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The Ritz "Heartless"

MC Apoc and producer Rel’s first full-length under The Ritz moniker stretches in many directions stylistically, utilizing synths, string arrangements, and programmed beats to make hip-hop that constantly darts between …

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Koushik "Bright and Shining"

The notoriously cranky Koushik might have a chip on his shoulder the size of a boulder, but he sure does make some wonderful music. For Out My Window, his forthcoming …

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Takka Takka "Everybody Say"

Takka Takka experimented with everything from psychedelia to future-folk on Migration, its latest album, but gentle melodies are definitely a common denominator throughout the release. Case in point is this …

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Mr. Vegas "Oh My Gosh (Aaron LaCrate and Debonair Samir Gutter Remix)"

Baltimore madness meets Jamaican dancehall on this track, a remix of the title cut off Mr. Vegas’ Oh My Gosh EP. On the lyrical tip, the Jamaican MC doesn’t have …

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Daedelus "For Whithered Friends"

XLR8R cover star Daedelus just sent this one over, and as it usually happens with his tracks, we can’t stop listening to it. “For Whithered Friends” is a reworking of …

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Illa J "We Here"

It seems fitting, given that the late J Dilla was considered one of the foremost veterans of the Detroit hip-hop scene, that “We Here,” the first single to drop from …

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Cakebuilder "Mohyla"

Angry dubstep meets sweet melodies on this track from Winnipeg, CA-based breakcore master Jeremy Pillipow, who makes sinister tunes under his Cakebuilder guise. There’s something cinematic to the quality of …

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Woodhands "I Wasn't Made For Fighting"

Toronto, ON-based duo Woodhands is all about the keytar and drum sound, which music heads will be able to hear for themselves today, as the group’s album, Heart Attack, has …

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Mikix The Cat "Freeze (Kanji Kinetic Remix)"

Last time we heard from the Trouble & Bass crew, they were making a left turn and pushing the gentle, melodic strains of Little Jinder, proving there was more to …

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Madvillain "Boulder Holder"

Madvillainy, from 2004, marked a seminal release in the career of producer and L.A. indie hip-hop darling Madlib. Four years on, Stones Throw has reissued, repackaged, and remixed the album …

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Harrison Blakoldman "Full Speed"

A recent find of ours on the music discovery crapshoot that is MySpace, Harrison Blakoldman crafts his own brand of electro-soaked hip-hop beats meant for those tuned into the exciting …

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Alias "Justamachine"

Marking his first solo record since 2003’s highly acclaimed Muted, Brendon Whitney (a.k.a. Alias), who recently relocated from the bay back to his original stomping grounds of Portland, Maine, has …

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Daniel Haaksman "Who's Afraid Of Rio? feat. MC Jennifer (Radio Edit)"

Who’s Afraid of Rio?, Daniel Haaksman’s debut EP, sees the Man Recordings label boss continuing his passionate love affair with the baile funk sound. The relationship started back in January …

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RQM "Miss Pacman (Oliver $ Remix)"

RQM’s a name we’re all familiar with at this point. The Barcelona-based producer has been involved with The Tape, Al Haca, and Jahcoozi over the years, but Miss Pacman marks …

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Izza Kizza "Millionaire"

Poised to make a tsunami-sized splash of excitement in the rap world, Georgia-born MC Terry Davis (a.k.a. Izza Kizza) spits refreshingly crisp, rapid-fire bullets reminiscent of southern-rap greats like Outkast …

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Rainbow Arabia "Let Them Dance"

Danny and Tiffany Preston have dropped another call-to-war-style single off their forthcoming EP, The Basta. Judging from this and a previous track, duo’s got an uncanny ability to make music …

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Stars Like Fleas "I Was Only Dancing"

Stars Like Fleas gave experimental rock an emotional touch earlier this year, with the release of its third full-length, The Ken Burns Effect. Steeped in dizzying guitar textures, layered vocals, …

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Larytta "Ya-Ya-Ya"

We’re currently loving the eclectic musings of Lausanne, Switzerland-based duo Larytta, mostly because the music made by Guy Meldem and Christian Pahud sounds like, well, nothing else we’ve had come …

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