Paul Woolford on Aphex Twin

Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works 85-92 is simply one of my favorite albums of all time. Released in 1993, Selected Ambient Works emerged from a period of hybrids and rampant experimentalism, as tec…

In the Studio: 9th Wonder

9th Wonder put the soul back in Southern fried hip-hop a half-decade back with his warm, sample-driven beats on Little Brother’s debut LP, The Listening. Quickly landing freelance production work with…

Don't Stop the Rock: Part 4

Now that the wall between rock purism and the digital dancefloor has been reduced to mere rubble, a suite of newer, harder, brighter, faster bands are getting down to the business at hand: having a go…

Artist Tips: Eliot Lipp

After the first few eerie tones echo forth on Eliot Lipp’s newest album, The Outside (Mush), one gets the sense that Lipp’s “outside” is not so much a sunny day spent at the park, but more an intruder…

A History of Grand Theft Auto

The game was originally called Race-N-Chase. Sounds innocuous enough, no? Yet it would eventually become Grand Theft Auto, the infamous driving game whose over-the-top violence and sardonic wit would …

Don't Stop the Rock: Part 3

Now that the wall between rock purism and the digital dancefloor has been reduced to mere rubble, a suite of newer, harder, brighter, faster bands are getting down to the business at hand: having a go…

Nathan Jurevicius: Fractured Fairytales

Nathan Jurevicius, 34, has an imaginary friend, Andrew, who he’s been chilling with since pre-school. No wonder he wound up designing vinyl toys for a living. Born in Melbourne to an Australian mother…

Teyana Taylor: A Harlem Dance Queen

It’s not unusual to hear grandiose claims echoing down the halls of any high school. But no other high-school student has the bragging rights to cultivating two dance crazes (the “Chicken Noodle Soup”…

Osborne vs. James T Cotton

XLR8R gets an in-depth look at two new Spectral takes on the post-rave soundclash, James T Cotton’s Like No One and Osborne’s self-titled album. As Soundmurderer and SK-1, Todd Osborn and …

Don't Stop the Rock: Part 2

Now that the wall between rock purism and the digital dancefloor has been reduced to mere rubble, a suite of newer, harder, brighter, faster bands are getting down to the business at hand: having a go…

Drew Daniel's Book of Genesis

Last year, in between moving across the country, touring, finishing graduate school, and co-creating this month’s new Matmos album, Drew Daniel also managed to pen a book. His contribution to Continuu…

Charles Webster: Long Player

Charles Webster was around for the original rise of house music in the U.K. He has seen it ebb and flow, through the mania of the superstar-DJ era of Sasha & Digweed to its fade back into the unde…

Dread Diaspora: Echoes of Jamaican Music

Two films take a look at the echoes of Jamaican music worldwide. Dub Echoes Director (and XLR8R scribe) Bruno Natal’s sweeping documentary on the history of dub and its effect on the world of dance mu…

Bitter Bastard's Book of XLR8R Firsts

BJ “Bitter” Bastard’s not one for navel-gazing. And he certainly didn’t care to trawl through the annals of this rag’s history to find for you our finest moments of the past 15 years. But we made him …

Don't Stop the Rock: Part 1

Now that the wall between rock purism and the digital dancefloor has been reduced to mere rubble, a suite of newer, harder, brighter, faster bands are getting down to the business at hand: having a go…

Portishead: Do Not Disturb

It felt absolutely, resolutely endless. Gothic grey streaks and storm clouds splayed for miles across the Bristol, U.K. skyline, comprising the daily view from Portishead’s perch at the top of band me…

ESCO: Balancing Multiple Missions

Welcome to a new dancehall generation. A tidal wave of young Jamaican talent has risen up in the past three years, including vocalists Mavado, Demarco, and Munga Honourable, and producers Stephen McGr…

Clothes Captioned: In4mation

In4mation creative director Rhandy Tambio counts Johnny Cash, skater Eric Koston, surfer Tom Curren, and Bob Marley among his style icons, an ethos reflected in the Hawaiian brand’s mix of street, sur…

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