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Basement Jaxx
Quiet isn't a word that many people would use to describe Basement Jaxx, but in recent years, the lively UK duo of Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe has maintained a relatively low profile. Still, even though the outfit responsible for international smash hits like "Where's Your Head At?" and "Red Alert" may have stepped out of the spotlight a bit, the pair hasn't exactly mellowed with age. This week, Basement Jaxx is releasing its seventh studio album, Junto; as expected, it's a madcap, genre-hopping effort that finds Buxton and Ratcliffe delivering another batch of shuffling house rhythms, soulful vocal turns, and oddball pop experiments. That being said, as inventive as Basement Jaxx's productions have been over the years, the duo first made its name in the DJ booth. (Basement Jaxx was actually the name of the pair's mid-'90s club night; it was followed by another party called Rooty, whose name was later used as the title of the group's second LP.) Curious to see if the boys' DJ chops were intact, we invite
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Maxmillion Dunbar
Maxmillion Dunbar (a.k.a. Andrew Field-Pickering) wears a lot of hats. Aside from his primary production moniker, he also releases tracks as Dolo Percussion and Max D, and serves as one half of both Beautiful Swimmers (with Ari Goldman) and Zsa Gang (with Jordan Czamanski of Juju & Jordash). On top of that, the Washington, DC-based artist heads up the Future Times imprint, which has spent the past few years becoming one of the most intriguing dance labels in the US. Though he's perhaps best known for his talents both selecting and producing left-of-center house and disco, Dunbar is someone whose musical scope goes well beyond dance music standards. Anxious to see his expansive vision in action once again, we've tapped Dunbar for the latest edition of the XLR8R podcast series. read more
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Mu-Ziq
At this point, simply referring to Mike Paradinas as an influential figure feels like a severe understatement. For the past two decades, the man has worked tirelessly to push electronic music forward, both as an artist"recording primarily as Mu-Ziq, amongst a litany of other monikers"and as the head of the groundbreaking Planet Mu imprint, which has become one of the leading outposts for experimental and left-of-center electronic sounds. Incredibly prolific and never beholden to any particular style, Paradinas has amassed quite the body of work over the years, and is adding a new EP, Rediffusion, to his discography this week. To mark the occasion, we asked the veteran producer to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series, without knowing exactly what he might deliver. read more
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Randomer
Randomer (a.k.a. Rohan Walder) isn't a new artist, but it does feel like the London-based producer is hitting his stride as of late. First surfacing amongst the post-dubstep flurry of the late '00s, he's released tunes for a variety of labels over the years, including Soul Jazz, Tru Thoughts, Numbers, Hemlock, and Turbo. And though his name has long been associated with tough rhythms and inventive percussion, Randomer's sound has gradually drifted toward techno, eventually settling on an aesthetic that infuses raw, warehouse-ready sounds with a distinctly UK flavor. Just this month, he's been on a real hot streak, as his Residents 12" for L.I.E.S. was the label's 50th release (and first from a UK artist), and was quickly followed by Stupid Things I Do, his debut for the similarly esteemed Clone Basement Series. Suddenly, Randomer appears to be at the peak of his powers, so it's rather fortunate that he's also been working on an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. read more
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Appleblim
Appleblim (a.k.a. Laurie Osborne) is an interesting figure. In the mid '00s, the Bristol producer was best known as one of the co-founders of Skull Disco, the pioneering label he operated alongside Shackleton. However, following the imprint's demise in 2008, he's taken a varied path, starting up his own Apple Pips label and initially releasing a flurry of collaborative singles in 2009 and 2010 before temporarily going quiet on the production front. As Osborne detailed in our interview with him last summer, making music doesn't come easily for him, but he's gradually learning to accept his role as an electronic musician. 2013 saw the release of his first fully solo 12", along with several joint efforts with fellow Bristolian Komon. The two producers have hit something of a groove, as this week saw the release of the pair's latest effort (and second this year), the Motion Blur EP, which is being issued via Aus Music. Given this burst of energy, it seems safe to say that Appleblim is back into the swing of thing
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Pixelord
Nearly two years have passed since XLR8R published an extensive feature digging into the country's rapidly expanding electronic music scene. Since then, this growth has only intensified, and Russia's leading producers continue to knock on the door of more widespread recognition. Although the enormous nation is home to a countless number of talented producers, when it comes to beats and bass, there's little question that Pixelord (a.k.a. Alexey Devyanin) sits at the top of the list. He's previously released music via Leisure System, Error Broadcast, Car Crash Set, and Civil Music, and his stewardship of the Hyperboloid label has made the imprint into an essential hub for forward Russian sounds. On July 28, Pixelord's latest EP, Polygon Fane, will be issued via Infinite Machine, so the time felt right to invite Devyanin to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. read more
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Fracture
After nearly a decade in dance music purgatory, drum & bass and jungle have gradually worked their way back into the spotlight. Throughout this process, few labels have proven more reliable than dBridge's Exit Records, and the imprint's latest offering, the Loving Touch EP, comes from Fracture (a.k.a. Charlie Fieber), a veteran UK producer who also heads up a quality imprint of his own, Astrophonica, with partner and frequent collaborator Neptune. On the record's title track, Fracture flips Ralphi Rosario's and Xavier Gold's house classic "You Used to Hold Me" into a hyperkinetic piece of drum & bass, while the remainder of the EP finds him working bits of footwork, grime, hip-hop, and dubstep into a jungle template. On a basic level, this sort of hybridization and creativity is at least partially responsible for the revitalization of drum & bass, and hearing these tunes left us curious about how the approach would work in an elongated format. As such, we invited Fracture to put together an exclus
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Submerse
