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Download: Transformer "Deepak"

Label: Numerology

A live disco/house group hailing from Brighton, Transformer today releases its Feel the Beast EP via London label Numerology. Included on the three-track effort is "Deepak," an organ-fueled cut which laces its skipping, six-plus-minute run with tight guitar strums, wordless vocal murmurs, and a bevy of hand-played synth lines. Following a somewhat loose structure, "Deepak" feels more like a jam session than a strictly defined track, its elements allowed to evolve freely atop the track's drum machine pulse. Out today, Transfomer's new Feel the Beast EP can be streamed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.3 (56 votes)

Download: Arms and Sleepers "Tiger Tempo"

First Listen
Label: Fake Chapter

Boston-based producers Max Lewis and Mirza Ramic will again combine their talents as Arms and Sleepers on the forthcoming Swim Team LP, an 11-track effort which will see its release via the Fake Chapter label late next month. Appearing early on in the record is "Tiger Tempo," a thickly textured production which pairs a handful of sludgy samples with loose-stomping rhythms. Though it begins on the more moody side of the beat spectrum, "Tiger Tempo" eventually shifts its aims, unfolding into a more uplifting affair—one where bubbly melodies, reversed strings, and choice vocal samples help reshape the tune into a more heavenly endeavor. The pair's Swim Team LP (its first in over three years) is set to see an official release on October 28. 

Average: 8.3 (78 votes)

Download: Dr. Nol "Blue Box"

Dublin-based beatmaker Cignol has taken to his Dr. Nol alias to drop Ear Music Vol. 1, a collection of "retro-acid and Italo-influenced hardware jams." Here we have "Blue Box," one of Ear Music's more driving affairs which stacks space-age chords and an array of filter-tweaked synth melodies atop a steady Italo beat, adding layers of classic-sounding percussion throughout the course of the track's nearly five-minute run. The Irish producer's seven-tack Ear Music Vol. 1 outing can currently be grabbed as a name-your-price download over on Bandcamp

Average: 7.7 (33 votes)

Download: Evan Jones "Good Grief"

First Listen

This warped slice of soul-washed house comes from Evan Jones, a producer currently living and studying in London and who—we're told—has released music under a variety of aliases over the years. "Good Grief" is one of a handful of tracks Jones pieced together over the summer, and from the sound of this particular tune, it certainly seems like it was time well spent. At its core, "Good Grief" is a shuffling house number fueled by a loop of murky piano chords. Still, it is really what happens above the buried sample that makes "Good Grief" a captivating listen, as an innumerable collection of gritty textures and loosely manipulated FX are strewn across the track's surface, shifting this one from a jazzy, low-swung house track into something enjoyably a bit more left of center. 

Average: 8.7 (103 votes)

Download: Via App "Ace"

First Listen
Label: 1080p

A former resident of South Carolina who new resides in Boston, young producer Dylan Scheer (a.k.a. Via App) will join the roster of Vancouver's 1080p imprint when she drops her Dangerous Game album via the label next week. One of ten "genre-bending tracks" set to appear on the record, "Ace" serves as our first taste of what's to come from the 20-year-old talent (who also works as a visual artist). Built atop a slightly skipping four-on-the-floor, "Ace" gradually unravels a series of airy chords that sway atop the production's weighted rhythms and ever-evolving array of percussion. Via App's adventurous new outing for the fast-growing 1080p outpost will officially arrive on September 16.  

Average: 7.4 (46 votes)

Download: Retiree "Altruisme (Harvey Sutherland Remix)"

First Listen

This boogied-out remix comes courtesy of Harvey Sutherland, a Melbourne-based producer/DJ who has been tasked with taking on fellow countrymen Retiree's (pictured above) recent "Altruisme" single. In its original form, the Sydney outfit's track is a bit smoother affair, but Sutherland elects to sharpen the edges on his rework, adding an energetic groove and a juicy synth solo to the otherwise subdued production. The Australian producer's remix of "Altruisme" can be grabbed below while Retiree's watery video clip for the original tune can be viewed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8 (41 votes)

Download: The Slow Revolt "Twin"

First Listen

We first heard from Joe Mirza (a.k.a. The Slow Revolt) earlier this year when the London producer/vocalist joined the ranks of the FIELDS label (who also released Max Cooper's debut LP earlier this year) with his two-track Never Get Close single. Soon, Mirza will return to the UK imprint with All Your Own, another two-track single which features the intricate "Twin" production as its b-side cut. Setting aside his vocal talents in order to craft an instrumental outing, here Mirza builds a full-bodied track from thick kick drums, detailed percussion, and precise bass notes—all of which provide a sturdy base for chained patterns of restless synth melodies to lead the excursion. The Slow Revolt's second effort for FIELDS, All Your Own, is slated to land on October 20. 

Average: 8.5 (62 votes)

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