The producer behind "BIPP"—which we deemed the best track of 2013—SOPHIE has announced plans to return to the Numbers label with a new 12" single, "Lemonade" b/w "Hard," dropping next week. Read more »
Brooklyn producer Lil Jabba—an affiliate of the Teklife crew whose proper debut full-length, Scales, appeared via the Local Action label last year—has a number of releases in the works, but before any of his upcoming efforts officially drop, the budding beatmaker has generously passed along a new effort entitled "Sun Thru a Cloud." Landing on the mellower end of Lil Jabba's production scope, "Sun Thru a Cloud" is a brief but inviting instrumental which laces jittery hip-hop rhythms with slippery synths, delicate melodies, and a series of water-logged textures.
Brooklyn-based producer FaltyDL (a.k.a. Drew Lustman) is an artist who happily eludes categorization. Over the years, he's issued a series of shapeshifting and hypnotic dance records, including last year's unabashedly warm (and XLR8R-picked) Hardcourage LP, and he's also started up an imprint of his own, Blueberry Records, which takes a similarly varied approach. Next month, he'll be returning to London's storied Ninja Tune label with In the Wild, his fourth full-length and quite possibly his least dance-oriented work yet. Brashly cinematic and constructed like an organic puzzle, the album weaves together 17 gorgeous vignettes, harnessing sound collage, airy ambience, and a few unsettled rhythms while setting a distinctly feral mood. In advance of its release on August 12, we made contact with Lustman while he was on tour in Japan and got him talking about poetry, Pornhub, formative acid trips, and shooting guns from a motorcycle. Read more »
A regular contributor to Barcelona label Tracy's fast-growing catalog, Parisian producer EV4NS (though we've seen him operate simply as "Evans" too) will return to the imprint with the three-track Cassandra EP on August 5. Leading off the forthcoming effort is its title track—a moody, garage-indebted production, "Cassandra" makes excellent use of wide-sweeping pads and popcorn synth lines, which combine with smartly chopped vocal melodies to help land this one along the more R&B-indebted ends of the bass music spectrum.
While the music of Miles Davis has been interpreted in endless ways over the years, it seems fitting that Deepblak founder Aybee and label mainstay Afrikan Sciences (who we profiled last year) have funneled their experimental, cosmically inclined techno into an homage to the jazz legend. Read more »
Shenoda has been steadily dropping 12"s since 2006 for outlets such as Hypercolour and Defected, and the London producer's newest effort finds him returning to George FitzGerald's ManMakeMusic label with the Who Ver? EP. 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 »
Hailing from the Southern California city of Escondido, funk specialist Brian Ellis will issue his Reflection EP via San Francisco's Voltaire label next week. Billed as a record that pushes Ellis' brand of "drum machine-synthesizer funk to the livest, rawest level" (and complete with a feature from The Egyptian Lover), Reflection is an expectedly keyboard-laden affair, for which "All I Know, All I See" serves as our first taste. Beginning with the snap of a lightly processed drum machine rhythm, the track initially finds Ellis whispering lyrics about the power of "the funk" over the laid-back procession, before showing off his skills across a number of synth-soaked chord structures and flowing solos. Ellis' six-track Reflection EP will be available in 12" vinyl form beginning July 29.
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