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Podcast 36: Osborne

Todd Osborn's latest full-length arrived in record stores yesterday, and those curious about the new album, created on a hand-built computer and simply titled Osborne, should check this mix. The multi-talented producer–who, we discovered is as adept at making lego sculptures and speaking Japanese as he is at crafting music–delivers a mix of slinky, sultry house, fast-paced techno, and a few lush, layered string arrangements. Covering eighteen songs in just under fifteen minutes, many of the tracks here appear on the new album.

1. Osborne "Afrika"

Podcast 35: DJ Donna Summer

Make no mistake, DJ Donna Summer loves a good party, and he's prepped his Berlin Parties Start at 3 a.m. mix especially for XLR8R to prove that. In a mere 45 minutes, the DJ, producer, and Cock Rock Disco label owner covers over 40 tracks and multiple music styles, from The Bloody Beetroots pounding elecro-rock to Lil Wayne to his own old-school house-style "Chicken Noodle Rave." The way he darts from track to track puts a third grader with A.D.D. to shame, but at 3 a.m. Read more » 

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.


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