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Download: Hal Floyd "All Ventures Overboard"

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Label: Blankstairs

Growing Portland-based outpost Blankstairs will welcome a new name to its roster of budding talents when Sydney producer Hal Floyd (who has previously been seen releasing material via Chicago net-label Don't Trust Humans) drops his two-track Water Colors EP later this month. Leading off the upcoming digital effort is "All Ventures Overboard," a patiently engrossing production that fits within the "delicate and emotional techno" the artist has spent the last few years crafting. Spanning just over six minutes, the track assembles an array of airy, wistful textures to sit atop its chugging rhythmic base, adding dreamy and heavily processed melodies and increasing layers of tasteful percussion as the tune progresses. Floyd's debut outing for Blankstairs, the Water Colors EP lands on September 30. 

Average: 8.6 (54 votes)

Download: Bakradze "Twice"

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"Twice" seems like the kind of song that is meant to carry its listeners away along with it. A stoney, disco-referencing production, the track glides to and fro, its rich assemblage of funk-touched synths and string-like pads coming in and out of focus, while understated rhythms swing below and a hand-played electric bassline keeps the song's wave-like movements afloat. "Twice" is in fact a bonus cut to Bakradze's (a.k.a. Gacha's) new Letter EP, which sees its release today via fledgling imprint The Crescent. A three-track effort of similarly sweeping excursions, Bakradze's new record can be previewed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.7 (95 votes)

Download: Whiskers Po "Yes"

Label: Hot N Heavy

Earlier this week, San Francisco label Hot N Heavy dropped the four-track Yes EP from Stateside producer Whiskers Po. Today, the label has passed along the record's title cut—a R&B-striped piece of glossy bass music—for free download. Spanning over five minutes, "Yes" is rooted in house, it's steady four-on-the-floor initally serving as the base for a set of airy chords and re-pitched vocals—then, the bass drops in. Precisely programmed, the active bassline jumps just ahead of the beat, leading the soulful, rolling procession throughout the course of its dancefloor-focused run. Out now, Whiskers Po's Yes EP can be streamed in full after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.9 (69 votes)

Download: Poliça "Chain My Name (Kauf Remix)"

Kauf is a man of many talents. The Los Angeles resident is a musician, vocalist, beatmaker, and—as can be heard here—a skillful remixer. Tasked with taking on Poliça's "Chain My Name," Kauf turns the driving space-pop track into a much darker affair, stripping much of the original's vocals back while redirecting the effort towards more cavernous terrain. Adding swarms of buzzing, reverb-laden synth layers, Kauf infuses "Chain My Name" with a loose stomp, which continues to pick up momentum as the producer adds airy hats, crisp claps, and collections of distant percussion which help push the remix to the end of its climactic six-minute run. 

Average: 7.9 (65 votes)

Download: Eckoclick "Dream in Colour (2ndSun Remix)"

Since the beginning of this summer, 2ndSun (pictured above) has made regular appearances in XLR8R's Downloads section, offering up sleek club hybrids that have certainly gone down nicely. Now the UK pair returns with a new remix in hand, having recently reworked Eckoclick's "Dream in Colour" from the fellow UK duo's forthcoming self-titled EP, which drops via Sonic Router on Monday (another remix of an EP track was offered for download courtesy of Bambooman last month). True to form, the burgeoning 2ndSun duo reshapes "Dream in Colour" into a more club-appropriate affair, splicing a resonant bassline and thick, faintly skipping rhythms into Eckoclick's soul-strewn original track. 

Average: 7.9 (65 votes)

Download: NEVERMIND "Slimer"

Since July, NEVERMIND (the collaborative project from LA producer Grenier and Petey Clicks, of Clicks & Whistles) have issued two EPs via Trouble & Bass—conveniently titled Part 1 and Part 2 (the most recent of which dropped last week)—and released a free pack of bootleg edits. Continuing on its prolific run, the freshly formed pair has offered up a bonus cut from its recent EP sessions, "Slimer." Spanning over four minutes, the production places slinking chords between a half-time shuffle, picking up melodic synth sequences, gliding pads, and interlocking layers of hi-fi percussion as the bass-focused tune moves throughout its run. 

Average: 7.5 (52 votes)

Download: Eytan Tobin "Spaiku Talks"

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Born in Israel and now based in the Canadian city of Toronto, Eytan Tobin is the next artist slated to step up for the Rare Beef imprint, dropping his For Everyone EP via the label next week. Leading the forthcoming effort is "Spaiku Talks," a sharp slice of beatwork which weaves crystalline melodies and hand-played thumb pianos amongst tightly wound rhythmic patterns. To this swirling, ever-so-slightly off-kilter base, Tobin adds only light touches of synthetic vocal textures, using most of the track's three-plus-minute runtime to rearrange and gently manipulate the track's core patterns. One of four productions to be included on the Canadian talent's upcoming outing, "Spaiku Talks" and Tobin's full For Everyone EP will see its official release on September 9.  

Average: 8 (56 votes)

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