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XLR8R Podcast 394: Francesca Lombardo - Piknic Electronik 2015 Edition
Listen to a sumptuous set from the Crosstown Rebels recording artist—then catch her in person in Montreal.

As anyone who’s ever caught Francesca Lombardo in live performance knows, the music that she and her comrades play can be beautifully transcendent: Gentle, loping rhythms anchor sighing synths and …

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Q&A: Prins Thomas
The Oslo audio artisan takes the wide-road approach to his career.

In the off chance that you have been in a long deep sleep, or simply residing in another realm, here are a few things to know about Thomas Moen Hermansen, …

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Podcast 391: YokoO
The busy DJ and producer presents an hour of pure listening pleasure.

Students of deep house, at least those who do more than skim the surface of what the sound has to offer, know that the French-born, Berlin-based man known as YokoO …

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Q&A: Stephan Bodzin releases Powers of 10
With his creativity fully refreshed, the German producer delivers his first full-length album in over seven years.

Born in the northern German countryside, Stephan Bodzin’s musical roots can be traced back to his earliest years—a time when he spent hours dabbling the studio with his father, an …

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Interview: Steffi
The DJ, producer and label head discusses her new live act, the relaunch of Klakson and reflects on her success.

She enjoys widespread global acclaim and an artistic reputation that sees her perched comfortably within the finest DJs and producers out there, but Dutch-born Steffie Doms (better known simply as …

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Labels We Love: Safer at Night
Curses, Cranks and Total Fitness head up an imprint devoted to dark-hued rhythms.

Luca Venezia has a thing for the dark hours. As he puts it, “I’ve always been obsessed with nighttime—the magic, the mystery, how everybody become somebody new once the sun …

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Interview: Laurent Garnier
The veteran artist opens up about his creative impulses and clubland longevity.

“I have never been comfortable on the comfortable seat,” Laurent Garnier says, grinning with an animated sense of mischief. “I may have surprised some people, but I would have become …

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DNGLS Hooly EP (Len Faki Remixes)
Berghain's Faki works his blissful magic on the already gorgeous original version.

The original version of “Hooly,” produced by the French newcomer DNGLS and released on the similarly fresh-faced Barcelona label Anemone Recordings, is a gleaming gem of a sunrise-techno track, its …

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Q&A: Audiofly
As they head to Detroit's Movement, Anthony Middleton and Luca Saporito talk to XLR8R about career arcs, inspirations and DJing in Romania.

“We’re slow burners,” says Anthony Middleton, the British half of musical duo, Audiofly. Together with Luca Saporito, the Italian member of the pair, Middleton has been DJing and producing a …

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XLR8R Podcast 386: Laurent Garnier — Nuits Sonores 2015 Festival Edition
The fabled DJ-producer gears up for Nuit Sonores by laying down this stunning set of tunes.

If there was ever an artist who doesn’t need an introduction, it’s Laurent Garnier—but hell, we’ll give him one anyway. After hitting the decks in the late ’80s under the …

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B2B: Matt Tolfrey and Craig Richards
The man behind Fabric's latest mix-CD goes one-on-one with the club's longtime artist-in-residence.

The U.K.’s Matt Tolfrey and Craig Richards are old pals, having met at the Bomb, the much-missed, seminal Nottingham house club,  in the ’90s. The two have kept their professional …

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XLR8R Podcast 385: Audiofly — Movement 2015 Festival Edition
In the run-up to the beloved Detroit fest, Luca Saporito and Anthony Middleton lay down a set of hypnotic sounds.

Luca Saporito and Anthony Middleton, together known as the Barcelona-based DJ and production team Audiofly, have been working together since 2002—and for most of that time, they’ve been firm favorites …

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Real Talk: Ambivalent
The man behind the Delft and Valence labels asks: What does a real DJ do?

‘Real Talk’ is a series of artist-penned essays that appears on XLR8R from time to time. This installment’s scribe is  producer Kevin McHugh, the man better known as Ambivalent. McHugh’s …

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Q&A: Fort Romeau
With 'Insides,' the producer delivers an album brimming with rich, sensuous house.

“That album name came kind of last minute,” Mike Greene says as he sits in a Williamsburg, Brooklyn hotel room, relaxing before a late-night gig at New York’s club of …

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Podcast 379: Fort Romeau
The Ghostly International recording whiz lays down a set of warm house rhythms.

Fort Romeau’s debut album, Kingdoms, came out on 100% Silk three years ago—and since then, his rather idiosyncratic sound, one that treads a fine line between dreamland reverie and dancefloor …

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Q&A: Ben Sims
A techno titan talks hip-hop, labels, and studio break-ins.

Tune into digital-radio station NTS late on a Wednesday night, and you’ll be greeted by what sounds like a fractured, cut-and-paste jingle. It’s the sort of program opener that a …

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