Throughout the week, a whole lot of material gets posted here on XLR8R. And while we know—and love—that some hardcore readers will eagerly pour over every single news story, interview, podcast, video, and MP3 download that appears on the site, we also realize that for most people, it's impossible to see everything, which means that some quality XLR8R content is likely to get missed in the hustle and bustle of everyone's daily lives. In the interest of making it easier for everyone to catch up, every Friday we present The Lowdown, a weekly wrap-up of the top 10 tidbits from our site.
1. The annual NAMM convention always results in plenty of juicy new product news, and Rane generated some of the most fevered early buzz with its announcement of two new mixers: the TTM57mkII (a new iteration of its series specifically for Serato DJs) and the rotary-based MP2015, which was designed with the help of Gerd Janson, Ben UFO, Martyn, Anthony Parasole, Dixon, Tim Sweeney, and Efdemin, among others.
2. This week's XLR8R podcast was a darkly thrilling, genre-hopping session from Berlin-based selector M.E.S.H.
3. Shadowy UK producer Burial surprised everyone with the sudden release of a new single via the Keysound label.
4. A new edition of our Artist Tips series found Dance Mania stalwart and ghetto house veteran DJ Deeon sharing a few of his studio secrets.
5. Before the madness of NAMM kicked in, Pioneer shared the news that it will soon be releasing the XDJ-RX, a new unit in the company's growing line of an all-in-one DJ systems.
6. Caribou (pictured above) continued his recent active streak by releasing a live album via Bandcamp.
7. Ahead of his new EP, Aphex Twin offered up a new track as a free download.
8. Prolific LA producer Delroy Edwards issued a new EP via his own L.A. Club Resource label.
9. At the start of the week, two new mixes surfaced from veteran artists Mr. G and Marcel Dettmann.
10. Moog shared the news that it will soon begin manufacturing classic large-format modular synthesizers.
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