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Bubblin' Up: A Pleasure
Following a blissful debut album on Jaar's Other People, Mark Hurst discusses his inspirations and unique production methods.

Mark Hurst (a.k.a A Pleasure) divides his time between waiting tables and making music. While the former does not sound especially conducive to a successful career in the latter, it’s …

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Get Familiar: S-Max
We checked in with a master of electronic funk, to try to unpack the story behind his distinctive style.

When Dropping Acid On Your Astro Turf was announced late last year following four years of silence, a gentle hubbub arose from fans of Manfred Koridass (a.k.a. S-Max) in celebration …

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Synths Preposterously Big and Remarkably Small: NAMM 2016
The modular world joins the big players at this year's edition of the annual music-gear expo.

Set up right next door to Disneyland (as usual) in Anaheim, California, this year’s NAMM show was again a loud mess of humanity and machines, dotted with tiny bits of …

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Interpretations: Lapien
The Berlin-based Dutch artist lays down nine minutes of raw and swinging house.

Nick Lapien is an artist that dons many hats and monikers. As a producer—under his given name, as well as Metropolis, Nepal, and Artefakt, his collaboration with fellow Dutch producer Robin Koek—his …

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Interview: Kerri Chandler
"I don't want people to just say ‘Kerri was great,’ I want everyone to say ‘That night was wonderful.’”

“Love, Respect and Admiration,” the words with which Kerri Chandler signs his social media posts, are as essential to his character as masterful rhythms, signature basslines and modified kick drums …

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Get Familiar: Detroit's Chuck Daniels
“We come from a lot of hardship and suffering as a city, so we have to hustle harder than most."

Detroit hustles harder: A proud declaration of the city’s grit and unwavering spirit, it’s rare to go anywhere in the Motor City these days without seeing those three words emblazoned …

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Bubblin' Up: Clovis
An emerging master of sophisticated and subtle 4/4 sounds plays the upcoming XLR8R bash.

Clovis Bouhier—who, as a creator and player of dream-time house and techno, goes by his first name only—is native of Los Angeles, born and raised, save for a two-year stint …

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Bubblin' Up: Howes
Possesed circuits and luminous phantasms: A young modular-loving producer releases a debut LP brimming with rich, phantasmical rhythms.

It’s so easy to boot up a computer and decide you’re a musician in 2016; there’s software to make budding beatsmiths of the most sonically inexperienced. One consequence of this …

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Preview: Montreal's Igloofest
The beloved midwinter gathering celebrates ten years of frosty fun.

It’s one of those so-crazy-it-just-might-work ideas: Toss a festival outdoors in Canada, in the middle of winter, on a pier jutting out into the frigid St. Lawrence River. And it …

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Interview: Kobosil
With his debut album on the way, the Berghain resident reveals the production processes behind it and discusses his rapid ascent.

This certainly won’t be the last feature you read on Max Kobosil. Following a Barker & Baumecker remix and the release of his debut EP in the early summer of …

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Get Familiar: Rote
Daniel Avery and Volte-Face give us the low-down on their mysterious new collaborative project.

In a global scene that has tended to herald Berlin and Detroit as its capitals of techno production, London—and the rest of England for that matter—is sometimes overlooked as a …

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The Factory: Tombo
With monsters and shamen, the illustrator interprets the aural aesthetic of Nina Kraviz's label.

Exploring the inextricable bond between art and music, XLR8R continues with the never-ending ancient quest to understand the very essence of its expression, and the role it plays in today’s …

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XLR8R's Best of 2015: New Artists
XLR8R salutes the new recruits who helped to make 2015's dance-music scene so vibrant.

Probably more than in most genres, it’s new recruits—the freshman class of studio whizzes, musicians and all-around creative types that hits the scene every year—who make the electronic- and club-music …

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XLR8R's Best of 2015: Labels
Here are ten of the year's best homes for great music, as chosen by the XLR8R staff.

Even in the era of Soundcloud and Spotify—perhaps especially in this age of endless choices—record labels are an essential part of our world. They help us to define our tastes, …

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XLR8R's Best of 2015: Readers Poll
The votes are in—and as chosen by our readers, this is the very top of what 2015 had to offer.

Over the course of the last two weeks, our Best of 2015 series has dominated the airwaves here at XLR8R. Mainly curated by our editorial staff, the series has put forth …

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XLR8R's Best of 2015: Tracks
We present the tunes that provided a year's worth of thrills and chills.

It’s hard to pin down exactly how many individual tracks are put out each year, but our best estimate is…oh, let’s go with a gazillion. As production and distributions becomes …

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XLR8R's Best of 2015: Releases
We run through our top 25 albums and EPs of the year.

Sure, it’s individual tracks that drive the dancefloor and keep clubland humming. But sometimes—when you’re at home, driving your car, or otherwise engaged in some personal-headspace listening—you want to experience …

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Mike Shannon: "For me, techno has always been a faceless thing."
As XLR8R Festival 2016 approaches, the head of the Cynosure label muses on his beginnings, his ethos, and the advantages of musical naiveté..

Nowadays, he’s one of the most respected guys in techno; as a kid growing up in Ontario, however, it’s a safe bet that dance-music greatness was probably the last thing …

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