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Labels We Love: Modern Love

Every day this month we're rolling out a new feature on XLR8R's Labels We Love of 2009. Whether it's the eye-catching aesthetics of Type or the model-for-the-future approach of Interdependent Media, these cut-making selections of the best in underground electronic, indie, hip-hop, and experimental imprints punch way above their weight. Feast your eyes on the features and then download many of the labels' related podcasts here. Read more » 

Review: Mary Anne Hobbs Wild Angels

Label: Planet Mu

Filled with buoyant beats, 8-bit shoot-outs, and pastel-funky melodies, Mary Anne Hobbs’ latest compilation contains everything you’d expect from the British tastemaker’s broadcast, minus her ecstatic voiceovers. Connecting different strata of bass music, Hobbs showcases some of its more colorful, glittering strains, including Gemmy’s “Rainbow Road” and Nosaj Thing’s “IOIO,” both breezy, neon gems. Read more » 

Faust Embarks on N. American Tour

Heralded as ground-breaking in their time, as well as early godfathers of Krautrock, Hamburg-based trio Faust have paved the way for many artists and producers since their 1969 inception. Now, the band will be hitting North American pavement starting September 25 for only the third time in its lengthy career. The landmark tour will take Faust to its first performances in Canada and Detroit, and will also feature workshops on the "Faust method" in many cities throughout the two-week stint. Read more » 

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  • 09/08/2009

XLR8R's Unofficial Aoki Remix Contest

Last week, L.A. celebrity partyboy, candy-colored headphones enthusiast, and Benihana progeny Steve Aoki unveiled the video for "I'm in the House," his debut single as a solo "artist." Mr. Dim Mak has been quoted as saying that the single "jumps into your party pants and will make you dance dance dance."
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  • 09/08/2009

Mad Decent Got Mad Decent

A few weeks back, Mad Decent held their second annual block party in Philadelphia, featuring Major Lazer, Blaqstarr, Maluca, and a host of other label stars. With dance contests, local foods, and performances all day, it looks like it came off quite well, judging from the excellent video below. And be sure to watch out for exclusive pics of the party in the next issue of XLR8R!

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  • 09/08/2009

Review: HEALTH Get Color

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If HEALTH's self-titled debut was a warning flare, then consider Get Color an all-out aerial assault. The L.A. Smell veterans have always been impressively noisy, but the band's sophomore effort finds them wielding all their fuzz, static, and sonic squall in the service of potent and powerful songs. Guitars are razor-sharp and distortion-heavy. Thunderous drums and menacing electronics recall the fury of '80s industrial. Read more » 

Review: Tarrus Riley Contagious

Label: VP

Reminiscent of classic Sugar Minott or Gregory Isaacs, Jamaican roots crooner Tarrus Riley smoothly blends conscious lyrics and lover’s rock. Yet even though Riley’s a bit of a throwback, the production on Contagious is very modern. Read more » 

Inbox: Tarrus Riley

Contemporary roots reggae singer/songwriter Tarrus Riley snuck away from a rehearsal sesh for his summer tour to get a few words in with XLR8R’s Inbox. The Jamaican son of famous vocalist Jimmy Riley chats about idol Shabba Ranks, the Bible, and underwear. Riley’s latest full-length, Contagious, is out now on VP records.

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Gift of Gab 2 Escape 2 Mars

Oakland's motormouth MC Gift of Gab, along with S.F.-based producer DNAE Beats and fellow East Bay blapper Headnodic, has readied his latest album, the intergalactic journey through time and space entitled Escape 2 Mars. Read more » 

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  • 09/04/2009

Preview Vitalic's Upcoming Album

Four years since his last album, France's Vitalic returns in November with Flashmob, a 13-track collection of filtered electro-house. One of the pioneers of that certain Gallic house sound, it goes without saying that the latest from the Dijon-based producer is eagerly anticipated. And to whet fans' appetites, a streaming minimix of the record's highlights is available here.

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  • 09/04/2009

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