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Download: Air France "Gothenberg Belongs to Me"

Taken from their upcoming Love Affair in 3 Parts album, Swedish dream-pop outfit Air France gives us a infectiously danceable tribute to their hometown. Cold weather scares us, but if Swedish dancefloors sound like this, we might just start packing our bags. 

Average: 6.3 (28 votes)
 
 

Download: Daniel Haaksman "Poblum Coco (Sharkslayer Bass Dub)"

Label: Man

When German baile funk magnate Daniel Haaksman can tap Finnish Top Billin crew member Sharkslayer to transform the goofy bounce of his original version into a menacing electro monster, we think it's fair to say that the heavy bass movement has gone international. The Gostoso Remix EP also features contributions from Brazil's Edu K and João Brasil, Germany's Schlachthofbronx, London's Zombie Disco Squad, and Chicago's DJ Rob 3. Pretty soon we're going to need a United Nations of Bass to sort out these kinds of transactions. 

Average: 6.8 (41 votes)
 
 

Download: Nudge "Two Hands"

Label: Kranky

As subtle as their name implies, the jazz-influenced, moody tunes from Los Angeles' Nudge play like textured soundscapes matching what a Buddy Rich and Brian Eno collaboration might produce. Valet's Honey Owens provides the forlorn vocal melodies that float only slightly higher than the sparse instrumentation, like a helium balloon over a low fog before it slowly descends back to earth. Nudge's latest album, As Good As Gone, is available now. 

Average: 6.9 (30 votes)
 
 

Download: CFCF "Monolith"

Label: Paper Bag

About halfway through CFCF's latest track "Monolith," taken from his forthcoming longplayer Continent, you accept that the soft percussion you've heard since the get-go is the only beat you're gonna get. Then, about 30 seconds after you've come to terms with it, the Montreal-based, cinema-inspired Italo and house producer throws you a curveball, bringing in the high-hats that lead into the synthetic drum beat which drives the high point of his piece. The experience is short lived, but framed by a jazzy piano suite and bouncing bass synth, it's definitely worth the wait. 

Average: 6.9 (32 votes)
 
 

Download: Lusine "Cirrus"

For years now, Jeff McIlwain has guided his Lusine moniker to the coldest of dimensions, subsisting in the tech-house underground where the chilled mist gives life to the bleakest of atmospheres. Now back on Ghostly International after a brief layover on the Hymen imprint, the Seattle native has cracked that realm wide open on his latest, A Certain Distance, and the view is breathtaking. Veering into pop territory, the warm synths and slinky melodies of this track are some of McIlwain's most buoyant offerings to date.  

Average: 7.6 (47 votes)
 
 

Download: Zero 7 "Medicine Man (Cooly G Remix)"

Label: Atlantic

Normally, Zero 7's music is just a bit too, shall we say, Starbucks-y for us, but we just couldn't pass on posting this remix from U.K. funky DJ/producer Cooly G. Eska's golden pipes take center stage atop Cooly's shuffling backbeat while a chorus of angelic back-up singers help lift her melodies above the otherwise darkened production work. Cooly G's rework provides a sinister, minimal backdrop for the original vocal, twisting it into something better fit for Starbucks' back alleys. 

Average: 6.8 (41 votes)
 
 

Download: DD/MM/YYYY ""Digital Haircut""

Label: Impose

Herky-jerky guitar rhythms, syncopated synthlines, and cyclical time signatures lead off this track from Black Square, the soon-to-be re-released third LP from Toronto's DD/MM/YYYY, who XLR8R featured back in June. Soon, however, the angles taper off into a pool of atmospheric vocals and reverberated percussion that entrancingly rises and swells before exploding back into the song's initial groove. 

Average: 4.9 (14 votes)
 
 

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