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Shackleton Releases Second 12" from 'Deliverance' Series

Earlier this year, Berlin-based producer Shackleton issued a surprise 12" via his own Woe to the Septic Heart imprint, the two-track effort's arrival signaling the beginning of the artist's Deliverance Series. Now, four months after its launch, the series' second 12" has landed. Read more » 

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  • 12/15/2014

Download an Unreleased Track from How to Dress Well

How to Dress Well (a.k.a. Tom Krell) has provided the latest entry into LuckyMe's advent calendar, for which the Glasgow label and collective is giving away a different track each day leading up to Christmas. Read more » 

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  • 12/15/2014

XLR8R's Best of 2014: Releases (30 - 16)

Although it's hard to deny that electronic music is still a genre where single tracks are dominant, that doesn't mean there's no room for long-form releases. In 2014, it felt like more artists were willing to try their hand at making substantial (i.e. longer) artistic statements, and while these efforts weren't always successful, it was interesting to see the electronic pendulum swing away from the notion that every tune has to be specifically engineered for the dancefloor. (Then again, plenty of producers turned in full-lengths where every track was made for the club; clearly, there is no single model being followed.) Admittedly, the sheer volume of new music that surfaced on a daily basis often made it difficult to really dig in to albums, or even EPs, but a handful of releases did manage to stick out, prompting repeat listen after repeat listen. As such, today's installment of our ongoing Best of 2014 series focuses on our favorite releases of the year. (For the sake of clarity, we consider a "release" to be anything with more than one original song on it.) Much like our breakdown of 2014's best tracks (which can be revisited here and here), many of our selections are rooted in house and techno, but this list is undeniably more varied; properly taking in a release requires an extended listening experience, and that framework leaves a lot more room for variation. Today's post unveils the first half of our favorite releases of 2014; the second half will arrive tomorrow. Read more » 

Watch a New Video from Panda Bear

Panda Bear—the solo project of Animal Collective member Noah Lennox—has unveiled a striking, 3D-animated video for "Boys Latin." Read more » 

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  • 12/15/2014

Watch Floating Points' RBMA Tokyo Lecture

Continuing the stream of recorded lectures from Red Bull Music Academy's Tokyo edition—which have featured artists like Ben UFO and Robert Hood—a recent session with Eglo co-founder and celebrated UK producer Floating Points (a.k.a. Sam Shepherd) can now be watched in full. Read more » 

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  • 12/15/2014

The Lowdown: This Week's XLR8R Top 10 with Caribou, Carl Craig, Shlohmo, 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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  • 12/12/2014

Listen to an Extended DJ Session from Huerco S.

While in Berlin earlier this week—before heading on his way to Bolgona, Italy and Kiev, Ukraine—Stateside producer (and former XLR8R podcast contributor) Huerco S. stopped by Berlin Community Radio to helm the airwaves for a few hours. Read more » 

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  • 12/12/2014

Gear: Roland Unveils TR-707 and TR-727 Expansion Pack for the TR-8

Having already sung the praises of Roland's TR-8 rhythm machine (and the rest of the Aira line, for that matter) in XLR8R's Best of 2014: Gear round-up earlier today, word has now come that the company will soon release an expansion pack for the unit including samples from its heralded TR-707 and TR-727 drum machines. Read more » 

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  • 12/12/2014

Preview DJ Haus' Upcoming EP for Clone Jack for Daze

Yesterday saw California producer Vin Sol reveal plans to issue his Off the Chain EP via Clone Jack for Daze, and now news of another forthcoming effort from the label has arrived, with the prolific DJ Haus also set to land with an EP of his own on the imprint early next year. Read more » 

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  • 12/12/2014

Moodymann, Mike Huckaby, Cassy, Martyn, Fred P, and More Added to BPM 2015 Line-Up

The second wave of acts booked for the fast-approaching 2015 edition of the BPM Festival in Playa del Carmen, Mexico has been revealed. Read more » 

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  • 12/12/2014

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