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Download: Roska "Play Gamez"

First Listen

Wow—RinseFM is having another birthday. Seems like just yesterday the next-level bass music hub was celebrating the procurement of its official broadcast credentials, and now it's ready to celebrate its Sweet 16. That party is getting ready to jump off at London's illustrious Fabric club, along with an unbelievable lineup that includes Skream, Benga, Joker, Oneman, Zinc, Ben UFO, Elijah & Skillam, and Roska, who passed along this exclusive track. "Play Gamez" comes to us straight from the UK funky DJ/producer's harddrive as a gift to fans preceding the upcoming massive party; it's an even-tempered dancefloor track with a sharp, shuffling beat, a bulbous bassline, and plenty of warbling sound effects. We're sure you'll be hearing more lengthy club-friendly productions like this from the army of mixmasters ready to take over Fabric on September 10. 

Average: 7.7 (38 votes)

Download: Houses/Teen Daze "Bikes"

Vancouver haze-pop specialist Teen Daze operates in a shroud of mystery, so it makes sense that he would keep similarly shadowy company. Enter his sonically similar internet pal Houses, who calls Chicago home and is apparently part of the Lefse artist roster. Houses is a bit moodier than his neighbor from the North, and that comes through on "Bikes," a relatively mellow number awash in drawn-out synths and lo-fi hum. It's a bit like a couple of dudes taking a stab at recreating the Cocteau Twins, but through a '90s emo-pop filter and solely working on laptops. Wait a minute, that sounds horrible. Oh well, we like the song. Let's go with that. (via Altered Zones

Average: 8.3 (46 votes)

Download: Svpreme Fiend "Fervor (Contakt Remix)"

Normally we try not to venture too far into "bigging ourselves up" territory, but sometimes it's hard to avoid when folks toiling behind the scenes at XLR8R HQ also happen to be super talented and doing amazing things outside the office. Take NYC producer Contakt—even the people at FACT and the Local Action label think he's awesome. For the uninitiated, he's one of the resident DJs at the monthly TURRBOTAX® party and also happens to craft his own Detroit-informed takes on house, garage, and the whole UK post-dubstep continuum. Contakt's actually got an EP of his own coming out soon on Local Action, but in the meantime, he's been tapped for this remix of labelmate and fellow New Yorker Svpreme Fiend. He transforms the haunting melancholy of the original into a bleeping, rumbling club roller, and we can't wait to hear what else he's got in the pipeline. 

Average: 7.7 (37 votes)

Download: Sistol "Kotka (FaltyDL Refunk)"

Label: Halo Cyan

Our pals at Little White Earbuds have been really supportive of our recent trip to the Gathering of the Juggalos, so we wanted to return the favor by re-hosting this FaltyDL remix they posted last week. The track comes from one of the new Sistol (a.k.a. Vladislav Delay a.k.a. Luomo a.k.a. Sasu Ripatti) releases, Remasters & Remakes, which is coming out in October on the heels of a brand-new Sistol album, On the Bright Side, which drops in September. Remasters & Remakes features artists like John Tejada, Sutekh, and Mike Huckaby tackling Sistol tunes, and for his part, FaltyDL cooks up a smoldering version of "Kotka" that combines a crunchy techno pulse with skittering hi-hats and brooding, cut-up synth melodies. 

Average: 8.3 (51 votes)

Download: Sam Prekop "The Silhouettes"

Sam Prekop—yeah, we're as surprised to see his name here as you might be. In the 16 or so years that he and his band, The Sea and Cake, have been writing music, they've been mentioned maybe once or twice in our pages. But it's not because we don't like the music (admittedly, most of us have been fans of Chicago post-rock at one time or another), it just isn't exactly within the scope of XLR8R's focus. So why is this song here? Frankly, because it doesn't sound anything like The Sea and Cake. Sam Prekop's forthcoming solo record for Thrill Jockey, entitled Old Punch Card, is an album of instrumental explorations into the world of modular synthesizers. As heard on "The Silhouettes," Prekop created warbling, analog soundscapes out of melodic arpeggiations, flitting white noise, and low-frequency drones to create the nine songs on his new full-length. The shift in style has effectively transfered his reputation as a veteran indie crooner into that of a new live-electronics composer writing pieces on par with our favorite sound experimentalists. So, yeah, that's why you're reading about Sam Prekop. 

Average: 7.9 (48 votes)

Download: Games "Heartlands"

Seeing as how Daniel Lopatin completely immerses himself in the alternate realities (read: songs) he creates as Oneohtrix Point Never, it's hard to imagine him working on anything other than those otherworldly soundscapes—let alone anything as upbeat as his Games project. The Brooklyn-based duo, which also includes Joel Ford (of Tiger City), recently released its first 7", Everything is Working, and the lush "Heartlands" is the b-side to that record. The song starts as a shimmering, sample-heavy dance tune, but slowly turns into an exploration of filtered atmosphere and cascading synth melodies. It's certainly nothing like Lopatin's solo moniker, but if we try extra hard, we can picture music like this playing in the dance clubs of Oneohtrix's hand-made dimensions. 

Average: 8.1 (49 votes)

Download: Small Black "Photojournalist"

Label: Jagjaguwar

As we reported just last week, Brooklyn's DIY dream-pop outfit Small Black just finished work on its debut album, New Chain, and is set to release it on October 26 via Jagjaguwar. This track is the first single to be heard from that record, and it's chock full of all the woozy synth tones, mildly thumping dance beats, and hushed vocal work fans of the quartet have come to know and love. While the sound of "Photojournalist" is thick and filled to the brim with punchy sonics, it's the subtleties of the poignant instrumentation and the heartwarming sentiment delivered by the lyrics that draw us to Small Black's song. Being emotional in music is easy, but being graceful and understated—while still driving your point home—is something else entirely. 

Average: 7.6 (33 votes)

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