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See You in 2012... Check Out Our Best of 2011

This time of year, the music world pretty much slows to a crawl, so we here at XLR8R are going to jump on the opportunity to take a little breather. We know it's hard to go without the daily dose of free MP3s, news, videos, podcasts, reviews, and all the other bits of information that get posted around here, but don't worry—things will be up and running again on Monday, January 2. In the meantime, feel free to look around the site, particularly at the litany of Best of 2011 lists we posted over the past two weeks. Read more » 

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  • 12/22/2011

Check Out a Mix by Stingray313 for Unknown to the Unknown

The guy responsible for our #34 release of 2011, Stingray313 (a.k.a. DJ Stingray), has just unleashed a brand-new mix for UK label Unknown to the Unknown. Read more » 

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  • 12/22/2011

Para One to Drop New EP via Marble

Arriving on January 2, Mother is the brand-new EP from French producer Para One, which he will release via his collaborative imprint with Surkin and Bobmo, Marble. Read more » 

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  • 12/22/2011

Keysound Recordings Announces New Release by Dusk and Kowton

UK imprint Keysound, pegged as one of XLR8R's top labels of 2011, will kick off 2012 by releasing a three-song collaborative effort from London-based producer Dusk and Bristol resident Kowton (pictured above). Read more » 

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  • 12/22/2011

XLR8R's Best of 2011: Releases, Part Two

This is the end, the final installment of XLR8R's Best of 2011 coverage. Read more » 

Download: Nocow "Sever Ties"

Pacific Northwest-based collective Dropping Gems has announced a follow-up compilation to last March's Gem Drops that features tracks from a number of forward-thinking beatmakers, including Daedelus, Asura, Mndsgn, S.Maharba, and Strangeloop. The compilation features a variety of cutting-edge music, ranging from experimental soundscapes to bass-laden dance jams. "Sever Ties," from Russian producer Nocow, is on the more subdued end of the spectrum, and offers up a dreamy slice of garage with chopped up vocals and an erhu sample throughout that gives it a distinctly Asian feel. The 20-song collection, simply titled Gem Drops Two (artwork above, tracklist after the jump), will be available on January 12 through Dropping Gems' Bandcamp page as a "name your price" download. Consider putting something besides a "0" in the blank, however, as 100% of the money raised will go the American Cancer Society to support cancer research. (Plus, a limited supply of cassette tapes will be available for those who donate $15 or more).  Read more » 

Average: 8.3 (176 votes)
 
 

Review: Nic Fanciulli & Rolando "The Test"

Label: Saved

Anytime a new record appears from Detroit veteran and Underground Resistance alum Rolando, people are going to take notice. In recent years, his production output has slowed considerably, even as the appreciation for his body of work continues to swell. "The Test" is a collaboration with another veteran artist, Saved label boss Nic Fanciulli, who brings a celebrated track record of his own to the proceedings. Read more » 

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  • 12/22/2011

Rwina Records Gives Away Free EP, Plans 2012 US Tour

Amsterdam-based record label Rwina is getting into the holiday spirit this week by giving away an EP by Krampfhaft, with remixes by Desto, Presk, and our most recent XLR8R podcast creator, Om Unit. Rwina has had a busy 2011, releasing material from the likes of Eprom, NastyNasty, Taz, and Doshy, and has a busy 2012 planned already, beginning with a label night in Amsterdam on January 21. Read more » 

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  • 12/22/2011

Hyperdub Shares Details of Upcoming Burial, DVA, and Hype Williams Releases

As 2011 comes to a close and we finish up our year-end list making, we also start looking forward to what the start of 2012 will bring. It seems like Hyperdub is doing the same, as it has already unleashed some of the details of its first three releases for next year. Read more » 

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  • 12/21/2011

Skream Readies New 12" for Boxing Day Release

The day after Christmas should be a busy one for Skream, who will not only be playing the FWD>> Boxing Day massive with the rest of the Rinse FM roster, but will also be releasing a new single on Mala's Deep Medi imprint. Read more » 

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  • 12/21/2011

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