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Free Mix From the Wireblock Crew

Jack Revill (a.k.a. Jackmaster), Neil Morton (a.k.a. Nelson), and Calum Morton (a.k.a. Spencer) are the three heads behind Glasgow, Scotland's Wireblock imprint, and for their next project, they've crafted a free, three-part mix to Resident Advisor's fine site (there's an extensive feature on the label up as well).

Download now, all ye who love electro, dubstep, techno, grime, and U.K. funky house. And then keep an eye out for our feature on the label in August's Labels We Love issue.

Wireblock:
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  • 06/30/2009

Mary Anne Hobbs' Wild Angels

BBC Radio 1 host and undisputed First Lady of Bass, Mary Anne Hobbs, is set to release her third compilation, Wild Angels. As usual, dubstep is the main ingredient here, but don't expect Benga or Skream to appear on the tracklisting. Rather, Hobbs has chosen to showcase artists like wonk master Hudson Mohawke, up-and-comer Untold, and L.A.'s Nosaj Thing, whose music is more IDM-via-hip-hop than it is dubstep. So perhaps it's more appropriate to say that bass is the main ingredient to Wild Angels. Read more » 

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  • 06/30/2009

ZZK Records Summer Tour

ZZK Records and Zizek Urban Beats Club will continue spreading the gospel of cumbia this summer, embarking on another tour that stops in Europe and North America. Uproot Andy, King Coya, Fauna, Oro11, and a few others associated with the crew will be sharing the Latin sounds in various cities and festivals. Pick this up in the meantime.

07/02 Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07/08 New York, NY - Latin American Music Conference ^
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  • 06/30/2009

Shir Khan Further Exploits Himself

If we had any doubts as to the mixing abilities of Exploited Records boss Shir Khan, they were squashed by last year's two-part megamix and the release of his first compilation, Maximize. Suffice to say, the man loves his epic electro-house sets, more of which we'll be able to enjoy on September 10, when he releases a second DJ mix, Exploited.

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  • 06/29/2009

Gang Gang Dance to Tour

Art-rock trio Gang Gang Dance named its latest album, Saint Dymphna, after the patron saint of mental illness, epilepsy, and incest. So expect the next round of live performances from the band to be memorable, as they'll be playing songs off the album and already have a rep for their colorful shows. Coinciding with the tour will be the repressing of 2005's God's Money, which is currently out of print.

Gang Gang Dance:
08/02 Northampton, MA - Pearl Street Nightclub
08/03 Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
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  • 06/29/2009

Inbox: Amanda Blank

XLR8R checks in with cheeky rapper Amanda Blank while she catches her breath after touring the states all spring with Santigold. Blank privies us to Brazilian crowd-surfing, sticks it to club-rap haters, dishes on buddy Spankrock, and delivers big ups to Missy Elliot, R. Crumb, and the Wizard of Oz. Read more » 

Decibel Festival Line-up Announced

Seattle's Decibel Festival sees its sixth installment this year, and the organizers are rolling out the details. The '09 edition will take place September 24 - 27, and it's going to be a recession-friendly event this year. In response to the economy, Decibel is offering discount passes through July 24, so plan ahead and knock 50 bones off the ticket price.

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  • 06/26/2009

Poirier and Co's Bridge Burner Goes Off!

Remember in last week's episode of XLR8R TV, when Montreal ragga-bass boy Ghislain Poirier told us about his upcoming Bridge Burner party? Well, check out the results below, courtesy of our friend Jeff at Ninja Tune!

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  • 06/26/2009

RIP The Orb's Andy Hughes

Andy Hughes—DJ, producer, and former member of The Orb—passed away on Friday, June 12. According to a recent press statement, his death was due to "a short illness."

Hughes is considered one of the genius producers of the '90s, having worked not only with Alex Patterson and The Orb, but also Thomas Fehlmann, Nick Burton, Simon Phillips, and others.

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  • 06/25/2009

Rapping with DJ T.

We know DJ T. for many things: his no-nonsense mixing skills, albums like 2005's Boogie Playground, and his long-standing affiliation with Berlin's Get Physical imprint among them. His influences, however, don't stop with minimal, 4/4 beats, and according to some recent press, there was a time when the man born Thomas Koch's musical tastes revolved more around rap, electro-funk, and hip-hop than they did around techno. Read more » 

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  • 06/25/2009

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