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Download: Ellen Allien "Sun the Rain (Edit)"

First Listen

German techno diva and Bpitch Control boss Ellen Allien has never been someone afraid to take chances, but we'd be lying if we said that we expected something like "Rain the Sun." Taken from her freshly released album, Dust, the song finds Allien's processed vocals hazily floating over what sounds like dance-friendly indie pop. It's not bad—it's just that the Interpol-esque guitar riffs and general Metric-y vibe sound a lot more like Bowery Ballroom than Berghain. We'll leave it up to you to decide whether or not that's a good thing. 

Average: 7.4 (74 votes)

Download: Bot'Ox "Overdrive (Morgan Geist Remix)"

Environ label head, Metro Area member, and NY dance music icon Morgan Geist put his hand to this track from the auto- and Italo-obsessed production duo (Cosmo Vitelli and buddy Julien Briffaz, check out our recent profile on the duo here). Geist's remix of "Overdrive" sounds as if it emanates from a bunker on the Moon; a motorik bass line holds together icy synth tones and a propulsive drum beat while we receive indecipherable noises transmitted from the depths of outer space. 

Average: 8 (35 votes)

Download: Expendable Youth "Cannibalistic (LOL Boys Remix)"

Earlier this week, the guys from Discobelle paused their blogging to bring an official, original compilation into the world. Turned On Vol.1 was curated by DJ Neoteric and features new tunes from the likes of Nadastrom, Brodinski, Radioclit, Crookers, and Schlachthofbronx alongside efforts from a grip of up-and-coming producers whose names we'll likely be repeating endlessly in the very near future. To help drum up some extra attention for the release, remixes of Expendable Youth's "Cannibalistic" were commissioned from the likes of Samo Soundboy—check that one out here—and Montreal/LA duo LOL Boys ("pictured" above). Slowing down the original version's tweaky electro, the LOL Boys layer its hyperactive synth riffs over a seasick tribal guarachero bassline and some galloping house beats, to glorious effect. 

Average: 7.5 (36 votes)

Download: Oval "Ah!"

During the 10 years that Markus Popp (a.k.a. Oval) has refrained from releasing any of his melodically experimental electronic tunes, it seems the producer has been quietly reformatting his approach. Ditching form for function, Popp used a $500 PC and some run-of-the-mill computer software to flesh out his weighty 15-track EP (!) and 70-track double-disc album (!!), scheduled for release in June and September, respectively. "Ah!" is the second track from the upcoming LP O, and it offers just the smallest taste of what to expect from Oval's over-sized project: plinking synths played by hand, impeccably programmed drum sounds, and lilting atmospherics rising and falling behind it all. 

Average: 8.3 (60 votes)

Download: Bumps feat. Guilty Simpson "Drums"

Label: Stones Throw

It ain't Madlib or Dilla, but Tortoise side-project Bumps provides Detroit MC Guilty Simpson with a tailor-made, dirty and distorted breakbeat that we wouldn't mind hearing on the rapper's next album. Chances are we won't get our wish, so we'll just let this three-and-a-half-minute beat suite play on repeat while we dream of what could be, and maybe mix in Koushik's remix every once in a while to change things up. 

Average: 7 (21 votes)

Download: Petrona Martinez "Aroro (Nate Mars Remix)"

NY's dub-minded bass DJ/producer Nate Mars worked out the South-of-the-Equator sonics heard on this of remix of "Aroro," originally done by oft-sampled Colombian vocalist Petrona Martinez. Amazingly, the singer didn't really start her music career until 2002 at the age of 63 (she made her money collecting sand for brick making prior to then), but continues to sing and perform now moving into her seventies. Mars' track places Martinez's vocals in the middle of spacey synths, tropical percussion sounds complimenting the 3/3 beat, and a rolling bassline that comes and goes—leaving the aging singer's words and melody relatively untouched. (via Ghetto Bassquake

Average: 7.8 (29 votes)

Download: Los Rakas "Abrazame (Uproot Andy Mix)"

Once Gyptian's "Hold Yuh" became the biggest crossover dancehall tune of 2010, it was only a matter of time before people started flipping the track and throwing new vocals over the song's distinctive piano riff. The folks at Dutty Artz first tipped us to "Abrazame," the Los Rakas version which finds the Oakland-based Panamanian dancehall prodigies wistfully singing and rapping en español. That was all well and good, but than Brooklyn beatmaker Uproot Andy sent us his remix of "Abrazame," which punches up the beat, nicely layers in some additional synths and percussion, and basically seizes a spot in the "Summer Jams 2010" playlist. If this lovelorn tune isn't on blast at your local Latin dance party, find yourself a new spot, because the DJs are seriously slipping. 

Average: 8.3 (127 votes)

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