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Download: Apes "Beat of the Double"

Label: Gypsy Eyes

D.C.-based noise-rockers Apes already have an outstanding history recording for the French Kiss and Birdman imprints, in addition to touring with bands like Liars and Klaxons. Taken from the band's forthcoming Gypsy Eyes LP, "Beat of the Double" will have new schoolers and art-rock enthusiasts all riled up. 

Average: 7.5 (32 votes)

Download: Realistic "Amazing Fall"

Brooklyn-based James Towning (a.k.a Realistic) deserves his place next to Girl Talk on the Illegal Art roster. Incorporating a myriad of samples from rock to self-help records, Realistic has set a new template for eerie downtempo. If sound collages that bump had a poster boy, it would be this advanced producer. 

Average: 7.7 (28 votes)

Download: ZOMBIE ZOMBIE "Driving This Road Until Death Sets You Free"

Label: Versatile

It's no surprise that France-based

Average: 7.8 (26 votes)

Download: Pedro "I Am Keeping Up"

Label: Mush

James Rutledge (a.k.a. Pedro) has already remixed Bloc Party and Dntel, released music on labels from Domino to Moshi Moshi, and worked with everyone from Kevin Shields to Prefuse 73. For what may be his last release on Mush, Pedro incorporates free jazz, noise, and indie rock into a production world all his own. Expect big things from dude. 

Average: 6.9 (22 votes)

Download: Celebration "Hands Off My Gold (SMD Remix)"

Label: 4AD

The members of Celebration have gone way beyond their respective post-punk  Read more » 

Average: 6.8 (19 votes)

Download: Steed Lord "Feel The Heat"

Steed Lord may sound like some kind of creepy character in a Harry Potter novel, but this Icelandic quartet is more of an Italo electro-psych behemoth from the ’80s. Fusing together a heap of analog synth layers, glitchy breaks, and shredding guitar solos, these newcomers have proven that they know their way around the studio. “Feel the Heat” may be the track that sends Chromeo back to the drawing board. 

Average: 7.5 (32 votes)

Download: Mestizo "Disclaimer"

Label: Galapagos4

Mestizo has earned himself a California pedigree. The Los Angeles-based, Bay Area-bred MC's new long-player Dream State (Galapagos4), is an interpretive ode to the Land of Milk and Honey. Produced by Julian Code (a.k.a. DJ Morse Code and Sean Julian), this jazzy, heartfelt record features guest spots from 2Mex, Qwel, and Murs, proving that Mestizo can bump with the best of them. 

Average: 7.7 (44 votes)

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