XLR8R is hands down my favorite electronic music blog on the internetr. Their content and curation is very fresh, cutting-edge, and spot on with their reviews. Today they released their top 100 free downloads as one complete 1.1 GB zip file. Don’t sleep on this one.
Dauwd - Heat Division
Some killer 4/4 beats from UK producer Dauwd. I came across this track as per Bonobo's suggestion and was quickly hypnotized. Not much more description is needed, check this one out.
Today marks the split of Canadian group Azari & III. Their self-titled debut album will always hold a special place in my heart (and in my record collection!) I really wish that I got to see them live when they were touring. I’m sad to see them end their project and split ways, but so stoked for all the good music they put out in their years. This is the first mix that I ever listened to by them that hooked me right from the first track, “Changes” by Sixth Borough Project. I’ll miss you Dinamo Azari & Alixander III, thank you for the great music throughout the years, and hope to see you guys collaborating or producing in new guises soon! Sorry I couldn’t put a streaming link through Tumblr, this is a “private sound” of Fact Mag that I can only link to (trust me this one is worth your time!)
Midnight Juggernauts - Shadows (M83 Remix) [download]
2008 was a great year for M83 (and music in general, really.) Apart from delivering the shoegazey, retro bliss that runs through the veins of Saturdays = Youth, Gonzales worked on a plethora of remixes for other artists that carry his signature synth sound and dreamy vibe.
M83 takes the cosmic disco of Midnight Juggernaut’s “Shadows” (listen to the original here) and slows it down, glitches it out, and bathes it in warm synth-heaven. The result: the epic dreams and heady imagination of Gonzales are alive and very real in this song.
Mount Kimbie - Made To Stray (DJ Koze Remix)
Lush and sonically complex, this one tickles my ears in all the right ways. Especially when DJ Koze brings the vocals back right around the [5:10] mark.
Lil’ Wayne - A Milli (James Blake Harmonimix Remix)
So excited to catch James Blake’s DJ Set tonight at Mezzanine for the 1-800 Dinosaurs Treasure Island afterparty. It’s been a minute since I’ve seen the gifted producer throw down a DJ set, and I’m really interested to see how his style has evolved over the past few years. This one’s a nice little throwback to his Harmonimix alias, before he even dropped his first album.
Pictured: a young Harmonimix circa 2010.
SOHN - The Wheel (Distinction Remix) [free download in 320 goodness via his SoundCloud!!]
UK producer Distinction (/dɪˈstɪŋkʃən/) takes SOHN's upbeat and bouncy jam “The Wheel” and gives it a moody makeover. I love how clear and pronounced the vocals start out in this remix, and by the minute mark the listener is immersed in a melancholic, chopped and screwed world with a deep trapped out bass. It is truly a beautiful remix of an already magnificent track, and I suggest that you go and grab the free download above and play in your headphones some hazy and reflective evening.
Gangways - Out Here
Some deep, clean, underwater beats straight out of East London. Just you wait for the [1.55] mark.
SOHN - The Wheel
Heard this massive tune on DJ Koze’s FACT Magazine mix and it’s probably one of my favorite tracks I’ve listened to all year. Check it out.
Bondax - All Inside (free download from XLR8R)
some beautiful ´´post-everything¨ via XLR8R:
"All Inside" is an icy, introspective production lead by chords that move in and out of earshot at a pace not far from taking a relaxed breath. The 17-and-18-year-old Lancaster-based pair proceed to build a pristine post-everything beat that is marked by tuned percussion, side-chained whirls, and thick, gooey chords. The crowning feature is a beautifully chopped-and-rearranged R&B vocal that sounds like it could have stemmed from some forgotten neo-soul record, or perhaps even further back into the days of early rhythm and blues.
FACT mix 387 (June 2013) - DJ Koze
Diverse, eccentric, and upbeat FACT magazine podcast by Germany´s DJ Koze that has been tickling my ears since I put it on. Serious vibes on this one. This podcast is at earworm status.
DJ Koze - Don´t Lose My Mind
From DJ Koze´s heady, psychedelic 2013 album Amygdala, “Don´t Lose My Mind´´ is warm and playful tune that is perfect for a nice stroll with headphones on. Go ahead and wander.
Hobo - Incise
I’m just going to leave this one here.
"Another Minus smasher (and my favorite tune so far this season), this track got the treatment by Maceo Plex at the Amneisa opening, just before heading to Underworld’s ‘Born Slippy’ to finish things up for the day, as well as Uner’s Pulse Radio podcast. It’s, deep, twisted, undulating synth grooved out of Amnesia’s terrace speakers, shaking the floor and vibrating our chests as Maceo danced along, making for one of the most welcome returns to any club a techno fan could have asked for."
When a fire starts to burn, right? And it starts to spread.
She gonna bring that attitude home.
Thievery Corporation - Lebanese Blonde (French)
"Lebanese Blonde" is of my all-time favorite Thievery Corporation songs… and today is the first time I heard it in French! Enjoy the French version of an already stellar track.