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Download: Karriem Riggins "Soul on Top"

Detroit hip-hop veteran Karriem Riggins will, later this month, embark on the Virtuoso Experience tour (with DJ Dummy and Pete Rock), and he was nice enough to whip together an exclusive track for the occasion. "Soul on Top," a hip-hop, soul, and funk-inspired jam, would make the likes of Marvin Gaye smile, and, according to Riggins, is some of what we can expect to hear at the upcoming shows. Catch him on the road June 22 in Seattle, June 24 - 25 in Oakland, and June 28 in Minneapolis. 

Average: 6.5 (38 votes)

Download: Cobblestone Jazz "What You Want"

They may have dubbed their latest release Traffic Jam, but the sounds made by the members of Cobblestone Jazz are anything but messy when it comes to making music. The Canadian trio continues fusing techno tracks with funk and jazz on this release, and this track (which originally appeared on the group's debut album, 23 Seconds) also sees the inclusion of a Rhodes and some very precise drum programming. Not so much a traffic jam, this one.  

Average: 6.5 (28 votes)

Download: Duchess Says "Black Flag (Juan MacLean Remix)"

Duchess Says has been on XLR8R's radar a little while now, having wowed us at last year's M for Montreal festival with its dance-punk mayhem that included keytars, stage diving, and lots of eye makeup. Apparently, The Juan MacLean was impressed too, as he's prepped this remix for the track "Black Flag," off the band's Begging the 3 Ts EP.


Average: 6.5 (32 votes)

Download: Voodeux "Just a Spoonful"

Label: Mothership

A recent XLR8R Artist to Watch, Boston/Philly-based duo Voodeux is the brainchild of producers Tanner Ross and James Watts. Having recently signed with Claude VonStroke's Mothership imprint, the pair will release its haunting techno debut, The Paranormal, this July. Here is the second track off that release.


Average: 7.5 (35 votes)

Download: Vybz Kartel "When Since"

According to dancehall site One876.com, "fans are salivating at the prospect of more lyrical skirmishes between present dancehall kingpins, Mavado and his rival Vybz Kartel." Hence, this track, in which Kartel does some serious mouthing off against the rival Alliance. It's going to be a hot, hot summer, folks.


Average: 6.1 (36 votes)

Download: Farley Jackmaster Funk "Love Can't Turn Around (Dolby Anol Remix)"

Label: Back Yard

Farley Jackmaster Funk's original version of this song was actually one of Chicago house music's first tracks to turn many a head across the pond. Over 20 years later, U.K.-based label Back Yard is reissuing the track, with remixes by Boys Noize, Lifelike, and, here, Dolby Anol. The latter has given the track a bit of an update (complete with bleeps and chopped-up synths), thereby ensuring the ADD generation takes this number with it through the next 20 years. 

Average: 5.7 (41 votes)

Download: The Glass "I Wanna Be Dancin' (Radio Edit)"

New York/Berlin-based duo The Glass is currently completing its debut full-length, but in the meantime, take a listen to an edit of the album's first single. House and electro heads who fancy a Lego rave from time to time will dig this number.



Average: 5.8 (43 votes)

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