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20 Questions: Nina Kraviz
The Russian artist talks about travel, her new label, cacti, and why acid sounds so good.

At this point, the Nina Kraviz story is well known to just about anyone who’s been paying even a modicum of attention to dance music over the past few years. …

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Artist Tips: Egyptrixx
The Toronto producer passes along a few of his studio tricks.

For the past several years, the name Egyptrixx (a.k.a. David Psutka) has been closely associated with the Night Slugs camp (after all, the UK label did provide a home for his …

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XLR8R's Top 10 Downloads of January
Check out the 10 most popular tracks to hit our Downloads section last month.

Of course we’re biased, but we think selection of tracks that landed in XLR8R’s Downloads section throughout the course of January have set the bar pretty high for the rest …

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Ask the Experts: John Tejada
The LA techno veteran answers reader questions and opens up about his production process.

John Tejada knows techno. In truth, the LA-based producer knows a lot more than that, as he’s been releasing music since the mid ’90s, but techno is essentially his calling …

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Get Familiar: John Daly
The Irish house producer is known for lush chords and gorgeous pads, but he's capable of much more than that.

The ocean has always been there for John Daly. “The house I grew up in, our first house, was literally 100 meters from the ocean. Our door, the street, and …

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Sequencers, Synths, and Terrible Tattoos: 16 Things That Caught Our Eye at NAMM 2015
A wrap-up of the best (and weirdest) things on offer at the annual gear convention.

If someone were to simply read the list of big hitters on display at this year’s NAMM show without any additional context, they might be left wondering exactly what year we were living …

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20 Questions: John Carpenter
Before his first-ever artist album drops next month, the legendary director and composer talks about movies, growing up, and his favorite synth.

John Carpenter is a whole lot of things. At the age of 67, he’s an accomplished and highly influential filmmaker, a pioneering soundtrack composer, a writer, a musician, a father, …

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Get Familiar: D'Marc Cantu
The veteran Ann Arbor producer has quietly amassed an impressive arsenal of acid and jakbeat.

Nestled 45 minutes west of Detroit en route to Chicago, Ann Arbor is largely known as a college town, but it’s also an important (and occasionally overlooked) puzzle piece in …

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Artist Tips: DJ Deeon
A Dance Mania stalwart and ghetto house OG shares his production secrets.

It’s hard to overstate the importance of Dance Mania Records. The Windy City imprint was instrumental in bringing the sounds of Chicago—and ’90s ghetto house in particular—to the world, which …

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Real Talk: Jimmy Edgar
The veteran producer speaks on longevity and the importance of loving his work.

‘Real Talk’ is a series of artist-penned essays that appears on XLR8R from time to time. Next week, Jimmy Edgar will issue Fabriclive 79, his contribution to the vaunted mix …

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Bubblin' Up Week 2015: 10 More Artists to Watch
The series wraps up with quick looks at more producers on the rise.

The start of each new year is a time to look ahead, and we here at XLR8R would like to get into that spirit by stretching our Bubblin’ Up series …

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Bubblin' Up Week 2015: Lucrecia Dalt
Exploring the avant garde from Colombia to Barcelona to Berlin.

The start of each new year is a time to look ahead, and we here at XLR8R would like to get into that spirit by stretching our Bubblin’ Up series …

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Bubblin' Up Week 2015: Shanti Celeste
The Bristol-based DJ/producer leaps from the record shop into the spotlight.

The start of each new year is a time to look ahead, and we here at XLR8R would like to get into that spirit by stretching our Bubblin’ Up series …

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Bubblin' Up Week 2015: Lena Willikens
Cómeme's brightest new talent celebrates the strange.

The start of each new year is a time to look ahead, and we here at XLR8R like to get into that spirit by stretching our Bubblin’ Up series across …

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XLR8R's Best of 2014: Odds and Ends, Part 2

XLR8R’s Best of 2014 series kicked off exactly three weeks ago, and since then, we’ve toured through quite the collection of year-end rundowns. Today, we’ve arrived at the final chapter, …

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XLR8R's Best of 2014: Odds and Ends, Part 1

Over the past few weeks, we’ve gradually unveiled the various facets of our Best of 2014 coverage, and while it might seem like we’ve covered just about every aspect of …

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XLR8R's Best of 2014: Readers Poll

For the past several weeks, our Best of 2014 series has dominated the headlines on XLR8R. Up to this point, most of the selections have been made by our editorial …

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XLR8R's Best of 2014: Labels

After devoting most our our attention to artists, releases, and tracks over the past few weeks, today’s edition of our ongoing Best of 2014 series is all about record labels. …

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