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The holidays are the one time of year when I appreciate the fact that my Facebook and Twitter feeds are flooded with promotional posts. That’s because the holidays are the time for giving, specifically the time when producers dump all of their bootlegs/edits/unfinished tracks on the unsuspecting masses. The quality is generally a mixed bag, but we’ve received a deluge of heat in the past few days that deserves its fair due. On the raps front, Lil B, King Louie, Fredo SantanaLil Silk and Fabolous have let loose new tapes over the past week or so. All deserve your attention, although save Lil B’s 05 Fuck Em and maybe spend a little more time with Silk and Louie.

The good folks at Mixpak were also kind enough to hand out a bundle of free tracks from their roster and beyond. The Holiday Bundle evokes the grime, dancehall and soca-based riddim culture that Dre Skull has so carefully curated over the past few years. Sudanim, Murlo and Koyote all bring their best to the table.

You’ve likely seen these already as well, but big hitters Flying Lotus, Zed Bias, Ryan Hemsworth Clams Casino all gave bundles of tracks away in the past few days. Casino’s third Instrumental Mixtape is probably the most cohesive attempt of the bunch, but FlyLo’s assorted beats, remixes and bootlegs offer some intriguing insight into the producer and his cohort’s recording processes. The Hemsworth collection is largely edits he’s designed for live play and the “Post-Rock Tears” version of Future’s “Honest” is a real beauty. Two step legend Zed Bias handed over 200 MB of live recording, remixes and production work under both his ZB sobriquet and his Maddslinky nom de plume.

Hit the jump for a jambalaya of free tracks…

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Let’s take a break from our regular programming to bring you something stupid hype. For the past few months The Motherfucking Gaslamp Killer has been rinsing an unknown remix of Kendrick Lamar’s “M.A.A.D. City” and absolutely detonating dancefloors across the world. Today, Eprom has let the remix loose on the general public and madness has ensued. This is an unadulterated “banger” so step off if you give fucks about something like “subtlety”. Stream below and download here.

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Since the release of his breakout hit “Regis Chillbin” last year, Eprom has made a name for himself producing frantic dance tunes that aren’t beholden to any one tempo or frame of reference. They’re loud, garish and eccentric, straying from the populist strands of house and garage that dominate the underground. The West Coast representative’s latest entry comes in the form of a remix of Rhye’s “Woman”. The remix sees Eprom at his most restrained, covering the original’s wispy vocals in understated hi hats and a simple chord progression melody. It’s simple and trance-inducing, far from the seizure-inducing sound of the Metahuman LP. Stream below and download here.

First off, shouts out to Boo. Portland’s own Eprom, owner of one of the year’s wonkiest tracks and an impressive debut album, launched “Hurricane” on his Soundcloud earlier. The track packs is punctuated by blown out synths and is downright foreboding. As of now, Eprom has only uploading a short slip, but look out for the full version in the near future and stream below.

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It has been a while since the last Sounds From The Astral Plane. Don’t have much in the way of words for you today, but I will say that each one of these tracks are well worth your time/hardrive space. God damn Dark Sky always hits the spot. Mid terms are a bitch. Etc. Etc.

Stream/Download: fLako & Brokenchord – “Come Back As A Flower”

Stream: Beat Connection – “Think/Feel” Feat. Chelsey Scheffe

Stream: Eprom – “Regis Chillbin”

Stream: Dark Sky – “Totem”

Stream/Download: Clams Casino – “Swervin”