20 Questions - Bok Bok Tackles '80s Boogie, Google Glass, and the Pros and Cons of London

Although three years have passed since the release of his last solo EP, Bok Bok has managed to remain a permanent fixture of XLR8R’s ever-growing interests, and not just because …


Parlour Googler

What Kentucky natives Parlour (featuring ex-members of Aerial M and The For Carnation) offer in Googler is a hypnotic glimpse of what post-rock is best capable of. Songs like “Jololinine” …


Podcast 407: MANIK
On the eve of a release on BPitch Control, the DJ-producer drops a wide-ranging set of 4/4 rhythms.

Considering his adopted nom de musique—enhanced by those capital letters, in case you miss the point—you’d think that the man known as MANIK would be a somewhat frenzied guy. In …

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Happy Campers: Seven Takeaways from the Sustain-Release festival
The S-R crew heads to the hills for the even't second annual installment.

When a friend tells you that something is the absolute best thing ever, you have to take it with a grain of salt. Perhaps the enthusiasm comes from self-interest (“Come …


Bubblin' Up: Avalon Emerson
The San Francisco-born software developer invites XLR8R to her new Berlin home to discuss her musical ambitions.

It’s a small world. As a 20-year-old, Avalon Emerson, the rising DJ-producer, was an intern at the former XLR8R HQ in San Francisco. Just last week, we sat down in …

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20 Questions: Justin Robertson
As a new Deadstock 33s album is released, the U.K. clubland lifer opines on Daniel Avery, his favorite artists, and his distaste for the Thatcher years.

He’s been one of the U.K. dance-music world’s sharpest dressers for years, and he’s one of that scene’s very few philosophy majors, too—but that’s not what makes Justin Robertson stand …


JUST the TIP! wsg DJs Andy Toth, Eric Hinchman & Charles Pearson

Join us for the first installment of JUST the TIP, every 3rd Friday of each month @ Northern Lights Lounge in Detroit, featuring some of your favorite song slingers and …

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Q&A: Decibel's Sean Horton
The festival's founder reflects on 12 years of running one of the country's premiere electronic-music gatherings.

Sean Horton is proud of what he’s accomplished—and he has every right to be. As the founder, curator and president of Seattle, Washington’s Decibel Festival, which takes place this year …


Phantasm Halloween at the San Francisco Armory

The first-ever Phantasm: A Karnival of Mischief, from Opel Productions and Vau de Vire, takes place at’s storied Armory on Halloween, Saturday, October 31, 2015. Phantasm represents a new …


Event Review: Body High FYF Kick-off Party at The Standard LA
In addition, XLR8R travels to FYF to witness the sounds of DJ Dodger Stadium.

Since its founding in 2011, Los Angeles party series and record label Body High—created by Sam Griesemer (aka Samo Sound Boy) and Jerome Potter (aka. Jerome LOL) who together make up …


Hi-Five: Ralph Lawson
The venerable 20/20 Vision boss looks back at some of his label's essential tunes.

Ralph Lawson has a bit of history behind him—a history that parallels the past quarter century of British house. For instance: As a rising young DJ in 1991, the London-born, …

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Silkie Fractals
Silkie soars to the outer galaxies with a new R&B-tinged dubstep space opera.

London producer Solomon Rose’s creative work as Silkie has always wobbled to a different groove than many of his other dubstep contemporaries. His sound embraces a brighter, soulful, synth-driven aesthetic …

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Q&A: Satoshi Tomiie Releases New Day
A decade and a half after his full-length debut, the house-music vet's second album is finally here.

If there were any justice in the world, Satoshi Tomiie would be exalted as one of house music’s prime movers, a towering figure gazing over the clubbing realm like a …


XLR8R Podcast 395: Dekmantel Soundsystem - Dekmantel 2015 Festival Edition
Thomas Martojo and Casper Tielrooij warm us up for the big throwdown with a sprawling set of tunes.

Festival season is in full swing—has all the action worn you out yet? Of course you’re not—with so much great music and fun times, there’s no way you’re going to …

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Event Review: AIM 2015
The Montreal-area festival made its debut with 32 straight hours of music and fun (along with a bit of rain).

Montreal is one of world’s most charming cities—so it make sense that its electronic-music festivals are pretty damn loveable as well. And the gathering known as AIM (“Art-Innovation-Movement”), which made …


B2B: Todd Terje and Jaga Jazzist's Lars Horntveth
Two seemingly divergent music makers find common ground.

Terje Olsen, better known as Todd Terje, is one of the kings of the Norwegian sound, having climbed up Oslo’s nu-disco ladder to reach global clubland fame via an array …

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El_Txef_A Returns With We Walked Home Together - Remix Pack II
We Walked Home Together - Remix pack II is scheduled for release July 13 via Forbidden Colours

Following the release of his sophomore long player We Walked Home Together through Fiakun, El_Txef_A returns with a series of remix packs on his own newly created label Forbidden Colours. While …

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Interview: Eddie Fowlkes
As Detroit's Movement festival approaches, one of techno's overlooked founders sets the record straight.

“Oh, you really trying to kick up some dirt,” Detroit’s Eddie Fowlkes says with a laugh. We’ve been talking for 20 minutes, and I’ve just inquired if it caused a …