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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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Irish producer Monto has been churning out a delectable blend of Low End Theory-derived beat work and R&B machinations for the better part of the past two years and appears to be coming into his own as a producer. The young Irishman released the excellent Best Boy EP last August and has posted a series of impressive remixes and bootlegs for the likes of Ciara, Mr. Carmack and someone named Kanye West. “Choirboys” is an ever-progressing track that transitions from pitched down choral work/organ manipulation to thrusting mid range synths. It’s not exactly dance music, but follows in the head nod continuum inhabited by Lapalux, Devonwho and others. “Choirboys” is up for free download, so get ready for some serious feels.

Monto is 20 year-old Irishman Ross O’Sullivan. Over the past few years, he has built a stable of very capable blunted hip hop instrumentals and remixes, with a style heavily reminiscent of Knxwledge or Groundislava’s older work. His latest EP, titled Best Boy and released on Melted, is undoubtedly his best effort and could/should lead to some more exposure stateside. Earlier, XLR8R gave Best Boy standout “Homage” away for free, a lo-fi, low-key burner. Cassette tapes crackle, someone coughs across the room and an easy-going bass line allows the video game synths drift out into space. Stream the EP below and if you like, throw Monto a little bit of your hard earned $$$.