What Happened To The Daily Download? Introducing The New MP3s & Streams Blog

After two and a half illustrious years, in which we gave away everything from Apes & Androids to The XX, via Phoenix, Yeasayer, Bjork, Pete Doherty, millions more and a massively-popular track you may have heard of called ‘In For The Kill (Skream remix)’, we’re giving the Daily Download the chop.

La Roux

Actually, that’s not quite true. We’re just chopping the name. And making the blog even better, under its new MP3s & Streams moniker. While we’ll still be giving away MP3s daily, and Rebecca will still be scouring the interweb for the 10 best MP3 downloads available elsewhere, we’re expanding the section to include streams and exclusive playbacks.

So when something like the recent Grinderman with The National’s Matt Berninger track comes in, we can keep it here, with the rest of the new music online. The URL’s the same, as is the RSS feed, but this will now be your one-stop-shop for the latest music online (aside from Radar, which is new stuff from new bands) regardless of whether it’s an MP3 download or a stream. Because who really cares these days anyway?

We get sent new stuff all time, and have some full length exclusives from Smith Westerns and Gang Gang Dance coming up in the next fortnight, plus of course more MP3s than we can handle. We’ll get as many of them out to you as we can. And we’ve got some guest contributors coming our way, starting with cult bloggers Abeano. So if you haven’t already, join the blog’s subscribers now [top left of screen] to make sure you don’t miss anything. And let us know below who and what you want to see on the blog.

So I suppose you want some music now? First up, here’s a Stereolab remix of Mexican Summer’s noiseniks No Joy’s ‘Indigo Child’. If you’re not familiar with their MBV-meets-APTBS racket watch this.

The band play London’s quasi-hipster-fest Stag & Dagger on May 19th, supporting (appropriately) Wire before doing a few more UK dates (see MySpace). Debut album ‘Ghost Blond’ is out May 2nd.

Download the Stereolab remix of ‘Indigo Child’ here

Brand Brauer Frick

Next, German oddballs The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble. Initially three guys from Berlin, they’ve now expanded to become a ten piece ‘ensemble’ that cook up mesmeric techno through classical instruments. Forget your bedroom boffin fucking about with Ableton, each of their tracks takes 80 pages of score apparently. It’s quite amazing stuff to watch.

They’re doing this live in the UK throughout May. Get tickets to the Bush Hall show on May 4 here.

Download The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble’s ‘Caffeine (Live At Eurosonic)’

MP3 Archive: Brand Brauer Frick, ‘Teufelsleiter’

Finally, to keep you up to date with new noise elsewhere online, Texan post rockers Explosions In The Sky are streaming their entire new album on their site now – head over, it’s pretty special. And Of Montreal have a stream of a couple of new tracks on Rolling Stone’s site. Also, These New Puritans are offering a download of ‘Hologram’ performed live now.