Festival season may be over but the free MP3s keep coming. In fact, autumn's probably the best season for new releases. Here's our top ten this week. Enjoy!
1. Gallows – ‘True Colours’
We were all a bit sceptical about the future of post-Frank Carter Gallows, even with the promising new addition of Alexisonfire’s Wade MacNeil. But it’s safe to say that Gallows are still kicking – now even faster and angrier than ever before. If they can pack this much pissed off punk into 36 seconds, then their album will be one hell of a screamfest.
2. Dum Dum Girls – ‘Bedroom Eyes’
In the mood for some dreamy nostalgic pop? If this track’s anything to go by, then the Dum Dum Girls’ forthcoming album ‘Only In Dreams’ will be chock full of it. The lyrics are repetitively sweet and simple, and will transport you straight back to the swingin’ 60s.
3. Wavves – ‘I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl’
Ahh, don’t we all? Dave does seem like he’d be quite the dude. This tune comes from the brand new Wavves EP called ‘Life Sux’, which will feature guest vocals from Fucked Up and Nathan Williams’ gal Bethany Cosentino (of Best Coast). Maybe a collab with Mr. Grohl could be in the works one day?
4. Active Child feat. How To Dress Well – ‘Playing House’
Get ready for some sultry, spell-binding R&B from two of today’s coolest up-and-comers. Want more of it? You can find this one on Active Child’s debut album, ‘You Are All I See’. You can also score another free download of ‘Hanging On’ (also from the album) over at activechildmusic.com.
5. SPIN Tribute To Nirvana's 'Nevermind'
This month marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s seminal album, ‘Nevermind’. Besides having a kick-ass album sleeve, that release contained some of the greatest grunge tracks this world will ever see. So to mark the occasion, SPIN have recruited some big names (including Kurt’s favourites, Meat Puppets and The Vaselines, as well as the likes of Amanda Palmer, EMA and Surfer Blood) to cover each track off the album. Don’t forget to pick up a copy of this week’s NME, which is dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the album.
6. Little Dragon – ‘Seconds’ (Syd The Kyd Remix)
Not do be outdone by her bandmates, Odd Future’s producer Syd The Kid has embarked on her own solo project – and this Little Dragon remix is a perfect introduction to what she has to offer. Syd’s softened take on Little Dragon’s track isn’t quite what we’d expected from one of the Odd Future crew – but we’re certainly not opposed to a pleasant surprise like this.
7. Rapids! - 'Nameless//Faceless' (Bloc Party Remix)
Here’s one more remix for ya. Bloc Party’s Russell Lissack remixed a newbie song from Bournemouth-based five-piece Rapids! – the original can be found on their ‘Fragments’ EP (which can be streamed in full here). So if you’ve been missing some new Bloc Party in your life (these guys have been compared to them), then enjoy this freebie, courtesy of Heist Or Hit Records.
8. Toro Y Moi – ‘All Alone’
Want to hear some brand new Toro Y Moi? Of course you do. This one’s the title track from his ‘Freaking Out’ EP. You might notice it’s a bit peppier than his norm, and that was fully intentional. Chaz Bundick told SPIN.com. "I wanted the live show to be more upbeat, therefore we needed upbeat songs to play.” And upbeat it is.
9. The Lost Cavalry - ’Desert Tracks’ (Flow Machines Remix)
This track from The Lost Cavalry (the project of Mark West, former guitarist for Fanfarlo) starts off sounding a bit Super Mario Bros (which may or may not be a good thing, depending on your tastes). But Flow Machines twist this tune into a gorgeous early-morning-approved remix that’s perfect for kicking off your Tuesdays. Plus, it makes the original video of floating-balloon-heads a bit less creepy.
10. Junkie XL – ‘Molly's E’ (Azari & III Instrumental Remix)
Azari & III are here to remind us all that Chicago house music (via Toronto) ain’t dead – and thank heavens for that. Their latest project included a remix of Junkie XL’s new single ‘Molly’s E’ (out September 5th), and Junkie’s kindly giving it away for free over on his website. "Get ready folks,” he writes alongside the track. “I am working hard to Xpand some limits".