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Locals Only - Todd Osborn Lists His Favorite Spots in Detroit and Ann Arbor

Perhaps known best by his Ghostly-affiliated Osborne handle, Todd Osborn has long been a fixture of electronic music in Michigan, following a number of musical muses over the years to form a catalog that is as deep as it is diverse. Most recently, Osborn has delivered the Michigan Dream EP for FaltyDL's fast-growing Blueberry label, a four-track record that covers a wide range of sonic territory reaching "from hip-hop to jacking vocal house, from druggy techno to braindance." In light of his new release, we've tapped Osborn to give us a taste of the Michigan experience, enlisting the veteran producer (and former record store owner) to take us through his favorite spots in Detroit, Ann Arbor, and his current hometown of Ysplanti for a list that includes a bar whose best-selling drink bears Osborn's own name as well as an apologetic conceit that Detroit's live music scene has had better days. Read more » 

Press Play: Stream the Latest Audio and Video from Mount Kimbie, Paul Woolford, Kingdom, Jimmy Edgar, and More

The array of sights and sounds available in the latest installment of Press Play is kind of overwhelming. Seriously, a whole lot of great tunes from top-notch artists appeared on the internet this week—including remixes, exclusive premieres, videos, record streams, and more from the likes of Kingdom, Jimmy Edgar, Mount Kimbie, Max Cooper, Africa Hitech, Paul Woolford, Graze, Morri$, Salva, Appleblim, and plenty of others. There's a whole lot to take in here, so we suggest that everyone gets to clicking those play buttons after the jump. Read more » 

Trainwreck: David Rodigan Recounts the Shock of His First DJ Gig and the Time He Made a Bad Costume Choice

It's easy to overuse tags like icon or legend, but when talking about veteran British reggae DJ and broadcaster David 'Ram Jam' Rodigan, both terms seem appropriate. Since beginning his career as a host on Radio London in the early '70s, Rodigan has gradually garnered a reputation as one of the most popular and respected names in reggae and dancehall. Over the years, he's fronted shows on influential radio stations including Kiss, Capital, and the BBC's 1Xtra and Radio 2, had his voice sampled in tracks by the likes of Breakage and Caspa, and even had his own station in one of the Grand Theft Auto games. Rodigan is also one of the genre's most prolific DJs, having played to thousands and clashed with some of the biggest soundsystems in the game. Next week, Ministry of Sound will be releasing its latest Masterpiece mix, with Rodigan at the helm. To mark the occasion, we've asked the storied selector to take part in our Trainwreck series, and he's met the request by recounting a couple of the most awkward moments from his DJ career, one involving a misguided jockey outfit and the other a crowd that couldn't believe its eyes. Read more » 

Press Play: Stream the Latest Audio and Video from DJ Funk, Com Truise, DJ Zinc, Dâm-Funk, and More

We feel pretty good about the selection of sights and sounds featured in this week's edition of Press Play, as there are plenty of record streams, premieres, videos, free downloads, DJ mixes, and fresh original productions. Not to mention that it all comes from especially talented artists across the spectrum of electronic music—including the likes of DJ Funk, Com Truise, John Tejada, Nina Kraviz, Feadz, Container, Dâm-Funk, Audion, and DJ Zinc, among others. Everything that Press Play has in store can be heard after the jump. Read more » 

Bubblin' Up Week 2014: 10 More Artists to Watch

After spending most of December looking at the year gone by, we here at XLR8R decided to kick off January by casting our gaze toward the future. That's what Bubblin' Up Week is all about, and this year's edition has already taken in-depth looks at several artists and scenes from around the globe. Still, before we could officially bring the series to a close, we knew that there were still plenty of up-and-coming beatmakers whose potential merited a bit of attention. Given that, we've selected 10 artists that we'll be keeping an eye on in 2014. Read more » 

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