The Lowdown: This Week's Top Posts with Kangding Ray, Nils Frahm and Olafur Arnalds, and Konstantin Sibold
Our most popular posts include Planet Mu's Mike Paradinas, Synkro, and our Top Ten Downloads of August.

Subscribe to the XLR8R Lowdown Throughout the week, a whole lot of material gets posted here on XLR8R. And while we know—and love—that some hardcore readers will eagerly pour over …


Q&A: Planet Mu's Mike Paradinas
His pioneering, still-vital electronic-music label marks its 20th anniversary with a sprawling retrospective.

The music of  Planet Mu, the groundbreaking label which is in the midst of it 20th-anniversary year, can be startling in its intensity—but the man who runs it, Mike Paradinas, …

Planet Mu µ20

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 …


Planet Mu Issues 50 Track Anniversary Compilation
The triple CD label anthology comes packaged in a deluxe boxset, along with a 100 page retrospective book.

To celebrate their 20th Anniversary, Planet Mu have organised a 50-track, triple CD compilation of both old and new unreleased tracks and remixes titled µ20. The release is packaged as a deluxe dvd-style box …

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Vanguard: RP Boo
A founding father of footwork releases 'Fingers, Bank Pads & Shoe Prints' on Planet Mu.

It’s notoriously difficult to write an accurate history on the rise of any music scene, even a localized, tightly focused one—particularly if it has its roots in pre-smartphone, pre-nonstop-documentation days. …