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Podcast 268: Kim Ann Foxman

New York's Kim Ann Foxman might be best known for her previous work with Hercules & Love Affair, but over the past few years, she's also been gradually building a solid discography of her own as a solo artist, dropping a number of remixes, a collaboration with Kink and Neville Watson, and her own excellent single, "Creature." On October 22, she'll be releasing her next salvo, "Return It," via London's Needwant imprint. Ahead of that, she'll also be spinning as part of an absolutely stacked line-up on October 21 at Fabric's 13th Birthday. Clearly, Foxman is taking some major steps toward establishing her own artistic voice, which is why we figured now would be a good time to get a closer look at her musical vision by inviting her to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 267: Deadbeat

Like many of his Canadian techno brethren, Deadbeat (a.k.a Scott Montieth) long ago left his home country and resettled in Berlin. That aspect of his story may not be particularly original, but the course he's subsequently plotted with his music most definitely is, as Deadbeat continues to innovate while exploring the murky sounds of dub techno. The most recent chapter of that exploration is Eight, his latest LP. Now, just weeks after its arrival, Deadbeat has put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 266: Max Cooper's Decibel Mix

As most XLR8R readers are likely aware, the annual Decibel Festival is descending upon Seattle this week, and bringing with it a stunning array of electronic artists. Given our excitement about the festivities, we're running a special series of Decibel-themed content throughout the week, and have elected to include our weekly podcast as part of that. Making that choice was easy; much harder was actually choosing an artist to do said podcast, as the festival line-up literally features dozens of producers and DJs whose names have appeared on XLR8R over the years. In the end, we decided to go with someone who might seem a bit unexpected—Max Cooper. Admittedly, the UK producer isn't someone whose name loudly rings out. Much like his music, the man's profile is understated, to say the least. Yet he's also a seasoned artist who continues to turn out quality music; his lengthy discography is full of releases that can ostensibly be categorized as techno, albeit a melodic, cinematic strain of techno with hints of glitch and a quiet elegance that's unique to the genre. Read more » 

Podcast 265: Tom Demac

Just last Friday, London producer Tom Demac's name appeared on XLR8R for only the second time. (The first was back in March, when he offered up a free track for our Downloads section.) Nevertheless, Demac's reappearance on the site was fairly significant, as his new single, "Critical Distance Pt. 2," was given a glowing review and tabbed as an XLR8R Pick. Simply put, the track is a monster, and will surely go down as one of year's biggest tunes. Yet Demac is no one-track wonder; he's been turning out quality productions since the mid '00s, and his output has seen a major uptick in 2012, with a number of releases on Hypercolour, Glasstable, and My Favorite Robot. Between all of these records and his recent head-turning live set on Boiler Room, we figured the time was right to ask the burgeoning beatmaker to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 264: DJ Stingray's New Forms Mix

Summer may be rapidly coming to a close, but the global onslaught of high-quality electronic-music festivals continues without respite. This week, attentions are turning toward Vancouver, which is playing host to the annual New Forms Festival, four-day art and music event with a lineup featuring XLR8R favorites such as Actress, Kode9, Canblaster, Kuedo, Teebs, Pilooski, Kevin McPhee, and others too numerous to list. We asked the New Forms organizers if one of the festival artists would like to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series, and we have to admit that we were pretty excited when we were told that Detroit veteran DJ Stingray was up to the task. Read more » 

Podcast 263: Peter Van Hoesen

It's pretty hard to keep secrets in the music world these days—at least it seems that way, particularly with the internet constantly nudging its way further and further in artists' daily lives. Give that reality, Belgian techno producer Peter Van Hoesen ought to be commended for keeping his new album under wraps until just a few days before its actual release. Even more impressive is that the unveiling of Perceiver wasn't unveiled via some petulant Twitter salvo or even a quiet SoundCloud post. On the contrary, the Berlin-based producer hatched a plan to roll out the LP all at once, making the initial announcement last week and following it up yesterday—the same day the album officially found its way into the world—with a new video. Now, he's rounded out the effort with an exclusive new mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 262: Midland's Dimensions Mix

If there's one word that sums up UK producer Midland (a.k.a. Harry Agius) rather nicely, it's patient. Granted, his first appearance on record, a collaborative outing with Ramadanman on a 12" for the Aus imprint in 2010, gave him a pretty auspicious beginning to his career as a producer. Nevertheless, Midland smartly avoided cashing in on the hype and instead chose to take the long road, gradually developing his sound while steadily dropping a solid series of singles and EPs. He's never crafted a dancefloor smash—honestly, his slow-burning house aesthetic doesn't exactly lend itself to would-be anthems—but Midland is unquestionably a respected producer, and one who's seen his stock rise significantly following his most recent release, the Placement EP. Part of that rise has meant an increasingly busy DJ schedule, and next week, Midland will be one of the dozens of top-flight artists and DJs heading to Croatia for the inaugural Dimensions Festival. XLR8R will be in attendance, so we figured now would be a good time to shed some light on the festival—and Midland's music, of course—by enlisting the rising beatsmith to put together an exclusive mix for our podcast series. Read more » 

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