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Ras G: Into the Outer Reaches

An L.A. jazzhead launches FlyLo’s Brainfeeder imprint into the outer reaches. Somewhere at the interstellar crossroads of Sun Ra, DJ Spooky, Strata East, and Lee “Scratch” Perry lies the incomparable …

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Inbox: Amanda Blank

XLR8R checks in with cheeky rapper Amanda Blank while she catches her breath after touring the states all spring with Santigold. Blank privies us to Brazilian crowd-surfing, sticks it to …

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Photos by basic_sounds and Tim Saputo This May, XLR8R contributor Bill Fewell and I were lucky enough to travel to Montreal to cover MUTEK, one of the most exciting electronic …

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Clothes Captioned: Actual Pain

A Seattle brand aims to make you afraid. Very afraid. “I think Quothorn from Bathory is one of the coolest-looking dudes ever,” says T.J. Cowgill when I ask him about …

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Party out of Bounds: Derek Plaslaiko

Global party professionals tell you the best places to get buck wild. It’s common knowledge that the best way to experience a city is to have a local take you …

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Q & A: Prins Thomas

Disco is everywhere again. From Labelle and Donna Summer getting their senior tour on to Hercules & Love Affair moping and muddling through their West End-inspired sets, the genre America …

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Guest Reviews: Themselves

Keeping track of the ever-fluctuating Anticon roster is no easy task, but the name Themselves continues to ring out, even though the pairing of label founders Doseone and Jel hasn’t …

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Labtekwon: Space is the Place

Hip-hop’s vegan alien sex fiend Labtekwon lifts off. For those who’ve never found themselves watching Nelly’s “Tip Drill” video at 3 a.m. on a Tuesday, I’ll explain about BET: Uncut. …

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Inbox: Moderat

In this chapter of Inbox, XLR8R talks shop with two-thirds of Berlin-based techno unit, Moderat. Cohorts Sascha Ring (a.k.a. Apparat) and Gernot Bronsert (one half of Modeselektor) discuss performing for …

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Tanya Morgan: Hip-Hop Fantasy Land

A none-too-girly trio gives birth to a hip-hop fantasy world. “There’s a quirky kind of edge to us,” says Von Pea, offering his best explanation for Tanya Morgan’s self-created mythology. …

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Party out of Bounds: Thunderheist

Global party professionals tell you the best places to get buck wild. It’s common knowledge that the best way to experience a city is to have a local take you …

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Vis-Ed: Julien Vallée

A piece of paper is worth a thousand words for this rising Canadian design star. Move over, origami cranes. Artist Julien Vallée has discovered new and crazy ways to manipulate …

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Inbox: Flunk

For this week’s Inbox, XLR8R catches up with Ulf Nygaard (pictured above, center), producer for Norwegian trip-hop group Flunk, while he sails on a fjord outside of Oslo (no, seriously). …

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Elements: It's Only Natural

Flora and fauna inspire this month’s selection of the street’s sweetest accessories. 1. Sherwood Forlee Walls Notebook for Quirk Books $16.95 irreference.com 2. Incase x DQM NYC Messenger Bag $289.95, …

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Damian Lazarus: Monster's Ball

A tech house mastermind falls down the rabbit hole and crafts a monstrously good debut album. Damian Lazarus doesn’t make chocolate—just ear candy. But with Smoke the Monster Out, Lazarus’ …

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In the Studio: Medasyn

Lady Sovereign’s producer takes grime out of the PlayStation and into the mixing desk. As Lady Sovereign’s right-hand man, Hackney-based Gabriel Olegavich (a.k.a. Medasyn) has the difficult task of creating …

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Somewhere: Nordic Skweee

Surveying the “conflict R&B” sound of Scandinavia. Bubbling up from the hot springs and fjords of Scandinavia, a crazy sound called skweee is flying out of drum machines and synthesizers. …

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DD/MM/YYYY

A Toronto band expands the post-punk sound one day, month, and year at a time. When it comes to influences, Toronto five-piece DD/MM/YYYY (pronounced “day month year”) is all over …

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