20 Questions: Errorsmith
The much admired German artist talks synths, South Park, and ‘Superlative Fatigue.’

As Errorsmith, German artist Erik Wiegand has been producing “club music” in the broadest sense since the mid-’90s. Since starting his musical career in 1996, over 21 years ago, he&#…

Influences 04: Lee Gamble
Retrospective hip-hop explorations from one of today's leading experimental artists.

Growing up in the outskirts of Birmingham, England, Lee Gamble immersed himself in the rave, old-school electro, hip-hop, and jungle sounds of the time, and he soon became “obsessed” with …

Artist Tips: Andre Crom
The OFF Recordings label head draws on experience to advise on pushing past your limits and getting your music heard.

Over the last decade, Berlin DJ and producer Andre Crom has steadily built his career as the man behind OFF Recordings. Since its launch in 2008, Crom has guided the label through over 90 releases fro…

Bubblin' Up: Perel
The rising German talent reveals the story behind her upcoming album on DFA Records.

A regular in the Berlin house scene, Annegret Fiedler (a.k.a Perel) is about to make her international break with a debut LP to be released on DFA later this year. A soft-hearted and spiritual force, …

XLR8R's Best of 2017: Labels
Here are some of the year's best homes for great music, as chosen by the XLR8R staff.

Record labels play a major though often underestimated role in defining our musical tastes. The growth of the internet, and that of Soundcloud and Spotify, has made access to music far easier than it …

XLR8R's Best of 2017: Tracks
We present just some of our favorite tunes of the last 12 months.

With our Best Releases of the year now out of the way, we move onto our best tracks. Discussion and debate on this list started several weeks ago when an internal message posted the question: what are…

XLR8R's Best of 2017: Gear
We look back at our favorite pieces of gear released in 2017.

2017 saw a number of innovations in terms of how musicians interact with both standalone hardware and computers. While there’s been far too much cool new gear to compile in one place (especially once …

Ask the Experts: Kiasmos
Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen answer your questions this month.

Our latest Ask The Experts feature comes from Kiasmos, a collaborative project recognised for its sensual, gentle, and deeply emotional soundscapes. Kiasmos is made up of BAFTA-winning Icelandic compo…

XLR8R's Best of 2017: New Artists
We salute this year's breakthrough artists.

Collating the New Artists list is an unenviable task. How do you determine “new? It’s always a hard one using the word “best.” It’s never easy. But let it be said that 2017 was chall…

XLR8R's Best of 2017: Releases
We run through our top albums and EPs of the year.

Someone mentioned to us recently that it’s not been a particularly strong year for releases. In truth, it was several people, none of whom were connected or in contact. It’s an interesting…

Craig Richards: In Transition
'Time is running out, and now I have turned 50 I really feel like I need to do significant things. I want to make a mark.'

It’s would appear that Craig Richards is in a period of transition. The UK-based artist, a fabric resident for nearly two decades, has had a busy year — one that has seen him explore beyond the …

Real Talk: Ceri
The rising London-based DJ-producer explains why freedom on the dancefloor is a fast fading liberty.

Ceri’s journey into the world of electronic music has been underpinned by a determination, dedication to her craft, and a deeply ingrained passion for music. Having immersed herself in electronic musi…

XLR8R's Best of 2017: Top Downloads (50-1)
Check out the 100 most popular tracks to hit our downloads section this year.

30. Kas:st “Emotional Progress” 29. Otzeki “True Love” (Pheek Remix) 28. Alci “Eleven” 27. Bruce Loko “God’s Window” 26. Pick a Piper “Nikko…

XLR8R's Best of 2017: Top Downloads (100-51)
Check out the 100 most popular tracks to hit our downloads section this year.

80. Irakli “Forgotten Melodies” 79. bod [包家巷] “Orchestra of the Frozen State [冰国乐队]” 78. The Burrell Connection “Ebullient” 77. Mind Groove “The sailor and th…

Hi-Five: Jori Hulkkonen
The Finnish DJ-producer digs up some synth-pop gems.

You would be hard pressed to find an artist who has contributed to electronic music as much as Finnish DJ and producer Jori Hulkkonen has. Since his first forays making music in the ’80s, Hulkko…

Bubblin' Up: Kllo
The rising Australian duo explain how they became Ghostly International's premier pop act.

As I meet cousins Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam, the Australian duo better known as Kllo, in a bustling cafe in Silverlake, Los Angeles, I’m immediately hooked by their relaxed demeanor and airy natu…

Artist Tips: Alpha 606
The Cuban multi-instrumentalist gives some tips on removing the computer from your workflow.

Born in Miami to Cuban immigrants, Alpha 606 is the project of Armando Martinez, a multi-talented multi-instrumentalist. The group was founded by Armando and Rey Rubio in 1998, and they were joined by…

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

Every month, XLR8R works with artists and labels to release a large batch of exclusive tracks for your download, listen, and playing pleasure via the ever-popular downloads section. You’ll find …

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