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Podcast 366: Jackmaster

Jackmaster (a.k.a. Jack Revill) is a DJ. He's also a co-founder of Glasgow's Numbers label, but there's ultimately no question that Revill's skills behind the decks are responsible for whatever sort of widespread acclaim has come his way. Those who have seen him perform often remark about Revill's ability to play anything while keeping the dancefloor popping—the man is just as comfortable dropping Prince as he is delving into a session of old-school Detroit techno, and that diversity lies at the heart of his appeal. On some level, almost all artists are storytellers, but Jackmaster's ability to spin a compelling tale using nothing but music created by other people is what makes him exceptional. Even as his profile has risen dramatically in recent years, he hasn't dipped his toes into the production realm; Revill's focus is entirely on DJing, and next month, he'll be bringing his talents across the Atlantic for a substantial US Tour. In advance of that, he's put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Download: Simone Gatto "May 28th"

First Listen
Label: Out-er

Italian techno producer Simone Gatto will return to his own Out-Er imprint next month with his second EP for the imprint, Holzwege. Leading off the b-side of the four-track record is "May 28th," a driving effort that begins patiently by patiently building from a steady kick drum and a low-rumbling bassline. As the seven-minute track fully takes shape, Gatto brushes the rolling affair with atmospheric noises before eventually teasing out a number of thick synth sequences and buzzing pads from the depths of the full-bodied production. Ahead of its release on November 3, the rest of Gatto's Holzwege EP—which features a remix from Dutch synth specialist Legowelt—is streaming after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 6.8 (23 votes)
 
 

Locked Groove Announces EP for Hotflush; Preview it Now

So far, 2014 has proven a busy year for Locked Groove, who has already issued a run of records for We Play House, Permanent Vacation, and his own eponymous label. Now, the Belgian producer and former XLR8R podcast contributor (who recently sounded off on electronic music in the mainstream as part of our Real Talk series) has revealed plans to return to Hotflush next month with another new EP. Read more » 

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  • 10/28/2014

Check Out a "Bedtime Mix" from John Talabot

Ever-active Barcelona resident John Talabot has turned in a new mix which finds him operating well outside the confines of the dancefloor. Read more » 

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  • 10/27/2014

New Kanada Releases EP from Maaskant; Watch a Video for the Lead Track Now

Adam Marshall's New Kanada imprint today welcomes Toronto artist Maaskant to the fold with the release of his three-track Mere Oblivion EP. Read more » 

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  • 10/27/2014

Hear Fred P Remix Art Department

First Listen

Longstanding NYC producer/DJ Fred P (a.k.a. Black Jazz Consortium, pictured above) has turned in a new remix for "Cruel Intentions," a track pulled from Toronto duo Art Department's upcoming Natural Selection LP. Read more » 

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  • 10/27/2014

Jackmaster Announces Upcoming US Tour Dates

Having recently wrapped up his 13-week residency at London's XOYO club, tireless UK selector Jackmaster has revealed an upcoming set of US tour dates which will find the Scottish-born talent making his way around the country throughout the month of November. Read more » 

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  • 10/27/2014

Download: Daddy AOL "Fall Off"

First Listen
Label: Swim Team

Swim Team is a fresh-faced NYC crew that plans to issue its debut compilation, Swim Team Trax 1, next month. Incorporating productions from each member of the collective (which includes the likes of Color Plus, AceMo, DJ LILMATT, Izy, Kanyon, Rambow, and Lord $M$), Daddy AOL is set to lead off the effort with "Fall Off." Credited as the the initial founder of the Swim Team collective, Daddy AOL has crafted a solid club hybrid to kick off the forthcoming comp, as "Fall Off" fuses together dubby chord stabs with thick rhythms which teeter just on the edge between a jittery half-time stomp and a full-force shuffle. Before the Swim Team collective's debut compilation arrives next month, the crew's promo video for the effort (which features snippets of its 10 tracks) can be watched after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.5 (82 votes)
 
 

Gear: Review: Komplete Kontrol S-Series Keyboards

For a company that’s been churning out software synthesizers and emulations of acoustic instruments for nearly 20 years, it's somewhat remarkable that Native Instruments has never released its own keyboard MIDI controller. Apparently five years in the making, the Komplete Kontrol S-Series is just that: they are controllers built to integrate seamlessly with the Komplete suite of VST instruments and effects using NI;s Komplete Browser and "Native Map" technology. Along with a high-quality keybed, "Light Guide" play modes, a great arpeggiator, and some smart, physics-enabled touch sliders, the S-Series keyboard is a very impressive piece of kit. Read more » 

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  • 10/27/2014

Innervisions Preps 12" from Recondite

Before his third full-length album, Iffy, lands via Innervisions next month, Recondite has revealed plans to issue a special 12" featuring alternative versions of upcoming LP cuts "Levo" and "Garbo." Read more » 

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  • 10/27/2014

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