Back in 2011, we profiled Submerse (a.k.a. Rob Orme) in one of our Bubblin' features (the series is now called Bubblin' Up), and our write-up described his music as "something like Play-era Moby making 2-step." In the years that have followed, we've kept tabs on the UK producer, charting his musical evolution as he temporarily relocated to Japan"he's now back in London"and gradually moved away from the garage and bassline tendencies of his early output. That said, we certainly weren't prepared for the hazy, hip-hop-leaning sounds that populate his forthcoming debut full-length, Slow Waves. Scheduled for release on July 28 via the Project: Mooncircle label, the album hews closer to the sun-kissed sounds of the West Coast beat scene than the neon skylines of Tokyo or the cloudy horizons of the UK, and it's undoubtedly the most accomplished thing Submerse has produced to date. As such, we felt the time was right to give the man some room to operate, and invited him to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R
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Willie Burns
Despite his notably low-key persona, William T. Burnett isn't someone who keeps quiet when it comes to making music. The Texas-born, Brooklyn-based producer initially established himself in the early-'00s NYC club scene under the name Speculator, and later began releasing records with a different alias, Grackle, via Legowelt's Strange Life Records. However, it was the introduction of a new, house-focused moniker, Willie Burns, that really seemed to light a fire under Burnett. Since the first Willie Burns record appeared in 2011, he's kept up a blistering pace, adding new aliases (Black Deer, Phobian) while issuing tracks via labels like L.I.E.S., Crme Organization, The Trilogy Tapes, and Not Not Fun. Burnett also heads up his own label, W.T. Records, works at famed Brooklyn record depot The Thing, and holds down a weekly show at Newtown Radio. As if that wasn't enough, he's also managed to maintain an avid passion for collaboration, partnering with the likes of Eliot Lipp (as Galaxy Toobin'), Legowelt (as Sma
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Jokers of the Scene
Jokers of the Scene isn't a new outfit"the Toronto pair has been remixing and releasing records since 2006"but until recently, the duo of Linus Booth and Chris Macintyre hadn't truly managed to distinguish itself. Despite the group's varied output, Jokers of the Scene often felt inextricably tied to the late-'00s bloghouse circuit, most likely due to the project's long-standing affiliation with the Fool's Gold imprint. As such, we were pleasantly surprised when the duo offered up End Scene, its first full-length, a few weeks back. The album, released by Throne of Kanada (a joint effort between the Throne of Blood and New Kanada labels) finds the JOTS boys significantly widening their musical palette, as the LP includes sophisticated nods toward classic house and techno, ambient music, and even some '80s pop. At its core, End Scene is a remarkably sophisticated listen, and one that gave us confidence that Booth and Macintyre were more than capable of putting together a quality mix for the XLR8R podcast series.
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Karizma
Even though he's been releasing records for nearly two decades (and DJing for more than three), it still feels like Karizma (a.k.a. Chris Clayton) is something of a mystery. Operating out of his home base in Baltimore, the well-respected artist"who is also known as Kaytronik and simply K2"has dabbled in a variety of sounds over the years, including excursions into jazz, hip-hop, and broken beat, but it's Clayton's hypnotically soulful, drum-laden house constructions that have truly defined his catalog. Suitable for a big room, but scuzzy enough for a basement, Karizma's tunes cut across the electronic spectrum, and sound especially potent in his own hands, as his prowess in the DJ booth"especially with a pair of CDJs"has become legendary. Next month, he'll be releasing his latest offering, the Beats & Bobs Vol. 1 EP, via longtime label home R2 Records; ahead of that, he's also put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. read more
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Funkineven
Funkineven first surfaced in 2009, during a time when young UK producers were often being lumped together because of a single commonality"they weren't making dubstep. And though it's true that Funkineven wasn't making dubstep, it's also true"and far more interesting"that the London-based producer never sounded much like any of his peers, either. While his contemporaries flirted with R&B, or big-room house, or abstract grime, Funkineven forged his own path, one which combined a raw, analog sensibility with the sounds of electro, '80s funk, and acid. Initially affiliated with the Eglo camp, Julien eventually formed his own label, Apron Records, which has become a reliable outlet in its own right, not only for Funkineven releases, but also as a home base for talents like Seven Davis Jr and Greg Beato. Julien has also proven to be an avid collaborator over the years, having worked with Fatima, Delroy Edwards, and, most notably, Kyle Hall, with whom he creates the unapologetically raw sounds of FunkinEvil. Thr
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Matrixxman
A lot of the chatter surrounding Matrixxman (a.k.a. Charles McCloud Duff) tends to focus on what he's done in the past, but in all honestly, the San Francisco producer's recent track record has us a lot more excited about his present and future output. Over the past year or so, Matrixxman has released one quality record after another, issuing house and techno tunes (both solo and collaborative) for the likes of Fifth Wall, Unknown to the Unknown, Classicworks, Deft, and Soo Wavey, the label he runs in tandem with frequent production partner Vin Sol. (The pair's white-label reworks of Sade have also caused quite a stir.) Next week, he'll be making his first appearance on Ghostly's Spectral Sound imprint, which will be presenting his new Amulet EP. To mark the occasion, we've enlisted him to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. read more
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JTC's EM15 Mix
Looking back through the history of XLR8R, it's hard to believe that Tadd Mullinix was never commissioned to put together a mix for our podcast series. It certainly wasn't for a lack of enthusiasm on our part; after all, the Michigan producer has been turning out high-quality electronic sounds for more than a decade, primarily as Dabrye and James T. Cotton (a.k.a. JTC). (For the record, he's also released music under his own name and has been involved with a number of excellent collaborative undertakings, including 2AMFM with D'Marc Cantu and TNT with Todd Osborn. Those looking for a more complete rundown of Mullinix's history should definitely take a look at this feature we did last year.) This week, Mullinix will be heading north of the border for EM15; the six-day event is something of a new conception, as it combines two long-running Montreal festivals, MUTEK"which is celebrating its 15th anniversary"and Elektra. With Mullinix slated to perform on Saturday afternoon as JTC, the project with which he's bee
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Fuse presents trade (blawan & Surgeon), PSYK ...
Room 1 & 2
(Events at Fuse Brussels)


