Time has come to introduce a new category called HIGH FIVE to CUTTING HEDGE.
HIGH FIVE 2012 is the start of a monthly selection with our favorite free music. First off we remind you to be quick and download our exclusive free track from Juliet Gordon’s The Classical project, which will be available on our Soundcloud until tomorrow night. Watch this space for more music from Juliet in early 2013. Download via the black arrow in the player below.

Next up we have Ryan Hemsworth from Halifax, Canada who had a breakthrough year with his Last Words EP on Shlohmo’s Wedidit imprint followed by countless wavy Rap and R&B remixes. One of them being his recent take on “One to watch” lists regular Mykki Ekko which you can find below. Also, if you listen closely to our Introduction mix you will find Ryan’s fantastic Max B homage Charly Wingate somewhere near the end.

Pull Me Down (Ryan Hemsworth Remix) by Mikky Ekko                              DOWNLOAD (via Zippyshare)

Going from Halifax to Berlin where one of our favorite labels Klasse Recordings is run by ex Zombie Disco Squad half Luca Lozano who preps his debut album for April 2013. Klasse alway has some goodies for their fans and this christmas being no exception, relaunching their great Quick Fix series with remixes of their favorite tracks. You can listen to and download our favorite rework of Sexual Harassment’s 80′s classic I Need A Freak by Hamburg based duo Deo & Z-Man below.

Sexual Harassment – I Need A Freak (Deo & Z-Man Quick Fix) by Klasse Recordings

Archie Pelago is a trio based in NYC which consists of Hirshi (Trumpet, Turntables), Cosmo D (Cello, Ableton) and Kroba (Sax, Ableton) who produce electronic music incorporating their instruments and elements of classical music, jazz or anything that comes to their minds while jamming.
The result is one of the freshest things in electronic music this year. Below you can get their Klezmer influenced rework of Simple & Thigpen’s Licking Peanut Butter. Thigpen being a moniker of Helix who also collaborated with Archie Pelago on their fantastic mix for the always top notch Truants blog.

Simple & Helix – Licking Peanut Butter (Archie Pelago Rewire) by icntmx      DOWNLOAD (right click save as)

If you are a blog nerd, you might have found that this selection not only bares tracks from this month but also some older 2012 material. Another example would be Peer Du (formerly Das Grüne Telefon) whose Soundcloud was regular in our searches for great music throughout the year. Below you can get a prime example of his take on house music with the warm and mellow Between The 2 Of Us. We are eager to hear more from him in 2013.

Peer Du – Between The 2 Of Us by Peer Du

Lastly we have a free track from fLako‘s recent Eclosure EP on Five Easy Pieces. fLako also makes haunting music as singer Dirg Gerner and is one of our favorite artists with both projects. You can also hear him in our Introduction Mix right after Blawan’s Coronation with his track Broken Toy.
Below you can hear and download his soulful tune Mating Dance with flutes, horns and a beautiful gambling with voices (probably Dirg Gerners?).

Mating Dance (Free Download via XLR8R) by fLako                                DOWNLOAD (right click save as)

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