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Podcast 283: Benjamin Damage

Over the past few years, Welsh producer Benjamin Damage (a.k.a. Benjamin O'Shea) has been involved in a lot of quality music, yet it seems like he hasn't quite received his proper due, most likely because he's best known for producing in tandem with others. Back in 2010, he teamed up with Venom on "Deeper," the inaugural release from Doc Daneeka's Ten Thousand Yen label. And although that particular partnership didn't continue, Damage did find a kindred spirit in Daneeka, with whom he produced the stellar "Creeper" b/w "Infamous" single in 2011. At the behest of Modeselektor, the pair then relocated to Berlin and turned out a full-length debut, They!Live, which thrust the two producers properly into the spotlight. (Shortly thereafter, the duo also put together an excellent XLR8R podcast.) Now, more than a year after the release of They!Live, Benjamin Damage is fully stepping out on his own, following last year's "Swarm" b/w "Headache" single with a solo full-length, Heliosphere. The album drops later this week, so we figured it would also be a good time for Damage to go it alone on the DJ front and put together a mix for our podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 282: Dusky

2012 was a good year for Dusky. Although the pair's 2011 full-length debut, Stick By This, put the London outfit on the map, last year saw an impressive run of releases that included a solid EP for Aus offshoot Simple, the first record for Loefah's new School imprint, and the Flo Jam EP, whose title track quickly became one of the most rinsed tunes of the year. Now that the calendar has flipped to 2013, the duo of Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman stands as one of the UK's most buzzed-about young house acts, and next month, the producers will be making their first musical statement of the new year with the Nobody Else EP. With another solid campaign seemingly on the horizon, we thought now would be a good time for the group to put together the latest installment of the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 281: Leon Vynehall

Leon Vynehall only released two records last year, but the Brighton-based producer undeniably made his presence known in 2012, even as he refused to reveal his true identity. His last record, "Gold Language" b/w "Don't Know Why," had quite an impact—it prompted us to profile Vynehall as part of our Bubblin' Up series—and now he's followed it up with another strong effort, the three-track Rosalind EP, which is currently streaming in full on XLR8R. Given Vynehall's ascendant trajectory, we figured now would be a good time to invite the UK beatmaker to participate in our podcast series, and he responded with a mix that quite possibly raises more questions than it answers. Read more » 

Podcast 280: Ulrich Schnauss

Although XLR8R covers many different corners of the electronic spectrum, it's fair to say that we haven't been paying a whole lot of attention to drum & bass as of late. That being said, we still have a soft spot for the genre's heyday, and it appears we're not alone. Ulrich Schnauss may be best known for the serene, shoegaze-flavored electronic soundscapes he's been turning out for more than a decade, but when we asked the German veteran to participate in our podcast series, he elected to eschew his signature style and instead delve into his past. The result? A 78-minute offering he's calling Drift to the Centre: Deep Atmospheric DnB from the Golden Age, a mix which also happens to represent the largest spotlight XLR8R has shone on drum & bass in quite some time. Read more » 

Podcast 279: Basic Soul Unit

Surveying the career of Basic Soul Unit (a.k.a. Stuart Li), it's hard not to wonder how the Toronto-based producer hasn't become a bigger sensation. That's not a knock on his reputation; without question, folks in the know place Li's output in the upper echelons of house and techno. It's just that he remains a sort of producer's producer, even after spending the last decade dropping records via a litany of highly respected imprints. Ostgut Ton, Crème Organization, Mule Electronic, Mathematics, Versatile, Nonplus—they've all released music by Basic Soul Unit over the years. Just recently though, Li made his boldest move yet, offering up his first full-length, Motional Response. While only time will tell if the record is the one that finally pushes Basic Soul Unit fully into the spotlight, it certainly caught our attention enough to prompt us to invite him to participate in the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 278: Trus'me

When it comes to forthcoming house albums we're excited about in 2013, it's safe to say that Trus'me's Treat Me Right is currently sitting at the top of the list. Granted, it's only January and not that many new full-lengths have actually been announced for 2013, but new music from David Wolstencroft is something worth celebrating, regardless of what page the calendar is turned to. The Manchester-based veteran and Prime Numbers boss last released a Trus'me album in 2009, so now that he's properly revived the project, we figured it would be a good time to extend an invite for him to contribute an exclusive mix to the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 277: South London Ordnance

The beginning of each year is always a time for looking ahead, which is why South London Ordnance is a particularly fitting choice for the first XLR8R podcast of 2013. Granted, the UK producer had himself a rather solid 2012, dropping well-received releases on a myriad of labels and snagging the #4 slot on our list of the year's Best New Artists. Nevertheless, the general consensus is that even brighter days are ahead for the youthful beatmaker. With South London Ordnance riding a wave of momentum and currently sitting atop of pile of as-yet-unreleased heaters, we figured now would be a good time to enlist him for exclusive mix. Even better, the selection ties right in to our ongoing Bubblin' Up Week, as the producer was the subject of his own Bubblin' Up feature just a few months back. Read more » 

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