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Download: Milyoo "Lightbike"

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Lexington, Kentucky might be known as "The Horse Capital of the World," but it's not exactly renowned as a hotbed for cutting-edge electronic music. As such, we're not exactly sure how Milyoo managed to hone his beatmaking chops, but the boy has undoubtedly got skills. His next release is the "Colors" b/w "Games" single (artwork above) on Subeena's Opit label, which is scheduled to come out on July 28. Ahead of that, he's elected to share "Lightbike," a lurching, hip-hop flavored composition stuffed with sonic oddities and microsamples. The track showcases an inventive mentality not unlike that shown by the artists of LA's beat scene, yet the song's head-nodding slaps hint toward an artist who has also spent plenty of time taking notes on some of commercial radio's best jams. It's a winning formula, and one that has us excited to see what else Milyoo has on tap in the months ahead. 

Average: 7.2 (52 votes)

Download: Bryn Thomas "Feel for Bumps Then Grind"

Label: Cut

It's only been a matter of months since we first got hip to the Cut imprint (thanks to this tune from Essáy, followed shortly thereafter by this one from Buck UK), and it appears that the burgeoning label is not keen to stop releasing free EPs from talented up-and-comers anytime soon. Cut's latest effort comes from Bristol resident Bryn Thomas, and as can be heard in the EP's title track, it falls a lot closer to the beat-oriented side of things than the label's previous outings. Not that this is striaght-up beat music, but rather an amalgamation of influences reaching as far as the instrumental beats of current LA all the way to the European tradition of finely-tuned dub techno. After checking out the MP3 below, you can head here to hear the rest of the EP for the nominal price of your email address or a tweet. 

Average: 8.3 (58 votes)

Download: Philippe Sarde "Le Cortège Et Course (Motor City Drum Ensemble Re-Edit)"

Label: !K7

Excitement continues to build for the upcoming DJ-Kicks compilation from German techno auteur Motor City Drum Ensemble (a.k.a. Danilo Plessow, pictured above). Earlier this week, we posted a stream of new track "L.O.V.E.," and now Plessow is giving away another effort from the album, his own remix of "Le Cortège Et Course" by French film composer Philippe Sarde, a song that originally appeared in 1972 film Cesar et Rosalie. While Plessow has kept the cinematic feel intact, he's inserted a restrained pulse and some light synth melodies, resulting in a well-crafted and highly-detailed techno number. The complete remix will be available on the double-vinyl LP version of DJ Kicks, which drops next month, but in the meantime, you can download the track below. 

Average: 8.2 (52 votes)

Download: CHLLNGR "Haven"

Label: Green Owl

Despite toting a seemingly blissful name and incorporating a fair share of African-style percussion, there is absolutely nothing warm about "Haven," the first track to surface from CHLLNGR's forthcoming album of the same name. Instead, the young producer has crafted a piece of work that is even colder than his Copenhagen base, something like the aural equivalent of entering an ice cathedral. Donning an assortment of haunting pads and distant piano chops, CHLLNGR unleashes a barrage of controlled and intricately placed drums which revolve around the track's slower-moving elements before laying a skillfully chopped and pitched—and absolutely chilling—vocal sample on top. CHLLNGR's new LP doens't hit the streets until next Tuesday, July 5, so for now we suggest you bundle up and get to downloading.  

Average: 8.2 (69 votes)

Download: Nightwave "Feel (Lotide Mix)"

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Label: Svetlana

Name changes can be a tricky business for any artist, but sometimes they are absolutely necessary. No offense to Maya Medvesek, but changing her moniker from 8Bitch to Nightwave (pictured above) just might be the smartest thing she's ever done. Along with the new name, she's also promising a more mature approach to music-making, as displayed by her brand-new EP, The Feel, which dropped earlier this week. However, even with Medvesek putting more refined techniques into practice, her original version of "Feel" still thumps pretty hard, a characteristic completely absent on this remix from Southern California youngster Lotide. His version is loaded with white space, the gaps only partially filled in by clattering, off-kilter percussion and lightly wafting synth melodies. The remix recalls the work of someone like Teebs, which definitely isn't a bad thing. Svetlana is promising a couple of proper Lotide EPs in the near future, but we'll have to tide ourselves over with his thoughtful remix of "Feel" in the meantime. 

Average: 8.1 (67 votes)

Download: Tobias "Free No. 2"

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Label: Ostgut Ton

It's pretty easy to say that Tobias Freund has an impressive resume. The German dance-music veteran has had the pleasure to work with artists as disparate as Milli Vanilli and Ellen Allien. Despite being an in-demand sound engineer, the man has also enjoyed a successful career as a producer of some of the finest minimal techno to come out of Germany. Last month XLR8R reported on Leaning Over Backwards, the upcoming full-length from Tobias Freund's brand-new, streamlined moniker, Tobias. With the album's imminent release, he's put on offer "Free No. 2," a track that navigates through underwater electro-funk of the Drexciyan variety, complete with pressurized atmospheric synthesizers and snappy drum programming. "Free No. 2" is an exclusive, an alternate version of album cut "Free No. 1" to be exact, but nonetheless hints at the high quality of Leaning Over Backwards, which drops July 4 via Ostgut Ton. 

Average: 7.6 (43 votes)

Download: Shampoo Voyagers "On the Street"

Earlier this year, we mused on the ambiguous nature of the Russian musical landscape. That being said, it has undeniably been the case that more and more material has begun to make its way out of the country. Take "On the Street," the latest offering from Shampoo Voyagers, a duo comprised of Maxim Ananyev (a.k.a. Tree Bosier) and Nikita Moor (a.k.a. Nikola), respectively based in the extremely geographically divided locales of Moscow and Khabarovsk (over 5000 miles apart!). Creating a slick and jazzy downtempo flow, "On the Street" brings to mind the unlikely pairing of Dam-Funk and Cornelius as its blunted G-funk bassline meets sunny chord progressions and chime-like guitar tones. Download the track below and if you like it, check out the outfit's soundcloud for more similarly jazz-minded tunes. 

Average: 8.3 (60 votes)

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