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Download: Kasper Bjørke "Young Again (Edit)"

Label: hfn

What begins as a slow-motion disco track becomes a different monster when guest vocalist Jacob Bellens pipes in with his rich, resigned baritone. Suddenly, the piece carries a palpable emotional weight, with lovelorn lyrics that track ecstasy, jealousy, and agony. Copenhagen's Kasper Bjørke certainly knows how to produce an interesting track, but it is really the guests that make "Young Again" work: other than Bellens, famed strings arranger Davide Rossi has provided some melancholy swells here and there, and Dennis Young of Liquid Liquid fame has leant his hand with some secondary percussive elements. In fact, Bjørke doesn't really own this track at all, but with its autumnal sense of loss and searing lyrical content, who really cares? 

Average: 6.3 (53 votes)
 
 

Download: Drop the Lime "Devil's Eyes (Diplo's B-Live Mix)"

First Listen

What started as an exclusive track produced by NYC's Drop the Lime for Bacardi's B-Live campaign has been handed over to remixers Classixx, Kanji, and, now, Philly's don of decent club tunes, Diplo. The huge, stuttering snare roll that kicks off his rendition is perfect foreshadowing for the rest of Diplo's hard-hitting and blown-out party jam. In celebration of the track's release, XLR8R is offering one lucky listener the chance to have Drop the Lime play in their town and cop VIP tickets to the party to boot. Check out the contest details here

Average: 5.5 (43 votes)
 
 

Download: Pink Skull "Oh, Monorail"

Label: RVNG

Philly's Pink Skull has just come out with a second full-length, titled Endless Bummer. Featuring an admirable array of different sounds and textures, the album is perhaps best represented by "Oh, Monorail." A slow-motion disco beat, horizon-seeking guitar lines, and some synth swells mark the piece, but it is really Julian S Process' multi-layered vocal harmonies that make it special, as they're not only gorgeous, but complex and original—there are no simple chord progressions here. "Oh, Monorail" simply shimmers with a weirdness and beauty that only Pink Skull can pull off. 

Average: 4.7 (24 votes)
 
 

Download: Alcides "Violeta (El Remolón Remix)"

First Listen
Label: ZZK

Buenos Aires cumbia mastermind El Remolón rubs up against a Latin classic, transforming it into a glitchy, delay-driven piece of hallucinogenic dance music. The vocals of Alcides are chopped significantly, and with monstrous bass along with a wobbling squelch approximation of the original's melodic line, the piece is a surefire floor-filler. The slice was taken from the Pibe Cosmo B-Sides album, which drops today and features a collection of new versions, mash-ups, and remixes from the depths of El Remolón's hard drive. The entire album is available now for free download and includes El Remolón's bootleg re-works of artists like Animal Collective, Modeselektor, Matías Aguayo, Daft Punk, and more. 

Average: 7 (38 votes)
 
 

Download: Thunderous Olympian "Jack (The Movie)"

Label: Sleazetone

It seems about time that a serious acid revival should happen; after all, we've seen disco and early house sounds come back into fashion, so why not acid? Yeah, no one can afford a 303, but even so, Chicago's Thunderous Olympian manages to craft a somewhat squelchy, truly jacking slice on "Jack (The Movie)." Hardfloor meets the builds of "Full Clip" meets mid-career Carl Craig on the track, which is replete with vocal samples, high-frequency synth flourishes, and thunderous kicks. And with Thunderous Olympian being only 22 years old, there's a lot more to look forward to from this young buck.  

Average: 6.6 (44 votes)
 
 

Download: Le Le "Disco Monster"

Label: Magnetron

Sometimes, a vocalist can sound sexy even when singing totally laughable lyrics. Luckily, most disco isn't eloquent about anything except a desire to screw, so Le Le's "Disco Monster" isn't brought down by lines like "I'm a disco monster/A glitter hitter/I hit her, hit her/I'm a glitz dance-mitter". Instead, the track is a Morgan Geist-like run through late-disco synth sounds and a truly fat bass sound. Though the group's sound is most certainly a French thing more appropriate for Kitsuné, it wouldn't be surprising to find the DFA putting out a Le Le record in the future. 

Average: 6.9 (33 votes)
 
 

Download: A Bridge Far Away "Drift feat. Indi Kaur (Grievous Angel Remix)"

Label: Methodology

Taken from the debut album, Enchanted, by A Bridge Far Away, "Drift feat. Indi Kaur" gets a makeover from fellow UK-based producer Grievous Angel. What was once meandering and atmospheric trip-hop is now a bass-heavy and crunchy dubstep track with Kaur's chopped, sliced, and pitched vocals crawling all over it. Grievous Angel's remix pays tribute to the original song when the elements expand into spacier regions, but its core always remains punchy and solid. 

Average: 8 (113 votes)
 
 

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