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Hi-Five - DJ Q Reminisces About His Five Favorite UK Garage Bootlegs

Over the course of the past decade, DJ Q (a.k.a. Shollen Quarshie) has dipped his toes into various strains of UK dance music, including grime, bassline, and garage. That being said, he's probably best known for his work in the latter genre, and has demonstrated a real talent for melding pop sounds with more inventive underground rhythms. Quarshie heads up his own Q Recordings imprint, but in recent years, he's also become one of the core artists on London's Local Action label, which will soon be issuing his debut LP, Ineffable. Ahead of the album's official release on March 31, we figured that an artist with such a wealth of musical knowledge would be a perfect subject for our Hi-Five series. DJ Q was up to the task, and racked his brain a bit before coming up with a list of his favorite UK garage bootlegs. Most of his selections are from the seminal late-'90s 2-step era, but he couldn't resist slipping in one newer cut that nonetheless sports an undeniably classic sound. Read more » 

Locals Only - Shit Robot Details His Five Favorite Spots in Stuttgart

DFA Records has been home to lots of artists over the years, but only a few have been as closely tied to the long-running label as Shit Robot (a.k.a. Marcus Lambkin). The Irish-born producer first met James Murphy in the early '00s while living in New York City, a connection he maintained even after relocating to Germany a few years later. Since 2006, he's been dropping releases fairly regularly on DFA, including his collaboration-driven debut LP from 2010, From the Cradle to the Rave. This week, Lambkin's second album, We Got a Love, will officially see the light of day. The record finds him once again teaming up with a number of artists, including DFA regular Nancy Whang, hip-house icon Lidell Townsell, and comedian Reggie Watts. These days, Lambkin makes his home in Stuttgart, so we figured we'd tap into his knowledge of his adopted hometown and have him tell us about a few of his favorite spots. Read more » 

20 Questions - Garnier Talks Teenage Radio Shows, Living in the South of France, and Paying Way Too Much for The KLF

At this point in his career, it would be hard to fault Laurent Garnier for taking some time off. With more than two decades in the business, the French-born DJ/producer has delivered a countless number of EPs and singles (the most prized of which is likely his 1993 acid-techno classic "Acid Eiffel"), along with a handful of diverse full-length albums, all while at different times holding down residencies at renowned clubbing destinations such as The Hacienda in Manchester, Frankfurt's Robert Johnson, and the Rex Club in Paris. As if that wasn't enough, Garnier also put in 18 years as a broadcast radio DJ in France, where he helped to push new trends in music and discover young artists before eventually launching his own 24-hour internet radio station, PBB, in 2003. Long story short, Laurent Garnier has done a lot, seen a lot, and heard a lot, and if the way he's begun 2014 is any indication, he is nowhere near letting up. Currently in the midst of delivering five releases with five different styles for five different labels (including 50Weapons, Still Music, and Musique Large), we tapped the longstanding French artist for the inaugural edition of our new 20 Questions series; he answered our queries, and in the process managed to share a little insight about how he's kept the fire burning for the past 25 years. Read more » 

Hi-Five - P. Morris Revisits His Roots and Lists His Five Favorite Go-Go Tracks

Under the name Morri$, Philesciono Canty spent the past few years turning out a series of sharp, percussive productions that not only put him in the company of labels like Night Slugs and Fade to Mind, but also prompted a number of collaborations with like-minded beatmaker Sinjin Hawke. Now, Canty has shifted gears, as the LA transplant kicked off 2014 by adopting the handle P. Morris and followed up the announcement by issuing his first-ever mixtape, the appropriately titled Debut, via his own Bear Club Music Group imprint. (It's also streaming on a custom-built interactive website.) Curious to find out more about Canty's musical lineage, we enlisted him for our latest Hi-Five, and he responded with a handful of go-go tracks; having spent many of his formative years in Washington, DC, the local, funk-born genre was a major influence, and Canty has shared a few of his favorite cuts. Read more » 

A Generous Environment: Thoughts, Ideas, and Questions from patten

patten is a different kind of artist. Case in point: He isn't satisfied being labelled with such a specific title. He's the kind of, let's say, instigator who embraces the idea of a "compositional decision made by chaos," crafts a playlist of silent songs, answers interview questions with Wikipedia links, and uses Twitter to repeatedly post a black-and-white photo of a rock in a person's hand (not to mention follow the accounts of Disney, Lamborghini, MySpace founder Tom Anderson, Massive Attack, Oprah Winfrey, and the British Neuroscience Association, to name a few). patten's given name is known to the public only as D, and that includes everyone who works with him at Warp, his new label home. Calling the Londoner elusive, anonymous, or enigmatic would be missing the point, though; his main interest is making us consider and possibly rethink many of the common perceptions and practices that we regularly take for granted. Read more » 

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