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Podcast 315: Oneohtrix Point Never

Describing the work of Oneohtrix Point Never (a.k.a. Dan Lopatin) is no simple task. While the Brooklyn-based producer initially made his name with a series of trippily drifting synthscapes, recent years have found him consistently expanding his artistic vision, to the point where describing his "sound" is all but impossible. Today finds Lopatin releasing the excellent R Plus Seven, his latest full-length and first for the storied Warp imprint. Though his synth wizardry is still part of the equation, the LP further solidifies Oneohtrix Point Never as an experimental force, an artist who's taken stock of musical history and is unafraid to assemble challenging and highly conceptual worlds of sound. That's why we were so excited at the prospect of Lopatin putting together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series; there was little doubt that he would craft something that was both engagingly detailed and stunningly off the wall. Read more » 

Podcast 314: Huerco S. Decibel Mix

Huerco S. is having a good year. Back in January, the Kansas-born producer was featured as part of our Bubblin' Up Week series, which spotlighted acts we expected to be doing big things in 2013. Nine months later, he's releasing his full-length debut, Colonial Patterns, which drops today via the Software label, and is widely being hailed as an innovative new voice in electronic music. He's also been tapped to perform at the XLR8R showcase this Thursday night at Seattle's annual Decibel Festival. Given that, we figured there was no better candidate to oversee a special Decibel edition of our podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 313: Daedelus

Los Angeles' crowded beat scene has a rich cast of characters, yet few of them can match the resume of Daedelus. For more than a decade, the leftfield beatmaker has been turning heads, both with his wild musical notions and his propensity for dressing like a Victorian dandy. Though his sound has morphed and evolved over the years—Daedelus has never been shy about experimenting with new genres or rhythmic ideas—the veteran has remained relevant, and is frequently cited as an influential pioneer by up-and-coming artists, many of who likely consumed his work online or perhaps caught one of his numerous appearances at Low End Theory. XLR8R has certainly been tracking Daedelus' movements for a long time, yet amazingly, he had never been enlisted to put together a mix for our podcast series. But with a new album, Drown Out, dropping today via Anticon, we figured that now would be the perfect time to rectify that situation. Read more » 

Podcast 312: Delroy Edwards' New Forms Mix

Over the past two years, L.I.E.S. has become one of dance music's most hotly tipped imprints, and there's little question that the influence of the label's raw, back-to-basics approach has crept across the electronic sphere. And though L.I.E.S. keeps even its most ardent fans busy with a high volume of releases from a variety of producers, a small circle of the label's artists has become particularly sought after. Delroy Edwards is one those artists. Read more » 

Podcast 311: Prefuse 73

Though he's been regularly releasing music since the mid '90s, the prolific Guillermo Scott Herren (best known as Prefuse 73) continues to work, his output unabated by time or simple indolence. Born in Miami, raised in Atlanta, and having spent a significant period of time in Barcelona, he's somehow distilled these varied locales—along with his current home base of New York City—into his music, resulting in a warped, psychedelic version of instrumental hip-hop that has been chopped and re-ordered with an almost surgical level of precision. Herren has never been shy about working with other artists and his newly founded label, Yellow Year, is set to play host to Speak Soon, a series of collaborative EPs. (The first release will be the much anticipated debut from Sons of the Morning, his joint project with LA beatmaker and Brainfeeder affiliate Teebs.) With this new chapter of Herren's career about to begin, we figured now would be a good time to have him put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 310: Terrence Parker

Detroit holds a mythical status in the annals of electronic music, but even now, more than 25 years after the advent of house and techno, not all of the Motor City's key players get their proper due. Terrence Parker is one such artist; the man has been active in the DJ circuit since the mid '80s and was one of the city's early proponents of house music, yet he rarely gets widespread recognition. At the same time, those who know Terrence Parker generally love Terrence Parker. Even with his extensive discography of both remixes and original productions, it's still Parker's work behind the decks that usually garners the most attention, as he's developed a unique style that combines elements of hip-hop cutting and scratching with house, disco, and other dancefloor-friendly sounds. (He's also known for his use of a telephone in lieu of headphones, which is why he's often referred to as "The Telephone Man.") Simply put, Parker puts on a clinic whenever he's performing, and his predilection for uplifting tunes only makes him that much more enjoyable to watch. Last month, he issued a new record, "Finally (Baby Be Mine)," via Carl Craig's Planet E label, so we seized the opportunity and asked Parker to put his famous DJ skills to use for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 309: Tyree Cooper

The history of Chicago house music is full of names that are often hailed as "legends," but only a handful of Windy City artists have truly had the same kind of impact as Tyree Cooper. His time as one of house music's movers and shakers actually traces back to the mid '80s, but it was Cooper's role as one of the innovators of hip-house in the late '80s and early '90s that catapulted him to another level entirely. By combining bits of acid and piano house with dancefloor-friendly rhymes, Cooper's flurry of tunes during that era helped bring both house and hip-hop to new audiences. And though the popularity of hip-house faded as the '90s wore on, Cooper didn't disappear; he's continued making records for the past two decades, exploring various facets of house music in the process. Now splitting his time between Chicago and Berlin, Cooper is still a regular fixture behind the decks, so we got in touch and enlisted him to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

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