Pioneer of ambient electronic music Jean Michel Jarre recently curated a selection of both old and new tunes from the catalogue of Lyon-based imprint InFiné to create InFiné by JMJ, a 14-track compilation released today. According to Jarre, his interest in the label lies in its ability to release a variety of boundary pushing sounds that somehow manage to share a common ground. "InFiné is in that league of labels displaying the kind of audacity only to be found in true artists," said Jarre. "Like the musicians it represents, it has kept on demonstrating how important it is to have a common vision, a common ambition in order to initiate and finalize groundbreaking projects." One of the tracks curated by Jarre is Rone's "Tasty City," a compelling production from his debut album, Spanish Breakfast. Although it was originally released in 2009, the song remains a product of Rone's inventive imagination, something far superior than a snapshot of what musical trends were popular at the time. And for many people who have never heard the track, it will sound entirely fresh, as Rone explores a variety of genres on "Tasty City"—ranging from tech-house to ambient—without ever settling on one.
Although XLR8R makes an effort to regularly cover numerous strains of electronic music from around the globe, occasionally we recognize the need to take a closer look at a specific scene or musical phenomenon. Welcome to... is a platform to dig deeper into the sounds emanating from a particular locale, even when that locale happens to be more virtual than geographical.
For all the discussion around the internet's economic impact on music, its aesthetic impact remains harder to grasp. Simon Reynolds' book Retromania diagnosed a lack of innovation across the board as musicians raid the archives, poaching sounds from other times and endlessly recombining them in variations on a basic "retrolicious" theme. But the past few years have witnessed the development of a more radically decentered aesthetic, one that rejects references to analog culture in favor of the hall-of-mirrors self-referentiality of the internet itself. These artists refer to the past, but through the flattening viewfinder of the web; there's no longing to return to an earlier time or style because it's all here, right now—all equally valid and equally LOLworthy. The space away from media-conveying screens that "IRL" once described has collapsed rapidly, to the point where—philosophically at least—there's no lack, no difference between this and the real world. Read more »
Production-wise, Jacques Renault has kept pretty quiet for the past couple of years. As such, "Let's Play House" is not only his first solo release on Let's Play House, the youngish New York label he co-runs with Nik Mercer, it's also the source of his first new original material since 2010. The a-side continues in the carefully calibrated disco style Renault is associated with, but adds more depth to his usual approach, thanks to some subtle production techniques. Read more »
Barcelona record hub Tracy has just released its first record of 2013, courtesy of Top Billin head honcho Sir Nenis (a.k.a. Nordberg). With a handful of monikers (including Sharkslayer) and a consistently prolific label to run, it's not surprising that the Nordberg's release only features one original track. However, the four remixes featured on the record offer flavorfull renderings of "Down South," including this one from Brooklyn artist Reilly Steel. The up-and-coming producer's version of Nordberg's single is a lighter take on the bass-heavy original, as it opens with soft, swelling pads and rises into a funky techno drop before finishing off with playful steel drums. You can check out the rest of the Down South EP after the jump. Read more »
For most people, the initial attraction to False Image will stem from the identities of producers involved. The project is the creative offspring of veteran producers Noah Pred and Tom Clark, who struck up a collaborative partnership after Pred relocated to Berlin last year. The duo's first official offering, the two-song Wild Kingdom EP, arrives this week, somewhat surprisingly via the Get Physical label. The record bears few traces of the imprint's trademark electro-disco-house lineage—something that's most likely a good thing for an outfit making its debut in 2013—but the music is undeniably functional, which isn't surprising given the resumes of the artists involved. 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 »
After releasing the solid Dust March EP via Hessle Audio last year (and subsequntly landing in our list of the 40 best releases of 2012), UK producer Bandshell will soon return with his Caustic View EP for Mute imprint Liberation Technologies. We've already heard one of its gritty cuts, "Landfill," but we now have the full details of the forthcoming record. Read more »
Polish producers Tymoteus Cypla and Sebastian Pellowski comprise The Same, a production outfit that has been piecing together trance-inducing slices of synth-obsessed techno since 2010 and debuted on the Infiné label earlier this week with its Fungeez EP. The particularly deep "Mental Disorder" tune serves as that record's opening cut, immediately launching listeners into a churning four-on-the-floor effort focused on a classic acid lead and some rather juicy, sequenced basslines. If this nine-minute journey—and its haunting vocal samples—leave you wanting more of The Same, you can dive deeper into the duo's four-track EP via the streaming player embeded after the jump. Read more »
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