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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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Back in August, Urulu released the Left Coast EP on Let’s Play House’s white label series. The EP overtly celebrated Urulu’s move to Los Angeles (“Pacific Coast” and “Sunset Blvd.” are two song titles), but also saw the British producer throw praise at his American predecessors in a way that we haven’t witnessed to date. The influence of Roy Davis Jr., Cajmere and The Juan Maclean is palpable in Left Coast‘s rhythmic structure, use of effects and (typical of a Urulu effort) and utilization of sonorous soul samples. Recently, the man born Taylor Freels took on remix duties for Australian duo Yolanda Be Cool’s latest single, “To Be Alone”, and the result only solidifies his heavyweight credentials. Excellent pacing sets off a shuffling rhythm, a pleasing base that is later accentuated by a surprisingly deft low end touch. It’s not hard to imagine why Los Angeles’ house denizens are already lapping up this young producer’s releases and looking eagerly to his next booking. Stream and download the remix below and the follow the XLR8R link for a free download