Influences 04: Lee Gamble
Retrospective hip-hop explorations from one of today's leading experimental artists.

Growing up in the outskirts of Birmingham, England, Lee Gamble immersed himself in the rave, old-school electro, hip-hop, and jungle sounds of the time, and he soon became “obsessed” with …

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 …

XLR8R's Best of 2017: Tracks
We present just some of our favorite tunes of the last 12 months.

With our Best Releases of the year now out of the way, we move onto our best tracks. Discussion and debate on this list started several weeks ago when an internal message posted the question: what are…

XLR8R's Best of 2017: New Artists
We salute this year's breakthrough artists.

Collating the New Artists list is an unenviable task. How do you determine “new? It’s always a hard one using the word “best.” It’s never easy. But let it be said that 2017 was chall…

Lee Gamble Debuts on Hyperdub
'Mnestic Pressure' LP is scheduled for September 15 release.

Lee Gamble will release new album Mnestic Pressure on Hyperdub on September 15. Mnestic Pressure is Gamble’s first album since 2014 and his first with Hyperdub. According to the label, the album sees …

Lee Gamble’s UIQ Welcomes Sim Hutchins
'Vantablank Stare' EP is scheduled for June 22 release.

Lee Gamble’s UIQ will release a new conceptual EP from Sim Hutchins, titled Vantablank Stare. Vantablank Stare is an A/V project born from a personal discontent with the vacuous repetition of 24-hour …

Artist Tips: Letherette
The Ninja Tune duo elaborate on the secrets behind their sample-heavy recording processes.

Letherette is the project of Richard Roberts and Andy Harber, two childhood friends so close that they are “more like brothers than anything else,” they say. The roots of their connection …

Photo Gallery and Review: Terraforma Festival
XLR8R travels to the Italian countryside to explore Terraforma, one of last year's highlights for many fans of experimental music.

It’s difficult to conjure up too many more beautiful festival locations than that of Italy’s Terraforma, a blossoming music event hosted in the woodlands of an 18th century villa just under an hour’s …

Terraforma Festival Finalizes Lineup
Helena Hauff and Flanger (a.k.a. Atom™ & Burnt Friedman) round off the bill for the event taking place on July 1-3.

The final names have been added to the lineup for Terraforma Festival, taking place at Villa Arconati, just outside Milan, in early July. First up is Hamburg’s Helena Hauff: resident at the lege…

Mutek Montreal Reveals Final Program; Shares Teaser Video
The 17th edition of the festival will take place June 1-5.

MUTEK is a name that any electronic-music aficionado should be familiar with. Launched over 16 years ago in Montreal, it’s a festival that’s been unwavering in its mission to showcase inno…

Terraforma Festival Reveals First Wave of Acts
The experimental festival will take place near Milan, Italy, on July 1-3.

Terraforma has announced the first wave of artists that will descend on Villa Arconati (located in a woodland near Milan) this July. The experimental and sustainable festival is approaching its third …

Mutek Montréal Shares Second Wave of Acts
The 17th edition of the festival will take place June 1-5.

Mutek’s Montréal edition has released a second batch of artists, who are set to grace the five-dayer in early June this year, across the Quartier des spectacles and the Musée d’art contemp…

Chevel Gets Remixed on Stroboscopic Artefacts
A selection of tracks from the Italian producer’s recent album have been given the remix treatment, and will be available December 4.

Following on from Chevel’s recent LP Blurse, Stroboscopic Artefacts (run by fellow Italian Lucy) will release a remix package of tracks lifted from the album. Dario Tronchin (a.k.a. Chevel) has releas…

Seven Takeaways From roBOt 08
We travel to Bologna for the eighth edition of the fast-growing city festival.

In what has become a tradition we’re in no hurry to see the end of, XLR8R recently headed for Bologna in north-eastern Italy for the eighth edition of roBOt Festival. Running as ever over three …

Dimensions Festival 2015

The final artists for Dimensions’ return to Croatia this August have now been revealed as the festival completes its stunning lineup for August 2015. As the iconic festival returns to Pula for its 4th…

Lee Gamble, John Talabot, and Holly Herndon Join roBOt Festival
10 new artists have been added to the Bologna festival's lineup.

At the end of May, Bologna’s roBOt Festival announced the first 10 artists to perform at this year’s edition with slots going to Ben UFO, Nina Kraviz, Levon Vincent, and Squarepusher, amon…

Lee Gamble Dutch Tvashar Plumes

Earlier this year, Lee Gamble released a mini-album titled Diversions 1994-1996, which was composed of samples from a collection of old jungle mixtapes. It was, as he explained in an interview with FA…

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