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.

1. This week’s XLR8R podcast was put together by Madrid-based producer (and frequent John Talabot collaborator) Pional (pictured above).

2. Dutch synth obsessive Legowelt gave away a sample pack he made of sounds from his Korg ER-1 drum synthesizer.

3. Recondite announced that he will soon be releasing his third full-length via German label Innervisions.

4. The newest edition of our Artist Tips series was put together by Peter Van Hoesen, who expounded on the art of listening.

5. A new mini-documentary about Jeff Mills surfaced online. The piece focuses on his Time Tunnel residency at Paris club La Machine du Moulin Rouge.

6. Aphex Twin’s highly anticipated new album, Syro, dropped this week, and we published our official review of the LP.

7. UK producer SBTRKT premiered a video for “New Dorp. New York,” another cut from his forthcoming sophomore album.

8. The top tune in our Downloads section this week was a remix of Neneh Cherry’s “Spit Three Times” by Ninja Tune affiliate Lee Bannon.

9. Another popular selection from our Downloads page was an industrial-minded remix of Italian producer Clap! Clap! by the UK’s Lurka Obeah.

10. Last weekend, XLR8R headed to Vancouver for the city’s annual New Forms festival, and our subsequent review detailed the festivities’ most memorable moments.

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