Whenever summer approaches, I reach for my dub records more often for an appropriate soundtrack to the pressing heat. And since it’s not far from there to dub techno, here’s a my favourite mixtape of the month. Berlin-based production duo youANDme, who put together a two hour mixtape full of deep and dubby sounds for the Inverted Audio podcast.
More uptempo sounds can be heard on the latest XLR8R Podcast, selected and mixed by Apron Records-founder Funkineven. Since I missed it before, let me also throw in their previous podcast by Call Super.
I don’t know why I was so surprised, but I’ve really become fond of the new Prins Thomas album (listen on Spotify). Give it a try, if you haven’t! The Norwegian DJ and producer dropped by the Beats in Space to play records for more than an hour.
Listen to a recording of Andrés, who played for more than four hour last May in Cologne’s Roxy club.
We’ll end this selection with a couple of radio shows: Matthewdavid’s latest Mindflight Meditations episode features special guest Mndsgn, while Carlos Niño’s Spaceways Radio has new age musician Iasos. Listen to new music from Dego, Four Tet and Dorian Concept on the latest Benji B show.
When I think of it, it seems like all my favourite records this year were released only within the last couple of months since summer is over. One of those albums is clearly the new Laurel Halo records on Hyperdub. On her mix for XLR8R, the NYC-based artist puts together a selection of music that could have been an inspiration for that making that record.
XLR8R Podcast by Laurel Halo
01. Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Something for Trane That Trane Could Have Said (Edit)
02. Escola de Samba da Cicade – Improvisos na Batucada
03. Madteo – Pram Reset
04. TCB – Unchained (KM/MM Mix)
05. Subsaharan Spaceways – Shout
06. Population One – B2 (from A Simpler Form)
07. Matrix – Isthmus #Fast
08. Jam City – Water Edit
09. Boo Williams – Mistical Journey
10. Ken Nordine – Flesh
11. Blk_out – Sergecutty
12. Mass Prod & Herva – Mike vs Speak & Overdub As a Weapon Against Modern Laptop Wanking
13. Smith N Hack – No Gimmicks, No Flash
14. Sleeparchive – 7
15. Laurel Halo – NOYFB (Acapella)
16. Charles Manier – Octopus
17. Vester Koza – Maslo 03B
18. Dalglish – Donsfe
19. NSNT PRJCT – We Invented Dis
20. Ken Ishii – Stretch (Regenerated)
21. Ter(r)a – Underwater Vessel
22. Dresvn – A2 (from Acido 014)
23. Claude Young presents Golem Craft – B2 (from the Of Ages EP)
24. Factory Floor – Turn It Up (Laurel Halo Remix)
Download available in two formats–M4A and MP3–over on the XLR8R website.
Trust me, today we’re giving your weekend plans a special treatment, because ahead of you are some best mixtapes we had in this series so far.
This week, Paul Woolford unveiled the fantastic Soul Music album under his Special Request moniker. If you ask me, it’s a close second to the DJ Rashad album on Hyperdub—but this discussion belongs elsewhere. Today we’re talking about the Special Request mixtape for the XLR8R podcast, a 60-minute journey through oldskool breaks from the likes of Ray Keith, Paradox, Krust, Alpha Omega or Photek. Cleary my favourite mixtape this week!
If the paragraph above got your mouth watery, check out the latest show from the Hessle Audio camp. Ben UFO supported by Hemlock co-founder Andy Spencer!
After endless attempts to win him for a guestmix, Big Up Magazine could finally persuade Deep Medi recording artist Silkie to do just that. Their 75th podcast runs for 90 minutes and sounds like there is nothing but Silkie’s own music on it.
DJ Broadcast keeps the London-Amsterdam connection alive as they received an exclusive mix from Hyperdub-signed trio LV. Again, it runs for 90 minutes and features nothing but remixes by the guys.
Our friends at Sonic Router recommend the Altered Natives presents Dr. Cockblocktopus mix. I only had a chance to skip through yet, but I liked what I heard while doing so.
Say good-bye to London, it’s time to head for Detroit. The second XLR8R mix we’d like to recommend this week comes from none other than Kyle Hall, who plays music from the cities’ rich heritage.
To end this week’s selection, we’d like to share an older radio mix from Titonton Duvanté. Back in the olden days, the Brooklyn-based DJ and producer almost single-handedly responded to what happened on the other side of the pond in West London, fusing the sound broken beat and Detroit techno. You can find his mix recorded in 2002 on his SoundCloud page.
