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Synkro Reveals Upcoming 'Transient' EP for Apollo

English producer Joe McBride (a.k.a. Synkro, who also serves as half of the Houndstooth-affiliated Akkord pair), has announced plans to drop a new EP via Apollo, the sister label to Belgium's well-regarded R&S imprint. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 10/20/2014

Stream a New Track from Om Unit's Upcoming EP for Metalheadz

First Listen

As we reported a few weeks back, prolific UK producer Jim Coles (a.k.a. Om Unit) will issue a new EP via Goldie's Metalheadz imprint next month. The eight-track Inversion EP is said to have its sonic roots in "London, Chicago, and Detroit; drums, subs, and textures," and ahead of its full release, Om Unit has provided XLR8R with a stream of EP cut "The War." Read more » 

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  • 10/20/2014

Download: DLX "Moving Away"

First Listen
Label: Smog

A longstanding member of Los Angeles' Smog crew, DLX is set to drop his Quantum Bounce EP tomorrow, and has passed along closing cut "Moving Away" to serve as a preview. Spanning just over three minutes, the production sees DLX balancing some introspective musicality with ever-active drum programming, as the beatmaker deftly reshapes his rhythmic structures throughout the track, resulting in an effort that in many ways harkens back to the heyday of IDM while adding an extra bass weight to the proceedings. "Moving Away" and five other new DLX productions will see their official release on Tuesday, when the Quantum Bounce EP officially lands via Smog. 

Average: 8.2 (20 votes)
 
 

Review: Objekt Flatland

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Label: PAN

From its opening blast of shattering "glass," it's clear that Flatland, the debut LP by Berlin-based artist Objekt (a.k.a. TJ Hertz), means to make a statement. That initial note is a showoff-y bit of sound design that would sit as a highlight in the middle of a lesser album, but Hertz has a high pedigree; he's worked for Native Instruments and previously self-released a highly regarded series of 12"s, among other accolades, and PAN, Flatland's backing label, is nothing if not esteemed. Some artists like to let their machines think for themselves, letting sounds blur together and emphasizing accidents; Hertz, however, is a control freak, and Flatland showcases this with intensity. As such, it would be difficult to say anything detrimental about the sheer skill required in making it. This is the kind of release that's going to make a lot of producers feel inadequate. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 10/20/2014

Hashman Deejay Announces Debut Album for Future Times; Stream a Track Now

Mood Hut—an imprint we recently highlighted as part of our Labels We Love series— associate Tanner Matt (a.k.a. Hashman Deejay) has been on a steady rise since the Future Times outpost released his debut 12", Tangerine, in January of this year. Now, the Vancouver artist is set to release his debut album, Sandopolis, via the DC-based imprint next month. Read more » 

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  • 10/20/2014

Getting Down, Biking Around, and Reveling in the Final Days of Trouw: Reflections on ADE 2014

Last week, XLR8R once again headed to The Netherlands to partake in the annual Amsterdam Dance Event, better known simply as ADE. This was our fourth year in attendance, and at this point, it's difficult to explain just how big ADE has become. Unlike many of the events and festivals that XLR8R covers, ADE is not some niche event targeting a specific fragment of the electronic sphere. The Amsterdam Dance Event is a behemoth, an industry conference with a huge focus on the business of electronic music, which is why its daytime schedule offers up an extensive array of panels, workshops, lectures, and product demonstrations. (Meetings are also an essential piece of the puzzle, particularly for those looking to make deals and/or network.) Luckily for those in attendance, ADE also can be relied upon to present a wide variety of parties (something to the tune of 20 to 40 per night), a handful of which feature some pretty incredible line-ups. Over the course of five days and (very long) nights, we did our best to hit as many of these parties as possible, and jotted down a few notes along the way. Now that the festivities have come to a close, we wanted to share a few of our reflections after what proved to be a very intense week in Amsterdam. Read more » 

Check Out Caribou's 'Essential Mix' for BBC Radio 1

Over the weekend, London-based Canadian Dan Snaith (a.k.a. Caribou) became the latest contributor to BBC Radio 1's venerable Essential Mix series. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 10/20/2014

Download: Line Idle "Woodblocks (Automatic Tasty Remix)"

First Listen

The Wrong Island imprint has been in operation for just over a year, releasing cozy electronic outings from artists such as Automatic Tasty, M|O|O|N, and—starting tomorrow—Line Idle (a.k.a. Aleks Jurczyk, the resident synth specialist at Glasgow's Rubadub shop). Before his Woodblocks EP lands, the label has passed along this remix of the effort's title track from Automatic Tasty who, in his own words, is said to have "smushed" the track up, running the tune's percolating sound bites through "tape delays, then recorded to reel-to-reel, and back through tape delay." Reportedly, Automatic Tasty also sneaks in bits of 808, 101, and Juno underneath as well. The rework—which origianlly came to us with the lengthy official title "Automatic Tasty's Entirely Quite Useless at Chopping Logs Mix"—can be grabbed below, while Line Idle's upcoming Woodblocks EP is available to preivew after the jump before it lands in both vinyl and digital forms tomorrow.  Read more » 

Average: 7.9 (21 votes)
 
 

Listen to Slam's Upcoming 'Reverse Proceed' LP for Soma

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In its 20-plus-year career, Scottish production duo Slam has done a lot. After playing an integral role in the development of Glasgow's underground house scene of the late '80s, Slam has been behind a consistent string of quality releases that continuously found the pair keen to explore the ever-evolving corners of house and techno throughout the past two decades. 2014 has hardly seen Slam let up, with the pair set to return to its own Soma label with Reverse Proceed, a 14-track album that can now be streamed in full on XLR8R ahead of its release next week. Read more » 

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  • 10/20/2014

The Lowdown: This Week's XLR8R Top 10 with Hyperdub, Julio Bashmore, FaltyDL, and 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 » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 10/17/2014

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