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Photo Gallery: Soenda Festival
Take a walk through one of the most important events on the Dutch festival circuit.

The Dutch have long had a love affair with techno: since the early days of legendary brands such as Djax-Up-Beats, to more underground establishments like Bunker Records, they have cultivated their …

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Max Graef & Glenn Astro The Yard Work Simulator
The German duo hone in on a sound that from borrows the past in their latest full-length for Ninja Tune.

Essen’s Glenn Astro and Berlin’s Max Graef are dedicated vinyl buffs. Cold, mechanical dance tracks don’t get them hot under the collar. For the most part they favour deeply dug nuggets …

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Spacetravel Time To Wake Up
Vera and Alexandra call upon the Sardinian producer to inaugurate their new label, with a well-balanced four-tracker.

Melliflow is the latest imprint to emerge out of Berlin’s Club der Visionaere-centred scene. Headed up by local DJ-producer Vera and Romanian selector Alexandra, it’s been in the making for …

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Pär Grindvik Isle of Real
The Stockholm LTD label leader's debut LP is brimming with emotion-heavy electronics.

Looking for someone to work on the soundtrack of your next gothic-horror flick? Pär Grindvik might be your man. The title track of the techno vet’s new album, Isle of …

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Gear Review: Rane MP2014
XLR8R test runs American audio specialists Rane's most recent two-channel, high-end rotary mixer.

Rotary mixers have been in the slipstream of the vinyl’s steady rise in popularity over the last years. The rare E&S DJR400 and MP2014’s bigger brother, the MP2015, have been appearing in DJ booths …

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Photo Gallery and Review: Nuits Sonores
XLR8R heads to Lyon to see how Nuit Sonores fairs in its 14th edition.

Nuits Sonores has established itself as one of the premier festivals in France, giving way to multiple days of not only well-culled music, but also a platform for lectures, participatory …

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Fabio Monesi Pipe Dreams
The Italian producer drops four hardware-driven cuts for his own Wilson Records.

Italian-born London-based artist Fabio Monesi is a true house head. He produces and plays hardware-driven records that hark back to the classic sounds of house’s late-’80s golden era. Most of …

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Mark Pritchard Under The Sun
The pioneering veteran drops his most consistent and exquisite solo release to date.

XLR8R profiled Mark Pritchard back in 2013, right at the time that the Australian-based artist announced that he would retire his monikers—including Harmonic 313, Africa HiTech (with Steve Spacek), Global …

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Photo Gallery and Review: Sunwaves 19
XLR8R journeys to Mamaia for the 19th edition of Sunwaves Festival.

If you share an appreciation for minimal house and techno, then it’s highly likely that Sunwaves Festival will have been on your radar for some time. The event takes place …

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Five Takeaways From L.E.V. Festival 2016
XLR8R travels to Spain for the tenth anniversary of L.E.V. Festival.

L.E.V. (Laboratorio de Electrónica Visuals/Laboratory of Visual Electronics) is something of a hidden gem of a festival, located on the northern coast of Spain. For the past 10 years L.E.V. …

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Simko and her classically-inclined cohorts provide a set of sumptuous hybrid sounds.

You could never accuse Kate Simko of lacking ambition. Most artists would be content to serve as one of our most adroit producers of thoughtful house and techno, the kind …

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Kaytranada 99.9%
Rising Canadian talent Kaytranada's genre-bending album breaks down the wall between hip-hop and house.

Hip-hop and house music have had a turbulent relationship since their beginnings, though the genres aren’t really so different. In fact, their similarities have coaxed many artists to produce compounds …

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Adapta MKS-50 Tracks
The British electro veteran debuts on Dutch label Frustrated Funk.

The Roland MKS-50: a grittier-sounding version of the Alpha Juno series that first hit stores in the mid-80s. Three decades later, and it remains revered by producers for its timeless features and …

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Niagara Hyperocean
The Italian experimentalists drop an album of anarchic brilliance, with the LP also premiering in full.

Turin-based experimental duo Niagara (a.k.a. David Tomat and Gabriele Ottino) make a crooked, quirky, and wholly engrossing form of music that most closely aligns with pop. It’s hard to place …

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Margaret Dygas Even 11
The Polish producer marks her return to Perlon with another splendid two-tracker.

With the impending releases of a Spacetravel eight-tracker and a new Margaret Dygas EP, it’s set to be a busy few months for Perlon. Up first is Dygas, the Poland-born, …

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Lawrence Yoyogi Park
The Dial label head finishes off his trilogy for Mule Musiq in beautiful club-based fashion.

Mule Musiq is a label that consistently delivers top-quality music across a wide range of styles and genres. Although they all differ stylistically, there’s a distinct vibe that seems to …

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Andy Stott Too Many Voices
Serrated rhythms and melodic grace are the defining features of the producer's latest release on Modern Love.

Since hitting the scene in 2005 with the gentle, Detroit-tinged house of the Replace EP, Andy Stott’s music has cycled through elegantly deep techno, idiosyncratic takes on dubstep and juke …

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Quarry Hollow The Path Of Tranquility
Mark E and Stuart Hobbs serve up a genre-blending debut collaborative EP.

Quarry Hollow may not mean much to you as a name on its own, but peel back the covers and you’ll find two highly-distinguished artists who have can count three decades worth of …

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