Artist Tips: Abayomi
Ableton's Product Specialist offers advice on making music while working full time.

Jesse Abayomi is a London-born Nigerian artist who operates with a fiercely independent outlook. Currently based in Berlin working as Ableton’s in-house Product Specialist, Abayomi also moonligh…

Artist Tips: Hauschka
Oscar, BAFTA, and Golden Globe nominee Volker Bertelmann offers some wise words on production.

Although Volker Bertelmann is one of the most recognizable 21st-century proponents of what is known as “prepared piano”—where the sound is altered by the insertion of alien objects between…

Laurel Halo, Nosaj Thing, and Ben Frost Finalize Loop 2017
Machinedrum, Jlin, and William Basinski are also confirmed for Ableton's Berlin Loop summit in November.

Ableton has finalized the lineup for this year’s Loop summit in Berlin. The latest announcement includes live performances by Jenny Hval, mobilegirl, Visible Cloaks, and Kaki King, a new live pe…

donaufestival 2016 Announces Lineup
The event takes place in Krems, Austria, over April 29-May 1 and May 5-7.

donaufestival has shared the details of the acts billed for two weekends of music and arts, taking place at various venues across the Austrian city of Krems this April and May. The first weekend (comm…

Freerotation Festival Announces Lineup
DVS1, Altern 8 and Pender Street Steppers join the Welsh Festival this year.

Welsh institution Freerotation has announced the lineup for this year’s edition of its annual event at Baskerville Hall. Freerotation was born out of a free-party collective in the early 2000s, and to…

Fine Time Brings White Material and Lovers Rock to Los Angeles
The two parties are set to take place on January 8 and 23.

Fine Time has been responsible for putting together some of Los Angeles’ most sought after subterranean events, bringing acts such as Mike Servito, Derek Plaslaiko, Matrixxman, Teengirl Fantasy,…

CTM Festival Announces Still Be Here feat. Miku Hatsune
The festival will run between January 29 and February 7 2016.

Commissioned by CTM Festival and transmediale for their joint 2016 editions, “Still Be Here” is a unique collaborative performance that draws us into the multiplying realities of a 21st ce…

Laurel Halo In Situ
The producer creates eight graceful and atmospheric tracks for the Honest Jon's label.

With an obsessive determinism to sharpen her sonic palette, Laurel Halo finds a home at Honest Jon’s with a graceful and fascinating blueprint for releases yet to come on her latest, In Situ, a …

Function, Roman Flügel, Bonobo, and Autechre Head up Decibel 2015
Dasha Rush, Pharmakon, and The Acid will also play the 12th edition of the Seattle festival.

Seattle’s Decibel Festival—which takes place September 23 through September 27—has announced its full lineup of artists for the 2015 edition. As always, Decibel focuses on presenting forward thi…

Podcast 321: Laurel Halo

It wasn’t all that long ago that XLR8R first profiled Laurel Halo. After hearing her woozy, 4AD-esque King Felix EP, we did a small feature in January 2011 for a series that was then known as Bu…

Laurel Halo Chance of Rain

Laurel Halo’s remarkable debut full-length for Hyperdub, Quarantine, proved divisive upon its release last year, largely due to the album’s stark, abrasive treatment of the Brooklyn reside…

Laurel Halo Behind the Green Door EP

Laurel Chartow’s work as Laurel Halo tends to land between the accessible and the abstract, the spacey and the confrontational. Although very few of her tracks are specifically aimed at DJs, the…

Laurel Halo "Sunlight on the Faded"

When Laurel Halo released this year’s Quarantine LP on Kode9’s Hyperdub imprint, it certainly seemed a little incongruous with the label’s image. While she had occasionally circled t…

Laurel Halo Quarantine

Since her initially self-released debut, the King Felix EP, first garnered attention back in 2010, Laurel Halo has taken anything but a predictable path as a producer. At first, she appeared to solely…

Laurel Halo "Aquifer"

Laurel Halo’s second release for the prolific Hippos in Tanks imprint is another EP, this one being a six-song offering called Hour Logic. That record’s opening track is the frenetic ̶…

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