Call Super
In some ways, the story of Call Super (a.k.a. Joe Seaton) isn't particularly unique. Raised in the UK and now based in Berlin, he admitted in our Bubblin' Up profile last year that his background doesn't really set him apart from many of his peers. However, when one listens to his output, especially the records Seaton has offered up since he settled in with the Houndstooth camp, it's clear that Call Super isn't the average techno producer. Calling his music difficult would be a stretch, but it's undoubtedly challenging, even when it's focused on the dancefloor. His latest 12", "Depicta" b/w "Acephale II," which dropped just yesterday, was delivered with remarkably little fanfare and even less explanation, yet it's full of robust, propulsive rhythms. At the same time, its tunes are marked by ominous atmospherics, ghostly melodies, and crunchy percussive elements; essentially, the tracks exemplify how the Call Super sound is nuanced, complex, and designed to reward those listeners who are willing to sit back an
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DIVA
Back in January of 2013, XLR8R was rather worked up about Paris Stabbing EP, the three-track debut EP from DIVA, a producer whose true identity was shrouded in mystery. Having been assured that more music was in the pipeline, we even tabbed DIVA as one of that year's Artists to Watch, but our excitement was initially met with, well, nothing, as the then-anonymous beatmaker remained silent for an entire year. However, when DIVA finally did speak up again, what he had to say was fairly significant, as he not only announced the launch of a new label, Obsession, but also revealed himself as Canadian producer Matt Didemus, better known as one half of Junior Boys. His young imprint officially began its run last month, dropping a four-track compilation EP that is still streaming here, and more releases are on the way. Ahead of their arrival, we thought now would be a good time to get a larger look at Didemus' current musical headspace, so we invited him to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series.
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Kid Smpl
Kid Smpl (a.k.a. Joey Butler) isn't a particularly outspoken artist. The low-key Seattle producer (and former Bubblin' Up subject) maintains a relatively modest profile, quietly issuing music from his perch in the Pacific Northwest. Though his arrangements are often rather sparse, Butler's work has always been something of a hybrid effort, combining elements of instrumental hip-hop and R&B with leftfield bass explorations and pastoral melodies. read more
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Fuse presents Ricardo Villalobos, Subb-An - A ...
Room 1 & 2
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Fuse presenst dvs1, kr!z & marie-julie - Stat ...
Room 1 & 2
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Mister Saturday Night
Over the last five years, Mister Saturday Night has become something of a Brooklyn institution, a well-curated, well-organized party run by a couple of bonafide music lovers, Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin. Guided by an open-minded musical vision (albeit one that leans heavily toward, house, techno, and disco), a real reverence for the salad days of NYC nightlife, and a concrete idea of what a party should"and should not"be, the two DJs have steadily built a substantial following on the dancefloor. Moreover, the two have earned a real sense of respect from their peers, especially those who appreciate Mister Saturday Night's attention to detail and its founders' obvious passion for their craft. In 2012, Carter and Harkin expanded their efforts and launched their own label, Mister Saturday Night Records, kicking off its run with Anthony Naples' Mad Disrespect 12", which was widely hailed as one of the year's best records. Since then, the high-quality stream of music has continued unabated, as the young label ha
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Adam Marshall
Over the past year, XLR8R has focused a lot of attention on Adam Marshall, although the bulk of it has been directed at Graze, his collaborative project with XI (a.k.a. Christian Andersen). And while we stand firm in our enthusiasm for the duo's music, on occasion, it needs to be pointed out that Marshall is a quality house and techno producer in his own right. Furthermore, the Canadian-born, Berlin-based artist also heads up the reliable New Kanada label, which has been home to both his own output and efforts from the likes of Basic Soul Unit, The Mole, West Norwood Cassette Library, and several others over the course of its nearly decade-long run. Just last week, the imprint announced its 50th release, a forthcoming split 12" from Marshall and new act Crushfield. The record is actually slated to appear next week, so we decided to commemorate the occasion by asking Marshall to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. read more
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The Bug Announces Upcoming EP for Ninja Tune, Shares New Track with Liz Harris
Following closely behind the release of Angles & Devils"Kevin Martin's first LP as The Bug since 2008's London Zoo"last week, the UK producer has announced plans to issue another EP via Ninja Tune next month. read more
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Fuse on the Beach 2014
Belgium Pier
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Fuse at Bruxelles les Bains | Brussel Bad
Quai des Pniches - ...
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Joey Anderson
Over the past few years, a small cadre of veteran New York and New Jersey DJs"including the likes of Levon Vincent, DJ Qu, Jus-Ed, Anthony Parasole, and Fred P."has risen to prominence, and while these artists' individual styles may vary, there's still a loose philosophy, or at least a shared set of values, tying them together. Taking a deeply measured, historically informed, and intensely musical approach to the dancefloor, this group has opened the door for other like-minded producers to reach a wider audience. Joey Anderson is one such producer, and after filling 2013 with a string of high-quality 12"s and EPs, the New Jersey native and former Bubblin' Up subject has just dropped his debut full-length, After Forever, via the Dekmantel label. The album is an excellent piece of work, so much so that we wanted to hear more of what Anderson had up his sleeve. As such, we invited him to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. read more
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The Range
