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13 Reasons Why This Year's Decibel Festival Was a Success

Admittedly, XLR8R headed into the 2013 edition of Seattle’s annual Decibel festival with a bit of apprehension. Although we’ve long supported the festival and love the idea of a forward-thinking, …

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Press Play: Simian Mobile Disco, Madlib, Tim Hecker, Wiley, and More

A ton of great music appeared on the internet as streaming audio and video this week—even more so than usual, it seems. We’re not exaggerating: We’ve got record streams, brand-new …

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Trainwreck: Claude VonStroke

By dance-music standards, San Francisco’s Claude VonStroke (a.k.a. Barclay Crenshaw) is practically a household name at this point. Since founding the Dirtybird label in 2005, the producer has consistently delivered …

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Bubblin' Up: Phoebe Kiddo

Producer Phoebe Kiddo’s path toward releasing her debut LP, Artefacts of Broken Dreams, has spanned years, continents, and even consciousnesses (she’s especially interested in the meditative effect that sound has …

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10 Showcases That Shouldn't Be Missed at Decibel 2013

The 2013 edition of Seattle’s Decibel Festival has been 10 years in the making. Beginning in 2004 as a gathering inspired by events such as Movement in Detroit and MUTEK …

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B2B: Leon Vynehall and A1 Bassline Discuss Collaboration, Their Laszlo Dancehall Project, and the State of the Scene in Brighton

While there are plenty of shared musical characteristics between the work of rising UK producers Leon Vynehall and Christian Sibthorpe, their respective careers to date have charted notably different trajectories. …

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Press Play: The Knife, Oneohtrix Point Never, Salva, Dusky, and More

We’ve got a lot of reasons to be excited about this week’s edition of Press Play. Namely, artists such as The Knife, Dusky, Skream, Clark, Daphni, Bodhi, Salva, Fort Romeau, …

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Five Minutes with 214 at New Forms Festival

XLR8R spent much of last weekend taking in the sights and sounds of Vancouver’s annual New Forms Festival (our full review can be found here). While making our way around …

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Hi-Five: Forest Swords Discusses Five Albums He Was Listening to While Making His Debut LP

Earlier this month, shadowy UK producer Forest Swords released his first full-length, Engravings, via the Tri Angle label. The widely praised LP combines darkly colored abstraction with beatwork that borrows …

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Five Minutes with Anthony Naples at New Forms Festival

During our time at Vancouver’s New Forms Festival last weekend (our full review can be read here), we took a few minutes to catch up with a handful of the …

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Rewind: Clark

Chris Clark, best known by his slightly more compact moniker, Clark, is an artist motivated by clarity. His impressive dozen years on Warp Records have seen him hone a style …

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Five Minutes with Lee Gamble at New Forms Festival

Over the past weekend, XLR8R headed north to take in the 2013 edition of Vancouver’s New Forms Festival (our full review can be found here). While there, we also set …

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Nine Highlights and One Surprising Letdown from New Forms 2013

At this point, summer has basically given way to autumn, yet the festival season marches on. Over the weekend, XLR8R once again made the trip to Vancouver for the annual …

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Press Play: Green Velvet, DJ Rashad, Daniel Avery, Claude VonStroke, and More

We’ve got quite the selection of sights and sounds in today’s Press Play feature, including DJ sets, record premieres, fresh remixes, intriguing videos, brand-new original productions, and more from the …

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Hi, Doctor Nick! - What to Do in a New City Without a Decent Music Scene and the Good Doctor Says Goodbye to His Weekly Column

Nick Hook is a machine. Over the past year, the man has always found the time to answer our readers’ questions, even when he’s been traveling the globe, stuck in …

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Bubblin' Up: Seams

To describe Jami Welch (a.k.a. Seams) as an English producer now residing in Berlin hardly makes him sound that remarkable. Welch’s relationship with the city is, however, slightly different than …

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Press Play: Moby, Madlib, Tensnake, Joakim, and More

This week’s edition of Press Play has all kinds of remixes, videos, DJ sets, and other assorted premieres from remarkably talented artists across the spectrum of electronic music. After the …

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XLR8R's Top 20 Downloads of August

We really can’t seem to find any overarching theme to our 20 most downloaded tracks from last month, but we have noticed there is a handful of respectable and easily …

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