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Download: Pursuit Grooves "Too Much Time"

Label: What Rules

Self-proclaimed beatsmith and mistress of ceremonies Vanese Smith (a.k.a. Pursuit Grooves) displays here rhythm skills here, weaving laptop-generated beats with sharp synths on this track off her latest full-length. Wild Art Forestry is out now on What Rules. 

Average: 6.1 (32 votes)

Download: Dntel "Loneliness is Having No One To Miss"

Label: Phthalo

As a producer, Jimmy Tamborello has involved himself in everything from bleep-driven electronics as James Figurine to dream-pop as one half of The Postal Service. For his latest project under his Dntel guise, he'll release a three-CD set entitled Early Works for Me if it Works For You II, which finds him inspired by the likes of Aphex Twin, Mu-Ziq, and other sample-based electronic music. Early Works for Me if it Works For You II will be released April 14. 

Average: 7.6 (23 votes)

Download: Gui Boratto "Take My Breath Away"

Label: Kompakt

There are still several weeks until Gui Boratto finally takes our breath away with a follow-up to 2007's Chromophobia. In the meantime, relax your ears with this soothing, melodic techno jam off the new album. Take My Breath Away is out March 23. Photo by Nino. 

Average: 7.6 (53 votes)

Download: Tempo No Tempo "Medicines"

Fans of Deerhoof, The Mae Shi, or post-punk in general should enjoy this track, the first offering of 2009 from Oakland, CA-based trio Tempo No Tempo. Rumor has it that big plans are afoot for the band this year (which include SXSW appearances), but in the meantime, keep this guitar-laden track, along with 2007's Repetition EP, on rotation. 

Average: 5.8 (34 votes)

Download: The Secret Handshake "Summer Of '98 (Crookers Remix)"

Feel-good synth-pop is all fine and well, but The Secret Handshake's vocoder-heavy original version of "Summer of '98" trembles in comparison to this remix of the track. Milan-based duo Crookers has worked its magic and transformed the number into a hypnotic, hard-hitting rave anthem that's at least a few worlds away from the original. Meanwhile, The Secret Handshake's new album, My Name Up In Lights, will drop April 21 on Triple Crown. 

Average: 5.9 (29 votes)

Download: Thieves Like Us "Miss You"

Thieves Like Us claims its new album, Play Music, is mostly about "love gone wrong." Throw that subject matter over music influenced equally by disco, hip-hop, and pop, and you have a rather bittersweet affair good for dancing or crying to. Play Music is out March 10 on Fantasy Memory/Shelf Life. 

Average: 7.2 (26 votes)

Download: Prefuse 73 "Preperation's Kids Choir"

Label: Warp

Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian—the latest album from Prefuse 73—garnered its name from the fact that Scott Herren recorded tracks straight to an analog Ampex tape, thereby giving his trademark avant-hop a grainy, somewhat nostalgic feel. Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian will be out April 14 on Warp.  

Average: 7 (45 votes)

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