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Hi-Five: Hercules & Love Affair's Favorite Bits of Industrial and New Beat

Hercules & Love Affair’s self-titled debut was essentially declared a contemporary classic upon its arrival in 2008, and the group’s subsequent albums, Blue Songs and the freshly released The Feast …

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20 Questions: Venetian Snares Talks Coffee, Cats, and the Power of Love

Often cited as one of the leading producers of breakcore, IDM, and other microgenres in that vein, it’s nevertheless somewhat parochial to label the music of Aaron Funk (a.k.a. Venetian …

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Hi-Five: Lone Selects His Top Madlib Productions

Considering that Manchester-based producer Lone (a.k.a. Matt Cutler) got his start crafting exploratory beats for labels like Werk Discs before moving into prismatic UK rave, it’s not a total surprise …

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20 Questions: Horse Meat Disco on the Endurance of Disco, the Taste of Horse Meat, and the Best Curry Shop in London

Disco never died, it just dispersed and went underground. Since its fall from the mainstream, the music’s jubilant spirit has been carried on, not only in the electronic sounds that …

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Hi-Five: Doc Daneeka Shares His Favorite Piano-Led Tracks

We’ve been charting the progression of Welsh beatmaker Doc Daneeka (a.k.a. Mial Watkins) for quite some time—he first was singled out as one to watch in our Bubblin’ Up series …

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Track by Track: Martyn Examines His New LP, One Song at a Time

This week, veteran producer Martyn (a.k.a. Martijn Deykers) is releasing his third album, The Air Between Words, via Ninja Tune. There has already been plenty of discussion about the new …

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Sónar 2014: Winners and Losers

Last week, the annual Sónar festival set up shop in Barcelona for the 21st time, offering three full days and two long nights of (mostly) electronic music. According to its …

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Hi-Five: Answer Code Request Selects His Favorite Tunes from the Ostgut Ton Catalog

It feels like a severe understatement to say that Berlin’s Ostgut Ton imprint has been on something of a tear over the past year or so, but even amongst the …

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Bubblin' Up: Austin Cesear

Over just a handful of releases, San Diego, California native Austin Cesear has established a palette that is both unique and highly redolent of his home state. From tracks like …

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XLR8R's Guide to Off-Sónar: 10 Things Not to Miss in Barcelona This Week

Now entering its third decade, Sónar continues to be a yearly highlight for music fans and industry types alike, with last year’s relocation to the more spacious Fira Montjuic for …

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Corpse Poser: Drew Daniel Tackles Authenticity and Black Metal Politics on His Strange New Album as The Soft Pink Truth

Drew Daniel is halfway through swallowing a pill when he answers our Skype call in his Baltimore, Maryland home. He wonders aloud if the effects will become noticeable during our …

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Five Minutes at EM15: Pinch Discusses Collaboration, His Musical Evolution, and America's Misunderstanding of Dubstep

In purely musical terms, MUTEK has been most closely associated with techno and the more experimental end of the electronic spectrum during its 15-year run, but its palette has undoubtedly …

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Five Minutes at Primavera Sound: John Talabot Talks Disco, Barcelona, and the Joy of Running a Record Label

During the course of Barcelona’s Primavera Sound festival, John Talabot was at the helm of a showcase for his fast-growing Hivern Discs label, which presented a nine-hour stretch of DJ …

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Hi-Five: Mark Barrott Digs into His Archives and Shares Some of His Favorite Balearic Gems

Earlier this week, Mark Barrott released a new full-length, Sketches from an Island. Recorded in his adopted home of Ibiza—the British producer previously resided in Punta del Este, Uruguay, where …

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Five Minutes at EM15: Richie Hawtin Talks MUTEK, ENTER., and Canadian Techno

Last week, XLR8R made its annual trek to Montreal for MUTEK, which this year teamed up with the organizers from Elektra to deliver a six-day festival called EM15. Our official …

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Five Minutes at Primavera Sound: Fort Romeau Talks Barcelona, Robert Johnson, and His Plans for an LP

Over the weekend, XLR8R made the trip to Barcelona for Primavera Sound, an indie-leaning festival which had nonetheless compiled an impressive roster of electronic talents for the 2014 edition of …

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Deep Inside: Throwing Snow Talks Fractals, Bass Tones, and the Thought Processes Behind His Debut LP, 'Mosaic'

Speaking from his flat in South London’s Brixton district, Ross Tones sounds overworked but cheery. Over the past few years, the increasingly hard-to-define producer has developed a reputation for being …

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XLR8R's Top 20 Downloads of May

The month of May brought a wide variety of sounds to XLR8R’s Downloads section, with contributions from budding production outfits such as Gidge, Guerre, and Bobby Tank joining original tracks …

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