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Dabrye: Cold Front

"Ann Arbor is like a soundclash," says Michigan native Dabrye, while chiseling away at his veggie enchilada from inside San Loco, a Mexican joint on New York's Lower East Side. Taking some time off from his beloved job manning the counter at jazz and soul retail outpost Encore Recordings back in Ann Arbor, Tadd Mullinix is in New York to talk to XLR8R about his new Ghostly International release, Two/Three. But first he's content to wax poetic about the place he calls home; a city with so much green they call it "Tree Town."

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Hugh Masekela: Heating Up

In 1968, Hugh Masekela experienced what some would consider a career apex. The South African trumpet and flugelhorn player came to the US in 1961 to study at the Manhattan School of Music. Seven years later, his single "Grazing in the Grass," which eventually sold four million copies, hit number one in the charts. But he wasn't completely thrilled.

"Being an anti-establishment person, that didn't really intrigue me that much," he says. "I thought [the label execs] were fucking squares and exploitative."

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Vitalic: Vital Signs

It is Wednesday, December 21, 2005. Down in Ghetto–a grimy, scarlet-walled sweatbox tucked along a narrow, piss-stained alley in London's Soho–Christmas has come early for the 300 or so revellers squeezed inside for Nag Nag Nag. This is the capital's notorious weekly polysexual electro-disco shindig, a hard 'n' fast subterranean haven for gays, goths, ravers, and freaks. Tonight the star attraction is a special live performance by French techno deity Vitalic.

Champagne Techno, Caviar Dreams
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Gerardo Frisina Launches Latin Jazz

"Saying that I'm a living music encyclopedia is an exaggeration," stresses Gerardo Frisina when asked about his wealth of music knowledge. I was not in a position to argue–Frisina does not speak English and I was conducting my interview through a translator. Nonetheless, there's no debating Frisina's music smarts; they were the catalyst that led him to launch the Schema label alongside Luciano Cantone, Davide Rosa, and fellow jazz-dance heavyweight Nicola Conte. Read more » 

Nightmares on Wax: Head Trip

"I don't need to attach to any scene, trend or place–I'm about making 100% what is true to me," says 34-year-old George Evelyn, better known as Nightmares on Wax. One of the first artists on the pioneering Warp label, Evelyn helped bring touches of old reggae and soul into techno before unwittingly spearheading the trip-hop movement with 1995's luscious Smoker's Delight.

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