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Festivals

XLR8R highlights its top 15 moments from Montreal's EM15 fest

By Beatport News Editors
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XLR8R has just gotten back from EM15, the annual experimental electronic festival (formerly known as Mutek) that takes place in Montreal during the summer. Richie Hawtin, Ricardo Villalobos, and Matthew Dear (as Audion) were among the over 100 artists there performing at this leading-edge electronic arts, music, and culture event. This year’s highlights included American-Chilean producer Nicholas Jaar, composer Ben Frost, hyperactive junglist Lee Bannon, the city of Montreal itself in a summertime cameo, and, of course, loads of napping.

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Music News

D&B don DJ Krust hand-picks his top three studio tools

By Beatport News Editors
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Roni Size and Reprazent collaborator DJ Krust (born Kirk Thompson), 46, definitely knows his way around a studio. The Bristol-based producer has been at it over the past two decades. Most recently, he released a stellar remix of Claude vonStroke’s “Oakland Rope” for his Urban Animal RMXS album. In this new Fact article, the drum & bass don delivers his three favorite pieces of gear including the Roland V-Synth, the Emu E64 Sampler, and, of course, lots of experimenting during his unorthodox creative process.

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Interview

Martyn on the music business: "...To stay relevant...you constantly have to come up with something new..."

By Beatport News Editors
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Dutch bass producer Martyn (born Martijn Deijkers) knows that he must continually adapt his leading-edge electronic sound or get lost by the wayside in today’s up-to-the-second bass music culture. Before the release of his third album The Air Between Worlds next month on Ninja Tune, the drum & bass turned dubstep producer opens up to DJ Broadcast about being unsatisfied with his second album Ghost People, settling into his new life here in America, and rediscovered the joy of making music again.

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