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Download: Motel Motel "Coffee"

The combination of a scratchy guitars and snare drums, which increase in volume, gives the opening of this track the feeling of an approaching train, which arrives bringing sentimental indie rock from Brooklyn-based Motel Motel. Fast on the rise, with tracks on RCRD LBL and much buzz about their live performances, the members create driving tunes that combine solid songwriting with thoughtful lyrics. Nothing's wrong with a little good old fashioned rock. Photo by Roman.  


Average: 5.8 (12 votes)

Download: Populous with Short Stories "Only Hope"

Label: morr music

Populous has teamed up with fellow morr music artist Michael McGuire (a.k.a. Short Stories) for the indie-pop record, Drawn in Basic. “Only Hope,” off the album, is a sweet little downtempo offering that sashays along on a slightly sped-up, unchanging samba rhythm amid warm, buzzy synths and distorted nursery chime accents. MC Short Stories’ vocalization traces a delicate line between melancholy and dreamy contemplation. His charmingly understated verses evolve into a richly harmonic chorus, which slowly dissipates into the dark at the close of the brief song. 


Average: 7.8 (37 votes)

Download: Grampall Jookabox "Ponta (Deppchef Remix)"

In anticipation of Ropechain, the second album from Indianapolis-based weirdsmith Grampall Jookabox, Asthmatic Kitty has just released a free digital EP sure to keep the fans satisfied until his full-length drops November 4th. Available from the label's website, the Rill Bruh EP contains several choice outtakes and remixes that didn't make it onto the album. Here we find Deppchef chopping "Ponta" into a snap-crackling dubstep number that could easily pass as a collaborative side-project from Rustie and Thom Yorke. Rill Bruh EP 01 The Girl Ain't Preggers 02 Ponta (Deppchef Remix) 03 Peace Attack 04 Air Penance 05 That Steamboat Gothic Stomp 06 Tic Tac Sumac (Future Rapper/ Liz Janes Remix) 07 Bad Wis My 'Sploder 08 That Steamboat Gothic Stomp (Ero Remix) 

Average: 7.7 (20 votes)

Download: EPMD "Run It (Sinden Remix)"

Label: Scion A/V

Continuing their foray into the music world, Scion A/V is back with yet another serving of party fuel, this time pairing the legendary NYC hip-hop duo EPMD with a few of London's most respected front-runners of the club music scene. Here, U.K.-based producer Sinden takes a couple vocal loops from the original track, cranks up the tempo dramatically, and adds a wobbly-ass bassline the way only he can. 


Average: 5.7 (29 votes)

Download: Madlib The Beat Konducta "The Ox (805) feat. MED and Poke"

Label: BBE

As previously mentioned on XLR8R.com


Average: 7.7 (37 votes)

Download: The Ritz "Heartless"

MC Apoc and producer Rel's first full-length under The Ritz moniker stretches in many directions stylistically, utilizing synths, string arrangements, and programmed beats to make hip-hop that constantly darts between dark and upbeat. Supposedly, noir films were the inspiration for the album, which explains the cinematic feel of the tracks, including this one, a breezy instrumental that incorporates film snippits in the mix. Elsewhere on the release, fellow Chicagoans Racecar (of Modill) and Rhymesayers artist Psalm One show up for guest appearances. 

Average: 7.7 (42 votes)

Download: Koushik "Bright and Shining"

The notoriously cranky Koushik might have a chip on his shoulder the size of a boulder, but he sure does make some wonderful music. For Out My Window, his forthcoming Stones Throw full-length, he merged the sounds of the 1960s with his trademark hazy hip-hop beats, a move that resulted in catchy tracks that are as listenable as they are danceable. This one features an arsenal of percussion and a horn section that starts out quietly and calculated, then escalates into musical mayhem at the end. Top it off with some Indian flavors in the last seconds of the track. Out My Window 01 Morning Comes 02 Be With 03 Lying in the Sun 04 Coolin 05 Butterflybeat 06 See You 07 Nothing's the Same 08 Welcome 09 Corner of Your Smile 10 In a Green Space 11 ifoundu 12 Outerlude 13 Bright and Shining 14 Forest Loop 15 Out My Window 16 Floating On  

Average: 7.5 (22 votes)

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