The Lowdown - This Week's XLR8R Top 10 with Maya Jane Coles, Sónar 2013, Zomby, and More
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Throughout the week, a whole lot of material gets posted here on XLR8R. And while we know—and love—that some hardcore readers will eagerly pour over every single news story, interview, podcast, video, and MP3 download that appears on the site, we also realize that for most people, it's impossible to see everything, which means that some quality XLR8R content is likely to get missed in the hustle and bustle of everyone's daily lives. In the interest of making it easier for everyone to catch up, every Friday we present The Lowdown, a weekly wrap-up of the top 10 tidbits from our site.
1. This week, XLR8R arrived at the 300th chapter of its weekly podcast series, and we enlisted none other than Maya Jane Coles (pictured above) to lead the festivities with an exclusive mix.
2. After spending a good chunk of last week in the Barcelona sun at the annual Sónar festival, our in-depth review anointed this year's winners and losers.
3. Our readers have proven to be rather fond of Essay's remix of Spanish producer Henry Saiz's "Fill Me Up." The rework is available for free download.
4. UK producer Zomby has long been a controversial figure, and the conversation about his work continued this week in conjunction with the release of his latest album, With Love. XLR8R put in its two cents by examining the LP in the latest installment of our Deep Inside series.
5. It's not too late to enter our weekly contest, the most recent of which gives readers the chance to win a QuNeo multi-touch MIDI controller.
6. Another popular selection from our Downloads section came from Detroit native Black Noi$e, whose "Hold" is a hybrid groove that draws inspiration from footwork, hip-hop, and beyond.
7. The archives of material generated by Detroit techno legend Jeff Mills over the years runs very deep, and this week, seven classic mixes from his WJLB radio show—which he recorded as The Wizard—surfaced online.
8. A multitude of Brooklyn talent came together on No Regular Play's remix of "Drive." The original tune was crafted by fellow Brooklyn pair Beacon, and the rework was offered for giveaway in our Downloads section.
9. We're still digging John Talabot's debut LP from last year, and that love was extended a little further this week when Talabot and frequent partner Pional gave away a new "dubtool version" of album standout "Destiny."
10. We don't know much about Icelandic teen outfit Samaris, but Seia A's tech-house-leaning remix of the group's "Góða Tungl" proved to be another popular offering in our Downloads section.
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