XLR8R's Best of 2017: Labels
Here are some of the year's best homes for great music, as chosen by the XLR8R staff.

Record labels play a major though often underestimated role in defining our musical tastes. The growth of the internet, and that of Soundcloud and Spotify, has made access to music far easier than it …

Akkord Prep New EP for Houndstooth, Share Track
The Manchester duo return with their first original music since 2015.

In July, Akkord will return to Houndstooth with their first original music since October 2015. The two-track 12”, titled RCVR / XTMR, features all the Akkord hallmarks, namely brutal, grit-filled perc…

Yan Kaylen "Suspension Of Disbelief"

The first EP to be released on the fresh music imprint Exploration Music is City Stellar, a six track effort from the Parisian artist Yan Kaylen. Having previously released music through the imprint L…

Houndstooth to Release Tessellations Compilation
The imprint celebrates three years with new music from Marquis Hawkes and more.

UK-based imprint Houndstooth will celebrate its third year anniversary and 50th release with a double CD compilation, landing next month. The artist-led label, affiliated to Fabric, will release music…

Ancestral Voices "Metamorphosis"

Ancestral Voices is the new project from Liam Blackburn, formerly known as Indigo and also known as the artist Akkord, on Samurai Music Group’s more experimental sub-label Samurai Horo. The birt…

Sicaa "Frantic"

Sicaa is a sound designer, producer, percussionist, and DJ born and raised in the 19th district of Paris. Having a passion for music since a young age, Sicaa has focused on hybrid styles, melting abst…

Ancestral Voices Announces Debut Album
'Night of Visions' is scheduled for release via Samurai Horo.

Ancestral Voices is the new project from Liam Blackburn / Akkord, on Samurai Music Group’s more experimental sub-label Samurai Horo. The birth of the project represents a new path for the establ…

Interview: Synkro
His new album, the atmospheric 'Changes,' marks a new chapter for the U.K. producer.

Manchester, U.K. producer Synkro (a.k.a. Joe McBride) has gone through some big changes in the last few years. If his sound was once in tune with the prevailing deeper resonances of dubstep and the fr…

Final Two Remixes of Akkord’s HTH035 CD Package Pressed to Vinyl for HTH040 EP
Fis (Tri-Angle / Loopy) and Regis (Downwards / Sandwell District) pressed onto 180g white vinyl and limited to 1,000 units

Due to popular demand, the final two remixes which completed Akkord’s recent HTH035 CD package have been pressed to vinyl ready for worldwide release on 25 May 2015. Fis (Tri-Angle / Loopy) and Regis …

L.E.V. Festival 2015

The Laboratory of Visual Electronics (L.E.V.), Gijon ́s International Audio-visual Creation Festival, returns for its 9th edition to occupy the different venues of the Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura ( L…

L.E.V. Will Host Cabaret Voltaire, Ben Frost, and Blanck Mass on April 30
Gijón's audio-visual experience will return for it's ninth edition from April 30-May 2.

The Laboratory of Visual Electronics (L.E.V.) will take place in Gijón from April 30 to May 2 and will occupy different venues of the Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura ( Laboral City of Culture ) and Gijón…

Listen to an Immersive Mix from Synkro
The Manchester artist constructs a delicate world for i-D's Slumber Session series.

UK producer Joe McBride has spent much of his recent career focused on his role as half of the Houndstooth-affiliated Akkord duo, but on a recent mix, it is McBride’s solo Synkro moniker that ha…

Akkord Akkord

As far as bass music goes, one would be hard pressed to find a more accessible producer than Synkro (a.k.a. Joe McBride). The Manchester producer’s last solo release was called Acceptance and bo…

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