Ask the Experts: Mind Against
The Fognini brothers answer your questions on their inspirations, background, and production techniques.

Mind Against is the DJ and production project of Alessandro and Federico Fognini—two brothers born and raised in Milan, Italy. Having moved to Berlin, via London, in 2011—the goal, they explain, being…

Real Talk: Rebekah on the Ego, the Self, and the Music
The UK techno selector explores the challenges of the ego in our artistic progression.

After catching her big break roughly five years ago, Rebekah has been a steady presence in the international techno community. The Birmingham-born selector began honing her art back in the late ‘90s, …

Bubblin' Up: Eaves
The Brooklyn-based architect explores the spatial influences behind his latest album.

Eaves is the alias of Rick Farin, a 21-year-old DJ, producer, and architecture student based in Brooklyn, New York. His story goes as follows: born and raised in Los Angeles—where he learned began mak…

XLR8R's Best of 2016: Releases
We run through our top albums and EPs of the year.

In this internet society, the one-hit-wonder is presented with the ultimate platform for international success. Sure, there’s plenty to be said in favor of those unforgettable tunes—the sort you can’t…

XLR8R's Best of 2016: Readers' Poll
The votes are in—and as chosen by our readers, this is the very top of what 2016 had to offer.

Over the last two weeks, we’ve celebrated our favorite tracks, releases, gear, downloads, labels, and new artists of 2016. In those two weeks, we also opened the floodgates to you, our readers, …

XLR8R's Best of 2016: Gear
We look back at our favorite pieces of gear released in 2016.

In terms of music and music making, 2016 really stood out for the amount of accessible, analog gear that was released. Many of the premier companies in the space—Korg, Roland, Arturia, Elektron—releas…

XLR8R's Best of 2016: Tracks
We present just some of our favorite tunes of the last 12 months.

Picking the tracks of the year is not an easy a task as it may initially sound. Ask someone—anyone—to select the cuts that moved them over the course of the past 12 months and it’s not out of th…

Real Talk: Eomac on Misogyny in Dance Music
Ian McDonnell addresses the existence and consequences of misogyny in dance music and wider society.

Our final Real Talk of an utterly bizarre 12 months comes from Ian McDonnell, the DJ-producer and label boss better known as Eomac—and it sits there as perhaps one of the most poignant and fascinating…

XLR8R's Best of 2016: Labels
Here are some of the year's best homes for great music, as chosen by the XLR8R staff.

What is it that makes a great label? These days, though musical curation remains as fundamental as ever to their success, there is so much more to also keep in mind. Brand image, social media presence…

XLR8R's Best of 2016: New Artists
XLR8R pays tribute to those new artists who helped make us smile over the wretched past 12 months.

In a year that has been inescapably heralded by many as one of the worst on record, getting the most out of the pleasures in life becomes all the more significant. Here at XLR8R, we seem to get the gr…

XLR8R's Best of 2016: Top Downloads (50-1)
Check out the 100 most popular tracks to hit our downloads section this year.

30. Lancelot “Lorikeets” 29. Mitch Murder “Prime Operator” 28. Afriqua “Harken” (Archie Hamilton Remix) 27. Landslide “Red Forest” 26. Sandboards “…

XLR8R's Best of 2016: Top Downloads (100-51)
Check out the 100 most popular tracks to hit our downloads section this year.

80. Almeeva “4 Bells” 79. Drishti Beats “Journey” (Escaping Animals Remix) 78. Andre Crom “The Existence” (Oliver Deutschmann Edit) 77. Zia “Hold On” 76…

Bubblin' Up: Jay Daniel
One of Detroit's most promising artists muses on his thought-provoking debut album and career so far.

Jay Daniel’s debut release, 2013’s Scorpio Rising EP, arrived just a few months after the young Detroit artist first picked up an MPC. Although it slightly lacked cohesion, the EP and its 2014 follow-…

Artist Tips: Pangaea
The Hessle Audio co-founder gives his thoughts on the production processes.

Kevin McAuley (a.k.a. Pangaea) has been at the forefront of the UK’s burgeoning electronic music scene for close to a decade. Marrying traditional techno structures with a rogue experimentalism,…

Cabanne: Accidents of Life
The French minimal pioneer finally reveals his tale and reflects on his jazz-infused debut LP.

Touring frequently and releasing on some of the scene’s most lauded imprints, it’s no surprise that Jean-Guillaume Cabanne has established himself as one of minimal’s leading names. …

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

The month of October proved to be one of the most popular months for XLR8R downloads this year. Among the healthy helping of tracks submitted and published, you could find everything from driving tech…

Real Talk: Dolan Bergin & Ajay Jayaram
With London's clubbing scene under the microscope, two of its leading figures give their take on the debate.

Real Talk is a series of artist-penned essays that appear on XLR8R from time to time. With the recent closure of one of the world’s most important clubs, fabric, the spotlight has been thrown on…

Top 10 Rising Australian Producers
XLR8R shines a light on 10 ascending artists from down under.

Anatole Another producer who blends textures and styles within his music is Sydney artist Anatole. Having studied at the Conservatorium of Music, it’s no surprise that his tracks are elegantly s…

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