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Pon Di Wire: A Weekly Reggae Roundup

Reggae singer Nanko, known for the hit “Lucky You” (Downsound), has reportedly gone AWOL, and his label is claiming breech of contract. According to the label's press release, Nanko was signed to Downsound Records with production and management contracts since December 2005, with the label spending a significant sum of money for his recordings, videos, personal expenses, and promotion.

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Daily Download: Strategy "Can't Roll Back"

Paul Dickow (a.k.a. Strategy) has been making post-ambient tracks for nearly a decade, though none have been quite as realized as those found on his latest album, Future Rock. The perfect mesh of dub, ambient, and synth-pop, Strategy's compositions are as weird and spacey as they are totally accessible. "Can't Roll Back" is the percussive equivalent of any great jazz-drummer scarfing some peyote with Battles on Magic Mountain.

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  • 05/09/2007

Bubble Metropolis Podcast Mix # 1

Monty Luke (a.k.a. ML Tronik) is a longtime San Francisco DJ and promoter. Moreover, he’s responsible for lacing dance fanatics with all of the latest crucial techno cuts in his “Bubble Metropolis” column, which appears in each issue of XLR8R.

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  • 05/08/2007

Weekly Chart: Copy

Portland-based Marius Libmun (a.k.a.Copy) is an electro gift from the future. Taking cues from italo-disco, melodic techno, vintage hardcore, and new wave, Libmun proves himself a production renaissance man on his latest album, Hair Guitar. We sat down with the bearded wonder to see what records have led him into this champion terrain.

Hair Guitar is out now, on Audio Dregs.

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  • 05/08/2007

XLR8R TV Episode 7: Beth Ditto and Yo Majesty

The Gossip’s Beth Ditto performs a daunting task for her first turn as an interviewer: getting to know the force of nature that is Tampa, Florida’s Yo Majesty. The female rap trio blew the roof off 2007’s South by Southwest festival with a brash performance that came with brazen rhymes about “krypotonite pussy” and some topless action.

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  • 05/08/2007

Out Now: XLR8R Issue 107

XLR8R's May issue (#107) features Ghostly flagship artist and minimal techno master Matthew Dear as he gets up-close and personal about his ascent to indie fame. We also catch up with the four-woman rock powerhouse Electrelane, get the lowdown on the beef between dancehall gangstas Mavado and Aidonia, quiz Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes on his electronic music heroes, and chat with Lifesavas about their new album.

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  • 05/08/2007

Daily Download: Phat Kat “Cold Steel”

Detroit is one amazing city when it comes to hip-hop, and Phat Kat–real name Ronnie Watts–is living proof. This Motor City veteran hit the scene early, collaborating with the late J Dilla on the First Down project. Since then, Watts has blown up the hip-hop underground, working with the likes of Black Milk and Elzhi. "Cold Steel" is more gritty street music that's got the D and everyone else psyched.

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  • 05/08/2007

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