Q&A: Elusive Drops Lush, Jazz-Tinged LP on Alpha Pup Records
The LA producer's latest will drop on Alpha Pup on August 5, with two tracks from the LP streaming in full now.

Los Angeles producer Elusive is no stranger to sonic evolution, he moved through the first wave of his career with the experimental hip-hop community in the ’90s , followed by the first wave of …

Moderat: Power of Three
They may be up to album number three, but Sebastian Szary, Sascha Ring and Gernot Bronsert's sonic synthesis doesn't come easy.

Disregarding the rare savant who can toss off a masterpiece in an afternoon, art rarely comes easily. Self-doubt is always there; the pressures of the outside world are always present; motivation, or …

Interview: Junior Boys Don Their Big Black Coat
Jeremy Greenspan talks about the making of the duo's new techno-tinged LP.

Hamilton, Ontario’s Jeremy Greenspan tends to give a little more than most interview subjects. As half of Junior Boys, along with Matt Didemus (who’s now based in Berlin), he’s made some of the most e…

Q&A: Milton Bradley Preps Debut LP on Personal Imprint
'Tragedy Or Truth' is set to drop on April 25 via Do Not Resist The Beat.

Boasted as “an ongoing exploration of both dystopian visions and the innovative states of mind that may free us from pre-programmed realities,” Milton Bradley’s forthcoming debut alb…

Vanguard: This Heat
After four decades, the pioneering, iconoclastic London band is back via a trio of vinyl rereleases.

There have been few musical entities like This Heat since the band disbanded in 1981; there were even fewer in the years prior to the London combo’s formation in 1976. Born of equal parts audio …

Get Familiar: Ataxia
XLR8R sits down with the Detroit–New York duo's Ted Krisko to talk about the combo's history, its evolution, and the Motor City's role in the pair's musical ethos.

It’s the question that DJs and producers hate: What kind of music do you make and play? Like most artists, they’re reluctant to be pigeonholed, preferring that the work speak for itself. B…

Q&A: Perc Preps EP for Stroboscopic Artefacts
'Ma' will be released on February 12 via Lucy's Berlin-based imprint.

Perc’s first release of 2016 will come in the form of a solo EP for Lucy’s Stroboscopic Artefacts imprint. Titled Ma, the EP will feature three cuts in Perc’s trademark atmospheric a…

Bubblin' Up: Howes
Possesed circuits and luminous phantasms: A young modular-loving producer releases a debut LP brimming with rich, phantasmical rhythms.

It’s so easy to boot up a computer and decide you’re a musician in 2016; there’s software to make budding beatsmiths of the most sonically inexperienced. One consequence of this technology, though, is…

Get Familiar: Rote
Daniel Avery and Volte-Face give us the low-down on their mysterious new collaborative project.

In a global scene that has tended to herald Berlin and Detroit as its capitals of techno production, London—and the rest of England for that matter—is sometimes overlooked as a torchbearer for the sou…

The Factory: Tombo
With monsters and shamen, the illustrator interprets the aural aesthetic of Nina Kraviz's label.

Exploring the inextricable bond between art and music, XLR8R continues with the never-ending ancient quest to understand the very essence of its expression, and the role it plays in today’s cultural c…

Mike Shannon: "For me, techno has always been a faceless thing."
As XLR8R Festival 2016 approaches, the head of the Cynosure label muses on his beginnings, his ethos, and the advantages of musical naiveté..

Nowadays, he’s one of the most respected guys in techno; as a kid growing up in Ontario, however, it’s a safe bet that dance-music greatness was probably the last thing on Mike ShannonR…

In the Studio: Gardens Of God
The Lithuanian DJ-producer weighs in on equipment, inspiration and more at his homelike studio.

It’s been a good few years for Mindaugas Lapinskis. The producer, who nowadays operates under his Gardens of God moniker, has been making music for television and radio for over 12 years—but it wasn’t…

Deantoni Parks: "For me, rhythm is the study of time."
On his solo debut, 'Technoself,' the gifted drummer bridges the analog-digital divide.

Whereas many producers are using software to mimic the sounds of live instruments, Deantoni Parks is using live instrumentation to mimic the sounds of something that was created on a computer. With a …

Vanguard: Irmin Schmidt
The man from Can releases an exhaustive retrospective of his astonishing post-band work.

“I’m sitting at my window, looking out at the Mediterranean Sea,” is the first sentence that Irmin Schmidt utters when XLR8R reaches him at his studio and home in the south of France. He s…

Cityfox Returns to New York City
The team returns to the fray with a night with Martin Buttrich, M.A.N.D.Y., Bedouin, Frank & Tony and much more.

The Cityfox organization sprang to life in 2006 in Zurich, Switzerland, originally in response to the shuttering of the beloved, still-missed nitery known as Dachkantine; the crew simply wanted to hav…

DeepChord: "I rarely see daylight in my music."
With the new 'Ultraviolet Music,' Rod Modell continues his quest for darkly beautiful places.

“I think every geographic local has a unique vibration. I like places that have a nice majestic feel…I hunt for darkly beautiful places.” Rod Modell, better known as DeepChord, is going into detail ab…

Time Warp's Robin Ebinger: "If the artist is pleased, the fans are joyful."
The German techno fest returns to Brooklyn for its second U.S. installment, with Ricardo Villalobos among the many highlights.

If you had casually wandered into the U.S. premiere of the Time Warp festival last autumn, you’d be excused for thinking that the affair went off without a hitch, at least if you disregarded the…

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