Over the past few years, Shifted (a.k.a. Guy Brewer) has quickly built a following on the back of two albums and an impressive series of 12"s, most of which showcase a bleak and ominous strain of richly textured techno. Though the Berlin-based producer has worked with esteemed imprints such as Sigha's Our Circula Sound, Dominick Fernow's Bed of Nails, and Luke Slater's Mote-Evolver, his new double EP, Arrangements in Monochrome, is slated to arrive next week on Avian, the excellent label Brewer heads up alongside fellow UK producer Ventress. His work doesn't stop there, either, as Brewer has also produced under the aliases Relay, Covered in Sand, Alexander Lewis, delete_everything, and Pacific Blue, and occasionally teams up with Sigha in the collaborative A Model Authority project, amongst other endeavors. Throughout all of this, his output has occasionally popped up on XLR8R, but with the new Shifted record set to drop, we figured it was finally time to put Brewer properly in the spotlight via the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
Right about now, someone is probably seeing this post and thinking, "Wait a minute, didn't Robert Hood already do a mix for XLR8R?" And they would be right: back in 2011, the Detroit techno pioneer—who now resides in rural Alabama—put together an excellent podcast for us. So yes, we're sort of breaking one of our own rules here. Normally, artists aren't allowed to take part in the XLR8R podcast series more than once, but there are a couple of mitigating circumstances:
1. Technically, this is a Floorplan podcast, not a Robert Hood podcast.
2. This is Robert Hood we're talking about. The guy is a certifiable legend and even now, more than 20 years into his career, he's still at the top of his game. We're guessing that nobody is going to take issue with him putting together a second mix for us.
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Over the past year or so, Gunnar Haslam has quietly become one of those artists whose name is seemingly everywhere. In 2014 alone, the New York producer has issued releases on esteemed imprints like Argot, Delsin, and Mister Saturday Night, and this week, he's releasing his second full-length for L.I.E.S., Mirrors and Copulation. (Just FYI, the album is currently streaming in full exclusively on XLR8R.) In conjunction with this wave of activity, we figured that now would be a good time for Haslam to put together an exclusive mix for our weekly podcast series. Read more »
Four years ago, XLR8R published a podcast from a couple of up-and-comers out of Chicago, DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn. At the time, the two were relatively unknown, but they were also the leading figures in the city's footwork scene, which was only then just starting to properly break out beyond its intensely local origins. However, not everyone shared our enthusiasm for Rashad and Spinn and their rapid-fire creations; it's comical to look back at the comments now, but the podcast ignited something a firestorm amongst electronic music fans, as many felt that juke and footwork weren't "real" music and didn't deserve the attention. They couldn't have been more wrong. Read more »
Now that the calendar has flipped to November, we're assuming that many of our readers (at least the ones in the Northern hemisphere) are unpacking their winter coats and bracing themselves for winter. And while there's little that XLR8R can do to affect the weather and the changing seasons, we can do our best to provide some sunny musical moments, and that's exactly what's been delivered in this week's podcast from Tiger & Woods. Although officially confirmed biographical information about the semi-anonymous duo is in short supply, the Running Back-affiliated pair has nonetheless been responsible for an excellent series of upbeat, edit-centric house and disco releases over the past few years. This week, the two producers will be making a "homecoming" of sorts (at least if the strong hints that Tiger & Woods hail from Italy are to be believed) by performing at the annual Club to Club festival in Turin. Even though the forecast isn't calling for lots of sunshine, it's a safe bet that the pair will warm things up with its set on Saturday night; to commemorate the occasion, Larry Tiger and David Woods have also put together this exclusive mix. Read more »
Jackmaster (a.k.a. Jack Revill) is a DJ. He's also a co-founder of Glasgow's Numbers label, but there's ultimately no question that Revill's skills behind the decks are responsible for whatever sort of widespread acclaim has come his way. Those who have seen him perform often remark about Revill's ability to play anything while keeping the dancefloor popping—the man is just as comfortable dropping Prince as he is delving into a session of old-school Detroit techno, and that diversity lies at the heart of his appeal. On some level, almost all artists are storytellers, but Jackmaster's ability to spin a compelling tale using nothing but music created by other people is what makes him exceptional. Even as his profile has risen dramatically in recent years, he hasn't dipped his toes into the production realm; Revill's focus is entirely on DJing, and next month, he'll be bringing his talents across the Atlantic for a substantial US Tour. In advance of that, he's put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
Gerd Janson is often referred to as a "DJ's DJ," but that term doesn't really do the man justice. Perhaps there was a time where the Running Back label founder, who many people still recognize as "that guy from all the Red Bull Music Academy interviews," was regarded as some sort of underappreciated DJ commodity, but over the past few years, he's transcended that notion, in the process becoming one of the most respected DJs on the planet. Janson has long been celebrated for his residency at Frankfurt's famed Robert Johnson club, but he's also been added to the stable at Berghain/Panorama Bar and Trouw; it seems that all of Europe's best clubs are after his services. (It also hasn't hurt Janson's cause that he's one half of Tuff City Kids, a collaborative undertaking with Lauer that has become increasingly active over the past year or two, particularly on the remix front.) Admittedly, the US hasn't completely caught on to Janson's talents, but even that seems poised to change, as he'll be kicking off a quick run of North American tour dates later this week. As such, now felt like the perfect time for Janson to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
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