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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 (29 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)
 
 

Download: Damn Arms "Destination Pt 1 (Radio Edit)"

Label: Gang Bang

Melbourne's yacht-house-making duo Damn Arms sends forth this breezy, handclap-heavy disco number it’s dubbing a “nautical dance ballad.” The "Destination" 12" is out now, via Gang Bang

 

Average: 7.6 (34 votes)
 
 

Download: Thunderheist "Jerk It (Megasoid Remix)"

Label: Ninja Tune

Montreal-based duo Megasoid slides some future bass beneath the '80s-influenced B-more beats on this remix of Thunderheist’s track. From Thunderheist's Jerk It EP, out March 9 on Ninja Tune Photo by Ben Popjoy 

Average: 7.7 (40 votes)
 
 

Download: Frikstailers "Baile Frik"

Argentinian duo Frikstailers (pronounced Freak-stylers) first rose to prominence as part of Zizek, the forward-thinking Latin collective who have been turning heads with their weekly party in Buenos Aires (not to mention last summer's XLR8R podcast, which still sounds fresh months later). Apparently the bass-loving Frikstailers, who actually hail from neighboring Córdoba, managed to catch the ears of new Scottish label Revolt Into Style, which enlisted the boys for its debut release, the aptly titled Baile Frik EP. Here on the title track, the Frikstailers energetically combine a tweaked baile funk beat with some finely chopped vocal samples and acid-tinged synth sounds. Grab the full Baile Frik EP to hear their reggaeton/cumbia remix of a tune by dancehall MC Zulu. 

Average: 7.7 (313 votes)
 
 

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