On February 24th, Swedish quartet Sambassadeur are slated to release their third album titled European on Labrador Records.  Characterized by deep orchestral layering and whimsical vocals, it is no question that European is the band’s most inspired release to date. Sambassadeur – Days (mp3) Sambassaduer – Forward Is All (mp3)

Tonight at The Black Cat in DC, Sockets Records will be celebrating both its 5-year anniversary and the upcoming release of Imperial China‘s record Phosphenes. If the line-up alone doesn’t get you all hot and bothered, then download a few sample tracks to get the weekend started. Line-Up The Cornel West Theory HUME Imperial China Buildings Big Gold Belt Downloads Hume – Grip (mp3) Big Gold Belt – Do Not

Good news out of Chicago. TRAX RECORDS, the OG House Music label that started it all is back and they’re releasing one of our favorite new artists of 2009, AZARI AND III! Here’s the news, straight from Trax: “After a hot comeback in 2004, TRAX was on everyone’s mind. This year after 4 dormant years, TRAX is back. With a brand new team behind TRAX Records, the return of the

READERS: Please get your Thursday Afternoon Office Dance Party on with this bangin’ Juan Maclean remix of Codebreaker‘s “Follow Me”. And don’t miss frontman Steve Hawley live on the decks this Saturday Bliss. Codebreaker – Follow Me (The Juan Maclean Remix) (mp3) CodeBreaker – Are U Ready For Love (mp3)

Set to release their debut U.S single “What A Drag” this February on Cantora Records, Bear Hands have an opportunity to take 2010 by storm. Employing a nearly perfect combination of raw percussion, catchy bass lines and sharp vocals, Bear Hands live up to the heavy hype surrounding them since touring with Passion Pit and MGMT over the summer. Download the track and a Cale Parks remix below. Bear Hands – What A