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Outbox: Justin K. Broadrick

Guitarist/producer Justin K. Broadrick is no stranger to the pages of XLR8R, having shown up here in numerous guises, like Techno Animal (with The Bug's Kevin Martin), Jesu, and Pale Sketcher. So on the occasion of Jesu's recent release, Ascension, we decided to quiz him about his heavy-metal past, his favorite artists of late, and what that mysterious "K." stands for. Read more » 

Review: Kate Simko Lights Out

It's hard to believe that Kate Simko is only now releasing her debut album. After years of EPs, 12"s, and even a full-length soundtrack project, Simko's solo work has felt (and sounded) like an established techno fixture since the release of her Strumm EP in 2006. And yet, here it is, her debut long-player, the warm, analog-dressed Lights Out. Read more » 

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  • 05/30/2011

Video: BNJMN "One Sea (Lukid Remix)"

After releasing his stellar debut LP on the illustrious Rush Hour imprint, multi-faceted UK producer BNJMN keeps his momentum going with a brand-new EP set to drop on June 13 via Svetlana Industries. That release will feature four original tunes from the house artist, along with two remixes from Lukid and Kelpe. Above, you'll see we have a music video for "One Sea (Lukid Remix)," which is as strange and mesmerizing as the music itself. Read more » 

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  • 05/27/2011

Download: Empresarios "Cumbia (Nickodemus Remix)"

First Listen
Label: Fort Knox

After dropping the Sabor Tropical album earlier this year, DC outfit Empresarios has been getting into the remix game, enlisting a slew of producers to rework the group's material for a series of remix EPs. Next week, the Sabor Tropical Remixed EP 2 will drop digitally—vinyl copies are set to follow a couple weeks later—and is set to include unique takes on Empresarios' music from the likes of Zeb, Omegaman, XLR8R fave DJ Sabo, and others, along with this remix from NYC spinner Nickodemus (pictured above). The original "Cumbia" was a fairly straightforward and laid-back piece of, well, cumbia, but Nickodemus has punched up the percussion, looped the piano melody, and nudged the track toward the dancefloor. While moombahton continues to grab all the tropical bass headlines as of late, Nickodemus' remix shows that's there's still room for mid-tempo, Latin-flavored cuts with a more subtle bounce in their step. 

Average: 7.5 (56 votes)

Roska, Hyetal, Guido, xxxy, Ginz, Untold, and More to Guest on New Baobinga LP

UK bass obsessive Baobinga (pictured above) has quite an impressive project ready to drop next week, a 16-track album comprised of all collaborative tracks with some of the finest dubstep/bass/UK funky producers around. Read more » 

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  • 05/27/2011

Grab a New Mix From Dabrye

Those fans of the so-called "beat scene" will no doubt consider Ann Arbor producer Dabrye (a.k.a. Tadd Mullinix)—the first guy to ever have a release on the city's renowned Ghostly International label—one of its forebears. This week, Pulse Radio honored the man by lacing listeners with an exclusive interview and podcast, which you can read and listen to here, respectively. Read more » 

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  • 05/27/2011

Read a Brand-New Interview With Akufen

Marc Leclair (a.k.a. Akufen), the minimal techno/micro-house producer and DJ probably most associated with Montreal's early '00s flurry of activity, recently gave this interview to Resident Advisor, in which he discusses, among many things, his Horror Inc guise and his dearth of production in the last couple years. Read more » 

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  • 05/27/2011

Gear: Korg Kaoss Pad Quad

An offshoot of Korg’s popular Kaoss Pad line, the Quad ($299) allows for four simultaneous effects. Simply press an effect’s button to turn it on or off, and let your fingers dance on the XY touchpad to modulate it. Read more » 

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  • 05/27/2011

Download: Sigha "HF029A1"

Label: Hotflush

The increasingly prolific UK producer known as Sigha will soon be able to say he's released two EPs on two labels in under a month. After dropping The Politics of Dying on May 23 via his own Our Circula Sound imprint, the artist will release a four-track record on Paul "Scuba" Rose's Hotflush Recordings, the aptly titled Sigha EP. "HF029A1" is the first of those mechanically titled original tunes, all of which feature a brand of bass-informed techno that is equally cold and precise. Maybe cold isn't the right word—the churning rhythms and rumbling electronics of Sigha's production are strangely warm and full-bodied, but there's no denying it all sounds like some kind of well-oiled machine twisting and turning its gears in order to make you dance. You can check out the artwork and tracklists for both of Sigha's new releases after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.5 (49 votes)

Casual Fridays: Unisex footwear, rave t-shirts, and crystal earrings to keep it open-minded.

Our resident stylist Andrew Porter waxes casual on men's and women's must-haves. Read more » 

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