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Download: Dam-Funk "Hood Pass Intact"

The fourth installment of Dam-Funk's 5-LP debut Toeachizown drops October 20, and the theme for the latest chapter is 'hood,' music of the street corners and boulevards of Southern California. "Hood Pass Intact" features a deep, one-note bass pulse, a dreamy bell-synth loop, and the gauzy boogie synths that Dam is known for. Add some gunshot sounds and the high frequency hip-hop squelch endemic to LA, and you have a perfect piece for cruising through the hood, whether you're in Philly, Detroit, or Turku.  

Average: 7.1 (48 votes)
 
 

Download: Chromeo "Night by Night (Skream Remix)"

OK, let's get this straight. New-school synth-funkers Chromeo get remixed by UK dubstep wizard Skream, who transforms their track into a G-funk slow-jam? Um... yeah, we're sold. 

Average: 7.5 (129 votes)
 
 

Download: A Lull "Weapons For War"

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Chicago's shape-shifting trio A Lull creates a vast sound far more massive than the sum of its parts. Their beat-heavy brand of post-rock relies equally on instrumental rhythms as it does melodic vocal percussion, a fact showcased fluidly on the XLR8R exclusive "Weapons For War." Ripped from their current sessions for next year's forthcoming debut album, Confetti, A Lull's song inhales as much as it exhales—trading in swirling electronics and tribal beats for acoustic rhythms and harmonized vocal hooks as it breathes. A Lull's Ice Cream Bones EP is out now on Lujo

Average: 7.8 (202 votes)
 
 

Download: Brim Liski "Fight"

Part Netherlands and part Colorado, the elusive Brim Liski is a collective of underground producers who remain "happily depressed." Their collective output sounds something like M83 covering Depeche Mode remixing a Three 6 Mafia beat, and "Fight" is a great example of the group's ability to balance a head-nodding beat with poignant atmospherics and hushed vocal work. 

Average: 7.9 (186 votes)
 
 

Download: Waajeed "Tetris"

Taken from the Blu Jemz-curated Beat Machine compilation, "Tetris" is a slinky slice of instrumental synth-funk put together by Waajeed. Best known as an original member of Slum Village and a founder of Platinum Pied Pipers, Wajeed will be hitting the road as part of the Beat Machine tour that kicks off tonight. 

Average: 7 (49 votes)
 
 

Download: Larytta "Play Me Loud (Futuro)"

First Listen

What makes this piece interesting isn't really the music itself, which falls squarely into the shiny indie-electro category, but the method of dissemination: the new Friends of Friends label sells unique t-shirts commissioned by a specific musical artist, and every t-shirt contains a download code to a release by that artist as well as a musical compatriot. On the label's second release, Swiss duo Larytta tapped their countryman Bauchamp to share the release and artist Tatiana Rihs to design the t-shirt. With shirt and download code in hand, one can not only hear the six-track release itself, but remixes by Lazer Sword, Hecuba, and more. 

Average: 6.9 (34 votes)
 
 

Download: Matias Aguayo "Rollerskate (Radio Edit)"

Label: Kompakt

Matias Aguayo never does what is expected of him, so it is no surprise that the first single from his upcoming Kompakt album sounds like a bit like an outtake from an early TV on the Radio session—though a slow beat forms the track's backbone, much of the remaining sonic texture comes from multi-layered vocal elements reminiscent of a barbershop quartet. Of course, Aguayo's sexy croon is on full display throughout, though the track can't hold a candle to anything from the Closer Musik discography. With this piece as a teaser, let's hope the rest of Ay Ay Ay is as equally puzzling and pleasing. 

Average: 7.8 (63 votes)
 
 

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