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DC Recordings: High Voltage

Two floors above a record shop called Intoxica on West London's bustling Portobello Road, the two men behind one of the UK's oldest independent record labels are easing into a day's work in a cluttered office lined with shelves heaving with books, comics, videos, and kung fu movie ephemera. "As you can see," says James Dyer, the label manager of DC Recordings, surveying his empire, "This is the throbbing epicenter."

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Pack FM: Punchlines and BK Bounce

"It's time for Brooklyn to step it up again," declares outspoken MC PackFM direct from the noisy streets of his BK 'hood. "The grime that we had has been lost. Everybody's trying to be pretty now."

More concerned with making listeners' necks snap than being a fashion plate, Pack is ardently helping to resurrect the raw energy that Brooklyn-proud groups like Audio Two and M.O.P. brought to hip-hop. "I'm just trying to bring that bounce back," says Pack. "Everybody's following trends–I'm just trying to represent what's natural to me."

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Banksy, Barely Legal (Updated)

Born in Bristol, England, Banksy gained notoriety in London and throughout the world with his anti-war, anti-capitalist, anti-establishment, and pro-freedom stencil art. His "guerilla art" has appeared in most major cities around the world and has earned him underground fame and a place in contemporary pop-culture.

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XLR8R's Top 100 Albums

There seemed no better way to commemorate our 100th issue than with what brought us here in the first place: the music. We combed through all of our back issues, nostrils filled with dust and fingers blackened by old newsprint, to see what we've reviewed over the last 13 years. In the early days, Banco de Gaia and R&S trance 12"s ruled, but our palette widened and our pages began to include indie rock, electronic folk, hip-hop, and other substrains of underground goodness. This isn't an exhaustive list of every album that influenced us. Read more » 

White Rose Movement: Gloom Beats

White Rose Movement frontman Finn Vine bears a close resemblance to both Joy Division's Ian Curtis and Gabi Delgado-Lopez of German industrial/electronic pioneers DAF. This is no accident. From his live performance–full of nervous energy and curiously robotic dancing–you get the feeling that this rail-thin, angular boy in the fiercely buttoned-up shirt has spent hours studying the ways of underground '80s idols.

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