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Download: Premiere: Actuel "QRS/TUV"

Details on experimental producer Actuel are few and far between, but one thing this track tells us is that he's a percussion enthusiast. A rather abstract cut, "QRS/TUV" seems to be about exposing the many different musical combinations one can create when armed with laptop and drum kit. The track is off a new Asthmatic Kitty compilation, where label boss Sufjan Stevens, along with AK co-owner Lowell Brams and Micahel Kaufmann, hand-picked two discs' worth of songs from Stars Like Fleas, Cepia, Alias, Son Lux, i am robot and proud, and others. Oh, and it's for a good cause too, with proceeds from purchase going towards Habitat for Humanity. Habitat Disc One 01 Tidal River "A Cross Section of Clown Mountain" 02 Aspects of Physics "Utiliterranean" 03 Jim Guthrie "Little Furnace" 04 Kristin Miltner "The Barns Flock" 05 Instruments of Science & Technology "INST.stem.INST" 06 Nick Hennies "The Living Piano" 07 Ero Gray "Staircase and Water Pipes, 42 Broadway" 08 Cepia "Algiers" 09 Ben Owen "5 for 14" 10 Alias "In Hope of Witchless Attics" 11 Alfred Brown "SphericalType GasHolder" 12 Cheryl E. Leonard "Uncle Iroh's Teahouse" 13 Blevin Blectum "Vast Angles" 14 Son Lux "Speak" Disco Two 01 Actuel "QRS/TUV" 02 Sole w/ William Ryan Fritch "All Tomorrow's Sewers" 03 i am robot and proud "Jeanne Mance" 04 900X "BGM" 05 Yuko Nexus6 "Wsagg-Chorus for Spaces" 06 KILN "Marigold Bunker" 07 therefore "Piznanano" 08 Six-Fing Thing "Sandpiper on the Warehouse Floor" 09 Stars Like Fleas "Call Me Trimtab" 10 ting ting jahe "d3p574" 11 Moth!Fight! "A Long Way from Home" 12 Jon Galaxy "Shelter?" 13 Kadet "Horizon" 14 Wayne Feldman "Calling On You" 15 DM Stith "Your god is a Lion recently fed, drowsy" 

Average: 7.6 (32 votes)

Download: Faunts "Memories of Places We've Never Been (T.H. White Remix)"

Canadian indie-rockers Faunts released their only full-length to date, High Expectations/Low Results, in 2005, and New York-based downtempo DJ T.H. White revisited it with this lovely remix. The song evolves from a slow, ethereal mood to a meteor-shower of synths and driving double-time percussion. It's like floating around your neighbor’s pool on your back during the last day of summer. Lulu McAllister 


Average: 7.6 (33 votes)

Download: Wilderness "Strand the Test of Time"

Label: Jagjaguwar

Wilderness' third full-length, (k)no(w)here, came about after the Baltimore-based, most unconventional band was asked to collaborate with renowned visual artist Charles Long at an exhibit the latter put on in the spring of this year. That said, the musical aspect of the project is quite the conceptual beast, and another one for experimental rock fans to add to the iPod. Check the stop-and-start guitars and vaguely doom-rock sounding vocals on this track for further proof. (k)no(w)here High Nero Strand the Test of Time (p)ablum Silver Gene Own Anything Chinese Whisperers Soft Cage <....^....> 

Average: 6.5 (12 votes)

Download: Francois Virot "Not the One"

A former drummer for noise-pop trio Clara Clara, Francois Virot ventured off into solo territory recently and, upon the September release of his debut album, Yes or No, proved you can do a lot with a simple palate of guitar, vocals, and hand claps. And while his songs might be minimal in structure, they're not lacking in the kind of quirky, spastic energy Virot needs to set himself apart from the dozens of other artists attempting to twist folk inside out these days. In what feels like a playful take on the whole genre, Virot delivers everything from melancholy ballads to spastic numbers in which he would appear to be treating the guitar as more of a percussion instrument than one merely made for strumming. As seen with this track. 


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Average: 5.8 (22 votes)

Download: Crown City Rockers "Body Rock"

Label: Champion Sound

Four years removed from their last album, Earthtones, Oakland's Crown City Rockers are back with a new single. The Bay Area hip-hop crew is known for their funk-driven, party-starting sounds, and "Body Rock" continues in that vein with MC Raashan Ahmad spitting verses over a synthy beat and encouraging folks from around the globe to get down. 


Average: 6 (44 votes)

Download: The Primeridian "Takuthere"

Chicago-based duo The Primeridian (Jaime Roundtree and Simeon Viltz) have added a third MC, Racetacula, to the mix on their latest release, The Morning After. The new album, which maintains the smooth vibe of earlier work, features production cameos by Nicolay, Willow, Yaw, J-Rose of Norway, and DJ Steady, along with vocals by Knowledge from Kids in the Hall and Imani from The Pharcyde. On "Takuthere," soulful crooning provides a satisfying cushion for Imani’s deceptively simple rhyme schemes–poetic observations about city struggles and corrupt politicians–laid over a low-key acid-funk beat. Lulu McAllister 


Average: 7.6 (32 votes)

Download: Late of the Pier "Heartbeat"

We still have a couple more months before Late of the Pier releases its debut full-length, Fantasy Black Channel, but the band has been generously sharing bits and pieces of the album with the populace, throwing several tracks up on its MySpace page, unleashing this hot remix, as well as another single, "Heartbeat," which we've put up today. The latter is a jumbled offering of synthesizers and guitars that shows off why these four lads are one of the few dance/rock hybrid fans worth following closely. The Erol Alkan-produced album, recorded at the band's home studio in Nottingham, will be available in full on January 13. Photo by Jon Bergman. 

Average: 7.6 (37 votes)

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