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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 » 

Podcast 359: Danny Daze

Danny Daze (a.k.a. Daniel Gomez) has been releasing records since the late '00s, but during the past year, the Miami producer has taken his craft to another level. Recent months have seen him release music via Jimmy Edgar's Ultramajic label and Maceo Plex's Ellum Audio imprint, and just last week, Gomez officially joined the esteemed ranks of Kompakt, serving up the label's latest Speicher 12". Simply put, Danny Daze has been busy, especially considering that he's frequently DJing around the globe and also has a new label of his own in the works. Given that, we weren't sure if he'd be able to contribute to the XLR8R podcast series, but he somehow found the time to assemble this exclusive mix. Read more » 

Podcast 358: Ital

Over the past few years, there has been a lot of talk about former punk and hardcore figures moving into house and techno, but few of these artists' efforts feel as spiritually "punk" as the music being created by Ital (a.k.a. Daniel Martin-McCormick). Previously a member of experimental-leaning (and ostensibly punk/hardcore) outfits like Black Eyes and Mi Ami, and also the creative force behind the abrasive Sex Worker project, Martin-McCormick introduced Ital in 2011, and has spent the last few years turning out leftfield takes on dance music, primarily via labels such as 100% Silk, Workshop, Planet Mu, and his own Lovers Rock imprint. (He's also worked collaboratively during this time, combining with Hieroglyphic Being as Interplanetary Prophets and with Aurora Halal as Ital & Halal.) Next week, the Brooklyn-based producer will be issuing his third album as Ital, Endgame, via Planet Mu, and he'll be following up its release by performing a few days later at the inaugural edition of Sustain-Release, a boutique festival in upstate New York being curated by Halal and partner Zara Wladawsky. Basically, the next few weeks are going to be very busy ones for Ital, and ahead of this maelstrom of activity, he's put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

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