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Download: Black Noi$e "onlyu"

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Detroit native Rob Mansel (a.k.a. Black Noi$e) returns to XLR8R's Downloads section with "onlyu," a slippery piece of R&B-infused electronics. Here, amongst a sea of chopped and rearranged female vocals, Mansel crafts a skittering half-time beat that is accentuated by a sparse set of syncopated bass notes. About halfway through the track, the producer elects to realign his rhythms, working the beat up to the tempo of an electro-indebted break, which is met by more active vocal manipulation before the track is stripped back to its original form.  

Average: 7.1 (38 votes)
 
 

Download: Clara Moto "In My Dream (Ferdinand Remix)"

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Label: Infiné

Budding producer Ferdinand takes a clean and simple route to remixing "In My Dream," a track pulled from Clara Moto's Blue Distance LP, which landed last year via Infiné. This week, Moto's robot-pop tune has been revived for a new remix EP, which includes a "Violin Version" of the track, along with remixes by Thomas Müller, Vendredi, and this elongated rework from Ferdinand. Spanning just over eight minutes, Ferdinand's contribution is simple but effective, lacing a miniature house beat with percussive rhodes chords, swelling organ ambience, and soft touches of the original's dreamy vocals. 

Average: 7.9 (67 votes)
 
 

Download: bRUNA "Closer (Lost Twin Remix)"

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Label: spa.RK

On his remix of bRUNA's "Closer," Brighton-based producer Lost Twin tones down the summer-soaked vibes of the Barcelona resident's original. In its new form, "Closer"—a cut pulled from bRUNA's 2013 Thence album for hometown label spa.RK—the track is reimagined as a stoney piece of understated boom-bap, its radiant synth lines subdued by hazy textures and lo-fi filtering. Lost Twin's purple-streaked remix of bRUNA is set to appear alongside additional remixes from Henry Saiz, Alizzz, and more on the Thence Remixes 12", out this month via spa.RK. 

Average: 8.4 (49 votes)
 
 

Download: Quays "Austere"

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"Austere" is one of 13 unconventional beats set to appear on an upcoming mixtape of original productions from NYC artist Quays. A producer who has in the past dropped new tracks via voicemail (allowing listeners to hear the songs by calling a particular phone number), Quays assembles a mix of wonky bells, bouncing rhythms, and sugary synths on "Austere." Though a bit unusual in its presentation, the tune is still in many ways a very sweet composition, its fizzy melodies likely to stay with listeners after Quays—at least for those wrapped up in the tune's intoxicating glow—abruptly cuts off his beat just past the two-minute mark.  

Average: 5.8 (31 votes)
 
 

Download: Bipolar Sunshine "Deckchairs on the Moon (Just Kiddin Remix)"

"Deckchairs on the Moon" is the new single from Manchester vocalist Adio Marchant (a.k.a. Bipolar Sunshine, pictured above). The sky-high pop song has seen a release as a three-track package next week along with two house-minded remixes from Eli & Fur and Just Kiddin, whose sleek effort is featured here. On its rework, the Kettering-based outfit laces Marchant's easygoing vocals with a set of soul-drenched chords and a sharply skipping drums that keep this version of the tune completely focused on the dancefloor. Out now, the full "Deckchairs on the Moon" single package can be streamed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 6.5 (41 votes)
 
 

Download: Taal Mala "White Label Renegade"

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Label: Modern Math

Today, the fledgling Modern Math label drops its first vinyl release, the four-track White Label Renegade EP from Vancouver producer Taal Mala. Featured here is the new effort's title track, a bass-loaded affair which fits classic vocal chops, thick breaks, and an array of space-age percussion and FX between its strong-armed kicks and snares. A true hybrid, "White Label Renegade" connects various points from drum & bass, juke, and rave to result in a heavy, club-minded concoction. Two other original productions from Taal Mala and a remix from LA producer Grenier are set to appear on the Canadian artist's White Label Renegade EP, out in vinyl form today with a digital release dropping July 25. 

Average: 8.5 (85 votes)
 
 

Download: Kodomo "Orange Ocean (Loscil Remix)"

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On his remix of "Orange Ocean"—a track taken from Brooklyn producer Kodomo's upcoming Patterns & Light LP (out on July 22)—Vancouver artist Loscil strips back the original track's rhythmic parts in order to focus on its poignant melodic content. Beginning with a playful bell melody and a set of light pads, Loscil's rework gradually opens up, its elements expanding the sonic field as reverb and delay are added to nearly every corner of the track's dense aural landscape. Eventually, Loscil takes a step back from his dreamy concoction, brining the focus again to the original melody only to lose it seconds later to a swell of crystalline drones. 

Average: 8.5 (59 votes)
 
 

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