Even after decades of exploration by hungry producers, some styles of music somehow manage to still sound fresh. Soul-infused, disco-influenced house is one such strain, and when it's done properly, the music can be just as irresistible as it was 10, 15, or 20 years ago. Fortunately, the third record from New York's fledging Discovery label (which sprouted from the long-running party of the same name) showcases two producers largely doing it right. Read more »
Featuring thick bassy overtones with the consistency of toothpaste and minty fresh melodies that fall haphazardly over its clattering beats, "Sweet Cabbages," the title track off the forthcoming record by Budapest duo Headshotboyz, is more refreshing than its name may suggest. Sweet Cabbages is a collaborative four-track EP between Headshotboyz and Svetlana Industries affiliate Polyklinik, and will be released as a 7" and digital package in late November via their hometown label 8ounce. In the meantime, you can watch the absolutely strange video for "Sweet Cabbage"—featuring bursts of toothpaste, lemon juice, chocolate milk, cleaning supplies, lighter fluid, and anything else that will readily shoot out of a container—after the jump. Read more »
Though the group hasn't previously appeared on XLR8R, we've quietly admired the synth-wielding Brooklyn trio Forma since it released its self-titled debut LP last year via the Emeralds-affiliated Editions Mego imprint Spectrum Spools. As such, we're happy to discover that the ambient-leaning outfit will be doing so once again, with its second album dropping next month. Read more »
Slowly but surely, Teen Daze has been leaking track after track from his forthcoming second LP of 2012, The Inner Mansions, the latest of which is "Discipleship," a track representing the more upbeat side of the album. To be sure, ample rich texture and light drum patterings are slathered on to the Canadian artist's new tune, effectively maintaining his penchant for euphoric dream-pop. Look for the rest of Teen Daze's The Inner Mansions album when it's released on November 6 via Lefse.
As its follow up to the XLR8R Pick'd Teklife Vol. 1: Welcome to the Chi LP by DJ Rashad, Chicago label Lit City (which is actually run in part by DJs Rashad and Spinn) will release DJ Spinn's Teklife Vol. 2: What You Need later this month. Read more »
1991, whose song "Fabric of Space" we posted last month, has announced a forthcoming 12" called Skogen, Flickan och Flaskan (which apparently translates to "wine, women and woods"). For this new endeavor, the producer has changed his moniker to MCMXCI, as he'll be exploring a sound outside of 1991's more lushly ambient leanings, one which he refers to as "traditionalist, inherently Swedish folk techno." Ahead of the artist's new record dropping early next year via Opal Tapes, we're presented with "Untitled 4," a reportedly single-take techno improvisation recorded onto tape that results in a dark and twisted sonic soundscape reminiscent of Unit Moebius.
In 2010, Caribou released Swim, a dense, deeply infectious album that took Canadian songwriter Dan Snaith's intricate pop sound in a considerably more club-oriented direction. Unbeknownst to many, however, this time marked a schism of sorts in Snaith's music. By the time of Swim's release, he had already quietly begun working under another name: Daphni, an even more expressly dance-oriented permutation of his musical psyche. Since then, he's accumulated a wide-ranging array of tracks under this name, both released and unreleased, several of which have now collected on a full-length album called Jiaolong. Before it dropped this week on the Merge label, Snaith spoke with XLR8R over the phone from his London home, where he was preparing for a series of full-band Caribou live dates opening for Radiohead. Spliced into the schedule are some Daphni DJ sets, allowing his musical guises to exist rather neatly in parallel to each other—his endeavors as, alternately, a meticulous composer and an impulsive DJ/producer are, as Snaith makes clear, by no means dueling interests. Read more »
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