Influences 02: jitwam
An alluring collection of influential music from a rising Indian-born producer.

Last month, we launched a new podcast series called Influences with a journey into early easy listening material from Rod Modell (a.k.a. DeepChord). The series—for those that didn’t catch the fi…

Photo Gallery and Review: HORST Festival 2017
The Belgian arts and music event delivers again in the Hageland Hills.

All photos by Maxikamera, Jeroen Verrecht, and Pommelien Koolen. Horst Arts and Music is a festival of visual arts and alternative electronic music set in the grounds of Horst castle, an hour east of …

Podcast 500: Derrick Carter
XLR8R marks a milestone with two hours from a Chicago house legend.

It’s with great honor—and, to be honest, quite a lot of pleasure—that today we release the 500th XLR8R podcast. The XLR8R podcast series began back in 2006 with an hour-long mix from LA-based record l…

Fade To Mind Favorites: A Five Year Anniversary Tribute
XLR8R celebrates Fade To Mind's five-year anniversary with our five favorite tracks from the maverick imprint.

July 5, 2016, marks the five-year anniversary of Fade To Mind’s inaugural release, Nuguzuguzu’s Timesup EP. Over the 1825 days following the release of that EP, Fade To Mind has grown into…

Get Familiar: S-Max
We checked in with a master of electronic funk, to try to unpack the story behind his distinctive style.

When Dropping Acid On Your Astro Turf was announced late last year following four years of silence, a gentle hubbub arose from fans of Manfred Koridass (a.k.a. S-Max) in celebration of his return. Whe…

Interview: Kode9
Emptiness and loss serve as the catalysts for the Hyperdub founder's new album.

On New Years Eve of 2014, Kode9 scrapped almost all the music he had been working on for the past year. “Everything I was making was really synthy and didn’t capture how I was feeling,” he expla…

Q&A: Planet Mu's Mike Paradinas
His pioneering, still-vital electronic-music label marks its 20th anniversary with a sprawling retrospective.

The music of  Planet Mu, the groundbreaking label which is in the midst of it 20th-anniversary year, can be startling in its intensity—but the man who runs it, Mike Paradinas, is almost shockingly lai…

Various Artists µ20
One of electronic music's most adventurous labels, Planet Mu, celebrates 20 years of singular sounds.

Planet Mu has never been easy to categorize. For the past 20 years, the label has continually taken risks on new styles of electronic music, developing sounds that stray from the dancefloor—but never …

Vanguard: RP Boo
A founding father of footwork releases 'Fingers, Bank Pads & Shoe Prints' on Planet Mu.

It’s notoriously difficult to write an accurate history on the rise of any music scene, even a localized, tightly focused one—particularly if it has its roots in pre-smartphone, pre-nonstop-docu…

Machinedrum Releases DJ Rashad Tribute EP
Travis Stewart has shared some of his collaborations with the late footwork pioneer as a digital release on Bandcamp.

Over the weekend, Machinedrum released Movin’ Forward, a tribute EP dedicated to the late Chicago footwork figurehead DJ Rashad. As Resident Advisor reports, the record contains a couple of Trav…

DJ Rashad I Don't Give a Fuck

The three years since the release of Planet Mu’s influential Bangs & Works Vol.1 compliation have seen a notable increase in the cross-pollination of ideas between Chicago juke and the UK…

DJ Rashad Rollin'

Hyperdub has long been known as a forward-thinking outpost, yet the label hasn’t really delved into juke and footwork, even after the initial waves of new attention to those genres swelled up ar…

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