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XLR8R's Best of 2011: Podcasts

Every Tuesday, XLR8R adds a new chapter to its ever-expanding cache of podcasts, always in the form of an exclusive mix from an artist who's piqued our collective interest. The list of podcast participants is a varied one, with relative unknowns delivering DJ sessions right alongside established producers and outright legends. Similarly diverse are the sounds represented, with some DJs aiming directly for the dancefloor with pulsing house and techno, others assembling ambient sound pieces, and some artists throwing caution to the wind and mixing things up in an indescribable fashion. Yet, regardless of what it sounds like, the debut of the XLR8R podcast has become one of the most anticipated events on our site each week. Selecting our favorites from 2011 was no easy task, but these were the podcast mixes we found ourselves coming back to again and again. Read more » 

Download: Yosi Horikawa "Wandering"


Fresh from a stint at this year's RBMA in Madrid, Japanese producer Yosi Horikawa has passed along "Wandering," a song from the forthcoming debut LP he plans to drop sometime next year. This track serves as the perfect introduction to the budding producer's sound, which combines field recordings, extremely detailed drums, and vast soundscapes, ultimately ending up somewhere between the beat-scene and electro-acoustic schools of production. At first listen, it's not surprising to learn that "Wandering" was inspired by a trip to the woods (which you can catch a glimpse of in the photo above), even going as far as to derive a multitude of its sounds from that very same trip. If this tune is any indication, Horikawa's take on electronic music is as unique as it is enticing, and one we hope we'll be hearing a lot more of in the months to come. 

Average: 8.4 (164 votes)

Review: Gerry Read "All by Myself" b/w "What a Mess"

How is it possible that Gerry Read is only 19 years old? While many producers' output is said to harken back to classic Chicago and Detroit, that usually amounts to little more than some vintage drum samples and a vague sense of nostalgia. Gerry Read, on the other hand, has spent 2011 turning out one well-refined house tune after another, assembling a collection truly deep tracks that make the young UK beatsmith sound like a grizzled veteran. "All by Myself" b/w "What a Mess" is his latest offering, the final piece of his trilogy for the Fourth Wave imprint, and another example of the man's baffling musical maturity. Read more » 

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  • 12/13/2011

Nightwave Preps New EP for Fortified Audio

Hard-working UK tunesmith and recent RBMA participant Nightwave (you may remember her from this or this) has a fresh record in the works for the Glasgow-based Fortified Audio imprint, a four-track EP called—wait for it—Festivus. Read more » 

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  • 12/13/2011

Download: Conforce "Shadows of the Invisible"

Label: Delsin

A couple weeks back, Dutch producer Conforce (a.k.a. Boris Bunnik) released Escapism (artwork above), his second full-length album. In line with his previous output on the esteemed Rush Hour and Clone imprints, Escapism offers 10 cuts of darkly melodic techno, including "Shadows of the Invisible." The song doesn't contains many overt bells and whistles, instead relying on machine-like efficiency and a robust, Detroit-style melodic sensibility. The drums are crisp, the bassline rumbles and rolls, and the vibe rises and falls with the track's drawn-out melodies. Need something to keep the dancefloor pulsating at 3 a.m.? "Shadows of the Invisible" just might do the trick. 

Average: 7.4 (47 votes)

Goth-Trad Readies New LP

The Japanese stalwart of all things bass, Takeaki Maruyama (a.k.a. Goth-Trad), has announced plans to return to Mala's Deep Medi imprint with a new LP, New Epoch. Read more » 

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  • 12/12/2011

Check Out Jackmaster's Podcast for Resident Advisor

One of the world's most talented DJs and one of the innovative minds behind the always impressive Numbers label, Jack Revill (a.k.a. Jackmaster) delivered the latest Resident Advisor podcast just today. Read more » 

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  • 12/12/2011

Jim-E Stack Readies New EP

After first catching wind of Jim-E Stack's forthcoming EP midway through this year (when he shared the EP's track "Lemme"), the New Orleans producer has finally announced an official release date for the Come Between EP. Read more » 

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  • 12/12/2011

Octave One Announces Retrospective Remix Compilation

The brotherly pair of veteran Detroit producers Lawrence and Lenny Burden (a.k.a. Octave One) has had a busy 2011, celebrating 20 years of music making with a series of remixed tracks, performances across the globe, and even—wait for it—releasing their own iPhone app. Now, the Burden brothers have unveiled the details of a new retrospective record that "revisits" their two-decade discography and presents new versions of Octave One's classic tunes. Read more » 

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  • 12/12/2011

Download: Lao "Papolin"

We've got quite the international tune for you here with the title track from Mexican producer Lao's new EP for the Ukranian Wicked Bass imprint, Papolin (artwork above). (Apparently, the love for percolating bass music can easily traverse the world.) Beginning in the depths of dark, percussive club sounds, Lao builds his track up to almost anthemic heights with a never-ending array of tuned rim shots and massive, housey synth stabs. "Papolin" comes complete with a few nods to the producer's homeland, too, in the form of some deliciously Latin-sounding percussion and occasional Spanish phrases. We can't really make out what's being said, but it would be entirely appropriate if it all translated roughly to, "This track is hot. Let's get to dancing." 

Average: 8 (80 votes)

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