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Download: Keaton Henson "Elevator Song (Ulrich Schnauss Remix)"

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London musician and composer Keaton Henson (pictured above) recently released Romantic Works, a record billed as his "first collection of classical compositions" which strung together nine dense works consisting of piano, cello, filed recordings, and various found sounds. Following the record's release, Henson enlisted German synthscape master and former XLR8R podcast contributor Ulrich Schnauss to rework LP cut "Elevator Song." As one may have expected, the cinematic qualities of Henson's original fits easily within the pastoral inclinations of Schnauss, who wraps lush pads and a slow-brewing arpeggio sequence around the composition's delicate piano melodies and long-winded cello phrases. 

Average: 8.7 (4 votes)
 
 

Download: Reid "Singapore"

Label: Metropolis

Irish producer Reid is preparing to drop Fractures, a six-track EP which will find the artist weaving a few vocal collaborations into his wistful electronic efforts. Here we have one of Fractures' instrumental affairs; built around a punchy set of piano chords, "Singapore" laces its pulsing run with interlocked melodic layers, which weave between the producer's sharp and efficient drum programming. The result is somewhat reminiscent of Gold Panda's knack for melody-striped electronics, but where the Ghostly affiliate seems to favor dustier textures, Reid elects to finish off his tracks with a polished glow. The budding Dublin-based producer's Fractures EP is set to see its release on August 11. 

Average: 9.2 (20 votes)
 
 

Download: Circle Traps "What It Holds"

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Label: Lex

Circle Traps is the combined effort of UK artists Jack Wyllie, Duncan Bellamy, and Will Ward. Together, the trio will release its third EP, Machine City, next month via the Lex label, from which the synth-led "What It Holds" comes to us. Appearing in the second half of the upcoming effort, the production is built around a driving drum machine and interweaving layers of thick arpeggio sequences, which are generously manipulated and bathed in FX as they twist throughout the tune's four-plus-minute run. The rest of Circle Traps' Machine City EP will be available when the five-track record sees its official release on July 28. 

Average: 8.3 (21 votes)
 
 

Download: Seb Wildblood "Hide the Pictures"

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This dusty slice of house arrives courtesy of Seb Wildblood, a London producer and co-founder of the city's Church label. A bonus cut to Wildblood's upcoming Come Into My House EP (out August 11 via Church), "Hide the Pictures" places a simple guitar melody atop thick filtered chords and muffled party chatter. Spanning just over five minutes, "Hide the Pictures" is a subdued, bluesy affair, one which spends most of its run focusing on a murky undercurrent, allowing only a languid vocal chorus to sit above the stoney production. 

Average: 8.2 (25 votes)
 
 

Download: Swoon "Do You Love"

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Label: Cut

Helmed by Alex Cowles (a.k.a. DFRNT), the Cut label/subscription service will soon add a new EP to its catalog from London newcomer Swoon. Serving as the lead cut to the forthcoming Beyond Human EP, "Do You Love" is a detail-oriented production that places subtle melodic phrases beneath a rich, hazy atmosphere and clever layers of evolving percussion. Swoon's Beyond Human EP will see its official release on July 28; in the meantime the rest of the upcoming effort can be previewed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.3 (23 votes)
 
 

Download: Tapes "Find Y.O.U."

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Stateside newcomer Tapes is set to drop his Finding LP next month. Serving as out first preview, the virtually un-Googleable artist has passed along "Find Y.O.U.," a melody-rich beat which will appear on the forthcoming effort. Built around a set of skittering drums, ""Find Y.O.U." breezes through its musical movements, landing on sparkling keys, delicate melodies, and occasionally burying Craig David's "Feel Me In" beneath the glossy, skittering production. Tapes' Finding album will see a release on August 15 as a free-to-download collection. 

Average: 7.1 (46 votes)
 
 

Download: Synthek & Audiolouis "Broken Pad"

Label: Natch

Earlier this month, Natch label founders Synthek and Audiolouis issued their debut full-length together, Unwise. Featured here, Broken Pad" is one of 12 dense techno expeditions to appear on the record. Beginning with a pulsing pattern of kick drums, the track gradually builds into a thick sonic atmosphere—glacial pads meet sci-fi textures, which are pushed to the background by sheets of machine-made hiss and growing layers of dubbed percussion rattles. The Berlin pair's Unwise LP is out now, with an extensive remix series set to appear down the line featuring reworks from Sleeparchive, Zadig, Neel, Tadeo, Ness and Polar Inertia. 

Average: 7.7 (32 votes)
 
 

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