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Interview: All Day I Dream
Lee Burridge and Matthew Dekay tell XLR8R the secret's behind the party's success and reveal their plans for further expansion.

“Many parties don’t have an identity—often it is just house or techno, and nothing else besides a big room. Sometimes that is enough, but I always knew that I wanted …

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Preview: Montreal's Bacchanale Festival
XLR8R checks up on a new multidisciplinary fest—one that boasts a world-conquering lineup.

You’re undoubtedly familiar with Montreal’s MUTEK. You may know about Piknic Electronik and Igloofest. But unless you’re from the City of a Hundred Steeples (thanks for that one, Mark Twain), you …

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Labels We Love: Fachwerk Records
As the label celebrates its eighth anniversary, founder Mike Dehnert reflects on its impromptu success.

Almost eight years have passed since Mike Dehnert founded Fachwerk Records from the comfort of his own home. Driven forward by Dehnert’s desire to focus on little more than the …

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Bubblin' Up: Aparde
An enigmatic producer opens up about his influences, his personality…and his aversion to clubs.

Paul Schroeder is perhaps one of the most mysterious and enigmatic emerging talents in the scene. Indeed, when it comes to elusive producers, the man known to fans of otherworldly …

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Photo Diary: Jonas Rathsman Goes to Palm Springs
The ascendant Swedish producer hits the desert for the Splash House fest.

Would Sweden’s Jonas Rathsman have made it to where he is today without the blessing of dance music’s best-known tastemaker? Well, yes—chances are the Swedish DJ-producer would have done just …

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Summer Rain: Eight Things We Learned at DGTL Festival
We dry ourselves off and collect our abiding impressions of the first edition of Barcelona's DGTL Festival

Last weekend, XLR8R made the journey to one of our favorite cities, Barcelona, to attend the first edition of a new house and techno festival called DGTL. Taking place at …

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Q&A: Heathered Pearls
With a new album on Ghostly International, Jakub Alexander ruminates on the power of repetition.

“I’m always wanting to make music that I can play when I DJ,” Jakub Alexander, the producer better known as Heathered Pearls, says. “And I try. But people are always …

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Event Review: Low End Theory Festival
The beats-and-bass brigade descend upon LA's Shrine Auditorium.

Video & Photos by Chris Nelson It’s hard to get much more Los Angeles than being in the thick of the Low End Theory Festival, held on August 8 at …

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

The month of July again saw a healthy chunk of free tracks land in XLR8R’s downloads section, and once again, it’s time to announce the 10 most popular tracks from …

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Q&A: Siren's Darshan Jesrani and Dennis Kane
The longtime friends team up to produce sweeping and sophisticated music.

Want to peruse a couple of great curricula vitae? Here you go: Darshan Jesrani is one half of Metro Area, the hugely influential duo that, back in the late ’90s and …

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Interview: Answer Code Request
The Berghain resident reveals how he is still adjusting to his unforeseen success.

Patrick Gräser’s story has been well documented: Growing up in the small German town of Fürstenwalde, he moved to Berlin in 2001 to pursue a career in electronic music after …

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Q&A: Simon Baker
A new sampler and a new sound: XLR8R explores the motivations behind the acclaimed producer's new BKR Projekt.

After breaking through with 2007’s “Plastik,” Yorkshire-born, London-based DJ-producer Simon Baker rose to became a leading light within the U.K. house scene. More EPs ensued, released on labels including Sasha’s …

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Eight Things We Know About Piknic Electronik
The summerlong Montreal get-together, now in its 13th season, is stronger than ever.

Montreal’s Piknic Electronik, the summertime festival brought to you by the same crew that produces the winter electronic-music wonderland known as Igloofest, is currently in the midst of its 13th …

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In the Studio: Maxxi Soundsystem
Bristol-based Sam Watts gives XLR8R a tour of his analog-heavy cave and discusses his ever-changing production methods

The London-born DJ-producer Sam Watts (a.k.a. Maxxi Soundsystem) has earned himself quite a reputation since he first broke through with 2011’s “Criticize.” As a DJ, he is traveling more than …

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Q&A: Low End Theory's Daddy Kev
Kev, with a little help from the Gaslamp Killer and DJ Nobody, looks back at ten years of aural experimentation—and looks forward to this weekend's festival.

“We call it church,” says Daddy Kev, cofounder of the now-legendary Low End Theory weekly in LA’s Chinatown, and patriarch of the extended family of artists clustered under its vast …

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Hi-Five: Ralph Lawson
The venerable 20/20 Vision boss looks back at some of his label's essential tunes.

Ralph Lawson has a bit of history behind him—a history that parallels the past quarter century of British house. For instance: As a rising young DJ in 1991, the London-born, …

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Q&A: Idjut Boys' Dan Tyler and Conrad McDonnell
More than 20 years into a storied career, the British duo keeps the dubbed-out vibrations coming.

For more than twenty years, the U.K.’s Dan Tyler and Conrad McDonnell—together known as Idjut Boys—have been bringing an elegant live-mix sound, dubbed-out vibrations, and a fluid party intelligence to …

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B2B: Alix Perez & Eprom
New EP in hand, the producers head to next week's Low End Festival.

A lot has happened since 2009. Dubstep, for instance, jumped into the mainstream pool with both feet—only to be ushered out rather quickly by the tidal wave of 4/4 EDM. …

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