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The Knife: Dark Times

It's been a while since "faceless techno bollocks" ruled electronic music; aside from a few renegades like Narod Niki and Rex the Dog, most dance-music artists seem to have torn off their masks sometime around the rise of the superstar DJ. But with their new album Silent Shout (Mute), The The Knife has revived the ideology of anonymity, converting themselves from an unsettlingly chirpy electro-pop duo into one of the more darkly intriguing propositions in post-techno.

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Mouse on Mars In The Studio

Jan St. Werner makes electronic music so abstract and overloaded with ideas that it seems "post-everything." In his solo work as Lithops and in collaboration with Andi Toma as Mouse on Mars, he is best known for translating postmodern concepts, dance rhythms, ambient excursions, and digital tomfooler into music that sounds like child's play, as if the sounds are being thrown against walls to see if they break. Read more » 

Sunshine: A Kingston Matriarch

"I'm your Sunshine girl. Lock and come in. I'll be keeping things irie all afternoon." At 2 p.m. every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, DJ Sunshine's upbeat introduction rings out across the island and the internet on Irie FM, Jamaica's first 24/7 reggae-only radio station.

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Sao Necessary: Brazil's Best

Every year, American music fans are hoodwinked into listening to the newest crop of over-hyped UK bands, slavishly championed by NME and rarely worth the time. Looking for some more deserving audio imports? Follow Diplo's lead to Brazil, where a rich heritage of tropicália, samba, and funk has mutated into myriad new styles and songs. A new generation of artists is kicking out more than just baile funk–take your eyes off the Carnaval dancers and focus on these six acts.

Cansei De Ser Sexy ("Tired of Being Sexy")
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Tragedy: Real-Life Tragedy

While documenting the bloody Liberian civil war, guerrilla filmmaker Booker Sim found himself obsessed with Capone-N-Noreaga's The War Report, a hip-hop album that drew complex parallels between crime in New York City's housing projects and third-world geopolitics. "That album was a way to not just have other people look at the 'hood but to get people in the 'hood to look at the rest of the world, and start connecting it thematically," says the 32-year-old Ottawa, ON native.

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