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Four Tet, John Talabot, Jamie xx, and Koreless Soundtrack Short Film; Watch It Now

London-based artist and poet Sofia Mattioli (who was behind the video for Jamie xx's "Sleep Sound" single earlier this year) and long-time collaborator Rebecca Salvadori have put together a new short film entitled Continuum, for which Jamie xx, Four Tet, John Talbot, and Koreless have contributed short original productions to serve as the soundtrack. Read more » 

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  • 11/26/2014

Permanent Vacation Preps Debut LP from Lake People

Munich's Permanent Vacation outpost has detailed plans to issue the forthcoming debut LP from Lake People. Read more » 

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  • 11/26/2014

Download: Window "See See (Matrixxman Remix)"

First Listen

Originally released in digital form in 2011 and 2012 respectively, Montreal producer Window's Immersed and Strands EPs are set to be combined into a single cassette release via Stateside label Crash Symbols, who have also collected a number of new remixes for the occasion. Set to join reworks from the likes of Aria Rostami and Gives, among others, is this remix from former XLR8R podcast contributor Matrixxman. An R&B-soaked piece of somewhat frantic beatwork in its original form, Matrixxman reshapes Window's "See See" production into a lurching dancefloor affair, one bathed in icy pads and eventually led by a bouncing analog synth sequence. After grabbing Matrixxman's extended remix below, the rest of Window's forthcoming Strands/Immersed cassette can be streamed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8 (25 votes)
 
 

Stream Ike Release's Upcoming Debut LP for MOS

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Ahead of its release next week, Noir—the debut full-length from Chicago native Ike Release—can now be streamed in full. Read more » 

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  • 11/26/2014

Gear: Ask the Experts: Mr. Oizo

Thanks to the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US, this month's edition of Ask the Experts is arriving a few days early, but its rushed appearance doesn't mean the knowledge being imparted by Mr. Oizo (a.k.a. Quentin Dupieux) is any less potent. The well-traveled producer and filmmaker is fresh off the release of a new album, The Church, which was recently issued by Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label. And while the LP's surfacing has undoubtedly kept him busy, Mr. Oizo still made the time to sift through the avalanche of questions we received from XLR8R readers and answer the ones that most tickled his fancy. His responses touch on his songwriting process, studio set-up, and the relationship between his movie making and music making, but more importantly, they find him sharing some valuable wisdom and genuine insights into his artistic outlook. Read more » 

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  • 11/26/2014

Download: Seafloor "Let Me Go"

First Listen

Canada's Infinite Machine label is set to wrap up its 2014 run with one final effort from increasingly active Brooklyn producer Seafloor, whose The Drift EP is slated to land via the imprint on December 1. Leading off the record is "Let Me Go," a fast-evolving production which begins its run as a soul-swept slice of bass music, before alternating rushes of drum & bass and juke-indebted rhythms take over the procession, giving the tune a more sinister edge despite its lush chords and soaring vocal snippets. Ahead of its release next week, Seafloor's forthcoming The Drift EP is available to preview after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.4 (18 votes)
 
 

Review: Barnt Magazine 13

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Label: Magazine

The music of Barnt (a.k.a. Daniel Ansorge) lies on a volatile faultline between melancholy and ecstasy. For instance, his most recent EP for Hinge Finger, His Name, features a track ("Under His Own Name but Also as Sir") that succinctly captures how the contradictions of light and dark can effectively be manipulated without diluting either element. On his debut album, Magazine 13, the Cologne-based producer has carried on in a similar fashion. Barnt cuts his tracks with big, rustic tools: a bass drum, ashen hi-hats and cymbals, and an unruly synth pitched high above the percussive fray that, when it comes to a fork in the road, will usually take neither path and will instead wander off somewhere else entirely. If that sounds like it could get formulaic quickly, then it's a credit to Barnt's imagination that the music never does. Read more » 

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  • 11/26/2014

Landscaping, Micheladas, and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy: 10 Things You Need to Know About Lawrence

Over the last 12 years, Hamburg, Germany's Peter M. Kersten has quietly built a cult following with a constant string of house-meets-techno-meets-ambient releases under the Lawrence and Sten guises. Teasing out the strands of low-slung Detroit house (think Theo Parrish and Peacefrog Records) and mixing them with Pop Ambient-style abstraction, Kersten weaves aural tapestries that flit between intense headphone listening and subdued dancefloor escapes—often in the course of the same track. His most recent release as Lawrence, A Day in the Life, is a near-beatless excursion—what Kersten refers to as a "buddy record." This week, it's being released on his friend Toshiya Kawasaki's revered Tokyo imprint Mule Musiq, featuring artwork by another friend, Stefan Marx, who does all of the covers for Kersten's Smallville label. To mark the occasion—and help educate anyone who's unaware of Kersten's many past accomplishments—we prodded the producer/DJ on his professional past, his current obsessions, and the many other projects he has on the go. Read more » 

Download: Casino Times "Lost"

First Listen

With a four-track EP due from the pair early next month, London outfit Casino Times (a.k.a. Nicolas Church and Joseph Spencer) has offered up bonus production "Lost" for free download. A track steeped in late-night vibes, "Lost" wraps filtered chords, a muffled bassline, and—eventually—a slow-burning lead synth around a set of skeletal rhythms. A subdued five-minute effort, "Lost" can be grabbed below while Casino Times' forthcoming Lower Level Sounds EP can be previewed after the jump before it lands via Future Boogie on December 8.  Read more » 

Average: 6.8 (20 votes)
 
 

Hear a Track from Theo Parrish's Upcoming LP

Earlier this month, Theo Parrish revealed complete details of his long-awaited American Intelligence album, and today, the revered Detroit selector and producer has shared a stream of LP cut "Be in Yo Self." Read more » 

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  • 11/26/2014
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