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Download: Ariel Pink "L'estat (According To The Widows)"

Label: Paw Tracks

For Ariel Pink, the cliche "toiling in obscurity" may have been an understatement. Born Ariel Rosenburg, he worked by himself for years, recording album after album of tape-trick-laden pop songs to create the surreal world of Ariel Pink. It wasn't until 2004 that a CD-R of his music arrived in the hands of bedroom-genus group Animal Collective, something which kick-started his music career and gave his act an audience. In the years since, as Paw Tracks has continued to release albums from his vaults of work, Rosenburg has faced an entirely new problem. How does one recreate live the sounds of music that previously existed only in the netherworlds of four-track cassette tape? One way is to gather up a group music vets who've done work with a laundry list of bands from Devendra Banhardt to Cibo Matto and hit the road, which happens to be what they're currently doing. Wyatt Williams 

Average: 6.8 (27 votes)

Download: My Milky Way Arms "Sunshine"

According to a press release (and the group's MySpace page) the creation of My Milky Way Arms came about due to MilkMan and Tim2K meeting in the Tundra and discovering a snow and ice castle filled with frequency producing crystals. Interpret that as you will, but all you really need to know about this Houston-based duo is that they make ambient, shoegazy electronic music that goes well on the headphones and work and would also be appropriate while trekking through an Arctic setting. "Sunshine" is one continuous chord accompanied by lighter melodies and with a blizzard's worth of feedback on top. 

Average: 7.3 (24 votes)

Download: Alva Noto "U_08-1"

Signal member Carsten Nicolai is something of a sound engineer under his Alva Noto moniker. Relying heavily on precise hooks and loops, Nicolai produces with sequencers, then uses mathematics to give each track a precise, intentionally off-beat rhythmic structure, rendering each and every sound of any given cut a necessity. This track finds vocalist Anne-James Chaton reciting the numerical sequence of The Golden Ratio concept over fractured electronics. Sound-wise, It's sort of the aural equivalent to an epileptic seizure inducing light show. 


Average: 7 (27 votes)

Download: The Cool Kids "Box of Rocks"

Label: C.A.K.E.

Chicago-based hip-hop duo The Cool Kids has made a lot of musical headway in a very short time. Besides being one of the most blogged about groups in today's current music scene, Antoine "Mikey Rocks" Reed and Evan "Chuck Inglish" Ingersoll have also released their debut full-length, The Bake Sale, a few singles, and, most recently, their That's Stupid mixtape, which this track is from. Prepare for rattling beats and baronial rhymes.  

Average: 6.8 (28 votes)

Download: Apollo Sunshine "666: The Coming Of The New World Government"

Don't let that song title fool you

Average: 6.9 (16 votes)

Download: Alex Moulton "Meridians"

You don't hear a lot of dance music producers talking about waxing poetic about classic rock and gazing deep into gatefold LPs, but that is exactly what Alex Moulton has said about working on his latest album, Exodus. "It’s a total concept album," he explains. "I wanted to make something like a Pink Floyd record, where you put it on and you listen to the whole thing all the way through and it takes you on this crazy journey." The album certainly hints at the powder-fueled epics of Giorgio Moroder and new age soundtracks of Vangelis, but the prog-driven concept gazes deep into the future without even a look back. Wyatt Williams  

Average: 7.2 (23 votes)

Download: Pole "Alles Klar"

Label: ~scape

Electronic pioneers Stefan Betke and Barbara Preisinger founded ~scape in 1999, and over the years have released records from the likes of Jan Jelenik, John Tejada, and others. For just about as long, Betke has also been recording and releasing music as Pole. As the story goes, Betke decided on the name after dropping a Waldorf 4-Pole filter and proceeding to make music with the newly fractured hardware. "Alles Klar" comes from Round Black Ghosts, a recent compilation on ~scape that takes a peculiar spin on the ever-shifting dubstep genre. 

Average: 7.5 (44 votes)

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