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Download: Ja Prawn "Suicide Party"

Label: Vosotros

LA's Ja Prawn might be one of the weirder bands we've heard in while— after all, combining boogie-funk, analog synth fetishism, and weird prog-rock song structures isn't typical, but "Suicide Party" is proof that the eclectic mix really works. With a bassline that could have come from an early Larry Heard project, gauzy synths recalling '70s AM rock radio, and electric guitar bits that wouldn't be out of place on a Journey reunion tour, "Suicide Party" is a strange yet extraordinarily catchy earworm. Be sure to check out the rest of Ja Prawn's first album here, where it is available for free download. 

Average: 7.1 (21 votes)
 
 

Download: Javelin "Off My Mind"

Label: Luaka Bop

Taken from Javelin's second full-length, No Más, "Off My Mind" contains some of the sonic elements one would expect from the tropicalia-loving Brooklyn cousins, as well as some surprises. While bells, a nicely synthesized West Indian rhythm, and squeaky keys make their presence known, the multi-tracked vocal harmonies are more reminiscent of something from the Avalanches, or even Stereopathic Soul Manure. In other words, "Off My Mind" is a little bit more twee than one would expect, but is still a lovely slice of sentimental heat, perfect for warm, rainy days. 

Average: 7.9 (28 votes)
 
 

Download: Casiokids "Finn Bikkjen!"

Label: Polyvinyl

One might think that a song titled "Finn Bikkjen!" (or "Find Dogs!") would have a more gloomy or even frantic vibe to it, as there's nothing quite as upsetting and stressful as losing your pet and searching far and wide for it. However, Norway's Casiokids have taken the experience down another road for its latest single from the forthcoming sophomore album Topp Stemning På Lokal Bar. The quintet's song is an immediate and playful piece of synth-heavy indie-pop with a thin layer of Beach Boys-esque falsetto wafting about the upbeat grooves. It may not mirror the way losing a dog feels, but it'll certainly give you the energy to go out there and get your buddy back. 

Average: 7 (17 votes)
 
 

Download: Lorn "Cherry Moon"

It's a little strange that "Cherry Moon" comes from the final quarter of the debut album from FlyLo compadre Lorn; the track opens with a distant intro that slowly revs into a full-frontal assault of warped beats, thick motorik bass, and glowing synth and string melodies. The song could easily lead off an album. However, its more sullen—dare we say lovelorn?—tone fits the track's resting place as the beginning of the end on Lorn's forthcoming Brainfeeder release, Nothing Else

Average: 8.3 (146 votes)
 
 

Download: So Percussion and Matmos "Treasure"

Label: Cantaloupe

Once we heard of the forthcoming collaborative album from groundbreaking duo Matmos and the experimental orchestra So Percussion, we assumed it would most likely be something as equally beautiful as it is strange. If "Treasure," the first 'single' taken from Treasure State, is any indication of what the rest of the full-length holds, it seems we were right. Amidst a cheerful melody put together with bells, chimes, xylophone, guitar, synth, and piano, high-pitched squeals take center stage along with a sitar to balance out the classical orchestration with some of Matmos' trademark noisemaking. Treasure State will be released on July 13. 

Average: 6.7 (14 votes)
 
 

Download: Dave Nada "Punk Rock Latino (Moombahton Dub)"

Label: T&A

Well, that was fast. Two months removed from the unveiling of his first moombahton EP, DC's Dave Nada has assembled Punk Rock Latino. As expected, it's another potent collection of tracks combining screwed Dutch house beats with party-starting (and often Latin-flavored) acapellas. And yes, the entire EP is also available for free download. We've gone ahead and thrown up the Moombahton Dub version of "Punk Rock Latino," which actually chops up vocals from Puerto Rico's Calle 13 and layers them over some thick, stuttering beats. The end product sounds like some seriously beefed-up reggaeton and whether you speak Spanish or not, this tune is going to be one hell of a potent dancefloor weapon this summer. 

Average: 7.7 (37 votes)
 
 

Download: railcars "Castles (Lucky Dragons Remix)"

The noisy, post-punky skronk made by railcars (a.k.a. Aria Jalali) isn't exactly the kind of music XLR8R usually covers, but he's just released a new remix EP that seriously piqued our interest. Jalali enlisted friends like No Age, White Rainbow, and Xiu Xiu to rework a couple of tracks from his recent Cathedral With No Eyes album, and is now offering the entire eight-song EP as a free download. This version by fellow Los Angeles oddballs Lucky Dragons swaps out some of the original's fuzzy sonics for airy casio beats and a playfully psychedelic feel. 

Average: 7.4 (25 votes)
 
 

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