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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)

Download: Clap! Clap! "Ashiko (Lurka Obeah Remix)"

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Earlier this month, Italian producer Cristiano Crisci (a.k.a. Digi G'Alessio) dropped his debut LP as Clap! Clap! via the Black Acre imprint. Entitled Tayi Bebba, the record was conceptualized as a tour of an imagined island, with each track said to represent a place, event, or ritual (the LP even came accompanied by a full story, explaining what each production represented in G'Alessio's imagined world). Now, the remixes have begun to roll in with UK producer—and fellow Black Acre affiliate—Lurka being enlisted to take on the tribal vibes of LP cut "Ashiko." Stretching the track out past the five-minute mark, Lurka reimagines "Ashiko" as a more industrial-minded production, trading in the drum machine tones of G'Alessio's track for more machine-made bits of percussion and textured drones. Lurka's remix can be downloaded below while the video for Clap Clap!'s original track can be viewed here.  

Average: 8.4 (79 votes)

Download: Chizh "Don't Turn"

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Label: Glenview

Moscow-based analog enthusiast Chizh will issue a new 12" via the Chicago-based Glenview imprint later this month. A four track effort, the record will host two original cuts alongside a pair of remixes from The Mole and AntonZap. Serving as a preview is "Don't Turn," the second of Chizh's original efforts which shows off the Russian beatmaker's taste for classic techno tones. Built around a clap-heavy four-on-the-floor, the six-minute outing weaves a series of adventurous synth lines around its steady rhythms, sneaking acid-tweaked sequences and pulsing strings behind a bevy of restless leads. Expected to land later this month, Chizh's upcoming Foux Control/Don't Turn 12" can be previewed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.8 (46 votes)

Download: Shiva "Dark Moon"

Label: Unspeakable

Hailing from Los Angeles, Shiva is the latest producer to drop an effort via the Unspeakable, an all-female record label helmed by fellow LA beatmaker Dot. Serving as the title track to her recent effort, "Dark Moon" is a moody production which coyly exists along the spacier ends of the bass-music spectrum. Led by sharp, electro-indebted rhythms, the track gently sways as it unrolls thick pads, laid-back synth bass, and miniature guitar licks throughout its three-plus-minute run. Released earlier this week, Shiva's full Dark Moon EP can be streamed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.4 (44 votes)

Download: Astronomar "Gargoile (Massacooramaan Remix)"

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Label: Main Course

Earlier this year, Los Angeles producer Astronomar issued his Mutant Club EP, a four-track effort which presented a number of club-ready hybrids in the course of its run. Now, those EP tracks have been handed off to a variety producer's for the forthcoming Mutant Club Remixes EP (out on September 23). Here, we have Fade to Mind affiliate Massacooramaan's contribution to the collection, which finds the Portland-based beatmaker taking on Astronoma's "Gargoile." A hyperactive, constantly evolving production in its original form, Massacooramaan refocuses the tune's sonics into a more brooding effort, one where screeching tones are cut by massive kicks, industrial snares, and a bevy of machine-made percussion. The full Mutant Club Remixes EP lands next week via the Main Course imprint. 

Average: 6.9 (48 votes)

Download: Brett "Chalon (Bam Spacey's Sad Summer of '89 Mix)"

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An unhurried, sun-soaked pop track in its original form, Brett's "Chalon" serves as the lead track to the Stateside outfit's self-titled debut LP, which appeared earlier this year via the ever-growing Cascine label (an imprint who also welcomed the likes of Essáy and Lemonade to its roster in 2014). Now in the hands of Malmö, Sweden-based producer Bam Spacey—whose debut LP, 1998, arrives next month via Brooklyn's Ceremony outpost—"Chalon" is reshaped into a more heavenly affair, one led by a melody worthy of the remix's 1989 time stamp and further bathed in gradually evolving layers of airy synths.  

Average: 7.8 (40 votes)

Download: Tallesen "Court Sight"

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Label: Software

Set to arrive early next month, the debut LP from East Coast producer Cayman Johnson (a.k.a. Tallesen) will offer 12 original productions along with a handful of bonus cuts, including "Court Sight," which has been offered for download here. Built on the back of a series of somewhat lopsided rhythms, "Court Sight" eventually culminates into a cluster of washy synths, with no lead emerging, but rather a bubbling soundscape culminating from Johnson's combination of sci-fi tones. The rest of Tallesen's Stills Lit Through LP will see its release on October 6 via Brooklyn's Software label.  

Average: 7.2 (40 votes)

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