Like free music? So do we. Here are the 10 best mp3 downloads out on the web this week, and they can be all yours for free. Happy downloading!
1. Phoenix – ‘Love Like A Sunset Part III’
This free track comes in exchange for Tweeting about the band’s upcoming NYC gig. Might seem a bit silly to do if you live in the UK, but it’s a fair trade for a free song download, right? ‘Love Like A Sunset’ is a song in three parts, this one being the remix. Listen to Part 1 (the original) here, and Part 2 here. So go ahead and get Tweeting.
2. Ou Est Le Swimming Pool – ‘The Key’ (Dynamikk remix)
We’re still deeply saddened by the loss of the band’s vocalist Charles Haddon, but fortunately their debut album, ‘The Golden Year’ (produced by Haddon and co-writer/producer Anders Kallmark), is still being released – it’s out today via Fire & Manouvre. We’ve also been sent this remix from Peter Ahlholm (aka Dynamikk), who’s already released some great remixes of the band’s previous hits, ‘Jackson’s Last Stand’ and ‘Dance the Way I Feel’.
3. Deerhoof – ‘The Merry Barracks’
San-Fran band Deerhoof will be releasing a new record, ‘Deerhoof vs. Evil’, via Polyvinyl this January. (And word on the street/their MySpace page is that you can get a limited edition pink vinyl). The label are kindly giving away the album’s first single, ‘The Merry Barracks’, for free.
4. Sage Francis - 'Three Sheets To The Wind' (Dan Le Sac remix)
We fell in love with Sage’s song ‘Best Of Times’ back in April, and now Dan Le Sac has remixed the rapper’s single, ‘Three Sheets To The Wind’ (the music for which was written by Death Cab For Cutie’s Chris Walla). Enjoy, and be sure to get Sage’s album ‘Li(f)e’, which is out now via Anti-Records.
5. Pop. 1280 – ‘Step Into the Grid’
Kudos to Stereogum for sifting out this NYC-based band, who have a new 12” (titled ‘The Grid’) out at the end of the month. Last year, singer Chris Bug told the Village Voice, "Before I lived in New York, I was living in Shanghai, China, which is a seriously filthy city. I think this undercurrent of filth and sewage and parasites is the most fascinating part of city life and it is something that inspires all of our music." So if you’re into dirty, grungy rock (or as they refer to themselves, “cyber rock”), check them out.
6. Ingrid Olava – ‘Great White’
We were first introduced to Ingrid Olava at this past summer’s Øya Festival, where the Norwegian singer-songwriter played a headline slot at her hometown festival. Now she’s got a four-track, UK debut EP (out on October 25th), and she’ll be playing four London gigs in October. We guarantee that you’ll love her.
7. The Morning Benders – ‘Outlaw Blues’ (Bob Dylan cover)
‘Subterranean Homesick Blues: A Tribute to Bob Dylan's `Bringing It All Back Home’’ is a new, digital-only compilation of covers of Bob Dylan’s 1965 album ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ (out now). Here’s one of the album highlights, a cover from The Morning Benders. The album also includes contributions from acts including J. Tillman of Fleet Foxes, Peter Moren of Peter, Bjorn and John and Asobi Seksu.
8. The Naked & Famous – ‘Young Blood’ (Chiddy Bang remix)
Chiddy Bang’s remix of The Naked & Famous’s single ‘Young Blood’ receives this week’s best remix title. Another unexpected combination, but we can’t seem to turn it off. Head over to neongoldrecords.com for a free download.
9. Ringo Deathstarr – ‘Imagine Hearts’
They’re sounding a bit like a poppier Dandy Warhols in this track, only with a female lead vocalist. This Austin, Texas-based trio with a rather awesome band name are touring the UK with The Wedding Present this November – check their MySpace page for details.
10. Seeing Suge – ‘Breaking’
Seeing Suge is a collaboration with hip-hop/shoegaze artist Star Slinger and Canadian rapper Emay. ‘Breaking’ is the title track from the duo’s debut EP – which you can download over at their Bandcamp page. In the digital EP, you can also get the first track off the new Blackbird Blackbird album (due out in 2011), Emay’s ‘Sleep’ (which will be on his forthcoming full-length album) and Star Slinger’s single ‘1987’.