We’ve gathered the ten best free downloads floating around the Web this week. So listen, download, and load ’em up onto your iPods.
1. Hot Chip – ‘She Wolf (Shakira Cover)’
If there were ever a band meant to cover Shakira’s hit with an electronic, humorous element, it’s Hot Chip. On a recent visit to BBC Radio 1, the band performed this song live on air, complete with wolf howls, courtesy of Alexis Taylor.
2. Yoko Ono – ‘Give Me Something (Junior Boys Remix)’
Originally from John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1980 album ‘Double Fantasy’, the song featuring Yoko’s distinctive howling vocals has now been revamped by the Canadian electro-pop duo Junior Boys. If you’ve ever wondered what Yoko’s voice would sound like over dance music, here’s your chance.
3. Fol Chen – ‘In Ruins’
Fol Chen are one of those bands that, for some reason, insist on hiding their identities with masks or raccoon-like facepaint around their eyes. Their music, however, is distinctive enough to attract our attention, faces seen or not. This poppy single off their forthcoming album has been all over the music blogs this week – so don’t miss out.
4. Cornershop – ‘Topknot (Cavemen Mix featuring M.I.A.)’
Produced back in 2004, this song featuring vocals from M.I.A. has just resurfaced on the Web. It’s been a while since M.I.A. released some new music, so we’re happy to have this reminder of why we love her. Great rhymes over some sizzling South Asian beats, this song’s got it all.
5. Ou Est Le Swimming Pool – ‘These New Knights (Don Diablo Remix)’
A song that’s been on the NME Chart for the past two weeks running, we here at NME are loving Ou Est Le Swimming Pool. And this sick remix by Don Diablo – you just really need to download it.
6. Malachai – ‘Snowflake’
It’s rough and raw and has a sweet vintage sound. These Bristol boys are releasing their debut album, ‘Ugly Side Of Love’, this month – and we can’t wait.
7. Emay, Karen O and the Kids – ‘Worried Shoes’
Canadian producer/emcee Emay has put together this collection of tracks from ‘Where The Wild Things Are’, featuring music from Karen O and the Kids. Great homage to a great film.
8. Sage Francis – ‘Best Of Times’
Wow. This is undoubtedly chill-inducing. American hip-hop artist Sage Francis opens up and spills his guts in this track. His new album, ‘Li(f)e’, hits stores in May.
9. Moby – ‘Wait For Me (Zodiac Cartel Remix)’
Moby has been putting together a collection of remixes for his latest album, ‘Wait For Me’, due out in May – and here’s an early taste of what to expect. Click here to check out who else is contributing, as well as to pre-order the album.
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10. Burnt Ones – ‘Gonna Listen To T. Rex (All Night Long)’
No one can ever replace the legend that was Marc Bolan, but this ‘Metal Guru’-sounding number from the self-described “electric sleaze/bubblegum psych” trio comes pretty close. It will certainly make you want to listen to T. Rex all night long.