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Download: Koushik "Bright and Shining"

The notoriously cranky Koushik might have a chip on his shoulder the size of a boulder, but he sure does make some wonderful music. For Out My Window, his forthcoming Stones Throw full-length, he merged the sounds of the 1960s with his trademark hazy hip-hop beats, a move that resulted in catchy tracks that are as listenable as they are danceable. This one features an arsenal of percussion and a horn section that starts out quietly and calculated, then escalates into musical mayhem at the end. Top it off with some Indian flavors in the last seconds of the track. Out My Window 01 Morning Comes 02 Be With 03 Lying in the Sun 04 Coolin 05 Butterflybeat 06 See You 07 Nothing's the Same 08 Welcome 09 Corner of Your Smile 10 In a Green Space 11 ifoundu 12 Outerlude 13 Bright and Shining 14 Forest Loop 15 Out My Window 16 Floating On  

Average: 7.5 (22 votes)
 
 

Download: Takka Takka "Everybody Say"

Takka Takka experimented with everything from psychedelia to future-folk on Migration, its latest album, but gentle melodies are definitely a common denominator throughout the release. Case in point is this track, which features shimmering keyboards and vocalist Gabriel Levine's flawless voice working together with a bluesy bassline. Migration's an apt name for the entire album, as the music tends to wander into unexpected territories, sliding between minor chords and upbeat rhythms and constantly keeping the listener guessing. Definitely a refreshing take on the traditional band setup. 

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Average: 7 (14 votes)
 
 

Download: Mr. Vegas "Oh My Gosh (Aaron LaCrate and Debonair Samir Gutter Remix)"

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Average: 7.2 (25 votes)
 
 

Download: Daedelus "For Whithered Friends"

Label: Ninja Tune

XLR8R cover star Daedelus just sent this one over, and as it usually happens with his tracks, we can't stop listening to it. "For Whithered Friends" is a reworking of the title track from Fairweather Friends, his Ninja Tune EP from last year. Daedelus has always given off the positive vibes, but this track finds the artist in an extra-good mood, and the cheer should rub off pretty quickly. Props to him for rhyming the words "restitution" and "confusion." Read more about Daedelus in Issue 120 of XLR8R. Photo by Ye Rin Mok 

Average: 7.4 (50 votes)
 
 

Download: Illa J "We Here"

It seems fitting, given that the late J Dilla was considered one of the foremost veterans of the Detroit hip-hop scene, that "We Here," the first single to drop from his little brother's Illa J's Yancey Boys album, is a tribute to the city itself. Laid over a previously unheard Dilla track, the cut features Illa J's soulful voice trading raps with Guilty Simpson, who stopped by to guest on the new album. The beats here have literally gone untouched for over a decade, and the presence of Dilla is strong here. Photo by iNickel. 

Average: 7.6 (31 votes)
 
 

Download: Cakebuilder "Mohyla"

Label: Ad Noiseam

Angry dubstep meets sweet melodies on this track from Winnipeg, CA-based breakcore master Jeremy Pillipow, who makes sinister tunes under his Cakebuilder guise. There's something cinematic to the quality of the music here, with light orchestral arrangements laid over relentless beats and basslines, a combination fit for a car chase scene, or perhaps a really fucked up horror flick. The cut is off Pillipow's second release for Ad Noiseam, a four track EP that bears the comforting title of Feed the Worms

Average: 7.7 (25 votes)
 
 

Download: Woodhands "I Wasn't Made For Fighting"

Label: Paper Bag

Toronto, ON-based duo Woodhands is all about the keytar and drum sound, which music heads will be able to hear for themselves today, as the group's album, Heart Attack, has just been released. They've remixed Sally Shapiro, shared the stage with like-minded acts such as Crystal Castles, and this track is a whirlwind of synths and beats, singing that borders on screaming at certain points, and, of course, the good old-fashioned hand claps. Meanwhile, pick up Heart Attack today and stay tuned for news on the remix EP, as well as a Stateside tour.  

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Average: 7.7 (27 votes)
 
 

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