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Desert Sky Gaia
Gilles Aiken delivers a wholly absorbing debut LP as Desert Sky.

Before now, you would be hard pushed to really detail the differences between Gilles Aiken’s Edward and Desert Sky aliases. The output of both—variously on labels like Geigling, PAL SL …

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Floating Points Kuiper
Sam Shepherd continues to experiment with the possibilities of the live band on his latest EP.

Sam Shepherd has ensured that critically reviewing his records these days has lost some of its value. Since his Floating Points alias broke back in 2009 he’s barely hit a …

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Various Artists 20 Years of Freerange
The essential London label celebrates two decades of house-centric existence.

If you’re a label that’s shooting for longevity in the volatile world of dance music, you basically have three choices. You can be ready to adapt to the ever-changing tastes …

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Djrum LA
The UK DJ-producer falters slightly through his own split personalities, but succeeds greatly elsewhere.

In his DJ sets and his original work, Djrum (real name Felix Manuel) sets his sights indisputably high. Following a 2010 debut two-tracker that spun slow, downtempo dubstep in the …

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nonkeen Oddments of the Gamble
Nils Frahm & Co. deliver a sometimes subdued, occasionally soaring session of playful experimentation.

The lead track on Oddments of the Gamble, “kassettenkarussel,” opens with a ten-second burst of rough static, something akin to the roar of a highway full of 18-wheelers as filtered …

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Photo Gallery: Electric Island Festival 2016
This year's event took place from June 24 - 25 in Guam.

Taking place from Friday, June 24 to Saturday, June 25 (expanding to two days for the first time in the event’s short history) at the larger Guam International Raceway space, the …

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Objekt Kern Vol. 3
TJ Hertz condenses his musical history into a perfectly sculpted 75-minute mix for Tresor.

The enormity of the third chapter in Tresor’s Kern series was evident long before the mix reached anyone’s ears. A little bit of reading around the release gave you a …

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Photo Gallery and Review: Terraforma Festival
XLR8R travels to the Italian countryside to explore Terraforma, one of last year's highlights for many fans of experimental music.

It’s difficult to conjure up too many more beautiful festival locations than that of Italy’s Terraforma, a blossoming music event hosted in the woodlands of an 18th century villa just …

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Jackmaster DJ Kicks
The masterful selector and co-founder of Numbers gives an expansive tour through his sound palate with forthcoming DJ-Kicks.

As Jackmaster, Jack Revill’s creative trajectory has been the stuff of dance music lore. The story begins during his teenage employment at the world-renowned Rubadub record shop in his hometown of Glasgow. It …

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Les Points Anthoms
Just under a year on from their last full-length, the Swiss collective have grown older, wiser and zanier.

Les Points seem to lead a bit of a charmed life. From the outside in, the Swiss producers look to be blessed with endless strings of gigs in their hometown …

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Vakula Cyclicality Between Procyon and Gomeisa
The Ukranian producer balances dancefloor friendly forms with subtle ambience on his latest album for Dekmantel.

For someone who’s only been putting out records since 2008, Mikhaylo Vityuk has an astonishingly broad range of releases to his name. The Ukrainian artist from the northern city of Konotop, …

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Photo Gallery: elrow Off Week, Barcelona
This year's elrow showcase took place on June 19 in Viladecans, Barcelona.

Brainchild of the Arnau family, elrow is the newest project from a dynasty of elite Spanish promoters who have forged a legacy over five generations that counts Monegros Desert Festival …

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Photo Gallery: Diynamic Off Week Edition 2016
This year's edition took place on June 18 at Barcelona's Parc Del Forum.

With names like Adriatique and Kollektiv Turmstrasse [live] on the lineup, it came as no surprise that this year’s Diynamic label showcase was yet another sell out, proving to be yet another highlight of …

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Boorane Thru Jazz To Mars
A collision of jazzy Russian hip hop and house with a taste of the Soviet space race.

When you consider the  surreal amount of hype surrounding the electronic music that has been coming out of Russia as of late, hip-hop is a genre that doesn’t really spring …

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Photo Gallery: FACT Music Pool Series Barcelona, 2016
FACT Music Series ran from June 15 - 19 and included showcases from Cocoon, Half Baked, Mobilee and many more.

June is a wonderful time to visit Barcelona. A combination of the food, the sun and the sand makes it a popular tourist destination for the full duration of the …

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Answer Code Request Neume
Patrick Gräser steers away from dancefloor convention on his latest effort for Ostgut Ton.

Patrick Gräser’s output as Answer Code Request tends to be limited to an average of one EP each year (barring his 2014 full-length Code), via either Ostgut Ton or the …

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Photo Gallery and Review: Ostbahnhof LA
With Orlando and Pride on our collective minds, XLR8R ventured to the newest party making headlines in the world of queer techno.

All photos by Derek Wanker. In light of the horrific tragedy last week at Pulse—a gay and Latino nightclub in Orlando—as well as the numerous LGBT pride celebrations that have been taking …

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Photo Gallery and Review: Gottwood Festival 2016
XLR8R spent a weekend at the seventh edition of the Welsh Festival.

The seventh edition of Welsh festival Gottwood was probably its best yet. On paper, the depth in its lineup hinted at what was to come, but the proof lay in …

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