Podcast 471: Kastle
The Symbols label head delivers a sprawling mix of twisted bedroom pop, garage, and hip-hop.

Barret Richards (a.k.a. Kastle) and his label Symbols embody the forward-thinking ethos at the heart of electronic music. Since debuting seven years ago, Richards’ work as Kastle and the music h…

XLR8R's Best of 2016: Gear
We look back at our favorite pieces of gear released in 2016.

In terms of music and music making, 2016 really stood out for the amount of accessible, analog gear that was released. Many of the premier companies in the space—Korg, Roland, Arturia, Elektron—releas…

Kid Smpl Announces New Album, Privacy; Shares Video
The forthcoming LP will land on Kastle's Symbols imprint early next month.

Former XLR8R podcast contributor Kid Smpl will drop his latest album on Kastle’s Symbols imprint next month. Privacy follows 2012’s Skylight LP—released via Seattle imprint Hush Hush—with …

Premiere: Hear a Track From Moth's Latest EP on Symbols
'Transit' will be released via LA imprint Symbols later this month.

Washington DC DJ and producer Moth is set to release his latest EP, In Transit, via Kastle’s always-on-point LA-based imprint Symbols on August 21. The sprawling eight-track EP takes cues from M…

XLR8R's Top 10 Downloads of April
Check out the 10 most popular tracks to hit our downloads section last month.

Now that we’ve ticked over into May, it’s time to announce the top 10 most popular tracks to land in XLR8R’s downloads section in April. Like in March, April’s list is mostly m…

Kastle "Strange Days"

Today marks the release of LA based producer Kastle’s latest EP, Hyperreality. The six track affair will come out via Symbols, the imprint Kastle founded, which has also been home to releases fr…

Kastle "I Know"

It’s been about a year since Kastle (a.k.a. Pittsburgh-based bass music producer B. Rich) released his debut on Starkey’s and Dev79’s Seclusiasis label. Now, he’s back with Tim…

Kastle "You Got the Love"

The field recording of a playground that starts off “You Got the Love” fits the theme of Inner Child, a compilation whose proceeds go to benefit Atlanta’s Dream House for Kids, from …

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