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Podcast 341: DIVA

Back in January of 2013, XLR8R was rather worked up about Paris Stabbing EP, the three-track debut EP from DIVA, a producer whose true identity was shrouded in mystery. Having been assured that more music was in the pipeline, we even tabbed DIVA as one of that year's Artists to Watch, but our excitement was initially met with, well, nothing, as the then-anonymous beatmaker remained silent for an entire year. However, when DIVA finally did speak up again, what he had to say was fairly significant, as he not only announced the launch of a new label, Obsession, but also revealed himself as Canadian producer Matt Didemus, better known as one half of Junior Boys. His young imprint officially began its run last month, dropping a four-track compilation EP that is still streaming here, and more releases are on the way. Ahead of their arrival, we thought now would be a good time to get a larger look at Didemus' current musical headspace, so we invited him to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 340: Mister Saturday Night

Over the last five years, Mister Saturday Night has become something of a Brooklyn institution, a well-curated, well-organized party run by a couple of bonafide music lovers, Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin. Guided by an open-minded musical vision (albeit one that leans heavily toward, house, techno, and disco), a real reverence for the salad days of NYC nightlife, and a concrete idea of what a party should—and should not—be, the two DJs have steadily built a substantial following on the dancefloor. Moreover, the two have earned a real sense of respect from their peers, especially those who appreciate Mister Saturday Night's attention to detail and its founders' obvious passion for their craft. In 2012, Carter and Harkin expanded their efforts and launched their own label, Mister Saturday Night Records, kicking off its run with Anthony Naples' Mad Disrespect 12", which was widely hailed as one of the year's best records. Since then, the high-quality stream of music has continued unabated, as the young label has offered up efforts from the likes of Archie Pelago, Dark Sky, Hank Jackson, Lumigraph, Alex Burkat, and a slew of other promising acts. With each new release, Mister Saturday Night's legacy swells just a little bit more, which is likely why the duo has increasingly found itself performing at other people's parties around the globe. Given that, we were anxious to hear what Carter and Harkin could do within the context of the XLR8R podcast series, and the pair has obliged our curiosity with an exclusive mix. Read more » 

Podcast 339: Adam Marshall

Over the past year, XLR8R has focused a lot of attention on Adam Marshall, although the bulk of it has been directed at Graze, his collaborative project with XI (a.k.a. Christian Andersen). And while we stand firm in our enthusiasm for the duo's music, on occasion, it needs to be pointed out that Marshall is a quality house and techno producer in his own right. Furthermore, the Canadian-born, Berlin-based artist also heads up the reliable New Kanada label, which has been home to both his own output and efforts from the likes of Basic Soul Unit, The Mole, West Norwood Cassette Library, and several others over the course of its nearly decade-long run. Just last week, the imprint announced its 50th release, a forthcoming split 12" from Marshall and new act Crushfield. The record is actually slated to appear next week, so we decided to commemorate the occasion by asking Marshall to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 338: The Range

Although The Range (a.k.a. James Hinton) released a couple of low-profile EPs in 2011 and 2012, it wasn't until last year that the Rhode Island producer really caught fire. The Seneca EP found Hinton impressively dipping his toes into faster tempos, while Nonfiction, his subsequent debut full-length, offered a variety of bass-infused musical explorations. In terms of style, The Range is a difficult project to pin down; strong currents of hip-hop and R&B run through Hinton's work, and there's undoubtedly a certain cleanliness to his productions, but his vision extends beyond what's playing on mainstream radio. Last month, his development continued with the release of the Panasonic EP (another Hinton effort for the Donky Pitch label), but the record ultimately left us wanting a longer look at what The Range had to offer; as such, we invited him to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 337: Joey Anderson

Over the past few years, a small cadre of veteran New York and New Jersey DJs—including the likes of Levon Vincent, DJ Qu, Jus-Ed, Anthony Parasole, and Fred P.—has risen to prominence, and while these artists' individual styles may vary, there's still a loose philosophy, or at least a shared set of values, tying them together. Taking a deeply measured, historically informed, and intensely musical approach to the dancefloor, this group has opened the door for other like-minded producers to reach a wider audience. Joey Anderson is one such producer, and after filling 2013 with a string of high-quality 12"s and EPs, the New Jersey native and former Bubblin' Up subject has just dropped his debut full-length, After Forever, via the Dekmantel label. The album is an excellent piece of work, so much so that we wanted to hear more of what Anderson had up his sleeve. As such, we invited him to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 336: Frankie Knuckles

The history of house music is littered with iconic characters, but the influence of Frankie Knuckles can't be understated. Often referred to as "The Godfather of House Music," the Bronx native got his DJ start in New York City alongside fellow legend Larry Levan, but it was only after he relocated to Chicago that he truly made his biggest impact. Serving as a resident at early house hotspots like the Warehouse and later at his own club, The Power Plant, Knuckles played an instrumental role in growing house from a small scene into a global movement. Over time, he also extended his talents into the production world, and eventually became one of house music's most in-demand remixers. Now, after more than 35 years in the game, Knuckles remains active, continuing to turn out both remixes and original tracks and regularly touring the globe. On June 14, he'll be performing he was scheduled to perform for Love Fever at London's Found Festival, sharing the stage with Moodymann, Bicep, San Soda, and more, and the festival's organizers inquired if XLR8R would be interested in having Knuckles contribute to our podcast series. Given his pedigree, it didn't take long for us to say "yes." Read more » 

Podcast 335: Lee Bannon

Only two months have passed since we profiled Lee Bannon as part of this year's Bubblin' Up Week. Normally, we'd allow a little more time to pass before tabbing a Bubblin' Up artist for the XLR8R podcast series—if nothing else, for the sake of continued artist development—but in Bannon's case, it quickly became clear that the Brooklyn producer wasn't going to be waiting for anything. His debut LP for Ninja Tune, Alternate/Endings, dropped in January, turning heads with its blown-out aesthetic and frequent nods to drum & bass, yet Bannon has announced that he's already working on a follow-up. Given his prodigious work rate, we figured that Bannon might also be willing to take on our podcast series, and he not only delivered an exclusive DJ mix, but one that's stuffed with several of his unreleased tracks. Read more » 

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