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XLR8R's Best of 2014: Tracks (25 - 1)

Yesterday's installment of our ongoing Best of 2014 series kicked off our countdown of the 50 best tracks of the year, so it only follows that today's chapter would take us all the way to number one. Much like yesterday's selections, our top tunes of 2014 are unquestionably dominated by house, techno, and other flavors of (mostly) four-on-the-floor dance fodder, but it's a testament to the artists involved that many of these tunes are just as enjoyable in the club as they are on headphones at home. Although much of our 2014 soundtrack was backed by the steady pulse of a kick drum, there's a lot of variation within these tunes; more importantly, there's a lot of quality music to be heard. Read more » 

KiNK Readies Debut Record for Pets

Bulgarian producer KiNK will deliver his first proper release for Pets (the label headed by Polish duo Catz 'N Dogz) midway through January. Read more » 

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  • 12/11/2014

Talaboman, Zenker Brothers, Magic Mountain High, and More Announced for MUTEK Barcelona

The first wave of acts billed for the sixth Barcelona edition of MUTEK festival, MUTEK.ES, has been revealed. Read more » 

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  • 12/11/2014

Check Out Recent Beats in Space Sessions from Steffi and DJ Qu

Recent Beats in Space sessions from Panorama Bar resident Steffi (pictured above) and Strength Music head DJ Qu have surfaced online. Read more » 

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  • 12/10/2014

Gear: Vestax Files for Bankruptcy

Japanese DJ equipment manufacturer Vestax had been suspiciously quiet for much of 2014, leading many to believe that the company was on the verge of closing down. Now, those rumors have been confirmed with word arriving that Vestax has filed for bankruptcy in Japanese court. Read more » 

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  • 12/10/2014

DJ Haus Shares New Video for "Peekaboo"

Serving as the title track to his recent EP for Dutch outpost Crème Organization, DJ Haus' "Peekaboo" has received a video treatment in the form of a faux documentary on the underground world of "professional hiders." Read more » 

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  • 12/10/2014

Blawan, Ben Sims, and More Enlisted for New Tripeo Remix EPs

Following the release of his Anipintiros LP earlier this year, Dutch producer Tripeo (a.k.a. Darko Esser) has revealed plans to issue two remix EPs for the record early next year, including contributions from UK techno artist—and half of the ascendant Karenn outfit—Blawan (pictured above) and veteran producer Ben Sims. Read more » 

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  • 12/10/2014

Hear Matrixxman Remix Jack Fell Down

First Listen

Seemingly tireless San Francisco-based producer Matrixxman (whose "Soul M8" tune we today highlighted as one of the 50 best tracks of 2014 and is pictured above) is set to squeeze in one more remix before the year is through, with his take on Jack Fell Down's "Overrated" production set to appear on the UK pair's forthcoming EP for Let's Play House. Read more » 

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  • 12/10/2014

Clark Shares New Video, Announces Tour Dates with Nosaj Thing

Following the release of his recent XLR8R Pick'd self-titled LP on Warp, Clark has shared a new animated video for LP cut "Beacon." Read more » 

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  • 12/10/2014

XLR8R's Best of 2014: Tracks (50 - 26)

Our Best of 2014 onslaught still has a ways to go, but it's quite possible that we've already arrived at the most anticipated installment of the series. After all, the electronic music world has long been dominated by tracks (as opposed to albums), and even now, in an era when more and more artists are dedicating themselves to albums and other long-form releases, it's hard to deny the power of a quality tune. In that spirit, our editorial team has compiled a list of what we think are the year's 50 best tracks, the first half of which we're presenting today. (The second half will be unveiled tomorrow.) Looking over the list, there's no question that house and techno were at the forefront of our listening habits in 2014, but other sounds and styles did have an impact, and that's reflected in at least a handful of our selections. As we like to say every year, this round-up may not be a definitive "best" (after all, the whole list-making process is admittedly somewhat arbitrary), but it does represent the tracks that we found ourselves listening to the most in 2014. Read more » 

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