Q&A: Decibel's Sean Horton
The festival's founder reflects on 12 years of running one of the country's premiere electronic-music gatherings.

Sean Horton is proud of what he’s accomplished—and he has every right to be. As the founder, curator and president of Seattle, Washington’s Decibel Festival, which takes place this year fr…

Interview: Happa
The Leeds-based producer may be young, but he's a mature and accomplished artist.

It’s refreshing to meet someone who has been making huge waves in the European electronic scene for the last three years, but remains down to earth and honest—perhaps even humble. Needless to sa…

Len Faki Shares Details of Upcoming Release on Figure
The Berghain resident and international producer is releasing the 'Street Dub' EP on his Figure Music imprint on September 28th.

Berlin based DJ, producer, and label owner Len Faki, is currently one of the most outstanding and in-demand artists in today’s techno scene. Being a resident at Berghain since its opening has ke…

Various Artists: Total 15
The 2015 edition of Kompakt's annual bounty of tunes is one of the label's best installments in years.

Another year, another installment of Kompakt’s Total compilations series, and by now we generally know what to expect—a beyond-solid collection of cuts from the label’s old guard and new j…

Various Artists µ20
One of electronic music's most adventurous labels, Planet Mu, celebrates 20 years of singular sounds.

Planet Mu has never been easy to categorize. For the past 20 years, the label has continually taken risks on new styles of electronic music, developing sounds that stray from the dancefloor—but never …

Interview: All Day I Dream
Lee Burridge and Matthew Dekay tell XLR8R the secret's behind the party's success and reveal their plans for further expansion.

“Many parties don’t have an identity—often it is just house or techno, and nothing else besides a big room. Sometimes that is enough, but I always knew that I wanted something more.” One alluringly dr…

Preview: Montreal's Bacchanale Festival
XLR8R checks up on a new multidisciplinary fest—one that boasts a world-conquering lineup.

You’re undoubtedly familiar with Montreal’s MUTEK. You may know about Piknic Electronik and Igloofest. But unless you’re from the City of a Hundred Steeples (thanks for that one, Mar…

Labels We Love: Fachwerk Records
As the label celebrates its eighth anniversary, founder Mike Dehnert reflects on its impromptu success.

Almost eight years have passed since Mike Dehnert founded Fachwerk Records from the comfort of his own home. Driven forward by Dehnert’s desire to focus on little more than the music, and suppor…

Podcast 401: Francesco Tristano
With one foot in the classical music and the other in electronic, the Luxembourg-born composer compiles a mix like nothing that has come before.

How do you define Francesco Tristano?  With a rich career as classical pianist, one that has seen him release several albums and perform at some of the world’s finest concert halls, you might th…

Bubblin' Up: Aparde
An enigmatic producer opens up about his influences, his personality…and his aversion to clubs.

Paul Schroeder is perhaps one of the most mysterious and enigmatic emerging talents in the scene. Indeed, when it comes to elusive producers, the man known to fans of otherworldly 4/4 rhythms as Apard…

Q&A: Heathered Pearls
With a new album on Ghostly International, Jakub Alexander ruminates on the power of repetition.

“I’m always wanting to make music that I can play when I DJ,” Jakub Alexander, the producer better known as Heathered Pearls, says. “And I try. But people are always like, ‘Oh, your …

Wisdom Water "Tremble"

Ivan Sokolenko (a.k.a Wisdom Water) is a 20 year old artist originally hailing from the Ukraine. His passion for music started when his parents enrolled him in a classical piano training program from …

Interview: Answer Code Request
The Berghain resident reveals how he is still adjusting to his unforeseen success.

Patrick Gräser’s story has been well documented: Growing up in the small German town of Fürstenwalde, he moved to Berlin in 2001 to pursue a career in electronic music after being inspired by his el…

Podcast 399: Dense & Pika
Alex Jones and Christopher Spero rock their teched-up rhythms in our latest podcast.

Are two heads better than one? We’re not sure—in real life, a double noggin would garner you a lot of dumbfounded looks. But in the electronic-music game, it sure doesn’t seem to hurt: Fro…

Marco Faraone Black Air EP
The Italian producer delivers a release packed with no-nonsense techno.

Marco Faraone lends an iron-clad hand to no-nonsense techno label On Edge Society with the young imprint’s third release, the Black Air EP. A quartet of lead-heavy techno rollers, Black Air reek…

Jeff Mills to Compose at The Rembrandt House During ADE
Detroit based DJ and producer will set up his studio at The Rembrandt House on October 15

Jeff Mills, one of the founding fathers of techno, is set to compose three new tracks inspired by illustrious Dutch painter Rembrandt. The 1632 oeuvre Philosopher In Meditation will serve as the main …

XLR8R Podcast 398: Applescal
With his new 'For' in the shops, the leader of the Atomnation label serves up a set of emotive aurals.

You’re in for a treat with our latest podcast, the handiwork of the Dutch DJ-producer Pascal “Applescal” Terstappen. And you’ll know it right from the get-go: The mix kicks off…

Preview Jonas Kopp's 'HHH' EP on Tresor
The Argentinian producer and Stroboscopic Artefacts affiliate will follow up his debut album on the label with a four-track 12-inch this August.

Jonas Kopp follows up his debut album, Beyond the Hypnosis—released on Tresor back in November 2014—with the powerful and club-oriented EP HHH. The EP opens with throbbing bass, deranged chords, and h…

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