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Download: ZZZ "Lion (Breakbot Remix)"

Label: Gang Bang

As its press release states, "Lion," ZZZ's debut release, is all about "pianos, pianos, pianos, pianos, and more pianos." This is true of not only the track's original version, but also of the three remixes the boyfriend/girlfriend duo unveiled when the single dropped in late December. Breakbot—who's reworked the likes of Metronomy and Sebastien Tellier—had a go at the song with this remix, adding his French electro touch to the track to make it the world's most danceable piano solo.  

Download: Little Jinder "Polyhedron (Konrad Old Money Remix)"

Recent Trouble & Bass signee Little Jinder has proven her melody-driven pop productions are highly suitable for remixing, what with her EP, Polyhedron, getting a 10-track remix album earlier in 2008, with contributions from the likes of Black Holes, The Boys and Girls Club, and Aumenaire. The latest crew to take on the Swedish electro-pop chanteuse is the rapping, DJing, Earl Grey drinking trio Old Money. The dynamic NY-based group included this remix of Polyhedron's title track on their free, digital-only EP, Scareapeutic, currently making its way around the blogosphere. 

Download: Black Lips "Starting Over"

Label: Vice

Black Lips announced a new album, the grandly titled 200 Million Thousand, earlier in December, and the Atlanta, GA-based garage rocking four-piece, after promising the new release would be a more melodic affair, released this track to prove the point. Following the album's release, on February 24, the band will embark on what's shaping up to be another lengthy tour, an no doubt has plenty of onstage antics planned. 

Average: 4.9 (20 votes)

Download: Casiokids "Fot i Pose (Axemax Remix)"

Norwegian electro group Casiokids likes to blend theatrical visuals with its trademark Afro-, techno-, and Northern-influenced style of danceable pop. After the success of their first single, and an exciting 12-date kindergarten tour to promote their first album, the band is set to release its next offering, Verdens storste land/ fot I hose EP, on March 2. This will mark the first in a series of 7-inches the band plans to release in 2009 on Moshi Moshi. This Axemax remix of “Fot i Hose” sullies the already dirty single with grimy machine-gun synths, cut-up reggae counter tones, and ratchet accents. Catch these crazy kids on tour with Of Montreal next month if you are in or around Europe. Or check them out at SXSW in March. Lulu McAllister  


Average: 7.7 (39 votes)

Download: Metermaids "The Blackhawk War Will Only Ruin The Nightlife If You Let It"

Masters of multiple genres, the New York-based duo known as Metermaids have stepped deep into mashup territory for their latest release, pitting their own debut album, Nightlife against the Sufjan Stevens' widely acclaimed Illinoise. An unlikely pairing this is, given that Metermaids have a tasted for all things hip-hop and beat-driven, while multi-instrumentalist Stevens is better known for his acousitc guitars and gentle piano solos. Grab Nightlife in Illinoise for free here

Average: 7.3 (47 votes)

Download: Untamed feat. Dawgy Bagz "Shotz"

Label: Mad Decent

Although a widely-circulated sampler has been floating around the internet since March, Diplo and DJ Benzi waited a long time to finally drop the complete Fear and Loathing in Hunts Vegas mixtape. Starring the Huntsville, Alabama-based Paper Route Recordz crew, Fear and Loathing features the Southern MCs spitting about sex, money, partying, and generally being gangsta over a crazy litany of beats. Diplo and Benzi get real creative here, littering the mix with samples of everyone from Orbital to George Michael. One joint even samples the "Soul Glo" jingle from Coming to America. Here, "Shotz" finds rappers Untamed and Dawgy Bagz rhyming over a cinematic violin melody snagged from the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon soundtrack. Mad Decent is currently offering the entire mixtape on a "pay what you want" basis, so grab yourself a copy if this track gets your head nodding. 

Average: 5.5 (33 votes)

Download: J*DaVeY "No More"

Label: Self-Released

The music of J*DaVeY could fall under any one of the following umbrellas: hip-hop, future jazz, electro-jazz... basically you could make up your own genre and probably find a way to fit the duo in. Jack Davey and Brook D'Leau close out the year by giving us another free track from their double EP, The Beauty in Distortion/The Land of the Lost. This one, from the former, is a slow, steady jam for the afternoon. 

Average: 7.5 (47 votes)

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