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Gear: Artist Tips: Matom Shares Five of Its Key Production Philosophies

Earlier this year, the world was introduced to Matom, a collaborative project from Thomas Gandey and Radio Slave (a.k.a. Matt Edwards). The pair started its run in grand fashion, issuing an LP, 'Love Mistakes,' via Carl Craig's Planet E label. (Originally released on vinyl over the summer, the record was given a wider release on CD and digital formats last month.) Clearly created by veteran artists who know their way around the studio, 'Love Mistakes' is packed with lengthy explorations that often only lightly reference house while incorporating elements of jazz, new age, and a myriad of smoothly introspective sounds. Given that so much knowledge went into the record, we figured its creators might be willing to share a bit of it with the XLR8R audience, and enlisted Gandey to spell out a few of the artistic and production philosophies that he and Edwards have relied upon over the years. Read more » 

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  • 10/22/2014

Gear: Pioneer DJ Launches KUVO

Pioneer DJ has launched KUVO, a website and app which gives DJs the ability to broadcast real-time set lists, and fans the chance to see exactly what certain selectors are playing, whether or not they are actually on the dancefloor. Read more » 

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  • 10/15/2014

Gear: Native Instruments Reveals Details of Traktor Kontrol S8

After teasing the unit last month, Native Instruments has today fully unveiled the Kontrol S8, a "flagship all-in-one Traktor" controller set to hit stores later this month. Read more » 

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  • 10/13/2014

Gear: Moog's Werkstatt Synthesizer Kit Sees Wide Release

Moog's Werkstatt-Ø1 Moogfest 2014 Kit was (as its lengthy name implies) originally made for use in a workshop series that took place at the 2014 edition of Moogfest earlier this year. Following that, the kit has been available only at select shops, that is until now, with the announcement from Moog that the "patchable, 100% analog synthesizer" kit will see a full release. Read more » 

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  • 10/09/2014

Gear: In the Studio: Chancha Via Circuito

Back in 2007, those looking to find Pedro Canale, the musician who records as Chancha Via Circuito, could most easily find him sitting in the back at Zizek, a weekly club night in his hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina. (The night would eventually spawn a label and is known these days as ZZK.) There was a party goin' on, but underneath the noise and flash sat Chancha, patiently manning the merch table and selling a handful of releases from local producers and DJs. The best thing on offer happened to be the smallest item on the table: his own debut EP, which was only available as a 3" mini CD-R. Those five exquisite songs shaped fragments of South American folk into lucid-dream beat loops, the music aware of contemporary electronic production trends and a dubwise approach to space, but not beholden to either. While many of his peers in the emergent Buenos Aires scene were making mashups or cumbia dancefloor edits, Canale was crafting subtler tunes, unhurried combinations of bass, drums, and melody that seemed simple but always left the room's air charged with energy. Read more » 

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  • 10/09/2014

Gear: Watch Fracture Build a Beat in His Home Studio

UK producer—and recent XLR8R podcast contributor—Fracture is the latest artist to take on FACT TV's Against the Clock challenge. Read more » 

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  • 10/07/2014

Gear: Take a Look Inside Gui Boratto's Home Studio

With the release of Abaporu (his fourth full-length effort for Kompakt) earlier this week, Brazilian producer Gui Boratto has now opened the doors to his impressive home studio in São Paulo. Read more » 

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  • 10/02/2014

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