New At INCITE Online, Dec 26
XLR8R presents the Best of INCITE Online, featuring two weeks' worth of the staff's favorite MP3s showcased at our downloads page during 2006. This week features a variety of genres, from hip-hop to house to downtempo, and includes a bonus MP3 from the late J Dilla.
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Asobi Seksu - The group followed their successful 2004 debut with Citrus, an album packed with rhythm-driven guitar and vocal tracks sometimes energetic, sometimes ethereal, and always sung in a combination of English and Japanese.
The Presets - At the forefront of the Australian invasion, this duo is equal parts invention and dance-floor friendliness with countless tracks of cinematic instrumentals and spiky electronic pop. They even threw a little heavy rock into the mix this year.
Muallem - Munich-based Muallem gave the standard hip-hop release something of a facelift this year on his debut album Frankie Splits, with a combination of straight dancefloor rhythms and some futuristic soul that kept the flow unpredictable.
Panther - With his blend of damaged soul, falsetto disco, and broken synth, the solo affair of Charlie Salas-Humar includes everything from freaky bleeps, spastic lyrics, humping the floor, and wearing khakis and boat shoes to hipster parties.
J Dilla - It wouldn't be a proper farewell to 2006 without giving a nod to the late producer, who the music world tragically lost in February. Here XLR8R pays a final tribute to one of the tried and true greats of hip-hop.
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