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Download: Hanssen "Solar America"

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Label: Hush Hush

A long-active member of the Pacific Northwest's electronic music scene, Seattle resident Bob Hansen will issue his debut full-length album as Hanssen later this month (July 28, to be exact) via hometown label Hush Hush. Entitled Seven Years Week, the record is set to explore eight dense electronic hybrids, one of which being "Solar America." Built around a sparse kick-and-snare pattern, "Solar America" is kept buoyant by a seemingly endless stream of synths, its opening arpeggio sequence combined with swirling pads and glassy melodies to result in an expansive landscape of rich electronic tones.  

Average: 8.1 (63 votes)
 
 

Download: Real Cosby "Always (feat. Marilyn Baker)"

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Label: Shoeboxx

Based in Denver, Colorado, Real Cosby will issue his four-track Gold Braid EP later this month via the fledgling Shoeboxx label. Serving as our first taste is "Always," a soul-washed beat which comes flushed with detailed layers of miniature claps, tuned percussion blips, and tightly rolled snares. As the track's rhythmic programming evolves, so do its other elements—layers of warm, buzzing chords are joined by subtle vocal adornments, which eventually give way to small bell movements before cycling back around. Coming in at under four minutes, "Always" is a short but memorable introduction to Real Cosby, and one whose sleek production bodes well for the young talent's forthcoming Gold Braid EP, officially out on July 29.  

Average: 8 (92 votes)
 
 

Download: Slugabed "Pure El Nino Vibes (Lockah Remix)"

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Label: Activia Benz

Slugabed's upcoming Coolest EP is in some ways the most unconventional effort the gifted UK producer has put together. The six-track EP will be available to grab for free on July 7, but before then, Slugabed is offering an early download of the record to those who purchase a beach towel bearing the artwork of the record. Before the full record becomes available via Slugabed's Activia Benz label, he has elected to let loose the EP's closing track, a juicy remix from Tuff Wax label head Lockah. Here, the recent Bubblin' Up artist dissects the track's lush synth work with alternating rhythmic sections, which come filled with vintage drum breaks, space-age percussion, and a just the right snapping touch.  

Average: 8.5 (73 votes)
 
 

Download: Femme En Fourrure "Palms Glide Up Thighs (Neana Remix)"

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Pulled from Finnish outfit Femme En Fourrure's The Beach EP (released earlier this year via the Cocoa imprint), "Palms Glide Up Thighs" has been remixed by UK producer and Night Slugs affiliate Neana. A dark, boundless production in its original form, the track is reshaped here to fit a more club-ready structure, where thick pulsing drums are placed between ghostly chopped vocal layers. The resulting production finds a clever balance between the forceful rhythms Neana favors and the more abstract roots of Femme En Fourrure's original effort. 

Average: 8.2 (74 votes)
 
 

Download: Gina Turner "Turn Me Up (Canblaster Large Remix)"

Label: Turn It

Parisian producer/DJ (not to mention former XLR8R podcast contributor) Canblaster has never been known for subtlety—his productions are more likely to cut straight through a dancefloor than they are to delicately enter a mix. Such is his approach to remixing "Turn Me Up," a track from NYC artist Gina Turner. Employing a large array of sharp drum hits, Canblaster crafts a charged dancefloor excursion, one which continuously shifts and evolves throughout its run, adding layers of precise percussion around every corner. This "Large" remix and a dub remix from Canblaster are set to appear alongside Turner's original version of the tune on the "Turn Me Up" digital single, out today via Turner's own Turn It imprint. 

Average: 7.6 (82 votes)
 
 

Download: Phon.o "Whi5tleblower (Cubenx Remix)"

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Earlier this month, Berlin producer Phon.o (pictured above) returned to the Modeselektor-helmed 50 Weapons imprint with Cracking Space Pt. 2, a three-track affair led by "Whi5tleblower," a dense production for which Phon.o premiered a video on XLR8R back in May. Now, the tune—in part dedicated to the ongoing efforts of famed NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden—has received a remix treatment from Cubenx (who delivered one of our Top Downloads of May with his "First Wave Front" track). Here, Cubenx takes "Whi5tleblower" to even darker territory, laying into to a pummeling four-on-the-floor rhythmic base as sheets of gritty pads and molten textures are stretched across the rework's seven-plus-minute run. 

Average: 8.6 (80 votes)
 
 

Download: Khotin "Flight Theme"

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Label: 1080p

Ahead of the release of Hello World, his forthcoming debut for Vancouver's 1080p label, Canadian producer Khotin (full name Dylan Khotin-Foote) has shared blissed-out EP cut "Flight Theme" for free download. The full eight-track effort is described as "light, textural daydream house," and the selection on offer holds true to the descriptor, with gauzy pads diffused over Rhodes keys and lucid, skipping percussion. Due out on July 1 in both digital and cassette formats, the EP follows from Khotin's recent 12" for local Edmonton-based imprint Normals Welcome, and lands among 1080p releases from artists like Auscultation (a.k.a. Golden Donna) and LNRDCROY.  

Average: 8.2 (68 votes)
 
 

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