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 …

Bicep Drop New EP with Video
'Glue' is out now via Ninja Tune.

Bicep have shared a new EP, Glue,  via Ninja Tune. The three-track release is the follow-up to the Belfast duo’s debut full-length, which landed earlier this year. The EP features two new tracks…

20 Questions: Midland
Harry Agius talks favorite films, books, track selection, and his new 'Fabriclive 94' release.

Harry Agius (a.k.a Midland) began DJing in 2003 after a tape of Andy C at a Slammin Vinyl show kick-started an obsession with the craft. From there, he went on to attend Leeds University, dividing his…

Bicep Share New Single
'Bicep' LP is scheduled for September 1 release.

Bicep—the Belfast-born, London-based duo of Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson—have today announced “Vale,” the third track to be taken from their eponymous debut album. The album Bicep is sai…

20 Questions: Bicep
Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson talk cookery books, production, and their debut album.

Bicep—the Belfast-born, London-based duo of Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson—recently announced their self-titled debut LP. The record, according to Ninja Tune, the label, “encapsulates the pair’s…

Photo Gallery and Review: Hideout Festival 2017
XLR8R spent a week on a Croatian island for the festival’s seventh edition.

Every summer, thousands of Europeans invade Croatia’s stunning Adriatic coast in search of sunshine, beaches, crystal clear seas, and cheap cocktails. The nation’s ideal combination of breathtaking ge…

Dixon, DVS1, Mall Grab, and More Play Modular Festival
This year's edition takes place in July 1 at the Park Maasboulevard in Schiedam.

The second edition of Modular Festival will take place on July 1 at the Park Maasboulevard in Schiedam, near Rotterdam. With Dixon, Bicep, and Talabot fronting the main stage, other notable acts inclu…

Coachella 2017: Winners and Losers
A mixed bag of musical precision and over-the-top theatrics.

With each year that passes, the behemoth that is Coachella continues to grow exponentially—this year, according to the LA Times, the festival grounds extended by 20 acres and attendance jumped in capa…

XLR8R's Best of 2016: Labels
Here are some of the year's best homes for great music, as chosen by the XLR8R staff.

What is it that makes a great label? These days, though musical curation remains as fundamental as ever to their success, there is so much more to also keep in mind. Brand image, social media presence…

Into The Valley and Into the Factory Announce New Names
Dixon, Jeff Mills, Ion Ludwig, and more all scheduled to play.

Into The Valley 2017 and its Swedish offshoot, Into The Factory, have announced more artists for their lineups Into the Valley will take place from June 29 to July 1 in a sunken former quarry and pris…

Real Talk: Dolan Bergin & Ajay Jayaram
With London's clubbing scene under the microscope, two of its leading figures give their take on the debate.

Real Talk is a series of artist-penned essays that appear on XLR8R from time to time. With the recent closure of one of the world’s most important clubs, fabric, the spotlight has been thrown on…

Photo Gallery and Review: The Social Festival
XLR8R travelled to Maidstone, Kent, for Social Festival's biggest edition yet.

It’s hard to know what to expect with a festival in the South of England. I’d spoken to a handful of people on the subject before heading to The Social Festival and horror stories were apl…

XLR8R Hosts Stage at Into the Valley
Fred P, Levon Vincent and Hunee will all spin at the Swedish festival's Pyramid Stage.

XLR8R will host the Pyramid at Into the Valley 2016. The second edition of Sweden’s Into the Valley will take place in Dalhalla, a former limestone quarry located in Dalarna, a few hours north o…

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