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Download: Samiyam "Track 20"

There's no better way to support an artist than by directly paying them for their music, and 23-year old Los Angeles-based producer Sam Baker, a.k.a. Samiyam, has made that concept easier than ever. A couple weeks ago, Sam announced that he would sell his Rap Beats Vol. 1 release through paypal, directly from his MySpace page, where a few more choice selections from the disc can be heard. For a mere 10 bones, fans get a handmade CDR with custom artwork and 23 dusty hip-hop beats as only Sam can make them. He has asked that anyone purchasing the release take a photo of the artwork and post on his blog. Photo by Pinkee. 

Average: 7.7 (63 votes)
 
 

Download: Silje Nes "Ames Room"

Label: Fat Cat

Even though Silje Nes studied classical piano, she doesn’t touch the instrument much anymore, opting instead for ones she has had less conventional training, with, which lends a pleasant naivety to her home recordings. Her songs exist in a charming, bedroom world of lightly strummed guitars and gently tapped rhythms. “It’s the recording that I enjoy,” she says, “and I can’t separate that from the songwriting.” Nes, a Norwegian-based artist, is playing her first set of U.S. dates this week, hopefully translating this sort of homespun intimacy into the club setting. 

Average: 7.6 (23 votes)
 
 

Download: Teletextile "Heartquake (DJ Die Young Remix)"

Grandmothers across the United States would never have guessed that knitting would make them as hip as they are these days. Crafting clothing seems to be nearly as popular as, well, electronic music, a fact that hasn’t been lost on Brooklyn’s Teletextile. Pamela Martinez, the violinist, vocalist, and songwriter of the group, was a seamstress long before she started stitching together songs with her current quartet. Boston-based DJ Die Young tailors the remix of this track with some delay effects and a strong bass beat, making a nice fit for the dance floor. Wyatt Williams 

Average: 7.7 (30 votes)
 
 

Download: Kidz in the Hall "Change (Work To Do) Remix feat. Bun B and Talib Kweli"

One of the first hip-hop groups to publicly Read more » 

Average: 6.5 (21 votes)
 
 

Download: M83 "Graveyard Girl"

Label: Mute

Anthony Gozales has once again proven himself one of the masters of 21st-century shoegaze with his fifth studio album under the M83 moniker. Saturdays = Youth, to be released shortly on Mute, finds the French producer enhancing the vocals, guitars, and percussion with his trademark dreamy synth notes, and structurally, songs on this album feel more coherent than on any other of Gonzales' releases. "Graveyard Girl" is the album's first single. Photo by Anouck Bertin. 

Average: 7.7 (49 votes)
 
 

Download: The Acorn "Crooked Legs"

Label: Paper Bag

Influenced by Honduran folk music of the 1950s, as well as by West Indian rhythms, Glory Hope Mountain, the sophomore release from Canadian indie rockers The Acorn, finds the band digging deeper than ever–lyrically and musically. Theme-wise, the album is an homage to frontman Rolf Klausener's mother, tracing her unstable beginnings in Honduras to a life-changing relocation to Montreal. The storyline is accompanied by an intricate musical arrangement of strings and percussion.  

Average: 7 (13 votes)
 
 

Download: Christopher Bissonnette "Jour et Nuit"

Label: Kranky

Not content sticking with Detroit techno or his fine art course of study, Christopher Bissonnette began experimenting with sound, spoken word, turntables, and eventually hooked up with Windsor, ON artist Chris MacNamara to form the Thinkbox media collective in 1997. One performance at Mutek later, Bissonnette found himself with material that would eventually make up his debut solo album, Periphery. "Jour et Nuit" shows us what he's been doing since that time, and comes off the forthcoming In Between Words release, out this spring on Kranky. 

Average: 7.7 (21 votes)
 
 

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