Although The Range (a.k.a. James Hinton) released a couple of low-profile EPs in 2011 and 2012, it wasn't until last year that the Rhode Island producer really caught fire. The Seneca EP found Hinton impressively dipping his toes into faster tempos, while Nonfiction, his subsequent debut full-length, offered a variety of bass-infused musical explorations. In terms of style, The Range is a difficult project to pin down; strong currents of hip-hop and R&B run through Hinton's work, and there's undoubtedly a certain cleanliness to his productions, but his vision extends beyond what's playing on mainstream radio. Last month, his development continued with the release of the Panasonic EP (another Hinton effort for the Donky Pitch label), but the record ultimately left us wanting a longer look at what The Range had to offer; as such, we invited him to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. read more
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Fuse presents Marc Houle (live)
Room 1
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Fuse presents Hardcell & Grindvik, Dustin Zah ...
Room 1 & 2
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Natan H Preps Second EP for ManMakeMusic
George FitzGerald's ManMakeMusic imprint will add to its catalog next month with the Glen Park EP, Natan H's second effort for the label. read more
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Prism House "Drift (Thug Entrancer Remix)"
Earlier this year, NYC duo Prism House (pictured above) dropped its Landfall EP, an effort that found the experimental project piecing together six productions built from an array of found sounds and unconventional audio sources. Now, the pair has issued its Landfall Remixes EP which finds Software affiliate Thug Entrancer and Chicago pair The-Drum taking on EP cuts "Drift" and "The Skyline Breathes Tonight." Featured here, we have the the former producer's rework, a synth-striped, drum machine-fueled outing which reworks the manic pace of "Drift" into a more dancefloor-friendly affair. Out today, Prism House's full Landfall Remixes EP can be streamed after the jump, where the pair's upcoming US tour dates have also been included. read more
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Frankie Knuckles
The history of house music is littered with iconic characters, but the influence of Frankie Knuckles can't be understated. Often referred to as "The Godfather of House Music," the Bronx native got his DJ start in New York City alongside fellow legend Larry Levan, but it was only after he relocated to Chicago that he truly made his biggest impact. Serving as a resident at early house hotspots like the Warehouse and later at his own club, The Power Plant, Knuckles played an instrumental role in growing house from a small scene into a global movement. Over time, he also extended his talents into the production world, and eventually became one of house music's most in-demand remixers. Now, after more than 35 years in the game, Knuckles remains active, continuing to turn out both remixes and original tracks and regularly touring the globe. On June 14, he'll be performing he was scheduled to perform for Love Fever at London's Found Festival, sharing the stage with Moodymann, Bicep, San Soda, and more, and the festi
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Ghislain Poirier Readies New LP as Boundary
Longstanding Montreal producer and electronic artist Ghislain Poirier will issue the sophomore LP under his Boundary alias next week. read more
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Fuse presents Brussels Got Talent feat. Bepot ...
Room 2
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Lee Bannon
Only two months have passed since we profiled Lee Bannon as part of this year's Bubblin' Up Week. Normally, we'd allow a little more time to pass before tabbing a Bubblin' Up artist for the XLR8R podcast series"if nothing else, for the sake of continued artist development"but in Bannon's case, it quickly became clear that the Brooklyn producer wasn't going to be waiting for anything. His debut LP for Ninja Tune, Alternate/Endings, dropped in January, turning heads with its blown-out aesthetic and frequent nods to drum & bass, yet Bannon has announced that he's already working on a follow-up. Given his prodigious work rate, we figured that Bannon might also be willing to take on our podcast series, and he not only delivered an exclusive DJ mix, but one that's stuffed with several of his unreleased tracks. read more
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Native Instruments Announces Komplete 10, Reveals New Keyboard Controllers
Berlin's Native Instruments has announced the details of the next generation of the company's flagship software suite, Komplete 10, while also revealing its forthcoming line of Kontrol S-Series keyboard controllers. read more
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FUSE PRESENTS STATE OF FLOW #5 FEAT. DYED SOU ...
ROOM 2 & 3
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Efdemin
In recent years, the term "deep" has been used and reused, to the point where the word has almost no concrete meaning in the context of electronic music. That's why artists like Efdemin (a.k.a. Phillip Sollmann) are so important; there's little question that his work is "deep," but in Sollmann's case, the descriptor has a lot more to do with the actual depth and nuanced nature of his music than it does any specific sonic signifiers. He's long been associated with Dial Records, an imprint with a long history of thoughtful, detail-oriented house and techno. On March 31, the label will be delivering Decay, Efdemin's third full-length and an effort that was largely recorded in the serene environs of Kyoto, Japan. Ahead of its release, we've enlisted the veteran German producer to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. read more
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Portable
Veteran house specialist Alan Abrahams has been somewhat quiet over the past few years, as barely a peep has been heard from either his ambient-inclined Portable moniker or his more dancefloor-oriented Bodycode alias. In fairness, a new Portable EP on Abrahams' Sd Electronic label is reportedly in the works, as is a new 12" for Perlon, but in the meantime, the South African-born artist has offered to provide a window into his current musical headspace by putting together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. read more
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Rdhd Readies New Single for Token

