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Download: School of Seven Bells "Heart Is Strange (Active Child Remix)"

Label: Lefse

It's an ideal pairing: the dreamy electronics of LA's Active Child with the airy shoegaze of NY's School of Seven Bells (pictured above). The two outfits will be sharing wax space on a split 7" coming out on October 26 courtesy of Lefse, with each artist contributing a remix of the other's music. Active Child nabs a track off of School of Seven Bells' latest album, Disconnect From Desire, and strips the song of its synth-propelled driving force, instead giving it a bright swirl of harp and vocal arrangements centered around a slow drum-machine beat. That said, synths still play a large part in this remix of "Heart Is Strange," and after the mid-point of the song, a warm bass timbre slowly rises into the forefront of the production, giving the rest of the floating sonics something sturdy to hold on to. 

Average: 8 (30 votes)

Download: Justin Martin & Ardalan "Mr. Spock (Cory Blaine's Drop It Like It's Spock Remix)"

Mixpak Records dropped a new EP today, Hot Plate from 22-year-old Texan Cory Blaine. Blaine seems to be combining a jackin' Chicago house sound with some of Baltimore club's goofy spirit, and his Hot Plate EP finds him also getting remixed by the likes of DJ Nehpets, Zombie Disco Squad, Malente&Dex, and Andy Petr. You'll have to buy the EP to hear all those efforts, but in the meantime, Blaine has cooked up this bootleg re-edit of current Dirtybird club anthem "Mr. Spock" by Justin Martin and Ardalan. The original version is a tech-house monster, and while Blaine's remix may not surpass it, it does dial back some of the big-room vibe, whittling down the drama and stepping up the jack. At the very least, it's a new spin on a track that's being caned everywhere right now. 

Average: 7 (27 votes)

Download: The Hours "Ali in the Jungle (Beg to Differ Dub)"

Label: Wurst

NYC's Beg to Differ (pictured above) is a collaboration between local heroes Nick Chacona and Wurst label head Roy Dank (a.k.a. My Cousin Roy). The duo has been mucking around in the studio since last year, and now they've released a few of their remixes on a new EP. Simply entitled The Remixes, the a-side includes a killer re-work of Afrobeat heavyweights Bibi Tanga & The Selenites, while we've got the b-side, a remix of UK indie outfit The Hours. Beg to Differ's dub workout is a pulsing disco-house number punctuated by some emotive strings, a thumping bassline, and some choice early-'90s synths. And for those looking to savor a little more of The Hours' vocal stylings, the digital version of The Remixes EP also includes a proper remix of the song. 

Average: 7.9 (26 votes)

Download: Jackhigh "Turbines"

Last week, Serbian imprint Svetlana Industries offered up a free label sampler called Come On Lets Go. Belgrade doesn't exactly seem like a hotspot for beat music, but the label has put together an impressive collection of tunes, including selections from Teebs, 1000names, 8Bitch, and a slew of other dudes you likely haven't heard of but undoubtedly have a bajillion friends on Facebook and are quietly running the file-sharing, message-board-posting game. (That's just how this scene operates, right?) Anyways, you can download the entire compilation here, or just start with "Turbines" from young UK producer Jackhigh (a.k.a. Bnjmin a.k.a. Singing Statues). The track is founded upon some basic boom-bap, but what makes it shine is the song's fuzzy melody, which seems to be constructed of some light synths and a single vocal snippet looped about 1000 times. It's simple yet effective. 

Average: 8.3 (50 votes)

Download: Bomba Estéreo "Fuego (Frikstailers Remix)"

A few weeks back, we previewed Bicho de Luz, the new EP from Argentina's Frikstailers. Part of the ZZK collective, the duo (pictured above) is currently in the midst of its first North American tour (click for dates and venues), making a stop tonight in San Francisco. To help get us Bay Area folk amped for the show, they've donated this remix of "Fuego" by Colombian outfit Bomba Estéreo. The original has been an anthem on forward-thinking Latin dancefloors for a while now, but the Frikstailers have put a nice twist on it, warming things up with their trademark microsamples and synth stabs before kicking into a banging reggaeton beat. After tonight, the boys will be making stops in LA, Seattle, Brooklyn, Pittsburgh, and Boston—if you're in one of those cities, just put the show on your to-do list. 

Average: 7.9 (74 votes)

Download: Water Borders "Rome feat. Glasser (Bookworms Remix)"


Here at XLR8R, witch house is currently holding a unique position as both one of our favorite new genres and one of our most frequent targets of ridicule. Internal turmoil aside, it's hard to deny that this remix of San Francisco duo Water Borders (pictured above) is a quality listen. While the original version is one of the band's usual dark and droney sonic explorations, albeit one featuring the vocal contributions of Glasser, this remix by SF producer Bookworms turns up the drums and stretches out the song's spooky vibes over the course of nearly 13 minutes. Much like his excellent remix of Mi Ami, this remix has a stripped-down, almost Detroit sound punctuated by plenty of tribal drums. It was actually commissioned for Water Borders' new 12", which came out last week and features the original "Rome," a-side "Akko," and a couple of remixes, but Bookworms didn't quite finish on time, so his work is instead finding a home on XLR8R.com. 

Average: 7.9 (32 votes)

Download: Hissy Fit "Outdoor Life"

Scotland's Phuturelabs is really showing everyone how the whole blog-turned-label transition should be done. After kicking off their release schedule with a stellar single from the UK's Wira, the Glasgow-based hub is quickly coming back with another release, this time from Canadian producer Hissy Fit (a.k.a. Matthew Hiscock). His Crosstrainers EP will be available in October as a free download, but the Phuturelabs guys have sent along "Outdoor Life" as an appetizer. The song has a nice shuffling beat and a standard-issue farty bassline, but what really makes it shine is the Balearic guitar melody that comes in about halfway through. Somehow, Hissy Fit has managed to take the whole UK post-dubstep sound to the beach, and the results are sparkling. 

Average: 7.2 (21 votes)

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