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Download: Synthek & Audiolouis "Broken Pad"

Label: Natch

Earlier this month, Natch label founders Synthek and Audiolouis issued their debut full-length together, Unwise. Featured here, Broken Pad" is one of 12 dense techno expeditions to appear on the record. Beginning with a pulsing pattern of kick drums, the track gradually builds into a thick sonic atmosphere—glacial pads meet sci-fi textures, which are pushed to the background by sheets of machine-made hiss and growing layers of dubbed percussion rattles. The Berlin pair's Unwise LP is out now, with an extensive remix series set to appear down the line featuring reworks from Sleeparchive, Zadig, Neel, Tadeo, Ness and Polar Inertia. 

Average: 7.7 (37 votes)
 
 

Download: Lokiboi "Midnight Tempo"

First Listen

London-via-Moscow beatmaker Lokiboi has appeared in XLR8R's Downloads section quite a bit over the past few years, but he's never quite sounded like he does on "Midnight Tempo." Here, Lokiboi hovers just above 100 bpm, lacing a shuffling four-on-the-floor beat with a mellow procession of chopped chords and murmured vocals—presumably the producer's own. Sweetening the package, "Midnight Tempo" comes with a touch of vintage sensibilities, as Lokiboi utilizes alternating patterns of bright organ melodies and airy MIDI horns to top off the soulful house outing. 

Average: 7.1 (71 votes)
 
 

Download: Give In "Saw Palmetto"

Label: RIS Labs

After initially launching from San Francisco in 2010, the Rock It Science Laboratories imprint (or RIS Labs, for short) has reemerged as a Los Angeles-based label/collective, with Give In's Slow Moves EP serving at the outpost's latest effort. The alias of LA producer/sound engineer George Cochrane, the Give In project concerns itself with detailed melodic house, of which "Saw Palmetto" is a fine example. Serving as one of two original cuts which appear on Slow Moves, the track relies on intricate percussion to initially build its momentum before Cochrane adds layers of crystalline chords, tweaked synth lines, and jazzy vocal chops to the procession. Out now, Give In's entire Slow Moves EP can be streamed via the player provided after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.2 (34 votes)
 
 

Download: Marco Bernardi "Spacejam (Mr. Ho Pigs in Space Remix)"

Label: Klasse

Serving as the closing track to Marco Bernardi's upcoming Spacejam EP and embellished with a "Pigs in Space Remix" tag, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Austrian producer's Mr. Ho's rework of "Spacejam" has plenty of galactic soundscapes on display. Underneath the remix's long, winding pads and delay-washed synth melodies, Mr. Ho places four-on-the-floor beat and an upswung snare, which give the track a slightly rushed momentum, as if he can't wait to take the dancefloor on a voyage well beyond the stars. This remix and the rest of Marco Bernardi's four-track Spacejam EP are out now in vinyl form, and will be available digitally on July 28. 

Average: 7 (31 votes)
 
 

Download: Rope "Slugface (Club Parison VIP)"

First Listen

Last week saw the launch of Bristol label Parison, whose inaugural effort came in the form of a four-track EP from local producer Rope. One of two original tracks included on the record, "Slugface" (which features the talents of fellow Bristol resident Sentiment) has been reworked into a VIP mix, which does away with the brooding tune's empty spaces in favor of keeping the 135 bpm production and its mechanical percussion pushing forward at a steady roll. Out now with remixes from Klient and Boycott, Rope's full Cotham Warrior/Slugface EP can be streamed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.7 (33 votes)
 
 

Download: Natasha Kmeto "Deeply (Project Pablo Remix)"

Label: Bass Coast

Project Pablo is one of seven beatmakers who have been enlisted to remix Natasha Kmeto (pictured above) on the inaugural EP from the Bass Coast label, an off-shoot of the upcoming four-day festival taking place in Vancouver next month (and featuring the likes of dBridge, Addison Groove, and Graze in its line-up). Taking on Kmeto's "Deeply"—a track pulled from the West Coast producer's Crisis LP, her debut for Dropping Gems—Project Pablo reshapes the original into a piece of jacking house, adding crisp snares, loose hats, and a healthy amount of active synth work to Kmeto's relaxed vocals and processed piano. The Bass Coast label's first release, the Natasha Kmeto 2014 Remix EP, is currently available as a name-your-price download over on Bandcamp.  

Average: 7.5 (68 votes)
 
 

Download: Black Noi$e "onlyu"

First Listen

Detroit native Rob Mansel (a.k.a. Black Noi$e) returns to XLR8R's Downloads section with "onlyu," a slippery piece of R&B-infused electronics. Here, amongst a sea of chopped and rearranged female vocals, Mansel crafts a skittering half-time beat that is accentuated by a sparse set of syncopated bass notes. About halfway through the track, the producer elects to realign his rhythms, working the beat up to the tempo of an electro-indebted break, which is met by more active vocal manipulation before the track is stripped back to its original form.  

Average: 7.2 (40 votes)
 
 

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