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Locals Only - Zed Bias Lists His Five Favorite Spots in Manchester

Manchester has long been one of the UK’s most dependable musical hotbeds, with a decades-long lineage of pioneering outfits calling the historically industrial city home. Dave Jones fits snugly into …

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Lifting the Lid - UK Duo Akkord Peels Back the Layers of Mystery Surrounding Its Music and Identity

Electronic music undoubtedly has more than its fair share of enigmas. Within the sphere of underground dance music, anonymity has become a cliché to the extent that, more often than …

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Press Play: Disclosure, Breach, Om Unit, Boys Noize, and More

Seeing as how we’ve got some fresh record streams, music videos, unexpected remixes, DJ sets, and more from artists like Disclosure, Deetron, Boys Noize, Breach, Prins Thomas, Fatima, Visionist, and …

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Cult of Personalities - 10 Things You Need to Know About James T. Cotton

No matter how much one knows about James T. Cotton, it’s a safe bet that they only know a fraction of the story. Born Tadd Mullinix and also known as …

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Bubblin' Up: John Heckle

The easiest way to pigeonhole John Heckle is to talk about how “raw” his productions are, but the term means less and less in the context of house and techno …

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Hi-Five - MK Shares Five of His Favorite '90s House Tracks… That He Didn't Make Himself

House veteran MK (a.k.a. Marc Kinchen) is having himself a good November. At the beginning of the month, his remix of Storm Queen’s “Look Right Through” surprisingly hit number one …

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Press Play: M83, Nicolas Jaar, Daniel Avery, Om Unit, and More

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

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Bubblin' Up: Nils Frahm

Nils Frahm was in the studio one day, recording a new track on the piano, when he was suddenly forced to take his hands off the keys. A cell phone …

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Average and Unfocused, with a Few Highlights - 10 Things That Stuck Out at 2013's Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival

At this point, it’s hard to deny that Brooklyn has become a leading hotbed—if not the outright epicenter—of new and emerging electronic and dance music in North America. The borough …

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Techno (and More) in Torino - 12 Things We'll Remember About Club to Club 2013

Last year, XLR8R made its first trip to Club to Club, a long-running festival in Turin, Italy that is officially known as Alfa MiTo Club to Club. As our review …

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Press Play: Paul Woolford, Kingdom, Tensnake, Fennesz, and More

We’ve got quite a few reasons to be excited to share the latest edition of Press Play. Namely, artists like Paul Woolford, Kingdom, Conforce, Autre Ne Veut, Vatican Shadow, Jim-E …

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Polyrhythms and Afro-futurism: 10 Things You Need to Know About Afrikan Sciences

Below the basements and warehouses of the house-music underground lies a subterranean domain so deep that it’s almost completely off the map. These are the spaces and dimensions that Oakland’s …

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Hi-Five - Tessela Shares Five of His Favorite Classic '90s Hardcore Cuts

Hailing from England’s West Country, Tessela isn’t a producer who’s afraid to reference the golden era of rave in his work. His latest effort, the Nancy’s Pantry EP for R&S, …

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XLR8R's Top 20 Downloads of October

Among the 80 or so tracks we post for free download each month, some get a bit of extra attention, which is why we like to regularly highlight the top …

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B2B: DJ Rashad and Om Unit Compare Notes About Their New Albums and Discuss the Cross-Pollination of Footwork and Jungle

Although they’re coming from very different places, both musically and geographically, Chicago footwork producer DJ Rashad and London-based Om Unit (a.k.a. Jim Coles) have a perhaps surprising amount in common. …

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Press Play: James Blake, Wiley, Matthew Dear, Pearson Sound, and More

It was yet another busy week for new music on the internet, and the latest edition of Press Play is here to round up all of its highlights. James Blake, …

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