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Download: Wise Blood "2 the Bitter End (K-Ci & Jo Jo Rework)"

First Listen

At this point in the game, you can pretty much do whatever you want. We mean at least two things by that. One: As long as you're far enough off most of the world's radar, any sample you nab is pretty much fair game, and no one will give you any guff about it. Two: You can treat those samples in any way you like, and there will most likely be some sub-group of music lovers that'll be into it. Case in point: this rework of '90s R&B duo K-Ci & Jo Jo's "Tell Me it's Real" by hard-to-pin-down bedroom producer Wise Blood. The tunesmith chops a couple hooks from the original song, pitch-shifts some parts, adds a sparse beat and a slow-moving synth melody, goes nuts on the sampler, and voila!—song. Don't get us wrong, we're totally digging "2 the Bitter End," which is taken from a free EP curated by the Heart Music Group. Wise Blood has definitely made something fresh and original out of his arsenal of soulful samples. It's just still a bit crazy that this is what comprises a lot of music these days. It makes us wonder what's next on the horizon. Download the rest of The Tribe EP, which also features songs from Baths, Coolrunnings, and more, here

Average: 7.3 (26 votes)

Download: Blonde Redhead "Here Sometimes (Pantha du Prince Remix)"

Label: 4AD

Blonde Redhead is one of those groups that has never received a lot of ink the the pages of XLR8R, but we've often enjoyed the band's quirky art-pop over the years. Last Friday, the trio set off on a lengthy tour with Pantha du Prince (pictured above), and to celebrate, the German techno wiz has delivered this lengthy remix of Blonde Redhead's "Here Sometimes," the original of which appears on the NYC outfit's most recent album, Penny Sparkle. As with many Pantha du Prince efforts, there's nothing over-the-top happening here, just a steady techno pulse, some ghostly melodic whispers, plenty of bells, and a slow build as a wondrous dancefloor cut blossoms over the course of 10-plus minutes. (via FADER

Average: 7.6 (28 votes)

Download: White Mountains "Bells"

Label: Waaga

New Hampshire-based producer and composer Peter James (a.k.a. White Mountains) has supplied us with this moody, blissful track from his upcoming LP, Wilderness. Slow-moving, angelic pads and arps create dense layers of sound which nonetheless allow the scattered percussion and tiny electro drums to peek through during the six-minute track. If James' name for the project and LP are any inclination, much of his inspiration is pulled from the natural world, perhaps not the sounds actually found in nature, but the feeling of satisfaction and calm one can get from the solitude of being alone in a forest or on top of a mountain. So regardless of where you're listening to the track, it might be worth trying to close your eyes and seeing if "Bells" can help you reach that feeling without having to, you know, go outside. 

Average: 7.8 (37 votes)

Download: Mikix the Cat "Keep on Wondering"

First Listen

One of the world's many patrons of bass-heavy dance music, Parisian producer Mikix the Cat has a new EP coming soon thanks to his low-frequency-loving friends at NY's Trouble & Bass label. The Girls Keep on Wondering EP will drop on November 2, but we've got a bit of a preview before that, in the form of the tasteful banger "Keep on Wondering." Mikix's tune is the second of four selections on his as-yet-unreleased EP, and offers enough '90s synth stabs, heavy dancefloor rhythms, vibrating sub tones, sampled vocal hooks, and epic breakdowns/drops to stand alone as a quality single. We're not sure what else his Wondering EP will offer selectors and listeners of energetic dance music once it's out, but we're happy enough to have "Keep on Wondering" taking up a handful of minutes in our peak-hour DJ sets until then. 

Average: 7.1 (34 votes)

Download: Mux Mool "Lady Linda (Devonwho Remix)"

Label: Ghostly

As Brooklyn-based producer Brian Lindgren (a.k.a. Mux Mool) heads out on his first "proper" US tour (check out those dates here), the Ghostly signee also shares a free download of this track from his recently released Wax Rose Saturday EP. Though not on the physical version of Lindgren's debut album, Skulltaste, "Lady Linda" is one of our favorites from the beatsmith, and here, Portland's Devonwho (pictured above) gives it a nod-worthy remix. The treatment stays quite true to Mux Mool's original vibe with its slow-grooving, off-kilter beats and untouched synth hook, but Devonwho's unfettered use of twinkling textures and spacey ambiance helps make the production more his own. 

Average: 8 (60 votes)

Download: Seiji "Dope Fix"

A longstanding patron of forward-thinking bass tunes, London's Paul Dolby (a.k.a. Seiji) has yet another 12" to add to his expansive to discography, the Seiji 2: Straylight / Weedkiller single. Those tunes just dropped on the producer's eponymous record label (you can stream/buy them here), and to help ring in the imprint's second release, Seiji is giving out this free, non-record track, "Dope Fix." The song jumps, skitters, and grooves like much of Dolby's future-house numbers, albeit in a slightly more atonal fashion. There may be no proper melody in "Dope Fix," but that's the point; Seiji's production is a work focused on interlocked polyrhythms and the thick bounce that club-goers crave. 

Average: 7.9 (42 votes)

Download: MJ Cole feat. Wiley "From the Drop (L-Vis 1990 Remix)"

Label: Prolific

Wiley is one of UK dance music's biggest personalities, and after he let loose a massive catalog of unreleased tracks earlier this year and then spent half the summer on Ustream, it seems that Wiley is basically doing whatever he wants. Apparently that list of activities includes this latest collaboration with UK garage fixture MJ Cole. The single is called "From the Drop" and will be released November 1 on Cole's own Prolific label. The release features a few different versions of the track, a b-side called "Angel Riddim," and includes remixes of the single from MJ himself as well as Night Slugs/Mad Decent badman L-Vis 1990. We have the L-Vis 1990 remix right here, which transforms the original into something woozy, dark, and urgent, topping things off with 303 acid melodies and relentless claps.  

Average: 7.4 (36 votes)

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