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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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