Influences 05: Hatis Noit
The Erased Tapes member presents a collection of beguiling avant-garde music.

Hatis Noit is the latest member of Robert Raths’ Erased Tapes family. The Japanese female vocal performer, an enigmatic and unknown artist, will release an “arresting” four-track rec…

Hi-Five: Man Power
The British artist selects a set of recent tracks by producers from the North East of England.

By now, Geoff Kirkwood’s Man Power alias should ring quite familiar to readers of XLR8R. Since debuting in 2014 on Jennifer Cardini’s Correspondant imprint with the Kiloton EP, Kirkwood…

20 Questions: Charlotte de Witte
The rising Belgian DJ talks her favorite non-club releases, balsamic vinegar, and The Beatles.

Over the last four years, Belgian artist Charlotte de Witte has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks of the techno landscape. From the release of her first EP under her given name, 2015’s W…

Bubblin' Up: Khruangbin
The exciting Texan trio go deep on the story behind their unmistakable Thai-influenced, bass-heavy, psychedelic outpourings.

Chances are many of you may already have heard of Khruangbin. The predominately instrumental Texan-born trio, formed of Laura Lee, Mark Speer, and Donald “DJ” Johnson, have made quite a name for thems…

In the Studio: Gajek
One of experimental music's brightest talents goes deep on the processes behind his work.

There’s very little known about Gajek, real name Matti Gajek. The producer and sound artist, a Berlin resident, brought himself to many people’s attention with his 2017’s ’17 L…

Ask The Experts: Nightmares on Wax
The iconic Warp mainstay answers your questions.

Iconic Warp mainstay George “DJ E.A.S.E.” Evelyn (a.k.a Nightmares on Wax) has answered your questions this month. Evelyn, who originates from Leeds, England, formed the N.O.W project in 1…

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

As is custom, every day of the week XLR8R releases at least one free track via our ever popular downloads section. Across any given month, you’ll find a constant supply of impressive tunes from …

Bubblin' Up: Lou Phelps
The rising Montreal rapper reflects on his career to date and muses over new music.

Trace through the musical lineage of Montreal artist Lou Phelps (born Louis-Philippe Celestin) and you’ll be hit by obvious cue points leading to a career in music. That’s not to say succe…

Real Talk: Mark Fell
The UK artist recalls how the house and techno wave has impacted the wider European electronic music scene.

This months’ Real Talk comes from Mark Fell, the Rotherham-based artist—recognised for his writing and creative exhibitions/installations in addition to his music. With regards to the latter dom…

20 Questions: Errorsmith
The much admired German artist talks synths, South Park, and ‘Superlative Fatigue.’

As Errorsmith, German artist Erik Wiegand has been producing “club music” in the broadest sense since the mid-’90s. Since starting his musical career in 1996, over 21 years ago, he&#…

Influences 04: Lee Gamble
Retrospective hip-hop explorations from one of today's leading experimental artists.

Growing up in the outskirts of Birmingham, England, Lee Gamble immersed himself in the rave, old-school electro, hip-hop, and jungle sounds of the time, and he soon became “obsessed” with …

Artist Tips: Andre Crom
The OFF Recordings label head draws on experience to advise on pushing past your limits and getting your music heard.

Over the last decade, Berlin DJ and producer Andre Crom has steadily built his career as the man behind OFF Recordings. Since its launch in 2008, Crom has guided the label through over 90 releases fro…

Bubblin' Up: Perel
The rising German talent reveals the story behind her upcoming album on DFA Records.

A regular in the Berlin house scene, Annegret Fiedler (a.k.a Perel) is about to make her international break with a debut LP to be released on DFA later this year. A soft-hearted and spiritual force, …

XLR8R's Best of 2017: Labels
Here are some of the year's best homes for great music, as chosen by the XLR8R staff.

Record labels play a major though often underestimated role in defining our musical tastes. The growth of the internet, and that of Soundcloud and Spotify, has made access to music far easier than it …

XLR8R's Best of 2017: Tracks
We present just some of our favorite tunes of the last 12 months.

With our Best Releases of the year now out of the way, we move onto our best tracks. Discussion and debate on this list started several weeks ago when an internal message posted the question: what are…

XLR8R's Best of 2017: Gear
We look back at our favorite pieces of gear released in 2017.

2017 saw a number of innovations in terms of how musicians interact with both standalone hardware and computers. While there’s been far too much cool new gear to compile in one place (especially once …

Ask the Experts: Kiasmos
Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen answer your questions this month.

Our latest Ask The Experts feature comes from Kiasmos, a collaborative project recognised for its sensual, gentle, and deeply emotional soundscapes. Kiasmos is made up of BAFTA-winning Icelandic compo…

XLR8R's Best of 2017: New Artists
We salute this year's breakthrough artists.

Collating the New Artists list is an unenviable task. How do you determine “new? It’s always a hard one using the word “best.” It’s never easy. But let it be said that 2017 was chall…

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