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Real Talk: Ambivalent
The man behind the Delft and Valence labels asks: What does a real DJ do?

‘Real Talk’ is a series of artist-penned essays that appears on XLR8R from time to time. This installment’s scribe is  producer Kevin McHugh, the man better known as Ambivalent. McHugh’s …

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10 Reasons We Loved Amsterdam's DGTL Festival
Michael Mayer, Roman Flügel, Recondite and Happa were among the attractions at this year's installment.

If there’s one thing that can be said about the Netherlands, it’s this: Dutch people really know how to party. And importantly, they understand how to put on a party …

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Interview: Ben Klock
A techno titan opens up about doubt, inspiration, and passion.

Far in the distance and irreconcilably aloof, he stands. The expectant crowd is hypnotized, entranced in the music as they move in unison to the raw and powerful techno beat. …

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20 Questions: Scuba
The Hotflush operator talks Taylor Swift, SUB:STANCE memories and Labyrinth Festival.

Over the course of the past eleven years, Scuba’s musical output has curved through various spheres of bass, techno, and house. The U.K. artist will release his fourth album, Claustrophobia, on …

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Q&A: Ableton's Dennis DeSantis
XLR8R talks to the author of Making Music: A Book of Creative Strategies

Dennis DeSantis is a composer, sound designer and percussionist based in New York City. His background in music is deep: He received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition …

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Q&A: Fort Romeau
With 'Insides,' the producer delivers an album brimming with rich, sensuous house.

“That album name came kind of last minute,” Mike Greene says as he sits in a Williamsburg, Brooklyn hotel room, relaxing before a late-night gig at New York’s club of …

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20 Questions: George FitzGerald
The producer's evolution continues with the release of a heartfelt new album.

The British DJ and producer George FitzGerald began working on his debut LP while spending time on Ibiza during the summer of 2013—but the album, Fading Love, isn’t exactly a …

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Get to Know: Vincent Floyd
A Chicago house stalwart gets the recognition he deserves.

Vincent Floyd and Armando Gallop were just teenagers when house music exploded in Chicago in the mid-1980s. As childhood friends who grew up across the street from one another on …

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

The month of March again brought a new helping of free tunes to XLR8R’s Downloads section, and as is the custom, we’ve crunched the numbers and can now present the …

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Q&A: Ben Sims
A techno titan talks hip-hop, labels, and studio break-ins.

Tune into digital-radio station NTS late on a Wednesday night, and you’ll be greeted by what sounds like a fractured, cut-and-paste jingle. It’s the sort of program opener that a …

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B2B: Machinedrum Interviews His Sepalcure Production Partner, Braille
The two artists hold forth on Braille's emotive new album, 'Mute Swan'.

He might be best known as one half as Sepalcure with Travis “Machinedrum” Stewart—but Praveen Sharma is a formidable producer in his own right. The man behind the long-running Percussion …

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Get Familiar: Forbidden Planet
A Montreal party-turned-label explores both the dreamlike and nightmarish ends of the dancefloor.

Dance music and science fiction get along famously. From the beginning, techno artists and labels have traded heavily on a lexicon of imagined people, places, and objects—giving club music more …

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B2B: Pinch, Adrian Sherwood, Mumdance, and Logos Share Their Collective Low-End Wisdom
A quartet of sonic sorcerors discuss the past, the present, and the art of the collaboration.

At the risk of hyperbole, allow us to say that we’d be truly hard pressed to assemble a better crew of working UK producers than those featured in this edition …

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Winter Melodies: Eight Takeaways from Sónar Reykjavik
We highlight the standout performances from the Icelandic edition of the international Sónar music festival.

Last month, XLR8R made the journey to Reykjavik, Iceland—the world’s most northerly capital city, no less—to take in the sounds, sights and smells of Sónar Reykjavik. These days there are …

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

With the calendar now having officially turned to March, it’s once again time to reveal the top 10 most popular tracks to hit XLR8R’s Downloads section in the month of …

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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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