The Lowdown: This Week's XLR8R Top 10 with DVS1, Aphex Twin, Dntel, 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. Real Talk is a new series of artist-penned essays on XLR8R, and the debut edition was handled by Minneapolis techno veteran DVS1 (pictured above), who spoke on respect, photography on the dancefloor, and the battle between art and entertainment.

2. An extensive new interview with Aphex Twin emerged on Pitchfork, in which the UK producer touched on his new album, gear, living in Scotland, '90s rave culture, and more.

3. With a new LP set to drop next week, LA producer Dntel invited us into his home studio to show off his five most essential pieces of gear.

4. The latest XLR8R podcast was assembled by veteran UK duo Simian Mobile Disco, who are embarking on a North American tour this week.

5. It's not often that Joy Orbison does a remix, so our readers flocked to hear his rework of "The Heat" by UK pair Jungle.

6. Hessle Audio co-founder and Rinse FM regular Ben UFO put together a new mix that places "an emphasis on tracks which shift the energy and momentum when they're played during a DJ set."

7. SBTRKT released an interactive video for forthcoming LP cut "Look Away" that attempts to follow the viewer's eyes as they watch.

8. We put together a preview of Vancouver's New Forms festival, naming five artists that should not be missed during the festivities this week.

9. LA label Friends of Friends announced the impending release of a new compilation for its fifth anniversary. The collection will include tracks from Shlohmo, Shigeto, Machinedrum, Nicolas Jaar, and more.

10. Tin Man stepped in for the newest installment of Hi-Five, selecting a handful of his favorite acid tracks.

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