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Download: Filterwolf "Nocturne (Bodycode a.k.a. Portable Remix)"

Label: Process

Here, Munich's Filterwolf gets the remix treatment from Berlin's Bodycode (a.k.a. Portable), and while the original contains some interesting convergences of deep house and more electro sounds, the rework overtakes it. Slowing down the tempo and emphasizing the lush synth stems and vocal samples of the original, Bodycode's remix of "Nocturne" is what deep house should be, recalling slower Moodymann jams and even a bit of DJ Sprinkles. With the original up for free download on the Process Recordings site, though, listeners can make a decision for themselves, and even watch a sexy video while they're at it.  

Average: 8.2 (82 votes)
 
 

Download: Funki Porcini "This Aint the Way to Live"

Label: Ninja Tune

One of Ninja Tune's original star producers, Funki Porcini (a.k.a. James Braddell), returns with his fifth album for the label, and with a first single like "This Aint the Way to Live," there's no doubt that Braddell has stuck to his downtempo/chillout roots. Here, sub-sonic bass, foreboding synth harmonies, and bits of squelch ride over dusty percussion that occasionally explodes in wet, synthetic fury. In some ways, "This Aint the Way to Live" is almost too dark for a club's side room, but it is certainly perfect for rainy day walks or drives through a metropolis, its gray sonic pallette and plodding tones reflecting slick streets and soaked faces. 

Average: 7.6 (35 votes)
 
 

Download: Natalie Storm & FootSteps "Play Di Ting (The Heatwave Refix)"

Natalie Storm, who we recently profiled and also voiced last year's XLR8R podcast from The Heatwave, is the most scorching new diva in funky and dancehall, and here she warms up this vocal refix of FootSteps' "Worker." The original stands alone as an incredibly syncopated bashment anthem, but The Heatwave's addition of Storm's up-front voicings transforms the track into even more of a club burner. (Via Dutty Artz

Average: 7.4 (28 votes)
 
 

Download: Mwëslee "Pacifico"

There is a whole lot going on in Spanish producer Mwëslee's track "Pacifico." Aside from the slow-rolling breakbeat and the wobbly synths that make up most of the music, the track from his forthcoming Eurocarne EP is filled to the brim with churning ambiance, cut up guitar samples, twinkling sound effects, lilting percussion, and something that sounds like a bird tweeting in a far off cave. All of these disparate elements coalesce nicely into a piece of futuristic beat music from one of the sunnier parts of Europe. 

Average: 8 (51 votes)
 
 

Download: Late "Bittersweet"

Label: Immerse

One has to expect that a certain amount of imitation will follow the creation of a sound that so perfectly defines a specific genre, so Burial can't be too bent out of shape with Finnish producer Late for borrowing a bit from his playbook. On "Bittersweet," chopped up female vocal samples, rolling percussion-heavy beats, and heavily reverberated synths all come together to make a particularly familiar dubstep track. Late uses these ideas well, regardless, and makes use of all six minutes of "Bittersweet" to create a desolate atmosphere that should fit well into the rest of his forthcoming Phantom Papers EP. 

Average: 7.8 (38 votes)
 
 

Download: Holy Ghost! "Say My Name"

Label: DFA

While the song title may remind us of late-'90s R&B, Holy Ghost!'s new track "Say My Name" is a pure disco ballad. Shimmering piano and synth washes seep through thick basslines and brighten up the softly sung vocals on this poignant dance number from the NY duo. The track is taken from a forthcoming EP for DFA, Static on the Wire, and shares wax space with one other previously unreleased jam and two tracks that have yet to make it onto vinyl. Static also features John MacLean on a mean guitar solo, vocals from Chris Glover, and drumming from the late, great Jerry Fuchs. You can check out the EP's title track along with Holy Ghost!'s remix of the new LCD Soundsystem jam "Drunk Girls" over on the band's website before its all made available May 18. (via Pitchfork.) 

Average: 7.1 (26 votes)
 
 

Download: Jose James "Blackmagic (Produced by Flying Lotus)"

Label: Brownswood

FlyLo fanatics around the globe are freaking about the appearance of his new Cosmogramma album next week, but folks are seriously sleeping on the fact that he produced several tracks on Blackmagic, the debut album from neo-soul crooner Jose James. While these songs may not be as otherworldly as Flying Lotus' efforts under his own name, "Blackmagic" proves that his jazz- and soul-inflected beats do provide a solid underpinning to James' silky smooth voice. A deluxe version of Blackmagic, which includes additional remixes and a non-album cut called "Visions of Violet" that was also produced by Flying Lotus, is available now. 

Average: 7.9 (29 votes)
 
 

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