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Download: Jeremy Jay "In This Lonely Town"

Label: K

The lovable Jeremy Jay releases his sophomore album, Slow Dance, today. Like his debut from 2007, the new record combines post-punk guitar riffage—as heard on this track—with music that often sounds like it was plucked straight out of the 1950s.

 

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Average: 5.2 (29 votes)
 
 

Download: Kid606 "Mr. Wobble's Nightmare"

Label: Tigerbeat6

Producer, DJ, and label owner Kid606 can cite just about anything as an influence on his music—from house to punk to jungle, hip-hop, and horror films. Find all of those elements and probably more on this track, off his forthcoming full-length, Shout at the Döner, which will drop April 28 on his own Tigerbeat6 imprint. Careful of that wobbly bassline, now.

 

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Average: 7.8 (237 votes)
 
 

Download: Pontiak "Honey"

As with many Thrill Jockey artists, Virginia-based trio Pontiak doesn't make music that lends itself to easy classification. Indie rock this is, but warped, staggered, and made dissonant through what sounds like was a painstaking recording process for the Carney brothers. "Honey" is off Pontiak's sophomore album, Maker, out April 7.

 

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Average: 5.2 (29 votes)
 
 

Download: Odd Nosdam and Jel "Tune in an Afternoon"

Amazing what a trip to the junk store can get these days. XLR8R armed anticon. co-conspirators Jel and Odd Nosdam with 40 bucks and challenged them to come up with a track in a single afternoon, made solely from records they found at a shop in West Berkeley, CA. The result, the aptly titled "Tune in an Afternoon" is a beat-heavy breeze—hazy, psychedelic, and perfect for a summer afternoon. Watch XLR8R TV Episode 102 to see Jel and Odd Nosdam shopping, sampling, and discussing the creative process behind the track. 

Average: 7.9 (148 votes)
 
 

Download: MachineDrum "Late Night Operation Feat. Theophilus London"

Label: Normrex

The ever-prolific Travis Stewart is back with yet-another album as MachineDrum, and if you're not familiar with that particular moniker, think pop-drenched hip-hop that's been run through the synthesizer a few dozen times and given a finishing touch by someone like Daft Punk. "Late Night Operation" appears on Stewart's forthcoming album, Want to 1 2, which will drop on Normrex in 2009. 

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Average: 7.6 (140 votes)
 
 

Download: Fidel Nadal "Emocionado"

Label: Nacional

Argentinian-born Fidel Nadal's recently released Crucial Cuts gathers some of his most notable work from the last 10 years and makes for quite the Latin/Afro Caribbean sampler. Nadal, it seems, also crafted his share of roots reggae over the last decade, as evidenced by this track.

 

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Average: 7.5 (44 votes)
 
 

Download: Dan Deacon "Red F"

Label: Carpark

Dan Deacon's Bromst, finally out today, is right up there with Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion in terms of pre-release hype, and it's a safe bet that half the people reading this have already heard the former in its entirety. For those who haven't, "Red F" is the second track off Baltimore DIY ringleader's new album, for which he employed a 15-piece band to assist with the musical orchestration. Photo by Josh Sisk. 

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Average: 6.6 (29 votes)
 
 

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