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Download: Daedelus "Off to the Races (Meanest Man Contest Remix Feat. Cuzzo)"

Onetime XLR8R cover star Daedelus produced the first release in the brand-new Friends of Friends series, and as part of the package, the L.A.-based lover of all things Victorian commissioned remixes from the likes of Michna, Eliot Lipp, Nosaj Thing, and others. Here's Meanest Man Contest's dance-meets-hip-hop take on the track "Off to the Races."

 

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Average: 7.7 (105 votes)
 
 

Download: Douster "Ladinian (Ruff Mix)"

Label: ZZK

"It's basically dinosaur music, the kind of music the first human beings would have done if they had an 808," says Douster of the music on his upcoming EP. With that in mind, cumbia powerhouse Zizek's most recent signee brings music inspired by images of Jesus, John Locke, tribal chants, and a few hand-bells. Catch the entire crew on the Zizek North American tour, which kicks off in April. 

Average: 7.3 (42 votes)
 
 

Download: Hecuba "Miles Away"

When pictures of Michael Jackson, Karen Carpenter, and Walt Disney hang on the walls of the studio in which you record your album, strange things are bound to happen. Hecuba—who has just such a collection of pictures on its studio walls—makes music that's tough to pin into a single musical category, it being an amalgamation of tribal drums, drone-like chants, and gentle horns. "Miles Away" is the lead single off the band's upcoming debut album, Paradise. Paradise is out May 26 via Manimal Vinyl. Photo by Anna Webber. 

Average: 7.8 (45 votes)
 
 

Download: DJ Vadim "Soldier"

Label: BBE

While one doesn't necessarily need an artist's personal biography to enjoy their music, it's worth noting a few facts about the recent life of Vadim Peare (a.k.a. DJ Vadim). In the last year, the veteran hip-hop producer watched his father go partially blind, his mother nearly lose her house, and was diagnosed with eye cancer that left him blind in his left eye. So a track entitled "Soldier" is meant to be taken seriously. The song comes from Vadim's forthcoming full-length, U Can't Lurn Imaginashun, which will be released in May via BBE, and despite having what he describes as the worst year of his life, he's delivered another album of solid beats and lyrics. 

Average: 7.6 (60 votes)
 
 

Download: Thunderheist "Sweet 16 (Eli Escobar Remix)"

Label: Big Dada

The first track on Thunderheist's self-titled debut full-length gets a reworking here, just in time for the album's March 31 release. In the hands of electro producer/remixer Eli Escobar, "Sweet 16" becomes a synth-heavy (and slightly dirty) club banger.

 

Average: 6.6 (26 votes)
 
 

Download: Ezekiel Honig "Porchside Economics"

Label: Anticipate

Mellow, soothing, and minimal are terms that aptly describe the music of New York-based electronic music producer Ezekiel Honig. "Porchside Economics" is from his latest full-length, Surfaces of a Broken Marching Band, out now on his own imprint, Anticipate Recordings.

 

Average: 6.7 (26 votes)
 
 

Download: Jeremy Jay "In This Lonely Town"

Label: K

The lovable Jeremy Jay releases his sophomore album, Slow Dance, today. Like his debut from 2007, the new record combines post-punk guitar riffage—as heard on this track—with music that often sounds like it was plucked straight out of the 1950s.

 

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iTunes | eMusic
Average: 5.2 (29 votes)
 
 

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