Artist To Watch: AC Slater

Much like his friends from Trouble & Bass, AC Slater can keep the party going while simultaneously championing dance music’s low-end. Yet Slater (a.k.a. Aaron Clevenger) is more than a simple bass…

Zomby: Channeling the Ghost of Breakbeat

“Before, all my music was purple,” says Zomby, explaining the synesthesia he gets while working on music. “Now the tunes are going neon, like odd Gameboy 2-step shit. I feel a lot more inspired, like …

Vivian Girls: Queens of Garage Rock

It’s a waterlogged November afternoon when I meet up with Cassie Ramone, Kickball Katy, and Ali Koehler of Vivian Girls at Atlas Café in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We’re safe from the rain in this den of…

Crunk to the Future

Call it lazer bass, future blap, turbo crunk, or “Pikachu’s cunt,” but beware of a new electronic hip-hop hybrid about to detonate a dancefloor near you. It’s summer 2007, and it’s a hot d…

Inbox: Michna

Sure, we’re always curious to know about an artist’s upcoming release, most recent tour, or arsenal of analog gear, but XLR8R’s also got a curiosity for quirk. Thus, each week, we em…

Artist To Watch: Paco Osuna

Spain isn’t exactly known as a minimal techno hotspot (except for those magical two weeks in June known as Sónar). After all, the country is home to Ibiza, an island overstuffed with pudgy, drug…

Don Rimini: Dog Days of Rave

The rave myth, defined by scores of youngsters spending hours calling hotlines and following maps to finally reach blissed-out dancefloor paradise, was alive and well in 1990s Paris. “There were raves…

Drop a 'Load on 'Em

When you buy a $60 dollar game at the old brick-and-mortar, what are you paying for exactly? A case, an instruction booklet, and a disc that, in most cases, likely only features a few hours of solid g…

Inbox: Late of the Pier

Sure, we’re always curious to know about an artist’s upcoming release, most recent tour, or arsenal of analog gear, but XLR8R’s also got a curiosity for quirk. Thus, each week, we em…

The Femming Up of Hip-Hop

So, so many questions sprang to the tip of my queer tongue when I spotted Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes rocking an oversized Purplesaurus-colored purse on the June 2008 cover of Paper. Had his rec…

Five Star by Murderbot

Kansas City bass fiend and blogger Murderbot discusses the dark, sexy, and cheesy essentials of the late ’80s electronic body music known as Belgian New Beat. Snowy Red – “Euroshima-Wardance” &#…

Somewhere: Moscow

Synth bands with their eyes to the West rule the 21st-century Russian underground. Some of the earliest visions many young Americans have of Moscow revolve around the pixelated image of St. Basil’s Ch…

Mr. Oizo: Master of Puppets

The problem with humor these days is that you’re always supposed to get it. What’s worse: If you’re smart enough, even if you don’t get it, you can make up elaborate reasons for why you do. You can de…

Inbox: Lemonade

Sure, we’re always curious to know about an artist’s upcoming release, most recent tour, or arsenal of analog gear, but XLR8R’s also got a curiosity for quirk. Thus, each week, we em…

Interview: Zomby

Excerpts from our AIM interview with Zomby, Hyperdub’s elusive and spooky beatmaker. To read the full feature, download a PDF of XLR8R 124. What are you doing right now? Just about to skin up and drin…

BJ “Bitter” Bastard’s 2009 No-No's

The mistletoe was hung, the menorah was lit without burning the house down, and holiday nog had everyone singing old Whitney Houston songs with tears in their eyes. But over the holiday season, BJ “Bi…

Mario Hugo: Mystery, Geometry, Gravity

At the age of 26, Mario Hugo’s style is already more sophisticated than most designers twice his age. Playing with shapes, lines, and space, he crafts ethereal, timeless art that is blissfully free of…

Hope Gallery: Things are Looking Up

Los Angeles’ Hope Gallery has been many things since it opened in March of this year: a pop-up vegan raw-food restaurant, a venue where local bands Skinned Alive to Death and Soiled Mattress & The…

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