Real Talk: DeepChord
Rod Modell explains how the harsh nature of modern techno could be damaging our nervous systems.

Up next in our Real Talk series is Rod Modell (a.k.a. DeepChord), a dub techno luminary and sound-designer with 25 years involvement in electronic music and over 50 releases under various aliases and …

Alex & Digby: For My Process
Two of the scene's brightest talents reveal the moving tale behind their debut album.

Alex and Digby Smith (a.k.a. Alex & Digby) released For My Process on June 19, the height of the European summer. The album is a diverse collection of 10 extremely well produced and highly detaile…

In The Studio: Rødhåd
Mike Bierbach goes deep on the processes behind his debut LP.

Rødhåd is one of the most respected DJs in the global techno scene. The native Berliner has built his reputation over years of playing immersive and dramatic sets at Berghain and around the world. Ind…

Real Talk: Anja Schneider
Having recently left her Mobilee home, the German artist explains why we too should value creativity over commercialism.

Anja Schneider recently left mobilee, the label she founded over 12 years ago. It was big news, to say the least. Schneider had enjoyed great success as a head of a widely acclaimed and leading house …

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

XLR8R’s downloads section is somewhat of a bastion of what XLR8R represents: exciting, emerging, undiscovered music. Every day, our inboxes are inundated with tracks from artists of every calibr…

Get Familiar: DJ Seinfeld
One of lo-fi house's leading names discusses inspirations, his debut album, and the position of the genre.

In less than a year DJ Seinfeld has become an extraordinarily influential figure in house music. What’s remarkable is that he’s done so with a series of subtle, slow burn productions that have come to…

Artist Tips: Danny Daze and Shokh
The two collaborators offer insight into the manipulation of audio in Ableton.

Back in August, Danny Daze and Shokh teamed up for a single on Kompakt’s long-running Speicher series. Released alongside a cut from Patrice Baumel, “Aire” presented the perfect fusi…

Bubblin' Up: Cinthie
The Beste Modus boss muses on her new imprint, balancing motherhood with touring, and remixing Kerri Chandler.

When meeting Cinthie in person, as XLR8R did just a few months ago at a charming cafe along the river Spree in Berlin, you are immediately greeted with a beaming smile and a conspicuous ray of positiv…

Hi-Five: Ellen Allien
The BPitch Control boss selects five of her favourite records from Tresor.

Ellen Allien witnessed it all. Returning from London, the German native experienced the fall of the Berlin Wall and then all that came after—first working behind the bar and at the decks at Fischlabor…

20 Questions: Magda
The Polish-born DJ-producer talks Lionel Richie, PERM events, and Terry Riley.

Magda is another one of those artists who shouldn’t really need an introduction. Born in Poland and raised in Detroit, Magda has soaked up the various characteristics of her surroundings, learni…

Influences 01: DeepChord
Rod Modell explores the influences behind his upcoming album.

Influences is a new XLR8R podcast series, of sorts. As many of you know, we run the weekly series and have done so for more than a decade. It was only a few months ago that we celebrated our 500th sub…

Real Talk: Cosmin TRG
The Romanian DJ-producer explores how social media has broken the dance music ecosystem.

Our Real Talk series returns, this time with Cosmin TRG, formerly known as TRG, and now one of dance music’s ubiquitous figures. Throughout a career spanning almost a decade, the Berlin-based Ro…

Get Familiar: Grant
With a new album in the works, the unidentified producer speaks out.

Grant’s rise to acclaim has been quite extraordinary. It all started in 2014 with the unidentified producer dropping several precise, swinging deep house numbers via his own label, The Lauren Ba…

Artist Tips: Sapphire Slows
The gifted Tokyo-based artist shares advice on confidence, technique, and experimentation.

Although she’s a relatively fresh face on the electronic music landscape, in just a handful of years, Sapphire Slows has carved out an intriguing sonic space for herself, one born from unbridled…

Get Familiar: Photay
One of New York's rising talents talks inspirations and processes behind his latest LP.

The great outdoors plays a big part in the music of New York’s Evan Shornstein. As electronic producer Photay, he fashions meticulous tracks loaded with field recordings made in the wild and earthy pe…

Hi-Five: Julia Govor
The Russian artist shares five of her favorite emotive club cuts.

By now, Russian artist Julia Govor’s story should be quite familiar to XLR8R’s readers. In short, it goes like this: Govor got her start as an artist in a small military town in Abkhazia, …

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

It’s with great anticipation that we load up the analytics each month to tabulate the most popular tracks to land in XLR8R’s downloads section. You see, although you’ll find a wide-r…

20 Questions: Apollonia
Dyed Soundorom, Dan Ghenacia, and Shonky talk record digging, favorite restaurants, and musical inspirations.

Apollonia is the label and DJ collective of Dyed Soundorom, Dan Ghenacia, and Shonky—three widely respected DJ-producers in their own right. The project started in early 2012, stemming from Ghenacia&#…

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