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SHXCXCHCXSH SsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSs
A near-spiritual edge transcends the Swedish duo's unwieldy nomenclature and uncompromising aesthetics.

You sure can’t accuse SHXCXCHCXSH of doing things halfway. There’s the title of the mysterious Swedish duo’s new album, for one: Steering clear of an obviously descriptive moniker like, say, Grey Scal…

Pär Grindvik Isle of Real
The Stockholm LTD label leader's debut LP is brimming with emotion-heavy electronics.

Looking for someone to work on the soundtrack of your next gothic-horror flick? Pär Grindvik might be your man. The title track of the techno vet’s new album, Isle of Real—somewhat surprisingly, his d…

Andy Stott Too Many Voices
Serrated rhythms and melodic grace are the defining features of the producer's latest release on Modern Love.

Since hitting the scene in 2005 with the gentle, Detroit-tinged house of the Replace EP, Andy Stott’s music has cycled through elegantly deep techno, idiosyncratic takes on dubstep and juke (the…

S Olbricht For Perfect Beings
Beauty arises from the murk on Martin Mikolai's latest release for the Lobster Theremin label.

S Olbricht is the solo-mode moniker of the Hungarian artist Martin Mikolai, a producer known for both a love of hazy, fuzzy experimentalism and a propensity for unusual stepping-off points. (His casse…

Ash Koosha I AKA I
Ashkan Kooshanejad is back with another rich set of sonic deconstruction, this time for the Ninja Tune label.

The latest press photo from the Iran-born, London-based producer Ash Koosha depicts his face as a fractured visage, bursting from its center in broken shards. It’s as if you’re looking at the producer…

Umwelt Destruction Libératrice EP
The Lyonnaisse producer goes the fierce-electro route for the Return to Disorder label.

Umwelt’s latest EP is released on Return to Disorder, the label run by Helena Hauff—and like Hauff, he has an affinity for angular drum-machine rhythms and buzzing analog sounds. Also like Hauff…

Moderat: Power of Three
They may be up to album number three, but Sebastian Szary, Sascha Ring and Gernot Bronsert's sonic synthesis doesn't come easy.

Disregarding the rare savant who can toss off a masterpiece in an afternoon, art rarely comes easily. Self-doubt is always there; the pressures of the outside world are always present; motivation, or …

Marvin & Guy Music For Race EP
On the duo's latest EP, the Itailian twosome goes for a synthed-up late-night drive.

The willfully mysterious Marvin & Guy have always had an ineffable flair that set them apart from the pack. A half decade ago, the Italian duo hit the scene running with the Let’s Get Lost V…

Sasha Jan Rezzie All My Dreams EP
The Brooklyn trio releases five slices of sublime raveland bliss on 1080p.

For dance-music enthusiasts of a certain vintage—okay, we’ll get specific: aging ravers—the new five-tracker from Brooklyn threesome Sasha Desree, Jan Woo and Rezzie Avissar will bring back hazy…

Ital Tek Hollowed
Alan Myson's latest sees him spiraling further than ever from clubland constraints.

Majestically melancholy waves of sound, grounded by a constant rustle that recalls the warmth of a favorite old records and the comfort of a gentle rain in equal measure—those are the first sounds you…

Various Artists: Remixed With Love by Joey Negro Vol. 2
Dave Lee recalibrates an array of tunes from the '70s and '80s in typically tasteful style.

Don’t mess with the classics, we always say. And for good reason: If a song’s already entered the Pantheon of Timeless Tracks, why would a remixer want to bungle what got the tune there in…

Samiyam Animals Have Feelings
Sam Baker's slightly skewed take on instrumental hip-hop finds a home at Stones Throw.

Sam Baker’s career has followed a slowly unfolding path, marked by consistency, a patient evolution, and a talent for always delivering the goods. Working under the Samiyam moniker, the Ann Arbo…

Interview: Apollonia
With 'Tour á Tour' remixes on the way, the French threesome continue the push towards dancefloor domination.

This past November, Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundorom and Shonky—collectively, the record-spinning, music-making, label-running, three-headed beast known as Apollonia—were in New York City to play at the U…

Moodymann DJ-Kicks
Kenny Dixon Jr. serves up a sonically rich and emotionally resonant set for the long-running mix series.

Moodymann is an outspoken and confrontational bad-ass, a press-averse Motor City militant who’s definitely not afraid to piss people off. He’s also a brilliant producer of often-transcende…

Vanguard: This Heat
After four decades, the pioneering, iconoclastic London band is back via a trio of vinyl rereleases.

There have been few musical entities like This Heat since the band disbanded in 1981; there were even fewer in the years prior to the London combo’s formation in 1976. Born of equal parts audio …

Get Familiar: Ataxia
XLR8R sits down with the Detroit–New York duo's Ted Krisko to talk about the combo's history, its evolution, and the Motor City's role in the pair's musical ethos.

It’s the question that DJs and producers hate: What kind of music do you make and play? Like most artists, they’re reluctant to be pigeonholed, preferring that the work speak for itself. B…

Event Review: Igloofest 2016 in Montreal
XLR8R travels to Montreal to take in the sights and sounds of the decade-old dance-music gathering.

If there’s one thing that we’ve learned over our many years of going to outdoor festivals, it’s that you should never head toward the party before scoping out the weather report. Of …

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