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January 23 2012


xlr8r Podcast 200: Mala

The second half of our two-part 200th podcast comes courtesy of another musical heavyweight, dubstep kingpin Mala (a.k.a. Mark Lawrence). Whether operating solo or as one half of legendary outfit Digital Mystikz, the man helped put dubstep on the musical map in the mid-'00s, not only as a producer and DJ, but also as the co-founder of the genre-defining DMZ label and club night with Coki and Loefah. Along the way, he also found the time to start up his own Deep Medi imprint. His work has undeniably influenced an entire generation of bass-loving artists, including a large swath of those folks who regularly appear in XLR8R. These days, when he's not travelling the globe and reminding people of the power of sub-bass, he's still turning out new music—most recently last year's Return II Space album—and now he's kicking off a new mix series, Sound*System*Musik, the first chapter of which is this podcast for XLR8R. Over the course of its 45 minutes, Mala drops one low-slung, speaker-rattling tune after the next, many of them DMZ dubplates, and almost all of which seriously emphasize the dub end of the dubstep equation. He's a true master craftsman, someone who manipulates and massages low-end sonics with the precision of a surgeon, making his contribution to the XLR8R podcast series to true pleasure to behold. 01 Mala - Digital Mystikz "Livin' Different VIP" (DMZ) 02 V.I.V.E.K "Feel It" (Deep Medi) 03 Goth-Trad "Seeker" 04 Coki - Digital Mystikz "Ironshirt" 05 Mala "Enter Dimensions" 06 Kryptic Minds + Youngsta "Arcane" 07 Dark Tantrums "Unborn" 08 V.I.V.E.K "Big Bang" (Deep Medi) 09 Mavado "Dem A Talk (TMSV Refix)" 10 Coki "Revolution" 11 Jack Sparrow "Afraid of Me" 12 Mensah "Gambia" 13 The Dub Mechanics "The Clash" 14 Mala "Bad Spirits on Shoulders" 15 Digital Mystikz "Dun Stinky" 16 Commodo "Saracen" (Deep Medi) 17 Coki "Duppy Sour Sap" 18 Johnny Osbourne "Fally Rankin (V.I.V.E.K. Dub Version)" (Greensleeves) 19 Mala "Education" (DMZ) 20 Old Apparatus "Untitled Intro" (Deep Medi)

June 11 2011


The Miracles Club, Light of Love (The Whendays Ecstasy Remix)

This thumping tech-house offering from Swedish production duo The Whendays is apparently a remix of "Light of Love" by Portland-based house revivalists The Miracles Club (pictured above), though we can't exactly suss out how. Maybe the ghostly vocal samples that call out from beyond the discordant groove of bass, synth, and percussion loops are cut from singer Honey Owens' original performance, but beyond that, this sounds like an entirely original track with its own kind of woozy bounce. And it's pretty damn good, so we're okay with that.

June 04 2011


Demdike Stare

Sample digging is a long-standing tradition in the world of electronic music, but few artists really have the chops to repurpose sounds quite like Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker, collectively known as Demdike Stare.

May 28 2011


Please Stay | XLR8R

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