1. The Streets – ‘Going Through Hell’ (Diplo Remix)
What better way to celebrate the return of The Streets than a Diplo remix? ‘Going Through Hell’ is the first single from ‘Computers And Blues’ (which will also, sadly, be the last album Mike Skinner releases as The Streets). So if you fancy hearing some dubstep Skinner, then hit play below.
2. James Yuill – ‘Jingle Pints’
Who knew Guinness could sound so pretty? James Yuill created a Christmas song using pint glasses filled with the stout – and you can watch how much fun he had making it below. Yuill said of this viral video, “Yes, it’s the combination of two of my favourite things. Guinness and…er…Virals? No! Music! That’s the other thing!”
3. Breton – ‘RDI’
From the same folks who brought us James Blake and Fantastic Mr Fox, Hemlock introduce South East London’s Breton. In addition to also having produced heaps of remixes, they double up as an audio/visual production team called “BretonLABS”, having created music videos for Penguin Prison, Newsland and 80’s Matchbox B-Line Disaster.‘RDI’ is taken from the band’s ‘Counter Balance’ EP, which is out now.
4. Puro Instinct feat. Ariel Pink – ‘Stilyagi’
LA’s Puro Instinct will be releasing their album ‘Headbangers In Ecstasy’ some time next year – here’s a glance at what’s to come. ‘Stilyagi’, featuring hipster favourite Ariel Pink on “ambient rainclouds, drum machines and other sonic sparkles”, is available to pre-order now through Mexican Summer.
5. James Vincent McMorrow – ‘If I Had A Boat’
Mr. McMorrow’s debut album ‘Early In The Morning’ has already become #1 in his motherland of Ireland, and now he’s about to hit English soil. The album will be available here on March 7th. He’s got a gorgeous voice and this song has a similar beauty to James Blake’s current hit (which is impressive, seeing as McMorrow began his music career in hardcore rock and hip hop).
6. Niki And The Dove – ‘Mother Protect’
This free track comes from a Swedish “flamboyant pop” duo (so says their Facebook page). It’s kind of like a perkier Fever Ray, but with the same haunting, earthy feel.
7. Colourmusic – ‘Tog’
Colourmusic’s single ‘Tog’ is out today through Memphis Industries. The track, taken from the band’s forthcoming debut album, is, we’re told, a eulogy to a city as a living, breathing lover.
8. The Pipettes – ‘Santa’s On His Way’
Sorry, as much as we try to avoid an overload of Christmas tunes, they tend to be taking over all the blogs at the moment. So if you’re a Scrooge or are just plain sick of holiday songs, feel free to skip over this one. If not, enjoy a free mp3 from The Pipettes, courtesy of Fortuna Pop.
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9. Los Campesinos! – ‘Kindle A Flame In Her Heart’
One more Christmas tune to put you in jolly spirits, this comes from Los Campesinos! Leave it to them to produce a cheerful-sounding holiday track with lyrics like “found a lump of coal and rammed it down my stupid, greedy throat”. Ah, the holidays.
10. Arbouretum – ‘Destroying To Save’
This one comes from Baltimore’s folky grunge rockers Arbouretum. Head over to Stereogum to download the track, which is taken from their forthcoming album, ‘The Gathering’ (due out in February through Thrill Jockey). You can catch Arbouretum on tour in Europe in 2011.