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Download: High Lucia "Afar"

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Label: Lex

High Lucia is the new moniker of Leo Marcus, a 20-year-old producer who had previously turned in some impressive work under the name Pále. Next week, Marcus will issue the debut effort under his new handle, the Wash EP, via the Lex label. Set to appear on the record is "Afar" a dense, moody production which wraps water-logged melodies, dark chords, and layers of airy textures around a sparse, bass-heavy beat. Despite the expanse of sonic material Marcus uses here, the track is far from murky, as each element seems to have found its own specific corner in the sonic landscape, allowing for the tune's booming kicks and sharp claps to cut through the fog. High Lucia's six-track Wash EP sees its official release on August 25. 

Average: 8.3 (44 votes)

Download: Seafloor "4 the Future"

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The glowing "4 the Future" comes from the upcoming The Noise EP, which budding Brooklyn talent Seafloor plans to drop for free on August 25. With its ravey synths and understated skitter, "4 the Future" lands somewhere between footwork-indebted bass and pop-leaning beatwork, its candy-coated synths and active vocal manipulations leading the charge above the track's 808 rhythms. Seafloor's latest production, and his upcoming free EP, come ahead of a pair of efforts for the growing Infinite Machine label, which plans to deliver a digital EP from the man later this year and a proper 12" release in early 2015. 

Average: 7 (50 votes)

Download: Milo McBride "FLAZ"

Label: Ventura

Born and raised in NYC, Milo McBride is a beatmaker who utilizes a wide array of sonic elements to create his hybrid productions. "FLAZ"—the lead single to the man's upcoming RUINZ EP (expected to drop via Ventura in early September)—is a sleek and efficient first glance into McBride's style, one which utilizes sweeping chords, filtered vocals, sub-bass stabs, and the detailed rattles of metallic percussion throughout its run. Building in patient, measured steps, "FLAZ" becomes more immersive the further one follows its fractured rhythms, as new miniature elements seep into the production, forming a series of hypnotic, interlocking patterns as the track moves toward the end of its three-minute jaunt. 

Average: 8.3 (45 votes)

Download: J.Tijn "Chubcard"

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This wandering techno expedition comes from J. Tijn, a London-based producer who has served as a core contributor to Untold's fledgling Pennyroyal label since its founding last year. A chugging production led by snaking synth sequences, "Chubcard" pulls no punches, ceaselessly pushing forward as it carves a direct path straight to the dancefloor. Tijn's latest production can be downloaded below ahead of the rising UK talent's appearance at the Clouds-curated Headstrong night, taking place at The Art School in Glasgow on August 23; a night which will also include sets from recent XLR8R podcast contributor Randomer and, of course, the Scottish Clouds duo. (More info can be found on the flier included after the jump.)  Read more » 

Average: 6.8 (63 votes)

Download: Reighnbeau "Highways"

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Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bryce Fletcher is currently putting the finishing touches on a new album as Reighnbeau. Set to appear on that upcoming effort is "Highways," a bliss-streaked beat which fits an array of sharp, snapping rhythms beneath layers of cloudy pads and elongated vocal phrases. Featuring the vocals of one Sister Grotto, "Highways" is a hazy, but still not necessarily downtrodden, affair—its sneaky synth melodies and airy finish hinting at a more optimistic tone. Still currently in the works, Reighnbeau's upcoming LP is expected to drop later this year. 

Average: 8.6 (69 votes)

Download: Shine 'n' Criss "Yuh"

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Shine 'n' Criss is a freshly launched production outfit and label, which has issued two 12"s so far this year. Citing a love for both dancehall music and techno, the group seeks to explore the possibilities of bringing "a more tropical vibe" to the dub techno structure. To give us a better idea of exactly what they are after, Shine 'n' Criss have sent over "Yuh," a six-plus minute expedition that patiently builds hypnotic patterns from a bouncing, organ-like synth and interwoven layers of detailed percussion. Serving as a bonus track to the outfit's recent efforts, "Yuh" can be download below, while Shine 'n' Criss' most recent 12"—"Ting" b/w "Brock"—can be previewed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 6.3 (36 votes)

Download: Vhyce "Long Way"

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Label: Overcooked

"Long Way" starts out unassuming enough—a dusty hat skips between a simple kick-and-clap pattern—but once the tune's chords begin to creep in, it's clear there is much more on the way. Crafted by Belgian producer Vhyce for Parisian label Overcooked's upcoming All You Can Eat Vol. 2 compilation, the track aims straight at the dancefloor with its series of weighted chords and sweeping pads. Spanning over six minutes, "Long Way" develops in steps, gradually building the full-bodied track's potency. Featured here, Vhyce's contribution to All You Can Eat Vol. 2 will be joined by 10 other disparate electronic productions from fellow budding artists when the comp sees its official release on August 25. In the meantime, the full collection is streaming after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.1 (46 votes)

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