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Press Play: Jeff Mills, Shlohmo, Andy Stott, Vessel, and More

The bounty of Press Play runneth over this Friday, as we’ve stuffed it to the brim with heaps of streaming audio, downloads, and videos from a viable smorgasbord of DJs …

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Rewind: DJ Shadow

There are endless treasures in DJ Shadow’s deep discography. Although his career stretches back much further, the legendary turntablist first struck gold with his 1996 full-length debut, Endtroducing….., an all-sample …

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Hi, Doctor Nick! - Balancing Work with Music, Playing the PR Game, and Vinyl vs. Laptop DJs

Thursday morning has arrived, which means it’s time again to welcome Dr. Nick Hook back to the front page of XLR8R. Even if he’s not actually a doctor, his wealth …

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High Five: Terror Danjah

This week, UK grime don Terror Danjah released the excellent Dark Crawler, his latest full-length and a clear signal that the sound is alive and well in 2012. Granted, Terror …

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Trainwreck: FaltyDL

For this Decibel-themed Trainwreck, we talked to Brooklyn beatmaker FaltyDL—who performs tonight at the Global Selektors 1 showcase at Re-Bar—about the time he destroyed his own passport while on tour …

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Top 10 Things to See at Decibel 2012

As to be expected, the 2012 edition of Decibel has a lot to offer in the way of cutting-edge and underground electronic music. Touting a truly international roster of artists …

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Building Decibel: An Interview with Sean Horton

Seattle’s Decibel festival is set to get underway this week, marking the ninth edition of the annual West Coast gathering for forward-thinking electronic music acts and devotees. Since its humble …

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Press Play: The xx, L-Vis 1990, John Tejada, Lapalux, and More

We’ve got some exclusive premieres, record streams, high-profile remixes, well-crafted DJ sets, unreleased tunes, and more in this week’s edition of Press Play. Take a look after the jump for …

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Bubblin' Up: South London Ordnance

South London Ordnance politely requests that his real name does not appear in print, but calling the UK producer anonymous would probably give the wrong impression. It’s true that he’s …

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Hi, Doctor Nick! - Finding True Love and Making Music Without Going Broke

It’s time again for another dose of street knowledge, courtesy of XLR8R’s good doctor, Mr. Nick Hook. Nevermind that’s he’s not actually a doctor—the man has a seemingly endless well …

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High Five: Dusk + Blackdown

This week saw the release of Dasaflex, the sophomore album from London duo Dusk + Blackdown. While the dark and shadowy outfit is certainly known for its production chops, the …

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Trainwreck: Jerome LOL

Like all touring artists, Jerome LOL (a.k.a. Jerome Potter) has his fair share of horror stories. A newly christened solo artist who only recently placed his long-running LOL Boys project …

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By the Power of Dre Skull

On any given day, you might find Dre Skull (a.k.a. Andrew Hershey) flying to London to DJ at Notting Hill Carnival, recording with Lil Scrappy in Atlanta, working with an …

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New Forms Festival: 10 Things We Liked... and a Couple of Things We Didn't

Over the weekend, XLR8R made a quick trip to Vancouver to check out the 2012 edition of the New Forms Festival. Modest in scope but impressive in the quality of …

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Press Play: Theo Parrish, Zed Bias, Oneohtrix Point Never, Tyondai Braxton, and More

Where to begin with our batch of Press Play goodies for this week? Well, we’ve got some classic Detroit magic courtesy of Theo Parrish, a never-before-heard proper choon from UK …

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Hi, Doctor Nick! - Girls in the Music Game, Breakfast Burritos, and the Right Gear for Performing Live

Last week, we debuted Hi, Doctor Nick!, our new weekly advice column piloted by NYC badman and life guru Nick Hook. As he’ll be doing every Thursday, he’s once again …

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Trainwreck: Matthew Dear

Trainwreck is a new feature on XLR8R where artists tell us, in their own words, about some horror stories from their past. Catastrophic gear failures, sketchy promoters, travel nightmares… it’s …

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Deep Inside: Mala 'Mala in Cuba'

Cuban music plays heavily with percussion and goes mental for melodies, but rarely does it meditate on bass weight. By contrast, British producer Mala (of Digital Mystikz/Deep Medi fame) has …

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