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Podcast 34: kranky

Fifteen years ago, a couple of co-workers in Chicago started a record label by contacting a band they had never met and offering to release a full-length album. The result, almost named "curmudgeon," became kranky, a record label that routinely pushes the sonic limits of music. Out of appreciation and admiration, we invited the label to pick out some tracks to represent the history of their pioneering label.


Podcast 33: Top Billin

Finnish DJ/production/remix outfit Top Billin gathers everyone from Bounty Killer to Holy Ghost! Read more » 

Podcast 32: Synth Tax by Kid Kameleon

XLR8R columnist Kid Kameleon brings the variety on this latest installment of the XLR8R Podcast Series Read more » 

Podcast 31: Them Jeans

Los Angeles-based Jason Stewart–a.k.a. Them Jeans–provides us with this rocking mix of electro, rock, and disco tunes, along with a little Fleetwood Mac and Radiohead. Stewart is widely known for the numerous edits and mash-ups he's sent to every corner of the blogosphere, his work as a graphic designer, and his remarkable height. Check this mix and download to use as the soundtrack to your next house party.

1. Holy Ghost! "Hold On" DFA

Podcast 30: Dubstep Goes South

São Paulo-born DJ, producer, and party king Bruno Belluomini reminds us that dubstep isn't just for the pale faced Brits and California hippies. This selection of tracks, many of the unreleased, showcases how producers near and in the Southern hemisphere are interpreting the dubstep sound.

Belluomini's tracks have been championed by BBC Radio 1's Mary Anne Hobbs, Kode9, DJ Mag, as well as by several publications and festivals in his native Latin America. Learn more about him here.


Podcast 29: Mush Records

Mush is one of those labels that's impossible to pin into any one genre, and Antimc has proven that true once again, with this mix for the XLR8R podcast.


Podcast 28: Man Recordings

Berlin-based DJ Daniel Haaksman furnishes XLR8R with an exclusive mix of baile funk tunes from his Man Recordings imprint. "This is Funk Berlinioca!" matches Brazilian producers like Edu K, Deize Tigrona, and Sandrinho with international artists, like Crookers and Switch, who have integrated the baile sound into their own work. The result is a 45-minute-plus primer on the many directions the genre has taken since its inception.


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