The Lowdown: This Week's XLR8R Top 10 with Maya Jane Coles, Joy Orbison, Mister Saturday Night, and 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 »
Hailing from Mexico City, prolific producer Alec Sander (who has in the past operated under the names La Royale, Yesco, and Moon Runner) will deliver the next record for Sanfuentes—the eponymous label of LA-based Cómeme affiliate Vicente Sanfuentes—under his Mijo alias. Due out on December 8, Mijo's Economic EP is said to embody the Mexican club music ethos of "less is more," offering four tracks of stripped-back techno with "no gimmicks, no flash." A fine example of such is EP cut "Valet Parking," which sees Mijo crafting an efficient but energetic production that laces its lively drum-machine stomp with playful bits of upfront synth tones and, of course, plenty of percussive odds and ends. Ahead of its release next month, Mijo's forthcoming Economic EP can be previewed after the jump. Read more »
Originally expected to arrive much earlier this year, PAN has revealed that a new collaborative 12" from Helena Hauff (pictured above) and fellow Golden Pudel resident F#X—who together operate under the name Black Sites—will see its release next month. Read more »
Earlier this month, Glasgow trio Machines in Heaven dropped the Hindu Milk EP (artwork above), a five-track effort which explored a number of (mostly instrumental) electronic and pop hybrids. To coincide with the release, Machines in Heaven has tapped fellow Glaswegian talent Debukas to remix the EP's title track, the results of which are featured here. A wistful, M83-esque affair, Debukas reshapes "Hindu Milk" into a more club-appropriate outing, placing a thick bassline beneath the array of warm chords and sprightly melodic content which Debukas repurposes from Machines in Heaven's original track. Debukas' rework can be grabbed below, while a full stream of Machines in Heaven's Hindu Milk EP can be found after the jump. Read more »
DJ Haus' Unknown to the Unknown label is set to keep its release schedule going at full speed into the end of the year, with plans to issue a new 12" from London-via-Lisbon producer Photonz next month, backed with a remix from Berlin transplant Palms Trax. Read more »
In the rapidly evolving world of electronic music, it's all but impossible to keep track of every new artist, label, party, and genre. At the same time, certain names will inevitably pop up again and again at the XLR8R office, some of which we've only given passing mention to on the site. In an effort to get our readers up to speed with some of the things—both new and old—that we've been digging lately, we recently launched a new feature series called 'Get Familiar,' which aims to shine a spotlight on subjects we think are worthy of a little more attention.
For all intents and purposes, thePeople is a house music party—one that focuses on tracks rooted in African and Latin rhythms as well as the more soulful and jazz-informed ends of the genre. Helmed by a DJ collective of sorts, thePeople is centered around a monthly event that began in Oakland, California in the fall of 2007, and in its current form, takes place on the fourth Saturday of the month at The New Parish. "When we started, you could not build big parties in Oakland off house music," resident selector and thePeople co-founder Cecil Carthen (who DJs and produces simply under the name Cecil) says of the party's beginnings. "Now, a lot of those people who were so-so on the music when we first started are like, 'lt's all about the music,'" he adds. "They're diehards." Read more »
The addition of Brice Dreessen (a.k.a. Lowcommittee) to Belguim's Vlek label seems fated to be a good fit. A hometown producer who has made a name for himself across two intriguing cassette releases for his own Varech label, the Belgian talent is set join the adventurous label's fold next month with Race at Neon Club. Appearing early on in the record is "1943," which serves as Race at Neon Club's rhythmic-based outing, placing a collection of thumping kicks and toms beneath expansive sheets of ever-evolving synth tones. Lowcommittee's "1943" exploration is set to be joined by seven similarly hand-crafted productions when Vlek issues Race at Neon Club in vinyl and digital form on December 1.
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