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. Without question, our Best of 2014 series dominated the site this week, and our list of the year's top 25 tracks was by far the most popular installment.
2. Not surprisingly, the first half of our tracks list, which counted down from #50 to #26, also garnered plenty of attention.
3. Caribou (pictured above) shared a remix of Our Love album cut "Your Love Will Set You Free" by Detroit techno stalwart Carl Craig.
4. Prolific synth obsessive Legowelt kicked off the week by offering up a surprise ambient LP, which he colorfully described as "not just some jumbled up random chiliwave overcompressed 80s retro soggy biscuit jerkoff."
5. On Tuesday, our Best of 2014 series delivered a list of our favorite XLR8R podcasts of the year.
6. We kicked off the week's Best of 2014 run with a focus on the top XLR8R features of the year.
7. Ghostly International and Adult Swim announced the impending release of a second Ghostly Swim compilation, which will feature music from Shigeto, Dauwd, Anenon, and many more.
8. LA beatmaker Shlohmo shared the news that he had signed with Brooklyn's True Panther label. He also posted a stream of a new track and announced a spring North American tour.
9. Our Best of 2014 series is also going to include a Readers Poll, so we've put out a call each day asking the members of our audience to cast their vote.
10. UK producer Floating Points announced his plans to start a new reissue label focused on classic soul, disco, and boogie records that have become "anthems" at his You're A Melody nights at London's Plastic People.
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