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Download: Sprutbass "Ulykke"

Label: Dødpop

Norway's Dødpop label has been at the forefront of the funky, synth-driven music called skweee since its inception in 2008. Now, three years later, the imprint gathers together its handful of 7" releases to be reissued on the forthcoming compilation Dødpop: A's & B's. Oslo producer Sprutbass contributes "Ulykke"—from a split 45 with fellow Norwegian Beatbully—to that record, which we also have to share with you today. The playful track has an almost comically, not to mention cosmically, sinister vibe, almost like you can picture the tunesmith grinning ear to ear in a not-so-maniacal way while he drops the crunchy synth fragments and skittering beat work of his production. It's a welcome change of mood, as opposed to the über-seriousness often plaguing artists with a similar sound pallette. We'll see if the rest of Dødpop: A's & B's will follow in suit when it drops on February 25. 

Average: 8 (44 votes)
 
 

Download: Gatto Fritto "Hex"

Coming somewhat out of leftfield is this fresh cut of deep, Italo-inspired disco from the UK's Gatto Fritto, an elusive artist crafting solid dance tracks on the fringes of obscurity. And yet somehow, the producer's forthcoming record is being championed by the likes of Tim Sweeney, Prins Thomas, and JD Twitch, including the epic "Hex" number. The lengthy jam brings to mind the kinds of tracks you'd catch blaring from Johnny Jewel's ghettoblaster in the middle of a late-night house party at first, but expands its psychedelic synthscapes and motorik beat work to better fit something Lindstrøm might throw on the hi-fi during a drug-addled séance. Look for more of these shapeshifting sounds when Gatto Fritto drops his self-titled debut LP on April 26. 

Average: 7.1 (25 votes)
 
 

Download: Pale Sketcher "Seventh Heaven"

Label: Ghostly

Here's a question for you: When (if ever) does Justin Broadrick sleep? Seriously, we'd like to know. The prolific musician gets the same amount of time in each day as the rest of us, but somehow manages to divvy it all up between working on his myriad projects—like Final, Jesu, Greymachine, The Blood of Heroes, and Pale Sketcher—without ever sacrificing quality for quantity. You have to imagine that the guy spends at least a night or two a week without sleep, and maybe that's when songs like "Seventh Heaven" are born. The ethereal groove of the title track from his latest Pale Sketcher release, a five-song EP for Ghostly (pictured above), bounds about like a nocturnal imp, always accompanied by the mesmerizing song of ghoulish waifs floating just above the late-night revelry of sub-busting bass, lurching beats, and textural synthscapes. And if you feel like traversing darker territories still, you can follow King Midas Sound's remix of "Seventh Heaven" further into the shadows, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8 (36 votes)
 
 

Download: Schlachthofbronx "Nasty Bass (feat. Spoek Mathambo and Big Space)"

Label: Mad Decent

We told you about the impending collection of lascivious low-end on its way from German party specialists Schlachthofbronx merely a week ago, and now, to commemorate its release, the label responsible for dropping those four tunes has offered the EP's title track for free download. "Nasty Bass" has two marquee stars vying for top billing in its three-and-a-half minutes: MCs Spoek Mathambo and Big Space versus the producers' mind-rattling basslines. But even though one sect of the song's fans may fall in love with the sing-songy vocal delivery by the South African wordsmiths and the other may find themselves more in tune with Schlachthofbronx's bass frequencies, neither of those elements would move you quite the way they do without the other. That's a sign of a solid production, and chances are you can find more quality tracks on the rest of the Nasty Bass EP, which you can preview here

Average: 6.9 (38 votes)
 
 

Download: Koreless "Up Down Up Down"

Glasgow's Koreless may have a couple solid tunes, a remix for Jacques Greene, and a good number of high-profile and online fans to his name, but the producer still has yet to release his first official single. Though on March 21, he can slip that under his belt, too, as the wonderful Pictures Music label will drop the "4D"/"MTI" 12". The subtle and entrancing "Up Down Up Down" tune won't be on that record, but is offered here (and via Bandcamp) to whet the interests of those who remain unaware of Koreless' mystical soundscapes. This unreleased number is a quiet song that showcases tunesmith Lewis Roberts' deft ability to write intoxicating melodies and mix them with vibrating rhythms that unobtrusively propel the moods rather than overtake them. This is our first time listening to anything from the up-and-coming artist, but we're already hoping to hear a lot more Koreless very soon. 

Average: 8.3 (96 votes)
 
 

Download: Ana Caravelle "Where Have You Been? (Anenon Drone Mix)"

First Listen

Back in August, XLR8R debuted a remix of Los Angeles-based composer Ana Caravelle by Brooklyn beatmaker Shigeto, in support of Caravelle’s debut album for Non Projects, Basic Climb. During the months that have followed, there has been a growing interest in re-working Caravelle’s idiosyncratic harp music, prompting the label to release Basic Climb: Re-Imagined, featuring remix work from folks like Dntel, Take, and yuk. This version of Caravelle’s “Where Have You Been?” is from Non Projects founder Brian Simon (a.k.a. Anenon). With drums lifted out of a boozy late-night conga session, and what could be Caravelle’s harp chopped into a thousand tinseled pieces, Anenon’s fully realized remix jumps another level about three quarters of the way through when a lilting, chant-like sample of Chavelle’s voice takes the song to church. Basic Climb: Re-Imagined will be released on March 1.  

Average: 8.4 (47 votes)
 
 

Download: Laurel Halo "Supersymmetry (Physical Therapy 3-Step Remix)"

We're not entirely sure what to make of producer Physical Therapy. We know he's one of the residents at Ghe20 Gothik, but little information is available on the man outside of that. We think the guy is from somewhere in New Jersey, it seems like he is pretty into Top 40 hip-hop, and he apparently has a penchant for tweaking those kinds of tunes into slow and strange compositions that are more about shady moods than pulsing club vibrations. In that same vein, the musicmaker re-worked "Supersymmetry" by NYC tunestress Laurel Halo (pictured above), delivering an eerie and dub-heavy track that sounds nothing like its source material. In fact, the looping sample of Timbaland that finishes off Physical Therapy's remix squeezes in far more syllables than the miniscule blips of Halo's croon that are fired off repetitiously. If the track info didn't credit the burgeoning singer/songwriter's track, we'd have had no idea "Supersymmetry" was even an inspiration for the screwy number, but that's not to say we love it any less. (via FACT

Average: 6.7 (36 votes)
 
 

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