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Download: Paper Tiger "Make It Through (Werkha Remix Instrumental)"

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Label: Wah Wah 45s

Leeds-based outfit Paper Tiger will release its "Make It Through" single early next month, a four-track effort which revisits a track pulled from group's Laptop Suntan full-length, released late last year. Now, the tune will appear in a new "single" form (with added vocal contributions) alongside a remix from Manchester producer Werkha. Here, we have the instrumental version of Werkha's rework, which highlights the layers of detailed percussion, active 8-bit synths, and the neo-soul glow with which the budding UK talent has lined his new production. Paper Tiger's full "Make It Through" single is set to see its official release one July 7 via Wah Wah 45s. 

Average: 8.6 (53 votes)
 
 

Download: Slam Skillet "Impala"

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Slam Skillet is the alias of one Sam Stevens, a 21-year-old producer who hails from the Morningside Heights neighborhood of New York City. Today, Stevens will release Impala, a two-track digital EP led by the production of the same title featured here. Spanning just over four minutes, "Impala" is a slice of future-gazing club music which no doubt draws some of its inspiration from the Night Slugs lineage. Though not aimless in its run, the tune does feel restless, as Stevens quickly switches through sections and patterns, perhaps ensuring that the dancefloor will be kept on its toes during the course of the funk-laced production. 

Average: 7.7 (59 votes)
 
 

Download: Silver Hands "Skulls (Mike Simonetti Remix)"

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After running for over two years, San Francisco's monthly Push the Feeling party has decided to launch its own record label, with its first release coming from resident DJ Drew Marcogliese's Silver Hands project, a collaboration with vocalist Liz Wight. Set to land next week, the imprint's inaugural Skulls EP will feature an original track from the outfit along with four remixes, including this one from veteran producer—and former XLR8R podcast contributor—Mike Simonetti. As it turns out, Simonetti's take on "Skulls" lives up to his lineage as the driving force behind the Italians Do It Better label, refitting Silver Hands' synth-soaked original into a more sparsely refined package, marked by cooled-down textures and tasteful melodic flourishes. Set to drop on Tuesday, July 1, Silver Hands' complete Skulls EP (which features additional remixes from Woolfy, Chautauqua, and Yr Skull, Marcogliese's solo moniker) can be streamed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.3 (72 votes)
 
 

Download: Microburst "Firth (Manni Dee Remix)"

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Brighton producer Manni Dee may be better known as one-half of Habits of Hate, his collaborative effort with Happa which dropped its debut EP earlier this year. Here, the budding UK artist appears on his own in order to remix "Firth," a track from Microburst's upcoming Occulting EP, which will serve as the Temp Lake imprint's inaugural release when it drops on June 30. Coming with virtually no outright musical notes to speak of, Manni Dee's rework is a production which focuses on its textures, lacing thick, detailed drum patterns with a steady array of static-filled pads and cavernous FX.  

Average: 8.2 (51 votes)
 
 

Download: 6MAKA6 "Helium"

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Candian beatmaker Hesk has decided to take on a new name for a new project, 6Maka6, with which the producer aims to reimagine the lineage of footwork within the context of raw club tracks. Serving as our first taste, "Helium" is a fine introduction to the new alias, its run filled to the brim with intricate rhythmic patterns, sharp chords stabs, and a tasteful dab of vocal chops. Though just over four-minutes long, 6Maka6 finds a seemingly endless amount of ways to dissect his beat, constantly fitting rolling snares, crisp claps, and metallic FX between the tune's steady pulse. 

Average: 8.4 (71 votes)
 
 

Download: La Roux "Uptight Downtown (Midnight Magic Remix)"

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Hailing from Brooklyn, Midnight Magic (pictured above) is a five-piece cosmic disco outfit who will join the ranks of the Soul Clap label later this year with its Vicious Love EP. In the meantime, the group has dropped off its remix of "Uptight Downtown," a recent vintage-streaked single from UK synth-pop diva La Roux. True to form, Midnight Magic elects to cool down the vibe on its remix, letting a spacious bed of synths and guitars ride atop a mellow disco beat filled with enough percussion to keep one moving, but by no means in a hurry. Stretching "Uptight Downtown" past the seven-minute mark, the rework oozes lush tones in all directions, helping the production live up to the cosmic aims with which the Brooklyn five-piece has aligned itself. 

Average: 8.2 (118 votes)
 
 

Download: Citizens! "Lighten Up (TÂCHES Darkened Down Remix)"

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Label: Kitsuné

After delivering our top download for the month of April, anonymous UK producer TÂCHES has returned with another freebie for the XLR8R faithful. This time around, the budding talent offers his new remix of Kitsuné affiliate Citizens! (pictured above), a pop band of sorts whose "Lighten Up" track is rendered into a darkly focused dancefloor exercise in the hands of TÂCHES. Flushed with brooding synth tones and thick, rounded bass, the rework chops the outfit's original into a more efficient package finished off with the slightest touch of melodic flair and airy vocal murmurs. 

Average: 8.1 (69 votes)
 
 

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