The last time I heard a mixtape from Prefuse 73 was in January 2012, unless you count in that Sons of the Morning live set which is also older than a year. Before that, I remember one that came along The Only She Chapters in 2011 and another from 2009. It’s clear there aren’t too many available, so we’re excited about a new one for the latest XLR8R podcast, featuring music from some of our favourite records this year and some forthcoming music on his own Yellow Year imprint.
XLR8R Podcast by Prefuse 73 (download)
01. Prefuse 73 – Intro
02. Thundercat – We’ll Die
03. Lapalux – Dance (feat. Astrid Williamson)
04. Robert Koch – So Bad (Synkro Dub Mix)
05. Nosaj Thing – Tell/Timetable)
06. Kelpe – Single Strips (Chesslo Junior Remix)
07. Prefuse 73 & Machinedrum – The Only Scarf
08. JJ Doom – Bookfiend (Clams Casino Mix)
09. Shigeto – Olivia
10. Moderat – llona
11. Teebs & Prefuse 73 (Sons of the Morning) – The Way That Winter Passed Us
12. FKA Twigs – Water Me
13. Mount Kimbie – Bave’s Chords
14. Lapalux – Flower
15. Shigeto – Ritual Howl
16. Triangle Method – Cloud Cover Mirrors
17. King Krule – Baby Blue
18. Andy Stott – Leaving
19. Boards of Canada – Sundown
As usual, this podcast comes in two formats – hHead over to the XLR8R website to make your choice.
There’s a new album by Yosi Horikawa coming out on First Word later this month, so why not get yourself in the mood for that with his guestmix on Solid Steel?
More exciting music is headed our way from FaltyDL‘s new label Blueberry Recordings, his first signing Brrd inaugurates the label’s podcast series.
You might have caught Floating Points’ Summer 2013at45 Mix already, but there’s actually a second one that was aired on NTS Live earlier this week.
It seems, I forgot posting Dego‘s summer mixtape when it came out, another essential for you to download!
And lastly, Bristol’s Peverelist did a fine selection for the latest XLR8R podcast, showcasing a lot of music from his own vinyl-only label Livity Sound.
We’ll keep it short this week, because basically we think that you can’t ask for much more when Resident Advisor puts out a podcast mixed by Kyle Hall and XLR8R responds with someone like Omar-S. Well, we secretly hoped that a third party, say FACT Magazine, would jump in with another from Theo Parrish, but of course that didn’t happen (they have L-Vis 1990 this week!) Anyway, the before-mentioned third generation of Detroit producers also have new releases in store: Kyle Hall’s debut album The Boat Party and Omar-S’ Thank you for Letting Me be Myself.
Since we mentioned them on our Twitter stream earlier this week, let us also notify you about the new Beats in Space guestmix by Four Tet and Bibio’s podcast for The Fader.
All good, see you next time!
With the twentieth anniversary of James Stinson‘s, the Twittersphere reminisced about all things Drexicya the other week, sharing YouTube videos, old interviews and the likes. A week later, XLR8R presents its latest podcast, fast-paced and sinister like only a Detroit man could’ve delivered it – in this case Drexciya tour DJ Stingray.
01. The Advent – Dark (Fader) Side
02. Hell & Jonzon – Lifeform
03. Delinquent Dialect – Minimal Electronic
04. Ultradyne – Fantasy Era
05. Shadow People – Firestarter
06. Autechre – Dial
07. Dead Silence Syndicate – Edge City Express
08. Galaxian – Repent
09. E8 – Micropacer 1
10. Addison Groove – Work It
11. Tactical Systems – Graviton Force
12. Silicon – Electron Push
13. Transllusion – Cerebral Cortex Malfunction
14. The Sentinel – Wrong Time
15. Alden Tyrell – Digger
16. Silicon – 0%
17. The Advent – Wasper
18. Cosmic Force – Optical Rape
19. Delinquent Dialect – Fear LED
20. Galaxian – Repent
21. Drexciya – Positron Island
As always, the mix is available in two flavours. Head over to the download page and make your choice!
There are some classic MoMA PS1 mixes that I still listen to every no and then, like those by Prefuse 73 or FaltyDL. The latest edition comes from London’s Om Unit and it has all it takes to become another classic.
As warm-up for this year’s Dimensions Festival, Aus Music’s Midland has done a mix for the XLR8R Podcast.
Following his brilliant mixtape for our own podcast, London’s K15 has come up with a new one. On X/O he once again proves his knowledge across genres – recommended download!
Restless Soul’s Phil Asher plays house and techno classics made in the city of Detroit.
I said it before and you probably know by now: Boiler Roomis always worth a visit, but I’d like to highlight Shlohmo‘s DJ mix from the LA edition some weeks back.
