1. The Black Lips, ‘Modern Art’
Here’s another fresh piece of their forthcoming Mark Ronson-produced album puzzle, which is available as an exclusive free download over at SPIN.com. ‘Arabia Mountain’ is set for release this June, as the band set out on their Stateside tour. Check out the track’s rather trippy promo video – featuring an octopus, a skull and a rooster – directed by Brian Butler, and download the song for free below.
2. Carl Barât – ‘This Is The Song’
Take a gander at this new gift from the Libertines man. It’s taken from his forthcoming EP ‘Death Fires Burn At Night’ (out May 2nd), which features new music and live recordings. This includes an unreleased Libs track ‘Grimaldi’, a new recording of ‘Death Fires Burn at Night’, a cover version of ‘Sing For My Supper’ (Langly Sisters) and ‘This Is The Song’ (which was previously unavailable in the UK). Only he can make singing about getting his “fucking head kicked in” sound so graceful.
3. Blood Orange – ‘Dinner’
Looking for a nice chillaxing song to recover from Camden Crawl weekend with? Give this new one a go. Dev Hynes (formerly of Lightspeed Champion and Test Icicles) has just released ‘Dinner’ – a single from his forthcoming Domino Records album, produced by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor. It’s so smooth, it puts a baby’s bottom to shame.
4. Washed Out – ‘Eyes Be Closed’
OK, here’s one more airy chillwave tune perfect for your moment of relaxation – the opening track from Washed Out’s new album, ‘Within And Without’, out this July through Weird War. Just in time for summer – the perfect soundtrack for lazy days in the sun, we think.
5. Ganglians – ‘Jungle’
Here we have the latest from Sacramento four-piece Ganglians. Their next album, ‘Still Living’, will be available to the public on August 29th through Souterrain Transmissions – preceding a full album support tour kicking off late this summer. You a fan of Ganglians? Go get it. Not all that familiar? The blogs are all a-buzzin’ about this track, so get on it.
6. Barbara Panther – ‘Empire
Rwanda-raised and Berlin-bred, Barbara Panther is one of the most unique music acts we’ve come across in quite some time. She’s got vocal chops reminiscent of Björk and a peculiar style that would make Grace Jones and her boxy haircut wince with jealousy. Barbara’s donated a free mp3 of ‘Empire’, which you can grab below. Pick up Barbara Panther’s debut self-titled album on May 16th, out via City Slang.
7. Madison – ‘Hot Hot Love’ (Oli Chang Remix)
Meet Madison. She was born in Miami, but lives in New York now. She went to med school, but instead of sticking with surgery, she traded the scrubs for music, releasing her music through her own record label. She’s a fan of Toro y Moi, Battles and Tapes ‘n Tapes, and she describes her sound as indie pop, “in that it has pop arrangements and there’s catchy, obvious hooks.” Head over to nylonmag.com for a free download of her single ‘Hot Hot Love’, remixed by Oil Chang.
8. Toro y Moi – ‘Made In Bed’ Mix
Speaking of Toro, here’s a new 37-minute mix Mr. Chaz Bundick created for a recent modularpeople.com “Modcast”. Apparently he put this together in bed – which you could probably tell from the title…and from the totally relaxing tracklist featuring Connan Mockasin, Les Wanted, Julian Lynch and loads more. Follow the ‘Download’ link below for a full tracklisting and a free mp3 download of the entire mix.
9. Rusko – ‘Everyday’ (Netsky Remix)
There’s always room for new Rusko, and this time it comes in the form of a remix by 21-year-old Belgian Netsky. With a few extra layers of raw, heavy thud tacked on to Rusko’s originally soothing song, it’s well worth a free download on your end. You can find Netsky’s remix on Rusko’s single for ‘Everyday’ – which also includes b-side ‘Lick The Lizard’ and other ‘Everyday’ remixes from DJ Q and Original Sin.
10. Country Mice – ‘Morning Son’
This Brooklyn-via-Kansas four-piece are living proof that country mice can become city mice and still make great country-esque music. ‘Morning Son’ is the perfect soundtrack for a sunset horseride, and we can’t wait to hear what else is in store for their new album ‘Twister’, out on June 7th through Wao Wao Records.