's Illuminate Your Soul EP can be previewed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.5 (27 votes)

Check Out New Mixes from Lee Gamble and Vessel

Following the recent release of new LPs from each producer, mixes from Lee Gamble (pictured above) and Vessel have surfaced. Read more » 

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  • 09/15/2014

PMR Launches Sub-Label, Readies Inaugural 12" from Klaves

London label PMR—a platform for UK talents such as Disclosure, Jessie Ware, and Julio Bashmore—has announced the launch of a new sub-label, PMR Beat Club, and revealed details of its inaugural record. Read more » 

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  • 09/15/2014

SBTRKT Releases Interactive Video for "Look Away"

In the build-up to Wonder Where We Land (his upcoming sophomore LP for Young Turks), SBTRKT has unleashed a steady stream of album cuts, last week sharing hip-hop-leaning tracks "Higher" and "Voices in My Head". Now, the London producer has unveiled "Look Away," a moody new tune which features Chairlift's Caroline Polachek. Read more » 

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  • 09/15/2014

Download: Marreck "False Martyr"

First Listen
Label: Bomb Shop

Marreck is the work of UK sound artist Michael Hann who has also released under the name Rejections and is responsible for overseeing the fledgling Reject and Fade label. Under his Marreck alias, Hann will next week issue the Thirteen Losses EP, which is said to collect four pieces of "soundsystem brutalism" including "False Martyr," the record's closing cut. An uncompromising composition, "False Martyr" is the kind of track that sounds like it is content to just let the machines run wild. A brooding analog pulse leads the production, appearing loosely tide to a rhythmic pattern, though it is constantly the result of manipulation. On top of this, Hann eventually layers a piercing, siren-like sheet of noise which grows as the electronics below become more and more unhinged. "False Martyr" and three other tracks not for the faint of heart will see their official release on September 22, when Marreck's full Thirteen Losses EP drops via Bomb Shop. 

Average: 7.1 (21 votes)

Review: Vessel Punish, Honey

Label: Tri Angle

Punish, Honey, the new LP from Vessel (a.k.a. Sebastian Gainsborough), is apparently dedicated in some way to England. So says the press release: "Combined with an interest in notions of national identity, Vessel asking himself the question 'What does "Englishness" in music really mean?'" At first read, that excerpt makes it sound like the Bristol producer might be half-baking a college thesis. Does the record really explore "Englishness"? Read more » 

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  • 09/15/2014

Real Talk: DVS1 on Respect, Photography on the Dancefloor, and the Battle Between Art and Entertainment

'Real Talk' is a new series of artist-penned essays that will be appearing on XLR8R from time to time. For the first installment, we've enlisted veteran DJ/producer DVS1, who wished to speak on what he sees as the changing atmosphere inside the club.

The reality is that things will never be what they once were. The past is the past, and the present is something we all have to accept. Everything in life tells us that we shouldn't cling to how things were or what might have been better back in the day. In the classic way our parents would describe the hardships of walking to school five miles each way, up and down hills and through snow, when we have the luxury of a bus, or a car, or a bike, etc… aren't we supposed to embrace the change and the reality of our surroundings today? Those that lived before generally come to accept what the next generation wants or believes to be the right way, the new way. But does this natural progression always apply? Do we really have to conform and/or buy into what everyone says is okay? Or popular? Or current? Read more » 

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