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Download: Papercuts "John Brown"

Label: Gnomonsong

Papercuts is the primary project of one Jason Quever, San Francisco-based musician and maker of breathy, emotional songs akin to those of Beach House, whom he'll be touring with early in 2008. Quever's Can't Go Back was released on Gnomonsong in 2006, and he as since been seen touring with the likes of Grizzly Bear. 

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Average: 7.3 (15 votes)
 
 

Download: Rings "Mom Dance"

Label: Paw Tracks

Nina Mehta, Kate Rosko, and Melissa Livaudais recently cleared the musical slate and decided to rename their band. Black Habit is the new record, from the newly-named band, formerly First Nation, now Rings. Put semantics aside though, and you will find an album packed with start-and-stop tribal rhythms, unique vocals, and a pleasant sprinkling of pop sounds. Photo by Kathryn Lo. 

Average: 5.8 (15 votes)
 
 

Download: James Pants "This Christmas Girl"

Stones Throw once again celebrates the holidays with a Read more » 

Average: 6.2 (26 votes)
 
 

Download: Beach House "Gila"

Label: Carpark

Devotion, the second full-length from Baltimore-based duo Beach House, finds Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand delivering another handful of tracks with sweetly-sung vocals, floating melodies, and a cover of Daniel Johnston's "Some Things Last a Long Time." 

Average: 6.9 (17 votes)
 
 

Download: Worthy "Irst_te? (Claude VonStroke Remix)"

Label: dirtybird

2007 saw DC-born, San Francisco-based DJ Worthy join the troupe of Read more » 

Average: 7.4 (24 votes)
 
 

Download: Kidz In The Hall "Train Of Thoughts"

Label: Duck Down

Having recently made a move from Rawkus Records to Duck Down, Chicago/New Jersey hip-hop team Kidz in the Hall have whetted fans' appetites for their forthcoming sophomore LP (slated for a March 2008 release) with the Detention mixtape. The tape, mixed by Mick Boogie, was available online for a limited time, but we've furnished you with a track from it here, to give you a glimpse into what the future of Kidz may sound like. 

Average: 7.4 (17 votes)
 
 

Download: Fukkk Offf "The Bottom"

Bastian Heerhorst's Fukkk Offf moniker might sound off-putting, but the Hamburg-based artist has been steadily gaining popularity with his throbbing, fast-paced dance music. "The Bottom" appears on Australia-based Pistol Digital, a new company dedicated to showcasing unsigned artists. 

Average: 7.8 (14 votes)
 
 

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