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The Lowdown: This Week's XLR8R Top 10 with Midland, Nina Kraviz, our Best of 2014, and More

Throughout the week, a whole lot of material gets posted here on XLR8R. And while we know—and love—that some hardcore readers will eagerly pour over every single news story, interview, podcast, video, and MP3 download that appears on the site, we also realize that for most people, it's impossible to see everything, which means that some quality XLR8R content is likely to get missed in the hustle and bustle of everyone's daily lives. In the interest of making it easier for everyone to catch up, every Friday we present The Lowdown, a weekly wrap-up of the top 10 tidbits from our site. Read more » 

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  • 12/19/2014

Download Two New Tracks from Lee Bannon

First Listen

The end of the year is a great time for people who love free music. Over the past few days and weeks, many artists and labels have taken the opportunity to give their fans a bit of an early Christmas present in the form of a free track, a previously lost remix, or something else of the sort. Now, Stateside beatmaker Lee Bannon has offered up something of his own for the holiday season, giving away two new productions, "Telaporthrª" and "Untitled." Read more » 

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  • 12/19/2014

Gear: Download a Free Delay Plug-In from Native Instruments

Berlin-based software and controller designer Native Instruments has offered up a new delay plug-in, the Replika, for free download. Read more » 

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  • 12/19/2014

Listen to the New Single-Sided 12" from PPU

Set to wrap up a rather impressive 2014 run—hence why we included the label in our Best of 2014 coverage—Andrew Morgan's PPU imprint has shared audio from a forthcoming single-sided 12" credited to an artist by the name of MIX-0-RAP. Read more » 

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  • 12/19/2014

Watch Mala Dig in John Peel's Record Collection

In a new 20-minute film presented by the John Peel Archive, longstanding UK producer Mala is invited to dig through the record collection of legendary British radio DJ and broadcaster John Peel. Read more » 

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  • 12/19/2014

Planet E to Reissue Carl Craig Track with Marcel Dettmann Remix

Carl Craig's own Planet E label is preparing to reissue his 1996 track "Country Boy Goes Dub," featuring a remix by Berlin techno mainstay Marcel Dettmann. Read more » 

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  • 12/19/2014

XLR8R's Best of 2014: Readers Poll

For the past several weeks, our Best of 2014 series has dominated the headlines on XLR8R. Up to this point, most of the selections have been made by our editorial staff, but we also wanted to see what our audience had to say about the year in music. That's why we've once again conducted an official Readers Poll, and now, after tallying the thousands of votes cast by the XLR8R faithful, we've put together lists of their favorite releases, tracks, labels, and new artists of 2014. Read more » 

Download a Track from Damiano Von Erckert

Damiano Von Erckert is giving away an unreleased track as part of UK magazine Stamp the Wax's advent calendar. Read more » 

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  • 12/19/2014

Ekman to Return to Berceuse Heroique on Upcoming 12"; Stream It Now

An imprint which received an honorable mention in our top labels of 2014 list earlier today, Berceuse Heroique has revealed one of its forthcoming releases for 2015, a 12" from Dutch techno artist Ekman. Read more » 

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  • 12/18/2014

Contest: Bleep and XLR8R Present the 100 Tracks Mix Competition

As 2014 draws to a close, we have teamed up with the good folks at online music retailer Bleep to launch the 100 Tracks Mix Competition, for which we are soliciting mixes from our readers that cover their favorite tracks of the past year. Read more » 

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