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Hi-Five: Optimo Shares Five of Its Favorite Scottish Jams

Having previously held down an infamous Sunday-night residency at Glasgow’s Sub Club for 13 years, it’s fair to say that Optimo (the duo of JG Wilkes and JD Twitch) knows …

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Miles Whittaker, Cabaret Voltaire, and the Venue That Stole the Spotlight: Berlin Atonal's Five Most Memorable Moments

Berlin Atonal, which wrapped up a five-day run in the German capital during the early hours of Monday morning, was ostensibly a music festival, but it was much more than …

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Bubblin' Up: Sage Caswell

If he followed in his mother’s footsteps, 24-year-old Los Angeles house producer Sage Caswell might never have made it out of the San Fernando Valley. Not that there’s anything wrong …

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20 Questions: Jackmaster Talks Fast Food, Rubadub, and Coping with the Endless Party Loop

While it’s all but impossible to predict exactly what Jackmaster (a.k.a. Jack Revill) will play at any one of his many gigs around the globe—the Scottish-born DJ has been known …

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Get Familiar: Dark Entries

In the rapidly evolving world of electronic music, it’s all but impossible to keep track of every new artist, label, party, and genre. At the same time, certain names will …

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Nothing Is True, Everything Is Permitted: Wolfgang Voigt, Lawrence English, and Others Ponder the State of Ambient Music

In September of 1978, British singer, musician, artist, and record producer Brian Eno penned a short manifesto as an introduction to a new sound he had been exploring. “Over the …

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20 Questions: DJ Harvey Talks Surfing, Rock 'n' Roll, and the Meaning of Life

DJ Harvey (a.k.a. Harvey Bassett) has long been known for his eccentricity. The British DJ—who now lives as an expat in Los Angeles—has spent the better part of the past …

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Bubblin' Up: Claude Speeed

Born and raised in the Edinburgh area and a long-standing member of Glasgow’s celebrated LuckyMe collective, Stuart Turner has already racked up several musical lives. A past or present member …

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Dekmantel 2014: 10 Reasons the Amsterdam Festival Was One of the Year's Best

Last August, XLR8R hopped on a plane to Amsterdam to check out the inaugural Dekmantel Festival. At the time, our expectations were high, but we weren’t quite sure what to …

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XLR8R's Top 20 Downloads of July

The month of July brought an eclectic mix of new tracks to XLR8R’s Downloads section, with familiar names like Radio Slave (pictured above), Ulrich Schnauss, Gerd Janson, Lockah, and Kid …

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