Luke Vibert Luke Vibert Presents Garave Vol. 1
The veteran producer constructs a funhouse homage to dance music's history.

Yes, familiarity can breed contempt. On the other hand, there’s something called the mere-exposure effect, a psychological phenomenon in which people tend develop a preference for a person, place, thi…

Vermont II
Danilo Plessow and Marcus Worgull return to Kompakt for set of elegant ambience.

Three years on from their initial pairing, Danilo Plessow (the man known as Motor City Drum Ensemble) and Marcus Worgull once again take a break from their clubland duties for another session of synth…

Bonobo Migration
Simon Green's latest is an intricate, fine-tuned return to form, one that both soothes and thrills.

Beginning with Simon Green’s debut under the Bonobo moniker, 2000’s Animal Magic, right through to his latest, the new Migration, his calling has been clear: he’s made it his mission to create hazy, f…

Photo Gallery and Review: MDRNTY 2016
This year's event took place from October 15-16 in Gstaad, Switzerland.

I was pleasantly surprised by this year’s MDRNTY event in Gstaad, Switzerland. The Swiss brand has been throwing parties since 2009, although this is only their second visit to this particular locatio…

Prins Thomas Principe Del Norte Remixed
Ricardo Villalobos, Gerd Janson and the Orb are among those weighing in on Prins Thomas's recent ambient works.

Prins Thomas has been on a run as of late, to put it mildly. In the past two and a half years, he’s unleashed four high-profile and well-received albums: 2014 saw the Rainbow Disco Club Vol. 1 ‎mix on…

Telephones Vibe Telemetry
On his debut LP, Henning Severud explores the emotive possibilities that house has to offer.

Since first hitting the scene via 2010’s Kanal”/”Turkis EP on Full Pupp, Henning “Telephones” Severud’s releases have generally been filed next to that of his fellow Norwegians, as much of…

Various Artists Permanent Vacation 4
The Munich label compiles 12 tracks brimming with swirling synths, subdued rhythms and wistful melodies.

It’s good to know your strengths—and while Permanent Vacation has always had a wide-ranging sound that can veer from the dance-pop of Azari & III’s “Reckless With Your Love” to the light-headed te…

Various Artists 20 Years of Freerange
The essential London label celebrates two decades of house-centric existence.

If you’re a label that’s shooting for longevity in the volatile world of dance music, you basically have three choices. You can be ready to adapt to the ever-changing tastes of clubland’s citizenry; y…

nonkeen Oddments of the Gamble
Nils Frahm & Co. deliver a sometimes subdued, occasionally soaring session of playful experimentation.

The lead track on Oddments of the Gamble, “kassettenkarussel,” opens with a ten-second burst of rough static, something akin to the roar of a highway full of 18-wheelers as filtered though a cheap, bu…

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 …

Cassy Donna
The veteran DJ finally drops her long-awaited debut album, but the result is something of a mixed bag.

As a DJ, Cassy Britton has long been one of clubland’s best within a certain subset of house and techno—specifically, the sort that’s sensual, intimate and full of emotion. It’s a skill set that’s tak…

MUTEK Montréal 2016: An Unforgettable Journey Into Sight and Sound
XLR8R explores the charming elements that put this long-running event into a class of its own.

Photos by: AJ Calzada, Leif Tiltins, Vivien Gaumand, Trung Dung Nguyen, Ashutosh Gupta, Kamielle Dalati-Vachon, and Caroline Hayeur. Click on photos for gallery browsing. Now in its 17th year, MUTEK M…

Ben Lukas Boysen Spells
Nils Frahm's protégé delivers a poignant eight-tracker.

Who could’ve predicted neo-classical’s sudden surge in popularity? Call it what you will—modern composition, ambient, sound art, or call it all three—it seems a greater portion of listeners than ever …

SHXCXCHCXSH SsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSs
A near-spiritual edge transcends the Swedish duo's unwieldy nomenclature and uncompromising aesthetics.

You sure can’t accuse SHXCXCHCXSH of doing things halfway. There’s the title of the mysterious Swedish duo’s new album, for one: Steering clear of an obviously descriptive moniker like, say, Grey Scal…

Pär Grindvik Isle of Real
The Stockholm LTD label leader's debut LP is brimming with emotion-heavy electronics.

Looking for someone to work on the soundtrack of your next gothic-horror flick? Pär Grindvik might be your man. The title track of the techno vet’s new album, Isle of Real—somewhat surprisingly, his d…

Gear Review: Rane MP2014
XLR8R test runs American audio specialists Rane's most recent two-channel, high-end rotary mixer.

Rotary mixers have been in the slipstream of the vinyl’s steady rise in popularity over the last years. The rare E&S DJR400 and MP2014’s bigger brother, the MP2015, have been appearing in DJ…

Fabio Monesi Pipe Dreams
The Italian producer drops four hardware-driven cuts for his own Wilson Records.

Italian-born London-based artist Fabio Monesi is a true house head. He produces and plays hardware-driven records that hark back to the classic sounds of house’s late-’80s golden era. Most of his rele…

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