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Robot Koch Readies Debut Solo Album for Release

The Berlin-based producer behind international club trio Jahcoozi and German post-rock outfit The Tape, Robot Koch has been hard at work crafting his debut full-length Death Star Droid, the follow up to his solo EP Aftershocks. Obviously, the man has a thing for robots, what with his moniker and record label Robots Don't Sleep, but this album sees the producer delving into the more human genres of jazz and hip-hop alongside dubstep and electro. Read more » 

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  • 10/09/2009

˜scape Offers Free Download of Compilation CD

From the joining of Poland's Unsound Festival and Stefan Betke's (a.k.a. Pole) experimental electronic label ˜scape comes a new creation altogether, a compilation of collaborations entitled Connections. Written and recorded during a week-long session in Minsk after Belarusian producers and musicians were matched with partners from Germany, Poland, the UK, Switzerland, and Sweden, the internationally born music is said to range from "dark, heavy atmosphere" to more playful sounds across the 8-track compilation. In celebration of the upcoming release parties taking place throughout Poland, ˜scape has made the whole collaborative project available for free download on their website. Go there for more detailed information and check out the tracklist below. Read more » 

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  • 10/08/2009

Hotflush Unveils New Podcast from Skipple

White-hot London imprint Hotflush Recordings—home to next-level artists like Joy Orbison, Scuba, Untold, and Mount Kimbie—has dropped a blazing new podcast courtesy of SubFm DJ Skipple. Read more » 

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  • 10/07/2009

New Grouper Video


"Hold the Way," from the forthcoming album Vessel.
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  • 10/07/2009

Lindstrøm and Cristabelle Team Up For New Album

If you've heard the magical effect of Cristabelle's silky voice adorning Norwegian prog-disco composer Lindstrøm's "Music (In My Mind)," then you have some semblance of what to expect from Real Life is No Cool, their forthcoming collaborative release on Smalltown Supersound. Lindstrøm and Cristabelle (a.k.a. Solale) describe their upcoming release as “structured chaos," and have even gone further to say the two artists are just about the exact opposite of one other. It should be interesting to hear what that kind of fire-and-ice tension does to pop-friendly space-disco tunes when Real Life is No Cool see its release January 19 of next year. The track list is available below. Read more » 

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  • 10/06/2009

XLR8R Hits Seattle's Decibel Festival, Chows BBQ With Benga and Willits, and Scoops Sounds With Lusine and Pezzner.

Words and reporting by Jefferson Petrey and Ken Taylor

Last week's Decibel Festival, the sixth installment of the electronic music gathering, held from September 24 til the 27, saw the XLR8R crew working overtime and double duty on the streets of Seattle, hitting up events from sun down til sun up and then some, and dropping in with producers Lusine and Pezzner for an upcoming episode of XLR8R TV. In fact, before we could even settle in to the city's idyllic environs, we were already chowing on BBQ with Benga and Christopher Willits. (Yes, BBQ in Seattle—not half bad!) The rest of the weekend was a bit of a blur, but with the help of Seattle-based scribe Jefferson Petrey, we've done our best to piece it all back together. Read more » 

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  • 10/06/2009

Magda Mixes a Dark Fabric 49 Compilation

Magda is a member of the Minus family for good reason—she's probably the best female techno DJ in world right now. It's no surprise, then, that she was tapped to mix the 49th installment of Fabric's lauded mix series. Featuring an eclectic selection of everything from the Italian horror of Goblin to the minimal atmospherics of Farben, the mix is "dark and groovy, with a soundtrack feel to it," as Magda herself puts it. Just in time for those stark, spooky winter nights! Read more » 

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  • 10/05/2009

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