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Download: Wallwork & RZR "Mad Techno Invasion"

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"Mad Techno Invasion"—the title track from East London duo Wallwork & RZR's forthcoming EP for Infinite Machine—is a deceiving production. Though its title may lead one to expect a brooding techno excursion, the tune actually begins in more garage-indebted territory, crafting a skipping, bass-heavy beat with moody chords and chopped vocal samples. It's around the two-minute mark that the track then completely flips, diving into a heavy assemblage of machine-made bass tones, booming kicks, and stuttering percussion. One of five tracks to be included on the pair's upcoming EP, "Mad Techno Invasion" can be downloaded below while the rest of Wallwork & RZR's new effort can be previewed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.2 (69 votes)
 
 

Download: Candide "Bit (Cromie Remix)"

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Pulled from NYC pair Candide's Don't You Go EP (released earlier this year via the Zappruder label), "Bit" has received the remix treatment from burgeoning Los Angeles talent Cromie (pictured above). Following on the heels of his own recent EP for Peach, Cromie's rework stays true to the disco-lined pop essence of Candide's original while reshaping the track into more club-ready form. Lacing the remix with a pounding assemblage of low-swung rhythms, Cromie unspools a number of restless synth lines behind Candide's impassioned vocals, which lead the charging remix for most of its elongated run. 

Average: 7.6 (47 votes)
 
 

Download: Bag Raiders "Savannah (Roland Tings Remix)"

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Melbourne-based producer Roland Tings (a.k.a. Rohan Newman) has now followed up his recent Who U Love 12'' with a remix of LA-based Australians Bag Raiders' (pictured above) latest production. Featured as the closing track on the duo's new Nairobi EP (out now via Modular), Newman's take on "Savannah" wades through more subdued territory than the dance-friendly original. Here, the producer starts by replacing the track's nimbly bouncing beat and catchy percussion with echoing low-end and a gritty lead synthline. From there, Roland Tings digs deep into the brooding, elastic beat, weaving delicate hits and spacious synths around the rhythmic base for the majority of the remix's six-plus-minute run.  

Average: 7.6 (55 votes)
 
 

Download: Radio Slave & Thomas Gandey "XLR8R"

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Time-tested DJ/producer, Rekids label head, and founder of the new Electric 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: 7.6 (105 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: 7.2 (66 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 (62 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: 8.7 (91 votes)
 
 

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