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Download: Letherette "Blad"

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Label: Brownswood

Off the recently released Brownswood Electr*c compilation, "Blad" is an old-school-sounding piece of soulful beat work from the UK's Letherette. The producers utilize what appears to be no more than two—maybe three—sample sources to flesh out the slow-grooving funk of their exclusive track for Electr*c, as each guitar strum, bass pluck, horn stab, drum hit, and vocal utterance chopped up and sequenced into "Blad" sounds as cohesive and complimentary as if it had all been performed live in one room, and not on an MPC. Letherette's impeccably crafted tune is just a small taste of the eclectic mix of beat-heavy music to be heard on the excellent compilation from Gilles Peterson's Brownswood label. 

Average: 7.8 (47 votes)

Download: Kenton Slash Demon "Sun (Portable Remix)"

Label: Tartelet

This remix of "Sun," from Danish house producers Kenton Slash Demon, comes from Alan Abrahams (a.k.a. Portable a.k.a. Bodycode), who transforms the bouncing original production into a soulful techno track more than twice its initial length. Portable's entrancingly epic composition and its accompanying forefather, are both part of the Sun EP, which is the first installment of Kenton Slash Demon's trilogy of releases entitled The Schwarzschild Solution. The first release drops July 26 via Tartelet, with the subsequent EPs, Matter and Daemon, following in the months ahead. If the quality of original tunes an remixers follow suit with this offering, we're sure to have a solid set of tracks on our hands when the Danish duo's triptych is finished next January. 

Average: 7.2 (29 votes)

Download: Them Jeans "Balloons"

Label: Top Billin

The latest single from Dim Mak's resident DJ Them Jeans is the tunesmith's inaugural release as part of the ever-expanding Top Billin artist stable. His new track, "Balloons," is a big, bass-laden future-house number with a buoyant dance beat and lots of woozy synth work filling out most of its five and a half minutes. Jeans' production seems content enough to stay rooted in only a few relatively even-keeled movements, as it never quite crescendos with the bombastic effects favored by his hyperactive Dim Mak peers. The Balloons EP, with remixes from LOL Boys, Mad Decent's DJA, and Camo UFOs, is out now. 

Average: 7.1 (33 votes)

Download: Kristin Miltner "Melody From Dream"

Oakland, CA resident and multi-faceted sound artist Kristin Miltner recently contributed an edition of free-form compositions to Asthmatic Kitty's expansive Library Catalog Music Series, the label's eighth volume of such music. Taken from her installment, Music for Dreaming and Playing, "Melody From Dream" utilizes soft clapping and subtle clicking sounds to work out a pattering rhythm in the midst of her lilting synth tones and stuttering, melodic vocal samples. The song sounds preciously constructed, while simultaneously maintaining a relaxed mood of improvisation. And yes, Miltner's piece is quite dream-like, as its ethereal nature leaves only a slight indentation of a memory, best recaptured by going back to experience it again. 

Average: 7.3 (22 votes)

Download: El Guincho "Bombay"

As our introduction to his upcoming sophomore record, Pop Negro, Barcelona's tropically minded El Guincho just shared "Bombay," one of the producer's most straightforward and pop-friendly songs to date. Music maker Pablo Díaz-Reixa has pushed his bouncing beats into the foreground, left his island-inspired melodies unencumbered by tape hiss or vinyl crackle, let some floating sound effects occupy most of the background, and centered the whole production around his energetic, Spanish-sung vocal hooks. It's certainly less hazy and warbled than the music that initially wooed us into El Guincho's realm, but it's remarkably gratifying to hear that lovably accessible pop music suits his sound just as well. 

Average: 8.1 (35 votes)

Download: Shit Robot "I Found Love (TBD Remix)"

Label: DFA

It's quite surprising that Shit Robot, the veteran, Irish-born DFA producer, hasn't yet released his first full-length, but we're getting a slight taste of what to expect of From the Cradle to the Rave—which boasts contributions from James Murphy, Juan MacLean, Ian Svenonious, and Alexis Taylor, among others—months beforehand thanks to this remix by TBD. Production partners Lee Douglas and Justin Vandervolgen chop and screw the vocal track from "I Found Love" into a mess of baritone half-syllables that work impeccably with the funky basslines, arpeggiated synth melodies, and pulsing house beats that fill the rest of their remix. If Shit Robot's forthcoming album is even half this spacey and tastefully energetic, we'll all be in for a pleasant surprise come September 21. 

Average: 5.1 (19 votes)

Download: Toddla T "Sky Surfing feat. Wayne Marshall (Douster Remix)"

Label: Ninja Tune

The latest single from young prodigious producer Toddla T, "Sky Surfing," is treated to a relatively simplified remix from ZZK compatriot Douster. The French producer pared down the insanity of Toddla's original for something more focused on rumbling bass frequencies, simple percussive beats, minimal synth melodies, and enough vocal tweaks to keep the energy as high as Wayne Marshall's lyrical content. As the song moves along, more buzzing sounds are heaped into the mix, eventually raising the levels of hyperactivity near the craziness of Toddla's single without treading on familiar ground. (via Mad Decent

Average: 6.2 (20 votes)

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