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Download: Lake "Blue Ocean Blue"

Label: K Records

Lake are unabashed makers of pop music, and this, paired with their apparent love of Dr. Seuss, makes for an upbeat, feel-good debut album, Oh the Places We'll Go, for K records. Members of the group, all currently based in Olympia, WA, are all multi-instrumentalists and songwriters in their own right. Combined, they make danceable, slightly psychedelic music fill of snares, keyboards, reverb-drenched vocals, and thoughtful lyrics. And you have to give props to a band unafraid of referencing the name of a Dr. Seuss book for an album title. Photo by John Ringh. 

Average: 7.4 (17 votes)

Download: Ghislain Poirier "Go Ballistic feat. Zulu (Toddla T & Duckbeats Remix)"

Label: Ninja Tune

It's not hard to obey this track title's command. Canada's king of bass, Ghislain Poirier, has teamed up with badman MC Zulu, and the two do, in fact, seem to go ballistic, with soca-drenched rhythms and melodic raps that bounce up and down with the beats and bass. For the remix, Toddla-T and Duckbeats, who have reworked the likes of Hot Chip, Tricky, and Kid Acne, turned the original rhythm inside out by adding some good old-fashioned shuffle to the beat. We dare you not to go a little nuts upon hearing this. 


Average: 7.5 (44 votes)

Download: Deerhoof "Gut Symmetries feat. Zac Pennington"

Initially made as a conceptual follow-up to

Average: 6.2 (16 votes)

Download: Max Tundra "Which Song"

Label: Domino

Ben Jacobs (a.k.a. Max Tundra) is finally back, with his first album in six years. Parallax Error Beheads You finds the U.K.-based multi-instrumentalist dabbling in wobbly electronics and soul-drenched vocals, and the entire album has a definitive feel-good aura about it. Besides producing music, Jacobs hosts a weekly radio show on Resonance FM and was one of the last artists every to record a Peel Sessions on the late John Peel's radio show. 


Average: 7.3 (29 votes)

Download: Midnight Juggernauts "Into the Galaxy (Danger Remix)"

Label: Institubes

This is definitely one for those who enjoy going Read more » 


Average: 7.5 (24 votes)

Download: High Places "From Stardust to Sentience"

High Places is found-sound enthusiasts Mary Pearson and Rob Barber, and for their self-titled debut album, the two utilized not just manipulated samples, but a boatload of instruments that range from guitars to Kalimbas (listen for the banjo too). This track manages an interesting feat, which is to keep the listener both relaxed and expectant, as tinkling bells and gently plucked guitars move over an off-kilter beat that constantly changes both rhythm and time signature. Suffice to say, the duo pulls this off with ease. 


Average: 7.5 (28 votes)

Download: Deerhoof "Offend Maggie"

The San Francisco indie rock sweethearts in Deerhoof will release their latest 14-track offering, Offend Maggie, next month. In the meantime, we are bringing you the introspective album’s namesake track to download. For this short-but-sweet song, the band has paired singer/bassist Satomi Matsuzaki’s endearing vocals with contrasting harmonies from drummer Greg Saunier over John Dieterich's beautiful and detailed acoustic guitar work. The result is a classically deerhoofian pop-rock lullaby with memorable hooks that will “ring, ring” (like Matsuzaki on the chorus) in your head long after the song has floated away. Lulu McAllister 


Average: 7.3 (18 votes)

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