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96wrld "Private Language (Noame Nogo Remix)"
Over the past five years, the Error Broadcast label has served as a reliable source for forward-thinking beats, counting releases from Shlomo, Pixelord, Soosh, DZA, Monolithium, and others to its discography. To celebrate its five-year run, the label has elected to put together a special remix compilation, from which this rework of Dutch producer 96wrld Comes. read more
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Fuse presents Rumors feat. Guy Gerber & Ryan ...
room 1
(Events at Fuse Brussels)


20 Years Fuse with Josh Wink
ROOM 1
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Heatsick
Much of the attention surrounding Heatsick (a.k.a. Steven Warwick) focuses on his relatively spartan set-up, as the UK-born, Berlin-based producer makes music with just a Casio keyboard and a series of guitar pedals. It's certainly intriguing that Warwick relies upon these rudimentary tools, but fixating on his process does his music something of a disservice, as his intricate, loop-based creations are noteworthy in their own right. Heatsick releases have been popping up since the mid '00s, but there's little question that Warwick's efforts for the PAN label in recent years, especially 2013's Re-Engineering, have significantly elevated his stature. Still, after hearing so many of his original creations"many of which sound like off-kilter takes on house music by someone who most definitely didn't come of age in that scene"we found ourselves wondering what exactly a Heatsick DJ set would sound like. He's responded to that question with Back 2 Asics, an exclusive mix and the latest installment of the XLR8R podca
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Magic Touch
During the past two or three years, Magic Touch (a.k.a. Damon Palermo), has often been viewed through the lens of his previous projects, especially his work with skronky outfit Mi Ami. However, with his debut full-length, Palermo House Gang, ready to drop next week via the 100% Silk label, it seems like the time has truly arrived to evaluate the LA-based producer solely on the basis of his output as a solo artist. Coming on the heels of several EPs, both for 100% Silk and Tensnake's True Romance imprint, the LP finds Palermo continuing to blur the lines between old-school house, indulgent disco, and classic garage. Curious if these stylistic tendencies would hold true in the context of a DJ set, we invited him to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. read more
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Fuse presents Mano Le Tough
ROOM 1
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20 Years Fuse with Sven Vth
ROOM 1 & 2
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KZA
It's not often that Japan is touted as a hotbed for disco, but those familiar with the work of KZA (a.k.a. Yotsukaido Nature) have little trouble acknowledging that the Tokyo-based producer is one of the genre's most compelling figures. For most of the '00s, KZA was best known as one half of Force of Nature, his collaborative"and similarly disco-minded"project with DJ Kent. But with the release of his debut full-length, Dig and Edit, the veteran artist established himself as a formidable solo act. Next week, he'll be issuing a follow-up LP, Dig & Edit 2, once again via Mule Musiq's Endless Flight imprint. Given the record's impending release, not to mention the fact that KZA is often renowned as one of Japan's most dedicated vinyl collectors, we figured that he would be an excellent candidate to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. read more
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Ital
Over the past few years, there has been a lot of talk about former punk and hardcore figures moving into house and techno, but few of these artists' efforts feel as spiritually "punk" as the music being created by Ital (a.k.a. Daniel Martin-McCormick). Previously a member of experimental-leaning (and ostensibly punk/hardcore) outfits like Black Eyes and Mi Ami, and also the creative force behind the abrasive Sex Worker project, Martin-McCormick introduced Ital in 2011, and has spent the last few years turning out leftfield takes on dance music, primarily via labels such as 100% Silk, Workshop, Planet Mu, and his own Lovers Rock imprint. (He's also worked collaboratively during this time, combining with Hieroglyphic Being as Interplanetary Prophets and with Aurora Halal as Ital & Halal.) Next week, the Brooklyn-based producer will be issuing his third album as Ital, Endgame, via Planet Mu, and he'll be following up its release by performing a few days later at the inaugural edition of Sustain-Release, a bo
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XLR8R's Top 20 Downloads of August
With the exception of artists such as Jon Convex (pictured above), Submerse, My Panda Shall Fly, and Daisuke Tanabe, the past month saw a slew of budding beatmakers (most new to our pages) making a noticeable impact on XLR8R's Downloads section. Now, with August coming to a close, we've compiled the top 20 MP3s on offer from the past month, covering everything from textured beats to soul-burnt house and brooding techno. read more
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Simian Mobile Disco Shares New Video for "Jam Side Up"
Following in the vein of its videos for "Tangents" and "Dervish" (two singles from its upcoming Whorl LP) UK pair Simian Mobile Disco has shared a hypnotically colorful video for "Jam Side Up," another cut from the pair's forthcoming album for Anti-. read more
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Preview Bicep's New EP
Bicep has shared details of a new EP for the pair's own Feel My Bicep imprint. read more
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Lucy
The music of Lucy (a.k.a. Luca Mortellaro) is perhaps most closely related to techno, but attempting to neatly file the Italian-born, Berlin-based producer's work into any particular genre is essentially a fruitless endeavor. His 2011 debut LP, Wordplay for Working Bees, hinted at IDM while experimenting with foreboding sheets of atmospheric noise and abstract beat patterns, and garnered Lucy plenty of admirers in the process. The output of his Stroboscopic Artefacts label has been more straightforward, albeit no less impressive, as the imprint has become a reliable home for dark, driving techno sounds. In the midst of all this activity, Lucy has somehow also found the time to link up with other artists in the studio, turning out collaborative work with the likes of Speedy J (as Zeitgeber) and Silent Servant, amongst others. Later this month, however, he'll be heading back into the solo spotlight with the release of his sophomore full-length, Churches Schools and Guns, an occasion we've elected to celebrate b
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E "000
Freshly launched Berlin label Deep Moves' next release comes from an anonymous producer who has elected to simply go by the name E. One of three original tracks to appear on the forthcoming 00/000/0000 EP (which also features a remix from Parisian producer Shlmo), "000" fits well into Deep Moves' growing catalog. A methodical techno production, the track utilizes small bits of static-laden percussion, but it is still far from an abrasive effort. Above its mechanical rhythms "000" presents a series of lush chords which loosely hang atop the track's chugging four-on-the-floor (which is further fueled by a series of airy snare rolls that freely move around the stereo field). Remaining behind a veil of secrecy, E may not want us to know exactly who he is, but with "000" as our first taste, it seems clear that the anonymous producer knows what he's doing. E's 00/000/0000 EP is out in vinyl form on September 15; in the meantime, the upcoming record can be previewed after the jump. read more
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Listen to Ital's Upcoming 'Endgame' LP in Full
Before Brooklyn producer Ital drops Endgame"his third full-length LP"via Planet Mu next week, the record is now streaming in full. read more
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Great Pagans "Happy Now (Bernholz Remix)"
Ahead of the release of its upcoming Cupid in Error LP for Anti-Ghost Moon Ray, UK four-piece Great Pagans have enlisted label mate Bernholz (pictured above) to remix album cut "Happy Now." For his rework, the Brighton producer takes Great Pagans' original into deep ambient territory, morphing the outfit's song into a cavernous affair full of dense, amorphous textures that help land the remix much closer on read more
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Fuse Presents BEYOND feat. SKUDGE, DANIEL BEL ...
ROOM 1
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Fuse b2b State of Flow
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Aeriae launches Victris album at Valve
Aeriae launches his second IDM-electronica album Victris at Valve in Sydney on Saturday September 13, headlining a major electro night with four live acts and two DJs. Three-piece house’n’techno Vivid Festival veterans Alphatown are doing their thing live, as is Simon Mann with a deep and 100% analogue hardware set. Squarepeg brings his own unique hardware setup to brew dub techno on the fly. The DJs to take you into the AM are Chris Bell (FKA Ding – he’s done more shows on more scales than the headliner can contemplate) plus XXX of Trench and Space Container fame. Aeriae himself brings the controllerism for a live set which is guaranteed to surprise. It’s $10 at the door, an 18+ event, and performances kick off at 8PM. Valve Bar & Venue 871 George St Sydney For more information check out the Aeriae website Share on Facebook
(Clan Analogue)


