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Download: Sally Shapiro "Miracle"

Label: Paper Bag

Sally Shapiro has finally unveiled the first single off her forthcoming follow-up to 2007's Disco Romance. As with previous tracks, her longtime friend and collaborator Johan Agebjörn produced the cut, this time with help from producer Roger Gunnarsson, and Shapiro's sound is as steeped in '80s Italo-disco as ever. "Miracle" will be out June 16.  

Average: 5.5 (24 votes)

Download: Night Eyes "We are the iiEyes"

Label: Seed

Seed Records latest signees, Eyes, dive into the psych-meets-no-wave sound palette on their forthcoming debut album, Night Eyes, which also happens to be the band's first proper studio recording. The band brings its lo-fi, DIY aesthetic to light with this track, which will perk the ears of Ariel Pink or HEALTH fans. Night Eyes is out June 1.

Average: 7.7 (154 votes)

Download: The Emperor Machine "You Clapper"

Label: DC

The Emperor Machine shares a new track with fans, off his forthcoming Space Beyond the Egg release. Given Andy Meecham's taste for synthesizers, it's no surprise they abound on this track, along with plenty of percussion. Space Beyond the Egg is out June 1. 

Average: 6.2 (29 votes)

Download: Finale "Heat (Prod. by J Dilla)"

From the seemingly endless vaults of the late J Dilla's production legacy comes the foundation for Finale's single "Heat." "It was off a beat CD, but it was done before [Dilla] passed away and I was able to build with him about it before he passed," says Finale of the track, which comes courtesy of his latest album, A Pipe Dream and a Promise.



iTunes | eMusic
Average: 6.6 (41 votes)

Download: Ape School "Wail to God (Daedelus Remix)"

Label: Counter

Ape School's "Wail to God" is a decidedly pop offering that Michael Johnson crafted with a Moog Modular and several riffing guitars. He handed the track—off his recently released self-titled debut—to L.A. beatmaker extraordinaire Daedelus, who added echos, hazy feedback, and his trademark dusty beats to the original cut. Photo of Daedelus by Laura Darlington..  

Average: 5.9 (30 votes)

Download: Georgia Anne Muldrow "Mr. President"

Georgia Anne Muldrow long ago proved herself a sort of classic First Lady of soul caught in a contemporary hip-hop age, and if anyone wants to contest her abilities at marrying the two styles of music, check this track and think again. The multi-talented producer and crooner is gearing up for the release of Ms. One, which sees contributions from longtime partner Dudley Perkins, her mother, Rickie Byars Beckwith, and indie-soul ladies Jimetta Rose and Eagle Nebula. Ms. One is out May 19. 

Average: 6.5 (39 votes)

Download: Star Eyes "Disappear (Mikix the Cat Remix)"

The next release to drop via Trouble & Bass comes from none other than XLR8R's own Vivian Host, under her Star Eyes moniker. According to the T&B crew, Disappear is "a song about the agony and ecstasy of rave, with monster acid bass, massive reverb and brain-twisting backwards vocals." Here's the hard house remix by Mikix the Cat. Disappear is out June 2. 

Average: 5.1 (34 votes)

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