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Download: Roche "Ice Job"

First Listen
Label: Solos

Lately, it seems like all a producer needs for a solid track is one really good idea, coupled with a small handful of complimentary sounds. For "Ice Job," by San Francisco producer Roche, that one good idea is a ghostly descending melody looped ad infinitum, paired with some subtle bass tones undulating underneath it and the accompanying polyrhythms. The ongoing loop (we can't quite tell what instrument it is exactly) seems like it'll never stop, but somewhere around the 4:20 mark (go figure!), it takes a reprieve and wafts about in a brief limbo while the beat and bass continue to groove like nothing's changed. Roche's mesmerizing proto-house cut is the lead song on his recently released four-track Degage EP, which you can nab for a decent price here

Average: 8 (42 votes)

Download: S-Type "Terry Nutkins"

First Listen

For the third release from Glasgow's Phuturelabs imprint, fellow Scotsman S-Type hooks up a few purply, nod-worthy cuts, which include this mid-tempo jam, "Terry Nutkins." The tune starts grooving from the get-go with a stuttering melody and a hip-hop beat bouncing in half-time, occasionally peppered with some warped vocal exclamations, and takes no time joining up with an arsenal of keys—organs, lead synths, pads, wobble bass, etc.—that grows larger and larger with each passing minute. At times, S-Type's production is a bit anthemic, a bit grimy, a bit wonky, and a bit (as said before) purple, but no matter which sound "Terry Nutkins" pushes, it remains ready, willing, and able to move you at the push of a play button. 

Average: 8.2 (77 votes)

Download: Nosaj Thing "Fog (Jamie xx Remix)"

Label: Alpha Pup

Pretty much everyone into contemporary indie music knows that The xx has some serious chops, and gradually, it's becoming ever-apparent that at least one of the band's three members has his own solo chops, too. Jamie xx has been showing us what he's made of with his upcoming single for Numbers and a couple of choice remixes, including this new jam for Nosaj Thing's forthcoming Drift Remixed record. This re-work of "Fog" is a spooky, shuffling, and off-kilter bass tune that alternates between a sluggishly staggering pace and subtly spirited mood. On his production, Jamie xx keeps true to the original's cavernous sounds and those arpeggiating melodies that are so reminiscent of the "Castle Theme" from Super Mario Bros. (via Pitchfork

Average: 8.3 (64 votes)

Download: Sumsun "Ants"

You see, guys, not everyone associated with the beat scene has to match a wobbly bass tone with a herky-jerky rhythm, throw in a couple of samples, and call it a tune. Like Leaving Records affiliate and hot weather lover Sumsun shows on his "Ants" track, it's okay to drop a simple beat (that's perfectly in time), wrap it in a single sun-bleached soundscape that's as beautifully orchestrated as it is lo-fi and indecipherable, and ride the waves for about four minutes. The producer, born Judson Rogers, reminds us a bit of what we've been hearing from Teebs lately, but with a more prominent dancefloor beat and a slightly stronger slant toward chillwave. We'll see how the rest of Sumsun's record compares when Leaving Records drops Samo Milagro on November 2. 

Average: 8.2 (50 votes)

Download: Wiley "It's Wiley"

Between his incessant Twitter feed, lengthy Ustream broadcasts, unloading of free tracks online, random guest appearances, and the like, 2010 has turned out to be quite an unconventionally big year for UK grime icon Wiley. We say "unconventionally big" because, despite not releasing a proper album and only one official single, Wiley seems to have popped up on everyone's radar multiple times throughout the year. Continuing in that fashion, Wiley delivers this fresh tune, which he recorded while spending some time in Jamaica (incidentally, what happened to the Ustreams from that trip?). Wiley is in top form as he spits his whirlwind verse over producer Prodigal's banging, brand-new Showa Eski Riddim—waxing somewhat nonsensical for a large part of his stream-of-consciousness flow, but we wouldn't take our Eskiboy any other way.  Read more » 

Average: 7.9 (34 votes)

Download: Spark "Revolving (Ramadanman Remix) "

Label: 679

For our purposes, Spark is a young, up-and-coming UK pop artist, but for UK wunderkind producer and Hessle Audio co-owner Ramadanman's purposes, she is a voice worth slicing and dicing to pair with hypnotic drums and musical triangle melodies. Percussion is unquestionably Ramadanman's biggest strength, his Ramadanman EP an absolute tour de force in drum samples, and everything since has been no less mesmerizing. (via Sonic Router).  

Average: 8 (40 votes)

Download: Fulgeance "Glamoure"

Over the last year or so, LA's beat scene has swelled to include a whole host of producers, many of whom are already releasing full-length albums. However, there are also plenty of producers elsewhere in the world working in similar sonic territory. Hailing from France, Fulgeance has been making hip-hop-inflected electronic music since 2007's Chico EP, the first in a series of releases for Musique Large that will eventually culminate in a full-length album. Read more » 

Average: 8.1 (44 votes)

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