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Download: Solomun "Second Kiss"

Label: Diynamic

Slow, steady, soulful, and definitely minimal aptly describes the music of Solomun. The Bosnian-born, Hamburg-based producer is all about understatement on this track, spreading the lightest hints of soul over the tech-house foundation. "Second Kiss" appears on the Four Season EP, out now.

 

Average: 7 (31 votes)
 
 

Download: Platinum Pied Pipers "Pigeon Hole"

Label: Ubiquity

Platinum Pied Pipers (PPP) may have established their place on the musical map with hip-hop, but Abundance, Saddiq and Wajeed's sophomore full-length, finds the duo in decidedly more R&B/soul territory. Only check the grooving rhythms and robust horn section on this track for proof of the duo's new musical direction. Bay Area fans can catch them at S.F. venue Mighty on March 27 to see just how this new sound translates into the live setting. For everyone else, Abundance is out now.

 

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Average: 5.9 (24 votes)
 
 

Download: SelfSays "Parting Gifts"

Following the growing handful of artists who are flipping old-school music distribution the figurative bird and releasing music themselves is Detroit-based hip-hopper SelfSays, and the dusty hip-hop beats on his new EP, Something Out of Nothing, will call to mind artists like Flying Lotus and Samiyam. Here's the track "Parting Gifts," and you can download the entire release at here. It will only cost you an email address.

 

Average: 7.3 (48 votes)
 
 

Download: Andreas Tilliander "Caught in a Riot Feat. New Moscow"

Label: Adrian

He might have included the word "riot" in it's title, but this track, off über-prolific producer Andreas Tilliander's forthcoming full-length Show, is a rather elegant affair in which techno, house, dub, and a little pop congregate peacefully. Show is due for release in May 2009. Photo by Daniel Karlsson.
 

Average: 6.9 (37 votes)
 
 

Download: Crystal Antlers "Andrew"

Long Beach, CA-based outfit (and one of XLR8R's recent Artist to Watch bands) Crystal Antlers has a new offering for the music masses, in the form of this soulful psych-punk jam. "Andrew" is off the band's forthcoming debut full-length, set for release April 7 via Touch and Go. 

Average: 5.7 (22 votes)
 
 

Download: Mr. Scruff "Music Takes Me Up Feat. Alice Russell"

Label: Ninja Tune

The loveable and ever-inventive Andy Carthy (a.k.a. Mr. Scruff) teamed up with Britain-based crooner Alice Russell for this track, a laidback soul jam in which Ms. Russell's vocals take front and center. Taken from the album Ninja Tune, out now. Photo by Nathan Cox. 

Average: 7.3 (71 votes)
 
 

Download: NIAMAJ "Love Joint"

Label: Be Real

Bicoastal rapper NIAMAJ thinks that, in this period of economic recession, it’s time to give something back to the community. He’s offering up music. He and label Be Real promise to donate %100 of money earned off his latest full-length, It’s About Time, to Sacred Heart Community Service. “Love Joint,” off this charitable album, features hard-hitting lyrics spoken against funky motown horns and soft soul backup vocals cut up to function as a rhythmic accent. It's About Time is out now on Be Real.

 

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Average: 7.9 (144 votes)
 
 

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