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Download: Caltrop "Chunky Express"

Label: Jacktone

Fledgling San Francisco label Jacktone released an ambitious 23-track compilation this week, simply titled Jacktone 002. Presented across two cassettes, the compilation highlights a number of budding production talents including Oakland resident Caltrop, whose jacking contribution to the collection, "Chunky Express," is featured here. Taking shape as an unhurried piece of house, Caltrop's effort piles starry-eyed organs, sweeping synth chords, and lo-fidelity strings atop its stripped drum-machine core, which maintains a steady pulse throughout the track's five-plus-minute run. "Chunky Express" is joined by a wide range of other dance music hybrids on Jacktone 002, which covers hardware house, efficient techno, cosmic disco, and propulsive darkwave across its comprehensive tracklist. Out now, the full double-cassette collection can be streamed and ordered via Jacktone's Bandcamp page

Average: 8.9 (14 votes)

Download: Anenon "Ink"

LA producer Anenon (a.k.a. Brian Simon) has teased the release of his forthcoming second album Sagrada, which will appear via his own Non Projects label later this year. Before then, the former XLR8R podcast contributor has passed along non-album cut "Ink" to taste. Starting off with just a simple drum-machine beat and a scaling synth pad, Anenon gradually introduces more intricate percussive rhythms and varying melodies that multiply and interweave in a linear fashion, only for the track to eventually revert back to its original state as it closes its run. "Ink" is pulled from Anenon's recently published collection of unreleased beats, which—for those interested in further listening—is available to stream after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.6 (8 votes)

Download: Weber "L.M.P."

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Label: Holger

Leipzig-based producer Philipp Weber—who also serves as half of the Webermichelson duo—will be releasing a solo mini-album via the Holger label on May 19. Plainly titled Eins, or "one" in German, the mini-album is explained by Weber to be "like speaking a language without knowing its grammar [and] still trying to find the right words." Lifted from his forthcoming album, the somber "L.M.P" track precisely mirrors Weber's description, as skittering, harshly plucked strings and propelling synth waves are erratically mixed with squeaking and distorted field recordings of miscellaneous objects. The results make for an eerily writhing and contorted tune.  

Average: 8.3 (16 votes)

Download: Noah Pred "Devil's Quadrant (Tomas Jirku Instrumental Remix)"

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Late last year, Thoughtless label head Noah Pred released Third Culture, an ambitious LP which incorporated a number of collaborative works. This week, Pred has followed up that album with Third Culture Remixed, a collection of reworks which enlists the likes of Lando, Steven Tang, and Tomas Jirku, among others. Here, we have the instrumental version of Jirku's take on "Devil's Quadrant," which raps bubbling synth sequences and light acid melodies around low-reaching bass and a solid techno backbone. The non-instrumental version of Jirku's refix can be found on the 10-track Third Culture Remixed collection, out now via Pred's Thoughtless imprint. 

Average: 8.4 (22 votes)

Download: Jincallo "Squares n' Circles"

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Label: Alpha Pup

Set to release his upcoming Do You Mind LP via Alpha Pup on May 13, LA-based producer Jincallo has offered up breezy album cut "Squares n' Circles." Featuring the talents of LA "funk guitarist" Dreadfro, "Squares n' Circles" gracefully grooves across lush guitar textures, gentle synth melodies, and a rugged hip-hop beat. The track meshes together a broad range of subtle, yet uplifting sounds, encouraging an irrefutable sense of content as the piece moves along its tranquilizing course. 

Average: 8.4 (19 votes)

Download: Adolescent "K-TV"

First Listen

Opening with a playful chain of bright bleeps, Adolescent's (a.k.a. Alex Parish) "K-TV" goes across several movements, slowly emerging into a beautiful cascade of synth patterns and glassy piano breaks throughout its versatile course. Taken off of his upcoming Golden Halls EP—on which each track is said to "directly correlate to a specific photograph" the producer has taken—"K-TV" bears a distinctly picturesque quality, one which is carried out by its ever-changing, dynamic landscape of romantic tones. Adolescent's debut Golden Halls EP is set to drop on May 12 via KLDSCP. 

Average: 8.8 (34 votes)

Download: Sleepyhead "All Alone"

Having shared a download of the titular production off of his recently released Untitled EP for ASL Singles Club, Brooklyn-based resident of the monthly Broke City event series, Sleepyhead returns to XLR8R with the house jam, "All Alone." Said to have been first crafted over two years ago only to see a release now, the dark-toned "All Alone" is a worthy addition to Sleepyhead's repertoire of recent releases. Packing his track with ghostly vocal snippets and radiant blips, Sleepyhead's spectral production is as brisk and spirited as it is haunting.  

Average: 8.3 (48 votes)


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