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XLR8R​+​020 (GARZA of Thievery Corporation, Toada, and Blue Fields)

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We're ready to announce the 20th edition of XLR8R+—yep, a milestone of sorts.

Stream the tracks: soundcloud.com/xlr8r/sets/xlr8r-020

These are challenging times for everyone as the music industry grinds to an almost complete halt, with few, if any, live concerts taking place at all. It's unseemly to be talking too much about new music at this time, but we hope that this month’s XLR8R+ package can bring a little joy.

We open the package with Rob Garza, one half of Thievery Corporation and a pioneer of the West Coast’s electronic music movement. He recently launched his new project, GARZA, a reflection of his love of ‘80s electronic music and indie synth-pop, with the Where the Moon Hides EP. For this month's XLR8R+, he's delivered an exclusive remix of "Floating Inside My Bones," refitting the original with a breakbeat framework and floating atmospheres.

As an addition this month, we’ve included a feature with Garza, in which he discusses the making of his remix and his processes in Ableton. You can also download the Ableton Live project for the track via XLR8R.

Up next is Toada, the Lisbon artist now based in Berlin whom we discovered via the newly launched XLR8R submissions portal. His track, "Brisas De Lisboa," is a delicate slice of emotive electronics that captures Toada’s nostalgia for Lisbon summers.

Closing the package is Mike Shannon, the Berlin-based Canadian, as Blue Fields, his downtempo jazz alias. The track, a dreamlike electronic jazz outing, features Takeshi Nishimoto on guitar.

Our artwork this month comes from Will Canning, a Sydney-born musician and designer living in Los Angeles. The cover he's made blends heat-maps with medical imagery. "Maybe on a subconscious level," he says, "it’s informed by the swift global spread of COVID-19."


released March 31, 2020

Released March, 2020.

01. GARZA “Floating Inside My Bones” (Floating Breaks Mix)
02. Toada “Brisas De Lisboa”
03. Blue Fields “Lovers, Liars, and Bad Futurists”

Track 1 written and produced by Rob Garza, with vocals by Seann Bowe.
Track 2 written and produced by Valdir da Silva.
Track 3 written and produced by Mike Shannon, with guitar by Takeshi Nishimoto.

All tracks mastered by Kamran Sadeghi.

Artwork by Will Canning.

Design by Rhys Carlill.
XLR8R+ March, 2020.


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