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XLR8R's 50 Best MP3s of 2008

We put up tracks, you hit download, then we sent our data-collection elves out to find out XLR8R.com's most popular MP3s of 2008, according to our wonderful readers. While some obvious choices are here (M83, Hercules and Love Affair, Flying Lotus), our list does contain some surprises (Rainbow Arabia, Débruit, Neon Neon), a surprising amount of dubstep, and a whole lot of remixes. Now, let's hope everyone's had their fill of Lil Wayne for one year.

50 Raz Mesinai's Badawi - "Kode9 vs. Badawi - Den of Drumz"
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  • 01/07/2009

DJ T. Announces New Album

Though he's busy on the road at the moment, traversing various corners of Asia that include Japan, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia, DJ T. has promised a new full-length, slated to drop in early summer. The Dusseldorf-born, Berlin based DJ and producer has already chosen a title, The Inner Juke Box, and will put finishing touches on the release upon his return to Europe in the spring.

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  • 01/07/2009

Jusqu'en Haut

Ready to see the shortest music video ever? Read more » 

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  • 01/06/2009

Voltage Music Offers First Compilation

Voltage Music, which was co-founded in 2001 by DJ Tomas (a.k.a Double Identity and Dub I.D.) and XLR8R founder Andrew Smith (a.k.a Professor Smith and Jackie’s Army), has spent the last eight years releasing West Coast dub, broken beat, electro, and dubstep tunes. Read more » 

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  • 01/06/2009

Röyksopp Announces Album Details

A who's who of hot new Scandinavian artists have converged for Röyksopp's forthcoming third album, Junior, the first we've heard from the Norwegian duo since 2005's The Understanding. Read more » 

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  • 01/06/2009

Kraftwerk Founder Leaves Group

It's been nearly 40 years since Florian Schneider and Ralf Hütter first joined forces and began making the music Kraftwerk would eventually become famous for, but from here on out, it seems that Hütter will be carrying the torch solo. Recent reports across the web, not to mention an announcement on the official Kraftwerk fan site, state that Schneider has finally called it quits, thereby leaving Hütter as the only original member of the group.

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  • 01/06/2009

If I Had a Heart

For the first video from Karin Dreijer's Fever Ray project, nothing less than creepy will do, and she doesn't disappoint on "If I Had a Heart." Besides the ominous string arrangements and eerie choral chants, we also get two kids and a torch floating down a black lake before the video cuts to an interior scene that could easily function as the set of a gothic horror flick. Andreas Nilsson—who regularly collaborates with The Knife for visuals—directed the video. Read more » 

  • Filed under: video
  • 01/06/2009

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