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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 » 

Podcast 302: Marcel Dettmann

At this point, Berlin and techno are inextricably connected, and though the city's techno history contains all sorts of important figures, few would question that Marcel Dettmann has played a key role in the music's growth and development. Best known for his long-running residency at Berghain, Dettmann actually started DJing in the mid '90s; still, it's within Berghain's walls that he's been able to spend the better part of a decade fine-tuning his sleek brand of propulsive hard techno. At the same time, though he's an essential component of the Berghain/Ostgut Ton stable and will likely always be tied to its legacy, Dettmann's reach isn't limited to a single corner of the electronic landscape. (He does run a label of his own, the simply titled Marcel Dettmann Records, and has also dropped records in recent years on the 50Weapons imprint.) It's no exaggeration to say that Dettmann is one of today's techno giants, which is why we were thrilled when he accepted our invitation to put together a mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 301: The Mole

The Mole (a.k.a. Colin de la Plante) certainly isn't the only Canadian producer who's set up shop in the dancefloor-friendly confines of Berlin, but he's surely one of the most accomplished. Though the veteran producer maintains a relatively low profile, his resume is impressive by just about any standard. A longtime member of the Wagon Repair stable and an occasional contributor to the Cobblestone Jazz project, de la Plante has also released music for labels like Kompakt, Ostgut Ton, and New Kanada, amongst others. While many artists with more than a decade of experience under their belts would be content to simply rest on their laurels and coast along, de la Plante continues to push in new directions—last year, he co-founded the Maybe Tomorrow imprint, and after releasing a pair of 12"s on the young label, he's just issued Caregiver, his sophomore LP and first full-length since 2008. Given that the new album is surfacing this week, we thought now would be an excellent time for The Mole to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 300: Maya Jane Coles

The XLR8R podcast series is nearly seven years old. During that time, the entire concept of podcasts has become ubiquitous; at times, it feels like just about everyone on the planet with an internet connection has one. Still, we've held fast to a simple concept: each week, we ask a DJ put together an exclusive mix, which we then post on XLR8R for our readers to stream and/or download. There's nothing overly complex about it, and the podcast doesn't come with many bells and whistles, yet the series has nevertheless become one of the cornerstones of our website, something that thousands of people flock to week in and week out. Last month, we featured a special series of mixes in celebration of XLR8R's 20th anniversary, and today we've arrived at another milestone: podcast number 300. We couldn't let the moment go by without celebrating, so we've enlisted none other than Maya Jane Coles to lead the festivities. Read more » 

Podcast 299: Octo Octa

Octo Octa (a.k.a. Michael Bouldry-Morrison) wasn't the first artist to release music on the 100% Silk label, but he's certainly one of the best. Over the past two years, the Brooklyn producer has released a number of records via the fashionable imprint, the most recent of which is Between Two Selves. Though his music is clearly inspired by vintage house sounds, Octo Octa offers more than simple retreads; there's a streamlined sensibility to his work, and though he's not making pop music per se, he shows a real talent for employing subtly sticky hooks within a dancefloor framework. We're not the only ones who've taken notice of Octo Octa's skills, as he recently wrapped up his time as a participant at Red Bull Music Academy in New York and immediately followed it up with a tour of Australia. Given this flurry of activity, we count ourselves lucky that he found the time to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 298: Peverelist

There's something special about Bristol. The UK city has consistently been a hotbed for new electronic sounds over the past two decades, and more importantly, it's a place where the scene marches to the beat of its own drum (or perhaps we should say drum patterns), offering music that is simultaneously highly innovative and intensely local. This tendency is certainly true of Peverelist (a.k.a. Tom Ford), along with the small cadre of artists and labels that have sprung up around him since the mid '00s. Read more » 

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