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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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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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