1. R.E.M. – ‘Discoverer’
Michael Stipe and co. will shortly be releasing their first album since 2008, and they’re giving away this preview track on their official website now. It’s great to have some new music from them, and it’s sounding pretty darn good. The new album, ‘Collapse Into Now’, is due out in March 2011.
2. Lykke Li – ‘Get Some’ (Beck Remix)
‘Get Some’ is the rather raunchy new single from Lykke Li – she sings “I’m your prostitute / You gon’ get some” and grabs her crotch in the video…it’s definitely a little raunchier than her 2007 single ‘Little Bit’. Well, left to Beck’s devices, this song’s now even grimier. Grab it from Stereogum.
3. Neon Indian – ‘Children Of The Revolution’ (T. Rex Cover)
This song’s no stranger to covers, but this one’s certainly different from all the others. It’s warped and mellow and sounds a bit like the soundtrack for a Marc Bolan video game.
4. Iron And Wine – ‘Tree By The River’
Here’s a gorgeous new track by Iron And Wine, from the forthcoming album ‘Kiss Each Other Clean’ (out on January 25th). For the price of an email address, it’s 100% worth it. (And if you decide to download it, make sure you check your spam folder. Seems that’s where it’s appearing for everyone.)
5. Beach House – ‘I Do Not Care For The Winter Sun’
If you’re getting sick of the holiday tunes, don’t worry – here’s a wintery track that has no mention of Frosty or jingle bells or sleigh rides. Just a peaceful, snowy song they’ve gifted to their fans. “We recorded this a few days ago in our practice space: its a winter/holiday song,” they wrote on their website. “its a gift to the internet, thank you for the lovely, intense year!”
6. Iwan Rheon – ‘Where We Started’
Not only does he star as the awkward invisible guy in E4’s Misfits, but he’s also got some great singing chops. Head over to his Facebook page for this free download – and if you like what you hear, you can get his EP, ‘Tongue Tied’.
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7. Feed Me – ‘Jodie’ (Radio Edit)
Like Deadmau5? Then check out the latest signing to his label, Mau5trap. Producer Feed Me is releasing his new EP, ‘Feed Me’s Big Adventure’, in January 2011 and to celebrate, he’s giving away this previously-unreleased track for free. You can catch Feed Me on tour with Deadmau5 next year.
8. Bearsuit – ‘A Train Wreck’
Norwich quintet Bearsuit will be releasing their new album, ‘The Phantom Forest’, in February 2011, and this track is the second single from it. You can also view the accompanying promo video below – filled with running, train tracks and colourful smoke.
9. Two Wounded Birds – ‘My Lonesome’ (Psychemagik’s Night Patrol Remix)
Jacob Graham (lead guitarist of The Drums) first became aware of this Margate-based band when he came across their demos on the web in February 2010. By April, one of their tracks was available on the Holiday Records website and by August, the band were supporting The Drums on tour. Grab a free remix download from Psychemagik (a production/dj duo who are recording their debut album now).
10. Morning Parade – ‘Under The Stars’ (Get People Remix)
Another free remix you should download comes from London’s Get People. They’ve reworked Morning Parade’s debut single, ‘Under The Stars’ – perfect for your holiday party playlists. Morning Parade will be heading out on tour in the UK in January, kicking off at London’s Water Rats venue.