And lastly, an insane 12-hour mixtape I came across via Gilles Peterson‘s blog: Black Classical takes us on a journey through 57 years of Spiritual Jazz. No typo – 12 hours!
We started the week with a Mixtape Monday, now it’s the time to think about the weekend. Here are five mixtapes to get you started.
London’s Tempo Clash collective celebrated its first anniversary about a month ago. They’ve been kind enough to record the B2B set by Kutmah and Om Unit. To get a glimpse of the vibe, stream or download the recording.
I didn’t expect Dego to allow his set recorded at the Boiler Room to go online, but that’s exactly what happened earlier this week. That’s a must have!
There used to be a new Pete Concrete mix every 6 months or so, but for his latest one he took a bit longer. His new one is called Psycho in Active and it’s as good as always.
George FitzGerald‘s releases on Hotflush and Aus Music are always worth checking out, but there aren’t that many of his mixes available. This week, he’s contributed one to the XLR8R Podcast.
And to round this up properly, check out the new iO guestmix for Hyponik. Just to make sure, iO is not to be confused with these cats!
One of our 2011 favourites, Bristol’s Hyetal, has been this week’s guest on Solid Steel radio. Listen or download his mix on their SoundCloud page.
Seems London’s Bullion had to struggle a little with his Tom Ravenscroft remix. Haha, sorry!
Our latest podcast contributor Jay Scarlett recommended this Yosi Horikawa mix for Playground Mag, you might find it easy to agree on.
Here come the big sites: A Guy Called Gerald, Luke Vibert for Dazed, Daedalus for FACT Magazine, and Kowton for Dummy.
Lastly, you might want to check out the new BTS Radio guestmix by Toro Y Moi.
The week already saw some truly stunning mixtapes, FACT Magazine gave us Juan Atkins and Resident Advisor’s Floating Points podcast was on repeat all day yesterday. But – I want to put the spotlight on this one from Krystal Klear. I could’ve sworn he already delivered a podcast for XLR8R, not that I would mind a second.
XLR8R Podcast by Krystal Klear (download)
01. Henry Mancini – Lujon
02. Jocelyn Brown – Somebody Else’s Guy
03. Double Exposure – Everyman
04. Richard Jon Smith – Love Is What I’m After (Macello Giordani Edit)
05. Gino Soccio – You Move Me
06. Delegation – Heartache No.9 (Extended Version)
07. The Limit – Crimes of Passion (Extended Version)
08. Cornelius Oliphant – I Love You
09. The O’Jays – Put Our Heads Together
10. Raydio – Still In The Groove (Woody a.k.a. il Bosco Find)
11. Henderson & Whitfield – Dancin’ to the Beat
12. Le Knight Club – Holiday on Ice
13. Justice – Helix
14. Pitchben – Stand Up (Tiger & Woods Remix)
15. Todd Terje – Inspector Norse
16. Metro Area – Caught Up
17. Guy Cuevas – Obsession (The Nassau Mix)
18. Krystal Klear – The Message Part One
19. Staygold – Justified
20. Krystal Klear – No Sweat
21. Krystal Klear – Soho Spritz
22. Prince – Erotic City
23. Secret Ingredients – Chicago Chicago
24. Kenny Dope – I Wanna Know
25. Nightcrawlers – Push the Feeling On (The Dub Of Doom)
26. Krystal Klear – We’re Wrong
27. Secret Ingredients – Takin Over Me
28. The Doobie Brothers – What a Fool Believes
29. Storm Queen – Look Right Through
30. Robin S. – Show Me Love (Kerri Chandler Remix)
31. Krystal Klear – From the Start
32. Wale feat. Miguel – Lotus Flower Bomb
33. Jimmy Edgar – Switch Switch
34. Lone – Crystal Castles 1991
35. Krystal Klear – Clove Dagger
Coming from XLR8R you can choose your preferred download format on their website!
Work on the backend of the site and traveling around have kept me from posting many mixtapes this year, but then again I don’t recall much worth posting. So here is a selection of recommended mixtapes released throughout the month.
About six months ago, we were happy to have Gerry Read contribute to our own podcast series. Since then, the 20 year old Englishman released three much acclaimed 12-inches on the Fourth Wave label. Reason enough for XLR8R to invite him to do their first podcast of the year.
Boiler Room #69 was easily the most successful session to date, with thousand tuned in for the Thom Yorke’s DJ set. The really good sets that night came from others: Lone, Illum Sphere and Jamie xx with Caribou. And it’s the latter’s mix that’s finally available for download.
