The Glitch Mob: Slaying the Laptop Game

A giant bus was blasting dubstep outside, a line of New Era cap-clad hipsters, dreadlocked kids, hip-hop enthusiasts, and slightly regular-looking people wrapped around the building, and the über-stre…

Labels We Love 2008: Part 2

If you’re reading XLR8R you probably already own ’nuff albums on XL or Domino, Def Jux and Lex artists have repeatedly rocked your headphones, and you know what’s coming out on Minus or Stones Throw b…

In The Studio: Daseca

Three young Jamaican dancehall producers storm international charts with a fresh roster and new-school riddims. Brothers David and Craig Harrisingh and their friend and musical partner Craig “Serani” …

Miss Pat: From Jamaica to Jamaica

Three generations of the Chin family are now represented at VP Records, the New York City-based reggae powerhouse founded by Patricia Chin and her late husband Vincent (a.k.a. “Randy”) in 1979. While …

Lykke Li: Future Pop Purveyor

It’s one of those unbearable New York City summer afternoons. Everywhere you look, t-shirts are affixed to their owners’ backs with sweat and it feels like you might choke on the humidity. Stockholm’s…

File Under: Forward

Voluntary collective licensing proposes an alternate solution to the RIAA’s crackdown on file-sharing. “Pre-settlement” letters to shake down file-sharers to the tune of $3000 a piece. Suing more than…

Labels We Love 2008: Part 1

If you’re reading XLR8R you probably already own ’nuff albums on XL or Domino, Def Jux and Lex artists have repeatedly rocked your headphones, and you know what’s coming out on Minus or Stones Throw b…

Flying Lotus: The Imperfect Beat

It’s a hot afternoon in May, and I’m driving a cheap rental car through the awful sprawl of the San Fernando Valley. I’m bored out of my fucking mind. I keep imagining that if a guerilla war broke out…

Listen Here: Flying Lotus

XLR8R writer Brandon Ivers plays the tracks, while L.A. beatsmith Flying Lotus dishes the dirt. Read the full FlyLo feature here or download a pdf of XLR8R 119. XLR8R: [plays Martyn “Natural Selection…

SuperBlast: Of Paint and Pixels

Berlin graffiti writer-turned-graphic designer Manuel “SuperBlast” Osterholt has put in work for Ecko, Sony PSP, and Nokia’s Nseries (as well as some limited-edition items for Wood Wood and Montana Ca…

Labels We Love

For our annual Labels We Love issue, we pulled out all the newest labels you’re sure to love in months to come. We flew down to L.A. to get the scoop on cover star Flying Lotus and checked in wi…

Outtakes: Steinski

Excerpts from our interview with hip-hop mix legend Steve Stein, better known as Steinski. To read the full feature, download a pdf of XLR8R 119. XLR8R: When did you first hear hip-hop? Steve Stein: I…

DJ Hatcha: Five Things To Do On Tour

Terry Leonard got his DJ name Hatcha from a reference in the Steve Segal movie Marked For Death. Like the adventurous film character, Leonard loves fast cars and fiery dubstep beats. He indulges these…

Donations Welcome: The Album in 2008

DRM code is crackable, CD sales dropped 9.5 percent in 2007, and you can score an album for free just by knowing the correct words to punch into Google. The age of the traditionally distributed album …

Lagos, Nigeria: Then and Now

I’m driving through the back roads of upstate New York. Secondary roads named for the families that still live near them. Single-lane roads on which you’re passed by pickup trucks with gun racks…

77klash: Punking Up Dancehall

As the son of a noted Rastafarian poetess and the cousin of former Shabba Ranks musical director Dr. Paul, Mikkel “Gize” Burrowes (a.k.a. 77klash) was born into reggae. By the age of 12, he was even p…

Outtakes: Black Ghosts Part 2

Excerpts from an interview with the Black Ghosts’ Theo Keating. To read the full feature, download a pdf of XLR8R 119. XLR8R: You began DJing at a very young age. What did you spin at first? Theo Keat…

Techno's Class of 2008

As dance music sees an almost total conversion to digital (and laptops quickly replace turntables as the weapon of choice for festival headliners and bedroom Beatport junkies alike), it only makes sen…

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