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LA Story: An In-Depth Look at the Rising Tide of House and Techno in the City of Angels

The Los Angeles dance scene is at once effortlessly cosmopolitan, and confoundingly insular. Home to superstars like Daft Punk, certifiable legends like Todd Edwards, underground icons like Flying Lotus, and scores of anonymous ghost producers crafting EDM hits, Southern California hosts a rather diverse swath of the electronic landscape. Granted, this isn't exactly surprising, as LA's hills and quality of life (read: weather) regularly attract outsiders. LA's enormous size, not to mention the fact that it's literally home to the bulk of the entertainment industry, often means that local producers can garner international acclaim while remaining relatively unknown within city limits, and the abundance of cheap tacos, (effectively) legal weed, and pool and park parties provides ample respite from the hustle. On a more practical level, LA's sprawling warehouse districts—which lie mostly south and east of downtown—are a draw to rave promoters of all stripes. These venues—of varying legal status—regularly feature quality DJs from around the globe, yet they open and shut their doors in alarmingly short increments. (Recent months have seen the LAPD shutting down a number of underground events, and some of the city's more offbeat venues have also fallen victim to official rules and regulations.) With so many things happening and a status quo that's constantly in flux, taking the pulse of LA's dance scene can occasionally be as frustrating as driving from Santa Monica to downtown during rush hour. Read more » 

Ital Returns to Planet Mu with a New LP

Ital (a.k.a. Daniel Martin-McCormick) has unveiled the details of a third full-length album for Planet Mu, which is set to see a release in early fall. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 07/14/2014

Download: Ligovskoï "Goha (HBTVSK Remix)"

First Listen
Label: Dement3d

In its original form Ligovskoï's (a.k.a. Nikolaï Azonov and Valerio Selig) "Goha" is a weightless composition which aimlessly moves through angelic drones and bright, airy textures. For their collaborative remix together as HBTVSK, French producers Heartbeat and Voiski reimagine the track as an expansive and dark techno excursion, lacing the floating textures of Ligovskoï's original with thick drum machine rhythms and an extra dose of grit. The 10-plus minute HBTVSK remix featured is set to be included on Azonov's and Selig's upcoming collaborative Dilip EP, which can be previewed after the jump before its sees its official release on July 21 via the Dement3d label.  Read more » 

Average: 8.6 (54 votes)
 
 

Lee Gamble Readies EP, LP for PAN; Listen to a New Track Now

Lee Gamble has been releasing music since the mid '00s, but it was a pair of 2012 records for PAN, Diversions 1994-1996 and Dutch Tvashar Plumes, that really pushed the experimental UK producer into the spotlight. He's largely been quiet on the release front since then, but news broke today that Gamble will soon be returning to the avant-garde outpost with a new EP and LP. Read more » 

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  • 07/14/2014

Check Out a New Mix from DJ Dodger Stadium

Over the past month or so, Los Angeles duo DJ Dodger Stadium (a.k.a. Body High co-founders Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy) has been responsible for an absolute whirlwind of activity. After inviting XLR8R over to Body High HQ for the latest installment of our In the Studio series, the pair released Friend of Mine, its debut album and the first full-length that the label has ever released. On Friday, the first-ever DJ Dodger Stadium live show took place at The Echo in Los Angeles—and sold the place out—and now, the duo has put together a new podcast for Resident Advisor. Read more » 

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  • 07/14/2014

The Lowdown: This Week's XLR8R Top 10 with Delroy Edwards, Roni Size, Ben UFO and More

Throughout the week, a whole lot of material gets posted here on XLR8R. And while we know—and love—that some hardcore readers will eagerly pour over every single news story, interview, podcast, video, and MP3 download that appears on the site, we also realize that for most people, it's impossible to see everything, which means that some quality XLR8R content is likely to get missed in the hustle and bustle of everyone's daily lives. In the interest of making it easier for everyone to catch up, every Friday we present The Lowdown, a weekly wrap-up of the top 10 tidbits from our site. Read more » 

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  • 07/11/2014

Grenier and Petey Clicks Form Nevermind, Ready Debut EP for Trouble & Bass

Since we profiled West Coast producer Dean Grenier (or simply Grenier, pictured above) as a Bubblin' Up artist back in 2012, the now LA-based talent has kept himself busy. Most recently, Grenier and Brooklyn outfit Archie Pelago delivered a full LP together, and now the producer has shared word of another collaborative project. Read more » 

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  • 07/11/2014

Looking for Help Directly from the Pros? XLR8R Is Launching a New Series, 'Ask the Experts,' with Modeselektor

Whether we're conducting interviews, putting together features, or prepping some other piece of content we here at XLR8R try to keep in mind that many members of our audience come to the site not only for music, but also to learn. Over the past few years, we've attempted to build our Gear section into a useful resource for aspiring DJs and beatmakers, but we also realize that it's not quite enough. No matter how thorough XLR8R attempts to be, there are surely readers out there who are left disappointed when a certain question goes unanswered or a specific piece of information isn't revealed. In an effort to remedy this situation, we've decided to launch a new feature series, Ask the Experts, which will give our audience the chance to pepper a new artist with questions each and every month. And to kick off the new feature, we've enlisted the smarts of none other than veteran German duo Modeselektor. Read more » 

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  • 07/11/2014

Download: Jeffrey Brodsky "I'll Be Strong"

New to our Downloads section today is LA-based producer Jeffrey Brodsky, whose recent I'll Be Strong EP places his original tune alongside remixes from Mark E, Mike Simonetti, and Richard Sen. Having received a vinyl-only release last month, the titel track from Brodsky's recent EP is featured here; a catchy house groove that lays synth arpeggios and prominent vocal chops atop a softly echoing beat. Out now, the rest of the SoCal producer's new EP can be previewed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.7 (66 votes)
 
 

Check Out New Mixes from Gerd and Archie Pelago

Just before the weekend launches into full swing, a pair of new mixes have surfaced from Dutch production veteran Gerd (pictured above) and NYC trio Archie Pelago. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 07/11/2014

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