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Download: Toby Gale "3 Up (Maxo Cuttermix)"

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Label: Activia Benz

In a few short days, Slugabed's Activia Benz label will drop The Good of the Night EP, a six-track effort from London producer Toby Gale. Included on the record is this remix from PC Music affiliate Maxo, whose rework of "3 Up" adds quite a bit of sonic activity to the track. Originally a somewhat mellow affair—one flushed with thick chords and jazzy piano—Maxo infuses "3 Up" with a bevy of twists and turns, miniature sound bites, fast-morphing melodies, and even a touch of G-funk, ultimately reshaping Gale's beat into an enjoyably unpredictable endeavor. Both Maxo's remix and the original "3 Up" will be joined by four other Toby Gale productions when the UK artist's The Good of the Night EP sees its official release on November 10. 

Average: 7.1 (56 votes)

Download: Junes "Obicham"

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Lined up for release later this month is Root Pattern, a three-track EP which will mark the fifth release from the fledgling Galdoors label. At the helm of the upcoming effort is label co-founder Junes, who has here offered EP bonus cut "Obicham" to give us a taste of his capabilities. A somewhat wandering effort, Junes builds "Obicham" piece be piece, first stacking up rhythms before looped bell sequences begin to seep in from the track's edges. Eventually, a few angelic vocal snippets, elongated strings, and a deep bassline join the procession as the hypnotic house production gradually picks up stream across its seven-minute run. Junes' "Obicham" bonus cut can be grabbed below, while snippets of his forthcoming Root Pattern EP (out on November 24) can be streamed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.8 (47 votes)

Download: Julian Earle "The Boy"

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Julian Earle is a young (we're told he's a mere 17 years of age) Stateside producer who is in the process of putting together a debut release for Parisian label Ventura. Before then, Earle has decided to issue "The Boy," his first official production, as a free download. Spanning just under four minutes, the tune is a blissful endeavor, one which wraps thick layers of sweeping chords around its base as heavenly textures ring out atop the track's garage-indebted beat. While we await more details to come on the young producer's debut release, Julian Earle's initial offering, "The Boy," can be grabbed below. 

Average: 7.9 (61 votes)

Download: Kuage "Break Osaka"

"Break Osaka" serves as the b-side to French pair Kuage's recently released A Part of You EP. Lined with a touch of tropical textures and dub underpinnings, "Break Osaka" lands on the more delicate side of techno, its focus placed on detailed sound structures and generously manipulated layers of percussion which ride atop the track's full-bodied low-end. Released at the tail-end of last month, the a-side effort from Kuage's recent EP for the Combien Mille label can be streamed in full after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.1 (59 votes)

Download: Lloyd "Antra"

Back in September, we were introduced to the work of Barcelona-based producer Pedro Vian, who offered a hypnotically percussive free track for our Downloads section. In addition, we were also introduced to Vian's fledgling Modern Obscure label, which today releases its second effort, a four-track compilation simply titled Various Artists. Said to lay out the label's musical aesthetic going forward—one focused on "repetitive patterns, calmness, and dark and elegant melodies"—Barcelona-based producer and (according to the label) synth collector Lloyd closes out the EP with "Antra." Spanning four minutes, "Antra" lives up to Modern Obscure's aims, taking shape as a calming expedition through atmospheric club music, and lined with a number of vibrant synth melodies. The rest of Modern Obscure's digital Various Artists EP—which features tracks from Vian, Sunny Graves, and Defled—can be streamed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.6 (39 votes)

Download: Berkson & What "We Search for Answers"

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Label: Modelmaker

The long-running production pair of Dan Berkson and James What (or simply Berkson & What) will release its debut collaborative album, Keep Up Appearances, in early 2015 via the duo's own Modelmaker imprint. Serving as our first taste of the record is "We Search for Answers," a spacious track that laces its light, skittering techno framework with a steady stream of sharp synth tones which twist and turn around the tracks intertwining layers of percussion. An efficient and well-paced production which extends past the six-minute mark, "We Search for Answers" will be joined by eight other Berkson & What originals when the UK pair's Keep Up Appearances LP sees its official release on January 26 of next year. 

Average: 8 (66 votes)

Download: The Cyclist "Breathless"

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Label: All City

Andrew Morrison (a.k.a. The Cyclist) is set to return with his Flourish LP later this week, the young Irish producer's first full-length effort since last year's excellent Bones in Motion LP. Ahead of the record's release, Morrison has passed along album cut "Breathless," a characteristically hazy endeavor which piles woozy chords and a stream of murky textures atop a grinding dancefloor framework. The hardware-burnt "Breathless" is one of seven tracks set to appear on Flourish, which will see its official release on Friday, November 7 via the All City imprint. In the meantime, The Cyclist has also shared a new video for similarly distortion-lined LP cut "Daisy Spirals" (which can be watched after the jump) and a mini-mix of the forthcoming record's tracks, which can be found here.  Read more » 

Average: 7.9 (55 votes)

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