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Download: Tanya Morgan "Be You feat. Czelena"

Tanya Morgan is not one but three people, and after unleashing their debut full-length, Moonlighting, in 2006 to much praise, Donwill, Ilyas, and Von Pea are set to join the Hieroglyphics crew on the road this summer for the Freshly Dipped Tour. Musically, the album's songs calls to mind '70s feel-good beats spun beneath sharp, conscious raps that have earned the group performances with Ghostface Killah and the respect of many a hip-hop heavyweight. The Bridge EP, just released this week, picks up where Moonlighting left off, and contains this track. 


Average: 7.3 (24 votes)

Download: Sally Shapiro "Time To Let Go (CFCF Remix)"

Label: Paper Bag

It seems that every producer on the planet jumped at the opportunity to remix Shally Shapiro's Disco Romance album, and she and producer John Agebjörn apparently had quite the time narrowing down the choices for Remix Romance Vol 1., which dropped in April, and Remix Romance Vol. 2, which hits record stores today and marks the first release in Paper Bag's new digital venture. The chosen few on the latter include Dntel, Solvent, the Russian Futurists, and Montreal-based Mike Silver who, under his CFCF guise, turns "Time to Let Go" into a dreamy house and disco number. 


Average: 7.3 (24 votes)

Download: Tilly and The Wall "Pot Kettle Black"

Label: Team Love

Tilly & the Wall is adept at being simultaneously aggressive and fun-loving, something likely due to the fact that each member of the five-person songwriting collective from Omaha, NE brings their own particular style to the table when making music. On their third, nameless album that's simply being referred to as "O," the group blends fierce attitude with party-friendly antics in the form of chugging guitars and in-your-face vocals. Bright Eyes member and engineering maestro Mike Mogis produced the album, giving songs that slick edge he's become so noted for in his work. Fans of gossip should heed the lyrics of this song, "Pot Kettle Black," as it wisely points out how talking smack will eventually catch up with you. 


Average: 6.7 (23 votes)

Download: Of Great and Mortal Men "James Monroe: The Last Cocked Hat feat. Marla Hansen"

Label: Standard

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Average: 7.3 (22 votes)

Download: The Chap "They Have a Name (Atlas Sound Remix)"

The Chap have, according to Ghostly's site, "never been influenced by anyone or anything at any time, ever," which makes for a rather diverse group of tracks on the London, U.K.-based band's forthcoming Mega Breakfast release. For "They Have a Name," Bradford Cox and his Atlas Sound crew throw in yet another layer of eclecticism with a remix that doesn't so much rearrange the parts of the original as capture the essence of it in a very different sounding track. The trippy drum machines have been slowed down, the vocals have been snipped out, and something that sounds akin to an 8-bit xylophone gives the new version that sweet, ambient feel present in most of Atlas Sound's music.  


Average: 7 (14 votes)

Download: MC Zulu and Kush Arora "Lose Control"

Most people would rather forget the taunting and name-calling they experienced during adolescence, but not Dominique Rowland. After moving to a mostly white neighborhood in Chicago as a school child, Rowland heard some ignorant classmates call him "Zulu." Rather than try to avoid the name, he embraced it, and also took inspiration from the Zulu freedom fighters of South Africa and Afrika Bambaataa's Zulu Nation. These days, Rowland uses the moniker to perform as of the hottest ragga MCs in the U.S. This track is a collaboration with San Francisco-based bhangra-ragga DJ Kush Arora. Wyatt Williams To read more about MC Zulu download a pdf of XLR8R 118.  

Average: 7.8 (113 votes)

Download: 3 Is A Crowd "Take It Back"

The Milan, Italy-based trio of Albi, Froz, and Giga like to crowd their tracks with heavy beats and genre-crossing influences designed to make dancers sweat themselves into a dehydrated frenzy. Often known as 3 Is a Crowd, the group has captivated the blogosphere with edits and remixes of fellow Italians like Crookers and Congorock. We like the fact that Northern Italy seems to be listening to Baltimore these days (and vice-versa); notably, this house track features some of the Maryland inspired flavor. Wyatt Williams To read more about 3IAC, as well as other Italian artists, download a pdf of XLR8R Issue 118. 

Average: 6.3 (22 votes)

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