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Download: Lixo "Makes Me"

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London resident Alexander Hislop certainly keeps himself busy—the man oversees the GETME! label, helms a regular show on NTS Radio, and produces tracks under the name Lixo. His latest tune, "Makes Me," comes ahead of a Lixo EP which is currently in the works and likely to land sometime next year. A bulbous production, "Makes Me" is built atop a procession of choppy rhythms, the track's thick snares, precisely tuned kicks, and crisp bits of drum-machine percussion serving as the bed to an array of manipulated vocal chops and gritty chord stabs. 

Average: 7.4 (35 votes)

Dark Entries to Reissue Lost Album from Patrick Cowley and Jorge Socarras; Preview It Now

Here at XLR8R, we have never been shy about our admiration for the work of Patrick Cowley, the pioneering disco producer credited with developing the hi-NRG sound that defined San Francisco's gay-disco scene of the late '70s and early '80s. Now, following last year's School Daze collection of unearthed Cowley gems, SF-based labels Dark Entries (the subject of a recent Get Familiar piece) and HNYTRX have again combined forces to bring a number of the late disco artist's lost tracks to life, with plans to reissue Cowley's and Jorge Socarras' collaborative Catholic LP next month. Read more » 

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  • 10/16/2014

Hear Another Track from Andy Stott's Upcoming LP

Last month, Andy Stott unveiled details of Faith in Strangers, his third full-length effort for Modern Love set to see release midway through next month. Now, the UK producer has shared a stream of the album's title track. Read more » 

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  • 10/16/2014

Download: Show-B "Arps to Heaven (Dub)"

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Next week, Munich-based producer Mathias Schober (a.k.a. Show-B) will debut on Ian Pooley's Pooledmusic imprint with the three-track Arps EP, and ahead of its release, Schober has turned in a dub of the record's title track. In its stripped-down version, "Arps to Heaven" is a lean dancefloor tool, one which peels back the original tune's arpeggiated layers and focuses in on the track's bottom-heavy roll and precise rhythmic details. Schober's latest outing as Show-B will officially land in vinyl form on October 20 and in digital form on November 3; in the meantime, the forthcoming Arps EP can be previewed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.4 (52 votes)

Mike Dehnert Readies New EP for Fachwerk

Mike Dehnert has been averaging over one full-length release per year since 2007—supplemented by countless EPs and singles—and now the prolific Berlin-based producer is preparing to add yet another EP to his already extensive discography. Read more » 

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  • 10/16/2014

Labels We Love: 10 More of Our Favorite Labels, Plus Some Newcomers Worth Watching

All week long, XLR8R is presenting its annual focus on Labels We Love. Click here to check out the rest of the series.

Without question, Labels We Love is one of our favorite annual activities here at XLR8R, as the series gives us a chance to recognize some of the top imprints from around the globe. At the same time, putting together Labels We Love is always something of a stressful process, as we can only go deep with a few imprints. The fact is, there are so many quality labels out there that featuring them all, especially in any kind of comprehensive fashion, would be impossible. Still, we want to make sure that we at least shine a small light on those imprints we feel have been particularly interesting over the past year, which is why we've once again assembled this list. We've written a little bit about 10 of our favorite label outposts, and have also taken the time to highlight five newer labels whose impressive initial runs have assured us that they'll be worth watching in the year ahead. Admittedly, these blurbs don't tell the whole story, but we're hoping they'll at least compel readers to take a closer look at what we think are some of the best imprints in the game. Read more » 

Download: Clip! "You Don't Have To"

Label: Discomaths

Earlier this week, fledgling Spanish label Discomaths released its second vinyl effort, the four-track Love Harder EP from rising Barcelona producer Clip! (whose two-track outing for hometown label Classicworks was featured on the site back in June). On Love Harder, Clip! is said to shed some of his harder techno tendencies in order to reveal his "more emotional side," which—in terms of the EP's closing cut, "You Don't Have To"—finds him crafting a lovely piece of pop-flecked house. Imbued with just the slightest skip, "You Don't Have To" focuses on a series of glassy chords and tastefully chopped R&B vocals; spread across five minutes, Clip! uses his simple array of elements to great effect. Out now, the rest of the Love Harder EP can be previewed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.1 (64 votes)

Watch the Video for Bottin's "Lies"

Italian synth maestro Bottin has shared a new video for "Lies," taken from his recent full-length for London imprint Bear Funk. Read more » 

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  • 10/16/2014

Check Out a UK Funky Mix from London DJ MA1


A veteran London DJ and former Rinse FM regular (he helmed a weekly show on the station for four years), MA1 knows UK funky, having been a part of the genre's scene as it flourished throughout the mid and late-aughts. Now, MA1 feels a UK funky resurgence is imminent, and in hopes of further adding fuel to the fire, has passed along an exclusive 60-minute session exploring some of the genre's newcomers as well as its more familiar faces. Read more » 

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  • 10/16/2014

Julio Bashmore Shares New Single, "Rhythm of Auld"

Following a little less than two months behind the arrival of his "Simple Love" track, Julio Bashmore has shared a full stream of a new single entitled "Rhythm of Auld." Read more » 

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  • 10/15/2014

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