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Download: Small Black "Photojournalist"

Label: Jagjaguwar

As we reported just last week, Brooklyn's DIY dream-pop outfit Small Black just finished work on its debut album, New Chain, and is set to release it on October 26 via Jagjaguwar. This track is the first single to be heard from that record, and it's chock full of all the woozy synth tones, mildly thumping dance beats, and hushed vocal work fans of the quartet have come to know and love. While the sound of "Photojournalist" is thick and filled to the brim with punchy sonics, it's the subtleties of the poignant instrumentation and the heartwarming sentiment delivered by the lyrics that draw us to Small Black's song. Being emotional in music is easy, but being graceful and understated—while still driving your point home—is something else entirely. 

Average: 7.6 (33 votes)

Download: Signal Deluxe "Imperial Aerosol Kid ([a]pendics.shuffle Remix)"

Label: Blaq

We had a nice little e-chat with musical multi-tasker Kenneth James Gibson (pictured above) earlier this month before he dropped his first release under his own name, Delusional Tales and Non-Silence. Apparently, he was already itching to get back to one his other monikers, as he's just delivered this remix for Mexican production duo Signal Deluxe under the [a]pendics.shuffle name. Gibson's work with "Imperial Aerosol Kid" is a long-stretching remix full of deep house grooves and ethereal textures that bolster the original track's already sultry vibe into realms of exotic erotica. And it's one of the warmest, most lush productions we've heard from a man with a reputably chilly musical disposition. 

Average: 8 (41 votes)

Download: Dibiase "Lumberjack"

Label: Alpha Pup

This fall is looking to be a big season for debut albums, and if there's any scene with a wealth of up-and-coming producers hungry to release their first record, it's the LA beat scene. Even though tunesmith Dibiase has been at the music-making game for over half a decade now, his debut LP, Machines Hate Me, is just now set to see the light of day. "Lumberjack" is the first track to make it off that record, and exhibits the producer working overtime on his herky-jerky, MPC-based beats rife with crackling, melodic sample work. Catch 14 other of Dibiase's rhythmic concoctions when Alpha Pup drops Machines on September 14. 

Average: 8.1 (68 votes)

Download: Eliot Lipp "GoldenEye"


8-bit sampling has been done. 16-bit and 32-bit sounds are okay, but we're gonna side with Eliot Lipp on this one and say that going for the 64-bit gold was the right choice. On this exclusive one-off track from the NY producer, a piece of the soundtrack from one of the best first-person shooters of all time, GoldenEye 007 for Nintendo 64, is reworked into a slow-swaggering dance jam that wouldn't be the least bit out of place in a darkly lit nightclub scene featuring a tuxedo-clad Pierce Brosnan with some doe-eyed European knockout. Like the smokey vixen, Lipp's beat is a purely sexual beast, but those ominous synth melodies and sound effects give off the air of an insidious double agent waiting for her chance to pounce. 

Average: 8.3 (102 votes)

Download: Jimmy Edgar "Hot, Raw, Sex (Instra:mental Remix)"

Any more posts like this and we might have to change our website's name to xlr8rpresentsjimmyedgar.com. But there's obviously a reason the prodigious producer keeps showing up in our webpages, so we'll happily continue with our Edgar-mania, including this excellent remix of his new album's first single by UK DJ/producers Instra:mental (pictured above). This version of "Hot, Raw, Sex" (anyone else curious about that second comma?) makes the tune less of a celebration of pulling an all-nighter with a special someone and more of an exploration into the depraved longings of an extremely lonely sociopath. Edgar's chilly production aesthetic is still intact, but Instra:mental turns the original's '80s-funk vibe on its head—transforming it into an ominous, churning bass tune propelled by skittering beat and synth work. You can catch Jimmy Edgar touring North America in support of XXX, next month. 

Average: 7.9 (55 votes)

Download: Rihanna "Rude Boy (Blondes Remix feat. Mariah Carey)"

Label: Merok

One of the exclusive free tunes featured on the Autumn Feelings sampler from London's Merok label, the remix of Rihanna's "Rude Boy" hit by Brooklyn's Blondes proves the two entities to be quite the match. The house-referencing synth hook from the original single sounds like it could've been written by the Blondes boys themselves, so when they based their jackin' remix around that melody, the results sound nothing short of predestined. And we're not too worried about Rhianna's vocal work not making the cut because they've brought in a bigger diva on the mic, Mariah Carey. Her sampled contribution, along with the cosmic synth arpeggiations and booming house beats crafted by the remixers, helps elevate the "Rude Boy" remix into levels of ecstasy rarely explored by pop or dance music of our current era. We're grateful for Blondes, Rihanna, and Miss Carey for crossing paths on this one, and working together to take us there. You can download the rest of Merok's label sampler here

Average: 5.9 (39 votes)

Download: Glasser "Home"

It seems not even the indie-pop songstresses that briefly grace Southern California's vast landscape can escape the rhythmic essence of that region's music scene. Like on "Home," our first peek into the much-anticipated debut album from former LA resident Glasser, Ring, the first sounds heard flesh out a rolling beat reminiscent of something from Flying Lotus' early work before the chanteuse's airy falsetto floats gently into the mix, nimbly executing vocal gymnastics in the most sublime of ways. And it's no wonder singer/songwriter Cameron Mesirow, who now keeps a Brooklyn address, called this welcoming song "Home"; once those synths commandingly charge in underneath her densely layered harmonies, you immediately get the sense that Mesirow is dreaming of returning to her own native lands (wherever those may be), or is already there, celebrating its wonders. This song couldn't excite us more for Ring's release on September 28. 

Average: 7.9 (34 votes)

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