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Podcast 309: Tyree Cooper

The history of Chicago house music is full of names that are often hailed as "legends," but only a handful of Windy City artists have truly had the same kind of impact as Tyree Cooper. His time as one of house music's movers and shakers actually traces back to the mid '80s, but it was Cooper's role as one of the innovators of hip-house in the late '80s and early '90s that catapulted him to another level entirely. By combining bits of acid and piano house with dancefloor-friendly rhymes, Cooper's flurry of tunes during that era helped bring both house and hip-hop to new audiences. And though the popularity of hip-house faded as the '90s wore on, Cooper didn't disappear; he's continued making records for the past two decades, exploring various facets of house music in the process. Now splitting his time between Chicago and Berlin, Cooper is still a regular fixture behind the decks, so we got in touch and enlisted him to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 308: Gingy & Bordello

Montreal's Turbo label has undergone quite the transformation in the past year or so. Headed up by Tiga, the imprint was once known for its goofy nature, not to mention its love for various strains of electro and party-starting house. These days, however, it's increasingly viewed as an outpost for raw, rough-and-tumble techno. And if last year's New Jack Techno compilation was a sort of mission statement, then Canadian duo Gingy & Bordello just might be the poster boys for Turbo's new direction. This week sees the pair releasing Saturday Night Fervor, a new EP and the second installment of the label's three-part Warehouse Series, so we figured now would be a good time to see what Gingy & Bordello could do if given the chance to put together an XLR8R podcast. Read more » 

Podcast 307: dBridge

Drum & bass doesn't get a ton of attention on XLR8R these days, but certain artists' work is simply too good to ignore. dBridge (a.k.a. Darren White) is one of those artists. The UK producer has been turning out quality tunes since the mid '90s, and was also a member of seminal drum & bass supergroup Bad Company, but these days, he keeps busy as a solo producer. He continues to make drum & bass under the dBridge moniker, but also experiments with the 130-bpm range as Velvit. Somehow, he also finds the time to head up essential D&B outpost Exit Records, which remains a must-listen imprint. Next week, dBridge will be issuing the Move Way EP via R&S, a two-track effort that finds him still operating in top form. Given that, we figured that now would be a good time to hear a bit more of the UK veteran's musical vision, so we invited him to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 306: Greco-Roman Soundsystem

Over the past six years, Greco-Roman has quietly developed into one of dance music's more interesting outposts. Balancing a nose for the dancefloor with a genuine dedication to left-of-center pop sounds, the DJ collective and low-key imprint has birthed records from the likes of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Disclosure, Hackman, Baio, and Hot Chip's Joe Goddard (who also happens to be one of the Greco-Roman's founders). Next month, the label will be issuing its first compilation, We Make Colourful Music Because We Dance in the Dark, a double LP collecting many of the highlights from the Greco-Roman discography. The album marks a sort of milestone for Greco-Roman, so we elected to commemorate the occasion by inviting the crew to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 305: Mike Simonetti

The XLR8R podcast series has featured a wide assortment of musical characters over the years, but few of them have had a musical history matching that of Mike Simonetti. These days, he's known primarily as a house DJ and the driving force behind the Italians Do It Better imprint, but Simonetti's backstory actually began in much different musical territory. Growing up in the New York and New Jersey hardcore scene during the late '80s and early '90s, he formed the Troubleman Unlimited label in 1993 and spent the next 15-plus years leading the expansive imprint through various strains of punk, post-punk, noise, and experimental sounds. It was through Troubleman that Simonetti linked up with Glass Candy and specifically Johnny Jewel, and as that band became more and more electronic and Italo-influenced, the two ultimately decided that a new label was needed, and Italians Do It Better was born. Read more » 

Podcast 304: Kevin McPhee

Kevin McPhee may not be a particularly loud or flamboyant producer, but he is a diligent one. Since 2011, the Toronto-based producer has been turning out a steady stream of clicking, clacking, and shuffling house music, garnering fans along the way and seeing his tunes appear on a variety of quality imprints, including 3024, [NakedLunch], WNCL, Idle Hands, Brainmath, and Hype_LTD. Still, McPhee has been a bit quiet in 2013, so we dropped him a line, figuring that having him put together an XLR8R podcast just might be the best way to take his current musical temperature. As it turned out, our intuitions were correct, as he's crafted a mix that not only focuses almost entirely on his own work, but also contains a number of unreleased dubs. Read more » 

Podcast 303: Marcel Fengler

Much like the other Marcel, the guy who created last week's XLR8R podcast, Marcel Fengler is a Berlin-based techno artist and a resident DJ at the city's storied Berghain nightclub. And though he hasn't quite reached Marcel Dettmann's level of international acclaim just yet, we have a strong suspicion that the release of Fokus—his debut full-length which just surfaced this week via the Ostgut Ton label—is about to give Fengler's career a major shot in the arm. Read more » 

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