Studio Essentials: High Contrast
Wales' gift to drum & bass lets us in on his studio secrets.

Lincoln Barrett, better known as High Contrast, is one of the drum & bass scene’s most familiar faces. The Welshman’s iconic afro has bobbed behind many a DJ booth on the international…

Get Familiar: Route 8 / Q3A
The exciting Hungarian opens up about his story to date, studio techniques, and visions for the future.

With his releases on the likes of Lobster Theremin and Delsin, Gergely Szilveszter Horvath has helped to put Hungary on the electronic music map. Itzel Ramirez caught up with him to find out more abou…

Artist Tips: Tijana T
One of Europe's rising selectors gives 10 tips for improving your DJing.

Tijana Todorovic (a.k.a. Tijana T) may be a new name on the international scene, but the Serbian DJ has been a key figure in her home nation’s dance music scene for many years. However, music wa…

Sónar: Too Much of a Good Thing?
XLR8R digs deep into the relationship between Sónar festival and the various "Off" events that surround it.

Barcelona’s Off-Week—or Anti-Sónar and Off-Sónar as it was formerly known—now brings a similar amount of people to the city as the main festival itself. The relationship between the organizers …

XLR8R's Top 10 Downloads of July
Check out the 10 most popular tracks to hit our downloads section last month.

Each month, XLR8R receives countless download submissions from exciting newcomers and established veterans alike and every day—barring weekends—we release a free track for your listening and playing p…

Studio Essentials: Bruno Pronsato
Berlin-based Steven Ford guides us through the essentials that make his studio such a fruitful outlet.

A wise man once said that there are many paths to the top of the mountain; in the case of Steven Ford (a.k.a. Bruno Pronsato), one of the most revered voices in minimal house music, speed metal drummi…

Ask the Experts: Mathew Jonson
The Berlin-based Canadian gear fanatic steps up to answer your questions.

Last month, we were delighted to be able to relaunch our Ask the Experts series—a column in which we hand over the reigns to some of our favorite musicians who have agreed to take the time to respond …

Interpretations: Sebastian Mullaert
The Swedish artist heads to a Malibu beachfront to perform his live set in front of the XLR8R cameras.

For such a laidback character, Swedish musician Sebastian Mullaert has a knack for making people dance wildly. His story won’t sound too far out of the ordinary to many of us: after a childhood spent …

Get Familiar: Abdulla Rashim
Abdulla Rashim is mysterious and exciting in equal measure. In a rare interview, XLR8R discovers why.

Sweden’s Abdulla Rashim is mysterious and exciting in equal measure. Since taking on the Abdulla Rashim moniker just three short years ago, the DJ-producer has launched two highly respected labe…

Discwoman: Rave Ethics for Women
Catherine Hilgers and Discwoman's Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson detail how to rave safe.

Currently, I’m in West Warwick, Rhode Island and just went for a bike ride and a guy hurled abuse at me because apparently “my ass was hanging out”—which, as a side-note, is how I like my ass to be. A…

In the Studio: Tobi Neumann
XLR8R spends an afternoon at Riverside Studios with a staple of the German electronic scene.

Having working previously as a composer for jingles and commercials, and with numerous collaborations with artists on the front line of electronic music under his belt, Tobi Neumann makes a perfect co…

Studio Essentials: Octave One
The Burden Brothers detail their musical essentials for when they are on the road.

The Burden Brothers’ connection with their machines runs deep. Lenny and Lawrence, siblings from Detroit, are the core members of one of techno history’s most pivotal acts (with Lorne, Lynell and Lanc…

Real Talk: Brett Johnson
The US DJ-producer explores the importance of 'playing the game' in artistic success.

The latest in our series of artist-penned essays comes from America’s Brett Johnson. The Berlin-based DJ-producer has been releasing his take on groovy house for the best part of two decades, hi…

Ask the Experts: Gerd Janson
The Running Back boss takes the time to answer your questions.

With the relaunch of our Ask the Experts series, we were set on inviting a person of a certain calibre to handle the responses. Someone who has a wealth of experience in all fields of musical interest…

XLR8R's Top 10 Downloads of June
Check out the 10 most popular tracks to hit our downloads section last month.

The month of June once again saw a healthy dose of free tracks land in XLR8R’s downloads section and once again, it’s time to announce the 10 most popular tracks from the month. Taking the…

In the Studio: Lapien
XLR8R visits the Mistress artist's Berlin home to learn more about the production techniques behind his two upcoming EPs.

Having shared his previous releases through Fred P’s Soul People Music offshoot, Delsin and Prologue,  it was recently announced that Nick Lapien (a.k.a Lapien) is set to release two EPs on DVS1…

Labels We Love: Regelbau
XLR8R chats with the production team behind the Danish label, to try to peel back the layers of the Århus scene.

The Danish city of Århus is fostering a small but powerful house movement, an important part of which is Regelbau—a colorful label with heaps of character (and characters working behind the scenes). P…

Bubblin' Up: Varhat
XLR8R travels to Paris to learn more about one of the most exciting talents in the French music scene.

Following a string of acclaimed releases, Varhat has established himself as one of most exciting talents in the French scene. William Ralston visited him in Paris to learn just why. To accompany his f…

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