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Download: Battles "Atlas"

Label: Warp

Post-everything instrumentalist outfit Battles drops its debut longplayer, Mirrored, this spring on Warp, following 2006's compilation EP C/B EP. On the new album, the London-based four-piece continues to defy all logic–and most genres–to create puzzling, yet captivating music. 

Average: 7.7 (35 votes)

Download: Subatomic Sound System "N.AA.D.A. (featuring Naada)"

New York-based collective Subatomic Sound System follows

Average: 7 (34 votes)

Download: ZAMAN 8 and Hafez Modir "Sani"

San Francisco-based world/electronic duo ZAMAN 8 draws on Persian and Indian classical traditions, jazz improvisation, African rhythms, and modern dance grooves to create music that’s eclectic, likable, and built to last. The duo finds an apt home for its music on Six Degrees' Emerging Artists compilation series. 

Average: 6.6 (13 votes)

Download: Mad EP "Team Awesome VIP"

Label: Ad Noiseam

He might be best known as one-half of hip-hop duo Mad/EQ, but Matthew Peters (a.k.a. Mad EP), isn't looking to be pigeonholed into one genre. Part sound designer, part storyteller, he runs the gamut of breakbeat, classical, jazz, noise, hip-hop, and funk in his many projects, setting himself apart from the crowd. 

Average: 7.3 (17 votes)

Download: Panther "How Well Can You Swim?"

Label: Fryk Beat

Bring forth the unpredictable and energetic debut solo project from Portland's Panther, the self-proclaimed 'one-man disaster squad' and currently one of the most bizarre-yet-addictive guys making music today. Secret Lawns only furthers his aim to mash as many synth freakouts, falsetto lyrics, and jittery dance routines as possible together. 

Average: 6.4 (5 votes)

Download: Mark Templeton "Tentative Growth"

Label: Anticipate

Alberta, Canada-based Mark Templeton kicks things off for the brand new Anticipate label. Fans of all things experimental and minimal will delight in this inaugural release, whose bend is towards acoustic instruments manipulated digitally and accompanied by carefully arranged layers of field recordings. 

Average: 6.6 (14 votes)

Download: Bukue One "Murder Sound"

Label: Alpha Pup

Released just last week, Intromission is MC Bukue One's first full-length, and on it the Bay Area artist revisits the five elements he considers integral to hip-hop: rapping, DJing, breaking, graffiti, and skate boarding. In his own words, these various components are 'all about reintroducing good old party hip-hop to young kids. It's me saying it's okay to dance and smile. 

Average: 7.4 (7 votes)

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