Takka Takka
Ernest Jenning
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A comprehensive sampler of many different styles of music (everything from psychedelia to future-folk), Migration finds this Brooklyn-based band turning the indie-pop sound on its head, experimenting with rhythms, tempos, and the like, proving there’s more than one way to strum a guitar.

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Last year, a 21-year-old named Ed had a heart attack, and this compilation is a tribute and thank-you to all those who looked after him. Marissa Nadler sings sweet folk melodies, Vladislav Delay conjures minimal noisescapes, and John Maus delivers a synth-driven, vaguely Cure-sounding track. All proceeds go towards London’s Homerton Hospital.

Patrice Bäumel
Get Physical
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This guy is breathing life back into the dark trenches of contemporary dance music. “Roar,” released earlier this summer on Berlin’s esteemed Get Physical imprint, features three tracks of house and techno that are both thought-provoking and dance-inducing, and should appeal to an audience that’s wider than just the 4/4 crowd.

Anthony Rother
My Name Is Beuys Von Telekraf
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Electro veteran Anthony Rother makes his Telekraft debut with this double-disc of minimal textures and moody soundscapes. A dancefloor filler this definitely is, with plenty of manipulated vocals, rumbling basslines, and 4/4 beats for everyone.

Marnie Stern
This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That
Kill Rock Stars
Release Date: October 7

“Shred” isn’t the most journalistically acceptable term when it comes to describing music, but a better one doesn’t fit as well when discussing Marnie Stern’s second full-length. It’s all guitars and gritty vocals here, with a creative intro that involves a lot of clapping and spoken word.

XL Recordings: The First Chapters
Release Date: October 7

XL went sifting through the vaults of its catalog for this compilation, which collects dance music singles and remixes the label released between 1990 and 1995, with The Prodigy, SL2, Nu-Matic, and others making appearances. Should help you find your inner raver, even if you’ve never before held a glowstick.

Chad VanGaalen
Soft Airplane
Sub Pop
Release Date: September 9

Shimmering guitars, bells, xylophones, synths, and lyrics preoccupied with things like death–what indie-rock fan could ask for more? Calgary-born VanGaalen has made depression fun again.

Dub Colossus
A Town Called Addis
Real World
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Dub Colossus is the project of British producer Nick Page, who gathered a band of contemporary Ethiopian musicians and married the sounds of that country with the music of Jamaica for this EP. A compelling blend of reggae, Ethiopian pop, and Azmari singing.


I was just about to post a mix for the 23-year-old art student I’ve been flirting with on Facebook. Bring it back, already

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This track is fresh off New Jersey-based DJ KO’s Picture This… project, in which he oversaw collaborations between Black Milk, Talib Kweli, Phone, and hip-hop artists. The record for most downloaded track on XLR8R.com has officially been broken with this one.

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Pictured above: Takka Takka.