Real Talk: Kiani & His Legion on a Science of Uncertainty
The rising Belgian artist muses on outside inspirations and the need for ambiguity in art.

Over the last few years, rising Belgian artist Thomas Neyens (a.k.a. Kiani & His Legion) has become a name to watch in the greater house music scene. Neyens first appeared on the radar under the K…

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

It’s with great pleasure that we curate and compile the tracks for XLR8R’s download section each and every day. Among the countless tracks and releases that flood into the inbox, you’…

20 Questions: Sam Gellaitry
The prodigal Scottish DJ-producer answers questions on influences, production techniques, and more.

Sam Gellaitry’s most recent record—Escapism III—landed on April 7 via XL Recordings. The release was the third part of the trilogy, arriving after two well-received initial installments of a sim…

Artist Tips: Machinedrum
Travis Stewart gives us seven detailed tips on studio efficiency.

It would be fair to say that Travis Stewart is an XLR8R favorite. Just do a quick search on XLR8R for any one of his monikers—Machinedrum, Sepalcure (alongside Braille), or JETS (alongside Jimmy Edgar…

Bubblin' Up: Derek Piotr
With his new album on the way, XLR8R dialed up the New England-based sound architect to muse on his inquisitive style.

When looking to do a feature on Polish-born New England-based producer Derek Piotr, a Bubblin’ Up almost seemed redundant; after all, since 2011, Piotr has released a full-length album every yea…

Hi-Five: Felipe Valenzuela
The Melisma and Cure Music label head selects five of his favourite warm-up tracks.

Hi-Five is back, following a lengthy hiatus. For those of you that don’t know, the structure of this feature is as follows: the selected artist, on this occasion Felipe Valenzuela, must delve in…

In The Studio: Adam Collins (a.k.a. Omni A.M.)
We sit down with one-half of Omni A.M. to chat through the band's history, gear, and production techniques.

Adam Collins has unwaveringly dedicated his life to musical exploration. From his rock beginnings to Omni A.M., the psychedelic electronic band he formed in the ’90s with Marky Star, Collins has…

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

Every day of the year, barring weekends, XLR8R releases a free tune via the ever popular downloads section. You’ll find tracks from established, well-known artists sitting next to those debuting…

Artist Tips: Janina
Drawing on experience, the Berlin-based artist offers her tips for young DJs looking to break through.

Success certainly didn’t come easy for Janina. Born in the German capital, where she resides today, she grew up without the stability that family can offer: her parents divorced, fled, and left her un…

20 Questions: Bruce
The Bristol-based sonic explorer sits down to answer our questions on production, inspirations, and anything else.

Following a storming barrage of kicks and whistles on I’m Alright Mate via Timedance, lauded sonic explorer Bruce (real name Larry McCarthy) recently debuted on Hemlock Recordings with the Befor…

Real Talk: Lawrence English
The Australian multi-disciplinary artist charts his creative path and, in doing so, questions societal issues and the need for DIY culture.

Lawrence English is an artist who deeply questions everything around him. His child-like fascination with dissecting life, from its unnerving questions to the sounds surrounding us on a daily basis, p…

Studio Essentials: Leo Pol
The new Concrete resident shares his favorite studio pieces, alongside a video of a live studio jam.

As you’ll see and hear in the video below, French producer Leo Pol has a knack for conjuring insatiable grooves out of his machines. Using a collection of classic synths, drum machines, and sequ…

Lamache: The Fear of the Fear
The rising French DJ opens up on the anxiety that has held him back for so many years.

In 2012, things were “great” for Thibaut Machet. He was, after all, living in London with his beloved girlfriend, enjoying, too, a highly rewarding time on a professional front. Having had…

Artist Tips: Monoloc
Sascha Borchardt reveals some of the secrets behind his brooding, atmospheric sound.

Given his releases on some of techno music’s most prominent labels, many of you will already be familiar with the work of Sascha Borchardt (a.k.a Monoloc). Borchardt, now based in Berlin, grew u…

Ask the Experts: DVS1
Zak Khutoretsky imparts his wisdom on DJing, music production, mastering, and everything in between.

In the latter half of 2016, news hit that Zak Khutoretsky (a.k.a. DVS1) was making plans for HUSH’s 20th anniversary celebrations. Through those past two decades, the HUSH umbrella has covered all of …

Real Talk: Federico Molinari
The wonderfully gifted Argentinian producer explores his preference for hardware synthesis.

Fans of funky, minimal basslines will already be familiar with Federico Molinari. The much loved Argentinian DJ-producer has been on XLR8R’s radar’s for some time—around the time of his debut EP in 20…

20 Questions: The Black Madonna
Marea Stamper answers 20 questions on just about anything.

For many electronic music fans, certainly those outside of the Midwest, Marea Stamper (a.k.a. The Black Madonna) arrived on the scene around four years ago, seemingly out of nowhere, with a finely cur…

Bubblin' Up: Z@p
We catch up with one of Uruguay's most exciting talents.

Fernando Zapico (better known as Z@p) and I first meet over a coffee in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district towards the end of last September. It’s his last day on European soil, having been on the road for s…

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