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XLR8R's Best of 2014: Gear

Here at XLR8R, we often find that our readers have as much passion for the music they love as they do for learning about the tools and techniques behind it, which is why we aim to provide a steady stream of insight for budding and experienced producers alike with our In the Studio, Artist Tips, and other gear-focused series. That's also why we've elected to close out the second week of our Best of 2014 coverage with a list of the top new pieces of gear to arrive this year. Whether these bits are valued for their innovative approach, jaw-dropping feature sets, impeccable sound, or are just hitting a unique sweet spot somewhere in between, these are the five pieces of production equipment that, for us, stood out above the rest in 2014. Read more » 

Gear: Watch Deft Make a Track in 10 Minutes

Deft is the latest artist to attempt at making a track in just 10 minutes for FACT's Against the Clock series. Read more » 

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  • 12/12/2014

Marcel Dettmann's MDR Label Drops Two New V/A 12"s with Answer Code Request and More

Marcel Dettmann's MDR imprint has released a clutch of exclusive tracks from the Berlin techno stalwart's recent Fabric 77 mix. Read more » 

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  • 12/12/2014

Check Out Body High Producer Motions' Bootleg Remix of Drake

Earlier this year, Motions (formerly half of the now-defunct Grown Folk outfit) issued his solo debut EP, All Gone, via the Body High label, a record which was followed by Moitons' Of Unsound Mind 001 EP, which served as the inaugural release for Skream's imprint of the same name. Now, Motions has resurfaced just before 2014 comes to a close with a bootleg remix of Drake's "How Bout Now," using the tracks' synth-soaked outro as the base for a soaring new rework. Read more » 

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  • 12/11/2014

Vin Sol Announces Upcoming EP for Clone Jack for Daze

West Coast producer and Soo Wavey label co-head (alongside ascendant SF beatmaker Matrixxman) Vin Sol will next land on the Clone Jack for Daze imprint with the four-track Off the Chain EP. Read more » 

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  • 12/11/2014

Download a New Track from Seven Davis Jr.

2014 has been a breakout year for Seven Davis Jr., the fast-rising Los Angeles-based producer/vocalist who in the past 12 months has released on Funkineven's Apron label, dropped an EP on Classic (the title track from which we deemed one of the best tracks of 2014), and collaborated with Doc Daneeka for two songs on the Berlin producer's recent From Mine to Mistress EP for his own Ten Thousand Yen outpost. Even with all that to his name this year, Seven Davis Jr. does not appear ready to settle down, and today has offered a characteristically funky new production, "Get Serious," for free download. Read more » 

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  • 12/11/2014

Appleblim and Second Storey Prepare Second 12" for R&S as ALSO

After debuting their collaborative ALSO project on R&S late last month, Appleblim and Second Storey will again combine forces on a second 12" for the label set to arrive in February of next year. Read more » 

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  • 12/11/2014

Download a Hudson Mohawke Remix of Four Tet

In the 25 days leading up to Christmas—and in keeping with annual tradition—Glasgow's LuckyMe label and collective has been giving away one free download a day, and today's track on offer is a remix of Four Tet's "Parallel Jalebi" by Warp affiliate Hudson Mohawke. Read more » 

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  • 12/11/2014

Nathan Fake Preps New EP for Cambria Instruments, Streams Track

Earlier this year, Border Community labelmates Nathan Fake and Wesley Matsell inaugurated their own Cambria Instruments label with a two-track 12", and today brought news of a follow-up EP from Fake (flying solo this time). Read more » 

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  • 12/11/2014

Kai Hugo to Debut on Beats in Space as Palmbomen II

Kai Hugo has assumed his Palmbomen II alias—the solo, gear-oriented counterpart to his Palmbomen project—on an upcoming album for Beats in Space. Read more » 

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  • 12/11/2014

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