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Download: Asa "Jailer"

Label: Downtown

Soothing to the ears and thoughtful food for the brain, "Jailer" is a socially conscious, reggae-tinged folk number that comes courtesy of France-born, Nigeria-raised songwriter Asa (pronounced Ah-shah) and her self-titled debut album. Asa is out now via Downtown Records. 

Average: 7.5 (28 votes)

Download: Cazals "Somebody, Somewhere"

Label: Kitsuné

What happens when a non-electronic group signs to a label heralded as one of the pioneers of contemporary electronic music? Check this futuristic guitar-pop track from British outfit Cazal to find out. "Somewhere, Somebody" is off Cazals debut album, What of Our Future, out now.


Average: 5 (19 votes)

Download: Broken Spindles "Introvert"

Label: blank.wav

Drum machines, keyboards, and electric guitar riffs collide on this track from Joel Peterson, the sole force behind his no-wave project, Broken Spindles project. "Introvert" is off the album Kiss/Kick, out February 17.  

Average: 4.5 (19 votes)

Download: Susumu Yokota "Tree Surgeon"

Label: Lo Recordings

This lullaby, from artist Susumu Yokota, in collaboration with Kaori, Claire Hope and Panos Ghikas, illustrates the veteran Japanese composer's ease with experimental ambient music. "Tree Surgeon" is off of Mother, which comes out on February 6, 2009 on Lo Recordings.  

Average: 5.6 (28 votes)

Download: Taylor Deupree & Kenneth Kirschner "May"

Label: 12K

"May" is a minimalist, piano-laden cut from Taylor Deupree and Kenneth Kirschner, and it's tailor-made for those who like soft, restrained compositions that lean towards the experimental side of things. Off May, released last fall on Deupree's 12K label.  

Average: 5.5 (21 votes)

Download: Casiokids "Den Lange Velen Hjem"

Label: Moshi Moshi

Norwegian group Casiokids attaches its own blend of playground-meets-dancefloor pop-funk to this remake of Lindstrøm's track, "The Long Way Home." Casiokids' new single, "Fot i hose," will be released on Moshi Moshi on March 2. Photo by Vinciane Vergueten  

Average: 7.1 (30 votes)

Download: DJ Sprinkles "Ball'r (Madonna-Free Zone)"

Label: Mule Musiq

Terre Thaemlitz (a.k.a. DJ Sprinkles) travels back to the roots of house music with this pulsing, minimal number that's more food for thought than dancefloor banger. Midtown 120 Blues is out now on Mule Musiq.


Average: 8.1 (38 votes)

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