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Event Review: Igloofest 2016 in Montreal
XLR8R travels to Montreal to take in the sights and sounds of the decade-old dance-music gathering.

If there’s one thing that we’ve learned over our many years of going to outdoor festivals, it’s that you should never head toward the party before scoping out the weather …

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Fouk Gruff EP
London's House of Disco label serves up another helping of finger-snapping grooves.

David Magnier’s ever-reliable House of Disco imprint brings another upfront slice of unashamed, finger-snapping disco grooves on the Gruff EP, served up by Dutch disco duo Fouk. The title track …

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Batu "Bleeper Feed"/"April These"
The Dnuos Ytivil imprint kicks off the year with two strong cuts from a Bristol upstart.

The Livity Sound camp starts off 2016 with with this strong two-tracker on its reverse-spelled imprint, Dnuos Ytivil, coming from the hands of Bristol, England’s Batu. The artist holds his own …

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Chrissy Growl EP
The Chicago polymath makes his Freerange debut with this wide-ranging swathe of clubland gems.

The dance-music polymath Chrissy, who’s also recorded under the Chrissy Murderbot and Chris E. Pants monikers, has worked his magic within so many genres—from juke to booty bass to rave …

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Borusiade Jeopardy EP
The latest from Matias Aguayo's Cómeme label is brooding, gothic…and even a bit silly.

Matias Aguayo’s consistently compelling and challenging label, Cómeme, has a knack for the off-kilter and inventive, two traits present in ample portions on Romanian producer Borusiade’s enigmatic Jeopardy. Born Miruna …

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Photo Diary: Day Zero 2016

All photography by: Jack Pasco for Here & Now © Facebook: wearehereandnow Instagram: @wearehereandnow

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Eight Takeaways from the Bugged Out Weekender
Squelched-out acid, '90s house icons and holiday-center dystopia: The Weekender covered plenty of ground.

A couple of weeks ago, XLR8R headed to the south coast of England to attend the infamous Bugged Out Weekender. Taking place at a Butlins holiday resort in the sleepy …

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Maelstrom/Specialivery RAAR002 EP
Punk aesthetics and techno stamina define the shadowy label's second release.

RAAR! might appear to be something you would yell to surprise an unsuspecting victim, but in reality, its a new label headed up by French noise merchant Maelstrom and frequent …

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Anja Schneider Soul Traveler EP
The Mobilee label's leader offers a warm and rich threesome of sophisticated club cuts.

Last year, Berlin’s Anja Schneider celebrated the tenth anniversary of Mobilee, the label she founded with partner Ralf Kollmann; XLR8R helped to mark that milestone with a Schneider podcast, which …

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Various artists Third EP
Robotic electro, tense techno and more comes courtesy of Germany's mysterious Black Puddle Productions.

Three releases in, and we still don’t know much about the German imprint Black Puddle Productions. In line with a headstrong philosophy of leaving it to the music to do …

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Klaves Say It EP
The young Polish producer comes up with a pair of playful house tunes for the Let's Play House label.

Sometimes, in house music as elsewhere, you don’t need a lot of time to say what you want to say or to do what you want to do—and that’s the …

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Jesse Rose Fabriclive 85
A seasoned pro's clubland savvy shines through on the latest offering from this long-running series.

Jesse Rose takes the smorgasbord approach on the latest from the Fabriclive DJ-mix series, offering as many tasty house-music fusions as possible in his 75-minute presentation. Recorded live to mirror …

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Roly Porter Third Law
The producer bends dance music's rituals to create his own sonic palette.

Roly Porter is perhaps best known for helping to spearhead the maturation of dubstep alongside Jamie Teasdale (a.k.a. Kuedo) as Vex’d. Third Law, his third long-player and his Tri Angle …

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Prins Thomas Toransu EP
Prins Thomas's Full Pupp label hits its 50th release with a double EP of new material and reworkings from the man himself.

After dropping the 32-track compilation behemoth Paradise Goulash to help close out 2015, Prins Thomas wastes little time getting back on the wagon with his new double EP, Toransu. This …

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Event Review: Floating Points in Glasgow
Sam Shepherd blows the cobwebs off a Hogmanay worn Glasgow crowd with a set of flawless disco and soul.

There probably isn’t another artist I’ve seen DJ more times in the past couple of years than Floating Points. The London producer (a.k.a. Sam Shepherd) has in the course of …

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OCH First Contact EP
Berlin's Dreiklang label makes its debut via a trio of multifaceted mixes.

Following a triangular approach, Dreiklang’s inaugural EP connects three artists from across Europe with a penchant for nuanced productions. The release comes together as a multifaceted grouping of practical tracks …

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Mood II Swing Strictly Mood II Swing

John Ciafone and Lem Springsteen's iconic house-music production work gets its long-overdue props.

The primal power of Chicago and the techno textures of Detroit have never waned in their importance—they’re ever-present wherever real-deal house music is aired, either in original form or as …

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Review: LANDR
XLR8R takes a look at the drag-and-drop online mastering tool.

In line with the rapid development of DIY home-studio hardware and software, making professional production tools more available to anyone with a computer, there is now the online mastering tool …

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