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Download: Chico Mann "Ya Yo Sé"

Lover of both culturally rich sounds and modern electronics, New Jersey-based Chico Mann will release his eclectic Analog Drift album on October 26 via Wax Poetics. The record is said to incorporate elements of Afrobeat, the sounds of Cuba, the Latin flavors of 1980's Miami and New York, and the pulse of electro, much like this track from Drift, "Ya Yo Sé." Producer Marcos García's song kicks off immediately with a high energy beat, bright neon synth melodies, funky guitar plucks, and a slightly distorted bassline. It immediately grooves, and Mann's lively croon floats over the top of the music—sounding not unlike the buoyant voice of fellow pop archeologist El Guincho. We can't quite understand all of the lyrics, but to us, it sounds like Mann spends the whole song trying to incite all those listening to groove along with him. 

Average: 8.3 (43 votes)

Download: CFCF "Before and After Light"

Label: RVNG

If it wasn't readily apparent from our review of last year's Continent by CFCF, we were definitely into that record. Canadian producer Michael Silver showed us a great combination of vintage pop, Balearic and Italo disco, modern house, and soulful R&B, among other styles, and as this cut from his new EP, The River (inspired by Werner Herzog's massive cinematic masterpiece Fitzcarraldo), shows, he's ready to expand on it all. "Before and After Light" is epic in the truest sense; it swells gradually with the continuing addition of new sounds over the course of five minutes, it sounds compellingly large in sonic scope, and it's simply a beautifully crafted song. However, there is no climax to this particular CFCF saga. Instead, he uses "Light" as the grand introduction to his new body of work, but we'll have to wait until October 12 to hear the tales those other five songs have to tell. If you need more of a CFCF fix in the meantime, check out a new mixtape that Silver put together exclusively for the RVNG website here

Average: 8.2 (27 votes)

Download: J-Wow "Spark (Canblaster Remix)"

Label: Enchufada

Well, this is a bit different from what we've come to expect from the recently Bubblin'-featured artist Canblaster, but we're into it all the same. French producer Cedric Steffens leans a bit heavy on the original kuduro sound for his remix of "Spark" by J-Wow (of Buraka Som Sistema fame, pictured above), but still manages to squeeze a heavy helping of club-ready house into the mix. But while the beats may change between four-on-the-floor steadiness and a skittering electro-tinged bounce, the thickly layered synths and assorted sound effects remain constant—keeping the listener (read: dancefloor patron) focused among the hectic back and forth. (via Discobelle

Average: 7.5 (21 votes)

Download: Lazer Sword "Batman (Nguzunguzu Remix)"

First Listen

Our former neighbors in Lazer Sword may have left San Francisco for the greener pastures of Los Angeles and Berlin, but we're not mad at them. SF may already be missing the boys' future blap, but it's a safe bet that those dudes are missing burritos even more. A few weeks back, we posted "Batman," the debut single from the duo's forthcoming self-titled debut album, which drops on November 2. Now we're premiering this "Batman" remix from LA duo Nguzunguzu; in their hands, the song has a bit of an ADD feel, starting off as an ominous half-time R&B cut before suddenly jumping into a brief interlude of hyperactive future-house about 2/3 of the way through. It's all a bit nuts, but that's how Nguzunguzu rolls, and it's hard to argue with the results. You can cop the full "Batman" 12", which also includes a remix from Rustie along with individual efforts from Lazer Sword members Low Limit and Lando Kal, right here

Average: 7.5 (34 votes)

Download: Om Unit "Cradle"

This fresh cut of lush, low-slung, and dubby rhythms comes to us off the latest EP by London's Om Unit, entitled The Corridor. DJ Plasticman's Terrorhythm label dropped that five-song release the day before yesterday, and handed over "Cradle" for us to give to you today. The tune fits somewhere between mellower dubstep, Scuba-style techno, and shuffling beat music, and borrows equally from each genre's sound palette—slow, bulbous basslines, textural ambiance, and loads of delayed polyrhythms. You can slap any name you like on it, but we'll just go ahead and call it good electronic music. You can listen to and buy all of The Corridor EP here, including a remix of the title track by Ghostly's Shigeto

Average: 7.9 (42 votes)

Download: School of Seven Bells "Heart Is Strange (Active Child Remix)"

Label: Lefse

It's an ideal pairing: the dreamy electronics of LA's Active Child with the airy shoegaze of NY's School of Seven Bells (pictured above). The two outfits will be sharing wax space on a split 7" coming out on October 26 courtesy of Lefse, with each artist contributing a remix of the other's music. Active Child nabs a track off of School of Seven Bells' latest album, Disconnect From Desire, and strips the song of its synth-propelled driving force, instead giving it a bright swirl of harp and vocal arrangements centered around a slow drum-machine beat. That said, synths still play a large part in this remix of "Heart Is Strange," and after the mid-point of the song, a warm bass timbre slowly rises into the forefront of the production, giving the rest of the floating sonics something sturdy to hold on to. 

Average: 8 (30 votes)

Download: Justin Martin & Ardalan "Mr. Spock (Cory Blaine's Drop It Like It's Spock Remix)"

Mixpak Records dropped a new EP today, Hot Plate from 22-year-old Texan Cory Blaine. Blaine seems to be combining a jackin' Chicago house sound with some of Baltimore club's goofy spirit, and his Hot Plate EP finds him also getting remixed by the likes of DJ Nehpets, Zombie Disco Squad, Malente&Dex, and Andy Petr. You'll have to buy the EP to hear all those efforts, but in the meantime, Blaine has cooked up this bootleg re-edit of current Dirtybird club anthem "Mr. Spock" by Justin Martin and Ardalan. The original version is a tech-house monster, and while Blaine's remix may not surpass it, it does dial back some of the big-room vibe, whittling down the drama and stepping up the jack. At the very least, it's a new spin on a track that's being caned everywhere right now. 

Average: 7 (27 votes)

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