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Download: Animals as Leaders "The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing (Crushfield Remix)"

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Somewhere amongst the bushes and rocks pictured above is Crushfield, a Canadian producer who here offers his take on Animals as Leaders' "The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing." On his rework, Crushfield loosely drapes the original track's math-rock-style guitar atop heavy-handed rhythmic elements: straightforward kicks and snares trade off hits as crisp hats fill the space in between. Eventually, the procession is met by subtle layers of sneaky arpeggios and a thick, restless bassline, which helps guide the track to the end of its five-minute run. Having appeared on a split 12" for the New Kanada label earlier this year, Crushfield will release another record through the imprint early next year, but not before delivering his debut live performance at the New Kanada label night in Toronto this weekend; more info here

Average: 8.4 (35 votes)

Download: RAMZi "Nuptial Bébites"

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Label: Pygmy Animals

Montreal producer Phoebé Guillemot will soon release a new collection of tunes under her RAMZi alias via her own Pygmy Animals imprint. Pulled from the forthcoming Bébites cassette is "Nuptial Bébites," an adventurous track that is flush with tribal percussion, sci-fi tones, and unwieldy rhythmic snippets. Still, the Canadian artist finds a way to make it all feel cohesive—teetering atop of the wobbly beat, Guillemot renders a melody from tuned percussion, reinforcing it with a relaxed bassline and splashes of fuzzy chords. Expected to drop soon, the rest of RAMZi's upcoming Bébites cassette can be previewed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.4 (27 votes)

Download: DNGLS "Downstep"

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Last month, Barcelona label Anemone debuted with the three-track Heliris EP from vowelless newcomer DNGLS. Here, we have "Downstep," a bonus cut from that record which patiently digs underneath layers of swirling strings and cyclical arpeggio patterns. Covering over seven minutes across its heavy-handed run, the track evolves in only the most gradual phases, becoming a more and more hypnotic affair as its tumbling rhythms chug along. Out now, DNGLS' Heliris EP can be previewed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.1 (37 votes)

Download: Josh Mace "Monolith"

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Formerly a San Francisco resident, Josh Mace is now an Akron, Ohio-based producer/DJ who is set to release his Without a Gimmick EP via the Car Crash Set label next month. Pulled from the upcoming effort is "Monolith," a dense production whose sonic weight comes in the form of thick, cyclical chords and detailed layers of dubbed-out sonics. Amongst the tune's rattling rhythms and weighted textures, Mace focuses on a single Nas sample, which is said to come in a variety of chopped forms across the artist's forthcoming Without a Gimmick EP, which will see its release in early August, to be followed by another EP from the producer for Barcelona's Tracy imprint. 

Average: 8.6 (41 votes)

Download: Lost Midas "Archetype Forgotten"

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Label: Tru Thoughts

It's not a coincidence that Lost Midas' upcoming Off the Course LP is slated for a summer-time release; languid guitars, hazy melodies, and a driving, mid-tempo beat make album cut "Archetype Forgotten" a good fit for endlessly warm evenings and sunlit road trips. Landing in similar territory as likeminded producers Tycho and Com Truise, Lost Midas doesn't overthink his task on "Archetype Forgotten," instead the LA producer weaves together sugary melodic lines and sun-kissed tones, rendering the track an effortlessly enjoyable experience. The rest of Lost Midas' Off the Course LP is set to drop on July 29 via the Tru Thoughts label. 

Average: 8.6 (40 votes)

Download: Ba-kuura "dream_sim"

Label: Hyperboloid

"dream_sim" is one of six tracks to appear on Atlanta duo Ba-kuura's Super Dream_sim EP, out today via our most recent XLR8R podcast contributor Pixelord's Hyperboloid label. Spanning just under four minutes, "dream_sim" packs a slew of video game-inspired melodies between its sparse rhythms, diverging into glowing pools of weightless synths throughout the course of its run. Out now, the rest of Ba-kuura's melody-streaked new EP can be previewed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.3 (43 votes)

Download: Keaton Henson "Elevator Song (Ulrich Schnauss Remix)"

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London musician and composer Keaton Henson (pictured above) recently released Romantic Works, a record billed as his "first collection of classical compositions" which strung together nine dense works consisting of piano, cello, filed recordings, and various found sounds. Following the record's release, Henson enlisted German synthscape master and former XLR8R podcast contributor Ulrich Schnauss to rework LP cut "Elevator Song." As one may have expected, the cinematic qualities of Henson's original fits easily within the pastoral inclinations of Schnauss, who wraps lush pads and a slow-brewing arpeggio sequence around the composition's delicate piano melodies and long-winded cello phrases. 

Average: 8.6 (105 votes)

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