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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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Shadowhuntaz: Deadly Effects

The Parabuthus transvaalicus, responsible for five percent of all deaths in North Africa, is considered the deadliest of the entire scorpion species. Their tactic: to move in stealth and attack in darkness. Their victims never see them coming until it's too late. Revered and feared, they are mystical predators of legend, known as "shadow hunters."

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Wolf Bands: An XLR8R Guide

It has come to XLR8R's attention that packs of roving synth- and guitar-armed wolves are attacking every facet of modern music–and they must be stopped. Sure you're familiar with Guitar Wolf, Steppenwolf, Superwolf, Wolfie, and Peanut Butter Wolf, but have you been bitten by the razor-sharp teeth of We Are Wolves or Wolf Eyes? Been infected by the rabid AIDS Wolf? We're here to clue you in to the new substrains of the ravenous species, and make your next trip into the woods a safe one. Tip #1: Avoid Australia. Tip #2: Stay the hell away from Montreal.

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