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 …

Various Artists 20 Years of Freerange
The essential London label celebrates two decades of house-centric existence.

If you’re a label that’s shooting for longevity in the volatile world of dance music, you basically have three choices. You can be ready to adapt to the ever-changing tastes of clubland’s citizenry; y…

Lancelot "Lorikeets"

Hailing from the land down under, DJ-producer Lancelot has been on a meteoric rise over the past two years. Having most recently dropped his ‘He Said’ single on Waze & Odyssey’s …

Premiere: Hear a New Track from KiNK
Freerange Records celebrate 20 years with cuts from KiNK, Pittsburgh Track Authority, Kuniyuki, Soul of Hex, Jimpster, and more.

Jamie Odell (a.k.a. Jimpster) and Tom Roberts’ seminal imprint Freerange Records will celebrate 20 years in the game on June 10 with a 20-track, five-vinyl box set and a worldwide events series.…

Listen to a Track from Detroit Swindle's Forthcoming EP
'In Reverse' is set to land February 29 via Heist Recordings.

Following two incredibly noteworthy releases on Freerange and their own Heist Recordings imprint last year, Amsterdam-based artists Lars Dales and Maarten Smeets, who make up house duo Detroit Swindle…

Chrissy Growl EP
The Chicago polymath makes his Freerange debut with this wide-ranging swathe of clubland gems.

The dance-music polymath Chrissy, who’s also recorded under the Chrissy Murderbot and Chris E. Pants monikers, has worked his magic within so many genres—from juke to booty bass to rave to disco…

Bubblin' Up: David August
One of clubland's ascendant talents sets his sights beyond the dancefloor.

David August is an ambitious young man—at least, that’s the only explanation we can find for what the producer has accomplished in such a short time. The Hamburg-born, Berlin-based artist began …

Q&A: Detroit Swindle
Lars Dales and Maarten Smeets sit down for a chat—and offer up a stream of their new Freerange EP..

In early 20012, few people outside of the Netherlands were familiar with Lars Dales and Maarten Smeets. Nowadays, pretty much anybody with an interest in quality house music knows who they are—perhaps…

Kyodai Marea EP
The brothers go big with a pair of driving house tracks.

It’s been a busy few years for Kyodai, the Spanish sibling duo that first burst onto the scene via 2011’s Mi Rhumba EP on Freerange. It was a release that established the pair as players to watch—but …

Manuel Tur "Agrafena"

Es Cub, the third LP from Spanish-German producer Manuel Tur, is set to arrive via the Freerange label on Monday, May 19. Named after Tur’s small studio space in which the record was crafted (Es…

Tony Lionni Higher Ground EP

With the abundance of collaboration, crossover, experimentation, and ceaseless genre subdivision in modern music, it’s sometimes nice to know exactly what your going to get. Since 2008, Englishm…

Swell Session Swell Communications

Since his EP A Swell Session dropped back in 2000, Andreas Saag has turned heads with his uncanny blend of funk, soul, and jazz mixed together into sugary delights. All the sweeter then that the long-…

Jimpster Amour

Jamie Odell’s chops as a producer assure that this album couldn’t turn out bad, but the addition of a range of vocalists helps to bring this largely downbeat, soul-packed album to a higher…

Square One Sequential

On Freerange’s 62nd release, Manchester-based Mark Wadsworth (Square One) offers a beautiful spectrum of electronic production. A MIDI synth master, both the hot, bubbly “Sequential,”…

Palm Skin Productions So Bad

Go ahead, poke fun at my age because I remember buying Palm Skin EPs on Mo‘ Wax and Pussy Foot. But believe me, young whippersnapper-despite a four-year hiatus Mr. Skin is worth a few moments of your …

Various Artists Colour Series 2: Blue

Freakin‘ Freerange! Like Strictly Rhythm in the late ‘80s or Mo‘ Wax in the early ‘90s, you can pick up practically any Freerange release and be guaranteed a winner. Here they do the compilation work …

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