Two new mixes come from Hyperdub’s own Ossie. The young Londoner guested on GETME! Radio radio-show, as well as on the Hyperdub show on Rinse.
The latest Sonic Router mix comes from Moscow’s Pixelord, interview and download can be found here!
For some proper house music, check out the latest from Linkwood.
And lastly some older mixes. SBTRKT returned to Rinse for his third show, Kuedo did a mix for Motto Distribution, and King Midas Sound contributed to Dummy Mag‘s podcast.
Throwing Snow has been on my radar for a while now, at least since he released the broken beat flashback that was Un Vingt on Alexander Nut’s Ho_Tep label. His following releases reflected a wide interest in genres, as does his new mixtape for the XLR8R podcast.
XLR8R Podcast by Throwing Snow (download)
01. Myown – You Can Stop Everytime
02. Floating Points – ARP3
03. Mario & Vidis – Ryyk
04. Gold Panda – You Gone Do Something
05. Laurel Halo – Metal Confection (Oneohtrix Point Never Edit)
06. Throwing Snow – Clamor
07. Raffertie – Courage Boy
08. Murder He Wrote – Your Code
09. DJ PM – O Ultimo Grito
10. Kuedo – Take Off (Remix)
11. Dam Mantle – Her Woes
12. Jon Hopkins – Unknown
13. Throwing Snow – Too Polite
14. ∇nknown ShΔpes – The World Keeps Turning
15. Kaba Blon – Moribayassa
16. Kuhn – Slime Beach (Phillip D Kick Remix)
17. Askella – Dark Child
18. Vessel – Blowback
19. Ratatat – Bilar
20. Lady G – Popin
As always, you can choose between two file formats: MP3 and M4A
The week is still young and there’s no shortage of quality mixtapes and London’s Om Unit is one of the most consistent producers right now when it comes to quality. So I’m very excited about the last XLR8R podcast of the year, I’m sure it won’t disappoint.
XLR8R Podcast by Om Unit (download)
01. Moresounds – Weeda
02. Salva – Komodo
03. Krampfhaft – I Need You
04. Om Unit – Vibrations (Machinedrum Remix)
05. Adam F – Circles (Phillip D Kick Footwork Jungle Edit)
06. Danny Breaks – Droppin’ Science Vol.1 (Phillip D Kick Footwork Jungle Edit)
07. Chesslo Junior – Alpine Riddim
08. DJ Rashad – Welcome to the Chi
09. Ital Tek – Pixel Haze
10. EAN – AulderKincher
11. Om Unit – Swimming Dragon
12. Kuedo – Scissors
13. Delilah – Go
14. Raadsel & Luisterwaar – Tissue Box
15. Onra – Fight or Die
16. Silent Dust – The Giant (Om Unit Remix)
17. Kromestar – Don’t Make Sense VIP
18. Kinzy – Tree Tops
19. Om Unit – An Eternal Way
20. Calibre – No More
21. Joe Syntax – Signal Drop
22. IIX – Eclipse
23. Jay 5ive and Kromestar – Wishful Thinking
24. Daedelus – Vous Ites Stereo (Om Unit Remix)
Two flavours as usual, make your choice on the download page.
For a moment it felt like the Africa Hitech album 93 Million Miles was released ages ago, but it was only in May when Warp gave us this fantastic record. How good of XLR8R refresh my memory with their all new podcast by none other than the duo of Mark Pritchard and Steve Spacek.
XLR8R Podcast by Africa Hitech (download)
01. Traxman – Footworkin’ on Air
02. DJ Tre – Ping Pong Trak
03. Jlin – Erotic Heat
04. Hudson Mohawke – Cbat
05. Cadenza – The Darkest Hype (Philip D. Kick Remix)
06. Africa Hitech – Out in the Streets
07. Africa Hitech – Out in the Streets (VIP)
08. Krampfhaft – Perfect Gain Structure
09. DJ Rashad – Welcome to the Chi
10. DJ Earl – Dragged
11. DJ Rashad & DJ Rome – Dat Shit Huff
12. Dillinja and Berti B – Lion Heart
13. LTJ Bukem – Horizons (Phillip D. Kick Remix)
14. Ballistic Brothers – I’ll Fly Away
15. Formula 7 – Soundboy
16. Marvellous Cain – Roll Dat Shit
17. Ninjaman, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, and Ninja Ford – Bad Boy Lick A New Shot
18. Traxman – Lifeeeee Is For Ever
19. Moondog – Viking 1
As always, XLR8R lets you choose between MP3 and high quality MPEG4 audio.