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 …

Craig Richards: In Transition
'Time is running out, and now I have turned 50 I really feel like I need to do significant things. I want to make a mark.'

It’s would appear that Craig Richards is in a period of transition. The UK-based artist, a fabric resident for nearly two decades, has had a busy year — one that has seen him explore beyond the …

Real Talk: Ceri
The rising London-based DJ-producer explains why freedom on the dancefloor is a fast fading liberty.

Ceri’s journey into the world of electronic music has been underpinned by a determination, dedication to her craft, and a deeply ingrained passion for music. Having immersed herself in electronic musi…

Alex & Digby: For My Process
Two of the scene's brightest talents reveal the moving tale behind their debut album.

Alex and Digby Smith (a.k.a. Alex & Digby) released For My Process on June 19, the height of the European summer. The album is a diverse collection of 10 extremely well produced and highly detaile…

Photo Gallery: fabric 18th Birthday Weekend
This event took place from October 21 to 23 in London.

CLICK ON A PHOTO TO ENTER GALLERY BROWSING Photos: Sarah Ginn Anna Wallington Nick Ensing Danny Seaton   Lineup Craig Richards Terry Francis Ricardo Villalobos Abdulla Rashim Ben UFO Blawan Hamme…

Premiere: Stream a Cut from Scuba's Return as SCB
‘Below The Line' EP drops on Hotflush Recordings today.

Scuba’s SCB project returns today with Below the Line, a new EP on Hotflush Recordings. The British producer has become one of modern dance music’s most pioneering figures, having produced four …

DVS1 Mixes 'Fabric 96'
'fabric 96: DVS1' will be released on December 2.

DVS1 (a.k.a  Zak Khutoretsky) has mixed fabric 96. fabric 96 consists almost entirely of unreleased material, mixed live in one take on three decks and a Zone 92. There are no less than 16 forthcoming…

Podcast 508: Jennifer Cardini
An hour of low-slung grooves from the Correspondant label head.

Jennifer Cardini is a French DJ, producer, label owner, and electronic-music lifer now based in Berlin, Germany. Although not one of the biggest names in the scene, you’d be hard-pressed to find…

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…

Download a Studio Mix from Le Loup
The mix was recorded exclusively for XLR8R.

Le Loup is one of the standout names of this latest wave of French minimal talents, sweeping the globe with his warm, groove-led productions and dance-inducing sets. He was snapped up by Wolf + Lamb b…

Steffi Next Up in Ask the Experts; Send Her Your Questions Now
The Klakson label head answers your questions this month.

Steffi is up next in our Ask the Experts series. It’s not necessary to divulge too much in this introduction, for regular readers of XLR8R will likely be familiar with her work. She has, after a…

Hi-Five: Terry Francis
The long-term Fabric resident reveals five of his favorite ever records.

It was something of a meteoric rise for Terry Francis after being named Muzik magazine’s “Best New DJ” in 1997. Soon thereafter, in the winter months of 1999, he secured a residency …

Midland Mixes 'Fabriclive 94'
'Fabriclive 94' is scheduled for September 22 release.

Midland has mixed the 94th edition of the Fabriclive series. Fabric describes the release as “an ode to the many facets of club culture.” It was in part sequenced in Corsica Studios and &#…

Daphni fabriclive 93
Dan Snaith reaches for a universal dance-music mythos on his mix for the long-running series.

Dan Snaith was bitten by the dance-music bug years ago; one of his very first jobs in music was organizing DJ nights at his alma mater, the University of Toronto. But the producer could have easily fo…

Afterthoughts: Off-Week 2017
XLR8R reflects on the the future of the event series and the Barcelona scene.

It’s June 28 and Barcelona’s biggest week of music is over. Now in its 24th year, Sónar Festival continues to impress with a selection of the some of the world’s finest acts, panels, and worksho…

Various Artists fabric 94: Steffi
The veteran DJ's latest mix explores a wide swathe of electro-laced rhythms.

The Netherlands’ Steffi Doms, to her credit, has never really settled on a narrowly focused sound. From her earliest DJ sets in the ’90s, through her move to Berlin and subsequent adoption by the Ostg…

Daphni Mixes 'Fabriclive 93'
'Fabriclive 93' is scheduled for July 21 release.

Daphni (a.k.a Caribou / Dan Snaith) has compiled Fabriclive 93, the latest in the esteemed Fabric mix series. The release will be Snaith’s first ever mix CD and consists of 23 of his own new and…

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