British producer and Dirtybird affiliate Shadow Child has put a housey spin on one of The xx's recent singles from Coexist, pushing Romy Madley Croft's feathery voice onto the dancefloor alongside his bouncing beat on this "Unofficial VIP" version of "Angels." The juxtaposition between Croft's delicate vocals and Shadow Child's punchy drum patterns works nicely, particularly because he beefs up the original melody with his own thick keyboard riffs.
Online electronic-music retailer Bleep has announced a forthcoming collaborative project with London design studio GiveUpArt and photographer (not to mention XLR8R contributor) Shaun Bloodworth, a series of limited-edition 12"s bent on "exploring techno"; the first record scheduled for release features tracks from Pariah's and Blawan's DJ/production duo Karenn (pictured above) and Berlin-based duo The Analogue Cops. Read more »
When describing its new VCI-400 USB/MIDI DJ controller, Vestax stressed that creativity and versatility were at the core of the sleek machine. Featuring two touch-sensitive jogwheels, color-coordinated controls on four decks, and a clearly demarcated surface, the controller is remarkably easy to use. Veteran vinyl junkies and tentative knob-twiddlers alike will find accessible ways to blend their tracks with a variety of effective, no-bullshit EQs and big, highly responsive looping buttons located just above the jogwheels. The spacing and large labels splashed succinctly across the equipment invite the DJ to do his own thing, a comfortable and frictionless introduction that encourages play. Even the Sync and Vinyl buttons light up when you’re ready to match tempos or do a little rewind, helping bring a rhythm and authenticity to your set. Read more »
The members of Barcelona-by-way-of-France duo Downliners Sekt are hardly newcomers to making music. In fact, the outfit, which has taken on a variety of different formations and sonic aims over the years, has a discography that reaches back almost a decade. Still, it wasn't until the remaining pair of members found themselves in Barcelona a little over three years ago that the group began crafting the trilogy of free EPs which would serve to propel them onto the radar of forward-thinking electronic music heads. Now, with a new single for the Parisian imprint Infiné just behind them, and a full-length for the same label in the works for next year, Downliners Sekt hopes its fate as an eternal "up-and-comer" is about to change. Read more »
While we're used to featuring elusive and masked artists here at XLR8R, it's not often that we come across one-off, undisclosed collaborations. NN, a mysterious duo that might very well hail from somewhere in Europe, is one such pairing, and has shared a track it made for the second compilation from the Polaron Collective, Selections #2. Simply called "001," NN's production is a shuffling and melodic tech-house number that features dreary, shapeshifting pads and a smoothly grooving bassline. If you're feeling "001," be sure to look out for the rest of the compilation when it drops on October 29.
It seems as though Hotflush plucked Shelter Point from complete obscurity. The Nottingham duo, listed simply as Liam and Robin, had virtually nothing to its name before Hotflush posted "Braille" on SoundCloud following the announcement of the pair's debut EP. One of the only Shelter Point tracks floating around the internet is a remix of R&B singer JMSN, but based on that song alone, it's hard to see how the producers stood out amongst the throngs of artists dropping bass-heavy and screwed-down R&B reworks into the ether. However, that mystery quickly melts away when listening to the duo's debut record, the four-track Forever For Now EP, which showcases how Liam and Robin set themselves apart from the crowd of artists exploring lush, pillowy low end and drip-dropping percussion. Read more »
Georgian producer RekChampa has sent over "Collapsin," a sleepy, bass-heavy number with blurry synths and hypnotically sensual vocals. You may remember RekChampa from his appearance on the inaugural compilation released by Oakland-based label West In Dust label (which, we should say, was co-founded by XLR8R staff writer Glenn Jackson), though his latest EP was released independently. Head over to the beatmaker's Bandcamp page if you're looking to pick up the other four tunes on RekChampa's Self-Serve EP.
There may only be a pair of releases in its catalog so far, but Ben Westbeech's fledgling Naked Naked label seems to have already landed on a simple, but winning, formula: just keep putting out more music from Westbeech himself. For the imprint's second outing, the producer has once again taken up his Breach moniker, this time around enlisting Midland to help put together another offering of powerful, bass-flavored rollers. Read more »
Globe-trotting MC Jahdan Blakkamoore (pictured above) and fellow Brooklyn-based artist Robzilla are set to release their collaborative World Keeps Spinning EP via Matt Shadetek's and DJ/ rupture's Dutty Artz label. Read more »
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