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Download: Steve Huerta "Off the Plate (Huerta's Wash & Dry Mix)"

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"Off the Plate," the title track from LA producer Steve Huerta's upcoming EP for London's Newington label, is a strong-armed piece of organ-fueled house. Featured here is Huerta's "Wash & Dry Mix" of the track, which finds the budding talent cooling things off a bit, reshaping the building blocks of the original version into a deep, rolling bit of late-night club fodder. Led by a series of airy chords and an especially active bassline, Huerta's "Wash & Dry Mix" serves as a nice accompaniment to the soulful, bottom-heavy jaunts that mark the man's forthcoming Off the Plate EP, set to see its official release on March 31.  

Average: 8.1 (77 votes)

Download: Hominidæ "Pax Pacis"

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Label: Lost Tribe

Following the release of his Summon EP in late February, North Carolina-based newcomer Hominidæ is returing to Ambassadeurs' Lost Tribe imprint for his second record, called Boscages, sharing EP cut "Pax Pacis" before it drops on March 31. Beginning with the distinct sound of rainfall, the tune propels itself forward with mechanical arpeggios and a ghostly synth that winds eerily around sporadic low-end frequencies. The balmy, natural milieu of Hominidæ's latest production brings to mind the atmospheric sounds of a rainforest.  

Average: 8.2 (63 votes)

Download: Old Money "Mothership (Lamin Fofana Remix)"

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NYC-by-way-of-Jamaica-and-Guyana duo Old Money will release its first EP for the global-minded Dutty Artz label this Friday, March 28. In addition to housing a couple of pan-Atlantic productions from the pair, Old Money has also gathered a number of remixes for the Mothership EP, enlisting Chief Boima and one-time In the Studio feature subject DJ Spoko to rework the forthcoming record's title track. Though it does not appear on the release itself, this additional remix of "Mothership" from New York producer Lamin Fofana is the deepest of the bunch, as he chops the original vocals into short spurts while focusing on hypnotic percussion patterns and intertwining layers of faint melody.  

Average: 7 (44 votes)

Download: Rioux "Lucifer"

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Label: Connect

Rioux is no stranger to XLR8R's Downloads feed, having been featured twice in the past couple months for his "Trails" and "Maze1" singles, and the Brooklyn-based producer returns once again today with a new ominous house cut called "Lucifer." Said to be inspired by his "Detroit roots and time spent living in Berlin," the third installment in Rioux's monthly singles series travels in a different direction from the previous tracks, and yet manages to maintain his tradition of dynamism with diverse analog and digital sounds. Synth vortexes are accented with cowbell patterns and a funk-tinged bassline throughout the winding course of "Lucifer." And for those readers in or around New York this week, Rioux will perform along with SETH (a.k.a. Gobby and James K), Spirit Guide, Headaches, and Kashaka at the Silent Barn in Brooklyn on March 28; more details for the event are available here

Average: 8.2 (66 votes)

Download: Trees "Rootwork (DJ F Restructure)"

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Label: Lovemonk

Ann Arbor resident Charles Trees (or simply Trees, pictured above) crafts tangled hybrids that tie together sections of hip-hop, jazz, and electronics into adventurous formations. Over the years, his work has landed on labels such as Moodgadget, Ghostly, Musique Large, and—as of next week—Madrid's Lovemonk imprint, which will release the man's Rootwork EP on March 31. Alongside the four original productions which grace the upcoming effort's tracklist is this remix from the violently un-Googleable DJ F, who reins in "Rootwork" by bringing the focus squarely on cascading layers of synths and a set of dusty breaks. Before the rest of Trees' new EP hits on Monday, the entire affair—which includes a remix from Ghostly mainstay Shigeto—can be streamed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 6.9 (33 votes)

Download: Jonas Reinhardt "Virgo Cluster (The Beat Broker Remix)"

Label: Voltaire

San Francisco is repping hard on this download. Pulled from SF label Voltaire's VIARE 12" compilation (out today, artwork above), longtime Bay Area producer The Beat Broker takes on the synth-obsessed "Virgo Cluster" production from NYC-via-SF resident Jonas Reinhardt. In the hands of its remixer, "Virgo Cluster" almost doubles in length, its galactic synth streaks and delay-washed guitar strums stretched out to ensure an even more bountiful soundscape—which is then wrapped around a simple disco beat, and enhanced by just the right push of additional low-end strength. "Virgo Cluster (The Beat Broker Remix)" appears alongside Jonas Reinhardt's original track on VIARE, in addition to other productions from Roche, Timothy J. Fairplay, and Plaza—whose promo mix in celebration of the 12"s release can be streamed and downloaded after the jump. (An extra promo mix from Voltaire label boss Hotthobo can also be grabbed here.)  Read more » 

Average: 7.9 (64 votes)

Download: Albert Swarm "Restraints"

Label: Ceremony

Today, Finnish producer Albert Swarm returns to Brooklyn's Ceremony imprint with The Cage EP. Appearing in the middle of the dark-tinted, three-track effort is "Restraints," a production which maps a gloomy path through textural house and cold-wave electronics. It never lands on an exact focus, nor does it revolve around any particular musical theme; the track instead presents a distinct sonic atmosphere, one which places the listener in an eerie sonic world where heavenly arpeggios and icy choirs are pulled down into subterranean habitats. The rest of Albert Swarm's The Cage EP—in addition to the rest of Ceremony's catalog—is available to stream in full and purchase over on the label's recently launched Bandcamp.  

Average: 7.7 (39 votes)

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