Prism House "Drift (Thug Entrancer Remix)"
Earlier this year, NYC duo Prism House (pictured above) dropped its Landfall EP, an effort that found the experimental project piecing together six productions built from an array of found sounds and unconventional audio sources. Now, the pair has issued its Landfall Remixes EP which finds Software affiliate Thug Entrancer and Chicago pair The-Drum taking on EP cuts "Drift" and "The Skyline Breathes Tonight." Featured here, we have the the former producer's rework, a synth-striped, drum machine-fueled outing which reworks the manic pace of "Drift" into a more dancefloor-friendly affair. Out today, Prism House's full Landfall Remixes EP can be streamed after the jump, where the pair's upcoming US tour dates have also been included. read more
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Wallwork/RZR & Ltd Colours "B2"
Canadian label Infinite Machine today celebrates its third anniversary with a compilation, gathering new tracks from artists who have helped build the outpost's catalog over as well as a number of friends of the label. read more
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96wrld "Private Language (Noame Nogo Remix)"
Over the past five years, the Error Broadcast label has served as a reliable source for forward-thinking beats, counting releases from Shlomo, Pixelord, Soosh, DZA, Monolithium, and others to its discography. To celebrate its five-year run, the label has elected to put together a special remix compilation, from which this rework of Dutch producer 96wrld Comes. read more
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E "000
Freshly launched Berlin label Deep Moves' next release comes from an anonymous producer who has elected to simply go by the name E. One of three original tracks to appear on the forthcoming 00/000/0000 EP (which also features a remix from Parisian producer Shlmo), "000" fits well into Deep Moves' growing catalog. A methodical techno production, the track utilizes small bits of static-laden percussion, but it is still far from an abrasive effort. Above its mechanical rhythms "000" presents a series of lush chords which loosely hang atop the track's chugging four-on-the-floor (which is further fueled by a series of airy snare rolls that freely move around the stereo field). Remaining behind a veil of secrecy, E may not want us to know exactly who he is, but with "000" as our first taste, it seems clear that the anonymous producer knows what he's doing. E's 00/000/0000 EP is out in vinyl form on September 15; in the meantime, the upcoming record can be previewed after the jump. read more
(xlr8r music)


