XLR8R’s 10 Things Not to Miss in Barcelona This Week

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Sónar is this weekend, and everyone is getting ready to see sets from Massive Attack, Caribou, Pretty Lights, Four Tet, Bonobo… the list just goes on. But Sónar is only part of it, read on to learn about the great things happening in Barcelona this week at Off-Sónar.

Off-Sónar is a slew of independently run events around the city during Sónar. Fans of the underground scene and those without tickets to Sónar will find the Off-Sónar events to be sufficiently packed with must-see sets.

Resident Advisor : Thursday, June 12 – El Monasterio of Poble Espanyol

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, a leading source for electronic music news and reviews, brings in Talaboman (John Talabot and Axel Boman) to play with Motor City Drum Ensemble and Max Graef.  This stacked lineup will keep your hips swaying and your head bobbing. And just look at the gorgeous venue…

El Monasterio of Poble Espanyol

Hessle Audio : Thursday, June 12 – Be Cool

If you’re not going to the RA event, you can go check out the three founders of Hessle Audio Ben UFO, Pearson Sound, and Pangaea at the properly named club, Be Cool. Ben UFO and Pearson Sound have both played Make It New in the past and we highly recommend checking them out. Also on the lineup, Kassem Mosse and a special guest rumored to be Paul Woolford… if you want to know for sure, you’ll just have to be there!
Watch Ben UFO’s Boiler Room set and get pumped:

Lost in a MomentFriday, June 13 – El Monasterio of El Poble Espanyol

This party sold all of its 1,000 tickets in just two minutes. That alone tells you how crazy things are going to be at Berlin label Innervisions’ Lost in a Moment. Barcelona is the first stop for this popular concert tour. Sets from co-founders Dixon and Âme, Henrik Schwarz, and Gerd Janson will blow your minds. And yeah, it’s at that beautiful monastery. Another picture to treat your eyes:

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Hyperdub Barcelona 10 : Saturday, June 14 – Be Cool

Another show at Be Cool, Hyperdub will celebrate it’s 10th year in action. Founder Kode9 will be playing a set and will be joined by Chicago DJs Spinn and Taso (who will share the same stage for one epic set), Scratcha DVA, Cooly G, and Make it New alum Ikonika. Check out Ikonika on FACT TV‘s Against the Clock:

For more events in Barcelona this week, check out XLR8R’s full list.

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KiNK takes us into the making of “Under Destruction”


Bulgarian producer Strahil Velchev, who records under the moniker KiNK, has a record called Under Destruction out in May. He’s just shared a video that lets the viewer in on a bit of the creative process (via XLR8R):

…the seasoned artist has shared a new video which shows off the various pieces of hardware he used during the live jam sessions which yielded the forthcoming LP. The 10-minute video cuts together clips of Under Destructions‘s tracks as they are recorded live with Velchev tweaking filters, triggering FX, rearranging sequences, and even playing a bit of live piano towards the end. Existing somewhere between an album preview and a “making of” video, this new piece featuring KiNK and his tabletop of hardware can be watched in action below.

Kink played our weekly party #MakeItNew late last year. He was a gentleman and a scholar, and was the first Hungarian to sign our famous map of visitors. Make It New is every single Thursday at the Middlesex Lounge. Visit our event page on Facebook to see what else is coming to town.

Of course you can always be like Kink inside our lab.

#MakeItNew alum Max Cooper’s 5 tips for XLR8R


The latest entry in XLR8R‘s Artist Tips series features a Make It New alum offering up his top five recommendations for tightening and improving one’s productions.

Max Cooper is a quiet artist. While some producers garner acclaim that’s based as much on their personas as their tunes, Cooper has been content to hone his craft and steadily build a following by issuing a stream of cinematic, glitch-infused creations. In recent years, his output has occasionally been lumped in with that of the “bass music” crowd, but the UK producer’s reach extends much further than that, and his freshly released debut LP, Human, is even prompting comparisons to the likes of Jon Hopkins and Pantha du Prince. Of course, some of these similarities can be traced to the fact that, much like those revered artists, Cooper is someone who more or less lives in the studio. His productions are precise, mutilayered, and full of nuance, which makes him an excellent candidate for our Artist Tips series. When asked to share a bit of his knowledge, he chose to focus on maintaining clarity, both of artistic vision and sound itself.

Check out what Cooper has to say in the full article at XLR8R.

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