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Download: Saxsyndrum "Maceonectar"

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Label: Art Not Love

"Maceonectar" is the first track to surface from SXD_EP, an upcoming record from budding Montreal production outfit and sonic experimenters Saxsyndrum. A wonky beat with a touch of pop flair, "Maceonectar" is said to be composed "exclusively of saxophone samples," which appear with generous layers of manipulation, of course. As such, the resulting four-plus minute track comes flushed with a variety of unconventional sounds: airy lead lines, low-rumbling squawks, and metallic squeaks and clicks all find their place in the upbeat production. "Maceonectar" will be joined by a handful of other original tracks from the pair when Saxsyndrum's SXD_EP lands on November 4 via the Art Not Love label. 

Average: 7.6 (30 votes)

Download: Arsenal "Temul (Aashton Remix)"

One of three remixes set to appear on an upcoming remix EP for Belgian outfit Arsenal, UK producer Aashton's rework of "Temul (Lie Low)" reshapes the dark, cinematic pop tune into a driving club affair. Pulled from the group's Furu LP (released earlier this year), fragments of Arsenal's original track are refitted between a pumping four-on-the-floor and infectious hand-percussion patterns, on top of which Aashton places a few ethereal vocal phrases (in fact, those of Danish vocalist Lydmor, who features on the original track). Out this week, Arsenal's Temul (Lie Low) Remixes EP includes additional refixes from Belgian acts Faisal and Vuurwerk. 

Average: 8.3 (43 votes)

Download: Egokind & Ozean "Sinus"

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Label: Traum

Two young producers who met while both attending Berlin University, Egokind and Ozean are set to deliver their debut LP together, Transition, via the Traum imprint next month. Focusing their efforts on intricately detailed electronic hybrids (with an emphasis on sound design), the pair has offered album bonus cut "Sinus" as a free download ahead of the record's release. Running just under five minutes, "Sinus" is a melodically rooted production, one which sways with a half-time step as manipulated field recordings and FX create active rhythms throughout the stereo field. In addition to offering the bonus track for download, Egokind & Ozean have passed along a video for "Mega," the Transition LP's similarly dense opening track, which is premiering after the jump. The Berlin pair's full debut album is slated to land on October 3.  Read more » 

Average: 8.6 (53 votes)

Download: Gidge "Dusk"

Label: Atomnation

Today sees the release of the debut LP from Swedish duo Gidge (a.k.a. Ludvig Stolterman and Jonatan Nilsson) via Applescal's Atomnation label. Pulled from the nine-track Autumn Bells LP is "Dusk," a moody production which finds the pair lacing a crisp, skipping beat with long-winded pads and rich melodic tones. Spanning over nine minutes, the patient effort swings unhurried through its movements, giving the listener ample time to sink into each section of the dense, far-reaching production. Out now, Gidge's debut full-length, Autumn Bells, can be streamed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.5 (79 votes)

Download: Neneh Cherry "Spit Three Times (Lee Bannon Remix)"

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Originally appearing on Neneh Cherry's Four Tet-produced Blank Project LP (released via Smalltown Supersound earlier this year), "Spit Three Times" has been handed over to Lee Bannon for a remix treatment. As one would expect from the former XLR8R podcast contributor (who has an EP of his own on the way), the rework finds Bannon taking Cherry's track deep beneath layers of icy chords and cavernous textures, allowing the seasoned vocalist's lyrics only to seep through the few small cracks left in his murky reconstruction. 

Average: 7.9 (70 votes)

Download: Claude "In Love"

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Much like the artwork for its upcoming Solid EP, Claude's productions are deceivingly clean and simple. The result of a partnership between French beatmakers Fulgeance and Darius Broobecker, Claude takes a rather direct route to combining bits of classic disco and house with the sonic weight of UK bass—all of which comes wrapped together with an undeniably French touch. "In Love," the closing effort from the pair's upcoming debut EP, fits finely chiseled slices of soul between sharp and efficient drum programming, resulting in a track that smacks and pops while also maintaing a cool air about it. Available to grab for free below, "In Love" will be joined by six other original productions from Claude when the duo's Solid EP lands on October 6 via Musique Large. 

Average: 7.9 (55 votes)

Download: Wild Highways "Enter the Neu!"

Wild Highways is the project of Toronto's Cody Dyck, a guitarist who began crafting beats after relocating from the "Canadian prairies" to his current, more urban surroundings. At the moment, Wild Highways appears to be in its beginning stages, with only a handful of tracks on SoundCloud (all of which come accompanied by self-made videos) to its credit so far. One such effort is "Enter the Neu!," a synth-streaked production which places swimming chords, lopsided arpeggios, and an array of angelic R&B vocal chops atop its active rhythmic base. A restless electronic hybrid, "Enter the Neu!" serves as a welcome first peek into what the budding Toronto talent may have up his sleeve as he continues to hone his craft. 

Average: 8 (52 votes)

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