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Movement Detroit: The 10 Commandments
With the 10th anniversary of Movement Electronic Music Festival fast approaching, XLR8R provides a doctrine for visiting Detroit.

The Spirit of Detroit may be a statue that sits cross-legged just feet from Hart Plaza—the riverfront home of Movement Electronic Music Festival—but it’s also so much more than that. …

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Labels We Love: Leaving Records
Matthewdavid picks 10 releases that help define Leaving Records.

#3: Mndsgn – Surface Outtakes This record was originally supposed to be Yawn Zen which was his record for Stones Throw. We decided to do the outtakes on Leaving, because …

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Real Talk: Sepalcure
Travis Stewart and Praveen Sharma discuss the benefits of constraints in the creative process.

Real Talk’ is a series of artist-penned essays that appear on XLR8R from time to time. This week’s submission comes from Sepalcure, the project of North Carolina’s Travis Stewart (better known …

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Artist Tips: Motor City Drum Ensemble
Danilo Plessow talks us through his five top tips for record diggers worldwide.

Due to the massive amount of people getting back into buying vinyl, the effects of eBay, Discogs and co, and the competitiveness of diggers worldwide to come up with the few …

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Get Familiar: Lowtec
Almost two decades after his debut release as Lowtec, XLR8R meets the German electronic tastemaker.

“In my opinion, if you are going to release a record, it’s very important that you should be able to listen to it in 15 years and still think that …

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Artist Tips: Grimy
Zernell Gillie from Crate Diggers provides a step-by-step tutorial on ripping vinyl to a playable digital format.

After the Recording Once the recording is complete, you can stop your recorder and push stop on your platter. You can playback the track directly from the recorder and have …

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Drumcell: An Altered Shape
Marked by BL_K Noise and Hypoxia, the LA-based artist discusses the experimental side of his character.

For most people, it’s their upbringings and early life experiences that shape who they are—and for an artist, it’s those years and moments that have paved the creative path. For …

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AMBIQ: Freedom Through Sound
The electronic-jazz trio discuss the origins and inner-workings of their improvisational collaboration.

AMBIQ is the project of Max Loderbauer (modular synth), Samuel Rohrer (drums/perc, electronics) and Claudio Puntin (clarinet, electronics). The origins can be traced back to Loderbauer’s relationship with Ricardo Villalobos. …

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Coachella 2016: Winners and Losers
Yeah, we went both weekends.

Winner: DJ Koze in The Yuma Tent Many artists have showcased their talent on the decks inside the Yuma tent since its inception back in 2013. Our first big memory …

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Real Talk: Lucy
Luca Mortellaro explores the split between the producer and performing side of artists.

Real Talk’ is a series of artist-penned essays that appears on XLR8R from time to time. This month’s submission comes from Luca Mortellaro, the DJ-producer better known as Lucy. The Italian-born, …

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Artist Tips: Session Victim
Hauke Freer and Matthias Reiling give us some quick sampling tips.

Hauke Freer and Matthias Reiling are German house duo Session Victim. Friends of over two decades from their home of Hamburg, they quickly built a reputation in dance music circles, …

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A Guide To: Virtual Reality and Music
XLR8R explores the rich intersection between electronic music and virtual reality.

After a fitful start in the 1980s and 1990s, a new dawn of virtual reality (termed “VR”) is now finally upon us. By now, you’ve surely heard the hype; many consider …

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Bubblin' Up: Junes
XLR8R spends an afternoon with the Galdoors co-founder at his home in Berlin.

Back in the Spring of 2013, a new Audio Werner record surfaced as the debutant release on the then unknown Galdoors record label. A totally faceless affair, it was packaged …

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Labels We Love: Heisenberg
XLR8R investigates the origins and secrets of the thriving Russian label.

“If the music is good it will reach the people; if not then fuck it,” says Sasha Kaktus. Besides his work as a DJ-producer, St. Petersburg-based Kaktus is founder of …

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Zendid: Merging of Minds
A widely-known name in the DJ community, the French duo finally explain their story.

If you missed the mix they shared via XLR8R just last week, you’d be forgiven for not knowing who Adrien Doumenge (left) and Lenny Mailleau (right) are. Originating from Toulouse, Southern France, …

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Artist Tips: Sasha
With a new album on the shelves, Sasha provides five tips on collaboration and workflow.

British artist Sasha—now based in the US—has been one of the leading house and techno DJs for most of his 26 years as a professional DJ, and his mix compilations are …

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Get Familiar: Chris Carrier
XLR8R shines a light on one of house music's unsung heroes, who also provides an exclusive bundle of music.

Chris Carrier is an artist in the truest sense of the word. He creates not for the glamour of doing so, but rather due to an innate need to do …

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A Guide To: Modular Synthesis
Freerotator Steevio guides us through the minefield that is his Eurorack.

Unless you’ve been avoiding any kind of electronic music-related content for the past few years, you have noticed the rise in popularity of modular synthesis. Once the preserve of scientific …

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