‘XLR8R+011’ Explores the Art of the Groove With Tracks by Kate Simko, Traumer, and Pola
Artwork by Siko Tatour and mastering by Kamran Sadeghi.
Please note: This edition of XLR8R+ is no longer available. Each month’s package is available for one month only, and only from XLR8R. There is currently no access to archival material, those who subscribe for that particular month are the only ones who will have the tunes.
For those unfamiliar, XLR8R+ is a monthly subscription service supporting XLR8R and independent music and culture. A subscription gets you three exclusive tracks from three different producers every month, plus a zine, wallpaper artwork from a new featured visual artist, and other goodies such as sample packs, free event tickets, vinyl giveaways, and more.
XLR8R+011 is a groove-focused edition presenting three cuts that sit in the realms of house music. Up first, DJ, producer, film composer, and live performer Kate Simko delivers “Spirit Release,” a galloping house-and-techno hybrid inspired by the birth of her son. Simko is joined by rising French talent Traumer, whose contribution, “Transit,” is an upbeat groover inspired by the minimal-centric beats flowing from Romania over the past decade or so. Closing this edition is All-Inn label head Pola with “Selection,” a playful, low-slung minimal cut perfect for the summer months ahead.
In the zine, we’ve also included an Artist Tips feature from Kate Simko, who offers some valuable advice on collaborating in the arts; and a rare interview with Traumer.
This month’s artwork comes from Siko Tatour, a Palestinian visual artist based in Haifa, Israel. Tatour has delivered a selection of photos that, to him, portray emptiness and void, and are inspired by music’s ability to help his people free themselves from their limitations and pain.
You can subscribe to XLR8R+ here, with snippets of XLR8R+010 below, where you can also find information on the entire package contents and a selection of low-res preview pages from the zine.
This month’s package features:
* Three exclusive, previously unreleased tracks from Kate Simko, Traumer, and Pola.
* 14-page PDF zine with information on the artists, an exclusive Q&A with Traumer and an Artist Tips feature with Kate Simko.
* Wallpaper artwork for both desktop and phone by Siko Tatour.
* Private 50-track streaming playlist.