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. In the latest edition of our ongoing In the Studio series, we visited Ghostly affiliate Shigeto's Detroit workspace to talk about his array of gear and the creative process behind his new album, No Better Time Than Now.
2. Our latest weekly contest offers XLR8R readers the chance to win a set of studio monitors from JBL.
3. Recent Hyperdub signee Jessy Lanza shared an exclusive mix, featuring tracks from DJ Rashad, Kode9, Egyptrixx, Shlohmo's collaboration with Jeremih, Actress, and more.
4. Chicago house veteran Tyree Cooper delivered this week's XLR8Rpodcast, taking listeners on an extended ride through soul-burnt house and disco with an expert's touch.
5. After spending a week in Germany at the invitation of the country's Initiative Muzik project, XLR8R reflected on the five things we learned whilst exploring the country's contemporary music and culture scenes.
6. Before UK duo Waze & Odyssey begins its stateside tour next month, the pair offered its edit of Adonis' classic "We're Rocking Down the House" tune as a free download.
7. Following right behind our feature with Shigeto, we reviewed the producer's new LP for Ghostly, No Better Time Than Now, deeming the excellent album an XLR8R Pick.
8. For the latest Trainwreck feature, globetrotting NYC DJ/producer Brenmar shared his story of almost missing his first DJ gig in Atlanta due to an emergency landing in Knoxville, TN.
9. UK producer Ventress offered up "See Through," the woozy bonus track from the man's debut EP under his new Worn alias, for free download.
10. Jacques Greene's unabashed love for R&B again yielded some essential pieces of audio, as the Montreal producer gave away two new edits of R&B songstress Ciara.
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