XLR8R Audio Podcast
By XLR8R Magazine
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Every week XLR8R Magazine delivers a mix of five new tunes available for free download at www.xlr8r.com, as well as monthly DJ mixes and interviews. Featuring a variety of genres from electronic, dance, hip-hop, indie rock and leftfield, from the best artists and labels in new music today.
||Floorplan||Right about now, someone is probably seeing this post and thinking, "Wait a minute, didn't Robert Hood already do a mix for XLR8R?" And they would be right: back in 2011, the Detroit techno pioneer—who now resides in rural Alabama—put together an exc||12/2/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Shifted||Over the past few years, Shifted (a.k.a. Guy Brewer) has quickly built a following on the back of two albums and an impressive series of 12"s, most of which showcase a bleak and ominous strain of richly textured techno. Though the Berlin-based producer h||11/25/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Gunnar Haslam||Over the past year or so, Gunnar Haslam has quietly become one of those artists whose name is seemingly everywhere. In 2014 alone, the New York producer has issued releases on esteemed imprints like Argot, Delsin, and Mister Saturday Night, and this week||11/18/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||DJ Earl||Four years ago, XLR8R published a podcast from a couple of up-and-comers out of Chicago, DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn. At the time, the two were relatively unknown, but they were also the leading figures in the city's footwork scene, which was only then just s||11/11/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Tiger & Woods' Club to Club Mix||Now that the calendar has flipped to November, we're assuming that many of our readers (at least the ones in the Northern hemisphere) are unpacking their winter coats and bracing themselves for winter. And while there's little that XLR8R can do to affect||11/4/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jackmaster||Jackmaster (a.k.a. Jack Revill) is a DJ. He's also a co-founder of Glasgow's Numbers label, but there's ultimately no question that Revill's skills behind the decks are responsible for whatever sort of widespread acclaim has come his way. Those who have||10/28/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Gerd Janson||Gerd Janson is often referred to as a "DJ's DJ," but that term doesn't really do the man justice. Perhaps there was a time where the Running Back label founder, who many people still recognize as "that guy from all the Red Bull Music Academy interviews,"||10/21/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lando||Lando (a.k.a. Antaeus Roy) is an artist we've kept tabs on for quite some time, from his earliest output as a producer in San Francisco, to his time in New York, to his eventual landing in Berlin, where he's been installed for the past few years. Over th||10/14/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Roman Flügel||At this point, it's almost easier to talk about what Roman Flügel hasn't done than it is to list his various projects and accomplishments from the past two decades. The veteran German producer has dabbled in house, techno, electro, ambient, IDM, and mor||10/7/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Pangaea||Pangaea (a.k.a. Kevin McAuley) is something of a mystery. On the one hand, he's one third of the braintrust behind Hessle Audio, a label that's widely recognized as one of the most innovative and respected imprints in electronic music. On the other, he's||9/30/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Pional||The rise of Pional (a.k.a. Miguel Barros) has been a gradual one over the past few years, but 2014 feels like the year in which the Madrid producer has properly stepped into the spotlight. He's long been associated with John Talabot and his Hivern Discs||9/23/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Simian Mobile Disco||Simian Mobile Disco is a project that has gone through several stylistic iterations since the UK duo first debuted in the mid '00s, and its music admirably continues to evolve. After reaching an unexpected high-water mark with the melodic techno of 2012'||9/16/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Danny Daze||Danny Daze (a.k.a. Daniel Gomez) has been releasing records since the late '00s, but during the past year, the Miami producer has taken his craft to another level. Recent months have seen him release music via Jimmy Edgar's Ultramajic label and Maceo Ple||9/9/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||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). P||9/2/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||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||8/26/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||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 (wit||8/19/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||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, am||8/12/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||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 2||8/5/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||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 ye||7/29/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||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 mor||7/22/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||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 offeri||7/15/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||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||7/8/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||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 lat||7/1/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||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||6/24/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||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, J||6/17/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||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||6/10/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||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. O||6/3/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||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 tu||5/27/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||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. Howev||5/20/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||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 arrangemen||5/13/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
What's not to like?
This podcast is a great way to learn about bands that I would never have time to explore, and some familiar names turn up, too. It includes iTunes cover art for all five songs available for free download each week at XLR8R's website. Best of all, it has chapters, so I can skip past something I don't care for. Artists range from experimental to electronica to chillout to hip hop. Highly recommended.
My Favorite Music Podcast
This podcast seems to be overlooked compared to some of the others out there, but they consistently impress me with the breadth of stuff they throw together, the production quality, and the simple freshness of everything they play. Also enhanced, so I can click through for more info on the artist when it's playing--every music podcast should do that.
oh man, that modeselektor mix is hot.