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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 » 

Hi-Five: Optimo Shares Five of Its Favorite Scottish Jams

Having previously held down an infamous Sunday-night residency at Glasgow's Sub Club for 13 years, it's fair to say that Optimo (the duo of JG Wilkes and JD Twitch) knows a thing or two about DJing. The pair has contributed to just about every mix series worth its salt, and although the two DJs have been invited to showcase their talents everywhere from Fabric to Panorama Bar, they maintain a firm belief that "Glasgow is the greatest city for partying on the planet." Apart from their duties behind the decks, the Optimo boys also head up an eponymous label that's now half a decade old, and have steadily grown the imprint into a reliable outpost for homegrown talent such as LUMA, Golden Teacher, and Divorce. Considering all of their Scotland-centric activities, it's no stretch to refer to the men of Optimo as true aficionados of the country's leftfield music scene; as such, it makes sense that ahead of the duo's set at The Last Big Weekend festival this Sunday in Glasgow, JD Twitch has volunteered to take us through some of the best jams that have emerged from his homeland over the years. Read more » 

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