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Download: Chris Schlarb "Section I"

Twilight and Ghost Stories is an aptly eerie title for Long Beach, CA-based Chris Schlarb's debut solo album. Sound clips–contributed by the likes of Black Mountain's Stephen McBean, Asthmatic Kitty founder Sufjan Stevens, Triptych Myth's Tom Abbs, and more–of pianos, clarinets, children screaming, and in-womb heartbeats explore a multitude of themes, many of them reflecting the recent losses and gains in Schlarb's own life. 

Average: 7.1 (21 votes)
 
 

Download: Flying Lotus "Dance Floor Stalker"

Label: Warp

When Steven Ellison–known to his fanbase as Flying Lotus–signed to Warp Records earlier this year, he made it known that he wanted to be seen as an artist capable of producing more than the leftfield hip-hop that put him on the map. On the Reset EP, Ellison puts his money where his mouth is and delivers six tracks that display his adeptness at crooning soul, glitched-out bleeps, and enough electronic touches to match those of any other Warp artist. But then, we'd expect that much of a guy whose aunt is Alice Coltrane. Photo by Theo Jemison. 

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Average: 7.7 (98 votes)
 
 

Download: Bush Tetras "Too Many Creeps"

Label: ROIR

ROIR's latest in reissued '80s virtuosos comes in the form of New York's funk masters Bush Tetras. "Too Many Creeps" will remind any listener that punk-funk basslines are the key to a timeless party and will carry on for several more decades to come. 

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Average: 7.1 (13 votes)
 
 

Download: Sugar & Gold "Workout"

Somewhere in between the lush grooves of Escort and Cameo (if a way younger Eno jumped in the mix) is where the San Francisco-based quintet Sugar & Gold hones in its magic. "Workout" makes soul fun again without relying on any kind of retro gimmicks.  

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Average: 7.7 (84 votes)
 
 

Download: Grayskul "Scarecrow"

Perhaps one of Seattle's most interesting hip-hop groups to surface over the past few years, Grayskul has returned with Bloody Radio. The LP's single "Scarecrow" mashes sinister samples with a slick booty-bass inspired beat together for this unhyped Rhymesayers success story. 

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Average: 7.4 (16 votes)
 
 

Download: Jahcoozi feat. M.Sayyid "Hitech (Rustie Remix)"

Label: A-Sound

Berlin-based trio Jahcoozi has always breathed Read more » 

Average: 7.6 (31 votes)
 
 

Download: Justice feat. Spank Rock and Mos Def "D.A.N.C.E."

Label: RCRD LBL

"D.A.N.C.E." may be one of the most overplayed tracks of the Read more » 

Average: 7.4 (175 votes)
 
 

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