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These tracks were in heavy rotation in our iPod this week. Some are old, some are new... all of them are worthy of a listen. Fire up iTunes and enjoy.

Local Rock | Red Sparrowes
Free Download: Alone and Unaware, from At the Soundless Dawn.
This heavy, multilayered instrumental track is dreamy, three-dimensional and intriguing. It's a sonic trip.
Electronica | Autechre
Download: Bike from Incunabula.
"Bike" is an epic, original and experimental electronica song. LAist prefers some of Autechre's earlier musings to its current Untitled release.
Pop | Amanda Ghost
Download: Silver Lining from Ghost Stories.
Ghost's surname is apropos. Her pipes are haunting, gritty and shorn. That edge combines perfectly with the vulnernable lyrics on this song.
Folk | Tracy Chapman
Download: 3,000 Miles from Where You Live.
Ever since Telling Stories, Chapman has taken a more subdued approach to her music. On 3,000 miles, she muses about the fragile world and her apparent distance from it.
R&B | Prince
Download: S.S.T. from a Katrina benefit album.
S.S.T. stands for Sade's Sweetest Taboo. We dig the Plant Life remix heard on KCRW's Chocolate City, but the original is equally as sweet. Proceeds benefit the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.

What's playing in your iPod right now?