Dienstmann – Abyss
Minimalistic psychedelia from Brazil with strong techno influences.
(Ektoplazm)


Gynoid Audio Label Night #2 with MARY VELO (Frozen Border/Gynoid Audio/Semantica)
MARY VELO (Frozen Border/Gynoid Audio/Semantica) After the success of our first lab el night with Truncate, we are fin ally ready to unleash round 2, thi s time introducing Berlin's deep-t ech lady MARY VELO, happening on t he 18th of October at LEVEL 1 of t he Burdekin, same room where Trunc ate blew the roof off ! Originall y from Toronto, Canada, Mary Velo got involved in music at an early age. It wasnt till the 80s w here she discovered Depeche Mode a nd got attracted to deep & moody s ounds. In 2007, Mary Velo moved to Berlin where she got strongly inf luenced in the Deep House & Techno scene. With a creditable discogr aphy which includes releases on la bels such as Frozen Border, Semant ica, Gynoid Audio & Coincidence, M ary has proven that hard work gets you somewhere. Mary Velos rel eases have gotten rave reviews fro m sites & magazines such as Reside nt Advisor, Groove, Fabric, FACT, Little White Earbuds, De:Bug, Juno , & Boomkat. Her tracks have also been played & charted by Silent Se rvant, Fu
(SPRACI F)


Aeriae launches Victris album at Valve
Aeriae launches his second IDM-electronica album Victris at Valve in Sydney on Saturday September 13, headlining a major electro night with four live acts and two DJs. Three-piece house’n’techno Vivid Festival veterans Alphatown are doing their thing live, as is Simon Mann with a deep and 100% analogue hardware set. Squarepeg brings his own unique hardware setup to brew dub techno on the fly. The DJs to take you into the AM are Chris Bell (FKA Ding – he’s done more shows on more scales than the headliner can contemplate) plus XXX of Trench and Space Container fame. Aeriae himself brings the controllerism for a live set which is guaranteed to surprise. It’s $10 at the door, an 18+ event, and performances kick off at 8PM. Valve Bar & Venue 871 George St Sydney For more information check out the Aeriae website Share on Facebook
(Clan Analogue)


Aeriae launches Victris album at Valve
Aeriae launches his second IDM-electronica album Victris at Valve in Sydney on Saturday September 13, headlining a major electro night with four live acts and two DJs. Three-piece house’n’techno Vivid Festival veterans Alphatown are doing their thing live, as is Simon Mann with a deep and 100% analogue hardware set. Squarepeg ...
(Clan Analogue)


Sendai – Monad XVIII (Stroboscopic Artefacts)
Over the five years since their first 12€ release, Berlin-based electronic duo Sendai (aka Yves de May and Peter Van Hoesen) have moved further and further away from the dancefloor with their fusion of modular synthesis and digital sound design, with more recent releases seeing them increasingly deconstructing their approach to techno. This latest eighteenth …Sendai – Monad XVIII (Stroboscopic Artefacts) is a post from: Cyclic Defrost Magazine.
(Thermostat)


