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Download: Tycho "Coastal Brake"

Label: Ghostly

Setting aside all comparisons to a certain haze-hidden Scottish duo, the latest single from San Francisco's Tycho is probably one of the most melodic and subtly upbeat Balearic tracks in recent memory. Acoustic guitars, delayed synths, and atmospheric ocean sounds all meet atop a subdued house beat on producer Scott Hansen's ballad to the beach, "Coastal Brake." If the warm, inviting tones of Tycho's third single, taken from an as-yet-untitled debut album coming in 2010 on Ghostly, aren't reason enough to get your hands on the 12" release, maybe the detailed and beautiful packaging (done by Hansen himself, who also does design work under the name ISO50) will get you digging in those pockets. Coastal Brake is out on digital and vinyl formats December 8. 

Average: 7.8 (93 votes)
 
 

Download: Bitcode "For Trash (Jimmy Edgar Remix)"

Label: Tracy

Hyper-sexual Barcelona electro imprint Tracy just dropped For Trash, the latest EP from Bitcode. This remix of the title track comes courtesy of Warp alumnus Jimmy Edgar, who smooths the original's obtuse edges with his patented sheen and brings the dark undertones of "For Trash" to the forefront—making for a tune that drunken dancefloor revelers could easily mistake for something from Mr. Oizo's catalog. 

Average: 7.6 (67 votes)
 
 

Download: Lindstrøm & Christabelle "Baby Can't Stop (Idjut Boys Remix)"

First Listen

After hearing Aeroplane's take on the epic disco-funk of "Baby Can't Stop" by Norwegian-Belgian duo Lindstrøm & Christabelle (the latter of whom is also Aeroplane's singer), we didn't think the vintage synth-heavy dance jam could be further expanded upon. After this gem of a remix from Idjut Boys landed in our hands, our opinion quickly changed. The veteran London-based duo kept relatively true to the original, making their version more of an edit which highlights the bulbous basslines and warm brass section of Lindstrøm's production work with a few of their own sounds tossed in for extra flair. 

Average: 7.4 (70 votes)
 
 

Download: DJ Food "All Covered in Darkness (Mr. P Remix)"

Label: Ninja Tune

Taken from The Shape of Things That Hum, the freshly-released second EP in a series of three by the shape-shifting DJ Food project (currently manned by Strictly Kev), Mr. P's remix of "All Covered in Darkness" sets out sounding like it's entering the Twilight Zone. However, as the chilly piano loop and booming, baritone voice fade away, an ominous organ melody (or maybe that's cello?) and cowbell-led breakbeat (though that could be a piano) overtake the song with the help of a somewhat indiscernible vocal loop—all before slowly bringing you back to the track's enigmatic opening sounds. 

Average: 7.2 (38 votes)
 
 

Download: Rustie "Keesha Resmak"

The injection of soulful R&B diva vocals into a track is rarely, if ever, a bad idea, and this re-fix of Oakland's Keyshia Cole (pictured above) is no exception. In fact, it lends some humanity to the often cold dubstep-bass hybrid that Rustie has mastered. The prolific Glaswegian dropped this song as a free download on his Myspace page, and with a catchy four-note descending melodic bassline forming the track's instrumental backbone and Cole's gorgeous harmonies swelling above it, one can definitely understand why this re-fix has been so highly anticipated: it is a sickly good slice of dancefloor gold. (via Sonic Router

Average: 7.7 (76 votes)
 
 

Download: Souls of Mischief "Proper Aim"

Oakland's Souls of Mischief are finally returning with a new album after almost ten years away. The flows have never stopped, though, as "Proper Aim" finds the quartet of MCs elegantly spitting while Prince Paul's jazzy, old-school production style helps the piece maintain a refined sense of what hip-hop is really about: dusty drum loops, great samples, and excellent vocalized poetry. Culled from Montezuma's Revenge, which comes out today, "Proper Aim" also has a new video which fans can peep here

Average: 6.2 (24 votes)
 
 

Download: Emika "Drop the Other (Scuba's Vulpine Remix)"

Label: Ninja Tune

The onslaught of sultry and atmospheric dubstep-esque tunes coming from the other side of the Atlantic shows no signs of abating—not that we here at XLR8R are complaining. Here, Hotflush label boss Scuba gets his hands on the debut single from Berlin's Emika, transforming the rumbling trip-hop of her original into an ominous and serpentine labyrinth of skittering low-end. Simply put, we likey. 

Average: 7.6 (71 votes)
 
 

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