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Podcast 357: Basement Jaxx

Quiet isn't a word that many people would use to describe Basement Jaxx, but in recent years, the lively UK duo of Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe has maintained a relatively low profile. Still, even though the outfit responsible for international smash hits like "Where's Your Head At?" and "Red Alert" may have stepped out of the spotlight a bit, the pair hasn't exactly mellowed with age. This week, Basement Jaxx is releasing its seventh studio album, Junto; as expected, it's a madcap, genre-hopping effort that finds Buxton and Ratcliffe delivering another batch of shuffling house rhythms, soulful vocal turns, and oddball pop experiments. That being said, as inventive as Basement Jaxx's productions have been over the years, the duo first made its name in the DJ booth. (Basement Jaxx was actually the name of the pair's mid-'90s club night; it was followed by another party called Rooty, whose name was later used as the title of the group's second LP.) Curious to see if the boys' DJ chops were intact, we invited them to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 356: Maxmillion Dunbar

Maxmillion Dunbar (a.k.a. Andrew Field-Pickering) wears a lot of hats. Aside from his primary production moniker, he also releases tracks as Dolo Percussion and Max D, and serves as one half of both Beautiful Swimmers (with Ari Goldman) and Zsa Gang (with Jordan Czamanski of Juju & Jordash). On top of that, the Washington, DC-based artist heads up the Future Times imprint, which has spent the past few years becoming one of the most intriguing dance labels in the US. Though he's perhaps best known for his talents both selecting and producing left-of-center house and disco, Dunbar is someone whose musical scope goes well beyond dance music standards. Anxious to see his expansive vision in action once again, we've tapped Dunbar for the latest edition of the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 355: Mu-Ziq

At this point, simply referring to Mike Paradinas as an influential figure feels like a severe understatement. For the past two decades, the man has worked tirelessly to push electronic music forward, both as an artist—recording primarily as Mu-Ziq, amongst a litany of other monikers—and as the head of the groundbreaking Planet Mu imprint, which has become one of the leading outposts for experimental and left-of-center electronic sounds. Incredibly prolific and never beholden to any particular style, Paradinas has amassed quite the body of work over the years, and is adding a new EP, Rediffusion, to his discography this week. To mark the occasion, we asked the veteran producer to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series, without knowing exactly what he might deliver. Read more » 

Podcast 354: Appleblim

Appleblim (a.k.a. Laurie Osborne) is an interesting figure. In the mid '00s, the Bristol producer was best known as one of the co-founders of Skull Disco, the pioneering label he operated alongside Shackleton. However, following the imprint's demise in 2008, he's taken a varied path, starting up his own Apple Pips label and initially releasing a flurry of collaborative singles in 2009 and 2010 before temporarily going quiet on the production front. As Osborne detailed in our interview with him last summer, making music doesn't come easily for him, but he's gradually learning to accept his role as an electronic musician. 2013 saw the release of his first fully solo 12", along with several joint efforts with fellow Bristolian Komon. The two producers have hit something of a groove, as this week saw the release of the pair's latest effort (and second this year), the Motion Blur EP, which is being issued via Aus Music. Given this burst of energy, it seems safe to say that Appleblim is back into the swing of things, so the time seemed right to enlist his services for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 353: Randomer

Randomer (a.k.a. Rohan Walder) isn't a new artist, but it does feel like the London-based producer is hitting his stride as of late. First surfacing amongst the post-dubstep flurry of the late '00s, he's released tunes for a variety of labels over the years, including Soul Jazz, Tru Thoughts, Numbers, Hemlock, and Turbo. And though his name has long been associated with tough rhythms and inventive percussion, Randomer's sound has gradually drifted toward techno, eventually settling on an aesthetic that infuses raw, warehouse-ready sounds with a distinctly UK flavor. Just this month, he's been on a real hot streak, as his Residents 12" for L.I.E.S. was the label's 50th release (and first from a UK artist), and was quickly followed by Stupid Things I Do, his debut for the similarly esteemed Clone Basement Series. Suddenly, Randomer appears to be at the peak of his powers, so it's rather fortunate that he's also been working on an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 352: Pixelord

Nearly two years have passed since XLR8R published an extensive feature digging into the country's rapidly expanding electronic music scene. Since then, this growth has only intensified, and Russia's leading producers continue to knock on the door of more widespread recognition. Although the enormous nation is home to a countless number of talented producers, when it comes to beats and bass, there's little question that Pixelord (a.k.a. Alexey Devyanin) sits at the top of the list. He's previously released music via Leisure System, Error Broadcast, Car Crash Set, and Civil Music, and his stewardship of the Hyperboloid label has made the imprint into an essential hub for forward Russian sounds. On July 28, Pixelord's latest EP, Polygon Fane, will be issued via Infinite Machine, so the time felt right to invite Devyanin to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Podcast 351: Fracture

After nearly a decade in dance music purgatory, drum & bass and jungle have gradually worked their way back into the spotlight. Throughout this process, few labels have proven more reliable than dBridge's Exit Records, and the imprint's latest offering, the Loving Touch EP, comes from Fracture (a.k.a. Charlie Fieber), a veteran UK producer who also heads up a quality imprint of his own, Astrophonica, with partner and frequent collaborator Neptune. On the record's title track, Fracture flips Ralphi Rosario's and Xavier Gold's house classic "You Used to Hold Me" into a hyperkinetic piece of drum & bass, while the remainder of the EP finds him working bits of footwork, grime, hip-hop, and dubstep into a jungle template. On a basic level, this sort of hybridization and creativity is at least partially responsible for the revitalization of drum & bass, and hearing these tunes left us curious about how the approach would work in an elongated format. As such, we invited Fracture to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

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