So The Daily Download is taking a little break until January 5, but before we go we wanted to load up your iPods with new tunes as a little early Christmas present. See you in 2010!
—First up, Xmas goes Krautrock as ’70s pioneers Can take on ‘Silent Night’. The song dates back to 1818, although this version is from 1976.
Download Can‘s Silent Night here
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—Next, Is Tropical are one of those bands I’ve been meaning to check out for ages – don’t take as long as me. Just watch the video for ‘When O When’ now then download this demo and get the January dates for their tour with Egyptian Hip Hop in the diary.
—Crookers have put out some mean tunes across 2009. ‘Day And Night’ might have been their breakout track but back in April we were mostly listening to ‘Atomic Baile Boy’. Their Miike Snow remix was great too. This oddball dance track is a real grower – it’ll makes your head feel a bit funny.
—Twizzle was one of the more promising post-grime guys to emerge in 2009 and ‘Skydiving’ saw him work with Greenmoney – aka YOYO kingpin and man about Twitter Leo Greenslade and Alex from Bugz In The Attic).
Discobelle posted this months ago but the CDs have just come in ahead of the track’s February release, and the guys deserve a second round of promotion – even if they do let off the airhorn Zane Lowe is so obsessed with at three minutes in.
—If you like that you might want to check out this freebie from Professor Green too.
—The Good Natured – aka Sarah McIntosh – was quite a hit when we posted her debut track ‘Your Body Is A Machine’ back in November. For more moody electropop brilliance, get this latest ‘Red Skin’.
—Fans of Interpol or White Lies could do worse than pick up this track from NME Radio favourites Lyrebirds too.
—Elsewhere on the web and one half of Thunderheist (aka Grahmzilla) whips Little Boots’ ‘Earthquake’ into a pulsating club monster – get it on Discobelle.
—4AD are being particularly generous this month, offering twelve free tracks from their website, featuring Atlas Sound, The Big Pink, Camera Obscura, Deerhunter, The Mountain Goats, Tune-Yards, M Ward, Anni Rossi, Future Of The Left, The National, St Vincent and Broken Records. Get them all for the price of an email address here.
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—If you need more Christmas tracks, a website called Suburban Sprawl Music is offering up a massive mixtape of festive tracks – go forth and discover but beware we can’t vouch for their quality.
—And you might want to revisit our Daily Download post from last Christmas – it has tracks from The Knife, Low, Death Cab For Cutie, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and more.
—Finally, Modular are offering up Blue Oyster Cult. As done by Van She. Then remixed by Holy Ghost! It’s a new classic in the making. Get it here.