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Top 10: Mux Mool, Benoît Pioulard

The Chap
Builder's Brew
Release Date: Out Now

One highly-acclaimed debut album later (see Mega Breakfast, released earlier this year), London, U.K.-based experimental pop outfit The Chap continues its fun with a mini-album. Fans of this quirky quartet can snag three brand-new tracks, remixes from the likes of Joakim, Electroware, and Thee More Shallows, and, not to be missed, a cover version of Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do With It."
Download: "Proper Rock"

Roots Manuva
Slime and Reason
Ninja Tune
Release Date: Out Now

Rodney "Roots Manuva" Smith is back, and Slime and Reason marks the Stockwell, London-based rapper’s fourth solo album, which, as it happens, is less a rap record than it is a chance for Smith to dabble in many different styles. In 14 tracks he covers funk, electro, two-step, dub, lays down a horn section with Shy FX, and pulls in the analog synths for a final touch.
Watch: "Let the Spirit Move You"

Ben Watt
"Guinea Pig"
Buzzin' Fly
Release Date: October 20

Buzzin' Fly label boss Ben Watt spent a good part of this year celebrating his label's fifth anniversary. Now, it's back to work for the U.K.-based producer and DJ, and with that in mind, he's ready to unleash his first single in three years. For "Guinea Pig," Watt strings together brooding basslines, synths, understated vocals, and some bee-bop pianos, and for the flip, he strips those elements down for a tasteful instrumental version that maintains the dark quality of the original.

Mux Mool
"Death 9000"
Release Date: Out Now

Ben Watt's aforementioned track might be tastefully dark, but the latest offering from Mux Mool is downright sinister. Think eerie synth lines, drum machines that hit with the force of a rock to the skull, and vocals manipulated to the point of sounding like an evil chant, and you get the idea. Machinedrum remixed the track for the flipside, slowing the pace down and turning up the bass.

Who is That Noize? - Remixes
Release Date: October 16

In the past, Housemeister wasn't a man to be remixed, but it seems the Germany-based DJ and producer has softened to the concept and allowed others to get their hands on his second full-length, Who is That Noize. Given that he's well connected with the current electro-house scene, it's no surprise that names like Boys Noize, Siriusmo, and Alexander Kowalski turned up to do the remixes.

FOX Japan
Small War
Release Date: October 2008

FOX Japan's press release labels this West Virginia/California band as "indignant." Upon listening to this, we couldn't muster up a better adjective. Musically, the album stays mostly within the indie-rock realm (with a few shades of folk and bluegrass that occasionally crop up), but it's the lyrics that make the biggest impression here. The band covers divorce, AIDS, murder, and other uplifting topics in the most direct manner we’ve seen in a long time. No room for poetry here.

Benoît Pioulard
Release Date: October 14

Thomas Meluch's been getting lots of love from us (and every other site) lately, and with good reason. The release date for his much-anticipated follow-up to 2006's Précis is just around the corner, and the new album contains 16 tracks of lush, experimental pop that Meluch's clearly a master of producing.
Download: "Idyll"
Watch: "Ragged Tint"

Lizzy Parks
Raise the Roof
Tru Thoughts
Release Date: Out Now

For this, her second full-length, U.K.-based songstress Lizzy Parks has risen the bar as well as the roof over the nu-jazz world, spinning horns, organs, and beautiful melodies over carefully controlled snares and piano riffs. Her sultry, smoky voice is, itself, enough to conjure images of small, dark rooms hosting improv-jazz musicians and martini-drinking clientele.

Black Milk

Rather than taking some R&R during the interim between now and the release of his new full-length, Detroit hip-hop heavyweight Black Milk jumped right on a new project, and this one's free. The MC and producer has gathered 25 of his favorite tracks–from Elzhi, Fat Ray, Slum Village, Pharoahe Monch, and many others–and thrown them onto this bumpin’ mixtape, just 'cause.

From the Readers:

From the Readers:
Slanty Shanty

This track was loved by everyone over the last week. ANAVAN leaked this track in anticipation of its upcoming sophomore full-length, Cover Story, due out this November. Fans of L.A.'s Smell scene (which revolves around the likes of HEALTH, Mika Miko, Abe Vigoda, and others) will enjoy.

Pictured: The Chap.

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