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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

CocoRosie Arrested

The hows and whys of the situation have yet to be released, but it appears official–MySpace bulletins are about as official as it gets these days–that Paris-based sister duo CocoRosie has been arrested and forced to cancel the remaining dates of its North American tour. Said bulletin was pretty straight to the point:

"dear loves
we are so sorry to announce that we cannot play the rest of the us tour dates
the band got arrested, thats all i can say
we love you all
we are playing a free show in New York on may 19th





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  • 05/07/2007

Daweh Congo: Congo Man Comeback

Roots singer Daweh Congo has an excellent new download-only single available, titled "Joy Brings Pain". This earthy reggae song features Congo’s wailing-style voice, a unique timbre (which sounds a bit like early Burning Spear) that has set him apart from the crowded Rasta vocal market. “Joy…” also features an electric slide guitar by Swedish blues musician Tender G, and fans can access a free dub version of the track on Congo’s website.

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  • 05/07/2007

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