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Get Familiar: Massimiliano Pagliara

In the rapidly evolving world of electronic music, it's all but impossible to keep track of every new artist, label, party, and genre. At the same time, certain names will inevitably pop up again and again at the XLR8R office, some of which we've only given passing mention to on the site. In an effort to get our readers up to speed with some of the things—both new and old—that we've been digging lately, we recently launched a new feature series called 'Get Familiar,' which aims to shine a spotlight on subjects we think are worthy of a little more attention.

With cheap imitations of old Chicago house and Italo gems appearing with increasing frequency, it could be said that few artists working with these sounds are as committed to authenticity as Massimiliano Pagliara. The Italian may wear his influences on his sleeve, but since moving to Berlin over half a decade ago, he's been discreetly amassing a discography that's well on its way to becoming as distinct as that of producers such as Legowelt, Prosumer, or Daniel Wang. Read more » 

Hi-Five: Groundislava Lists His Top Five Emotional Rave Anthems

Given that the indulgence of the '90s has been an overriding theme in Groundislava's work thus far—from old-school R&B and hip-hop to overblown trance and techno (not to mention retro technology)—it's no surprise that he chose to walk us through a selection of his favorite rave anthems for the latest edition of our Hi-Five series. "The shit that really got me hooked on electronic music was uplifting trance during my days as a middle school kid with a 5 GB, first-generation iPod," says the LA producer, whose third full-length album, Frozen Throne, is due to arrive later this month via Friends of Friends/Wedidit. "Been listening to a lot of those tunes again lately, so I wanted to make this list sort of an homage to that real real rave shit." Read more » 

Bubblin' Up: Gut Nose

A certain degree of bluntness can be expected from a guy with an artist name like Gut Nose. Hailing from Queens, New York, Andrew Vagabundo makes a variation on what Actress and Moiré have called "b-boy techno," or what Ron Morelli has called "graffiti techno," a corroded brand of beat music that sits somewhere between hip-hop and dance music. It's a cliché about New York, but Vagabundo's productions do have that city saturation—tough and caked in grit, they evoke images of rats, illicit activity, piss-stained sidewalks, and violence. Read more » 

20 Questions: Mickey Pearce Talks Chocolate, Salt 'N' Pepa, and the Worst Place He's Ever Been

London producer Richard Attley (a.k.a Mickey Pearce) first came to prominence in the late '00s with a series of UK garage-influenced EPs under the name Shortstuff, releasing on labels like Planet Mu, Ramp, and the currently mothballed Blunted Robots, which he ran alongside Brackles. Now recording and DJing exclusively under his Mickey Pearce alias, Attley regularly appears on Rinse FM and is signed to Loefah's Swamp 81 imprint, through which he recently released the excellent (and free) beat tape Up West, an effort that underlined his enduring and overriding fascination with percussion. Now, he's about to follow it up with the Instructions EP, which will feature some of Up West's finest selections on vinyl. Ahead of its arrival, we caught up with Attley to talk about condiments, Hershey vs. Cadbury, and Loefah's yoga routine. Read more » 

XLR8R's Top 20 Downloads of August

With the exception of artists such as Jon Convex (pictured above), Submerse, My Panda Shall Fly, and Daisuke Tanabe, the past month saw a slew of budding beatmakers (most new to our pages) making a noticeable impact on XLR8R's Downloads section. Now, with August coming to a close, we've compiled the top 20 MP3s on offer from the past month, covering everything from textured beats to soul-burnt house and brooding techno. Read more » 

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