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XLR8R's Best of 2014: Features

After kicking off our Best of 2014 coverage with a countdown of the most popular tracks from our Downloads section, we're now ready to jump into second week of our year-end coverage, beginning with a look back at our Features. While things like news, streams, and free downloads make up the bulk of the posts on XLR8R, the Features section is where we get a chance to dig a little deeper, whether we're interviewing artists or examining a larger scene or trend. It's also a place where artists often get a chance to speak at length in their own words; sometimes, that takes shape in the form of production tips or studio advice; other times, they're telling a story or sharing opinions about issues—both professional and personal—that they care about. And while many people subscribe to the narrative that the public no longer has an appetite for long-form articles, especially on the internet, the Features section continues to be home to much of XLR8R's most popular content. As such, we've gone back and selected our 10 favorite pieces from 2014, and just for good measure, we've also included a list of the year's 10 most popular feature articles. Read more » 

Numbers Issues New EP from Unspecified Enemies; Stream It in Full Now

Glaswegian label Numbers has delivered a second EP from Unspecified Enemies, the duo of CiM and Louis Digital active since the late '90s. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/08/2014

Claude Speeed Readies Debut EP for Planet Mu

Claude Speeed has revealed details of a debut EP for Planet Mu. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/08/2014

The Lowdown: This Week's XLR8R Top 10 with Robert Hood, Nicolas Jaar, DJ Rashad, 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 » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/05/2014

Innershades to Inaugurate 9300 Label with New EP; Stream It in Full Now

Burgeoning Belgian producer Innershades will supply the first effort for the brand-new 9300 imprint. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/05/2014

xxxy Preps New EP for Rinse; Hear the Title Track

A regular contributor to the label arm of Rinse FM, UK producer xxxy (who currently resides in Berlin) will issue the three-track 18 Hours EP via the imprint later this month. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/05/2014

Berceuse Heroique to Release Loefah's "Lost Dubs"

Two of Loefah's so-called "lost dubs" are due to see an official release via Berceuse Heroique next week. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/05/2014

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

The first week of our Best of 2014 coverage wraps up today with the final installment of the Top 100 Downloads countdown. Out of the hundreds of songs featured in our ever-changing Downloads section over the past 11-plus months, these last 25 have ultimately garnered the most attention from the XLR8R faithful. Including contributions from Radio Slave, Prefuse 73, Lee Bannon, Shlohmo, Mark E, Shigeto, and Lapalux (who is pictured above), the final batch of this year's top XLR8R downloads can be found after the jump. In addition, we've also included a link to download a ZIP file containing all 100 tracks, which can be found at the bottom of the post. Read more » 

Lil Jabba Details New EP for Local Action, Streams Track

London's Local Action label will close out 2014 with a new EP from Lil Jabba. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/05/2014

The Analogue Cops Prep New EP

Lucretio and Marieu of The Analogue Cops will return to Out-Er for their first release of 2015. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/05/2014

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