Abstract Division Prep Metropolis EP
Four-tracker for Dynamic Reflection is intended as a homage to the city of Detroit

Dutch techno duo Paul Boex and Dave Miller (a.k.a. Abstract Division) have announced a new EP called Metropolis that pays homage to Detroit. Alongside the title track’s original version, which s…

B2B: Matt Tolfrey and Craig Richards
The man behind Fabric's latest mix-CD goes one-on-one with the club's longtime artist-in-residence.

The U.K.’s Matt Tolfrey and Craig Richards are old pals, having met at the Bomb, the much-missed, seminal Nottingham house club,  in the ’90s. The two have kept their professional and personal r…

Q&A: Damian Lazarus
With his Ancient Moons project, the man from Crosstown Rebels takes a mystical path to dance-music bliss.

He’s one of the world’s premier DJs, exuding an air of confidence from behind the decks—but when it was time to find his role as the leader of a live band, Damian Lazarus was, perhaps, a b…

20 Questions: Marc Houle
A master of live electronics celebrates a set of remixes from his seminal debut album.

Canadian-born Marc Houle is not a DJ; he is widely acclaimed electronic musician who produces his own music and performs it live, beat for beat, drum for drum. Artists today can spend their whole care…

Q&A: Daniel Avery
The talented producer brings his Divided Love soiree to France's Nuits Sonores festival.

For many electronic music fans, Daniel Avery’s Drone Logic was one of the albums of 2013, and they weren’t wrong: The LP, released on Erol Alkan’s Phantasy Sound label, was the sound…

Podcast 384: Zenker Brothers
The Ilian Tape siblings supply both techno toughness and dubby weirdness with this masterful mix.

We here at XLR8R love no-nonsense names, and Munich, Germany’s Zenker Brothers fit the bill on that count—Dario and Marco are indeed brothers, and Zenker is their real given surname. (None of th…

In the Studio: Hunter/Game
The Milanese production duo invite us into their analog-heavy lair.

Hunter/Game is the latest project of Martino Bertola and Emmanuele Nicosia, two Milanese friends and established producers in their own right who are quickly developing a reputation for their beautifu…

Q&A: Patrice Scott
With the new 'Euphonium,' the Sistrum head solidifies his standing as one of Detroit's premier producers.

Patrice Scott has a history within Detroit’s clubbing world—a really long history: As a youth, the DJ and producer, who’s about to release his long-awaited LP, Euphonium on  was going out …

Nick Höppner Folk
The former Ostgut Ton manager presents his debut solo collection of original works.

If you’ve been the manager of Ostgut Ton, one of the foremost techno labels of the day, it is clear you know what sort of records make a club tick. Couple that with ten years plus of production …

Real Talk: Ambivalent
The man behind the Delft and Valence labels asks: What does a real DJ do?

‘Real Talk’ is a series of artist-penned essays that appears on XLR8R from time to time. This installment’s scribe is  producer Kevin McHugh, the man better known as Ambivalent. McHu…

Dasha Rush Sleepstep: Sonar Poems for My Sleepless Friends
On her Raster-Noton debut, the artist explores the boundary between wakefulness and sleep.

In addition to her long-standing relationship with techno, Dasha Rush no stranger to experimental electronic music—and Sleepstep is an impressive and highly conceptual culmination of her various talen…

Interview: Ben Klock
A techno titan opens up about doubt, inspiration, and passion.

Far in the distance and irreconcilably aloof, he stands. The expectant crowd is hypnotized, entranced in the music as they move in unison to the raw and powerful techno beat. And then it comes: anothe…

Podcast 381: Dauwd
An ascendent producer adds to his reputation via this sinuous set.

It might be a bit of an exaggeration to term Dauwd’s career arc as meteoric—his output rate hasn’t exactly been shooting-star fast—but it’s certainly fair to say that the U.S.–born, Wales-raised…

Desert Hearts Spring Festival 2015

Desert Hearts is a grassroots movement that encompasses bi-yearly festivals, one-off parties, and a free record label. The festival is an immersive community experience built around one stage of nonst…

Q&A: Ben Sims
A techno titan talks hip-hop, labels, and studio break-ins.

Tune into digital-radio station NTS late on a Wednesday night, and you’ll be greeted by what sounds like a fractured, cut-and-paste jingle. It’s the sort of program opener that a morning d…

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