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Download: Cassian "Final Round"

Label: Bang Gang

The synths in this jammer from Australia's Cassian are so big and bright that it is hard for the listener to not want to listen to Scotch or Doctor's Cat records afterwards. What's interesting, though, is that while "Final Round" references some very Italo sounds, it also has an early-'80s American arena disco-soul feel with its delayed, panning guitar sounds à la Billy Ocean and samples taken from popular video games of the period. Cassian has a record coming out soon, and if it shares the aural splendor of "Final Round," it will be a favorite in this reviewer's car for months, as well as a great new arrival from down under. Bang Gang has been instrumental in fostering this scene, which is documented on The Bang Gang 12inches Compilation, where "Final Round" makes its inaugural appearance. 

Average: 6.4 (31 votes)


Post-punk psychedelic warriors OOIOO have just released a new album, so they've offered this extraordinary piece as a little taste. Featuring a minimal vocal repetition, sex-funk bass, cock-rock guitar solos, and distorted exclamatory lead vocals, "OOIOO-OOIAH" is totally weird and addictive. Little synth bits come in here and there, while the track's live percussion keeps an organic feel that is most unexpected. Much like frontwoman Yoshimi's work with Eye and the other freakonauts of Boredoms, OOIOO sonically questions the boundaries between minimal/maximal, acoustic/electronic, and organic/synthetic. 

Average: 6.2 (29 votes)

Download: Mux Mool "Ballad of Gloria Featherbottom"

Label: Moodgadget

Brooklyn's Mux Mool makes some truly idiosyncratic music, layering synth sounds that belong in off-kilter Italo tracks with beats that come straight from hip-hop. On "Ballad of Gloria Featherbottom," cosmic arpeggiations are placed atop weird harpsichord-like synths to truly epic effect, and the percussion seems culled from drum-line samples augmented by deep kicks. Set course for the moon with this one, which is out now on the Ghostly Presents Moodgadget: The Nocturnal Suite compilation. 

Average: 7.5 (86 votes)

Download: Genuine Guy "The Illegible Bachelor"

Label: Tigerbass

Tigerbeat6 offshoot Tigerbass has really ramped up its release schedule as of late, seemingly dropping a new collection of raved-up and tweaked-out bangers every few weeks. The new Jealous Swingers EP from UK-born and Berlin-based Genuine Guy is no exception. "The Illegible Bachelor" marries old-school acid squelch with swirling synths and an '80s funk bassline; bolstered by a bouncy house beat, the track should help liven up your Monday. Hell, it should liven up your whole week. 

Average: 6.5 (31 votes)

Download: Jogger "In America"

Label: Magical Properties

Taken from their debut album, This Great Pressure, "In America" finds scatterbrained LA duo Jogger artfully combining wistful indie-folk songwriting with a myriad of buzzing bleeps, bloops, and Casio beats. Eventually blooming into a toe-tapping dance number reminiscent of Jimmy Tamborello's various projects, it's easy to see why Daedelus made This Great Pressure the first release on his new Magical Properties imprint. 

Average: 6.2 (25 votes)

Download: Gatekeeper "Forgotten"

Label: Fright

With everyone gearing up for Halloween tomorrow, this gothy disco track from Chicago's Gatekeeper is perfect for getting into the spook-tacular spirit. Taken from their new Optimus Maximus EP and sounding something like a collaboration between John Carpenter and Ministry, "Forgotten" will certainly appease black-clad creatures of the night, not to mention fans of fine disco everywhere. 

Average: 7.3 (51 votes)

Download: Alika y Nueva Alianza "Para Bailar Cumbia (El Hijo de la Cumbia Remix)"

Label: Soot

This tune from Argentinian ragga/hip-hop MC Alika and her band Nueva Alianza, featuring some extra sabor courtesy of cumbia prodigy El Hijo de la Cumbia, has been making the internet rounds for awhile now but it's finally been given a proper release on Sonido Martines presents: Nueva Cumbia Argentina - The Buenos Aires Implosion!, a new compilation on DJ /rupture's Soot label. Curated by record-digger extraordinaire Sonido Martines, the 13-track collection further documents Argentina's ongoing love affair with new, experimental, and electronic cumbia sounds and also offers music from Chancha Vía Circuito, Princesa, Daleduro, scene progenitor DJ Taz, and more. 

Average: 6.3 (46 votes)

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