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Vote Now in XLR8R's Best of 2014 Readers Poll

Now that the calendar has flipped to December, it's once again time for us here at XLR8R to partake in our annual bout of navel gazing. Over the next few weeks, we'll be unveiling our selections for the Best of 2014, compiling our favorite tracks, releases, labels, new artists, podcasts, features, and more. Our readers usually seem to enjoy this process, but we always figure that it's more fun when our writers and editors aren't the only ones having their say. As such, we've put together an official readers poll, and would like to encourage everyone in the XLR8R audience to cast a vote. Read more » 

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  • 12/17/2014

Dean Grenier, Hej Fund, and Eprom Launch New Label; Hear the First Release

Dean Grenier, Hej Fund, and Eprom—who together form the West Coast production unit Sister City—have announced the launch of a new label, Sister City Limited, and shared details of its inaugural release. Read more » 

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  • 12/17/2014

Jordan GCZ to Release New EP via Rush Hour's No 'Label' Series; Preview It Now

By our count, Amsterdam-based producer Jordan Czamanski (a.k.a. Jordan GCZ) has had an excellent 2014; his growing Off Minor label further fashioned itself into a reliable outpost for offbeat house experiments over the past 12 months, while Czamanski's solo Digitalis EP for Future Times and his latest LP as half of the Juju & Jordash pair both landed spots on our Best Releases of 2014 list. Building on that momentum, Czamanski has revealed plans to issue another solo EP in early 2015 via Rush Hour's No 'Label' series. Read more » 

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  • 12/17/2014

XLR8R's Best of 2014: New Artists

Believe it or not, our Best of 2014 series still has a few chapters left, and today's installment looks back at the year's best new artists. Granted, XLR8R is a publication that's largely dedicated to uncovering up-and-coming acts on a daily basis; our Downloads section is almost entirely populated by track giveaways from emerging producers, and our recurring Bubblin' Up series regularly shines a spotlight on rising artists throughout the year. That being said, it's also fair to say that not every new face that appears on our site is going to make a lasting impact. Some beatmakers offer us a quality MP3 and are never heard from again, while other producers create a lot of buzz with a hot debut 12" or EP, only to disappear into the ether. On the other hand, some acts do manage to stick around and gradually carve their own little niche in the electronic spectrum, and those are the figures we're focusing on today. We've selected 10 artists that continually popped up on our radar in 2014, and while there's no question we enjoyed what they did this year, their appearance on the list is also based on our prediction that we'll be hearing a lot more from them in the years to come. Read more » 

Sabla Preps Debut EP for Gang of Ducks with Ital Remix

Berlin-based Italian collective Gang of Ducks (who we profiled earlier this year as part of our Get Familiar series) will introduce a new member into the fold this January in the form of Turin-based visual artist Sabla. Read more » 

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  • 12/17/2014

Watch a New Video from Future Brown

Earlier this month, Future Brown—the collective of Fatima Al Qadiri, Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda of Nguzunguzu, and Lit City's J-Cush—shared news of a debut album for vaunted UK label Warp, and ahead of its release early next year, a video for LP cut "Vernáculo" has surfaced. Read more » 

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  • 12/17/2014

DJ Stingray and Mr. G Appear on New Itinerant Dub Remix 12"

Itinerant Dub—the imprint belonging to anonymous London-Berlin duo Itinerant Dubs—has detailed a forthcoming 12" that features remixes from DJ Stingray (pictured above) and Mr. G. Read more » 

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  • 12/17/2014

Download Midland's Remix of Boards of Canada

Midland has shared a sought-after rework of Boards of Canada's "Olson" for stream and download. Read more » 

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  • 12/17/2014

Shigeto Shares New Track from Upcoming 'Ghostly Swim 2' Compilation

After announcing last week that it would team up with Adult Swim for the second volume of its free Ghostly Swim compilation, Ghostly has shared a full stream of Detroit-based beatmaker Shigeto's contribution to the forthcoming collection. Read more » 

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  • 12/16/2014

Listen to a New Track from Nina Kraviz

Russian-born producer/DJ Nina Kraviz has shared a full stream of "IMPRV," a driving cut which arrives as part of the inaugural release from her newly launched трип label and is also set to appear on the artist's forthcoming DJ-Kicks mix album. Read more » 

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  • 12/16/2014

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