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Download: Fort Knox Five "What Make Ya Dance feat. Rootz (Kraak & Smaak's Dutch Oven Remix)"

To commemorate their recent tour together, Washington DC's Fort Knox Five and Dutch trio Kraak & Smaak have worked out a remix swap—each group taking a stab at one of the other's tracks. For Kraak & Smaak's reinterpretation, they tweaked and twisted "What Make Ya Dance feat. Rootz," a song that originally sounded something like a contemporary "Low Rider." Here, pilfering only a horn loop and Rootz's vocal track, the song is turned into a classic rave-up chock full of skronking basslines, punchy breakbeats, and sinister synth melodies. 

Average: 7.6 (64 votes)

Download: Gucci Mane "Danger's Not A Stranger (Diplo Remix)"

Label: Mad Decent

Taken from an official Gucci Mane mixtape in the works over at the Diplo-run Mad Decent camp, his remix of "Danger's Not a Stranger" doesn't sound quite like something the Philly-based party starter would make. Subdued synths, soft-sung choir vocals, and a R&B piano melody jacked from Mariah Carey kick the track off before a head-nodding beat and Gucci's guttural croon take it to new levels. The remix is probably one of the most thoughtful and seemingly heartfelt tracks from Diplo in recent memory—which isn't all that surprising since he's an unabashed Gucci fan—and provides a great contrast to the rapper's original tune with DJ Drama. (via Mad Decent

Average: 6.2 (36 votes)

Download: Numan "Skull Crusher"

Beginning with atmospheric, echo-chamber synths and machine-like secondary percussive flourishes, Numan's "Skull Crusher" explodes into glitched-out, distorted synth stabs, buzzing bass, and a crisp dubstep beat. At only 18, the Mancunian producer and DJ's work is anything but subtle, but the youngster has already received accolades from Mary Anne Hobbs, Oneman, and perhaps most importantly, Philly's Starkey and Dev 79, who are releasing the tune on their own Slit Jockey imprint. 

Average: 7.5 (56 votes)

Download: Liars "Scissor"

Label: Mute

The first track on Liars' forthcoming fifth album, Sisterworld, beguiles the listener—coaxing us into a soft bed of vocal melodies and quiet orchestral arrangements that, at the risk of sounding trite, sound not unlike something from a post-Kid A Radiohead. Then, ever so abruptly, a smash of drums and distorted guitars remind us this is indeed a Liars song. It's an interesting re-introduction to a band that continues to challenge themselves both musically and in concept. Sisterworld is out March 9 on Mute. 

Average: 6.4 (23 votes)

Download: Muhsinah "Lose My Fuse"

Future-soul songstress Muhsinah gets the full Flying Lotus production treatment on "Lose My Fuse," a shuffling slice filled with wobbling beats, disembodied vocals, and some truly bizarre flourishes, like sexual pantings and little whistles. Just as the track gets going, it literally loses its fuse, morphing into an almost pastoral vocal landscape. Similarities to J*Davey aside, this is another bit of leftfield R&B sure to make its way into speakers all over. 

Average: 7.7 (21 votes)

Download: Nite Funk "Am I Gonna Make It"


For the latest installment of our XLR8R TV series Tune in an Afternoon, we traveled to Los Angeles and paired the unique talents of Dam-Funk and Nite Jewel. If you haven't done so already, go here and watch the duo craft some creepy synth-funk over the course of an afternoon at Nite Jewel's house. Then make sure to download "Am I Gonna Make It," the first of what will hopefully be many Nite Funk collaborations to come. 

Average: 8 (194 votes)

Download: Pantha Du Prince "The Splendour"

While minimal techno may have died in a storm of rote blips and clicks set against 4/4 kicks, some of the genre's better practitioners haven't given up the ghost, and Pantha Du Prince is a member of this small coterie. With a penchant for melancholic chord progressions, small rifts, and icy sonic landscapes, "The Splendour" is a slice of deep techno that keeps some minimalist aesthetic alive, but eschews the genre's microscopic tendencies in favor of a dichotomy between smaller aural gestures and grander, more lush synth sweeps. Like a more detail-obsessed Lawrence, Pantha Du Prince is sure to remain at the top of the minimal field with his next full-length, Black Noise, which arrives on February 9 of next year. 

Average: 7.7 (43 votes)

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