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Garage Rockers The Dirtbombs to Release Album of Detroit Techno Covers

Detroit's Dirtbombs have had their hands in the electronic-music pot before, trading sides with Adult. back in 2004, when the two groups released a split 7", with each covering a track from the other. Now The Dirtbombs, hot on the heels of releasing this killer animation below for their cover of techno classic "Sharevari," are set to put out an entire album of tracks from their hometown's electronic music legacy. Read more » 

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  • 12/17/2010

Low End Theory Expands to San Francisco

LA's now legendary Low End Theory club night has been showcasing some of the best minds in the converging worlds of leftfield electronics, hip-hop, and of course, the LA beat scene for a while now, along the way garnering a reputation as one of the most forward-thinking nights of electronic music anywhere. Not satisfied to rest on its accomplishment, the Low End crew (including residents Daddy Kev, The Gaslamp Killer, Nobody, D-Styles, and Nocando) has announced that they will be bringing its night to San Francisco the first Friday of every month starting in March, with a kick-off party scheduled for January 21 at SF's 103 Harriet. Read more » 

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  • 12/17/2010

Banjo or Freakout Releases Free Christmas Album

Here over at XLR8R HQ, we're usually extremely hesitant to listen to anything titled "Christmas album" because, well, most Christmas music is pretty damn shitty. However, this album from London-based producer Banjo or Freakout caught our attention with its take on 10 Christmas standards, all tastefully reinterpreted into sparkling, melodic electronics. Yes, all the classics are here from "Oh Holy Night" to "White Christmas" and even "Frosty the Snowman" (seriously), enabling you to throw away whatever Mannheim Steamroller album is playing at your relative's house during the holidays and hit them with melancholy reimaginings of some songs that we probably would have left for dead otherwise. Read more » 

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  • 12/17/2010

Watch Matthew Herbert's Video for "Dublin"



Matthew Herbert, is in the midst of completing his One Trilogy, a three-album series which has served as the latest platform for the versatile London producer to explore his avant-pop side and also marks his first foray into the land of singing. The first of this trilogy, One One, contains 10 tracks named after various cities in the world and is where you'll find the pacing, guitar-driven track "Dublin." The video, which features a shorter version of the originally six-minute track, gives Herbert a healthy amount of screen time while he runs through the forest, sings into a dim light, and swims through a vast body of water. One One and One Club (made entirely from sounds recorded during a performance at Frankfurt's Robert Johnson club) comes courtesy of London's Accidental imprint, and are to soon be followed by the final part of the trilogy, One Pig, next year. Read more » 

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  • 12/16/2010

Download Paul Devro's Brand-New Mixtape for Pomp & Clout

One of Mad Decent's many resident DJs, LA-based Paul Devro, has an early Christmas present for us all, a brand-new mixtape he's called Disco Hoti Hai. Over on his label's website, Devro explains the mix's origins: "Pomp & Clout asked me to make them a mixtape for them of whatever I wanted, so I thought I'd put my Bollywood disco record crates to work. So here it is, my X-mas gift to you: super rare, super popular, super weird, and super awesome hindi tunes all chopped the fuck up, so that they sorta make sense." Read more » 

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  • 12/16/2010

Kevin Saunderson to Tour With Derrick May Next Year

2010 was a good year for Detroit techno pioneer Kevin Saunderson; the iconic DJ/musician/producer resurrected his Inner City band at Movement, and released a load of singles and EPs both for himself and members of the Saunderson extended family (like his nephew, Kweku). Now, the artist is ready to follow up that work with another exciting project, a world tour with fellow dance music innovator Derrick May. Read more » 

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  • 12/16/2010

Boys Noize to Release 'Acid' Compilation on His Label

As a sort of celebration of 20 years of acid music, German DJ/producer/label head Boys Noize has brought together a handful of friends and label mates to craft a compilation of brand-new tunes following the blueprints of the old-school club genre. Read more » 

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  • 12/16/2010

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