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Podcast 75: XLR8R Presents Sabo

NY-based DJ/producer Sabo furnishes us with the next installment of the XLR8R podcast, and for anyone who didn't think Argentinean folk music and Big Daddy Kane could fit together, here's a mix that should refute that idea. Sabo—who manages the Turntable Lab NYC store and also runs his own Sol*Selectas label—gathers some unlikely cuts together and take us on a trip through house, dubstep, hop-hop, baile, and more, all in just over an hour. Photo by Pablo Sanchez.

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Podcast 74: XLR8R Presents Shadow Dancer

The last time XLR8R ran a podcast with this many tracks, we had to present the thing in two installments for the sake of not killing our readers’ computers with Titanic-size files. Not so here. Mancunian duo Shadow Dancer has managed to squeeze 42 tracks into 50 minutes, which means the entire mix is ready for download here and also well-tailored for music heads that have short attention spans.

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Podcast 73: CYNE's Hip-Hop Experience

The music of CYNE (pronounced “sign,” and standing for "cultivating your new experience”) is all about hard-hitting beats and introspective lyrics concerned with socio-political issues, and the group cites everyone from Nas and Public Enemy to J Dilla and DJ Premier as an influence (as seen on last year's Pretty Dark Things).

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Podcast 72: Mary Anne Hobbs Live in S.F., January 29

When Mary Anne Hobbs agrees to make a DJ mix, one thing can be counted on—that said mix will be packed end-to-end with bangers in which the beats are dirty, the basslines earth-shattering, and the MCs spit lyrics faster than you can say "big ups!"

Such is the case on this live mix, which was recorded at last Thursday's West Coast Rocks event in San Francisco and coincidentally marks the first-ever podcast the Britain-based DJ, journalist, and Radio1 host has made.

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Podcast 71: Future Blappin' with Lazer Sword

Of all the acts currently pushing that future-bass-lazer-blap (whatever you prefer to call it) sound into the far reaches of today's dancefloors, none is nearer and dearer to the heart of XLR8R than the Lazer Sword boys. Okay, that might have a little something to do with the fact that both Bryant Rutledge and Antaeus Roy are former employees of the magazine, but their time spent plugging away at subscriber emails and MP3s is hardly the reason these guys are blowing up club scenes from San Francisco to Scotland. Read more » 

Podcast 70: Chavy Boys of London

Baltimore club music has a rep for being energetic, but from the sounds of this mix, which is primarily just that, the Chavy Boys of London must keep an entire fridge stocked with Red Bull—and pound a few down when commissioned to do DJ mixes for music websites.

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Podcast 69: Mochipet Presents Daly City Records

For the latest XLR8R Podcast, Daly City Records label boss David Wang, better known as Mochipet, showcases many different sounds from his label (as well as the many different ways one can wear a purple jumpsuit).

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