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This week, Mayer Hawthorne and AM & Shawn Lee all have new videos floating around the web, while Flying Lotus protégé Thundercat drops the half-hour mix “Shenanigans Pt. 1.” Meanwhile, Beirut streams their new album and Justice shares from deets from their upcoming album, “Audio, Video, Disco.”

Mayer Hawthorne Dances Through Time

The nostalgia-drenched video for Mayer Hawthorne’s “A Long Time” has hit the cyber waves. If you’ve ever wondered what happened to the after school dance show, here’s your answer.

The old footage -- taken from Highland Park Channel 68’s “The New Dance Show” hosted by R.J. Watkins -- is buried in some archival library somewhere in Detroit until a dude like Hawthorne comes along and says, “Dust that shit off. Let’s make a video!” Public disclaimer to all -- there is a whole lot of overdosing on hairspray, funky dance moves and regrettable fashion choices in this video.

The track is taken from Hawthorne’s upcoming sophomore release “How Do You Do,” set to hit shelves this fall.

Until then, download / stream Hawthorne’s fantastic covers EP, “Impressions,” below.

[Download and stream via Rolling Stone]

Thundercat Goes Solo (Sort Of)

Thundercat, otherwise known as Stephen Bruner, is a 26-year-old bass whiz kid who has been called the future of the instrument. This guy is as diversified as bass players can be -- he tours with the hardcore punk band Suicidal Tendencies, records/tours with Erykah Badu and he’s established himself as a certified protégé of Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder camp.

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In an interview with RedBullUSA.com last May, Flying Lotus teased us with the details surrounding Thundercat’s debut record, “The Golden Age of Apocalypse.” We’ve had a listen of the album and Flying Lotus wasn’t messing around -- this thing is like nothing we’ve ever heard. It’s IDM. It’s dubstep -- but overall, it is heavily influenced by the world of experimental jazz and underground hip-hop.

Now we can all enjoy another tease from Brainfeeder entitled “Shenanigans Pt. 1,” a prelude to the LP that was mixed by Flying Lotus and highlights “some new [tracks], some you might know, some [tracks] we may never release.

[Stream / download via Brainfeeder]

Beirut Extend Tour, Steam New Album

Fresh off a headlining gig at Lollapalooza 2011, Beirut is announcing that they’ll be extending their US tour even more. The kids just can’t get enough of these worldly indie players. Fair enough -- their first album in four years, “The Rip Tide,” is due August 30 courtesy of Beirut’s own Pompeii Records. But the kids couldn’t even keep their pants on through the month of August! The whole thing is streaming over at NPR. If you haven’t gotten tickets already, find out when Beirut is trumpeting through your town and stream “Sante Fe” below.

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[Stream via Soundcloud]

Justice Share Details From Highly Anticipated “Audio, Video, Disco”

How much longer must we wait until we hear new music from the French duo Justice? Hey, not much longer at all! This morning, Justice announced that their highly anticipated sophomore release “Audio, Video, Disco” will be shared with the electro-hungry world on October 25 courtesy of Ed Banger Records (the home of Busy P, DJ Medhi, Krazy Baldhead and more). It’s, like, a really big deal to finally hear this news. We’re still shitting our pants of their ’07 debut.

The album was recorded in the group’s home studio with all instrumentation coming from the duo (take that, licensing fees!). A chosen few provide vocals including Morgan Phelan of Diamond Nights, Vincenzi Vendetta of Midnight Juggernauts and UK pop singer Ali Love. A lengthy interview with the group can be read over at Pitchfork.

AM & Shawn Lee Take You For A Minimalist Drive

Don’t beat yourself up over not immediately recognizing the name AM & Shawn Lee. They’ve got a ways to go before becoming a household name, but this video and single should help quite a bit. Behold the stripped down “Dark Into Light.” Directed by Christian Borstlap and animated by Paul Postma and Rens Wegerif, the clip is like a lost Windows 95 screensaver taking you for a late night drive.

In addition to performing a handful of upcoming dates with Thievery Corporation, the duo is preparing their debut LP “Celestial Electric” for a September 6 release. To tide you over, enjoy a worldly DJ set from AM or check out a behind-the-scenes video from the group.

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