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Trainwreck: David Rodigan Recounts the Shock of His First DJ Gig and the Time He Made a Bad Costume Choice

It's easy to overuse tags like icon or legend, but when talking about veteran British reggae DJ and broadcaster David 'Ram Jam' Rodigan, both terms seem appropriate. Since beginning his career as a host on Radio London in the early '70s, Rodigan has gradually garnered a reputation as one of the most popular and respected names in reggae and dancehall. Over the years, he's fronted shows on influential radio stations including Kiss, Capital, and the BBC's 1Xtra and Radio 2, had his voice sampled in tracks by the likes of Breakage and Caspa, and even had his own station in one of the Grand Theft Auto games. Rodigan is also one of the genre's most prolific DJs, having played to thousands and clashed with some of the biggest soundsystems in the game. Next week, Ministry of Sound will be releasing its latest Masterpiece mix, with Rodigan at the helm. To mark the occasion, we've asked the storied selector to take part in our Trainwreck series, and he's met the request by recounting a couple of the most awkward moments from his DJ career, one involving a misguided jockey outfit and the other a crowd that couldn't believe its eyes. Read more » 

Press Play: Stream the Latest Audio and Video from DJ Funk, Com Truise, DJ Zinc, Dâm-Funk, and More

We feel pretty good about the selection of sights and sounds featured in this week's edition of Press Play, as there are plenty of record streams, premieres, videos, free downloads, DJ mixes, and fresh original productions. Not to mention that it all comes from especially talented artists across the spectrum of electronic music—including the likes of DJ Funk, Com Truise, John Tejada, Nina Kraviz, Feadz, Container, Dâm-Funk, Audion, and DJ Zinc, among others. Everything that Press Play has in store can be heard after the jump. Read more » 

Bubblin' Up Week 2014: 10 More Artists to Watch

After spending most of December looking at the year gone by, we here at XLR8R decided to kick off January by casting our gaze toward the future. That's what Bubblin' Up Week is all about, and this year's edition has already taken in-depth looks at several artists and scenes from around the globe. Still, before we could officially bring the series to a close, we knew that there were still plenty of up-and-coming beatmakers whose potential merited a bit of attention. Given that, we've selected 10 artists that we'll be keeping an eye on in 2014. Read more » 

Press Play: MK, John Tejada, Jimmy Edgar, Art Department, and More

We've got quite the selection of sounds in today's Press Play feature, including DJ sets, EP streams, remix premieres, music videos, and quality original tunes from the likes of Jimmy Edgar, MK, Morri$, Sd Laika, John Tejada, Kid Smpl, The Field, Basic Soul Unit, Lorca, and more. Some of it is downloadable, some of it can only be streamed, but all of it is worth a listen or two. Read more » 

Bubblin' Up Week 2014: Container

Over the last few years, America's DIY noise underground has undergone a noticeable shift, one that finds an increasing number of artists gravitating toward the sounds of house and techno. In the midst of this is Providence-based producer and musician Ren Schofield, who has steadily built a profile with the unconventional analog techno he makes as Container. Although the producer is understandably reluctant to see himself as part of a larger movement of noise musicians turning to synths and drum machines, he admits that the trend is a noticeable one. "That's a huge thing," he says. "There's all these people who—maybe they weren't involved in noise necessarily, but they weren't involved in dance music and they are now. And that's interesting." He continues, "No one got together and was like, 'Hey, we should all start playing techno.' It was just something that was in the air and I think it just happened naturally that way. But where do I fit into it? I don't know." Read more » 

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