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Ekman to Return to Berceuse Heroique on Upcoming 12"; Stream It Now

An imprint which received an honorable mention in our top labels of 2014 list earlier today, Berceuse Heroique has revealed one of its forthcoming releases for 2015, a 12" from Dutch techno artist Ekman. Read more » 

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  • 12/18/2014

Contest: Bleep and XLR8R Present the 100 Tracks Mix Competition

As 2014 draws to a close, we have teamed up with the good folks at online music retailer Bleep to launch the 100 Tracks Mix Competition, for which we are soliciting mixes from our readers that cover their favorite tracks of the past year. Read more » 

Download Two New Tracks from Oneohtrix Point Never

A pair of new tracks from NYC experimenter Oneohtrix Point Never have surfaced online. Read more » 

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  • 12/18/2014

Matt Karmil Readies New 12" for Yumé

Cologne-based producer Matt Karmil—who we recently named as one of the year's best new artists—has revealed details of his upcoming first release for 2015. Read more » 

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  • 12/18/2014

XLR8R's Best of 2014: Labels

After devoting most our our attention to artists, releases, and tracks over the past few weeks, today's edition of our ongoing Best of 2014 series is all about record labels. Interestingly enough, it wasn't that long ago that many people were predicting that the internet's ability to connect artists directly with their fans would eliminate (or at least lessen) the need to enlist labels in the process. However, with each passing year, it almost seems like the opposite has been true; while the internet has certainly made lots of music more accessible than ever before, the web's unending tide has also worked to make that music feel increasingly disposable. With so many options out there, strong curatorial outposts are essential for those looking to cut through the noise, and that's where the labels come in. A good record label can serve as an aesthetic beacon, and when it's done well, running an imprint is something of an art in itself, and worth appreciating. In that spirit, we recently began to assemble a list of our 10 favorite labels of the year; however, limiting ourself to such a small number ultimately proved impossible, so we've also included five additional labels in a special "honorable mention" category. Read more » 

Policy Drops New 12" with Remix from Thefft

A new single from Policy sees an official release this week, and comes outfitted with a remix from London's Thefft. Read more » 

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  • 12/18/2014

Stream Cocktail d'Amore's Fifth Anniversary Compilation

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Cocktail d'Amore—the Berlin party founded by veteran DJ/production duo Discodromo, Berghain resident Boris, and visual director Pindar (a.k.a. GoldNSour)—today marks its fifth anniversary with the release of the 12-track Nothing Matters When We're Dancing compilation; an album that is now available to stream in full. Read more » 

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  • 12/18/2014

Ostgut Ton Announces Upcoming EP from Virginia

Berlin DJ/producer/vocalist Virginia (who had a hand in crafting Steffi's recent Power of Anonymity LP, one of our favorite records of 2014) will return to the Ostgut Ton imprint in January with a new three-track EP. Read more » 

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  • 12/17/2014

Braille Signs to Friends of Friends for Upcoming EP and LP, Shares New Track for Free Download

NYC producer Praveen Sharma (who serves as half of the Sepalcure duo alongside Machinedrum) has announced plans to issue both an EP and what will be the debut LP under his Braille alias via the Friends of Friends label next year. Read more » 

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  • 12/17/2014

Flying Lotus, Jon Hopkins, and George FitzGerald Announced for 2015 BBC Radio 1 Residencies

England's BBC Radio 1 has unveiled the roster for its 2015 weekly residency sessions, which will include shows helmed by Flying Lotus (pictured above), Jon Hopkins, and George FitzGerald. Read more » 

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  • 12/17/2014
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