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Download: Sally Shapiro "Dying in Africa"

Label: Paper Bag

Taken from her recently released sophomore album, My Guilty Pleasure, "Dying in Africa" is a swirling slice of dance-pop. Marked by Shapiro's pixie-like vocals and just enough Italo bounce to keep you moving, the song is a sweet sample of the delectable full-length. 

Average: 6.8 (32 votes)
 
 

Download: Exclusive: Udachi and Jubilee "Paypur"

Label: Nightshifters

XLR8R exclusive! A super-fun club mash-up from the new collaboration between Jubilee of Nightshifters and Udachi of Trouble and Bass (among other things). Its ripsaw synths and cut-up vocals run over a truly bumpin' beat that changes up ever four bars, and a healthy dose of rave feel rounds out the fun. If you like it check the other remixes on the EP that's out Sept. 8. Read more here

Average: 7.7 (81 votes)
 
 

Download: Junk Culture "West Coast"

Label: Illegal Art

"West Coast," the title track off Junk Culture's West Coast EP is a lovely, trippy blend of stuttering vocals, live drums, and a classic cut-up hip-hop break. It leaves you hanging in wonderment for a good long while, then drops you into bliss. Perfect for sunset watching. 

Average: 7.2 (45 votes)
 
 

Download: Abe Duque and Blake Baxter "Let's Take It Back (King Roc Mix)"

Label: Process

Lauded as a "techno kingpin," NYC's Abe Duque has been hard at work proving his title on his latest single with fellow DJ/producer Blake Baxter, the entrancing "Let's Take It Back." On King Roc's remix, the song is given more room to breathe as he pulls the beat and bass into the background and pushes the vocal track and percussive elements to the forefront. 

Average: 6.8 (39 votes)
 
 

Download: Jamie Jones "Soak"

As a teaser for the new album from U.K. house producer Jamie Jones, Don't You Remember the Future, we were sent the non-album bonus track "Soak" to pique our interest. Well, PR Agent, you've succeeded. The track's minimalist groove, ethereal vocal samples, and arpeggiating synth work create the kind of tension we think the dancefloor could always use. You can consider us officially looking forward to your client's next album. 

Average: 5.9 (36 votes)
 
 

Download: Alland Byallo "War Zero"

Label: Nightlight

One of San Francisco's premiere techno and house DJs, Alland Byallo's star will surely continue to rise with the release of his first full-length Brick By Brick. Here we have the record's closing number, featuring unexpected rhythmic shifts, subtle sonics, and some fierce, bouncing bass. Paired with high-frequency white noise pans and a two-to-one note punctuated harmony, "War Zero" will definitely be heard on dancefloors the world over this autumn. 

Average: 7.6 (39 votes)
 
 

Download: Del the Funky Homosapien & Tame One "Special"

Label: Gold Dust

The sample that opens Del and Tame One's "Special" makes it abundantly clear that the two insanely gifted MCs are fed up with mainstream hip-hop, and they're going to tell you all about it. In the rhymes, the duo weaves throughout Parallel Thought's classic breakbeat instrumental, pop culture references are dropped like bricks, and cuts at some of rap's biggest names whiz by your head like polished stones. Del and Tame One may not have invented lyrical hip-hop, but they've certainly made it their own. 

Average: 7 (35 votes)
 
 

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