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Welcome to XLR8R+ number 14, following the work of Fluxion, Silverlining, and Redeyes. For this month, we’ve teamed up with HOCO Fest, a forward-thinking musical gathering, taking place from August 29 to September 1 in Tuscon, Arizona. As part of this collaboration, we’ve chosen three artists from the HOCO lineup to contribute tracks to XLR8R+014, namely Minimal Violence, LSDXOXO, and Ojalá Systems.
Minimal Violence open the edition with “Crystal Synth,” a track they’ve been working on for over a year, refining it to the point it is today. With quick-fire drums and a spooky lead synth, it “captures a long span of our musical growth,” the Canadian duo say. Up next is LSDXOXO with “Zenon,” a high-octane rave cut inspired by video game soundtracks. We close the edition with three tracks from Ojalá Systems, a group of young artists, creators, and criminals working to secure liberatory and radical empowerment in Southern Arizona, USA. Their music is rooted in hip-hop, and these tracks are some of their latest productions; a taste of what’s to come.
The artwork is delivered by Lauren N. Bailey and Colin Fletcher, two Los Angeles-based graphic designers. For the design, they’ve used a collage of pictures of their work and stylized it in the same way they did for HOCO Festival 2019.
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released August 20, 2019
Track 1 written and produced by Ash Luk and Lida P.
Track 2 written and produced by Rashaad Glasgow.
Track 3 produced by PSYPIRITUAL, with vocals by PSYPIRITUAL and Top Nax
Track 4 produced by Tokala, with vocals by SADGALNINA and REY.
Track 5 produced by Eremsy, vocals by $way Dolla, PSYPRITUAL, REY, PatDaddyPurp.
All tracks mastered by Kamran Sadeghi.
Artwork by Colin Fletcher and Lauren N. Bailey.
Design by Rhys Carlill.
XLR8R+ August, 2019.
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