XLR8R's Favorites of 2009: Holy Ghost!

As their debut album nears completion, NYC’s Holy Ghost! delve into disco’s past without irony. Plenty of bands sport members with long personal histories together, but Alex Frankel and Ni…

Inbox: Etienne Jaumet

XLR8R’s Inbox touches base with jovial French tech-house producer Etienne Jaumet, who has just come back from sharing the deck with Dirty Soundsystem on a Cosmic Cruise around an artificial lake in Pa…

XLR8R's Favorites of 2009: Joker

With his growing reputation—and the promise of a debut full-length—Bristol’s Joker takes it one day at a time. Months before he’ll complete his debut album and probably longer until it will reac…

Style: Ur a Jerk.

Over the past year, a new hip-hop subgenre has bubbled up from the streets of Los Angeles. Known as jerkin’, the scene is largely populated by internet-savvy, skinny-jeans-wearing teens whose fa…

Inbox: Jay Haze

For this week’s Inbox, XLR8R steps into the ring with Berlin-based U.S. expat Jay Haze (a.k.a. Fuckpony). The many-monikered producer and label owner coos about his Roland 808, Otis Redding, and Londo…

Artist to Watch: CFCF

Who: CFCF Where: Montreal, Canada Somewhere between the Balearic, slo-mo stylings of Meanderthals and the synthetic gloss of Jan Hammer sits CFCF (a.k.a. Michael Silver). The celebrated DJ and remixer…

XLR8R's Favorites of 2009: Martyn

The Netherlands Transplant Settles Into the US and Takes Dubstep on the Ride of Its Life Could there be an alternate universe of rhythm and sound? One set free from genre and style constraints, where …

Philately Forever: The Best of So Much PileUp

Designer Mike Davis gives us the best of this year’s Philately Fridays from his So Much Pileup blog. MACCABIAH GAMES (above): ?Designed by renowned Israeli graphic artist Dan Reisinger, who crea…

Inbox: DJ Koze

Bar none, XLR8R’s favorite compilation of 2009 was DJ Koze’s Reincarnations remix collection on Get Physical—hell, it ranks up there amongst the year’s best records period. The Hambu…

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