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 …

Talamanca System Return with New EP and Album
'My Past Is Your Future' EP is scheduled for April 21 release via International Feel.

Gerd Janson, Phillip Lauer of Tuff City Kids, and Mark Barrott (together known as Talamanca System) will return as a new EP, titled My Past Is Your Future. Talamanca System’s sole release in lat…

Iron Curtis and Johannes Albert Team Up for Moon LP
'Industrie & Zärtlichkeit' is scheduled for a May release.

Iron Curtis and Johannes Albert will release an album together as Moon. The pair of Berlin-based artists first put out their collaborative work as Moon back in 2015, with an EP on Albert’s Frank…

Ask the Experts: Gerd Janson
The Running Back boss takes the time to answer your questions.

With the relaunch of our Ask the Experts series, we were set on inviting a person of a certain calibre to handle the responses. Someone who has a wealth of experience in all fields of musical interest…

Beats In Space Announces Compilation
'BIS 001- 020' will land on April 15.

Tim Sweeney’s Beats In Space imprint has announced the upcoming release of a compilation landing later this spring. Named BIS 001 – 020, the compilation pulls together a collection of the …

Premiere: Hear Fort Romeau's Frankfurt Versions in Full
Featuring Roman Flügel, Tuff City Kids, Orson Wells, and Massimiliano Pagliara, 'Franfurt Versions' is out on July 6.

Following on from the announcement of Fort Romeau’s Frankfurt Versions—which will see release on July 6 via Ghostly International—all five cuts are now streaming in full below. Opening with Roma…

Get Familiar: Lauer
His second solo album in the shops, the German producer gets his moment in the sun.

With a career that spans more than ten years already firmly under his belt, the German DJ-producer Phillip Lauer might not seem to comfortably slot into XLR8R’s Get Familiar series. Lauer is, however,…

Lauer Readies New Album for Permanent Vacation; Stream a Track Now
The Frankfurt producer and Tuff City Kids member will drop his second full-length album in May.

Longstanding Frankfurt producer (and, as half of the Tuff City Kids outfit, a frequent Gerd Janson collaborator) Phillip Lauer (or simply just Lauer) will issue his second full-length album, Borndom, …

Tuff City Kids Ready New EP for Permanent Vacation

Tuff City Kids—the duo of German selectors Gerd Janson and Phillip Lauer—will deliver the first Permanent Vacation release of 2015. Entitled Kirk Juemmeth, the EP follows from previous outings on Dels…

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