XLR8R - logo

Features

The Funk Phenomenon

Forget samba. Funk is the biggest music in the favelas (shanty towns) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Not the James Brown sort of funk, something else. Call it funk carioca, favela funk, or simply funk, like the locals do.

Read more » 

Prefuse 73 in the Studio

Both 2001’s Vocal Studies and Uprock Narratives and 2003’s One Word Extinguisher have become classic lessons in instrumental beat making. With the highly anticipated Surrounded by Silence (Warp Records) just released, the versatile Scott Herren (a.k.a. Prefuse 73) opened his studio doors to a variety of collaborators. XLR8R took a moment with him to discuss gear, sampling, and how to cooperate with fellow musicians.

Read more » 

Maya Hayuk's Cerebral World

Don’t call Maya Hayuk a perfectionist. “More like an imperfectionist,” she confesses, her keyboard guffawing each time a lithe finger touches down on a little square letter.

Read more » 

Six Important Industrial Bands

In the recession and strike-addled late ‘70s, UK art terrorist Genesis P-Orridge coined the phrase “industrial music for industrial people” to describe a new blues for the worker–music distilled from the numb monotony of the assembly line and the restless thoughts that make sleep impossible after work. However, it is doubtful that the average proletariat could relax to this stuff, with its soundtrack of drills, screeches, snaps, grinding gears, synths dripping blood, snippets of atrocities, and images of an androgynes in fascist garb dancing in the streets.

Read more » 

Our Culture is Our Resistance

In Guatemala, mourning is a privilege, as are the official recognitions of bereavement: a certificate of death, a grave with a marker, a funeral service. Particularly during the early 1980s, Guatemalan peasant and indigenous communities mourned collectively, and on the run. There was no time to bury the bodies of loved ones, victims of a 36-year-long armed conflict the government used to validate its atrocious acts of genocide. Things happened in a flash: the army attacked villages, murdered everyone they could catch, and burned what was left. Read more » 

Follow us on...

Get the lowdown weekly newsletter

XLR8R Downloads Player