kompakt total 15
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Various Artists: Total 15
The 2015 edition of Kompakt's annual bounty of tunes is one of the label's best installments in years.

Another year, another installment of Kompakt’s Total compilations series, and by now we generally know what to expect—a beyond-solid collection of cuts from the label’s old guard and new jacks, brimming …

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Planet Mu µ20
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Various Artists µ20
One of electronic music's most adventurous labels, Planet Mu, celebrates 20 years of singular sounds.

Planet Mu has never been easy to categorize. For the past 20 years, the label has continually taken risks on new styles of electronic music, developing sounds that stray from …

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nuage neida
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Nuage Neida
The Russian producer's pan-genre approach brims with fluid grace.

You could call the mid-to-late-’00s a gilded era for beat experimentation. It’s as if the seeds planted in the ’90s by labels like Mo’ Wax, Ninja Tune and Ubiquity, and …

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Offshore Off Peak
Big Dada releases the late Ewan Robertson’s final work.

Indie labels are often tight-knit families of musical miscreants united through their love of a certain underground sentiment—and with the posthumous release of Ewan Robertson’s final set of work as …

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Event Review: Body High FYF Kick-off Party at The Standard LA
In addition, XLR8R travels to FYF to witness the sounds of DJ Dodger Stadium.

Since its founding in 2011, Los Angeles party series and record label Body High—created by Sam Griesemer (aka Samo Sound Boy) and Jerome Potter (aka. Jerome LOL) who together make up …

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2AM/FM
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2AM/FM 2AM/FM
Ann Arbor's D’marc Cantu and Tadd Mullinix finally release their longtime collaboration's debut LP.

D’marc Cantu and Tadd Mullinix’s 2AM/FM collaboration has never had a clear trajectory. From Mullinix’s offbeat hip-hop project Dabrye and his acid and techno releases under a plethora of aliases …

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marco resmann run watergate
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Marco Resmann Run EP
His latest release on the Watergate label brims with house groove and techno integrity.

Berlin’s trademark sound, a blend of house groove and techno integrity, is rich in technical intricacies and sonic finesse—and the Watergate club has always upheld its part. Its affiliated label …

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Spatial Emergence
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Spatial Emergence #1 EP
Matt Spendlove revives his Infrasonics label for the first installment of a space-bass trilogy.

For anyone remotely involved in bass music or dubstep, the last few years have no doubt been something of a challenge. Faced with your favorite genre falling out of fashion, …

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High Tides High Tides
This duo’s gentle indie-electronic waters are rising.

Despite being from sun-soaked Malibu, California, dream-pop duo High Tides bear close sonic resemblance to chilly Scotland’s Boards of Canada, with both pairs creating densely saturated synth melancholia. But if …

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Event Review: Low End Theory Festival
The beats-and-bass brigade descend upon LA's Shrine Auditorium.

Video & Photos by Chris Nelson It’s hard to get much more Los Angeles than being in the thick of the Low End Theory Festival, held on August 8 at …

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Event Review: Dekmantel Festival 2015
XLR8R made the trip to Amsterdam for this year's third edition.

“Tickets Sold Out,” declared the Dekmantel website, several weeks prior to this year’s edition. Although a glaring reminder of Dekmantel’s growing popularity, this is not really a good sign. In …

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Marco Faraone Black Air EP
The Italian producer delivers a release packed with no-nonsense techno.

Marco Faraone lends an iron-clad hand to no-nonsense techno label On Edge Society with the young imprint’s third release, the Black Air EP. A quartet of lead-heavy techno rollers, Black …

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p-sol this time ep
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P-Sol The Time EP
This trio of sample-laden cuts are brimming with psyche-boogie vibes.

Patrick “P-Sol” Sullivan has been DJing for two decades; he headed up the beloved Twelves Wax hip-hop record shop around the turn of the millennium; and he runs Wall of …

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chelsea wolfe abyss
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Chelsea Wolfe Abyss
Gothic sludge soars to anthemic heights on the artist's fifth album.

“Doom-folk” is the kind of juxtaposed descriptor music journalists dream up to capture the sound of an artist whose style refuses easy classification, at least within the sort big-box genre …

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Space Trix Vol 1
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Various Artists Space Trix Vol 1
Matthew Dear, Heathered Pearls, and Mike Slott are among the artists contributing to an ambitious release.

The first thing that you notice with Space Trix Vol 1—at least if you’re an old-school physical-format fan, or just like to have really cool stuff laying around the house—is …

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jacques renault talk system
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Jacques Renault Talk System EP
Ahead of his debut album, the Let's Play House cofounder delivers a four-track warm-up platter.

Serving as a prelude for the September release of his long-awaited debut album Zentrum, the Let’s Play House label cofounder Jacques Renault returns with the heavy-hitting, four-track Talk System, boasting …

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all day I dream
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Powel Crash Landing On Laputa EP
The latest from All Day I Dream provides more tranquil vibes for blissed-out revelers.

You’ve got to admire All Day I Dream’s consistency. In its three and a half years of existence,  Matthew Dekay and Lee Burridge’s label has perfected the kind of hazy, …

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Event Review: Sacred Ground Festival
XLR8R makes the trip to Brüssow for the first edition of Frank Wiedemann and RY X's gathering.

“The goal is only that we all return home after Sacred Ground full in heart and lungs from the time together,” says the festival mission statement. It’s a beautiful Saturday …

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