An original member of Underground Resistance (alongside Jeff Mills and Mike Banks), an innovator in Detroit techno's heyday, and a pioneering DJ/producer with a 20-plus-year career that includes a wealth of ambitious projects including Floorplan and Monobox, Robert Hood has a resume that's all but impeccable. Now, we can add another accomplishment to the techno veteran's list, as 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of his M-Plant label, an outpost which has largely served as a home for Hood's own excursions into techno's evolving forms. With a number of upcoming reissues and events planned to celebrate M-Plant's two-decade milestone in the coming months, we decided that it was time to check in with the Motor City legend (who now calls Alabama home) via our 20 Questions series. Hood kindly agreed to answer our queries, some of which prompted him to pull out a few choice tales from his storied past. Over the course of our discussion, he looks back at Underground Resistance's early days, recalls the time when he "borrowed" a Kraftwerk record from Anthony Shakir, and describes his first meeting with Jeff Mills. Read more »
The past couple of years saw a flurry of activity from Detroit techno maven Terrence Dixon, who added two LPs and a few EPs and singles to his already sizable discography throughout 2012 and 2013. However, a new post on the veteran DJ/producer's Facebook indicates that those records will be the last to arrive from Dixon, as he has announced his immediate retirement. Read more »
Deemed Habits of Hate, the collaboration between Happa and Manni Dee will issue its debut self-titled EP via Rob Booth's Electronic Explorations label on April 28. Serving as a preview to the upcoming release, the pair of UK producers has let loose a hard-edged freebie in "The Destruction of Words." Piling machine-made percussion, overdriven textures, and bursts of straight-up noise across its six-minute run, the resulting track makes for a brooding piece of dancefloor fare unafraid to move at an, ahem, accelerated pace.
Preparing his Strange Artifact EP for the recently founded label, The Melt's latest signee, Patrick Brian, has shared a lustrous remix by LA producer Queen Leaf. Set to be fatured on the record, the low-resonating "Trample (Queen Leaf Remix)" tools with watery synth drips and extended chords to paint a glacial soundscape of ambient tones. Queen Leaf's richly textured remix will be featured alongside two of Patrick Brian's original compositions when Strange Artifact EP drops on April 17.
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 »
David Douglas is no stranger to XLR8R, having been featured in our pages for an arrary of singles and EPs. Now, he's back to announce his upcoming Moon Observations LP by sharing lively album cut "Selene." The production harnesses organic woodwinds and softly uttered phrases alongside a bounding bassline, as Douglas meticulously creates a scenic landscape of brightly gleaming sonic textures with a myraid of ingeredients. Composed as an "ode to all moon observers in time," the Moon Observations LP is set to drop via Appelscal's Atomnation label on May 22; its artwork and tracklist are included after the jump. Read more »
Listen to a Mix of Rare Chinese Funk, Soul, and Jazz from Honey Soundsystem's Bezier for Beats in Space
San Francisco's Honey Soundsystem crew has been keeping very busy in 2014. Just this week, the collective—who we profiled back in January as part of Bubblin' Up Week—issued its new Spring Mix, while crew member Jackie House teamed up with fellow SF producer Dr. Sleep on "Predatory Landscape," a Patrick Cowley-sampling tune that was offered up as a free giveaway in our Downloads section. As if that wasn't enough, this week's episode of Beats in Space featured a special "Chinese Disco Mix" from Bezier (a.k.a. Robot Hustle a.k.a. Robert Yang). Read more »
Hailing from Okayama, Japan, fledgling producer Keita Sano is set to release his techno-imbued People Are Changing EP via Brooklyn's Mister Saturday Night label later this month, and has shared previews of its three rugged tracks ahead of time. Read more »
For whatever myriad of reasons, artists sometimes can't or don't want to reveal their true identities on certain releases. This is often done by simply leaving zero clues (except maybe the music itself) in the related aliases, titles, artwork, and press releases for their record. (For example: Junior Boys producer Matt Didemus did this for his early work as DIVA.) Other times, it's all but spelled out for fans that their favorite DJ/producer is being coyly anonymous, such as the forthcoming EP for FaltyDL's Blueberry label from an acid-obsessed veteran calling himself Luke Warm. Read more »
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