FaltyDL - In the Wild
'Vast' is the word to describe it. With 17 tracks in total and a run time of approximately an hour, In the Wild comes across as daunting and at times messy. The journey begins with €˜Aqu, Port Lligat€™ which is the first of five tracks on the record which come in at under two minutes long, lulling you in to a daze with its unnerving slow-burning ambience. The second track, €˜New Haven€™ cuts through the ambience with a plodding beat which propels the song forward effortlessly, making way for a clockwork rhythm section, sparse pianos and a whole host of bizarre noises which sound like they should never be put together, but actually work quite well. €˜Do Me€™ is a techno effort that chugs along for five minutes, incessantly chanting €Do me harm€ like a drug addled fetishist, interspersed with a light and airy keyboard section. Following a third interlude, the listener is greeted with a deathly baroque cello in €˜Nine
(Drowned in Sound)


Objekt Announces Debut LP for PAN
Berlin-based techno producer Objekt has revealed plans to issue his debut LP via PAN next month. read more
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Jerome LOL
While the electronic spectrum is full of producers that could be described as unique, Jerome LOL is someone who truly marches to the beat of his own drum. It's been more than a year since his shape-shifting former outfit, LOL Boys, went on what has seemingly become a permanent hiatus, and in that time, the LA-based artist and co-founder of the ascendant Body High label has maintained his undeniably meta sense of humor and continued to build an identity based around various web tropes and an affinity for the aesthetics of the internet's early days. However, he's also established himself as a skilled producer of washy, emotive, and slow-grooving house, albeit a variant that also includes plenty of nods to (and outright appropriation of) contemporary Top 40. Following a series of self-released singles"which were later compiled and mixed on a limited-edition cassette"Jerome LOL will finally be issuing his first official EP, Deleted/Fool, next week via the Friends of Friends label. The four-track effort is current
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4 Jacks Pt.1 - 15 Years of Poker Flat
Release date:  09/29/2014 Poker Flat is gearing up to celebrate fifteen years strong, with a series of releases that will assure their standing as one of electronic music's best known and most loved imprints. Poker Flat's unwavering dedication to the finest underground house music has unearthed new talent, developed rising stars and welcomed veterans into the fold, and the first of the label's 15th anniversary compilations brings together four of the brightest leading lights of the scene. read more
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Sigward "MX86"
Helmed by Trouw resident Nuno Dos Santos, the fledgling Something Happening Somewhere imprint today releases its fourth effort, the Black Mambo EP, from Dutch artist Sigward. Described by the label as an "arpeggiated beast," Sigward's "MX86" serves as the new record's digital bonus track. Beginning from a muted bass sequence, "MX86" builds into a dark and driving affair, one propelled by crisp drum machine rhythms which charge forward as the producer allows his arpeggio lines to come further to life. Out today, Sigward's Black Mambo EP"which includes remixes from Simon Garcia and Scott Fraser"can be previewed after the jump. read more
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Sigward "MX86"
Helmed by Trouw resident Nuno Dos Santos, the fledgling Something Happening Somewhere imprint today releases its fourth effort, the Black Mambo EP, from Dutch artist Sigward. Described by the label as an "arpeggiated beast," Sigward's "MX86" serves as the new record's digital bonus track. Beginning from a muted bass sequence, "MX86" builds into a dark and driving affair, one propelled by crisp drum machine rhythms which charge forward as the producer allows his arpeggio lines to come further to life. Out today, Sigward's Black Mambo EP"which includes remixes from Simon Garcia and Scott Fraser"can be previewed after the jump. read more
(xlr8r music)


Great Pagans "Happy Now (Bernholz Remix)"
Ahead of the release of its upcoming Cupid in Error LP for Anti-Ghost Moon Ray, UK four-piece Great Pagans have enlisted label mate Bernholz (pictured above) to remix album cut "Happy Now." For his rework, the Brighton producer takes Great Pagans' original into deep ambient territory, morphing the outfit's song into a cavernous affair full of dense, amorphous textures that help land the remix much closer on read more
(xlr8r music)


Steffi Announces Second Album for Ostgut Ton
Steffi has revealed details for her second full-length, which will see release via Berlin outpost Ostgut Ton this fall. read more
(xlr8r news)


Fuse presents Len Faki - Lessizmore feat. Xos ...
ROOM 1 & 2
(Events at Fuse Brussels)


Ancient DNA
The science is making quick progress, but should we bring back extinct species?
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Hear the first cut from Ruskos most unpredictable EP to date
that signaled a new direction for his sound. This is the first time Ive ever released a record thats not dubstep or drumnbass, the producer told Rolling Stone. Its not house or techno either. I tried to create five fun tracks that ...
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Hear the first cut from Rusko€™s €œmost unpredictable€ EP to date
that signaled a new direction for his sound. €œThis is the first time I€™ve ever released a record that€™s not dubstep or drum€™n€™bass,€ the producer told Rolling Stone. €œIt€™s not house or techno either. I tried to create five fun tracks that ...
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