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Download: Radio Slave & Thomas Gandey "XLR8R"

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Time-tested DJ/producer, Rekids label head, and founder of the new Electronic Uniform clothing line, Matthew Edwards (a.k.a. Radio Slave) was recently touched by a streak of generosity, one which has led him to offer up a new collaborative production alongside Thomas Gandey as a free download exclusively via XLR8R (he even went so far as to name the song after the site). "I really wanted to create a track for the dancefloor that felt like a John Carpenter movie mixed with the light-cycle scene from the original Tron movie—cinematic, stripped-down, and futuristic," Edwards told us of the track via e-mail. The resulting 15-minute expedition into razor-sharp techno territory serves as a preview of sorts to Edwards' and Gandey's forthcoming debut LP together as Matom, the vinyl version of which is set to land later this month via Planet E. (The CD and digital versions will follow in September.) In the meantime, we're pleased to have this elongated piece of sci-fi techno to hold us over. 

Average: 9.1 (9 votes)
 
 

Download: Dream Koala "Saturn Boy (Kid Smpl Remix)"

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For the task of remixing his spacious, guitar-led "Saturn Boy" track, Dream Koala (pictured above) has enlisted the talents of Seattle producer and recent XLR8R podcast contributor Kid Smpl. In its original form on Dream Koala's recent Earth. Home. Destroyed. EP, "Saturn Boy" is an introspective track which places the artist's own vocals atop a lush bed of dreamy textures. On this rework, Kid Smpl elects to bury the tune under a heavy procession of rattling, distorted rhythms, which are eventually overtaken by sheets of noise that grow in force as the production progresses. Along with offering this free remix, Dream Koala also has a number of upcoming live dates which will see him tour across Europe this summer; full details can be found after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8 (29 votes)
 
 

Download: Auntie Flo & Esa "Percasio Dub"

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Glasgow-raised, London-based producer Auntie Flo is set to hit North America for the first time with a string of gigs beginning tomorrow night in Montreal. To help spread the word, the Huntleys & Palmers affiliate has passed along "Percasio Dub," a new production originally commissioned by the British Council's ConnectZA program to celebrate the upcoming Mandela Day on July 18. A collaboration with London transplant Esa, "Percasio Dub" is an efficient club track which comes lined with loose percussion and crisp synth chords. Anchored by a hand-played bassline, the tune's playful rhythms and bell-like melodies see the subtle influence of African music seep into the floor-ready production. Auntie Flo's upcoming North American tour dates—which include a stop at NYC's MoMa PS1 series—can be peeped after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.1 (26 votes)
 
 

Download: beGun "Mumbai"

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Hailing from the increasingly fertile city of Barcelona, budding producer beGun has spent the past 12 months sharing songs inspired, in one way or another, by specific locations around the globe. "Mumbai" is the latest such effort, a cascading electronic hybrid which sews together bowed strings, flowing pads, melodic vocal chops, and a bevy of real-world percussion. Stretched across some more traditional bits of skittering drum programming, "Mumbai" is rich with melody and movement, serving as another ambitious example of the kind of productions we can expect from beGun's debut LP, expected to drop in the closing months of 2014. 

Average: 9.1 (49 votes)
 
 

Download: Fran Seven "Son"

Label: Atomnation

"Son" comes to us from Fran Seven's recent Ripples in Time EP, a five-track effort which dropped via Applescal's Atomnation imprint last week. Serving as the record's second cut, "Son" is a dense, midtempo effort which employs sharp drum programming and thick layers of intertwining synth work. Spanning just over four minutes, the track finds the Dutch artist patiently revealing new dimensions to his production, as subtle melodic lines and textured percussion are allowed to gently rise to surface. Out now, Fran Seven's full Ripples in Time EP can be streamed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.2 (28 votes)
 
 

Download: Fina Fisken "Save the Day (Cherushii Remix)"

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San Francisco producer Cherushii (pictured above) has been enlisted to rework "Save the Day," the lead single from Fina Fisken's upcoming release for the freshly launched Strange Paradise label. Extending the track to a spacious eight-plus minutes, Cherushii—who issued her own Queen of Cups EP via 100% Silk late last year—runs Fisken's original through a lattice of hardware, opening up the track's glacial textures while digging deeper into its four-on-the-floor rhythms, adding layers of jacking hats and reverb-washed hits to the dreamy procession. 

Average: 8.3 (43 votes)
 
 

Download: We Cut Corners "Blue (Magical Mistakes Remix)"

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The pairing of Osaka, Japan transplant Magical Mistakes (pictured above) and Irish indie-rock duo We Cut Corners may seem an odd one, but nothing sounds out of order on the former's remix of "Blue," a cut taken from the group's recent Think Nothing LP for Delphi. On it, Magical Mistakes pushes the original track's squelching vocals beneath thick layers of hiss, which are constantly cut by the remix's intricately evolving percussion patterns. This rework comes not only the heels of We Cut Corners's new LP, but also Magical Mistakes' latest outing, the [Decompose / Reassemble] EP, which is out now via King Deluxe and can be streamed in full after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.5 (32 votes)
 
 

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