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Podcast 366: Jackmaster

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 » 

Podcast 365: Gerd Janson

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 » 

Podcast 364: Lando

Lando (a.k.a. Antaeus Roy) is an artist we've kept tabs on for quite some time, from his earliest output as a producer in San Francisco, to his time in New York, to his eventual landing in Berlin, where he's been installed for the past few years. Over that time, he's amassed an impressive discography, releasing music on labels like Numbers, Rush Hour, and Hotflush, but he's actually been rather quiet as of late, his most recent record coming via Icee Hot in late 2012. (In the interest of full disclosure, it should be noted that Icee Hot is run in part by XLR8R editor Shawn Reynaldo.) However, Lando's temporary silence will soon come to an end; last month, it was announced that he would be launching a new label, Myth Music, in tandem with fellow Berlin expat Baron Castle. Lando will be at the helm of the young imprint's first release, the I Can See It in You EP, which drops next week, so we figured now would be a good time to have him put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 363: Roman Flügel

At this point, it's almost easier to talk about what Roman Flügel hasn't done than it is to list his various projects and accomplishments from the past two decades. The veteran German producer has dabbled in house, techno, electro, ambient, IDM, and more over the course of his career, working both as a solo artist (using his own name and a myriad of aliases) and in tandem with others in a number of collaborative projects. He's also had a hand in running a triumvirate of Frankfurt labels that includes Playhouse, Klang Elektronik, and Ongaku Musik. Still, despite all of this experience, it was only in 2011 that Flügel released a proper debut full-length, Fatty Folders, and he's recently followed that up with a second album, Happiness Is Happening. In the midst of that, not to mention preparing for a North American tour that kicks off this week, Flügel somehow found the time to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 362: Pangaea

Pangaea (a.k.a. Kevin McAuley) is something of a mystery. On the one hand, he's one third of the braintrust behind Hessle Audio, a label that's widely recognized as one of the most innovative and respected imprints in electronic music. On the other, he's someone who seemingly prefers to operate in the background, often allowing his partners Ben UFO and Pearson Sound to do the talking and soak up the accolades. As such, Pangaea's talents and body of work can sometimes be overlooked, despite the fact that he's been responsible for a steady stream of quality tracks over the past seven years. In 2013, Pangaea did step out on his own a little more assertively, setting up the Hadal label as an outpost for his dark, increasingly techno-oriented creations. Pob, his excellent and most recent Hadal 12" from earlier in the year, stoked our desire to hear a more substantial dose of McAuley's individual artistic outlook, so we invited him to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 361: Pional

The rise of Pional (a.k.a. Miguel Barros) has been a gradual one over the past few years, but 2014 feels like the year in which the Madrid producer has properly stepped into the spotlight. He's long been associated with John Talabot and his Hivern Discs label, and though Barros has been issuing solo work since 2010, including efforts for both Hivern and Permanent Vacation, he was for a long time best known as the "other guy" in Talabot's live show and the man behind the poppy vocal hook on "Destiny." That began to change in late 2013, when Barros signed on with Young Turks to issue the Invisible/Amenaza EP. Combined with an increased presence on the DJ circuit as a solo artist, the record garnered Pional plenty of new attention, and his latest effort, an official release of the hotly tipped "It's All Over" (one of the star tracks from Talabot's stellar DJ-Kicks mix album), is arguably even bigger. As such, we felt the time was right to ask Barros to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 360: Simian Mobile Disco

Simian Mobile Disco is a project that has gone through several stylistic iterations since the UK duo first debuted in the mid '00s, and its music admirably continues to evolve. After reaching an unexpected high-water mark with the melodic techno of 2012's Unpatterns, James Ford and Jas Shaw have reset the template once again on Whorl, the pair's latest album. Recorded during an extended jam session in the California desert, the freshly released LP finds the duo going deeper than ever before. Later this week, Ford and Shaw will begin taking Whorl on tour around North America, and they'll be following that up with a 12-week residency at London's XOYO. Amidst all of this, we somehow convinced the veteran outfit to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast. Read more » 

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