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XLR8R takes a look at the labels changing the face of independent music. In addition to our Top 25 Labels We Love feature, XLR8R ventures into the world of MP3 labels, oddball dance imprints, the visual artists behind France’s Kitsuné, and 10 young labels to watch in the coming year.

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  • 07/24/2007

Daily Download: E Reece "A New Breed"

L.A.-based MC E Reece shoots some purely positive rhymes out on the title track off his latest full-length, A New Breed. The forthcoming album speaks to his time spent in the hip-hop underground, his jazz training, his many influences (which include everyone from Prince to KRS-1), and his uplifting attitude towards music.

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  • 07/24/2007

All Through the Night

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  • 07/23/2007

The XLR8R Office Top Ten Album Picks, July 23

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Deadly Syndrome Preps New Album

The indie-folk gods are bestowing another offering on mankind soon, this time from L.A.-based outfit The Deadly Syndrome. The band will release The Ortolan on Dim Mak, and with Steve Aoki’s money backing the project, a new folk resurgence might be imminent.

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  • 07/23/2007

Daily Download: Amir Suliman "Change Gonna Come"

Amir Suliman appears to be on a one-man mission to revive posi-hip-hop, one track at a time. This activist, writer and MC is at his most uplifting on "Change Gonna Come," a politically conscious opus that'll have backpackers and nu-soul devotees equally energetic.

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  • 07/23/2007

The Week In Videos

This week began with Maximo Park’s strangely-lit and weirdly popular “Our Velocity.” Next came a video from The Gaslamp Killer, shaving his head alongside guest Gonjasufi (a.k.a. Flying Lotus). Wednesday brought the intensely produced “Divebomb” from Kitsuné’s The Whip, then the awkward psych-sounds of Dirty Projectors as they played for a bunch of apathetic folks in Washington Square Park.

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  • 07/22/2007

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