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Download: Susumu Yokota "Tree Surgeon"

Label: Lo

On his latest full-length, Mother, Japanese experimental artist Susumu Yokota channels the annals of classic ambiance with the playfully abstract “Tree Surgeon,” a veritable mélange of merry-go-round melodies and haunting harmonies that bring him one step closer to Eno-dom.

 

Average: 4.5 (25 votes)
 
 

Download: The Faint "Mirror Error (Afghan Raiders Re-Work)"

Las Vegas-based electronic-garage duo Afghan Raiders claims that they are not DJs, and yet the boys have gone and done a number on this track from The Faint’s last album, Fascination. The buzzy, electrified version focuses on distant “dreams” and electro beats. 

Average: 7.7 (182 votes)
 
 

Download: Finale "One Man Show Feat. Casual (A Rival 8-Bit Remix)"

Detroit rapper Finale, by all accounts, is truly taking a trip back to 1985 in preparing for his new album, A Pipe Dream & a Promise. First, he turned himself into a Mario brother, and now there's this 8-bit remix of his track "One Man Show," which truly sounds a little like the theme song to Tetris.

 

Average: 6.9 (40 votes)
 
 

Download: Moderat "A New Error"

A little while back, XLR8R announced the return of Moderat (comprised of techno talents Modeselektor and Apparat), back from a seven-year hiatus and ready to unveil a self-titled full-length album. The synth-heavy, melody-laden cut "A New Error" is the first track off that release. Moderat is out April 21.

 

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Average: 7.7 (81 votes)
 
 

Download: Rainbow Arabia "Omar K (Ghosts on Tape Remix)"

Husband/wife duo Rainbow Arabia first unveiled its experimental dance-meets-the Middle East number, "Omar K," last summer, as part of The Basta EP. Here, San Francisco-based producer Ghosts on Tape (a.k.a. Ryan Merry) gives the number a grimy interpretation that should get the electro-crunk crowd going on the dancefloor.

 

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Average: 7.4 (34 votes)
 
 

Download: Mexican Institute of Sound "Alocatel (Ad Rock Remix)"

Label: Nacional

With just a few days to go before his latest album, Soy Sauce, is released, Camilo Lara (a.k.a. Mexican Institute of Sound) hands over this track off the new release. Here, vintage Latin and modern electronics meet, often on playful middle ground. Soy Sauce is out April 7.

 

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iTunes
Average: 7.7 (47 votes)
 
 

Download: Daedelus "Off to the Races (Meanest Man Contest Remix Feat. Cuzzo)"

Onetime XLR8R cover star Daedelus produced the first release in the brand-new Friends of Friends series, and as part of the package, the L.A.-based lover of all things Victorian commissioned remixes from the likes of Michna, Eliot Lipp, Nosaj Thing, and others. Here's Meanest Man Contest's dance-meets-hip-hop take on the track "Off to the Races."

 

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iTunes
Average: 7.7 (105 votes)
 
 

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