Real Talk: Honey Dijon on What it Means to be a DJ
The house music mainstay muses on the artform behind the mix.

When it comes to the ethos of house and techno, there aren’t many artists alive that better fit the bill than NYC producer and DJ Honey Dijon. Born and bred in Chicago and mentored by Derrick Ca…

Artist Tips: Letherette
The Ninja Tune duo elaborate on the secrets behind their sample-heavy recording processes.

Letherette is the project of Richard Roberts and Andy Harber, two childhood friends so close that they are “more like brothers than anything else,” they say. The roots of their connection …

Get Familiar: Niko Marks
We hear the story of Niko Marks, whose 44th studio album, 'Day of Knowing,' was released on February 10 on Carl Craig's Planet E Communications.

For an artist with well over 50 releases under his belt—including EPs and albums on Planet E, Delsin, Ornaments, EMI, Submerge, and U2X Productions, where the majority of his outings have landed—Detro…

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

With the holiday break well and truly behind us and 2017 in full swing, it’s time to peruse the stats, tally the numbers, and announce the top 10 tracks to hit the downloads section in January. As is …

Bubblin' Up: Mor Elian
We sit down with the rising artist to discuss her history, musical direction, and what's next.

When charting Mor Elian’s foray into electronic music and, more specifically, DJing, the age-old 10,000-hour rule—they say it takes at least 10,000 hours to become an expert in any field—rings truer t…

Studio Essentials: Jeroen Search
The Dutch techno veteran speaks on the synths that have been essential during his two decade career.

Longevity in the techno world isn’t the easiest feat to pull off. Having the essential understanding of the sound, as well as the additional flare, is one thing, but holding onto it is something else.…

20 Questions: Baba Stiltz
XLR8R catches up with the multi-talented Studio Barnhus regular.

Swedish musician Baba Stiltz dares to be different.  Keeping up with his genre-bashing music over recent years has been just as enjoyable as consuming it. His most recent release dropped on Stockholm’…

Real Talk: Romans on the Importance of Techno in the Face of Fascism
Gunnar Haslam and Johannes Auvinen (a.k.a. Tin Man) reflect on techno's role in the fight against fascism.

The latest in our series of artist-penned essays comes from Romans, the collaborative project of New York techno producer Gunnar Haslam and Vienna-based acid evangelist Johannes Auvinen (a.k.a. Tin Ma…

Artist Tips: Bonobo
Simon Green details seven techniques that led to the creation of his latest album, 'Migration.'

Since the release of his acclaimed Black Sands album, Simon Green (a.k.a. Bonobo) has ridden a somewhat meteoric rise to the upper echelons of electronic music. This rise can mostly be contributed to …

From Synth to Sync: NAMM 2017 Brings Music Gear Aplenty
A wrap-up of the best on offer at the annual gear convention.

NAMM 2017 has come and gone, amidst a series of rather torrential downpours in traditionally sunny Anaheim, California. Though there was perhaps less emphasis on throwback products and re-releases tha…

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…

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