The Lowdown - This Week's XLR8R Top 10 with Boards of Canada, Bondax, Nicolas Jaar, and More

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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. XLR8R's exclusive podcast for the week came from breakout UK duo Bondax, and everyone seemed to enjoy it quite a bit.

2. After nearly eight years of waiting, Boards of Canada announced its fourth LP for Warp, the 17-track Tomorrow's Harvest.

3. Our Ladies on the Mic feature with Nina Kraviz, Maya Jane Coles, Cassy, Ikonika, and others asked the artists about why they do or don't sing over their own tracks.

4. Nicolas Jaar's excellent DJ set for RBMA x Boiler Room hit the internet as a 45-minute video.

5. XLR8R's list of the Top 20 Downloads of April premiered this week, which prompted many of our readers to peruse its offerings.

6. Norwegian cosmic-disco producer André Bratten shared a full stream of his debut LP for Prins Thomas' Full Pupp label.

7. Brooklyn experimental house duo Teengirl Fantasy gave away its remix of When Saints Go Machine's new "Love and Respect (feat. Killer Mike)" single.

8. Our latest contest is offering XLR8R readers the chance to win a JBL home theater speaker system. Enter now before it's too late.

9. Belgian duo goldFFinch also gave away a remix this week, the outfit's rubbery version of "Banga" by Surfing Leons & Miss Eaves.

10. Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall of LA outfit Soft Metals announced their second LP for Captured Tracks, Lenses, previewing its music with lead single "Tell Me."

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