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Pole and Kode 9 Invade San Francisco

Stefan Betke (a.k.a. Pole) is one of the most respected producers in the history of dub-tech, responsible for not only mastering with the Basic Channel/Rhythm & Sound camp, but also for founding the ~scape imprint (Jan Jelinek, Deadbeat).

San Francisco sound-nerds and old techno heads will be thrilled that a yet-to-be announced location is hosting one of the most anticipated electronic events (at least to us) of 2007–Pole’s live invasion of the city.

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  • 05/22/2007

Fennesz, Jesu, Liars Contribute to Adult Swim Comp

Adult Swim’s ongoing giveaways continue, with Warm & Scratchy, a compilation of FREE new and previously unreleased material. Fennesz, Jesu, and the Liars are among the many indie bands and artists that contribute to the sampler, which also comes packaged with a video of TV on the Radio’s new track “Me-I” (created by none other than the Adult Swim team).

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  • 05/21/2007

Michael Mayer Heads Stateside

Cologne-based producer and Kompakt Records founder Michael Mayer is due to arrive Stateside this Thursday, with Brazilian superstar Gui Boratto in tow. Producing under his own name, Mayer’s work–characterized by his lush arpeggios and minor-key melodies–compliments Boratto’s pop experimental music, which is influenced by everything from Madchester rave bass to the starker, more dance-friendly sound of the K2 sub-label. These guys should keep the dancefloor full until early in the morning.

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  • 05/21/2007

The XLR8R Office Top Ten Album Picks, May 21

To My Boy Messages XL
First of all, James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco) helped produce this piece of gold. Second, Messages is the best thing to happen to pop music since Tears for Fears. Possessed by the spirit of MTV circa 1989, To My Boy has manipulated the synthesizer into a tool of mass destruction. Andrew WK is tame compared to this pop action.


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Mer du Japan

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  • 05/21/2007

Minus Releases New Comp

Berlin-based techno imprint Minus is set to release Nothing Much, the first collection of the label’s work since last year’s exceptional min2MAX.

Label founder and minimal progenitor Richie Hawtin started Minus back in 1998, but recently decided the time to re-brand the label's image had arrived. Nothing Else acts as something of a document that tracks the label’s progress since inception. In a literal sense, it’s a sort of greatest hits compilation.



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  • 05/21/2007

Kitsuné Maison 4: Crystal Castles, Feist, The Whip

With its fourth label sampler about to drop, Paris-based imprint Kitsuné still looks to be, as stated in a review of the label's third compilation (XLR8R 105), "campaigning for party label of 2007."

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  • 05/21/2007

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