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Download: MCFERRDOG "I Wanna See"

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Label: 1080p

The 1080p tape label is set to continue building its catalog at a speedy pace with the Club Amniotics album on its way later this month from MCFERRDOG, a new alias of burgeoning NYC producer Max McFerren. Pulled from the 10 "fantastical, weird-as-I-wanna-be experiments" featured on the record is "I Wanna See," a particularly emotive piece of uptempo house which bends curiously pitched vocal snippets atop its set of pulsing piano chords and airy pads. Though a bit off-beat, there is something intrinsically catchy and surprisingly uplifting to McFerren's track. Those curious to see where else the stateside producer plans to take his MCERRDOG project will have to wait until April 22, when Club Amniotics drops in both cassette and digital form. In the meantime, a video for "I Wanna See"—featuring an endearingly miniature narrative—can be watched after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.1 (32 votes)

Download: Habits of Hate "The Destruction of Words"

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Deemed Habits of Hate, the collaboration between Happa and Manni Dee will issue its debut self-titled EP via Rob Booth's Electronic Explorations label on April 28. Serving as a preview to the upcoming release, the pair of UK producers has let loose a hard-edged freebie in "The Destruction of Words." Piling machine-made percussion, overdriven textures, and bursts of straight-up noise across its six-minute run, the resulting track makes for a brooding piece of dancefloor fare unafraid to move at an, ahem, accelerated pace.  

Average: 8.6 (46 votes)

Download: Patrick Brian "Trample (Queen Leaf Remix)"

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Label: The Melt

Preparing his Strange Artifact EP for the recently founded label, The Melt's latest signee, Patrick Brian, has shared a lustrous remix by LA producer Queen Leaf. Set to be fatured on the record, the low-resonating "Trample (Queen Leaf Remix)" tools with watery synth drips and extended chords to paint a glacial soundscape of ambient tones. Queen Leaf's richly textured remix will be featured alongside two of Patrick Brian's original compositions when Strange Artifact EP drops on April 17. 

Average: 8.5 (31 votes)

Download: David Douglas "Selene"

Label: Atomnation

David Douglas is no stranger to XLR8R, having been featured in our pages for an arrary of singles and EPs. Now, he's back to announce his upcoming Moon Observations LP by sharing lively album cut "Selene." The production harnesses organic woodwinds and softly uttered phrases alongside a bounding bassline, as Douglas meticulously creates a scenic landscape of brightly gleaming sonic textures with a myraid of ingeredients. Composed as an "ode to all moon observers in time," the Moon Observations LP is set to drop via Appelscal's Atomnation label on May 22; its artwork and tracklist are included after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.2 (25 votes)

Download: Howson's Groove "Shake Up (Arkist Remix)"

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Originally set to drop in late March, the new effort from London pair Howson's Groove will now see a release next week. Closing the duo's upcoming four-track Body & Soul EP is this remix from Bristol producer Arkist (pictured above), who scoops out the sleeker elements from the original track in order to shape his rework into a rawer bit of low-swung, jazzy house. In addition to Arkist's effort, "Shake Up" and the rest of Howson's Groove's forthcoming Body & Soul EP can be previewed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.7 (72 votes)

Download: Know V.A. "Donkey Kong (Rabit Remix)"

Amsterdam duo Know V.A. (a.k.a. Marijn Brussaard & Feico De Muinck Keizer) recently released its O Horizon EP via Lowriders Collective, and has now passed along its acerbic-yet-alluring album closer. The Houston-based grime producer Rabit seems to care less how rhythms can work together on his version of "Donkey Kong," and focuses more on how individual trajectories can foster an uncanny and captivating sonic landscape. His production continues the original's minimalist approach, adding to the mix a shrill and quivering synth that quite nearly overpowers the simple beat bouncing underneath. The erratic tempo of "Donkey Kong (Rabit Remix)" is further complicated by disjointed clicks and taps that circulate until the track concludes unexpectedly with a continuous hum of white noise.  

Average: 8.1 (42 votes)

Download: Rambow "Shadows/Ice Melt Fiya"

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19-year-old New York-based producer Rambow has managed to cut through the clamor with his fresh "Shadows/Ice Melt Fiya" track. Featuring two very distinct segments, the production's first half maintains a lethargic energy, with an emphasis on throwback keys that circle around soulful arpeggios, R&B vocal snippets, and a relaxed-but-cavernous bassline. At nearly the exact halfway point (which is marked with a record scratch), the closing portion of Rambow's track rapidly switches into a jungle-infused tune with a metallic, hollowed-out synth clanging to the beat. The new sound palette is backed by the same groaning low end as before, albeit ramped up to an exceedingly accelerated pace and overlayed by rapid vocal samples that only grow in intensity.  

Average: 8.5 (40 votes)

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